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Monday June 3, 2013

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Ted Talks

Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind

What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

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Quality of Life

GDP is up 2.5 per cent, but our wellbeing is not in step

WATERLOO — Canada’s economy is growing, but according to Professor Bryan Smale, Director of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) at the University of Waterloo, Canadians’ health and quality of life is not keeping pace.

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Economy

Executives want new Bank of Canada governor to maintain status quo: CPA Canada Business Monitor

TORONTO - A strong majority (74 per cent) of the executives surveyed for the latest CPA Canada Business Monitor want new Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz to follow the same policies as his predecessor.

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Tax Allocations

Mayors Calling on Higher Governments to Help With Housing

Vancouver, BC – Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) is calling on its provincial, territorial and federal partners to confront the growing housing crisis across the country. The BCMC, a group representing 22 of the largest cities in Canada, met today in Vancouver ahead of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Annual Conference and Trade Show.

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Communications

Canadian Wireless Sector Generates Economic Benefit of $50.2 Billion

Industry's total employment impact reaches 308,000

OTTAWA - A new report released today by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) reveals the Canadian wireless sector generated an overall economic benefit of $50.2 billion in 2011, an increase of 16.7% from the $43 billion in 2010. The Benefit of the Wireless Telecommunications Industry to the Canadian Economy study, conducted by Nordicity, concludes that the Canadian wireless sector's economic benefit has increased dramatically, as Canadians' adoption of smartphones, tablets and mobile data services and applications has also increased at a rapid pace.

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Education

Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation shines at official Grand Opening

World-class facility is the address for innovation

Windsor – The University of Windsor celebrated the official grand opening of the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI) today by welcoming the public to the $112 million, 300,000 sq. foot (over 91,000 sq. m.) structure, during a 10 a.m. ceremony in the building’s atrium. The CEI is taking its place at the forefront of innovation in the region, in Canada and beyond.

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Leadership

Young Global Leaders to Meet Today in Yangon

Nearly 300 Young Global Leaders are in Myanmar for their Annual Summit ahead of the World Economic Forum on East Asia; The event aims to create a platform for promising entrepreneurial minds to make positive and tangible impacts on pressing challenges in the country and wider region

Yangon, Myanmar – The Young Global Leaders, a community of the World Economic Forum that brings together some of the most promising entrepreneurial and socially engaged minds worldwide, today begins its Annual Summit in Myanmar. Nearly 300 YGLs are in Yangon ahead of the World Economic Forum on East Asia, which will take place in Nay Pyi Taw on 5 to 7 June. The event aims to help them understand Myanmar in more depth, encourage cross-learning with local leaders and promote an environment for making a tangible impact on some of the most pressing issues facing the country.

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Unions & Dependents

Exchange Magazine: Unionization Shakes Up Construction Industry

Waterloo Region - The Waterloo Region construction industry is sharply and angrily divided about a new development with an explosive impact on their business - the certification of the Regional Municipal of Waterloo with the United Brotherhood Carpenters & Joiners Of America Local 785. This certification, if it is approved by the Ontario Labour Council, will mean that only companies who are affiliated with that union will be able to bid on construction projects for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo - and only a small minority of regional companies would qualify under those terms.

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R&D

Researchers awarded $5.7 million to study pharmacist-led medication services to improve health of Ontarians

WATERLOO — Researchers from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University received $5.7 million in funding today to study how to make the use of drugs more effective for patients and health-care professionals.

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Governace

It’s not terrible, it’s not great, it’s just Jugaad!

Toronto - India has quickly become one of the world’s largest countries in terms of both population and boasts one of the fastest growing economies, prompting us here at the Martin Prosperity Insti-tute to begin to examine the Creative economy within the country. While India continues to grow, many cities within the country are already highly populated and continuing to grow at a high rate. As these cities continue experience rapid urbanization, they will face many challenges from an urban planning perspective.

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Governance

Divided Diasporas: Southern Africans in Canada

by Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda, Wade Pendleton, Mary Caesar, Sujata Ramachandran, Cassandra Eberhardt, and Ashley Hill

Waterloo - An ever-greater proportion of immigrants to Canada is from countries in the Global South, including Africa. The Southern African diaspora in Canada, which currently exceeds 120,000 people and continues to grow, is the focus of this special report, co-published with the Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP).

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Health Care

Osteoporosis drug aids young people with cystic fibrosis not helped by standard treatments

New York - The first randomised trial to investigate the treatment of low bone density in young people with cystic fibrosis (CF), published Online First in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, provides compelling evidence that alendronate (a drug that curbs bone loss) is safe and can help increase bone mineral density (BMD) in young patients with CF after standard treatment with calcium and vitamin D has failed.

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Collaboration

Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Centres in Canada and UK Collaborating to Accelerate Commercialization of New Medicines for Patients

May 31, 2013 (Toronto and London, UK) – The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) and the Cell Therapy Catapult , government-funded translation centres in Canada and the UK respectively, have signed a collaboration agreement solidifying their intent to work together. The partners will support the development and commercialization of cell therapy and regenerative medicine opportunities from the high impact technological discoveries emerging in their respective countries.

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Productivity

Are Businesses Crossing Lines by Tracking Employees?

Expert Cites Benefits & Ways to Ease Privacy Concerns

Nearly 10 years after real-time package- and people-tracking went viral with the advent of GPS-enabled cell phones, small businesses face two big concerns. “One is expense. Small businesses, especially those still recovering from the worst recession in modern history, can’t always afford to provide their employees with GPS-equipped smart phones,” notes location-based services specialist George Karonis, founder and CEO of LiveViewGPS, Inc., provider of Mobile Phone Locate tracking service.

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Outside

Grand River Basin - Events for June and July 2013

Grand River Basin - These environmental day camps are designed to introduce children to the wonders of nature while they enjoy fun, hands-on activities in the great outdoors. There are camps to meet the interests of different age groups on a variety of topics such as survivor camp, art outdoors, naturalist-in-training and ecosystem explorer.

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Education

Academias Serious Look a Games

Waterloo - Gamification 2013 is the premier event to share ideas, collaborate with thought leaders (academics and industry experts) and explore the future of gamification.

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