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Current Issue: January/February 2014

Ted Talks

Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art

Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day.


Waterloo Region in 2014

by John Jung

Waterloo Region - According to the Conference Board of Canada, Canada benefits significantly from inward investment, which validates a strong economy, boosts productivity, attracts and creates new jobs as well as attracts innovation, stimulates trade and overall creates wealth for Canadians. However concern has been raised in the past that Canada has been slipping behind in our ability to attract FDI and in winning new investment opportunities abroad.

Climate Change

The water cycle amplifies abrupt climate change

Potsdam, Germany - The role of the hydrological cycle during abrupt temperature changes is of prime importance for the actual impact of climate change on the continents. In a new study published in Nature Geoscience online (January 19, 2014) scientists from the University of Potsdam, Germany and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences show that during the abrupt cooling at the onset of the so-called Younger Dryas period 12680 years ago changes in the water cycle were the main drivers of widespread environmental change in western Europe.

Mental Health

Use spatial memory to reduce risks of dementia - Véronique Bohbot, research scientist at the Douglas Institute, will present two public lectures on why and how to

MONTREAL - Véronique Bohbot, PhD., a neuroscientist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and associate professor at McGill University, directs research on the brain's navigational strategies. She will present two public lectures on January 23 and 28, on why it is healthier to use spatial strategy and how to do it. Her research suggests the most effective way to use the hippocampus in order to reduce the risks of dementia.


Canadian Economic Growth Will Follow The US

TORONTO - According to the annual survey of economic expectations Canada's top economists, strategists, and portfolio managers predict modest growth for both Canada and the United States, with Canada lagging the U.S. in both economic activity and job creation over the next few years. Global growth is expected to improve but remain relatively subdued, leading to continued low interest rates in most countries for at least another year, according to the survey. In addition, it shows that despite rising long-term interest rates, economic activity in Canada remains fragile and reliant on improvement in the United States and Europe and continuing strength in China.


“Can We Talk?” Four Tips for Delivering Bad News

Delivering bad news isn’t pleasant—but at times, it’s necessary - by Geoffrey Tumlin

New York, NY — Bad news is no fun to deliver. That’s why even distinguished leaders and otherwise successful people will go to great lengths to avoid doing it. For example, you might tolerate a longstanding, but mediocre, vendor instead of giving the contract to another company. Or maybe you make excuses to hold on to an underperforming employee. And admit it: You’ve almost certainly hung around in a problematic personal relationship (romantic or platonic) longer than you should have.

Global Health

Large numbers of patients in South Africa with untreatable tuberculosis are discharged into community with potential for spread of infection

Cape Town - Substantial numbers of patients in South Africa with extensively-drug resistant (XDR) TB* and totally resistant TB, who have exhausted available treatment options, are being discharged from hospital, potentially exposing the wider community to infection, according to new research published in The Lancet.

Oil & Art

Inflammatory Rhetoric Gets Attention of First Nations, Oil Sands Industry and Canadian Energy Consumers

CALGARY - Canadians need a constructive dialogue about the oil sands and broader energy matters based on the facts - jobs, economic benefits, environmental performance and energy security and reliability - rather than the passionate opinions and rhetoric from protest-anthem rock stars, indicated the cheesy Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. As the address the expatriot who clearly has a very strong influence in opinion.


Children's Fitness and Arts Tax Credits

OTTAWA - The children's arts tax credit and the children's fitness tax credit allow you to claim a 15% non-refundable tax credit on an amount up to $500 per child per credit on the fees you've paid in 2013 to register a child in a prescribed program of eligible activities. This can give you a credit of up to $75 per child per credit.


OpenText Buys GXS

WATERLOO - OpenText Corporation announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of GXS Group, Inc. (GXS), expanding OpenText's leadership in EIM by combining OpenText's Information Exchange portfolio with GXS's cloud-based business-to-business integration services and managed services.


Principal Named to Lead New Catholic Elementary School in Hespeler, St. Gabriel CES to Open in September, 2014

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board today announced Cheryl Casselman has been appointed Principal of the new 350 pupil place St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School on Guelph Avenue (at Baldwin Dr.) in Cambridge (Hespeler).

R&D Health

Fetal exposure to nicotine alone increases long-term risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome

London - Many women are encouraged to quit smoking when they become pregnant using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) whether as gum, transdermal patches, nasal spray or lozenges. But new research from Western University has shown that nicotine alone from either smoking or NRT causes a wide range of long-term adverse reactions for the offspring, including an increased risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome by influencing the liver to produce more triglyceride. The research, led by Daniel Hardy, PhD, of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is published online in the journal "Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology."


Waterloo offers new pharmacy degree

Kitchener - The University of Waterloo has launched its new and innovative Doctor of Pharmacy program, giving future pharmacists even more opportunity to meet Ontario's modern health-care needs.

Air Transport

Record passenger traffic for the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) in 2013

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is proud to announce 2013 was another record-breaking year for passenger traffic. A total of 138,733 passengers travelled through the air terminal building which is a 15 per cent increase over 2012, which was also a record-breaking year.


Waterloo Business Development Moves Beyond the Blackberry Story

Student Design Competition Highlights Local Talents, Technologies and Innovations

Waterloo – Waterloo Innovation Park and the new Interior Design Program at Conestoga College announce a design competition to be held on Friday, January 31, 2014. The Waterloo Innovation Park Student Design Competition will showcase the talents of Interior Design students from Conestoga College and give them real life experience designing commercial space in the newest office building on the campus of Waterloo Innovation Park.


Ontario’s Open Government Engagement Team

A group of experts and innovative thinkers assembled by the province to help kickstart Ontario’s open government initiative

Kitchener - Open Government is a global movement that encourages governments to share information, empower citizens and bring more people to the decision-making table. Democracies worldwide realize that modern technology makes it possible to share ideas and information, and there is a need to share information and engage with the public in entirely new ways.

March 5, 2014

Support Cambridge Arts Connect Event on Opening Night

‘Twist and Shout’ Tickets Now Available for Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

Cambridge - Join Cambridge City Council and Arts Connect Cambridge committee members for the opening night of “Twist and Shout - The British Invasion” at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge on Wednesday March 5th. It’s your chance to get your British on and support three very important arts groups in Cambridge that will benefit from the proceeds of this fundraiser: Grand River Film Festival (, Mill Race Folk Society ( and The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra (

February, March 2014


KITCHENER - Centre In The Square welcomes an exciting array of artists and hit productions to the venue to kick-off the 2014 winter programming season. Catch the worldwide party musical Rock of Ages, on February 3, featuring an irresistible mix of 28 rockin’ 80’s tunes. Five-time Tony® nominee, Rock of Ages is an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and many more.


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