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Music

Vincent Moon and Naná Vasconcelos: Hidden music rituals around the world

Vincent Moon travels the world with a backpack and a camera, filming astonishing music and ritual the world rarely sees — from a powerful Sufi ritual in Chechnya to an ayahuasca journey in Peru. He hopes his films can help people see their own cultures in a new way, to make young people say: "Whoa, my grandfather is as cool as Beyoncé.

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Manufacturing

Unfilled orders rise, Inventories decline, Sales rise in Quebec and Ontario, Sales advance in the transportation equipment industry

Monthly Survey of Manufacturing for September 2014

Ottawa - Manufacturing sales rose 2.1% in September to $53.0 billion, the eighth gain in nine months. The increase follows a 3.5% decline in August. Most of the increase in September stemmed from higher sales in the transportation equipment industry. Excluding transportation equipment, manufacturing sales rose 0.6%. The primary metal and food industries also posted sales gains.

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Philanthropy

Laurier donors named Philanthropists of the Year

Waterloo - Two groups of generous Laurier donors will be recognized Nov. 14 as Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Horseshoe chapter. Ken and Marilyn Murray and the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation will each be recognized for their commitment to a multitude of worthy causes—including Wilfrid Laurier University. The award recognizes the Murrays and the Hallman Foundation’s role as community leaders, volunteers and donors.

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Visualization for Cities

One Giant Leap for Smart Cities

Cityzenith demos new release of 5D Smart City™ Data Visualization Platform in Barcelona

BARCELONA - Cityzenith, the technology platform solution provider of choice for the world's smartest cities, is today unveiling version 2.0 of its revolutionary data visualization platform for cities, 5D Smart City™, at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The City of Barcelona is the first major world city to deploy version 2.0 of 5D Smart City™, and will be followed by the cities of Amsterdam, San Francisco, and Chicago, as well as additional cities in North America and Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

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Philanthropist

Laurier mourns the passing of philanthropist Mary Stedman

Brantford - The Wilfrid Laurier University community mourns the passing of philanthropist Mary Stedman on Nov. 7 at the age of 92. Stedman, along with her late sisters, Ruth and Margaret, supported many groups and causes in the Brantford area through the Stedman Foundation. One such initiative was Laurier’s Stedman Community Bookstore in the Research and Academic Centre on the Brantford campus, which not only serves students, but also community members.

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Innovation

Ten finalists to compete for more than $100,000 at Velocity Fund Finals

Waterloo - On Friday, Velocity announced the 10 finalists for its Fall 2014 Velocity Fund Finals, taking place later this month. The entrepreneurship program from the University of Waterloo will host the Fall 2014 Velocity Fund Finals on November 27, where companies will compete for more grant funding than ever before as well as workspace at the Velocity Garage or Velocity Foundry.

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Financing

Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, first half 2014

Ottawa - Debt outstanding or the total credit outstanding held by businesses in Canada increased in the first half of 2014. The largest borrowers, those with authorization levels of $5 million or more, were mainly responsible for the growth.

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Student Debt

Graduating in Canada

Profile, labour market outcomes and student debt of the class of 2009/2010, 2013

Ottawa - In 2009/2010, 4 in 10 graduates chose to continue their postsecondary education after graduating from their program. A new study based on data from the 2013 National Graduates Survey (class of 2009/2010) found that bachelor graduates (49%) were the most likely to have pursued further education, followed by college graduates (35%), master's graduates (32%) and earned doctorate graduates (16%).

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Black Friday - in Canada

Canadians gear up for in-store and online deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday as holiday shopping season kicks-off November 28

Significant savings found in-store and online at The Source; gaming, gadgets, toys and laptops top the tech must-have list

BARRIE - Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark the kick-off to the holiday shopping season for more than half of all Canadians polled in a new survey released Friday. But some shoppers may be missing out: while 85% of those polled know about Black Friday, only 62% are familiar with Cyber Monday.

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Design Award

Harry Rosen Inc. CEO Named Canada's DesignThinker of the Year

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers and Rotman School of Management recognize the unique role design plays in the success of the menswear giant

TORONTO – Amidst the 15th annual DesignThinkers Conference – the largest annual gathering of creative communicators in the country, Harry Rosen CEO Larry Rosen was named Canada’s ‘DesignThinker of the Year’. The award was presented by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and Rotman School of Management.

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Family Business

5 Strategies to Ensure Family Business Success

Tips for Avoiding Common Problems

Non-family businesses can learn a lot from family businesses, says Henry Hutcheson, a certified Family Business Advisor and founder of Family Business USA consultancy. “Family businesses outperformed non-family businesses during the boom years leading up to the 2008 recession, and during the 2001 and 2008 recession years,” he says, citing a recent Harvard Business Review study.

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Excellence

2014 Top Learning Programs Awarded for Excellence

CSTD Recognizes Cutting Edge Canadian Training Programs

Toronto – The Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) honours 15 organizations for outstanding training programs and products at the 2014 CSTD Conference and Trade Show.

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Psychosis

Study shows omega-3 supplementation can prevent development of psychosis in high risk individuals for 7 years

Tokyo - A study presented at this year’s International Early Psychosis Conference in Tokyo, Japan (17-19 Nov) shows that simple omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in people at ultra high risk of developing psychosis can prevent the condition developing for approximately 7 years. The study is by Professors Paul Amminger and Patrick McGorry, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Monika Schlögelhofer, Medical University of Vienna, Austria, and colleagues from both institutions. The Stanley Medical Research Institute funded the study.

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xQuarterly

OPG reports Q3 net income attributable to the shareholder of $118 million before extraordinary gain

TORONTO - Ontario Power Generation Inc. reported net income attributable to the Shareholder before extraordinary gain for the three months ended Sep. 30, 2014 of $118 million compared to $30 million for the same quarter in 2013. The increased earnings were mainly a result of increased nuclear generation, lower operations, maintenance and administration (OM&A) expenses, and lower salary costs due to headcount reductions.

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Mutations

Cutting-edge computer software helps pinpoint aggressiveness of breast cancer tumours

London - Researchers at Western University are using cutting-edge genetic mutation-analysis software developed in their lab to interpret mutations in tumour genome that may provide insight into determining which breast cancer tumours are more likely spread to other parts of the body and which ones won’t.

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Health Care

The war against heart failure: the Lancet lecture, Braunwald

Boston - Heart failure is a global problem with an estimated prevalence of 38 million patients worldwide, a number that is increasing with the ageing of the population. It is the most common diagnosis in patients aged 65 years or older admitted to hospital and in high-income nations. Despite some progress, the prognosis of heart failure is worse than that of most cancers. Because of the seriousness of the condition, a declaration of war on five fronts has been proposed for heart failure, a few examples of which are outlined as follows.

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Environmental

Workshop about grants available to horse farm owners

A free one-day workshop and tour will help horse farm operators learn how to take care of the environment and receive financial assistance for environmental projects.

Brantford - It will help participants better manage their pastures and manure and learn how to apply for grants and technical assistance to undertake projects. There will be talks about nutrient management, planting trees on farms and manure composting. At the workshop, participants will receive a Horse Owner’s Stewardship Guide and learn how to use the guide to complete an environmental assessment for their farm.

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