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Words in 2007

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation. As the co-founder of Reverb Technologies, the maker of the online dictionary Wordnik, Erin McKean is reshaping how we interact with language itself. Erin McKean's job as a lexicographer involves living in a constant state of research. She searches high and low -- from books to blogs, newspapers to cocktail parties -- for new words, new meanings for old words, or signs that old words have fallen out of use. Filmed in 2007.


Two-thirds of North American Internet Traffic Will Be Encrypted in 2016

Netflix's Encryption Transition to Serve as Tipping Point

WATERLOO - Sandvine today released a new Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight on encrypted Internet traffic. In the paper, Sandvine uses data collected for a live, representative network in North America to explain the current state of traffic encryption, where it is going, as well as provide a high level overview of the technical terms and technology associated with encrypted Internet traffic.

MEDIA Distribution

reebee introduces a huge app update to become the ultimate shopping companion

Access to local Canadian retail and grocery flyers, Kitchener company offers product search and shopping organization for its 1.5 million users.

Kitchener - Yesterday, reebee launched the next generation of the already very popular mobile flyer browsing application. The key focus as explained by Tobiasz Dankiewicz (reebee co-founder), “As customers ourselves, we wanted to build an easy way to find stores and products that we love, for the best prices. With our users support and industry relationships, we are able to itemize flyers and products within to offer powerful features like product search and a shopping list to help customers organize their favourite deals, notes and to-dos.”

Health Care - Video

St. Mary’s General Hospital Implements Three-Year Strategic Plan

Continues Legacy of Compassionate Care

Kitchener – St. Mary’s General Hospital has implemented a three-year Strategic Plan which complements our Vision to be the safest and most effective hospital in Canada. Called Continuing the Legacy of Compassionate Care, the plan outlines the Hospital’s three strategic priorities for 2014-2017.


Canadian Government improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Kitchener

Kitchener - Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre announced that THEMUSEUM is receiving $30,000 from the Enabling Accessibility Fund to improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities. THEMUSEUM’s project involves an upgrade to the Lyle S. Hallman Tot Spot’s snoezelen room, which provides a multi-sensory environment that will benefit families with autistic and developmentally challenged children who visit.


Industrial product and raw materials price indexes for March 2015

Ottawa - The Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI) increased 0.3% in March, largely as a result of higher prices for energy and petroleum products. The Raw Materials Price Index (RMPI) declined 0.9%, mainly because of lower prices for crude energy products.


2015 Bank Client Experiences

RBC received the highest vote of confidence by mystery shoppers for willingness to recommend the bank to a friend or colleague

Toronto - Dalbar releases results for its 2015 Client Experiences with Financial Planners study. The study is part of a branch monitor offering; Branch Monitor is a performance measurement program that highlights how well Canada’s leading banks are doing at meeting client needs and shaping the overall client experience. The latest study includes a series of case studies (with mystery shoppers) evaluating the experiences of clients interested in financial planning services at 4 of the 5 Big Banks in Canada. Key findings, processes and practices were uncovered at BMO, CIBC, RBC, and TD.


Skills Ontario hosts the 26th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Over 2,000 students will compete at Canada’s largest skilled trades competition, held at RIM Park in Waterloo, May 4-6, 2015

Waterloo – The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) will be held at RIM Park in Waterloo on Monday, May 4 (Elementary Technology Activity Day) and Tuesday, May 5. Featuring 67 skilled trades and technologies contests, and 2,000 competitors from high schools and colleges across Ontario, it is the largest skilled trades competition in Canada.

Healthy Living

Study shows replacing one serving of sugary drink per day by water or unsweetened tea or coffee cuts risk of type 2 diabetes

Cambridge, UK - New research published today in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) indicates that for each 5% increase of a person’s total energy intake provided by sweet drinks including soft drinks, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes may increase by 18%. However, the study also estimates that replacing the daily consumption of one serving of a sugary drink with either water or unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of developing diabetes by between 14% and 25%.


Hydro One invests $19 million to improve electricity infrastructure in the City of St. Catharines

St. Catherines - Hydro One announced a multi-year, $19 million upgrade to transmission infrastructure in the City of St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The refurbishment project will ensure the continued supply of safe and reliable power and increase capacity to support new growth in the area.

Motor Sports

International Motor Sports Association Builds Game-Changing Mobile Experience

Daytona Beach - The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) is set to take the next big step in expanding its digital offerings to fans, teams and manufacturers with the launch of a new, cutting-edge mobile app in 2015. The enormous amount of dynamic and exciting content generated by IMSA's world-class racing events demands an innovative and comprehensive cross-platform solution.

Debt Study

Changes in debt and assets of Canadian families, 1999 to 2012

Ottawa - Between 1999 and 2012, the value of debt and assets held by Canadian families both rose. However, the debt and assets increased at different rates by category of family. In 2012, 71% of all Canadian families had some debt, up from 67% in 1999. Debt includes both mortgages and consumer debt such as car loans, lines of credit, vehicle loans, personal loans and student debt.


Kitchener Agency Rebrands to Reflect Company's Philosophy

Kitchener— After a successful run, nationally recognized creative agency, Hagon Design, is rebranding to better reflect the company’s philosophy and direction of the past few years. Effective immediately, the company will be known as Intent. The name reflects the agency’s move from a business-to-business offering, to specialized communication services for the non-profit and public sector.


Computer Scientists Unveil New Data Resources for Spreadsheet Research

Raleigh, NC - Computer science researchers have turned to unlikely sources – including Enron – for assembling huge collections of spreadsheets that can be used to study how people use this software. The goal is for the data to facilitate research to make spreadsheets more useful.

Nepal Disasters

Erosion, landslides and monsoon across the Himalaya

Potsdam, Germany - In these days, it was again tragically demonstrated that the Himalayas are one of the most active geodynamic regions of the world. Landslides belong to the most important geohazards. Besides earthquakes they are triggered mainly by strong rainfall events. A team of scientists from Nepal, Switzerland and Germany was now able to show how erosion processes caused by the monsoon are mirrored in the sediment load of a river crossing the Himalaya.


Ontario's Winter Maintenance Needs to Be Better

We have a lot of work to do. But, so do our contractors

Queens Park - Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca released a statement in response to the Auditor General’s report on winter highway maintenance. Here are some clips from the statement. "Today’s report has confirmed what we already knew, despite the improvements we have made – the additional equipment, additional oversight and organizational changes – the current system of winter highway maintenance needs to be better."


Goodyear Highlights Benefits of Economic Action Plan 2015

Canadian Government invests in eight innovative Toronto area companies

Toronto - Yesterday Gary Goodyear delivered the keynote address at the Business Innovation Summit 2015 and outlined key measures in Economic Action Plan 2015. His presentation highlighted some of the initiatives of the Economic Action Plan 2015. The Business Innovation Summit 2015: Connect, Collaborate, and Innovate Together is organized by the Conference Board of Canada. The annual conference brings together hundreds of key players from Canada's innovation eco-system, including start-ups, business leaders, accelerators, venture capitalists, academics, and government, to harness the power of collaboration to fuel innovation and help bring new products and services to market.


Life expectancy inequalities in England and Wales set to rise over next 15 years

London, UK - By 2030, life expectancy in England and Wales is expected to reach 85·7 years for men and 87·6 years for women—closing the gap between male and female life expectancy from 6·0 years in 1981 to just 1·9 years by 2030, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

Fund Raiser

Westmount to host charity tennis tournament to celebrate newly renovated clubhouse and raise funds for CT Scanner for Grand River Hospital

Kitchener – The Westmount Golf & Country Club announced today it will host the Westmount Tradition Charity Doubles Tennis Tournament, July 16 - 19, 2015. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase of a new CT Scanner at Grand River Hospital.


Nomination's Open for Canada's Most Prestigious ICT Prizes

Ottawa - The Information Technology Association of Canada is now accepting nominations for the Ingenious Awards, the premier Canadian ICT accolade recognizing the use of innovative technology to achieve business results. It is also seeking nominations for the 2015 CanadianCIO of the Year.

Milestone Event

Special commemoration events mark the 100th anniversary of In Flanders Fields

McCrae House opens for previews of new exhibitions

Guelph - This weekend, Guelph Museums will mark the 100th anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields with the reopening of McCrae House and special activities at the Guelph Civic Museum. McCrae House, the historic birthplace of In Flanders Fields author John McCrae, was recently renovated to install new permanent exhibitions about John McCrae’s life in Guelph and his medical, military and artistic pursuits.

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