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Ted Talks

Leana Wen: What your doctor won’t disclose

Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that.

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Appointment

Egg Farmers of Canada announces the creation of a research chair in public policy

University of Waterloo’s Bruce Muirhead will lead national research on industry policy and the value of supply management

Ottawa/Waterloo - Egg Farmers of Canada announced a new partnership with the University of Waterloo, establishing Bruce Muirhead as the industry's first-ever research chair in public policy. "We are delighted to be working with Professor Muirhead. With the creation of this Chair, we hope to continually elevate the calibre of the dialogue on supply management and ensure that any future policy decisions that could affect supply managed commodities are as informed as possible," said Tim Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of Egg Farmers of Canada.

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Code

Selling encryption, selling digital security

BlackBerry and Samsung Partner to Provide End-To-End Security for Android

Waterloo– BlackBerry Limited announced yesterday a strategic partnership with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to provide a highly secure mobility solution for Android™. As a result, early next year, enterprise customers will have a new choice: a tightly integrated, end-to-end secure solution that brings together BES12™: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry® with Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets that are embedded with Samsung KNOX.

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Housing

New Housing Price Index for September 2014

New housing prices were up 0.3% in the CMAs of Calgary, Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo and Halifax.

Ottawa - The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.1% in September, following a 0.3% increase in August. Provincially, increases in Ontario and Alberta offset declines in Quebec and Manitoba.

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Recognition

Charette, Hoffman win inaugural Canadian CIO of the Year Awards

TORONTO - Corinne Charette (photo right), the federal government's Chief Information Officer, and Brenda Hoffman, TMX Group's Chief Information Officer, were recognized by their peers and the information and communications technology industry November 12 for their achievements as the country's top CIO's. Ms. Charette and Ms. Hoffman were presented ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year Awards at Toronto gala in recognition of their business and technological vision, entrepreneurship, and capacity to drive enterprise transformation.


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Social Innovation

Real-Time Wait Time Website Wins National Innovation Prize

St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener turned to technology to give residents more accurate information about how long they will wait to see a doctor.

Kitchener/Toronto - A trip to the emergency department (ED) is never fun, but for Kitchener-Waterloo residents the wait time is at least more predictable. With a growing number of patients showing up in the hospital ED, the top question patients ask when visiting is “How long will I wait?”, St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener turned to technology to give residents more accurate information about how long they will wait to see a doctor.

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Farming

Study: Agriculture in Canada

Ottawa - Canada has more than 50.5 million hectares of agricultural land classified as dependable agricultural land—areas deemed suitable for long-term cultivation. From 2001 to 2011, farm area located on dependable agricultural land declined by 969 802 hectares (-2.6%), according to "Agriculture in Canada," a new study in Human Activity and the Environment.

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Design

DesignThinkers 2014 Unleashes Creativity in the Canadian Design Scene

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers' 15th annual conference breaks records and keeps graphic designers ahead of the curve

TORONTO – Hosted by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), the DesignThinkers Conference is the largest annual gathering of creative communicators in the country. Held at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, this year’s event was record-breaking in both the number of attendees (over 1,800) and the international roster of delegates and speakers who came from the United States, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, Spain and the Netherlands.

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Now Open

Wahlburgers' First Franchise Location Opens at Toronto's Luxurious SoHo Metropolitan Hotel Wahlburgers

Menu features fresh made-to-order burgers, family favourite recipes and Chef Paul Wahlberg's adult frappes

TORONTO - Wahlburgers, the popular casual burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and the focus of A&E Network's Emmy-nominated reality show of the same name, is now open at Toronto's SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. Located in the heart of the city, Wahlburgers Toronto creates the perfect dining experience for burger-fanatics with a sports bar, seated dining and quick service restaurant all under one roof.

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Exempt Market

Jack Mintz to release new report on regulating the exempt market

CALGARY - We all know about the stock market. Trillions of dollars in a highly regulated, transparent trading environment that helps fuel corporate growth. But there is another, larger source of corporate funding. The "exempt market". You may know it from the $10,000 you invested in your brother's new business, with only a small application form to fill out. You may not know that the exempt market is BIGGER than the traditional stock market. More money is being invested in the largely unregulated market, than in the traditional one.

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Communications

CRTC acts to ensure radio stations in other countries follow the rules

OTTAWA-GATINEAU - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ordered Radio India to not carry on a broadcasting undertaking in Canada, in whole or in part, without a licence. Radio India must also stop having its programming broadcast from an over-the-air transmitter located in the United States whose signal reaches into Canada.

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Labour Rallies

Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin CMHA workers to hold Nov. 15 rallies to support negotiations

KITCHENER-WATERLOO - The union representing almost 300 workers at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin (CMHA-WWD) will hold information rallies on Saturday, Nov. 15, in support of their bid to negotiate a first contract. OPSEU members have been in negotiations with the CMHA-WWD for almost one year trying to reach a contract. The employer is now forcing a "final offer" vote on employees which the bargaining team is recommending they turn down.

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xQuarterly

Hydro One Releases 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results

TORONTO - Hydro One Inc. released its 2014 third quarter results with net income for the quarter of $173 million and revenues of $1,556 million. Year-to-date, the company has reported revenues of $4,886 million for an 8% increase and net income of $528 million for an 18% decrease from 2013 levels. We also paid $258 million of dividends to our shareholder, the Province of Ontario, and made $65 million of payments in lieu of corporate income taxes to the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation.


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Arts & Culture

New Installment for Unwrapping Egypt in Partnership with Stratford Festival

Kitchener – THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener is pleased to announce its first project with the Stratford Festival. Costumes worn in multiple performances of the passionate production Antony and Cleopatra have been added to Unwrapping Egypt and will be on display for visitors on the third level through the end of the exhibition. The Stratford Festival Archives have graciously lent costumes worn in performances in 1967, 1976, 1993, and 2014.

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Future Skills

C-Suite Tsunami: The Skills That Could Sweep Women to the Top in a Tech-Dominated World

As robots and smart machines take over our workplaces, many employees will be displaced. But while this news will be worrisome for many, Professor Edward D. Hess notes, it could be great for women and may even sweep them into the C-suite.

New York, NY — In 10 to 20 years, the working world as we know it will be practically unrecognizable. A 2013 study published by Carl Frey and Michael Osborne of the University of Oxford shows 66 percent of the US nation’s workforce has a medium to high risk of being displaced due to technology advances in coming decades. And while the fast-approaching artificial intelligence (AI) tsunami is frightening for many, it could play a surprisingly positive role for women. Though women currently make up only 14 percent of Fortune 500 executives, Professor Edward D. Hess says that as the role of AI and smart machines grows the need for women in leadership roles, specifically in the C-suite, will grow as well.

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Education

New Bachelor of Global and International Studies

Ottawa - Carleton University has developed a unique Bachelor of Global and International Studies degree for those students who want to deepen their understanding of the world around them while preparing themselves for a wide range of career options. This new program is the first in Canada to emphasize both global and international approaches to the study of the world. It places these two viewpoints in creative tension with each other, allowing students to acquire a nuanced and multidisciplinary understanding of the world in which we live.

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Multistakholder Reform

Anders Borg to Lead New Forum Initiative on the Future of the Global Financial System

Anders Borg, Swedish Finance Minister (2006-2014), will lead a new multistakeholder initiative of the World Economic Forum with the aim is to facilitate cooperation towards a new framework for the future global financial system

Geneva, Switzerland - The World Economic Forum announced a new multistakeholder initiative on the future of the global financial system under the leadership of Anders Borg, most recently Sweden's Finance Minister (2006-2014). The aim is to facilitate cooperation towards a new framework for the future global financial system.

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Entrepreneurs

City hopes open data will Nspire new ideas for startups

Kitchener - To help celebrate the city’s newly expanded open data catalogue, the city will be participating in a 24hr startup event from Nov. 14-16 with Nspire Innovation Network, a student run non-profit whose purpose is to connect, empower and inspire youth and build leaders in the business and technology space.

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Education

New Conestoga program meets unique learning needs

Kitchener - A new program scheduled to begin at Conestoga’s Doon campus in January 2015 will provide individuals with developmental disabilities and other significant learning challenges with the opportunity to experience college life and enhance their academic and vocational skills.

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Digital Kids

Digital Safety Strategies

Initiative provides student certification along with tools for educators and parents to enable children to make safer decisions on the Internet

MARKHAM – Intel Security, in partnership with Discovery Education announced the Intel® Security Digital Safety Program, a three-year education initiative designed to teach children to “Think Before You Link” and make safer decisions when using the Internet.

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Top 50 Best Employer

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union among Best 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada for sixth year running!

KITCHENER – Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) is excited to be named among the Best 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada for the sixth year running, coming in at number 39. The study, now in its 11th year, is published annually in PROFIT Magazine.
“At MSCU, listening to the staff voice is key to our success.

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40 under 40

CLEARPATH CO-FOUNDERS ARE 40 UNDER 40: PEOPLE TO WATCH IN 2015

Canadian robot makers accompany Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on 40 Under 40 list.

Kitchener - Clearpath Robotics’ co-founders, Matt Rendall (CEO), Ryan Gariepy (CTO) and Bryan Webb (COO/CFO) are included in Business Insider’s “40 Under 40: People To Watch In 2015” list, released yesteday. The team is recognized for being inspirational entrepreneurs within the robotics industry.

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Strike

Collective bargaining at CMHA WWD to Picket this weekend

This weekend, OPSEU Local 291 is planning information pickets at select Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin offices in Kitchener, Guelph and Orangeville.

Guelph – The following is a statement from Fred Wagner, the Executive Director of the CMHA WWD, on the current collective bargaining situation. "CMHA WWD provides crucial mental health, developmental, addictions and crisis supports across the region. We do the best we can to meet a strong community need within the difficult financial realities facing the public health care system today...

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R&D

Researchers identify estrogen’s role in regulating two of the most common risk factors for heart disease in women

What makes some women more susceptible to heart disease than others?

London - To help answer that question, researchers at Western University have identified that an estrogen receptor, previously shown to regulate blood pressure in women, also plays an important role in regulating low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. LDL, also known as bad cholesterol, drives the process that leads to heart disease.

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Great Lakes

EPA, MDEQ and UP Officials Celebrate Removal of Lake Superior Area of Concern from Binational List of Toxic Hotspots

Ishpeming, Michigan – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman today joined Ishpeming Mayor Mike Tall, state officials and local residents at Deer Lake in Ishpeming, Michigan, to mark the removal of this toxic hotspot from a binational list of “Areas of Concern” targeted for cleanup in the 1987 U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

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