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Surviving Harsh Conditions

Lisa Nip: How humans could evolve to survive in space

If we hope to one day leave Earth and explore the universe, our bodies are going to have to get a lot better at surviving the harsh conditions of space. Using synthetic biology, Lisa Nip hopes to harness special powers from microbes on Earth — such as the ability to withstand radiation — to make humans more fit for exploring space. "We're approaching a time during which we'll have the capacity to decide our own genetic destiny," Nip says. "Augmenting the human body with new abilities is no longer a question of how, but of when." Lisa Nip's work focuses on how we can use synthetic biology to allow humanity to explore space

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Change Agent

Changing lives with probiotics in Africa

London - A Western University researcher is hoping to change the lives of people in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda with a small sachet of freeze-dried bacteria. Gregor Reid, PhD, professor, Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, is one of the world’s foremost experts on probiotics – microorganisms which have many health benefits, but which are not readily available to people in low income countries.

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Cancer Rank

Canadians on Colorectal Cancer

Familiarity with Colorectal Cancer Lags Other Cancers, But Canadians Believe Cancer can be Cured, Prevented with Healthy Lifestyle, Early Detection

Toronto – Top-of-mind, unaided recall of colorectal cancer (43%) is behind that of breast cancer (66%) and lung cancer (64%), according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Canada and Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.

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Cost Breakdown

Government spending 2014

Ottawa - Canadian general government (CGG) expenses increased 1.4% from 2013 to 2014, less than half the 2.9% average growth rate seen since 2008. Total CGG (federal, provincial–territorial and local governments combined) expenses, excluding acquisitions of non-financial assets and consumption of fixed capital expense, totalled $638 billion or $17,939 per capita.

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Pensions

Ontario Teachers' earns 13.0% return for 2015

Net assets hit record $171.4 billion; Pension plan is 107% funded

Toronto - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers') announced a rate of return on investments of 13.0% for the year ended December 31, 2015, resulting in an increase in net assets to a record $171.4 billion from $154.5 billion at the end of 2014.

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Fintech

Online Lending Technology Company Lendified Expands Global Footprint and Capabilities with Acquisition of Cash Flow Automation Tool, Mentio Technologies

Toronto - Canada's growing fintech space saw leading online lending platform, Lendified Inc., join forces with Mentio Technologies this week. Mentio is a Vancouver-based company specializing in automated cash flow forecasting.

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Transportation

For-hire Motor Carrier Freight Services Price Index, fourth quarter 2015

Ottawa - The For-hire Motor Carrier Freight Services Price Index decreased 1.0% in the fourth quarter. The index has fallen for six consecutive quarters, reflecting the decrease in fuel prices during the same period.

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Regulations

Governments must not hinder the 4th industrial revolution

Montreal - The Internet will be the driver of economic growth in the coming years, which is why the regulations that surround it must be kept to a minimum and remain flexible, argues an Economic Note published today by the MEI.

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Safer and Vital

Ontario Investing $3.7 Million in Grants to Enhance Community Safety

Applications Now Open For Municipalities and Organizations to Apply

Queens Park - Ontario is now accepting applications for the Safer and Vital Communities Grant and the Proceeds of Crime – Front Line Policing Grant to help fund community-led safety and corrections projects in Ontario.

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Opinion

Bottling Canada’s Food Policies – What the debate over ketchup says about the future of farming

By Emery Huszka

Florence, Ontario - I’ve been watching with interest the recent social media splash made over French’s ketchup. It highlights what the National Farmers Union (NFU) has been talking about for years – food sovereignty matters. Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy about where their food comes from. As farmers, we’d be stupid not to sit up and notice this trend.

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Education

The Waterloo Region Catholic Board Wins International Business Association Award

Budget process earns kudos for fourth consecutive year

Waterloo Region – For the fourth consecutive year, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has received the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation. “The Waterloo Catholic community is very proud of our staff upon receiving this well-deserved award. It is a recognition that acknowledges the outstanding contributions and excellent work characteristic of our staff. We offer them our sincerest appreciation and congratulations on this significant accomplishment”, said Loretta Notten, Director of Education.

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Tourism Spending

National tourism indicators, fourth quarter 2015

Ottawa - Tourism spending in Canada rose 0.3% in the fourth quarter, after increasing 1.0% in the previous quarter. This was the 11th consecutive quarterly gain in tourism spending, but the smallest during that period.

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HR

Why Your Employees Aren’t Performing And What You Can Do About It

By Kate Zabriskie

I can’t believe we spent a huge amount on customer-service training, and our staff still doesn’t consistently give great service. What a waste! We sent out a memo explaining the summer dress code. I thought it was pretty clear, but the intern showed up dressed for a night at the club. In addition to having bad fashion sense, she seems to have problems with reading comprehension.

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Entrepreneurship

Landmine diffusing robot among six winners of prestigious engineering awards

Waterloo - A robot designed to safely defuse landmines without an explosion was one of six major winners at the Norman Esch Capstone Design Awards competition for University of Waterloo engineering students held yesterday.

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At Risk

University of New Brunswick receives $250,000 donation from Sun Life Financial to provide diabetes prevention and care resources

Toronto - A $250,000 donation from Sun Life Financial Inc. is helping the University of New Brunswick (UNB) launch the Sun Life Financial Living Well with Diabetes Initiative to assist those living with diabetes or who are at risk for developing the disease. The donation is part of Sun Life Financial's Team Up Against Diabetes program, and is another step towards the company's goal of preventing diabetes and its related complications. Sun Life Financial made the announcement, along with representatives from UNB.

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Social Entrepreneurs

Correcting Market Failures with the Tools of Capitalism – Meet the 11 Social Entrepreneurs of 2016

Several awardees are helping to link poor communities with the high-tech world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Geneva – Eleven social entrepreneurs from around the world have been recognized by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as the 2016 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. Social Entrepreneurs are active where traditional markets have failed, and apply the latest business thinking in a practical and sustainable way to benefit the marginalized and poor. They are closing gaps in products and services that would otherwise not be filled for these underserviced communities.

EVENTS

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Council Info

Waterloo Region Council Info from March 30, 2016

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings.

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ImagineIt

Kitchener Events launches ImagineIt Kitchener new event series to spark imagination, connect citizens

Kitchener – Kitchener Events announced the launch of ImagineIt Kitchener - a new series of programming designed to connect people through words, pictures and stories. Working with the Kitchener Public Library as a strategic partner and advisor, the series of events will focus on fun and interesting ways to connect the community through engaging events that celebrate reading, writing and literacy. They will also provide greater professional development opportunities for aspiring writers looking for advice from industry leaders.

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Information Display

Christie to display class-leading video wall solutions at ISC West 2016

Christie Phoenix and Phoenix Quad-T, LED and LCD technology will be showcased

CYPRESS, Calif. – Christie will be displaying the latest video wall solutions for the physical security industry at ISC West 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christie will feature solutions including the Christie Phoenix® system and Phoenix Quad-T encoder; a side-by-side comparison of Entero® HB 70-inch HD front access display cubes and Christie Velvet™ Merit Series 1.5mm LED tiles; and both 98-inch and 55-inch LCD flat panels.

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April 15-17

Eating and drinking local at the Niagara Food & Wine Expo

Niagra Falls – The bounty of the Niagara Region will be on display once again when the Niagara Food & Wine Expo opens its doors this spring.

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April 5, 2016

Laurier celebrates first game-design class with Games of the Year Fair

Brantford – Students from the Game Design and Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University will present prototypes of their “games designed to change the world” on April 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brantford Games Network lab (BGNlab), located in Grand River Hall at 171 Colborne St.



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