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Earth Watch

Will Marshall: Tiny satellites show us the Earth as it changes in near-real-time

Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs' Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster — by getting smaller. He introduces his tiny satellites

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Expanding Trade

Waterloo company takes big step forward in Europe with safety approval

WATERLOO - Swenco Limited, a manufacturer of protective footwear products in Waterloo, Ont., has earned Certification Europe (CE) approval for its Steel-Flex Steel Toe Overshoe. It is a significant milestone in the company’s 52-year history. “This means we can now sell our overshoe in Europe, which has a huge number of factories and industrial sites,’’ says Matthew Rowlands, Swenco’s assistant general manager (photo). “CE is recognized around the world as a very strong mark of assurance in the occupational health and safety industry.“Our product exceeds the benchmarks of impact resistance and slip resistance set by that standardization process.”

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World Taliet Day

Beyond Infrastructure: Building New Attitudes Also Needed to End Open Defecation, UN Says

1 billion people don't use toilets: 1 in 6 people in developing regions; New UN-Water GLAAS findings underscore critical gaps in monitoring, particularly for sanitation in rural areas

New York - The UN today called on religious, education and opinion leaders in developing regions to join government officials and champion a halt to open defecation, a practice of 1 billion people worldwide - one-sixth of the developing world's 5.9 billion inhabitants.

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Employment

Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in August 2014

Ottawa - Canadian businesses reported 234,000 job vacancies in August, relatively unchanged compared with August 2013. There were 6.0 unemployed people for every job vacancy, little changed from 12 months earlier.

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Appointment

Donna Kotsopoulos appointed Acting Associate Vice-President: Research; Deborah MacLatchy appointed Acting Vice-President: Research

Waterloo - Dr. Max Blouw announced the appointment of Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos to the role of Acting Associate Vice-President: Research, commencing Nov. 20.

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Money Trends

High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 1982 to 2012

Canada's top 1% of taxfilers saw their share of total income fall to a six-year low in 2012.

Ottawa - The top 1% held 10.3% of total income in 2012, down from 10.6% in 2011, and well below the historical peak of 12.1% reached in 2006. The share of the top 5% of taxfilers declined from 25.1% in 2006 to 23.6% in 2012, while the share of the top 10% of taxfilers fell from 36.1% to 34.9% during the same period.

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Geriatric Care

Developing leaders for health care

Kitchener - Heidi Holmes, program coordinator and full-time faculty member in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Conestoga, has been chosen as the first RN in Canada to participate in an exclusive leadership development program designed to prepare nurses for influential roles in geriatric care.

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Addressing Violence

Researcher calls for national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women

New study examines impact of recent policy changes by federal government

TORONTO – Recent changes to Canadian immigration policy mean fewer social and health supports for immigrant women with a precarious immigration status – putting them at an increased risk of violence, researchers say.

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Transportation

Airport activity for 2013

Ottawa - Air passenger traffic at Canadian airports rose 2.7% in 2013, the fourth consecutive annual increase following the economic slowdown of 2009. All sectors experienced growth, as the domestic sector expanded 3.2%, transborder traffic (between Canada and the United States) increased 2.6% and other international traffic was up 1.2%. Start-ups of new carriers contributed to the growth.

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Bullying

PREVNet unveils new tools to help Ontario schools prevent bullying

TORONTO - York University professor Debra Pepler, and Queen’s University professor Wendy Craig, co-scientific directors of the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet), are unveiling a new toolkit for educators in conjunction with Bullying Awareness Week, Nov. 17-23.

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Partnership

Rouge Valley teams up with U of T

Toronto — Rouge Valley Health System and the University of Toronto have signed a formal community affiliation agreement that will benefit health professions students, patients and the community.

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Geospatial

Laurier research institute hosts interdisciplinary seminar on geospatial data analysis

WATERLOO – The Laurier-based MS2Discovery Interdisciplinary Research Institute presents a public seminar featuring Carson Farmer of the City University of New York who will speak on geospatial data analysis. Farmer’s talk takes place Friday, Nov. 21 at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener from 9 a.m to noon. It is free and open to the public.

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Contraband

Smoke and Mirrors

Edward R. Myers, formerly Editor of FrontLine Security magazine, has been tracking the contraband tobacco issue now for a couple of years. In the attached article, Myers examines the role of the Ontario government in dealing with the contraband tobacco issue. - By Edward R. Myers

It looks like contraband tobacco has become the most recent hobby-horse for the Ontario Liberal Government. In his just released fall fiscal update the Ontario Finance Minister, Charles Sousa, ascribed a huge portion of the near term budget savings to the Ontario government's activities curtailing the prevalence of contraband tobacco.

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Where do we go?

Travel between Canada and other countries for September 2014

Ottawa - Travel to Canada by US residents increased in September compared with the previous month, mainly as a result of more overnight trips. United States residents took 1.7 million trips to Canada, up 2.6% compared with August.

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Mental Health

Coping strategies therapy significantly improves dementia carers’ mental health and quality of life

London, UK - A brief coping strategies therapy which provides stress relief and emotional support for people caring for relatives with dementia can reduce depression and anxiety and improve wellbeing at no extra cost to standard care, new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry suggests.

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Infectious Diseases

Three-day global symposium on Ebola virus and other infectious diseases starts today at York

TORONTO — How can Canada and the world better prepare for global health challenges such as the Ebola virus? That’s what eminent researchers and young investigators will discuss at an upcoming infectious disease symposium at the Executive Learning Centre, Seymour Schulich School of Business, York University, November 18-20.


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Serving a Need

Demand for protective garments skyrockets as debate on Ebola includes possibility of air borne as well as blood borne transmission

Demand for clothing by Kappler Inc. soars with two days of orders surpassing two years of annual sales

Tiverton – More than 500 front-line health care workers have contracted Ebola since the epidemic began in Dec. of 2013, and 269 have died, according to World Health Organization statistics compiled through the end of October. In addition, some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts believe that the deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted by just a cough or sneeze. “These factors have created unprecedented demand for protective garments using APTRA® – a breathable microporous plastic film that resists both contact, droplet and airborne transmission of pathogens,” said Tom Inglis, General Manager of BI-AX International Inc. of Tiverton, ON.

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Innovation

Parx Plastics winner of World Technology Award in New York

Wins the World Technology Award for creating a biocompatible antibacterial plastic.

New York - Once a year The World Technology Network brings together many of the world's most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields to present, discuss and celebrate innovations and accomplishments. In this years edition Parx Plastics was awarded for its inventions creating a biocompatible antibacterial plastic.

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Great Lakes

Reading the signs: researcher uses fish bones as a record of pollution

Windsor - Living organisms are continuously exposed to substances through the consumption of food and contact with their environments; exposure to metals can result from both natural sources and pollution.

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Halth Care

Preparing for the Dementia Tidal Wave

London - In Canada, nearly 750,000 people are living with some form of dementia. In the next two decades, that number is expected to double, having the potential to become the single greatest burden on our health-care system.

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Study

Huge life expectancy gap and physical health inequalities in young people with psychosis addressed in declaration from Tokyo conference

Sydney Austrailia - To address the life expectancy gap and physical health inequalities experienced by young people with psychosis, global experts are announcing the Healthy Active Lives (HeAL) declaration at this year’s International Early Psychosis Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The international initiative is led by Dr David Shiers, retired GP and Advisor to the National Audit of Schizophrenia, UK and Dr Jackie Curtis, University of New South Wales, and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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