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Probe

Fred Jansen: How to land on a comet

As manager of the Rosetta mission, Fred Jansen was responsible for the successful 2014 landing of a probe on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In this fascinating and funny talk, Jansen reveals some of the intricate calculations that went into landing the Philae probe on a comet 500 million kilometers from Earth — and shares some incredible photographs taken along the way.As manager of the Rosetta mission, Fred Jansen is in charge of the project that could be instrumental in uncovering clues to the origins of life on Earth.

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Study

Drug Dreams Increase Cravings: Guelph Study

Guelph - Dreams can cause increased cravings in recovering drug addicts, according to a new University of Guelph-led study, with the researchers recommending more focus be paid to the role of dreams in addiction treatment.

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Leadership

Intelligent Community Forum Names Dr. Chih-Chiang (Jason) Hu as 2015 Visionary of the Year

Three-term mayor of Taichung led community into the future with new ideas & achieved global recognition

New York, NY – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced that it has named Dr. Chih-Chiang (Jason) Hu (pictured left), Vice Chairman of the Want Want Group and a former three-term mayor of the city of Taichung, Taiwan, as its Visionary of the Year for 2015. The Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year Award is presented to an individual or an organization that has taken a leadership role in promoting broadband technology and applications as an essential and transformative human utility, and whose work has had global impact on the entire Intelligent Community movement. Dr. Hu was cited for his decades of work in government service, including what it called his “revolutionary leadership” of Taichung as Mayor and his work as his nation’s Foreign Minister.

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Growth

A growing home for Shalom Counselling Services

Waterloo - Shalom Counselling Services celebrated the start of significant renovations to their Waterloo-based counselling centre with a ground breaking ceremony yesterday Thursday, April 9. The “Growing Home for Shalom” expansion project will increase Shalom’s ability to provide affordable and accessible counselling to people from all walks of life.

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Mental Health

Being underweight in middle age associated with increased dementia risk

London, UK - Middle-aged people who are underweight (with a Body Mass Index [BMI] less than 20 kg/m2 [1]) are a third more likely to develop dementia than people of similar age with a healthy BMI, according to new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal.

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Housing Prices

New Housing Price Index for February 2015

Significant year-over-year increases were reported in Hamilton (+3.1%), London (+2.4%) and Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo (+2.1%)

The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.2% in February, following a 0.1% decline in January. The combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa was the top contributor to the increase, with prices up 0.3% over the previous month. Market conditions and new list prices were the main reasons behind the gain. This was moderated by some builders offering promotional packages to stimulate sales and by lower list prices.


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Trade Mission

CTT Inc Leads Team Waterloo Region on Upcoming Business and Investment Attraction Mission to Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium

Mission Kicks off April 14th

Kitchener, – Advancing further trade and investment between Brainport Eindhoven and Waterloo Region will be the focus of the ongoing meetings between these two leading, globally-innovative regions. Both Brainport Eindhoven and Waterloo Region have, over the past two years, worked effectively together identifying and sharing leads and opportunities that fit each other’s strengths. A recent example of this sharing of business opportunities was demonstrated when Ingu Solutions Inc (from the Netherlands), chose to land in Waterloo Region after a brief, yet impressive two-day visit in March. Other results from the collaborative relationship are still to come.

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Water

Watershed Conditions Statement: Rivers will rise, but no major flooding forecast

Grand River Basin - Warmer weather with rain is moving into the watershed today. Rain started this morning and is forecast to continue until early Friday, with the heaviest rain from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. Across the watershed, about 35 mm of rain is forecast, with totals reaching 50 mm in areas where thunderstorms occur.


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Fundraising

$505,000 in Proceeds Presented by Rotary Club Today

Kitchener - At a special luncheon on Friday, April 10, 2015, the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club (KCRC) will present proceeds totaling $505,000.00 to several charities. This financial support to the community by KCRC represents the proceeds of its three projects in 2014, Dream Home, Lobsterfest and Turkey Drive.

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Construction Intentions

Building permits for February 2015

Ottawa - Canadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.1 billion in February, edging down 0.9% from the previous month. This was the second consecutive monthly decline. Lower construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta were responsible for the decrease at the national level.

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Alumni Participation

LinkedIn ranks Laurier number one in volunteerism

Waterloo– Wilfrid Laurier University has the highest proportion of students and alumni with volunteer experience compared to other universities worldwide, according to LinkedIn. LinkedIn analyzed the 10 million professionals around the world who added "volunteer and causes" to their LinkedIn profiles; when they looked at where these professionals attended university, Laurier ranked number one.

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Appointments

Shaw Media Organizational Changes Positions Business for Future

Toronto - Shaw Media announced yesterday a number of organizational changes as it continues to reshape its business to best compete in the evolving media landscape. The changes are based on the company's plans to redefine the organization from that of a traditional broadcaster to the broader focus of a media organization.

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Excellence

Canada Excellence Research Chair Meeting at the University of Waterloo

The 5th Annual Canada Excellence Research Chairs Meeting at the University of Waterloo will meet next week. The meeting brings together Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) holders from across Canada in Waterloo to share key developments and the latest discoveries in their respective research programs.

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Family Business

Business families at heart of Canadian economy

Report offers alternative view to criticism of the one percent

Toronto - They generate hundreds of billions in revenue, pay billions in taxes, and provide over one-and-a-half million private sector jobs, more than the entire population of Saskatchewan. Canada's leading business families make a huge but often overlooked contribution to Canada's economy, according to a report released by the Toronto-based consultancy Creaghan McConnell Group (CMG).

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Post Education

Ontario Investing $55 Million to Help More People In Skilled Trades

Enter the Skilled Trades

Queens Park - Ontario is investing an additional $55 million in three programs that support apprenticeship. This investment will help the next generation of skilled tradespeople access the training, equipment and facilities they need to get good jobs. “Ontario’s apprenticeship system is a key part of building the well-educated and highly skilled workforce the province needs to compete in the current and future economy. This increased funding will help ensure that our young people are getting the skills training they need to get good jobs and drive further growth in our economy," added Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation.

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Research

Western University adds two new Canada Research Chairs, three more renewed

London - Already recognized as one of the world’s top centres for cognitive neuroscience and imaging research, Western University’s Brain & Mind Institute has added two new Canada Research Chairs. Its director, Melvyn Goodale, also had his Chair renewed for seven years.


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Education Funding

Waterloo researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs, funding

Waterloo - Yesterday the Government of Canada named eight professors from the University of Waterloo as Canada Research Chairs (CRC). Five of those also received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) as part of the same announcement.

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Funding

Ontario Investing $19 Million to Support Local Festivals and Events

Queens Park - Ontario is supporting a record number of festivals and events across the province that will draw tourists, create jobs and grow local economies.


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Recognizing Volunteers

Volunteer impact awards honour rare volunteers

Cambridge – Two corporate groups that support rare Charitable Research Reserve - a local urban land trust protecting over 900 acres of conservation land on behalf of the community, were honored with a volunteer award at the 10th Annual Volunteer Impact Awards Gala hosted by the Volunteer Action Centre in Kitchener last night.

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Leadership

Why Businesswomen Should Embrace Their Inner Sofia Vergara

Businesses Benefit With New Values When Women Take The L.E.A.D., Research Indicates

There’s more to Sofia Vergara, the top-earning actress on television for three years running, than meets the eye, says executive and business coach Debora McLaughlin. “She’s a wildly successful entrepreneur who embraces herself, including her own beauty, her 40s, her health as a thyroid cancer survivor, her previous status as a single mother, her multiple endorsement deals from corporations that reflect her life – and she does it all with swagger,” says McLaughlin, CEO of The Renegade Leader Coaching and Consulting Group, and author of “Running in High Heels: How to Lead with Influence, Impact & Ingenuity.”

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Travelling North America

VIA Rail Canada Partners With Yankee Leisure Group

Montreal - VIA Rail Canada is very pleased to announce a strengthened partnership and new itineraries with Rail Specialist - Yankee Leisure Group “YLG” (operating brands: Amtrak Vacations, Unique Rail Journeys and Yankee Holidays). This partnership will expand tourism packages on VIA Rail for North American travelers, as well as providing additional options for travel agents to earn commission on a number of Canadian and North American rail bookings through Yankee Leisure Group/Amtrak Vacations.

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