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Supporting Life

Lucianne Walkowicz: Let's not use Mars as a backup planet

Stellar astronomer and TED Senior Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz works on NASA's Kepler mission, searching for places in the universe that could support life. So it's worth a listen when she asks us to think carefully about Mars. In this short talk, she suggests that we stop dreaming of Mars as a place that we'll eventually move to when we've messed up Earth, and to start thinking of planetary exploration and preservation of the Earth as two sides of the same goal. As she says, "The more you look for planets like Earth, the more you appreciate our own planet."

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Pauli Awards

Golden Triangle Angel Network honours Andela, Diane Wolfenden and the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund.

Cambridge - At its 5th annual Pauli Awards, Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) celebrated its unprecedented success with its members and the Waterloo Region. The awards night drew startup founders, investors and special guests to the Embassy Room at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener.

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Manufacturing

Monthly Survey of Manufacturing for October 2015

Ottawa - Manufacturing sales declined 1.1% to $50.4 billion in October, the third consecutive decrease. Declines in the petroleum and coal product, aerospace product and parts, and machinery industries were responsible for the overall drop.

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Carbon Capture

Technology developed in Waterloo Region protects environment by capturing hospital anesthetic gases

Waterloo Region - New patented technology developed in Waterloo Region will help battle climate change by capturing anesthetic gases that cause global warming.

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Hands-on Learning

University of Waterloo recognized for leadership and talent development

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo's innovative model of education received recognition for its blend of hands-on learning, entrepreneurship, scholarship and professional training.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Sheridan unveils the first ABB YuMi® Robot in Canada

Brampton - Sheridan's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) has become the first facility in Canada to acquire ABB's YuMi® robot. A special event to unveil and showcase YuMi's capabilities was held yesterday at Sheridan's Brampton Campus.

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Time Warp

Study finds that aging warps our perception of time

Waterloo - Much like trying to watch a video with the audio out of synch, older adults may have difficulty combining the stimuli they see and hear, and it could have implications for rapid decision-making tasks such as driving, according to new research.

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Work for Yourself

When The Job Hunt Stalls . . . It May Be Time to Hire Yourself

Starting A Business Carries Risks, But Franchises Provide a Viable, Vital Alternative

Job searches can be frustrating and deflating for the unemployed or for anyone seeking new career opportunities. A trail of online job applications often leads to nowhere. Daily checks on job sites sometimes prove fruitless.

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Travel

Travel Survey of Residents of Canada, second quarter 2015

Ottawa - In the second quarter, the number of domestic trips rose 2.1% from the same quarter in 2014 to 81.3 million. Total expenditures for those trips increased 2.4% to $11.6 billion.

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Toys

Overwhelming community support for City’s annual Toys for Tickets program

More than $13,000 in toys collected since program launched

Cambridge - Mayor Doug Craig, along with Cambridge Professional Fire Fighters’ Association (CPFFA) president, Chris Davidson and Christmas Basket Fund co-chair, Luis Gomes, were at Cambridge's City Hall to collect the toys donated during the City’s Toys for Tickets program. The seventh annual Toys for Tickets initiative wrapped up yesterday, Dec. 14, with piles of toys donated from the community.



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Supply Chain

Bestop Chooses OpenText B2B Managed Services for Digital Supply Chain Success

Bestop Connects Trading Partners through OpenText Trading Grid to Build and Grow its Business Network

Waterloo -- OpenText announced that Bestop, a manufacturer of soft tops and accessories for Jeep Wrangler and other sport utility vehicles, has selected OpenText to manage its digital supply chain. Using OpenText B2B Managed Services, Bestop will be able to connect all of its customers through the OpenText Trading Grid in order to build and grow its business network for enhanced supply chain visibility.

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Beer Sales

Loblaw declares "Beer is here" as 19 of its Ontario stores now stock wide selection of local, craft and multinational brands

Ontario Craft Brewers salute Loblaw's commitment to community of local beer craftsman and drinkers.

Brampton - Loblaw Companies Limited will began the sale of beer yesterday in 19 of its Ontario grocery stores - including the select Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, and Fortinos locations listed below. The stores will eventually stock hundreds of beer varieties, with equal representation of Ontario's local or craft beer and multinational brands.

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Announcement

Kim West Promoted to Chief Client Officer at NATIONAL PR

Toronto - Kim West, NATIONAL Public Relations' Director of Integration, has been promoted to Chief Client Officer for NATIONAL in Toronto effective immediately. Her promotion comes as a direct result of the firm's recent growth and transformation. "Kim's leadership and contributions have made a huge difference to our culture and performance," said Rick Murray, Managing Partner and Chief Digital Strategist at NATIONAL. "Through a combination of organic client growth, new business wins and the addition of NATIONAL Equicom, the monthly volume of business in Toronto is now more than double what it was in January."

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Getting Active

Planning for a brighter life with a slam dunk partnership

Sun Life Financial and the Toronto Raptors team up to help children get active and plan for a brighter life

Toronto - Sun Life Financial Inc. and the Toronto Raptors are teaming up for the Sun Life Financial Money for Life Heritage Clinics. Now in its second year, this unique partnership connects children from multiple ethnic communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to the sport of basketball, encouraging them to get active while teaching valuable life planning skills.

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