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Daunting Song

Dawn Landes: A song for my hero, the woman who rowed into a hurricane

Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes tells the story of Tori Murden McClure, who dreamed of rowing across the Atlantic in a small boat — but whose dream was almost capsized by waves the size of a seven-story building. Through video, story and song, Landes imagines the mindset of a woman alone in the midst of the vast ocean. (This talk was part of a session at TED2015 guest-curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)

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Education

Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools Not Affected by ETFO Job Actions

Waterloo Region – Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools are not affected by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s (ETFO) announced job actions – scheduled to begin today.

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Labour

Labour Force Survey for April 2015

Ottawa - Employment edged down in April (-20,000), as gains in full-time work were more than offset by losses in part time. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.8% for the third consecutive month. In the 12 months to April, employment increased by 139,000 (+0.8%), with all of the growth in full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked increased by 0.9%.

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Recognition

Steve Sider wins the Laurier Residence Academic Partner Award

Waterloo – Steve Sider, assistant professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Education, is the recipient of the winter 2015 Residence Academic Partner Award.

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Entrepreneurs

GTAN Announces Three Winning GTAN/START Companies

Med tech companies seal the deals

Waterloo Region – GTAN|START’s big winner was Medella Health. They walked away with $10,000 and named the GTAN|START 2015 winner at Fridays start-up investment pitching event. Harry Gandhi, CEO & Co-Founder, of Medella Health told the crowd that he is developing a smart contact lens that monitors glucose levels, and transmits the data in real-time to a mobile phone, so patients can better manage their diabetes.

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Distinct Women of Guelph

Women of Distinction Awards Recognize U of G Members

Guelph - Four University of Guelph representatives were recognized Thursday night at the 20th annual Women of Distinction Awards event. The awards from the YMCA-WYCA Guelph honour women who are inspirational leaders.

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Tonight

My Ideal City contest winners to participate in mock council debate

Kitchener – Future leaders, decision-makers and visionaries between the ages of 10 and 12 years old will meet tonight, prior to council, to participate in a live, televised mock council meeting. These young minds will debate a community-related topic around the council horseshoe, learning what it is like to be an elected official responsible for decisions that shape our community.

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Appointments

Waterloo appoints new chair, vice-chair of the Board of Governors

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo has appointed an international business and legal expert as chair of its Board of Governors, and a community leader and IT executive as vice-chair. Bill Watson (left) and Catherine Booth (right) appointed.

Bill Watson (left) becomes chair of the Board of Governors. A Waterloo alumnus, Watson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in 1976 in economics and political science. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1979 and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1981. He is a principal with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP. His areas of practice specialties include administrative law; complex negotiations, both domestic and international; employment law; labour relations; international labour standards and occupational health and safety. Watson joined Waterloo's board in 2011.

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Skills Competition

Ontario Skills 2015

Waterloo - Thirty-three Conestoga students were among the more than 2,000 competitors at the 2015 Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) held from May 4 - 6 at RIM Park in Waterloo.

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Education

Free training program for women begins September 2015

Waterloo - Conestoga, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, will deliver the Women in Skilled Trades General Carpentry program beginning September 14, 2015 at the Waterloo campus.

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New Kid On The Block

Largest global real estate developer Greenland Group (Canada) breaks ground on first Canadian project announcing new hotel for Downtown Toronto

"2015 is an exciting year for Greenland. We are pleased that this is the time we have chosen to break ground on our first project in Canada" says CEO Henry Cao.

Toronto - International Shanghai-based megastructure developer Greenland Group announces ambitious plans to imprint Toronto's Theatre District with a marquee condo-hotel and Canada's first theatre museum. Breaking ground May 8th, plans for the historic Westinghouse site include a 122-key luxury boutique hotel, 44 and 48-storey residential towers, and the highest heritage facade ever revitalized in Canada.

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Political Comment

Kitchener-Waterloo unemployment climbs as Wynne Liberals make life more unaffordable

QUEEN’S PARK – The Liberals are failing Kitchener-Waterloo says Catherine Fife, MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo. Newly released jobs numbers from Statistics Canada show unemployment has climbed from 5.5% to 6.0% in Kitchener-Waterloo and Fife says this demonstrates that Kathleen Wynne is more focused on ramming through a budget full of privatization and cuts than she is in creating jobs or listening to people.

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Close the Gap

World Economic Forum on Latin America Closes With Calls for More Reforms to End Inequality

The future of Latin America depends on countries implementing their reform agenda to strengthen institutions, set sound economic strategies and engage the growing middle class

Riviera Maya, Mexico – With global economic conditions more challenging, Latin America needs to pursue reforms and policies to improve productivity, address persistent inequality and promote inclusion. This was the verdict of business and civil society leaders speaking in the closing session of the 10th World Economic Forum on Latin America, which closed on Friday.

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Food

Consumers view fruits and vegetables the most hunger-satisfying, and crisps, sweets and biscuits the least

Leeds, UK - New research published at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Prague (6-9 May) shows that consumers associate hunger-satisfying (satiety-inducing) foods as those low in fat and energy density, high in fibre and being more expensive. The study is by Dr Nicola Buckland, University of Leeds, UK, and colleagues.

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South America

Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil Headed for Major Economic Policy Changes

Political processes in Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba could spur reforms; Brazil is already changing course in response to economic pressures; Colombian peace talks could end a decade-long conflict and transform the nation

Riviera Maya, Mexico – Some of Latin America’s countries may be on the verge of major changes, according to policy-makers, industry leaders and analysts at the 10th World Economic Forum on Latin America. The October presidential election in Argentina, the parliamentary election expected later this year in Venezuela, and the April 2016 Communist Party Congress could all pave the way for a change in economic direction in these countries.

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Navigation Partnership

Searidge Technologies and Ottawa International Airport Authority Enter Strategic Partnership

Integrated Airport Operations Center to improve efficiency and collaboration at YOW

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Searidge Technologies, provider of collaborative surface management solutions to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airports, announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership with Ottawa International Airport Authority (OIAA) to create a technologically advanced integrated airport operations center at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW).

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Photosynthesis

The influence of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on European trees

Potsdam, Germany - Increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations have already caused large-scale physiological responses of European forests. In particular, the efficiency of water-use of trees, which is coupled to the uptake of CO2 during photosynthesis of leaves and needles has changed significantly. According to the study of a large, interdisciplinary team of researchers, European broadleaf and coniferous trees have increased their water-use efficiency since the beginning of the 20th century by 14% and 22%, respectively.

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Hackestra

Hack the Orchestra: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Partners with Communitech for First-Ever Orchestra Hackathon

Waterloo Region - From May 22 to 24, 2015 the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will stage the world’s first orchestra hackathon. Called ‘Hack the Orchestra,” hackers from multiple disciplines will participate in the competition held at Centre In The Square. This will be the world’s first hackathon that gives hackers a full orchestra to work with and will ask participants to use technology to enhance the experience of a live orchestral concert.

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Comment

LinkedIn needs to change - 5 Things for Leadership to Address

by Brian Bazely

Waterloo Region - LinkedIn is my preferred platform to use. As an entrepreneur, business owner and one who has spent his entire working life in commerce, I enjoy LinkedIn and many of its features. However - the platform is dated and is in many ways, following behind the advancements we enjoy with Twitter and Facebook.

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Energy Storage

Tesla's Battery Grabbed $800 Million in Its First Week

Tesla is already building a 5-million-square-foot battery factory. It's not big enough - Tom Randall, Bloomberg

That was the message from Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk this week while discussing, for the first time, the early response to his new product line of storage batteries designed for use in homes and businesses. The numbers are impressive. In the first few days of reservations since the battery announcement on April 30, Tesla took orders worth roughly $800 million in potential revenue, according to figures compiled by Bloomberg Business.

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