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Hilarious Science

Sophie Scott - Neuroscientist, stand-up comic: Why we laugh

Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of the topic. While exploring the neuroscience of speech and vocal behavior, Sophie Scott stumbled upon a surprising second vocation: making audiences laugh as a stand-up comic.

World Class

Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) 4th in World Veterinary College Ranking

Guelph - The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) places fourth worldwide and tops in Canada in a new global ranking of veterinary schools. This year’s ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) includes nearly 900 universities in various categories. Veterinary science schools around the world were included for the first time this year.

Pilot Project

New pilot project in Ottawa offers mobile solution for immunization reporting

Ottawa residents can send their children’s immunization information to public health authorities via their iPhones and iPads

OTTAWA – If you forgot to report your child’s immunization information to Ottawa Public Health (OPH), a new smartphone tool can help. A new test feature on the ImmunizeCA app will give Ottawa parents of children under the age of 15 the option to digitally report their child’s immunization record via their iPhones and iPads to OPH.


Gross domestic product by industry for February 2015

Ottawa - Real gross domestic product (GDP) was unchanged in February following a 0.2% decline in January. The increase in the output of service industries, primarily in retail trade, was offset by an overall decline in goods-producing industries.

Folk Art & Artifacts

Artifact found among records for archiving

A hidden piece of Canadiana is going to a museum after its discovery in an archive at the University of Waterloo.

Waterloo - Several companies and charities in Waterloo region send their archives to the University of Waterloo Library. It was while cataloguing a box belonging to YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo that Jessica Blackwell, one of the librarians, noticed something unusual tucked inside and showed her colleague.

CASL - Anti Spam

Privacy Commissioner Issues Guidance For Privacy Law and CASL Compliance

Vancouver - On April 27, 2015, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada issued a guidance document entitled “Anti-spam law’s changes to Canadian federal privacy law: A guide for businesses doing e-marketing” and a related “Helpful Tips” summary document. The Guide explains basic privacy law requirements for the use of personal information (including email addresses) to send commercial messages (including emails), and provides recommendations for compliance. The Guide is an important reminder that organizations that send commercial electronic messages must comply with both Canada’s anti-spam law and Canadian privacy laws.

Helping or Harming

The science behind spite

DB Krupp and Peter Taylor offer twist on evolutionary theory which could help explain racism and other forms of prejudice.

Kingston - Psychology, biology, and mathematics have come together to show that the occurrence of altruism and spite – helping or harming others at a cost to oneself – depends on similarity not just between two interacting individuals but also to the rest of their neighbours.


Payroll employment, earnings and hours for February 2015

Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $951 in February, little changed from $948 the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings increased by 2.7%.


Navtech Acquires DW International

Waterloo - Navtech, announced yesterday that it has acquired DW International (DWI). The acquisition of DWI is part of Navtech's continued investment strategy to accelerate global growth and expand its product and service offerings.


Cambridge and Conestoga: partners for sportsplex project

Cambridge - On Tuesday, April 28, Cambridge City Council voted to move forward with negotiations for a partnership with Conestoga for the construction and operation of a community multi-purpose sport and recreation complex.

Discovery Health

Protein Adseverin identified as key factor driving bone loss in osteoinflammatory disease

Toronto – Adseverin, a protein found in the body, has been identified as the key driver behind the bone loss associated with the world’s most common inflammatory disease: gum disease, or periodontitis. The findings, published this month in top biology journal FASEB by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry, paves the way for new preventive treatment models for this prevalent disease.

Hospitality - Food/Drink

Food services and drinking places for February 2015

Sales in Ontario fell 1.9%, the second consecutive monthly decline

Ottawa - Sales at food services and drinking places declined 0.7% to $4.9 billion in February. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.8% in the 12 months to February, but were unchanged from January.

Economic Development

Goodyear Talks Additive Manufacturing in Hamilton

Hamilton - Gary Goodyear delivered a keynote address at the first full-day Canada Makes: Additive Manufacturing Forum, co-hosted by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and Mohawk College in Hamilton. Prior to the Forum, Minister Goodyear toured the Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre at Mohawk College, which provides additive manufacturing capabilities to local companies to develop and enhance their products. He also co-hosted a roundtable with CME President and CEO Jayson Myers to discuss challenges and new opportunities for manufacturing in Ontario.


Western's Board promises ‘harder look’ at its processes

London - Western’s Board of Governors backed the future-focused plans of both President Amit Chakma and Board Chair Chirag Shah at the Board’s regular meeting Thursday. In unanimous votes, Board members approved two separate motions, each reading:

Study - Health Care

New MLI study shows how Canada could learn from Japan, Korea and Taiwan as it seeks to reform its health-care system

OTTAWA – For too long Canadians have assumed that reforming Canada’s health-care system will lead a system that’s almost identical to the United States’ poorly-performing model. But there are lessons to be learned elsewhere.


First cohort of teachers to graduate from Laurier’s mental health certificate program

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will graduate its first cohort in the Faculty of Education’s certificate in mental health on May 2. The Mental Health Issues in the Classroom certificate is tailored to teachers and education administrators and fills a void in teacher training in student mental health.


National Magazine Awards Foundation announces Michael Fox is the recipient of the 2015 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

Toronto - The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) announced that publisher, circulator and magazine industry leader Michael Fox has been named the recipient of the 2015 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. A magazine publisher is many things, perhaps foremost among them a trailblazer. Michael Fox has built a four-decade career as an inspirational leader in the Canadian magazine industry, one which makes the National Magazine Awards Foundation truly honoured to present him with its Outstanding Achievement Award for 2015.


Funding the Future: Carleton Marks Best Year in Donations to Worthy Projects and Programs

More than $25 million goes to opportunities for students, resources, research and real-world initiatives

Ottawa - Carleton University is celebrating its best single year of fundraising, with more than $25 million in donations raised for student aid, new programs, research and initiatives that tackle major community challenges and enhance our world.

Innovation Challenge

Carleton Hosts the Technovation Challenge Showcase and Competition

Ottawa - Carleton University will host the Technovation Challenge Showcase and Competition on Sunday, May 3, 2015. This is the final event of the Ottawa Technovation Challenge 2015 season. Eleven teams, made up of young women in high school, will showcase and pitch their applications and businesses to a panel of judges. The winning team will be announced at 3:30 p.m and will win $1,000 and move on to the next round.


$5.7 million investment will meet the growing needs of Eastern Ontario community

Prescott - Hydro One announced the completion of $5.7 million of improvements to the electricity infrastructure in the Prescott area. The investment increased the electrical capacity to the area by installing a new 44 kv power line. This improvement will ensure there is enough electrical capacity for the growing Prescott and Morrisburg areas.


Co-operators General Insurance Company Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company (Co-operators General) released consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015. The consolidated net income was $22.2 million compared to net income of $10.6 million for the same quarter in 2014. This resulted in earnings per share of $0.98 for the quarter compared to $0.35 in the same period last year.

Socially Responsible

NYU Moves Forward on Fossil Fuel Divestment

University Senate passes resolution to divest from coal, oil and gas companies

New York— The NYU University Senate passed a resolution yesterday in favor of fossil fuel divestment. The terms of the resolution include freezing future investments in publicly-traded coal, oil and gas companies, and requiring the board to investigate ways to make the endowment more socially responsible. The resolution will be presented to the Board by members of NYU Divest later this year.

Summer Festivals

Summer Kicks Off in Kitchener with Big Music Festival 2015

Travel Packages are now ready to be booked

Toronto/Kitchener - Big Music Fest 2015 is back this summer for seven days of music, entertainment and outdoor fun. Featuring two walls of sound on July 11th and 12th at McLennan Park in Kitchener - with Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction headlining Saturday's rock-filled lineup and Rod Stewart and Blondie anchoring Sunday's legends schedule - plus multiple events throughout the week, the festival offers one of the biggest summer experiences for everyone.

Arts & Culture

Art Innovators Waterloo Region Hosts Art Event at The Shops at Uptown Waterloo Town Square

Art Enrichment Program Exhibits Local Children’s Creative Work

Waterloo – Art Innovators, the fine arts education program that teaches children to expand their minds while expanding their abilities, is showing off the newest inspiring works of art created by students.

Next Week

Promoting ‘National Youth Arts Week’:

Connectivity A Youth Arts Exhibition Wed n esday May 5, 2015

Cambridge – On Tuesday, May 5 th L angs will host the 3 rd Annual Launch of: ‘Connectivity: A Youth Art Exhibition ’. ‘ Connectivity’ is a project of National Youth Arts Week, which showcases simultaneous Canadian youth arts projects from coast to coast , and everywhere in between , from May 1 - 7 each ye ar. Connectivity is a visual art exhibition be ing displayed at Langs throughout the month of May by student artists from St. Benedict Secon dary School , Monsignor Doyle Secondary School and Preston High School .

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