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Sight

Wendy Freedman: This new telescope might show us the beginning of the universe

When and how did the universe begin? A global group of astronomers wants to answer that question by peering as far back in time as a large new telescope will let us see. Wendy Freedman headed the creation of the Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in South America; at TEDGlobal in Rio, she shares a bold vision of the discoveries about our universe that the GMT could make possible. Wendy Freedman led the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope, a massive earthbound observatory.

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Hacking

Hackers Find That Infiltrating Government Computers Is Not A Mission Impossible

Feds Who Criticize Private Sector For Lapses Must Shore Up Their Own Defenses, Cybersecurity Expert Says

Retail giants aren’t the only target of hackers who infiltrate computer systems to gain access to sensitive information. Federal governments also fall victim, such as recently when the Obama administration revealed that 21.5 million people were affected by a breach at the Office of Personnel Management.

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Milestone

The Original Princess Turns 30!

Waterloo - Over 10,000 days, over 30,000 shows, over 10,000 different films. 180 bi-monthly Film Guides. Millions of visits. Popcorn to infinity. What a long, strange trip it's been!

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Waterfront Property

Ontario Moving Forward with Sale of LCBO Lands

Proceeds will Fund Infrastructure Projects Across the Province

Queens Park - Ontario has reached another milestone in its plan to unlock value from the LCBO head office lands, including over 11 acres of waterfront real estate in downtown Toronto.

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Appointment

Ontario Appoints New Chief Health Innovation Strategist

William Charnetski to Champion Ontario’s Health Technology Innovation Sector

Queens Park - Ontario has selected William Charnetski as the province's new Chief Health Innovation Strategist. Charnetski is an accomplished national and global executive with over a decade of experience in developing integrated health solutions in Canada and around the world in the global pharmaceutical industry.

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Community

Neighbourhood matching fund open for second round

Waterloo - Applications are now being accepted for the second round of the City of Waterloo’s neighbourhood matching program. The program is launched twice a year in order to capture seasonal-type projects and different ideas that may pop up spontaneously throughout the year. According to Kristy Smith, neighbourhood coordinator with the City of Waterloo, the bi-annual application process makes it easy for community groups to plan their projects. “If a group wants to host a winter carnival but missed the spring application deadline, they don’t have to wait another year to confirm funding. They can apply in the fall well in advance of their winter event date.”

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Bowel Disease

Western researchers find that earlier combined treatment can alter the course of disease progression in Crohn’s disease

London - Canada has one of the world’s highest rates of people living with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. New cases of the disease are also among the highest in the world, doubling since 1995. People with Crohn’s disease are more likely to require hospitalization, with half requiring surgery, and are 47 per cent more likely to die prematurely.

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Tourism

Ontario Investing $6 Million in Cultural Tourism

Province Supporting Tourism in Local Communities and Creating Jobs

Queens Park - Ontario is supporting arts and cultural events across the province that will draw tourists, boost local economies and create jobs. Through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the province is providing $6 million over three years to grow cultural tourism in Ontario. This support will help arts and cultural organizations develop, promote and present unique events and exhibitions that bring visitors to communities across the province.

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Leader

New Report Names OpenText as a Leader in ECM Business Content Services

Independent Research Firm Cites OpenText Among Vendors Who Are "Longtime Leaders in Both the Management of Business and Transactional Content"

Waterloo - OpenText announced that analyst firm Forrester Research, Inc. has named OpenText as a leader in its new report, "The Forrester Wave™: ECM Business Content Services, Q3 2015." Forrester's report takes a comprehensive look inside the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) market, evaluating 11 of the most significant software providers in the area of ECM business content services.

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Study

Fructose no worse than other carbohydrates

Toronto - Fructose does not have a negative impact on blood cholesterol or other lipids, new research suggests. Blood lipids are fat molecules found in the bloodstream. Clinicians use the blood lipid profile to determine a patient’s risk of developing cardiovascular conditions or suffering a heart attack or stroke.

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Global Health

Avoidable risk factors take an increasing toll on health worldwide

Poor diet, high systolic blood pressure, and smoking are top risk factors for deaths around the world; undernutrition remains leading risk factor for children under 5

Washington - A wide range of avoidable risk factors to health – ranging from air pollution to poor diets to unsafe water – account for a growing number of deaths and a significant amount of disease burden, according to a new analysis of 79 risks in 188 countries.

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Union Message

U.S. Steel Must Be Stopped From Destroying Canadian Operations

Hamilton - U.S. Steel must be stopped from moving more jobs and production out of Canada, the United Steelworkers (USW) says. "When is the federal government going to stand up to U.S. Steel and defend Canadian workers and pensioners?" asked Gary Howe, President of USW Local 1005 in Hamilton.

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Global Resources

Mining and Metals in a Sustainable World 2050: Report Launch

Fundamental changes in the way we use resources are expected over the next decades, driven by increased growth and population in a world of limited resources; Recycling and reuse of materials will increase but at given growth patterns, primary (extracted) materials will remain important; Mining and metals will continue to be central part of the economy but business models need to be adjusted for more circularity

Dalian, People’s Republic of China – a new report, Mining and Metals in a Sustainable World 2050, has been launched as part of the World Economic Forum’s Industry Agenda publication.

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Intenational Currency

Currency Devaluation and Reform Reflect China’s Push for Renminbi Internationalization

The August devaluation of the renminbi and the change in the way its exchange rate against the dollar is determined should be viewed in the context of China’s push to internationalize its currency

Dalian, People’s Republic of China – China’s devaluation of the renminbi and the accompanying change in how the currency’s exchange rate against the dollar is set should be viewed in the context of the internationalization of the RMB and its progress to full convertibility, global financial experts agreed in a session at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions.

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Global Direction

Innovation and Inclusion: The Key to Sustainable Global Growth

Including more people in global innovation systems will enable more people to be part of today’s technological revolution; Supercharging innovation will require a consideration of values and what the implications of rapid change are for our societies

Dalian, People’s Republic of China – Innovation is the essential key to “charting a new course for growth” and inclusion across the global economy, the Co-Chairs of the World Economic Forum’s ninth Annual Meeting of the New Champions agreed at the closing session. “We have to supercharge innovation,” declared Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation, USA. “We have to give more tools to more people. With innovations and technologies, we now have vast new possibilities. We can make innovation available at the micro level. We can help millions of people who are in desperate need to improve their own lives.”

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Global Economy

China to Remain Global Growth Engine, Despite Slowdown and Structural Reforms

China should be able to achieve its official target of around 7% GDP growth over the next five to 10 years; All countries should pursue structural reforms if they are to drive new growth and increase productivity

Dalian, People’s Republic of China – China’s capacity to achieve its official target of around 7% growth has not been impaired by recent market volatility and the structural reform challenges it faces, according to leading economists discussing the global economy on the closing day of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions. “For the global economy, the number one thing is to achieve growth,” said Justin Lin, Professor, National School of Development, Peking University, People’s Republic of China. “Whether China will be able to achieve around 7% growth is a big question mark in everybody’s minds. I am confident that China will.” Lin also predicted that China would grow for at least the next five to 10 years, continuing to contribute between a quarter and a third of global growth.

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Competition

Kitchener Fire proud to compete at FireFit Championship

Kitchener – Fitter. Faster. Stronger. That’s the motto of the FireFit Championships – a motto Kitchener Fire intends to live up to this month as the city hosts the 21st annual FireFit Championship at the Moose Winooski’s parking lot at Sportsworld Crossing, Sept. 15-20, 2015.

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Stem Cells Innovation

Spheroid Stem Cell Production Sows Hope for IPF Treatment

Raleigh, NC - In a small pilot study, researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated a rapid, simple way to generate large numbers of lung stem cells for use in disease treatment. This method of harvesting and growing a patient’s own lung stem cells shows promise in mice for treating idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and could one day provide human IPF sufferers with an effective, less invasive method of treatment for their disease.

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