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A Bee's Life

Anand Varma: A thrilling look at the first 21 days of a bee’s life

We’ve heard that bees are disappearing. But what is making bee colonies so vulnerable? Photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard — in front of a camera — to get an up close view. This project, for the May 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine, gives a lyrical glimpse into a bee hive — and reveals one of the biggest threats to its health, a mite that preys on baby bees in the first 21 days of life. With his incredible footage, set to music from Magik*Magik Orchestra, Varma shows the problem ... and what’s being done to solve it.

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Pan Am Games Torch Bearer

Waterloo Region Charity Leader Kelly Sue-Labus To Be Awarded Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torchbearer Spot in Speacial Presentation

Canadian Olympic hero and Toronto 2015 Chef de Mission Curt Harnett to deliver official uniform to Nutrition for Learning leader after helping prepare and serve snacks at Holy Rosary Elementary School

Waterloo Region - Today three-time Olympic Medalist and Pan American Games Gold Medalist Curt Harnett will congratulate Kelly-Sue Labus on being selected by President's ChoiceR as an official Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay Torchbearer. Labus - Executive Director at Nutrition for Learning.

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Life & death

Cell Death Research May Lead to Improved Cancer Treatments

Guelph - By helping to explain how cells make life and death decisions, a new study by University of Guelph researchers might ultimately help improve drugs and therapies for treating ailments from cancer to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The most recent study led by Prof. Richard Mosser, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, appears online this month in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He also co-authored a related paper last year in the journal Cell Death and Disease.

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Environment

Mercury buildup in birds sounds warning for all

by Paul Mayne - Western News

London - Western Biology professor Brian Branfireun said the complete extinction of the arctic ivory gulls – of which there are 80 per cent fewer today than in 1980 – may be only decades away due to higher levels of methyl mercury found in the birds.


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Energy

Ottawa - Canada produced 18.1 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in February, up 9.5% compared with the same month in 2014.

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Council Matters

City of Waterloo council – Finance & Strategic Planning

The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at the City of Waterloo's council meeting.

Waterloo - Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee appointments and new terms of reference approved Council has approved the committee’s new terms of reference. The terms include the inclusion of the Township of Wilmot and a change in committee members’ terms from three to four years. Two additional members have been added to the committee, representing the Township of Wilmot, and the appointment of Donna Hartzler and Rob Bender for a four year term has been approved.

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Open Data

World Council on City Data (WCCD) launches Open City Data Portal with the City of Los Angeles and the National League of Cities in LA

Toronto/Los Angeles – Yesterday at the opening of the National League of Cities (NLC) event, “Big Ideas for Cities”, the World Council on City Data (WCCD) President and University of Toronto Global Cities Institute Director, Dr. Patricia McCarney launched the WCCD Open Data Portal, the world’s first open, online platform for globally standardised, verified and comparable city data.

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Internet Guidance

U.S. Department of Justice Issues Guidance For Cyber Incident Panning and Response

Vancouver - In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued guidance to assist organizations to prepare for and respond to cyber incidents. The guidance discusses the important steps that an organization should take before, during and after a cyber incident. The guidance is intended for smaller, less well-resourced organizations, but is useful for larger organizations as well.

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Appointment

Food and Beverage Ontario hires new Director, Membership & Industry Relations

Guelph – Food and Beverage Ontario, the professional leadership organization for food and beverage processors across the province, has announced the hiring of Anthony Perrotta as new Director, Membership & Industry Relations.


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Domino Destruction

New information prompts council to allow demolition of building connected to former Mayfair Hotel

Kitchener – New information, including a substantial new structural concern for the former Mayfair Hotel, that has come to light during inspections of an adjacent, connected building intended to be preserved, has prompted council to remove a second Notice of Intention to Designate that will now allow both buildings to be demolished.

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Energy Revenue

Hydro One Releases 2015 First Quarter Financial Results

Toronto - Hydro One Inc. released its 2015 first quarter results with net income for the quarter of $232 million and revenues of $1.808 billion. "In the first quarter of 2015, Hydro One delivered stable financial results while prudently investing in electricity infrastructure to improve reliability and address end-of-life assets," said Carmine Marcello, President and CEO, Hydro One. "We remain focused on improving the experience our customers have with us and meeting Shareholder expectations on fiscal performance."

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Health Survey

Canadians Vote For Health and Medical Research

Woman with a rare disorder among those encouraged by results of new national poll

Ottawa - Maureen Smith thinks Canadians got it right when they said in a recent poll that health and medical research makes an important contribution to health care and to the economy. Ninety-two percent of Canadians say basic research should be supported by the federal government - an increase from results in 2006 and 2009.

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Engagement

Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum brings the prehistoric into your future

Waterloo - Bringing the prehistoric back to life is not just for the movies: soon, anyone anywhere with access to a smartphone, tablet or computer will be able to interact with the University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum’s exhibits, thanks to a new five-year partnership with Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada®.

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Trade

Ontario and Québec Strengthen Interprovincial Trade

Ambitious Agreement Will Help Businesses in Both Provinces Remain Competitive and Grow

Queens Park - Québec Premier Philippe Couillard was in Toronto yesterday to deliver a historic address to the Ontario Legislative Assembly. During his visit, Premier Couillard and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also moved forward on a number of commitments from a joint meeting of cabinet ministers last fall, including reinvigorating the Ontario-Québec Trade and Cooperation Agreement (OQTCA). The Premiers announced that negotiations were completed for the renewal of the Agreement’s Procurement Chapter. “This ambitious agreement consolidates the partnership between Québec and Ontario and clearly demonstrates our will to play a prominent role in improving interprovincial trade in Canada. Furthermore, it guarantees our businesses better access to government procurement than would be granted to European businesses in CETA, thus fulfilling an important goal of this negotiation," said Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec.

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Education

Students achieve top performances at Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Waterloo - The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) was 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 remains the largest skilled trades competition in Canada.

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Cleam Tramsportation

Laurier Sustainability Office to unveil first on-campus bike-sharing station in region

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Sustainability Office, in partnership with Community Access Bikeshare (CAB), will unveil the first on-campus bike sharing station in the region May 13. Through the initiative, the sustainability office hopes to provide affordable access to bicycles as alternative transportation to students, staff, faculty and community members.

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Commercial Markets

Uptick in development shows confident state of Canadian and U.S. industrial markets

Avison Young releases its Spring 2015 Canada, U.S. and U.K. Industrial Market Report

Toronto - Industrial markets on both sides of the border are experiencing stable-to- improving fundamentals, with a narrowing spread in vacancy rates between Canada and the U.S. year-over-year. Confidence in anticipated demand is demonstrated by active development pipelines. Volatile energy prices remain an unknown factor going forward, but their impact has yet to be felt – and is expected to be localized in particular markets and industry sectors.

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Milestone

Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oldest Gymnastics Club celebrates 50th Anniversary

Celebrates its 50th year of operation with celebration events running September to November; seeking alumni and memorabilia

May 11, 2015 Kitchener, ON – Kitchener-Waterloo Gymnastics Club is looking for alumni of KW Gymnastics from the past 50 years, along with memorabilia to display at its various 50th anniversary events to be held between September and November 2015.

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