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Life on Mars

Stephen Petranek: Your kids might live on Mars. Here's how they'll survive

It sounds like science fiction, but journalist Stephen Petranek considers it fact: within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. In this provocative talk, Petranek makes the case that humans will become a spacefaring species and describes in fascinating detail how we'll make Mars our next home. "Humans will survive no matter what happens on Earth," Petranek says. "We will never be the last of our kind."

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Hunters & Gatherers

Sexually transmitted infections and peer pressure may have turned prehistoric humans into monogamists

Waterloo - Prehistoric humans may have developed social norms that favour monogamy and punish polygamy thanks to the presence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and peer pressure, according to new research from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

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Election Financing Reform

Statement by Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario

Queens Park - I have just had a meeting with the Leader of the Green Party of Ontario to discuss election financing reform. I want to thank Mr. Schreiner for a very positive meeting to discuss these much-needed changes. He provided input, advice and feedback on the areas for reform and on the questions I asked of him — the same questions I asked the Leaders of the Official Opposition and NDP yesterday. There was much agreement between me and Mr. Schreiner on the areas for reform.

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Recognition

Laurier Political Science professor Chris Anderson awarded for excellence in teaching

Waterloo – Christopher Anderson, associate professor in Laurier’s Political Science department, was awarded a 2016 Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Award for Teaching Excellence. The Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people. The recipient is chosen from among Laurier faculty who have been nominated by Laurier students. Each member school of OUSA selects one faculty member from their respective institution to receive the award. Anderson is the eighth Laurier faculty member to be honoured with the award.

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Office Leasing

Greater Toronto Area office market set to absorb residual vacancy as development pipeline slows

First Quarter 2016 GTA Office Market Report

Toronto - The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) office leasing market started 2016 the way it ended 2015 – on a positive note. Renewals, expansions and relocations continue to characterize leasing activity in both existing and new product across the region with almost 3 million square feet (msf) of deals concluded during the first quarter of 2016. That activity, along with lease transactions completed in 2015, translated into the fourth successive quarter of positive absorption, mainly in class A buildings.

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Industry Education

Ginger Whitney Achieves Top Designations in Commercial Real Estate

Waterloo – Ginger Whitney has successfully completed both her SIOR and CCIM designations. CCIM is a professional designation earned by candidates which signifies that the individual is versed in the commercial and investment real estate industry. SIOR designation represents the highest level of knowledge, production and ethics in the commercial real estate industry. Ginger began her career at Whitney in 2009 working in a supportive role while attending Wilfrid Laurier University where she earned a BA in Communication Studies and Geography. Shortly after graduation she began ‘down the path’ to becoming an Ontario Licenced Sales Representative.

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Workplace Safety

Ontario Launching More Than 20 Workplace Blitzes to Enhance Workplace Safety

Queens Park - Ontario will help protect workers on the job by launching more than 20 targeted blitzes at workplaces across the province over the next year.

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Partnership

Swift Labs and Miovision team up to make smart city magic

by Phil Froklage

Waterloo - Miovision – a company with a history of teaming up in the Waterloo Region sandbox – has just announced its most recent strategic partnership: with hardware design and testing startup Swift Labs. Swift Labs and Miovision are both the sort of hardcore, engineering-focused company that’s becoming the hallmark of Waterloo Region tech, and they’ve joined forces on a mysterious project codenamed “Magic Sensor”. According to McBride, developing the prototype meant Swift Labs “stretched the laws of physics beyond what we thought was possible.”

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House Purchases

Canadian Home-Buying Intentions on the Rise

Finding the Right Property is the Biggest Challenge for Prospective Homebuyers when Purchasing a Home

Toronto – Canadian home-buying intentions are on the rise with three in ten (29%) Canadians saying they are likely (7% very/22% somewhat) to purchase a home within the next two years , an increase of four percentage points, according to Ipsos’ annual Home Ownership Poll conducted on behalf of RBC. Canadians living in Alberta (34%), Ontario (31%) and British Columbia (30%) are most likely to consider purchasing a home in the next couple years, followed by Canadians living in Quebec (26%), Manitoba/Saskatchewan (24%) and Atlantic Canada (23%).

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Engagement

Region of Waterloo and cities partner to increase citizen participation online

Waterloo Region – Local municipal governments have created a new way to involve the public in local issues and decision-making. By launching a new online tool called ‘engage’, shared by the Region and all three cities, citizens will have more opportunities to have their say on local topics.

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Home Care

Collaborative Partnership Brings New Solutions to Home Care

Mississauga - The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the national association for home care stakeholders in Canada, and CBI Health Group, a leader in rehabilitation and integrated community healthcare services, announced a new collaborative partnership. CBI Health Group is taking on a new and unique role as CHCA Home Care Knowledge Network Innovation Seeker.

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Letter to the Editor

Volunteers Build Strong Communities

Toronto - Volunteers across the country connect with the people and places where they live, contributing their time to make their communities better. They are the roots of strong communities, and I’m grateful that our community is supported by many. This year, during National Volunteer Week, taking place April 10-16, let’s celebrate the volunteers who show up for their communities time and time again, making them better places to live, work, and play.

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Pilot Program

Jazz adds Western university to its professional pilot career pathway program

Halifax - Jazz Aviation LP announced a further commitment to Canada's future professional pilots with an agreement between the airline's Jazz Aviation Pathway Program ("Jazz APP") and Western University's ("Western") Commercial Aviation Management program.

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Autism Services

Are We Creating “lost generation” of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Hamilton –Monique Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain, and the NDP’s Children and Youth Services critic, was joined by members of the medical community, and families that have been devastated by the government’s recent announcement of changes to autism services in the province.

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Education

Boomers and Gen X Be Prepared

Students report high stress due to lack of funding for rent, food and transportation

Toronto - College and university acceptance letters are rolling in and Grade 12 grads and their parents' focus is shifting to thoughts of cobbling together funds for deposits, tuition, rent/residence, meal plans, books and other seemingly endless higher education costs.

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Study

A Classic Networking Tactic Makes a Comeback

Survey Shows Informational Interviews Can Result in Direct Job Leads

Toronto - Though you may not hear about them often, the informational interview hasn't gone the way of the flip phone, according to a recent survey. In fact, 53 per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled said these meetings are becoming more common, with more than half (58 per cent) receiving informational interview requests at least once a month. Job seekers should take note – 93 per cent of executives said when someone impresses them in a meeting, it's likely they will alert that person to job openings at the company.

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Education

Ontario Investing $27 Million for OCAD University Expansion

Province Supporting New Campus Corridor in Downtown Toronto

Queens Park - Ontario is investing $27 million to support the expansion and modernization of the OCAD University campus along McCaul and Duncan streets in downtown Toronto. The province’s investment towards OCAD University’s Creative City Campus project will allow for:

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Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer program taking bloom this spring

Grand River Basin - The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has a lot to celebrate and many volunteers and organizations to thank during National Volunteer Week, April 10 to 16.



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