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Gender Difference Not Taboo

Aditi Gupta: A taboo-free way to talk about periods

It's true: talking about menstruation makes many people uncomfortable. And that taboo has consequences: in India, three out of every 10 girls don't even know what menstruation is at the time of their first period, and restrictive customs related to periods inflict psychological damage on young girls. Growing up with this taboo herself, Aditi Gupta knew she wanted to help girls, parents and teachers talk about periods comfortably and without shame. She shares how she did it.

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Recall

Need to remember something? Better draw it, study finds

Waterloo - Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that drawing pictures of information that needs to be remembered is a strong and reliable strategy to enhance memory.

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Communication

Work email is a waste, 9 per cent of the time, execs say

Top Culprits are Spam, Rambling Messages

Toronto - Workers wondering where their time goes should look at how they manage emails, new research suggests. In a Robert Half survey, chief financial officers (CFOs) said 9 per cent of the time they spend on work email is wasted.

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EI

Employment Insurance for February 2016

Ottawa - In February, 548,700 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, up slightly from January (+4,200 or +0.8%). Provincially, the number of EI beneficiaries increased in Saskatchewan (+3.5%) and Alberta (+2.4%). There were also more EI recipients in Ontario (+1.1%) and Quebec (+1.1%). In contrast, fewer people received benefits in Nova Scotia (-1.7%). There was little change in the remaining provinces.

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Education

University of Guelph B of G Approves Operating Budget

Guelph - This week the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors approved the 2016-2017 budget plan including the general operating budget. The general operating budget is the largest component of the University’s $725 million in revenue, accounting for $420 million.

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Not Thinking Globally

Canadian marketing boards failing farmers

Canada needs a new approach to agricultural sales because marketing board are losing touch with international markets - By Sylvain Charlebois

Guelph - Canada's agriculture marketing boards are showing signs of obsolescence, forcing commodity groups to consider desperate measures. For decades, farmers have tried to counter the power of the select few corporations that control the industry by setting up marketing boards to regulate milk, poultry, maple syrup and wheat farming.

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Extended Reach

MPP McGarry Passes Motion on Workplace Sexual Harassment

Cambridge – Yesterday afternoon, Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry saw her Private Members Motion on workplace sexual harassment pass with support from all three parties.

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Learninng

New Western neuroscience study shows how we learn from watching others

London - A new study from Western University shows that the parts of our brain that provide us with our sense of touch are activated when we watch someone else learn a manual skill.

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Destination Marketing

"YONGE LOVE" Canpaign Wins Ontario Wide BIA Award

Second major award for Downtown Yonge this year

Toronto – The Downtown Yonge BIA’s innovative Yonge Love campaign has been recognized by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA). Downtown Yonge received OBIAA’s ‘Bricks & Mortar’ Award for excellence in a collaborative project.

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New Housing

Investment in new housing construction for February 2016

Ottawa - Spending on new housing construction totalled $3.7 billion in February, up 5.4% from the same month a year earlier. Nationally, the gain was the result of higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium building construction, which increased 24.8% to $1.4 billion, and, to a lesser extent, row house construction, which rose 8.2% to $373 million.

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Arts & History

Nationwide casting call for the role of Terry Fox in world-premiere Canadian musical

Waterloo – Drayton Entertainment, one of Canada’s leading arts organizations, announced a nationwide search for the actor to play Canadian hero Terry Fox in the theatre company’s world-premiere of Marathon of Hope: The Musical. The production debuts in October at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Capturing History

Carleton researchers contribute to advanced cartographic techniques to create accessible archive of Indigenous stories

Cambridge Bay, Nunavut – The Kitikmeot Heritage Society today launched the Fifth Thule Atlas, a digital platform that compiles ethnographic information collected by early Arctic explorers and returns it to descendant Inuit populations before it is lost.

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Environment

Christie celebrates ten years of environmental initiatives

Environmental programs includes major projects to reduce waste, energy consumption

Cypress – Christie proudly celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its Environmental Management System (EMS). The system, based on ISO 14001, focuses on building and continually improving Christie’s environmental performance.

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Gaming

OLG Make $521,107 payment to the Township of Centre Wellington

Sault Ste. Marie – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued a fourth-quarter (January to March, 2016) non-tax gaming revenue payment of $521,107 to the Township of Centre Wellington for hosting OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway. Since December 2003, Centre Wellington has received more than $24.6 million in non-tax gaming revenue.

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Learning

Conference delivers ECE learning opportunities

The conference has become a legacy that our community has defined

Kitchener - Early April, Conestoga hosted the 28th Annual Early Learning and Child Care Conference at the Doon campus. The event brought together nearly 400 early childhood education workers for a series of workshops related to the conference theme: the importance of relationships in the early years.

EVENTS

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Today

Linda Hasenfratz to Address Guelph Community at ‘Inspirational Women’ Luncheon

Guelph - Today, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the ‘Inspirational Women’ luncheon, presented in partnership with Royal City Realty and The Mortgage Centre. The event will feature Linda Hasenfratz, President and CEO of Linamar Corp., in a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation with Gleam Media’s Helen Stoumbos about Linda’s trajectory to influence and leadership.

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Conference Next Week

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Hosts Orchestras Canada Conference at the Conrad Centre

Before the formal beginning of the conference, delegates will visit Communitech, The Accelerator Centre, Google and Felt Labs, to learn more about start-up thinking and digital entrepreneurship in relation to the performing arts experience.

Waterloo Region - Next week the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony hosts the annual Orchestras Canada Conference at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Downtown Kitchener. The conference, which brings together delegates from orchestras across Canada, will take place in downtown Kitchener from April 28-30, with an additional “Digital Day” on April 27 that will provide delegates with guided tours of Waterloo Region’s hottest tech spots.

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Monday is Malaria Day

Blood transfusions in high risk malaria zones could be made safer with new blood

San Francisco - Patients, especially children, who undergo blood transfusions in sub-Saharan Africa are at high risk of transfusion-transmitted malaria. A new trial, published in The Lancet today, suggests that treating donated blood with a new technology that combines UV radiation and vitamin B is safe and could minimise the risk of malaria infection following blood transfusions.



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