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November/December 2014
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Ted Talks

Alejandro Aravena:My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process

When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on.


Sorting bloodborne cancer cells to better predict spread of disease

University of Toronto researchers develop diagnostic tool to investigate travelling cancer cells and improve health outcomes

TORONTO – For most cancer patients, primary tumours are often not the most deadly. Instead, it is the metastatic tumours – tumours that spread from their original location to other parts of the body – that are the cause of most cancer deaths.

Bloomberg Video

Will Gold Dip Below $1000?

Bloomberg - Bloomberg’s Ryan Chilcote reports on dropping gold prices and what that means for production. He speaks with Jonathan Ferro on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move.”

Economic Development

Ontario Secures Honda Investment of $857 Million

Partnership Protects 4,000 Jobs and Long-Term Future of Alliston Plant; The Honda investment will generate hundreds of millions of dollars of new business for Ontario-based auto parts companies that supply the Alliston operations.

Alliston - Ontario is partnering with Honda to make the company’s Alliston plant one of the most innovative in North America, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today. The partnership reinforces Ontario’s position as a global leader in auto manufacturing, and will protect 4,000 highly skilled jobs at the plant and thousands more in the supply chain. “With [the] $857-million investment, Honda is pleased to extend our commitment and deep manufacturing roots in Ontario.

Nano Nano

Nanotechnology conference promises a meeting of mega-minds on a micro-scale

UWindsor physics professor Roman Maev is chair of the fifth annual Nano Ontario Conference, opened yesterday at Caesars Windsor.

Windsor - More than 150 key players in the field of nanotechnology assemble yesterday and today at Caesars Windsor for the fifth annual Nano Ontario Conference. Attendees will share results of their research and the latest developments in the application of nanotechnology in areas ranging from life sciences to aerospace.

Grand Opening

Delta Waterloo and Proof Kitchen + Lounge Celebrate Grand Opening

New building adds more than 160 jobs and conference space to the heart of Uptown

WATERLOO – More than four hundred people celebrated the Delta Waterloo and Proof Kitchen + Lounge Grand Opening Thursday evening. The event showcased the new four-star hotel and chic restaurant in the heart of the thriving Uptown core.


The KWS Reflects on Achievements and Challenges at 2014 Annual General Meeting

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) held their Annual General Meeting last night at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. The KWS reported on the results of the 2013/14 Season, and introduced Executive Director Andrew Bennett to members and attendees.

Bloomberg Video

Tesla Profit Exceeds Estimates...So Why Are Shares Down?

Bloomberg - Tesla Motors Inc. rose after the carmaker led by Elon Musk reported third-quarter results that beat analysts’ estimates and trimmed its forecast for vehicle sales this year to 33,000 from 35,000. Estimize's Christine Short and Bloomberg's Cory Johnson and Matt Miller take a look at the numbers on "Street Smart."


Building permits for September 2014

Municipalities issued building permits worth $7.5 billion in September, up 12.7% from August, following a 27.3% decrease the previous month. The increase in September resulted primarily from higher construction intentions for both non-residential and residential buildings in Ontario.


Fresh Squeezed Ideas Launches the Cultural Forces Lab (CFL) Offering Marketers a New Cultural Lens on Brand Relevanc

TORONTO - Fresh Squeezed Ideas, Inc. announced the launch of their Cultural Forces Lab (CFL) – an innovative online tool that helps clients discover how cultural forces influence and shape our relationship with brands.

Random Act of Kindness


Kitchener – Marking the 7th anniversary of Random Act of Kindness Day® in Kitchener, Waterloo and area, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (The KWCF) is encouraging everyone to participate in simple acts of kindness today.


Canadian Financial Capability Survey 2014

Ottawa - In 2014, one in three Canadian adults (33.8%) were not preparing financially for retirement either on their own or through an employer pension plan, according to data from the Canadian Financial Capability Survey. Almost 6 in 10 (59.6%) Canadian adults did not know how much money they would need to save to maintain their desired standard of living during retirement.

Energy & Environment

Natural gas an historic opportunity for a cleaner, more prosperous world

So why are environmentalists against it? by Gwyn Morgan

VICTORIA, BC - Which fossil fuel is the largest generator of greenhouse gas emissions and toxic smog? If you answered coal, you're right. Coal produces half of all global carbon dioxide emissions and almost all toxic smog.

Healthy Living

Diet, lifestyle and associated health risks to be discussed at obesity symposium

TORONTO – Obesity researchers will look at the health implications of dietary proteins, fat distribution, lifestyle, as well as the associated risks of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases during a two-day symposium at York University, that ends today.


Laurier receives $500,000 social entrepreneurship grant from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

An affirmation of the terrific grass-roots work in many corners of Laurier in the social innovation and social entrepreneurship arena

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has been selected to receive a $500,000 grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to support social entrepreneurship and the creation of social innovation zones at its Waterloo, Kitchener and Brantford locations. The three-year donation, which is granted under the foundation’s RECODE program, will supplement Laurier’s academic programs in social entrepreneurship by funding co-curricular activities, including student groups and activities, mentorship initiatives and new social enterprises.

Global Trends

Joblessness, Inequality the New Normal as Geopolitical Trends Climb Global Agenda

Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015 finds income inequality and jobless growth the most significant concerns for leaders; Geostrategic competition and nationalism are confounding crises for many leaders; Pollution, severe weather and water stress top experts’ environmental concerns

Geneva, Switzerland – Deepening income inequality and jobless growth head the Top 10 trends for 2015, according to the Outlook on the Global Agenda, which is published today. These long-standing economic challenges are joined in this year’s survey by growing political and environmental concerns. The trends are based on a survey of almost 1,800 experts from the Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils as well as other communities within the World Economic Forum on what they believe will preoccupy leaders over the coming 12-18 months.

Health Care

Using hockey culture in southwestern Ontario to improve men’s health

London - In Canada, 40 per cent of men are overweight, one of the highest risk factors for chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Of those men, sports fans are more likely than non-sports fans to have poor health.


DOE Release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide for Car Buyers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2015 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to help them choose the most fuel-efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. In comparison to previous years, the 2015 models include a greater number of fuel efficient and low-emission vehicles in a broader variety of classes and sizes.

Provinces Undermining Trade

Competing regional interests and lack of national vision have undermined interprovincial free trade, says former AIT executive director Magnifico

The flawed 1994 Agreement on Internal Trade had promised to reduce, if not eliminate, barriers to trade between the provinces.

OTTAWA – The provinces’ insistence on protecting narrow regional interests has undermined an accord designed to remove barriers to trade within Canada, the Agreement’s former executive director observes in a new commentary for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

5G and 4G

Carleton University among Founding Academic Partners for new Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks

New model that represents opportunities for partnership and collaboration in the Ottawa region for the benefit of the nation

Ottawa - Carleton has joined with local information and communications technology (ICT) heavyweights for the launch of the National Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN). CENGN will provide advanced telecommunications infrastructure for researchers while working to commercialize leading-edge telecommunications technologies and bring Canada back to the forefront of ICT research. The centre was officially unveiled yesterday at its headquarters in Kanata.


Craig Cameron, Candidate for Whitby-Oshawa is to run for Green Party

Whitby - The Green Party of Canada has yet another candidate a Mr. Craig Cameron. Craig was recently selected to be the Green Party candidate in the riding of Whitby-Oshawa in the upcoming November 17 by-election.

Engineering Education

2014 OACETT Salary Survey Highlights Increasing Opportunities for Ontario's Engineering Technicians and Technologist

TORONTO - A college education in engineering and applied science technology opens the door to an average salary of more than $75,000 annually, for a typical engineering technology professional in Ontario.


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