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Ted Talks

Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe?

Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …

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Economy

Ontario economy no longer a laggard

Exports to resurgent U.S. could add billions to government books over next two years

TORONTO - Ontario's economy is poised to be the single biggest beneficiary of sturdy U.S. growth and a weaker Canadian dollar in the next two years, likely boosting provincial government coffers by $4-5 billion, finds a new report from CIBC World Markets.

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New Chancelor

University of Waterloo names Canadian business leader, Tom Jenkins, as 10th chancellor

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo has appointed Tom Jenkins, chair of OpenText Corporation and a noted Canadian technology leader, as the institution’s 10th chancellor. Jenkins, 54, who served as president and chief executive Officer of OpenText from 1994 to 2005, succeeds Prem Watsa, chair of Fairfax Holdings. As CEO of OpenText, Jenkins took the company from a University of Waterloo startup company to the first Internet IPO in Canada, and only the third Internet IPO on the NASDAQ in the United States.

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How Much You Make

New Survey Looks at What Employees Feel They Need to Be Successful

Half of employers openly disclose company-wide salaries

TORONTO - At what salary level would you consider yourself successful? Have you already hit that target? If not, don't worry. You're in good company. A new Careerbuilder.ca survey found that the majority of workers (71 per cent) say they do not currently make their desired salary.

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Recognition

Laurier professor selected to join Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

WATERLOO – Laurier Psychology Professor Anne Wilson has been named one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Wilson, who currently holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology, will join researchers and academics from across Canada to make up the first cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The college is the first multidisciplinary body to recognize the next generation of Canadian intellectuals on a national scale.

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Campaign Milestone

Fundraising campaign surpasses $1 million milestone

Kitchener - Current and former employees at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning have demonstrated their commitment to the college’s goals and directions by contributing more than $1 million to support the expansion of college facilities and the enhancement of student awards and services.

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Education

Waterloo rises 11 spots in prestigious world university ranking

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo rose 11 places to be ranked 169th in the world in 2014, according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK firm that released an annual ranking of world universities yesterday. Waterloo also achieved the rating of five star plus in the QS Stars for outstanding performance in eight individual areas: research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalization, innovation, engineering and technology, and access.

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Soocial Media

BBM Channels Integrates with Social Relationship Platform Hootsuite

Integration enables Hootsuite users to create, moderate and engage with Channel followers

WATERLOO - BlackBerry Limited announced yesteday that BBM™ Channels can be managed with Hootsuite, allowing social media teams to engage with their Channel followers directly from the Hootsuite dashboard. Hootsuite is the world's most widely used social relationship platform for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across social networks from one secure, Web-based dashboard.

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Deal

Navtech Signs Long-Term Deal with Ryanair for Electronic Charts and FMS Data

Waterloo - Navtech Inc., signed a long-term deal with Ryanair, the world's biggest international scheduled airline, to provide aeronautical charts and flight management system (FMS) data for use onboard its fleet of 300 Boeing 737-800s.

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Renovation

100 Year Old Home Receives LEED® Platinum Certification

KITCHENER – REEP House for Sustainable Living, a century brick home located at 20 Mill Street in downtown Kitchener, is one of the first renovated homes in Canada to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

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Study

Patient's question triggers important study about blood thinners

Ottawa - Physicians around the world now have guidance that can help them determine the best oral blood thinners to use for their patients suffering from blood clots in their veins, thanks to a patient of The Ottawa Hospital who asked his physician a question he couldn't answer. This new guidance is found in a study published by JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Health Care

Diabetes complications make patients more likely to fall down stairs

Manchester, UK - New research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Vienna, Austria, shows that people suffering from diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN)—a complication of diabetes that affects the nerves in the limbs—are likely to sway more during stair climbing, and thus are more likely to fall. Steven Brown, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, is the lead author on this research, which has been conducted by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, UK.

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Marketing

5 Ways to Ensure Your Marketing Video Will Suck

Tips from an Online Video Marketing Specialist

Online video marketing has become a staple, with 81 percent of companies producing video content for their websites and 69 percent producing it for social media, according to the 2014 Online Video Production Trends Report. “There are loads of marketing videos on the web now, and some extremely effective,” says Jennifer Santoro, integrative marketing specialist and Chief Happiness Officer for InVidz Smart Video Technology. “But there are plenty that just don’t work.”

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Manufacturing

3D Printing Conference, Government Panels to Showcase Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Industry Opportunities in Canada

TORONTO - SME, an organization that connects manufacturing professionals to essential resources and content, has announced that it will feature a two-day 3D Printing conference and a panel session presented by the Government of Canada at the 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMExpo), held September 23-24 in Toronto. The sessions will focus on leading Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Technologies and Innovations, including Advanced Manufacturing.

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Word

Word on the Street features stellar author line-up and new downtown partners

KITCHENER – Downtown Kitchener welcomes The Word On The Street! On Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day jam-packed with author readings, poetry, author talks, playwrights, music and children's activities in a number of locations in downtown Kitchener.

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Communication

3 Tips for Effective Communication

Words are Powerful; Use With Care, Media Expert Notes

It’s easy to take words for granted; most of us use them as effortlessly as we breathe. But words hold power that we often overlook at our own peril. “Language is the code that translates ideas so they can be shared. They give us an advantage in the natural world, which has enabled us to evolve as human beings,” says Kayser, author of “The Greatest Words You’ve Never Heard.”

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Environment and Safety

Smart About Salt training helps businesses prepare for winter

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is hosting salt management training offered through the Smart About Salt™ Council on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Cambridge. Last winter’s salt shortage and sub-freezing temperatures created challenges for winter operations staff. The Smart About Salt™ one-day course teaches facility managers responsible for contractors or winter operations staff on methods to reduce salt use while improving site safety.


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Municipal Election

Oakville's Mayor Urges Voters to Re-Elect Council that is 86% Male

Oakville - New ideas, new voices, new blood – none of these things seem to matter to Oakville’s incumbent Mayor, Rob Burton who endorsed all incumbent Town Councillors and Regional Chair Gary Carr in their re-election bids. Mr. Burton clearly thinks it is best to leave well enough alone – although it is hardly clear that that is the best thing for Oakville.

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Rights of Women

Take Back The Night 2014 – Women in Solidarity to Address Violence Against Women!

Kitchener – We invite our community to Waterloo Region's 31st annual Take Back The Night (TBTN) rally and march taking place on Thursday, September 25th, 2014! The opening rally begins at 6 p.m. in front of Kitchener City Hall. An event that takes places in cities across the world, TBTN addresses the rights of women and transpeople to be safe, without violence, regardless of age, creed, location, numbers, or attire.

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Word

Word on the Street features stellar author line-up and new downtown partners

KITCHENER – Downtown Kitchener welcomes The Word On The Street! On Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day jam-packed with author readings, poetry, author talks, playwrights, music and children's activities in a number of locations in downtown Kitchener.

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