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Developments

Paula Hammond: A new superweapon in the fight against cancer

Cancer is a very clever, adaptable disease. To defeat it, says medical researcher and educator Paula Hammond, we need a new and powerful mode of attack. With her colleagues at MIT, Hammond engineered a nanoparticle one-hundredth the size of a human hair that can treat the most aggressive, drug-resistant cancers. Learn more about this molecular superweapon and join Hammond's quest to fight a disease that affects us all. Paula Hammond, head of MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering, is developing new technologies to kill cancer cells.

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Health Financing

Global studies reveal health financing crisis facing developing countries

Existing trends suggest that by 2040 nearly half of developing countries still are unlikely to meet international health spending targets to make basic services universally available; International aid for health is stagnating and is unlikely to bridge the gap; Both studies were funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Seattle - Two major studies published in The Lancet reveal the health financing crisis facing developing countries as a result of low domestic investment and stagnating international aid, which could leave millions of people without access to even the most basic health services.

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Transportation

Air Canada Cargo to Introduce Dedicated Freighter Service to Latin America and Europe in a Commercial Arrangement with Cargojet

Only direct scheduled freighter service between Canada and Latin America

Montreal & Mississauga - Air Canada and Cargojet Airways Ltd., a subsidiary of Cargojet Inc. announced they are finalizing a commercial arrangement that will result in Air Canada Cargo introducing dedicated freighter services from Canada to Latin America and Europe with Boeing 767-300ER freighter aircraft operated by Cargojet. Air Canada Cargo will become the only provider of direct scheduled freighter service between Canada and Latin America.

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Appointment

Jane (Jantzi) Klugman joins Whitney & Company Realty Limited

Waterloo - John Whitney, CEO of Whitney & Company is proud to announce that Jane Klugman has joined Team Whitney in the role of President. John, Ginger (VP) and Jane will work together to serve their many existing clients and continue the growth trajectory for Whitney & Company as a Top Real Estate Advisor in the Region. “I have known and worked with Jane for years and I’m really excited about having her join us in the real estate business,” says John Whitney. “Jane is a true professional – it’s only taken me 25 years to convince her to join our team. She will be a fantastic asset!”

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Population Health

Two Waterloo health researchers recognized as top in country

Waterloo - Two University of Waterloo researchers specializing in population health are winners of the prestigious Trailblazer Award, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH) announced yesterday. Professors Scott Leatherdale and David Hammond, both of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the School of Public Health and Health Systems at Waterloo, are leading experts in developing and evaluating strategies for reducing the prevalence of chronic disease among the Canadian population. They both hold CIHR-PHAC Applied Public Health Chairs. The one-time awards recognize Canadian researchers who are making exceptional national and international contributions in the area of population health interventions.

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Connected Cars

Building the Car of the Future

Pravala Car in Kitchener, which will receive a contribution of up to $9.7 million to develop a platform that provides reliable and uninterrupted Internet connectivity in vehicles

Kitchener - Canada's automotive supply chain is at the centre of Canadian automotive innovation, from the software and systems that will define the autonomous and connected cars of tomorrow to the lighter and stronger parts that will help make cars more environmentally friendly. The Automotive Supplier Innovation Program supports this innovation and helps Canadian suppliers take full advantage of new opportunities in a sector that is driven by modern technologies.

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Budget

Ontario Passes Budget to Create Jobs for Today and Tomorrow

Province Focused on Growing the Economy, Creating Jobs and Balancing the Budget

Queens Park Yesterday the Ontario government passed the Jobs for Today and Tomorrow (Budget Measures) Act, 2016, which outlines the next phase of the government’s plan to create jobs and economic growth.

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Gender Wage Gap

Laurier researcher explores details of gender wage gap

Waterloo – Tammy Schirle (right), director of the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis, is co-leading a project examining the sources of Ontario’s gender wage gap in the private sector. Schirle’s project, in partnership with Ana Ferrer from the University of Waterloo, is one of only three from across the province funded by the Ontario Pay Equity Office’s Gender Wage Gap Grant Program.


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Work and Employment

Return-to-Work Programs a Priority

"recognize and support the value in pursuing meaningful, effective, confidential and joint workplace Return-to-Work/Disability Prevention Programs"

Toronto - Return-to-work and disability-prevention programs are a Steelworkers priority with all 700 delegates to the United Steelworkers National Policy Conference in Montreal endorsing a policy resolution on the subject.

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Traffic Control

Ontario Partners with Thales in Canada to Support Transit Technology and Prevent Accidents

Thales Pioneering Rail Signalling Advances

Queens Park - Ontario is partnering with Thales in Canada to develop the next generation of railway signalling solutions which will improve transit safety, efficiency and save lives. The project will focus on research and advanced engineering to develop new Communication-based Train Control solutions for mass transit, including subways, light rail and commuter rail systems. The partnership will help Thales in Canada create 126 jobs in the province while retaining another 963 at its Toronto office over five years.

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Farming

NFU-O meets with OMAFRA minister; sees common ground and room for improvement in ag policy

Peterborough - Often the business of running a farm happens at the kitchen table amongst family members. In that vein, the National Farmers Union-Ontario’s Board of Directors invited Jeff Leal, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs to join them over lunch to thoughtfully discuss issues of concern for the family farmers the NFU-O represents.

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Survey

Region of Waterloo asks families to help shape the future of child care

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is asking families what they believe are the key priorities for child care as work begins on a service plan that will provide direction for the planning and delivery of child care over the next five years.

EVENTS

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April 15, 2016

15 communities join Day of Action for $15 and Fairness

Ontarians want big changes to employment and labour laws

Toronto – On Friday, April 15 labour and community organizations across Ontario are uniting to call for decent work. These actions are taking place in advance of the first report of the province’s Changing Workplaces Review. For over a year, two advisors appointed by the Ministry of Labour have been engaging Ontarians about needed changes to the laws that govern work and workplaces. Their first report is expected soon.

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Volunteer Week

Region of Waterloo recognizes National Volunteer Week

Waterloo Region – Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. That’s why the Region of Waterloo is recognizing National Volunteer Week held April 10 – 16, 2016.



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