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Math

Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón: Math is forever

With humor and charm, mathematician Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón answers a question that’s wracked the brains of bored students the world over: What is math for? He shows the beauty of math as the backbone of science — and shows that theorems, not diamonds, are forever. Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón links science with humor and stories. Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón links science with humor and stories. He studied theology and has a PhD in mathematics from the University of La Rioja. In Spanish, with English subtitles.

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Auto Manufacturing

Toyota to Realign Manufacturing Operations in North America

Investing Approximately US$1 Billion in New, State-of-the-Art Corolla Plant in Central Mexico; Transitioning to Mid-Sized, Higher-Value Models in Ontario, Canada

PLANO, TX - Toyota announced yesterday a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), a comprehensive approach to achieving sustainable growth by making ever-better vehicles more efficiently. As part of this strategy, Toyota will invest approximately US$1 billion to construct its newest North American manufacturing facility in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico to produce the Corolla. This state-of-the-art plant will feature the latest TNGA production engineering innovations, employ approximately 2,000 team members and have the capacity to produce 200,000 units annually.

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Manufacturing

Monthly Survey of Manufacturing for February 2015

Sales data for January that was originally estimated as a 1.7% decline was revised to a 3.0% decline

Ottawa - Manufacturing sales declined 1.7% to $50.0 billion in February, the fourth decrease in five months. The drop reflected lower sales of motor vehicles and reduced production of aerospace products and parts. Monthly manufacturing sales have fallen 6.8% since their most recent high of $53.7 billion in July 2014.

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99.5%

United Way Closes the Books on 2014 with an Unexpected Boost to Campaign

Cambridge - United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries has closed its books on the 2014 campaign with an unexpected boost. Staff and volunteers at United Way are thrilled to share that an additional $40,663 in fundraising dollars were received after announcing at the annual Community Achievement Night gala on February 26th, 2015 that they had come within 98% of their goal. Because these funds were received before March 31st, 2015, United Way is able to include these dollars in the campaign achievement for 2014. What this ultimately means is that the 2014 campaign has now closed having raised $2,327,425 – an incredible 99.5% achievement on its goal of $2,340,000!

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Warehouse Retail

City of Waterloo Zoning Bylaw Amendment for Costco has been Approved

Waterloo - Yesterday, the City of Waterloo, Region of Waterloo and West Waterloo Retail GP Limited presented minutes of settlement to the Ontario Municipal Board regarding land on the west side of Waterloo at 924 Erb St. W. and part of 930 Erb St. W.

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Exceptional Teacher

Ken Maly named Laurier’s new Teaching Fellow

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Office of the Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning has named Ken Maly Laurier’s new Teaching Fellow for 2015. Maly is an associate professor in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and is currently serving as the associate dean: priorities and planning. ”Dr. Maly joined Laurier in 2006 and has been actively involved in teaching, research and educational leadership ever since,” said Pat Rogers, associate vice-president: teaching and learning. “Ken is an exceptional teacher and scholar and I am very pleased he is being recognized for his outstanding contributions.”

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Cyber Security

If You Think Security Awareness Education is Expensive, Try Ignorance

Clearwater, FL. - Facts surrounding spear phishing all point to employees as the most cited culprits and security awareness training as the most effective remedy. Recent research sponsored by KnowBe4 shows email spear phishing is now the number one source of data breaches with human error at the bottom of it all. A new study released from Osterman Research says 67% of respondents say malware has successfully penetrated their corporate networks through email with web surfing a close second at 63%. Another 23% say malware has infiltrated their networks but they still don’t know how.

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Best Project

PCL’s Toronto Pan Am Aquatics Centre Best Project Built in Ontario

Toronto - PCL Constructors Canada Inc.’s Toronto Pan Am Aquatics Centre has been named the best project built in Ontario for 2015 by the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA). The OGCA’s Ontario Builder Awards, presented at the Construction Symposium this past weekend in Collingwood, ON, showcases members’ recent and best projects, declaring one winner in each of six categories according to construction volume (from $5M to over $300M). This year’s ceremony contained an element of surprise, as the OCGA decided to choose an overall ‘Best of the Best’ project from amongst the winners.

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Your Legal Health

Time to assess your legal health and act in your best interest

Flu season’s over, now it’s time to take your legal temperature.

Ottawa - Sometimes people don’t realize they have a legal issue; sometimes they do realize it, but don’t know where to turn for help, says John Sims, Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and former federal Deputy Minister of Justice.

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Study

Prevalence and correlates of marijuana use in Canada

Ottawa - According to the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey–Mental Health, about 12% of Canadians aged 15 or older (3.4 million) used marijuana in the year prior to the survey. The percentage was higher among males (16%) than among females (8%).

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Collaboration

Partnership creates new workforce development opportunities to meet community need

Kitchener - In preparation for the opening of Innisfree House, Kitchener’s new 10 - bed residential hospice, Lisaard House is working with Conestoga College as the college launches two new Palliative Care Certificate Programs that will train caregivers in end - of - life care. The new certificate programs will bring palliative care, research, and teaching activities together to improve end - of - life care for future residents and the training of the next generation of front - line staff.

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Search Optimization

The Dos and Don'ts of SEO

By Andrea Mammolite, eSolutions Group

Waterloo - Last month, we looked at five dos and don'ts to optimize your company's search engine optimization (SEO) by providing simple tips to consider when creating your website's content with SEO in mind. Today, we are going to look at the more technical aspect of gearing up your website for SEO in simple language that any user can understand, regardless of your technical skill with computers. With these tips, you might find your website at the top of search results in just weeks!

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Migrant Workers

Changes to Foreign Worker Program could strangle Canadian economy

Changes could also lead to rise in illegal workers - Roslyn Kunin

VANCOUVER - Canada's recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) are slamming the door on low-skilled workers trying to come to Canada, and in some cases to stay in the country. To some, this might not seem to be a bad thing, but a shortage of low-skilled workers will have consequences in both the short and longer terms.

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Investment

Supporting Research and Innovation in Space Technology in Kitchener

Leveraging scientific and high-tech expertise while supporting local jobs and growth

Kitchener – Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre announce that Qidni Labs Inc. of Kitchener received research and development (R&D) funding valued at close to $200,000. This investment, made via the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Space Technology Development Program (STDP), supports the design of new space technologies to support future Canadian space missions or contributions to international missions, while building the industrial capacity of Canada’s space sector.

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Dust Model

Researchers Can Trace Dust Samples Using Fungal DNA

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, have developed a statistical model that allows them to tell where a dust sample came from within the continental United States based on the DNA of fungi found in the sample.

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Spring Cleaning

Five Places People Don’t Always Clean

Tips on cleaning areas where filth lingers

Vancouver – As nature awakens from the cold, dark days of winter, property owners everywhere are catching spring-cleaning fever. Many home and business owners often miss filthy areas that are right under their noses. Germs, dust, and bacteria lurk on electronics, pillows, switches and handles, ceiling fans and air vents, and curtains and upholstery.

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Farming

Ritz locks farmers out, hands CWB keys to Bunge and Saudi king’s fund

Government has accomplished the biggest transfer of wealth away from farmers; The whole deal has been brokered in complete secrecy.

Saskatoon - Yesterday, "Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that G3, a joint venture owned by two foreign corporations, Bunge and the Saudi investment company SALIC, is the beneficiary of CWB privatization. With this, the Conservative government has accomplished the biggest transfer of wealth away from farmers in the history of Canada,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union (NFU) President.

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Health & Safety Report

Steelworkers Call for Timely, Enforceable Health and Safety Improvements

Toronto - United Steelworkers (USW) Ontario Director Marty Warren welcomed the release of the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Advisory Group's report aimed at improving safety in the province's mining industry.

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