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New Research

Tony Wyss-Coray: How young blood might help reverse aging. Yes, really

Tony Wyss-Coray studies the impact of aging on the human body and brain. In this eye-opening talk, he shares new research from his Stanford lab and other teams which shows that a solution for some of the less great aspects of old age might actually lie within us all. At his lab at Stanford School of Medicine, Tony Wyss-Coray studies aging — and potential cures for it. Professor of neurology at Stanford, Tony Wyss-Coray oversees an eponymous lab which studies immune and injury responses in aging and neurodegeneration.

Aging Population

Wearable technologies will help improve stroke rehabilitation

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo and Pervasive Dynamics will develop and test wearable health technologies that can improve stroke rehabilitation as part of a new partnership aimed at transforming the health of older adults. The joint research initiative, the first partnership between Waterloo and the Canadian developer of medical devices, will be part of the new Advanced Aging ResearCH Centre (ARCH) at Waterloo.

Autonomous Transport

First autonomous vehicle was run on a Canadian road by University of Waterloo students

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur and UW Mechatronics student Alex Rodrigues sit back and enjoy the view in Canada's first autonmous ride on city streets.

Waterloo - On Tuesday, August 18, local startup Varden Labsl achieved a first in Canada when they ran their autonomous (self-driving) shuttle on Ring Road at the University of Waterloo main campus This is the first time an autonomous vehicle has run on Canadian roads. Varden Labs was co-founded by two University of Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering students, Alex Rodrigues and Michael Skupien.


Rev. Dr. Mark Harris appointed WLS principal-dean

Waterloo — Waterloo Lutheran Seminary’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. Mark Harris as the seminary’s new principal-dean. After an extensive search process the committee charged with identifying a new principal-dean recommended Harris for the position, says Rod Kruger, the board’s chairman. “It was a unanimous decision,” he said. “Mark has the vision, the administrative skills and the experience to take the helm at an exciting time in the seminary’s history.” The seminary is in the process of changing its name to Martin Luther University and, during the next few years, is set to undergo a multi-million dollar rejuvenation of its facilities.

Health Care

Ontario Investing $125 Million in Hospital Repairs and Upgrades

Fund Will Help 128 Hospitals Continue to Provide High-Quality Health Care

Queens Park - Ontario is providing approximately $125 million in 2015-16 to hospitals across the province to renew critical infrastructure, helping to ensure patients continue to receive high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.


12-Packs Coming to Kitchener LCBO

Ontario Serving Up Changes to Beer Sales

Queens Park - Ontario has launched a new pilot program, enabling beer to be sold in 12-packs at 10 LCBO stores across the province, including one in Kitchener. 12-packs are now available at the Kitchener LCBO store at 721 Ottawa Street South.

Chart of the Week

Very interesting chart showing how long it took Buffett to build his Net Worth.

This chart clearly shows the power of compounding. Buffett didn't make his first Billion till his mid-50s and it didn't really take off for him until his mid-60s. Forty years of investing before it really takes off. Very few of us probably started at 14, most don't start saving until they are in their 30s. If Buffet waited till then to start he would have $50 Billion less than what he has now. He still would have billions mind you but not anywhere close to the estimated $58 Billion he has now.

Generational Health Care

Ontario and Waterloo Region Take Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Waterloo Region - For many years, community groups addressing FASD and the impact of this disorder have been urging the government of Ontario to take action on FASD. “Action is needed to: prevent this lifelong disorder; make accurate diagnostic services available to all citizens; and to implement evidence based support services to prevent the negative outcomes of those affected with FASD”, states Karen Huber co-chair of the Waterloo Region FASD Action Group.

Green Building

Markham Stouffville Hospital Earns LEED® Silver Certification

Markham - Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) has achieved another significant milestone in its path to environmental sustainability, earning LEED® Silver Certification for its recent 385,000 square-foot expansion project.


Young Leaders See Technology and Entrepreneurship As Key to Solving Global Challenges

The World Economic Forum’s communities of Young Global Leaders and Global Shapers are working together on initiatives on inclusion, human rights, entrepreneurship and sustainable development; Technology is seen by 20-40 year olds as the best chance to drive positive change

Geneva, Switzerland – Tomorrow’s young leaders (between the ages of 20 and 40) are optimistic about the future. Despite being aware of the considerable risks faced by the world, they see technology and entrepreneurship as offering new ways to address global challenges.

Housing Prices

CMHC Releases Quarterly Results of its House Price Analysis and Assessment Framework for Canada and 15 Markets

The overall assessment of risk detected by the framework is high for Toronto, Winnipeg and Regina.

Ottawa - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released updated results from its House Price Analysis and Assessment (HPAA) framework, which is designed to detect the presence of problematic conditions in Canadian housing markets.


Privacy guardians urge caution for businesses contemplating a Bring Your Own Device Program

Federal, British Columbia and Alberta privacy commissioners issue guidelines to help organizations reduce risks for personal information when considering allowing employees to use their own mobile devices and computers for work

Ottawa — With the line between work and home increasingly blurred, bring your own device (BYOD) programs are growing in popularity and raising significant concerns among privacy guardians about the protection of personal information.

Water Ways

GRCA to receive federal funding for three projects throughout the watershed

Cambridge - The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has received grants totalling $316,750 through the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program. “We were very pleased to learn that our applications for the funds were approved,” says Dave Bennett, Director of Operations, GRCA. “This support will allow us to make significant improvements to the Apps’ Mill Nature Centre in The County of Brant, as well as the Kay Marston Pavilion at the Elora Gorge Conversation Area. We will also be restoring the FWR Dickson Nature Trail and Boardwalk just south of Cambridge.”


Laurier appoints Robert Gordon to role of VP Research

Waterloo – Robert Gordon has been appointed as vice-president: research at Wilfrid Laurier University, effective November 1, 2015. Gordon has served as the dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph since 2008. Prior to his role at the University of Guelph, Gordon spent a decade at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie University), where he held a Canada Research Chair in Agricultural Resource Management and served as dean of research, department head, and as associate professor in the Department of Engineering.

Electric Transportaion

Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro Launching Intelligent Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot

Niagra-On-the Lake - Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro announced their collaborative partnership with Tech Mahindra Ltd. to build an Intelligent Electric Vehicle Charging System (IEVCS) designed to contribute toward Ontario’s clean energy future.

Climate Change

Substantial glacier ice loss in Central Asia’s largest mountain range

Potsdam, GR - Glaciers in Central Asia experience substantial losses in glacier mass and area. Along the Tien Shan, Central Asia’s largest mountain range, glaciers have lost 27% of their mass and 18% of their area during the last 50 years. An international research team led by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and including the institute of the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at Rennes University in particular, estimated that almost 3000 square kilometres of glaciers and an average of 5.4 gigatons of ice per year have been lost since the 1960s. In the current online issue of Nature Geoscience, the authors estimate that about half of Tien Shan’s glacier volume could be depleted by the 2050s.

Fund Raising

Grainharvest Breadhouse Raises Dough for KidsAbility

Waterloo - On September 27, 1989, Grainharvest Breadhouse opened its doors – and the community has benefitted ever since from the quality artisanal breads they bake on a daily basis. Over time, owners Hubert Wurm, Roland Berchtold and David Nötzold added new stores and even supplied bread for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

Movement Disorders

Researchers use MapleSim to develop musculoskeletal arm and robot models for rehabilitation

Waterloo - Movement disorders in the upper extremities, which are common among post-stroke patients, demand effective rehabilitation procedures. Rehabilitation robots are now being used clinically, but because of emerging proposals for motor learning there is still much that can be done to improve the designs and control algorithms of these robots. For example, one of the neglected aspects in the design and development of rehabilitation devices is the modeling of human interaction with the robot.


Waterloo Region Business Community Concerned with Economy but Look for the Silver Lining

Kitchener – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce recently surveyed its membership on a number of key issues and found that 66% of respondents are “concerned” or “very concerned” about the direction of the Canadian economy because of uncertainty in Canada’s oil sector, and the continuing fall of the Canadian dollar.

Council Info

Elizabeth Clarke appointed to Regional Council

Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings

Waterloo Region - Regional Council appointed Elizabeth Clarke to fill the Kitchener vacancy on Regional Council. Ms. Clarke placed 5th in the recent municipal elections for the Kitchener Regional Council seats and has agreed to accept the appointment. Tenders & contracts ...


National Coal Conference Will Focus on Industry's Preparation for the Upturn

Calgary - At a time when the global coal industry is facing many challenges, the Coal Association of Canada's national conference (September 17-18 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver) will explore how the coal industry in Canada and around the world is weathering current market conditions and preparing for coal's eventual rebound.

Community Health

Waterloo Wellington LHIN - Board Highlights August meeting

Kitchener - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s (WWLHIN) Board of Directors held their regular meeting on August 13, 2015.

Health Care

Vomiting Device Offers First Direct Evidence That Vomit Aerosolizes Norovirus-Like Particles

Raleigh, NC - Using a vomiting device of their creation, researchers at North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University are reporting the first direct evidence that vomiting can aerosolize virus particles similar to human norovirus. “Epidemiological evidence has pointed to virus aerosolization during vomiting as a likely route for spreading norovirus, and our work here confirms that it’s not only possible but probable,” says Lee-Ann Jaykus, a professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences at NC State, co-author of a paper on the work, and director of the USDA-NIFA Food Virology Collaborative initiative (NoroCORE).


Economical Insurance donates $10,000 to local YWCA to support teens exposed to domestic violence

Making donation in association with broker partner McKillop Insurance

LETHBRIDGE, AB — Local teens that experience traumatic events in their lives will soon be able to turn to the YWCA Lethbridge & District for help on how to cope with life’s pressures and rebuild their self-esteem.


CIGI grows financing sustainable development team with two new global experts

Waterloo - The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) announced the appointment of Senior Fellows Celine Bak and Sarah Burch with its Global Economy Program. Both experts will concentrate on the area of financing sustainable development, with Bak exploring economic reporting of environmental goods trade for G20 economies, and Burch focusing on multi-level governance of climate change and sustainability challenges.

Self Health

The Lazy, Lonely Lunch

Professionals Would Like to Exercise at Lunch but More Commonly End Up Dining Solo

Toronto - As much as they'd like it to be, the midday endorphin rush isn't a reality for most workers, a new survey suggests. Almost half (46 per cent) of accounting and finance professionals polled said they typically spend their lunch breaks eating alone, with only 17 per cent finding the time to fit in a workout. This is contrary to what most respondents actually want: 48 per cent indicated they would like to exercise or go to the gym, or enjoy a meal with coworkers.


Algorithm Interprets Breathing Difficulties to Aid in Medical Care

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an efficient algorithm that can interpret the wheezing of patients with breathing difficulties to give medical providers information about what’s happening in the lungs. The research is part of a larger, ongoing project to develop wearable smart medical sensors for monitoring, collecting and interpreting personal health data.

Fund Raising

14 th Annual Cowan Charity Classic Raises $ 124, 000 to Support KW Counselling Services & The Royal

Cambridge - Cowan Insurance Group announced that following their 2015 Cowan Charity Classic golf tournaments in the Waterloo and Ottawa Regions, they have raised a combined total of $ 12 4,000 to provide to our selected charities, including a donation of $ 68,000 from The Cowan Foundation. This year’s funds will be directed towards KW Counselling Services in Waterloo Region and The Royal in Ottawa.


Working long hours linked to higher risk of stroke

London, UK - Working 55 hours or more per week is linked to a 33% greater risk of stroke and a more modest (13%) increased risk of developing coronary heart disease compared with working a standard 35 to 40 hour week, according to the largest study in this field so far involving over 600000 individuals, published in The Lancet.


Laurier to welcome two-year Bachelor of Education cohort

Waterloo – Laurier will welcome the first cohort of students for the two-year Bachelor of Education program this September. The extended program will provide new teachers with more practical experience in the classroom and will equip them with additional expertise to meet the growing needs of students.


Indian IT multinational Tech Mahindra and Ryerson University sign memorandum of understanding on microgrid solutions research

Toronto - Microgrids, disruptive technology and cutting edge research were the topics of conversation as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Ryerson University and India-based Tech Mahindra Ltd. (TechM), a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering.


“The Time is Now” for Businesses to Convert to Energy-Saving LED Lights

A new report from the Department of Energy shows that LED lighting saved U.S. businesses $1.4 billion in 2014—with a potential $50 billion annual savings to come. To share in these savings—and to gain a real competitive advantage—Consumer Energy Solutions urges businesses to make the change to LED as soon as possible.

Tampa Bay, FL - A recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy finds that light-emitting diode-based (LED) lighting was responsible for 143 trillion British Thermal Units in reduced U.S. energy consumption in 2014, resulting in a savings equivalent to $1.4 billion annually in energy cost. Moreover, while adoption of LED lighting is growing across all lighting applications, overall market shares remain in the low single digits, leaving substantial headroom to increase market penetration and related energy savings. The new analysis indicates that from 2012 to 2014, LED market penetration climbed to 3% overall, versus less than 1% in 2012.

Global Connections

Millennials from 160 Countries Connect at the Global Shapers Annual Meeting in Geneva

450 young leaders between the ages of 20 and 30 convened in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum hosted the Annual Curators Meeting 2015 for Global Shapers at the Forum headquarters in Geneva. This gathering of more than 450 Global Shapers was designed to ensure that the voice of millennials is included in the debate on how to address a range of global challenges, including youth unemployment, climate change, the future of the internet and gender parity.

Federal Election

Chamber of Commerce to Host Federal Election Candidate Forums

Kitchener – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce has organized a set of four Federal Election Candidate Forums for the ridings of Kitchener Centre, Kitchener-Conestoga, Kitchener South-Hespler, and Waterloo.

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