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Friday May 24, 2013

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Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people

Architect Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.

Short Listed

Avvasi Shortlisted for Two Prestigious LTE Awards 2013

WATERLOO – Avvasi Inc., the world’s only vendor of QoE-driven video management and monetization solutions, is pleased to announce it has been shortlisted in two categories of the 4th Annual LTE Awards 2013. Selected by the operator-led panel of judges, including Telefonica, Orange, BSkyB, EE, Etisalat, Telecom Personal and TIM, Avvasi has been shortlisted in the ‘Best LTE Core Network Element’ and ‘Best LTE Traffic Management Product’ categories. The winners will be announced at the LTE World Summit event in Amsterdam, NL, on 25th June, 2013.

Human Rights

Lisa LaFlamme joins Journalists for Human Rights as Expert Media Mentor in DR Congo

Top Canadian journalist and news anchor to mentor local reporters on gender-related security issues, investigative skills and human rights reporting

TORONTO - Lisa LaFlamme, CTV News' Chief Anchor and Senior Editor, will visit Journalists for Human Rights' (JHR) media development project in the DR Congo next week to mentor and work with a network of Congolese reporters. The trip comes at a crucial time, as violence flares in DR Congo's eastern provinces, amid mounting Canadian concern regarding the country's human rights and press freedom record.


A Majority on Earth Face Severe Self-Inflicted Water Woes Within Two Generations: Scientists

Bonn Declaration issued by 500 scientists at "Water in the Anthropocene" conference

A conference of 500 leading water scientists from around the world today issued a stark warning that, without major reforms, "in the short span of one or two generations, the majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will be living under the handicap of severe pressure on fresh water, an absolutely essential natural resource for which there is no substitute. This handicap will be self-inflicted and is, we believe, entirely avoidable."


Deal of the Year!

Winners of CVCA’s 2013 Private Equity ‘Deal of the Year’ Award

TORONTO - CVCA - Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association is pleased to announce that Clairvest Group Inc. (Clairvest) and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’) are the recipients of CVCA’s 2013 ‘Deal of the Year Awards’ for the private equity category.


National Bank posts record results for the Second Quarter of 2013 and raises its quarterly dividend by 5% to 87 cents per share

MONTREAL - National Bank reported $434 million in net income for the second quarter of 2013 versus $553 million in the second quarter of 2012. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended April 30, 2013 stood at $2.49 compared to $3.22 in the same quarter of 2012, in particular due to a gain that had been realized on the Natcan transaction in the second quarter of 2012.


Strong earthquake at exceptional depth

Pacific North West - This morning at 05:45 CEST, the earth trembled beneath the Okhotsk Sea in the Pacific Northwest. The quake, with a magnitude of 8.2, took place at an exceptional depth of 605 kilometers. Because of the great depth of the earthquake a tsunami is not expected and there should also be no major damage due to shaking.



Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex and Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse

Honoured as a Top 10% Performing Businesses as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Niagara Falls – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) yesterday announced it has received two TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards for the Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex, as well its Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. The accolades, which honor hospitality excellence, are given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.


Farmers to pay more and have less say in research with Canadian Wheat Alliance

Saskatoon - On May 17, ten days after the National Research Council (NRC) announced it is “open for business” with a new mandate to serve private industry’s commercial goals instead of pursuing basic scientific research, the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) – a partnership between the NRC, the University of Saskatchewan and the federal and provincial governments, was launched in Saskatoon. Now, the NRC is to invest in large-scale research projects directed by and for Canadian business. It cites working with partners to increase the profitability of wheat varieties in changing climate as an example of strategic research.


Foster Parent Information Night

Learn about becoming a foster parent. Training, support, and compensation are provided. Event to take place Monday, June 3, 2013 at 7 pm To register call Family and Children’s Services 519 576 0540. For info


Laurier researchers part of $5 million Changing Cold Regions Network

WATERLOO – Laurier researchers Bill Quinton and Jennifer Baltzer are among participants in the $5 million Changing Cold Regions Network recently announced by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


High school students put their electric cars to the test

Waterloo - Tomorrow seven teams of high-school students will race electric cars around the University of Waterloo as part of the second annual Toyota High School Electric Vehicle Challenge 2013.

Global Economy

Education and Job Creation for Youth Top Outlook on the Arab World Agenda

The Arabic version of the Outlook on the Global Agenda 2013 is launched at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa. The report focuses on regional challenges linked to globalization, geopolitics, hyperconnectivity, the post-2015 development agenda and leadership values

Dead Sea, Jordan – Education and the creation of employment opportunities are fundamental for fulfilling the ambitions of young people in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the Outlook on the Global Agenda 2013, released today in Arabic at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa.


Ride on down to BikeFest!

KITCHENER - BikeFest is a city festival celebrating the power of the simple bicycle and raising awareness of its potential in positively transforming Kitchener's health, environment, and community.

Health Care

High Tech Health Care

St. Catherines - The Niagara Health System’s new site in St. Catharines opened in late March and is the highest-tech hospital in the country right now. At nearly one-million-square feet, the comprehensive acute-care hospital is a showcase of technological innovation that helps medical professionals provide better care and allows patients to better enjoy their stay.

Book Review

Are You Stuck in Your Critter Brain?

Why We Choose Safety Over Excellence (and How to Reprogram)

You may not realize it, but parts of your brain are so focused on keeping you
safe and secure that they’re holding you back from true growth and prosperity.
Christine Comaford explains how neuroscience techniques can help you reprogram
your brain to work in a smarter, and ultimately more successful, state.

New York, NY — Brett is over the moon. He has just received a long-awaited promotion and with it the opportunity to present to his firm’s key clients. But his excitement is short-lived: In almost every client meeting, he freezes up and stumbles over the material despite the fact that he knows it well. Soon, he’s not only wishing he was still in his old position, he’s worried about his future with the firm.


Canada is not an energy superpower

But is on the brink of becoming an energy "superproducer"

By Gerry Angevine and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER - In a speech to the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce in London on July 14, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper referred to Canada as the emerging “energy superpower” that his government “intends to build.” The prime minister and Joe Oliver, minister of natural resources, have repeated this claim on various occasions since.


Seven Reasons Why Trade Shows are Good for Business

TORONTO — Whether you're a small business just getting off the ground or a multi-million dollar company, trade shows are a great resource for connecting with your market and showcasing your product in a more intimate setting.


4 Ways to Turn Your Company Into an Innovation Machine

Travelocity, Founder Offers Tips for Culture Change

The world’s future leaders overwhelmingly believe that today’s businesses can grow only if they can innovate – and that today’s business leaders aren’t demonstrating they’re up to the task.

Column - Investment/Entrepreneurship

Can Anyone Become a Millionaire?

Research Says ‘Yes;’ Expert Shares 4 Tips to Take You There No Matter What Your Income

By Rick Rodgers

A report released earlier this year from the Chicago-based Spectrem Group estimated there were 8.99 million households in the United States with a net worth of at least $1 million at the end of 2012.


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