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Communication

Andy Yen: Think your email's private? Think again

Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It's just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use. Showing a demo of an email program he designed with colleagues at CERN, Yen argues that encryption can be made simple to the point of becoming the default option, providing true email privacy to all. Andy Yen is building an encrypted email program that lets everyone benefit from private communication.

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Innovation

Braid Announces Support for Waterloo Companies to Bring New Products to Market

Waterloo –Three Waterloo businesses will benefit from an investment of up to $1,775,000 announced yesterday by Kitchener–Waterloo MP Peter Braid. Photo is l-r Marc Morin, Auvik Networks, Bogdan Frusina, Dejero, MP Peter Braid and hosting company Armen Bakirtzian from Intellijoint Surgical. The Canadian Government is providing up to $950,000 to Auvik Networks to market and commercialize its network management software. Dejero will receive up to $275,000 to complete the development of its wireless broadcast solution. Intellijoint Surgical is also receiving up to $550,000 to develop and commercialize its smart tool for orthopaedic surgery. These companies have attracted more than $3,550,000 from angel investors and venture capitalists.

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Cerebral Behaviours

Reliance on smartphones linked to lazy thinking

Waterloo - Our smartphones help us find a phone number quickly, provide us with instant directions and recommend restaurants, but new research indicates that this convenience at our fingertips is making it easy for us to avoid thinking for ourselves.

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Foriegn Workers

How Ottawa bungled the temporary foreign workers program

The Harper government clearly didn't consider how regulatory changes would impact agriculture - By Dr. Sylvain Charlebois

Guelph - Rural Canada is expecting a massive exodus of foreign workers which can potentially become a losing situation for everyone. As of April 1, temporary foreign workers who have been in Canada at least four years will be forced to leave the country. Since Canadian agriculture employs well over 50,000 foreign workers to support farming and processing facilities across the country, losses to this labour force will be considerable and are really coming at the wrong time. For many commodities, current high prices are making market conditions favourable to more supplies. So, in essence, agriculture may face a severe, sudden labour shortage.

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Carbon Counting

New Approach to Sustainability Will Lead to First-of-its-Kind Target for University of Waterloo’s David Johnston Research + Technology Park

Waterloo - The David Johnston Research + Technology Park is known for sector leading innovation. Now in tandem with the park’s 10th anniversary, they are once again creating change. The park is taking a leadership role in creating a strong culture of sustainability by joining Sustainable Waterloo Region’s (SWR) Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) as a Collaborative Facility Member. This partnership paves the way to become a first-of-its-kind greenhouse gas reduction target by any member in the AURP research park network in Canada.

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Health Care

Western University researchers call for more intensive testing for atrial fibrillation following stroke

London - Researchers at Western University hope their systematic review of almost 12,000 patients will raise awareness among physicians about the need for more extensive testing for atrial fibrillation, or heart rhythm disturbances, following a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

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Job Search

Employed but Looking: Eight Tips for Keeping Your Job Search Confidential

Now that the job market is improving, more and more workers are hoping to make a career change - by Peter K. Studner

Los Angeles, CA - During the darkest days of the Great Recession, any American fortunate enough to be reliably employed clung to his or her job for dear life, no matter if it was unfulfilling or extremely stressful or a dead end. A paycheck, after all, was a paycheck. But now that the job market is improving, discontented and underemployed workers are beginning to seek out new opportunities.

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Arbitration

Settlement issued to City and Cambridge Professional Fire Fighters Association

Cambridge - A settlement has been issued to the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 499 (CPFFA). The Interest Arbitration Award has been handed down by the provincial arbitrator in the matter between the City of Cambridge and the CPFFA.

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Arts & Culture

COALITION OF MUSLIM WOMEN OF KW ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ITS FIRST COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT

Waterloo Region - The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW would like to announce that it will be launching its first community Arts Project, Illuminate. The launch will be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 from 3:00 p.m.. to 4:30 p.m.. at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener.

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Tax Tips

Tax Tips for Students

St. Catherines - For students, the month of April brings not only the stress of final exams but also the deadline for filing your tax return. Of course you need to make sure you’re paying what the law requires, but you also want to take advantage of some of the ways that students can reduce their tax bills. Here are a few of the FAQs from student taxpayers.

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Great Lakes Watershed

EPA Awards 15 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants Totaling Over $8 Million to Combat Invasive Species

CHICAGO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of 15 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling more than $8 million for projects to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.

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LGBTQ

Uplifting Lives: The 10th Anniversary Pride Prom

Kitchener/Waterloo - 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of KW Counselling Services’ OK2BME program for LGBTQ youth and their families. OK2BME is a set of free, confidential services for kids and teens wondering about their sexuality or gender identity. They may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-variant, or they may just have questions. Services include: LGBTQ-positive Individual and Family Counselling, LGBTQ Social and Recreational Youth Group, Professional Consultation and Collaboration, Public Education and Training and Supporting establishment of Gay-Straight Alliances.

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