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Wednesday March 20, 2013

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Ted Talks

Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ...

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.

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Partnership

$100 Million Quantum Valley Fund will Focus on Commercializing Quantum Technology Breakthroughs

Mike Lazaridis embraces Doug Fregin, while Olphelia Lazaridis looks on. The two recently announced a $100 million private fund that will provide financial and intellectual capital.

WATERLOO - Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, who together founded BlackBerry, announced yesterday that they have partnered again to establish Quantum Valley Investments, a $100 million private fund that will provide financial and intellectual capital for the further development and commercialization of breakthroughs in Quantum Information Science.

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Orders

BIOREM Announces $1.3 Million of New Orders

GUELPH - BIOREM Inc. announced that it has received new orders totalling $1.3 million. The largest of the orders is for an odour control system at an innovative Energy from Waste Facility being built in Canada. The other three smaller orders are odour control projects at municipal waste water treatment plants in the USA and one in South Africa. It is expected that the majority of these projects will be delivered in 2013.

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Skills

Skills Canada-Ontario to Launch Board Game and honour Skilled Trades Stars at annual Gala

Kitchener - In a letter, Gail Smyth, Executive Director of Skills Canada-Ontario made some comments on this years Skills Gala to be held this Friday at St. George Hall, Waterloo. Along with inducting a worthy recipient into the Hall of Fame, they will be honouring five young competitors who will be representing Ontario at Worldskills. In addition they will be the official launch of the brand new board game. "We couldn’t be more pleased", closes Smyth

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Skills

Skills Gap Causing Losses in Productivity and Revenue in Top Ten World Economies, According to CareerBuilder Survey

CHICAGO – The growing deficit of skilled labor needed to fill in-demand jobs is causing a drag on employers across the globe. A significant number of employers in the ten largest world economies said that extended job vacancies have resulted in lower revenue and productivity and the inability to grow their businesses.

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Digital Canada

Kids interactive media conference INplay returns in conjunction with CDMN Canada 3.0

The art & business of kids’ interactive - May 15 & 16, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

TORONTO - From video games and TV to toys and eBooks, there is an ever-increasing focus on interactivity and the interconnections between platforms in the kids’ media space. Interactive Ontario’s INplay conference will highlight new insights and opportunities in kids’ creative industries when it returns on May 15 & 16, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Now in its fourth year, the 2013 edition will take place in partnership with Canada 3.0, the national digital media conference presented by the Canadian Digital Media Network.

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Report

It’s in the cards: Human evolution influences gamblers’ decisions, study shows

Hamilton — New research from an international team of scientists suggests evolution, or basic survival techniques adapted by early humans, influences the decisions gamblers make when placing bets.

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Health Care

Study suggests link between vitamin D levels and developing tuberculosis

New research presented at this week’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) in Canberra, Australia, suggests a link between vitamin D levels and the risk of developing tuberculosis (TB), with rates of TB incidence up to 37% higher following darker winter months than during the rest of the year. The research is by Jennifer MacLachlan, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Melbourne, and University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia, and Dr Benjamin Cowie (the same affiliations plus the Royal Melbourne Hospital, VIC, Australia).

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Health Care

Lupus drugs carry no significant cancer risk for patients

People who take immunosuppressive drugs to treat lupus do not necessarily increase their cancer risk

Montreal - People who take immunosuppressive drugs to treat lupus do not necessarily increase their cancer risk according to new research led by scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). This landmark study, which was published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases this month, addresses long-standing fears of a link between lupus medication and cancer.

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The Web

OpenText Launches Latest Version of Employee File Management for SAP Solutions to Support Cloud and On-Premise Deployments

First mobile app for EFM integrates with SuccessFactors solutions - driving efficiency, reducing costs and helping HR Departments to meet compliance requirements

WATERLOO - OpenText, the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), today announced major enhancements to its Employee File Management (EFM) software for use with SAP solutions. The additional functionality empowers Human Resources (HR) departments, helping them to go digital and securely operate at new levels of speed and efficiency. OpenText's new EFM 4.0 integrates with solutions from SuccessFactors, an SAP company, via the new cloud connector interface feature, which helps solve growing compliance challenges associated with on-premise/hybrid environments.

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Serving Their Communities

Mayors deliver meals to local seniors

WATERLOO REGION - Local mayors from Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge are participating in the internationally recognized Mayors for Meals event today, joining dedicated volunteers delivering Meals on Wheels to local seniors and adults with disabilities.

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Fundraising

Carleton University’s Relay for Life Raises More Than $70,000

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Relay for Life has raised more than $70,000 and is on the way to reaching its $80,000 goal. Almost 600 participants registered for the event.

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55 Plus

Region to host Dialogue on Diversity: Creating age-friendly environments

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo will host a sold-out event today to discuss issues facing adults 55 and older. The “Dialogue on Diversity” will focus on understanding ageism, changing demographics, creating age-friendly communities and living with dementia.

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Quality of Life

4th Annual Evening of Recognition

Waterloo Region - Join Sustainable Waterloo Region at our 4th annual Evening of Recognition as we celebrate the release of our 2012 Report and the sustainability accomplishments of an expanding network of organizations in Waterloo Region. Learn about the growing impacts of this sustainability network by connecting with hundreds of representatives from local businesses and the community, while hearing from Regional Carbon Initiative organizations that are making ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments and collaborating to achieve these targets.

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Outdoor Living

KW Home and Garden Show

Kitchener – As spring starts springing, the 31st annual Kitchener-Waterloo Home and Garden Show will be open from Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex.

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