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Life on Mars

Nathalie Cabrol: How Mars might hold the secret to the origin of life

While we like to imagine little green men, it’s far more likely that life on other planets will be microbial. Planetary scientist Nathalie Cabrol takes us inside the search for microbes on Mars, a hunt which counterintuitively leads us to the remote lakes of the Andes mountains. This extreme environment — with its thin atmosphere and scorched land — approximates the surface of Mars about 3.5 billion years ago. How microbes adapt to survive here may just show us where to look on Mars — and could help us understand why some microbial pathways lead to civilization while others are a dead end.


M&T Guelph Hosted Education Minister Showcasing Leading Business-Education Collaboration Initiative

Guelph - Last Friday the Guelph Chamber of Commerce hosted a tour of M&T Printing Group in Guelph for the Ontario Minister of Education Hon. Liz Sandals. The tour highlighted M&T’s innovative ‘M&T Graphics Factory’, a classroom inside the business designated solely as a learning space for the Wellington Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Graphic Design co-op students.

Beer Sale Changes

Brick Brewing joins Ontario beer drinkers in support of Advisory Council report

Kitchener - Brick Brewing Co. Limited offered its thanks - on behalf of its employees, customers and beer drinkers across Ontario - to the Premier's Advisory Council on Government Assets.


Quarry Announces Michael Palmer as Executive Creative Director

Digital-savvy choice emphasizes need for customer-centricity in modern marketing Creative leadership focus to inspire results from a multi-faceted, talented team of experience design professionals

St. Jacobs - Quarry welcomes Michael Palmer, an award-winning creative professional with nearly 20 years of B2B and B2C experience, as Executive Creative Director. “We’ve taken our time to find the right creative director for the next exciting leg of our journey, and we believe Michael is a fabulous fit,” states Ken Whyte, President and Chief Operating Officer at Quarry. “He possesses a rare blend of creative expertise that reflects the needs of modern marketing in today’s customer-centric environment. Plus, he demonstrates the collaborative spirit and passion for ideas that are central to Quarry's culture and our clients’ success.”

Digital World

Explored: the Digital Infrastructure for the Next Billion Users in Emerging Markets

All markets face challenges related to changes in consumer and business usage and the need to remove frictions that prevent users from transporting and accessing data.

Jakarta, Indonesia – At a time when the potential of the internet for economic and social benefit seems boundless, major issues loom that could affect the ability of billions of people – 96 % of them in emerging markets – to get connected and participate fully in the digital economy. The Digital Infrastructure Report, published today, explores these issues in depth.


Two-way all-day GO train is an integral part of Ontario budget, say mayors

Brampton – Two-way all-day GO rail service linking Toronto to Brampton-Guelph-Kitchener-Waterloo is an integral component of the 2015 Ontario budget and 10-year capital plan, say the mayors of these communities. The Provincial announcement of its increased investment to improve GO Transit service along all corridors is a significant step to connect people and improve the economy.


Seven Local Women Recognized through Leading Women and Leading Girls Building Communities Program

Waterloo - Five women and two girls from Kitchener-Waterloo will be honoured today at a lunch reception through the Leading Women and Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Program. Catherine Fife, MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo, is hosting the celebration and presenting the awards for this year’s winners: Melanie Baker, Georgia Cunningham, Karley George, Sarah Ingle, Janice Lee, Fauzia Mazhar and Kirsten Pendlebury.


Ontario Increasing GO Transit Service Along Kitchener Corridor

Province’s Plan Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Ontario’s History

Kitchener - Through its Moving Ontario Forward plan, the government is investing in improvements across the GO Transit network to increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy. Funding through Moving Ontario Forward will also be used to build priority rapid transit projects that will connect to GO Transit and other systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). “Our government has listened to the voices of people in Kitchener Centre, and we are committed to expanding GO service in our community. I am very pleased with today’s announcement to make unprecedented investments in transit infrastructure in our Region," Daiene Vernile MPP, Kitchener Centre.


Leading doctors warn that sepsis deaths will not be curbed without radical rethink of research strategy

Brighton, UK - Leading doctors today [Monday 20 April, 2015] warn that medical and public recognition of sepsis—thought to contribute to between a third and a half of all hospital deaths—must improve if the number of deaths from this common and potentially life-threatening condition are to fall.

Job search

Don't Stop Now: Six Things Job Searchers Should Do After a Great Interview

If you've just rocked a job interview, you might be tempted to sit back, relax, and wait to hear, "You're hired!" But Peter K. Studner reminds you that a lot can happen between an outstanding interview and a job offer. Here, he shares six things job searchers should do to further their campaigns after interviewing.

Los Angeles, CA —You've just had your first, second, or even third interview with a prospective employer, and you walked away from the meeting with a really good feeling. The interviewer may have even let slip that you'd be a great fit for the company or that your accomplishments are impressive. Understandably, you're excited about the possibility of being hired. And if you're like many job searchers, you'll assume that your campaign is (finally) at a turning point.


What you face when you disrupt an industry

We are disrupting the transportation industry. However, we are not the only ones. Uber, Lyft, several valet parking App companies, car sharing companies and others are all playing a role to a larger or smaller degree. The industry needed disruption. Many of the static ones do, and in doing so you create a unique set of challenges:

Assitive technologies

Investing in First-in Canada Medical Devices

Canadian Government invests in the GTA's Advanced Manufacturing Sector, creating highly-skilled jobs

Mississauga - On Friday the FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear announced an important investment that will accelerate the development and commercialization of new, first-in-Canada medical devices to be used by physicians during heart procedures.

Climate Change

Think Globally Invest Locally!

Waterloo Region - As people in Waterloo Region consider the global impact of climate change, they are seeking ways to support solutions that will help hasten the shift to low-carbon energy sources. In response to the growing interest in investing in local renewable energy projects as a way to be a part of that change, Divest Waterloo in partnership with CREW- WR (Community Renewable Energy Waterloo) are hosting Think Globally Invest Locally on April 21stat 7pm at the Kitchener Downtown Community Centre. Shane Mulligan, General Manager of Local Initiative for Future Energy (LIFE) Co-op and Brian Unrau, President of Community Energy Development Co-operative Ltd will explain how to invest in local renewable energy projects to “save the planet, and make a great return while doing it”. Mulligan and Unrau represent two local Renewable Energy Co-operatives offering investment opportunities to their network of supporters.


The Arrival of the “Age of Abundance”
by Naseem Javed

We are surrounded by millions of everything, We are swamped with unlimited options, ideas, goods and services, intricate possibilities and simply drowning in overflow…never in the history of mankind have we had so much so easily and simultaneously available for so many in so many aspects across the farthest corners of the world. The arrival of the age of abundance is now a mainstream challenge for all creators and producers of ideas, goods and services. On one side we are witnessing the transformation from the ‘age of scarcity’ to the ‘age of abundance’ on the other we are in a massive global flood drowning the ordinary, mediocrity and old age execution.


Share Your E-waste and Help CREW and The Environment

Waterloo Region - CREW in partnership with the Sunrise Shopping Centre & the United Recyclers of America-Canada announced they will host their first joint Electronic Recycling Event.

Earth Day

Waterloo Landfill celebrates Earth Day with public tours

Waterloo Region – To celebrate Earth Day, the Region of Waterloo is offering free public tours on Saturday, April 25 at the Waterloo landfill site. Buses will be available to give residents a guided tour of the landfill operation and the Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre. Residents can take a closer look at garbage, green bin and recycling collection trucks, and landfill vehicles. Displays featuring the blue box, green bin and other waste diversion programs will also be available.

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