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Greg Gage: How to control someone else's arm with your brain

Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It’s not a parlor trick; it actually works. You have to see it to believe it. Greg Gage helps kids investigate the neuroscience in their own backyards. As half of Backyard Brains, neuroscientist and engineer Greg Gage builds the SpikerBox -- a small rig that helps kids understand the electrical impulses that control the nervous system.


Waterloo subjects ranked amongst world’s top 50

Waterloo - Three subjects at the University of Waterloo rank in the top 50 in the world and eight other subjects rank among the top 100, according to results published this week. The rankings, published by UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), put Waterloo 20th in the world for its work in Mathematics and 24th for Computer Science – second amongst Canadian universities in both subjects. Waterloo is also ranked 48th in the world for Geography.


OpenText Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

WATERLOO - Open Text Corporation announced its financial results for the third quarter ended March 31, 2015. "In Q315, our cloud revenue grew 12%, up 17% in constant currency and we closed 7 iX deals over $1 million, the benefit of which we will see in our future ongoing cloud revenues," said OpenText CEO Mark J. Barrenechea. "Our products and services are resonating with enterprise customers and OpenText is well positioned to lead the digital transformation in the cloud."


Gross domestic product by industry: Provinces and territories for 2014

Nova Scotia's GDP grew 1.6%; Ontario, GDP rose 2.3%; Alberta's GDP grew 4.4% in 2014; British Columbia, GDP rose 2.6%

Ottawa - Real gross domestic product (GDP) by industry increased in every province and territory except New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Yukon in 2014. Nationally, real GDP by industry rose 2.4% in 2014.


Childhood bullying has worse effects on mental health in young adulthood than being maltreated

San Diego - Being bullied in childhood has a greater negative impact on teenager’s mental health than being maltreated [1], according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.


Mary Misner to retire as Gallery Director, Idea Exchange

Cambridge – After over twenty-seven years as Gallery Director of Cambridge Galleries, now Idea Exchange, Mary Misner will retire in September 2015. Idea Exchange is a pillar of arts and culture throughout the city of Cambridge; Misner has been responsible for significant transformation in the gallery, overseeing numerous successes during her time as director. “It has been such a privilege to work in this community,” says Mary Misner, Gallery Director at Idea Exchange. “Our public library system has provided the structure for gallery exhibitions and programs to reach out to all corners of the city and beyond; providing great public access to exciting developments in visual art and design. Together with highly talented staff and dedicated volunteers, I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the years. We are in a good place to move forward.”


Like-Minded Regions

Waterloo Region is location of choice for Netherlands sensing and monitoring company

Waterloo Region – Ingu Solutions Inc. Waterloo Region’s newest techmology arrival is a provider of innovative sensing and monitoring services and solutions for remote and inaccessible areas, comes to the region with a staff of three with the ambition to grow to forty throughout the coming year. Amongst its clients are global leaders in the oil, gas, and mining industries; but the application extends to any industry requiring information on areas difficult to access by humans or conventional monitoring systems.

Survey - Education Planning

RESP incentive underutilized: CPA Canada survey

Toronto – A national survey conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) found that almost half of the participating parents have not yet opened a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). “Parents with financial flexibility should be looking to utilize the saving incentive as soon as possible,” stressed Cairine Wilson, vice-president, corporate citizenship, CPA Canada. “The RESP program is structured to help grow education savings with the assistance of a government grant tied to your contributions. The greater the window of opportunity for saving the more money that can be accumulated.”


Canadian Government Invests in Leading-Edge Technologies to Advance Market Growth and Commercialization

Toronto – Yesterday, FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear announced an investment of up to $20-million that will advance the commercialization of new products and services in key growth sectors. The Minister made the announcement at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Conference prior to a High Performance Computing session that included a panel discussion on Big Data and Analytics.


Date Night for Parents of Kids with Autism a Great Success

Parents of children with autism often experience increased stress and marital strain

Waterloo Region - On April 16, 2015 Autism Services Waterloo Region hosted its first “Date Night” for 9 couples of children with autism. The goal of this evening was to provide parents with a romantic evening together, while their children are being professionally supervised by staff at Extend-A-Family. We did this as we know that parents of children with autism often experience increased stress and marital strain. We also know that when parents have a time of “respite” where they can reconnect and relax knowing their children are well cared for, the result is decreased stress, increased positivity, and improved quality of their relationship and family life.


Carleton Offers Unique Program on Aboriginal Research Ethics

Ottawa - This June, Carleton University will offer Canada’s first program dealing with the ethics of engaging in Aboriginal research – a five-day course for a diverse audience of researchers, government representatives and non-governmental organizations, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members.

PR Firm Launched

Intern and Mentor Become Business Partners by Establishing New Agency

Waterloo – Corporate affairs veterans Crystal Roberts and Faye Roberts are thrilled to announce a new business partnership and the creation of Scout Public Affairs Inc. The two women met through an internship program in 2001, when Faye hired Crystal as an intern in GM Canada’s corporate and public affairs department, a relationship that grew into a powerful business connection.

Honorary Degree

Father of education activist Malala Yousafzai among honorary degree recipients at Laurier

Waterloo – Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of an internationally celebrated Pakastani education activist, and Linda Schuyler, co-creator of the Degrassi television series, are among those who will receive honorary degrees at Wilfrid Laurier University’s spring convocation in June.

Food Waste

Disneyland Resort for Achievements in Food Recovery

First theme park in nation to receive zero waste certification at one facility

LOS ANGELES – Disneyland Resort was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the 2014 Food Recovery Challenge award for its zero waste efforts, and the highest percent increase in food recovery of any theme park in the nation.

Money Column

Track Your Spending Habits With a Money-Management App

By Reid Abedeen

Money management is probably at the forefront of your mind. While everyone should have a long-term plan for their investments, yours will do you no good if you aren't also watching your money on a day-to-day basis. You should have a monthly budget, spending categories with soft and hard caps, and a system to keep track of it all and rein in your spending. If you don't have responsible spending habits, you don't have responsible saving habits; it's that simple.


Humber College Learning Resource Commons Project Completed

Toronto – The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Humber College and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) announced yesterday that Humber College’s new Learning Resource Commons is now complete.

Global Help

$50,000 in emergency support following earthquake in Nepal

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial announced it will contribute $50,000 to support relief efforts for those affected by the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th. The contribution will come from the Sun Life Financial International Response Fund at the Canadian Red Cross, which will enable emergency support to be deployed rapidly to the area.

Food Awareness

Agri-Food Sector to Showcase Ontario’s World Class Products

Queen Park - Ontario is hosting the largest agri-food trade show in Canada, showcasing the province's food and beverage manufacturers to businesses and visitors from around the world. Jeff Leal, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, officially opened the 12th edition of the Salon International de l'Alimentation (SIAL) Canada trade show.

Rising Rank

Cambridge Tech Firm Rises in the Ranks

Cambridge - Xylotek Solutions rose one spot from the 2014 rankings on the prestigious Branham 300 listing, from #244 in 2014 to #243 in the 2015 rankings, Xylotek is proud to represent the technology sector in our home, Waterloo Region!

Conversation Event

Chamber of Commerce to Host a Conversation Luncheon with BlackBerry CEO John Chen

Kitchener – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and BlackBerry are proud to host a conversation with BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, at a special luncheon on May 5th, 2015. Through an in-depth Q & A with Chamber of Commerce CEO, Ian McLean, Mr. Chen will discuss BlackBerry’s turnaround strategy and the company’s ongoing commitment to our local community.

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