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Not If, When

Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?

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Pain Trigger

An end to cancer pain?: U of T researcher finds the “pain trigger”

Toronto – A new study led by University of Toronto researcher Dr. David Lam has discovered the trigger behind the most severe forms of cancer pain. Released in top journal Pain this month, the study points to TMPRSS2 as the culprit: a gene that is also responsible for some of the most aggressive forms of androgen-fuelled cancers.

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Interviews

7 Tips To Spot a Sales Superstar

How to Test the Candidate Across the Table to See if They Possess Certain Innate Personality Traits - by Eliot Burdett

Interviewing sales candidates can be extremely difficult since even a subpar seller is trained to tell people what they want to hear. Many candidates look great on paper, only later to turn in lackluster performances. Since the cost of bad hires is enormous for a company’s bottom line, it is critical for those that are in charge of hiring to “get it right.”

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Gifted Music

New Laurier Conservatory of Music to operate Beckett School

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has taken a major step forward in its commitment to the musical life of Waterloo Region. Beginning fall 2015, Laurier’s Faculty of Music will assume operation of the Beckett School of Music, which has been gifted to Laurier by its current owners, William J. Labron and Lynn McRuer. The school will become part of a new Laurier Conservatory of Music housed at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. The Beckett School provides instruction in all woodwind, brass and string instruments, guitar, lute, voice, piano, music theory and speech arts. The school also offers an early childhood music program for three- to seven-year olds, which is the oldest and largest introductory music program for young children in the region.

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Influence

The Ultimate Power Tool

By Dr. Robert Cialdini, Ph.D

In business today, effective influence is essential. Want your ideas implemented? You must influence others to act on them. Want more clients? You must influence people to buy from you. Want more advancement or responsibility? You must influence executives to see the value you offer. And to be an effective leader you must be able to influence others. In all respects, being able to influence others is the ultimate power tool.

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FDI

Foreign direct investment for 2014

Ottawa - The stock of Canadian direct investment abroad grew by 8.8% in 2014, reflecting both outward investment flows as well as the upward revaluation effect of a weaker Canadian dollar against the US dollar. Meanwhile, the level of foreign direct investment in Canada rose by 5.8%, led by investment flows from the United States. As a result, Canada's net direct investment position increased for the first time in three years to reach $96.5 billion, marking the largest net asset position on record.

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Book Launch

Mindfullness, Affirmations & positive Life Lessons for Kids

Inspiring, engaging, uplifting and positive!

Waterloo Region - Stephanie Van De Ven (photo), local Kitchener-Waterloo native and published Author of The Birdy Book Series, a new book series described as a "compilation of melodic and positively powerful poems focusing on love, joy, courage, kindness and happiness with gentle guidance, as well as thought suggestions". The book is designed to be a positive, uplifting experience each time you read it and the only thing you need to do is practice, read and repeat! Stephanie Van De Ven who works for a local children’s mental health treatment center where mindfulness is highly regarded and used regularly. She practices yoga, meditation, and is a single parent who teaches her son the importance of kindness and good choices. Stephanie is an affirmation advocate and is deeply tied to the Holistic and Wellness community.

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Media

The Weather Network Upgrades Weather Graphics System

New technology from Canada's #1 weather news source enhances viewer experience

OAKVILLE - The Weather Network proudly unveiled its new state-of-the-art weather graphics system today to television viewers. The system, customized for The Weather Network, offers an unparalleled viewing experience with increased functionality such as the ability to show weather in 3D and hour-by-hour storm evolution. With the new system, on-air presenters will be able to share more comprehensive and engaging weather stories.

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R&D

Research into how cells communicate provides new insights into human health and disease

London – Western University's Dale W. Laird, in collaboration with researchers from across the United States, is investigating how communication between cells causes several different conditions – from hereditary hearing loss and cataracts to skin conditions and developmental disorders.

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R&D

Spending intentions on industrial research and development for 2015

Ottawa - Businesses in Canada anticipate spending $15.5 billion to perform research and development (R&D) in 2015, down 2.6% from 2014 intentions of $15.9 billion and 3.6% lower than the actual expenditures of $16.0 billion in 2013.

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Gifted Music

New Laurier Conservatory of Music to operate Beckett School

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has taken a major step forward in its commitment to the musical life of Waterloo Region. Beginning fall 2015, Laurier’s Faculty of Music will assume operation of the Beckett School of Music, which has been gifted to Laurier by its current owners, William J. Labron and Lynn McRuer. The school will become part of a new Laurier Conservatory of Music housed at Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

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Disaster Assistance

GlobalMedic, Monadrone and Aeryon Labs collaborate to deliver disaster relief in Nepal

Aeryon sUAS provide immediate aerial image capture to support first response teams in the wake of the Kathmandu valley earthquake

Waterloo – In response to the recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake, Aeryon Labs Inc., the premier manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), has deployed three of its sUAS and a qualified Aeryon pilot to the affected region. Aeryon is collaborating with partners GlobalMedic and Monadrone to provide aerial support to international disaster relief teams on the ground.

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innovation Investment

Facilitating Adoption of Advanced Technologies

Canada's Government's Support for CME's SMART Program Helps Ottawa Manufacturer

Ottawa – Yesterday,Minister Goodyear announced an important investment of up to $100,000 in OZ Optics Limited, a worldwide supplier of fiber optic products for optical networks. OZ Optics Limited will use the funding to automate and optimize a laser writing process. This will allow the company to manufacture better devices and at a faster rate. It will also help develop new devices for advanced applications.

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Innovation

Lightweight Membrane Can Significantly Reduce In-Flight Aircraft Noise

Raleigh, NC - Riding in a helicopter or airplane can be a noisy experience for passengers. But researchers from North Carolina State University and MIT have developed a membrane that can be incorporated into aircraft to drastically reduce the low-frequency noise that penetrates the cabin.

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Nepal Help

Economical donates $10,000 to relief efforts in Nepal

Waterloo - In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, Economical Insurance, one of Canada's leading providers of home, auto and business insurance, is donating $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to support relief efforts that are helping people cope with the disaster.

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Health Network

Waterloo Wellington LHIN Welcomes Michael Delisle

Waterloo Region - Joan Fisk, Chair of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Delisle to the Board of Directors. Mr. Delisle is currently the CEO of The Registrar Company, an ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accredited Registration business with offices in Guelph and Dallas. “I am honoured to join the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors. Serving six years on the Board of Directors at the CCAC has certainly given me a unique perspective of and a deep appreciation for our local health system and the people who work hard each and every day to make it the best system it can be for our residents. I look forward to helping the Waterloo Wellington LHIN continue its critical work in ensuring the system we rely on every day becomes even better", said Michael Delisle, Board Member, Board of Directors.

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Personal Growth

Is There A More Direct Path To Confidence?

4 Ways To Positively Reinforce Your Life From Sought-After Speaker

Fear, insecurity, self-doubt and the like can be the biggest obstacles many of us face in life. In order to overcome that negativity, many people turn to unhealthy behaviors, such as overeating or alcohol abuse. “Compulsive or addictive behavior may temporarily numb that negativity, but it won’t put you on a healthy and wholesome path,” says Darlene Hunter, a renowned speaker and author of “Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude”.

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Recognition

Grand River Hospital oncology nurse receives provincial award for enriching the patient experience

Waterloo Region - Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and the Ontario Renal Network recently presented nine Human Touch Awards (HTA) to deserving front-line cancer and kidney healthcare professionals, providers and volunteers from across the province for providing exceptional, compassionate patient care.

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Water

Laurier to host first public discussion with leaders behind historic agreement governing Canada’s largest watershed

Waterloo – Two key players in the recent negotiation of an historic agreement between the Northwest Territories and Alberta to govern the water resources of Canada’s largest watershed will visit Wilfrid Laurier University for the first-ever public discussion of a deal that will affect transboundary water issues across Canada and beyond.

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Mapping Space

Astrophysicists draw most comprehensive map of the universe

Waterloo - Astrophysicists have created a 3D map of the universe that spans nearly two billion light years and is the most complete picture of our cosmic neighbourhood to date. The spherical map of galaxy superclusters will lead to a greater understanding of how matter is distributed in the universe and provide key insights into dark matter, one of physics’ greatest mysteries.

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Economic Development

Trans-Mit Opens in Woodstock

This investment ties in well with our long term strategy to diversify Woodstock’s industrial base.

Woodstock - Last fall, Trans-Mit Steel, Inc. (TMS) held an opening ceremony attended by a long list of company dignitaries along with The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Yasunori Nakayama, Consul General/ Japanese Consulate.

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Start-Ups

Ontario Investing Up To $25 Million To Help Successful Start-ups Grow

Unique Venture Capital Fund Leverages Private Sector Investment, Knowledge and Networks

Queens Park - The government is partnering with private investors and business leaders to create Scale Up Ventures, a new venture capital fund designed to support Ontario’s most promising start-ups through a unique combination of investment and mentorship. “Start-ups need both capital and mentorship to succeed at every stage of their development. Scale Up Ventures specifically addresses the need for new companies to be able to grow to meet demand. This unique program will give businesses access to capital and world-class mentors from Ontario's business community to guide their success. We are proud to partner with private sector investors on this unique initiative that will further strengthen Ontario's innovation economy," said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation.

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Fund Raiser

2nd Annual Cambridge Rotary Family Ribfest

Cambridge - The inaugural Cambridge Ribfest was a roaring success right out of the gate! When it was all said and done, the reviews were overwhelmingly positive including being named “Best Event of the Year” at the 2014 Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Awards.

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