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Infections

Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?

Maryn McKenna recounts the often terrifying stories behind emerging drug-resistant diseases that medical science is barely keeping at bay.
Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we've squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we're entering a post-antibiotic world — and it won't be pretty. There are, however, things we can do ... if we start right now.

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Pensions

Ontario Teachers' to expand ownership of BluEarth Renewables

TORONTO - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Teachers') announced yesterday the acquisition of the outstanding shares of BluEarth Renewables Inc. (BluEarth) owned by ARC Energy Fund 6, advised by ARC Financial Corp. (ARC), and minority shareholders, with BluEarth management and employees maintaining an ownership stake.

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Education

Linamar supports education and training for skilled trades

Kitchener/Guelph - Linamar Corporation, a diversified global manufacturing company of highly engineered products, will provide $500,000 to Conestoga College over the next five years to support a new scholarship program for students pursuing education in preparation for careers in industrial skilled trades. The Linamar Corporation Industrial Skilled Trades Scholarships will provide six students entering Conestoga’s Mechanical Technician – General Machinist two-year diploma program with more than $3,000 each to offset the costs associated with their studies.

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Education

Catholic Board Welcomes New Director of Education

Loretta Notten becomes first woman to lead Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Loretta Notten as the board’s 11th Director of Education and Secretary of the Board – the first woman to lead Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools. She replaces interim Director Michael Schmitt who is retiring after a long and distinguished career in Catholic education. Her appointment is effective September 1, 2015. “It is with a great deal of excitement and anticipation that I embrace this new opportunity to lead the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. I have been most impressed by the board's legacy to date and I am thrilled to be journeying forward on this strong foundation to enhance our role as leaders in Catholic Education. I look forward to meeting, learning and working with all of the stakeholders of the Waterloo Catholic Community. It is a pleasure to be serving such a vibrant and well-respected board," added Loretta Notten, Director of Education.

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Earnings

Payroll employment, earnings and hours for April 2015

Ottawa - Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $955 in April, little changed from $954 the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings increased by 2.5%. The increase in weekly earnings compared with April 2014 reflected a number of factors, including wage growth, changes in the composition of employment by industry, occupation, and level of job experience, as well as average hours worked per week.

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Chart of the Week

In a little over three years as a public company, Facebook is now worth more than Walmart.

This change in the corporate pecking order is the culmination of a remarkable surge for the shares of Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant, and a long stagnation for those of the world’s largest retailer. Over the last year, Facebook’s stock has jumped roughly 30% as the broader S&P 500 has barely managed to keep its head above water. The climb has added more than $65 billion to Facebook’s market value, bringing it to more than $236 billion, just above Walmart’s $235 billion.

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Supply Chain

Laurier appoints CN Fellowship in Supply Chain Management

Waterloo – The School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University announced the appointment of Michael Haughton as the inaugural CN Fellow in Supply Chain Management, effective July 1, 2015.

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Union Rate

Construction Union Wage Rate Index for May 2015

Ottawa - The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (including supplements) for Canada rose 1.1% in May compared with the previous month. The composite index increased 1.7% in the 12 months to May.

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Aging in ontario

Ontario Connecting More Seniors with Their Communities

Government Doubles Funding for the Seniors Community Grant Program

Queens Park - Ontario is helping more seniors stay engaged with their communities by doubling the investment in the Seniors Community Grant Program from $1 million to $2 million.

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Healthy Communities

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care signs Partnership Agreement with Canadian College of Health Leaders

OTTAWA – The Canadian Coalition of Green Health Care (the Coalition) is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (the College) to encourage Canada's health leaders to take an active role in the greening of their organization.

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US Health Care Policy

US Supreme Court Ruling in King v. Burwell Means Americans Will Have to Wait Longer for a Free-Market Health Care System

ObamaCare Is Unsustainable as Exchanges Will Eventually Devolve into a Death Spiral; Ruling Also a Blow to the Rule of Law

Washington, DC - "The Supreme Court's ruling in King v. Burwell means Americans will have to wait longer for greater liberty in their health care system, said Dr. David Hogberg, senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.

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Air Quality

Launch of New Air Quality Health Index in Ontario

Queens Park - To help the public better understand the importance of air quality and its health effects, Ontario will be launching a new Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) on June 24, which was developed and designed by Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change along with experts from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Public Health Ontario and Health Canada. The index helps members of the public and those at risk better protect themselves from the health risks associated with poor air quality.

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Canada Day

Canada Day celebration at University of Waterloo to be biggest ever

Waterloo - With close to 60,000 guests expected, more food trucks than ever before and an expanded roster of free children’s activities, this year is set to be the University of Waterloo’s largest Canada Day celebration yet.

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Global Health

New rapid diagnostic test for Ebola could be game changer in the fight against the disease

Boston - A new test can accurately predict within minutes if an individual has Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), according to new research published in The Lancet. The study is the first to show that a point-of-care EVD test (ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test; Corgenix) is faster than and as sensitive as a conventional laboratory-based molecular method used for clinical testing during the recent outbreak in Sierra Leone.

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Interim

Interim CEO Appointed

Kitchener– The Board of Directors at Carizon Family and Community Services announces that they have appointed Stephen Swatridge as Interim CEO, effective June 24, 2015, following the departure of Carizon's CEO, Susanne Gillespie. Sue Gillespie has moved on to accepting a new role as President and CEO of Pathways to Education Canada, based in Toronto, Ontario. “During my time at Carizon,” says Gillespie. “I have witnessed a culture that believes in the potential of every person and values the importance of community. I have no doubt that the Board and staff at Carizon will continue to provide strong leadership and will continue to strive to serve clients in a manner that fosters their success.”


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