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Education

Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen

At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world's cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids. Architect Takaharu Tezuka creates imaginative and versatile personal spaces. Takaharu Tezuka and his wife Yui make up Tezuka Architects. Together they have built schools centered on trees, play areas created from interwoven wooden beams and hospitals that offer patients the healing gifts of joyous light and space.

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Research

Researchers in infectious diseases among those recognized as Canada Research Chairs

Hamilton - Two of the world’s leading researchers in the fight against infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance are among those recognized as Canada Research Chairs in an announcement yesterday by the Honourable Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women.


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Motivate

The Shifting Sands of Employee Motivation

Motivators in today’s knowledge economy as being Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose

I recently attended a speech by best-selling author Daniel Pink[1] in which he summarized research on shifts in employee motivators. The old “if-then motivators” of giving bonuses for the achievement of goals no longer work. Work has become too complex and is changing too rapidly for such simple formulas to be relevant and to motivate performance.

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Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnoea and the brain: a complex relationship

by Dr Ivana Rosenzweig

London, UK - Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a common disease that has implications for both neurocognitive and cardiovascular health [1]. This Review, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, discusses both the neural adaptive and maladaptive processes in response to low oxygen levels in the blood (hypoxaemia) which is common in patients with OSA, as well as OSA’s effect on cognitive and emotional performance.

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Investments

AFEX Announces Strategic Hire to Head New Office in Southwestern Ontario, Canada

Mike Elliott to serve as Regional Director in Silicon Valley North, Kitchener/Waterloo

Woodland Hills, Calif. - AFEX, one of the world’s largest non-bank providers of foreign currency and risk management solutions, today announced the appointment of Mike Elliott as Regional Director, Southwestern Ontario. Known as the Silicon Valley of the North, Kitchener/Waterloo is a tech-heavy market, combined with a strong manufacturing and agriculture base, home to many businesses that rely on import and export, and a key market in Canada.


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Improvments

Cambridge Memorial Hospital to open new Emergency entrance April 15

Cambridge – Today, Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) will close to the public the west side of the hospital in order to make way for the construction of the new patient tower. This means the Emergency Department entrance will move to the front of the hospital.

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Study

Grandparents living with their grandchildren

Ottawa - In 2011, close to 600,000 grandparents aged 45 and older, or about 8% of all grandparents in this age group in Canada, lived in the same household as their grandchildren. Overall, there were about 7 million grandparents in private households in 2011. Grandparents had 4.2 grandchildren on average.

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Fall Prevention

Gentle Exercise Program key Component of CCAC’s Fall Prevention Strategy

Waterloo/Wellington - Did you know that every 10 minutes in Ontario a senior visits an emergency department because of a fall, that every 30 minutes, a senior is admitted to hospital because of a fall, that falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults and the sixth leading cause of death.

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Environment

Fire to help restore rare prairie habitat on the rare Charitable Research Reserve

North Dumfries - Tallgrass prairie habitats are among the world’s rarest and most endangered ecosystems, once covering nearly 100,000 hectares in southwestern Ontario. Now, less than 5% remains. In partnership with University of Guelph, as part of a long-term research project, rare converted an agricultural field to tallgrass prairie in 2010 in order to investigate what makes a prairie restoration successful. After nearly 5 years, the 18.5 hectare prairie now requires a prescribed burn to sustain and enhance the overall health and dominance of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem at this site.

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Health Cast

Waterloo researcher to discuss e-cigarettes in Harvard webcast

Waterloo - More teens and adults are trying e-cigarettes than ever before, but researchers remain at odds about what risks the products pose to public health. Are they a helpful quitting tool, or do they promote tobacco use among new users?

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Recognition

Educating Youth about Preserving and Caring

Waterloo Region - Peter Gray, Co-Chair Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival is being honoured with the prestigious June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award at a ceremony in Toronto.

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Expansion

Manulife Completes Transaction with New York Life, Significantly Expanding John Hancock's Retirement Plan Services Business

John Hancock Retirement Plan Services Now Top 15 Provider in Mid Plan Market

Toronto - Manulife Financial Corporation announced that its U.S. Division (John Hancock Financial), has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of New York Life's Retirement Plan Services business. The business will be combined with John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (JHRPS), significantly increasing its retirement plan assets under administration.

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Impact

Sarona Asset Management Inc. honoured as ‘Best for the World’, creating most overall positive social and environmental impact

Kitchener - Sarona Asset Management Inc. has been recognized for creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact by the non-profit B Lab with the release of the fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list. The ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list honours businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Honourees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses around the globe.

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Productivity

Revealed: the Digital Poverty Holding Back Global Growth and Development

Many countries are failing to implement basic reforms that could increase productivity, boost economic growth and raise living standards

Geneva, Switzerland – The world’s developing and emerging economies are failing to exploit the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to drive social and economic transformation and catch up with more advanced nations, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015, published yesterday.

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Expansion

OpenText Cloud Provides Seamless and Secure Information Exchange to MECAPLAST Group

Long-term Relationship with OpenText Helps MECAPLAST Transform its Supply Chain for a Digital-First World

Waterloo- OpenText announced that MECAPLAST Group, one of Europe's leading automotive parts suppliers, has extended its use of the OpenText Cloud to help ensure secure Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) across partners and facilities worldwide.

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Construction

Homes built with brick, block, stone remain top choice for consumers

New study shows 90% of Ontarians prefer masonry homes for durability, quality and value

Concord– Relied on for centuries to build sturdy, long-lasting homes, brick, block and stone continue to be the top building material of choice for Ontario home buyers, according to new research. An overwhelming 90% of consumers who participated in the province-wide study said they would prefer to buy homes made of masonry products — brick, block and stone — over other exterior finishes, such as wood, vinyl siding or stucco.


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Investing

IFIC Releases Model Reports to Help Dealers Inform Investors

Toronto - The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) released two model reports – one on investment performance and the other on charges and other compensation paid to dealers/advisors – to help the funds industry deliver on Phase 3 of the new disclosure framework known as Client Relationship Model 2 (CRM2).

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Appointment

CarProof welcomes Karim Hemani as Vice President, Consumer Vertical

London - CarProof Corporation announced Karim Hemani has joined the executive team as Vice President, Consumer Vertical. In his new role, Mr. Hemani will be focused on aggressively expanding CarProof's value proposition and awareness with consumers.

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Drones

‘Dirty Dancing’ lecture at CIGI discusses death and drones in the borderlands

Waterloo - Virtually all critical discussions of military violence in the borderlands have singled out the United States drone strikes, but at his public lecture, hosted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Gregory will situate the strikes directed by the Central Intelligence Agency in the larger matrix of military and paramilitary violence in the region.

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