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Viruses

Romina Libster: The power of herd immunity

How do vaccines prevent disease — even among people too young to get vaccinated? It's a concept called "herd immunity," and it relies on a critical mass of people getting their shots to break the chain of infection. Health researcher Romina Libster shows how herd immunity contained a deadly outbreak of H1N1 in her hometown. (In Spanish with subtitles.) Dr. Romina Libster investigates influenza and other respiratory viruses, searching for ways to most effectively keep viruses from spreading.

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Appointment

WWLHIN appoints Police Chief to Board

Waterloo/Wellington - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) welcomes the appointment of Bryan Larkin to its Board of Directors. “I am excited to join the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors. My passion lies in building strong communities and helping people to be the best they can be. I look forward to utilizing my expertise and experience from many years in policing to support the Board in making resident-focused and strategic decisions to enhance local health care delivery," said Bryan Larkin, Board Member, Board of Directors.

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Changing Times

Survey Reveals Optimistic Outlook for Waterloo Region Businesses

Greater KW Chamber of Commerce membership is optimistic for continued growth in 2015

Kitchener - In a recent survey, a majority of Chamber members felt that 2014 was a positive year for their business. There was also an overwhelmingly positive outlook for business growth for 2015. As 2015 begins with lower gas prices, a weaker Canadian dollar, and major local infrastructure projects, our members still believe that 2015 will be a bright year.

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Technology

BlackBerry Works With Google to Enhance Mobile Security and User Experience

BlackBerry to reinforce cross-platform capabilities as a preferred EMM provider of Android for Work

Waterloo – BlackBerry Limited announced that the company is working with Google to enable BES12™: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry® to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google’s solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications.

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Venture Capital

Investment will fuel deployment of cloud-based traffic management

KITCHENER - Miovision announced earlier this month that it has completed a $30 million CAD ($24 million USD) Series B financing transaction led by MacKinnon, Bennett & Co. with participation from Investeco Capital, Renewal Funds, Plaza Ventures and Comerica. The funding will help Miovision expand its team and accelerate its vision of smart cities and cloud-based traffic management technology.

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Family Business

LiquiForce announced as Family Enterprise of the Year 2015 Recipient for Southwestern Ontario

LONDON - LiquiForce was announced as the 2015 Canadian Association of Family Enterprise, Southwestern Ontario Family Enterprise of the Year Award recipient at yesterday's 11th annual family business day celebration hosted by Canadian Association of Family Enterprise and Ivey Business Families Centre. Liquiforce is an international contractor and manufacturer that operates in Canada and the United States.

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Engineering Solutions

Delivering complex target tracking with the help of Maplesoft Engineering Solutions

Waterloo - Blue Joule Corporation is a consulting company that specializes in the design, analysis, development, and implementation of high precision control systems. While working with a client on developing a controller for servo-actuators on a target-tracking radar gimbal, Blue Joule turned to Maplesoft Engineering Solutions for assistance in developing the controller.

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Strategic Plan

Waterloo looks to community for input on new strategic plan

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo is still in the process of preparing a new strategic plan for 2015 to 2018 and continues to seek the input of residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to help shape Waterloo’s future.

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Elder Study

Senior care: Differences by type of housing, 2012

Ottawa - In 2012, 5.4 million Canadians provided care to a senior family member or friend. This care was most often provided to a senior living in their own private residence, though the intensity of care was highest for caregivers who lived with their care recipient.

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End of Life

New Advance Care Planning Program to Improve Coordinated End-of-life Care

Kitchener - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) Board of Directors approved an investment of $1.2 million over 3 years to Hospice of Waterloo Region to enhance the quality of care and the patient/family experience at end-of-life through improved Advance Care Planning for residents of Waterloo Wellington. “We are very excited about this project.

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xQuarterly

CIBC Announces First Quarter 2015 Results

TORONTO - CIBC announced its financial results for the first quarter ended January 31, 2015. "In the quarter, CIBC's core businesses delivered solid results despite a challenging macroeconomic environment," says Victor G. Dodig, CIBC President and Chief Executive Officer. "Through our client-focused strategy, we continued to deliver consistent and sustainable earnings as a strong performance-oriented relationship bank."


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Economic Challenges

Seven Ways Geo-economics is Changing the Global Economy

Report from the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics identifies seven geo-economic trends that could decelerate or even reverse globalization

Geneva, Switzerland - The world is witnessing a rise in geo-economics, where the main global battlefield is economic rather than military. And with sanctions, competing trade regimes, currency and price manipulation increasingly taking the place of conventional warfare, the implication of these forces could be an unravelling of the global economy, a new report by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics finds.

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Mental Health

Ontario Investing $28 Million in Mental Health and Addictions Services

Province Connecting People with the Care They Need Closer to Home

Queens Park - Ontario is investing in local mental health and addictions organizations to provide care closer to home for people who are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges. The province is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closest available bed.

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ADHD

People with ADHD are twice as likely to die prematurely, often due to accidents

Denmark - People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)[1] have a lower life expectancy and are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as those without the disorder, according to new research published in The Lancet. Accidents are the most common cause of death in people with ADHD, and the relative risk of dying is much higher for women than men with ADHD and individuals diagnosed in adulthood. The study is the first to shed light on the role of ADHD in premature death.

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Education Budgeting

Catholic Board Launches Consultation on 2015-16 School Year Budget

Final budget to be passed in June

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has launched an on-line budget consultation to receive stakeholder input on spending priorities for the 2015-16 school year.

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Salesperson Handbook

Five Common Sales Obstacles and How to Overcome Them
By Paul Cherry

Lucy was a brand new salesperson who wanted to make a big impression. She did everything she could think of to establish relationships with prospects and wow them with her proposals. While she was not failing as a salesperson, Lucy was certainly not leading her team in sales either. After nine months of below average performances, she knew something had to change—but what?

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Trade

Ontario Announces Spring Trade Mission to China

Focus on Trade and Investment Opportunities for Agri-Food Sector

Queens Park - Minister Jeff Leal and Minister Michael Chan announced they will be leading a trade mission to China in April 2015. The mission will focus on increasing opportunities for Ontario‘s agriculture and agri-food sector in the Chinese market.

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Agriculture & Sugar Water

Coke 'milking' healthy choices

With profits falling, the soft drink company is marketing a 'better', 'healthier' milk - By Sylvain Charlebois University of Guelph

GUELPH - For decades, the soft drink rivalry was about who was winning a war. Nowadays, it's more about who is losing the least. Coke profits fell a whopping 55 per cent in the latter part of 2014. PepsiCo's financials were only slightly better. As the modern consumer is looking for healthier options, soft drinks giants are scrambling for ways to retain their market.

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Medical Cannibis

Tilray Bolsters Industry-Leading Team with New CEO Appointment

Greg Engel, former pharmaceutical executive, to lead Tilray expansion at home and abroad

TORONTO - Tilray has announced the appointment of former pharmaceutical executive Greg Engel as Chief Executive Officer. Engel will lead Tilray’s growing team of industry-leading experts diligently working to advance the science, safety and efficacy of medical cannabis for patients and physicians in Canada and around the world. He will split his time between Tilray’s operations in British Columbia and Ontario.

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Festival Organizers

Festival and Event Leaders Gather for Conference

Ontario’s Tourism, Cultrure and Sport Minister Coteau to Attend Awards Gala

ONTARIO – Hundreds of Ontario’s Festival and Event industry professionals and education leaders will gather in Niagara Falls for the 28th Annual Festival & Events Ontario (FEO) Conference on March 4-6, 2015.

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