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Story of Our Planet

Frans Lanting:The story of life in photographs

In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Soundtrack by Philip Glass. Frans Lanting is one of the greatest nature photographers of our time. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Audubon andTime, as well as numerous award-winning books. Lanting's recent exhibition, The LIFE Project, offers a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth.

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Addiction & Mental Health

Three times more Canadian teens gambling online

Waterloo - Three times more Canadian teenagers are gambling online than previously thought, according research from the University of Waterloo and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

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Foreign Trade

Government of Canada Designates Niagara Foreign Trade Zone Point

The FTZ Point will promote Niagara as a hub for international trade and will attract foreign and domestic investment.

Ottawa - Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced the designation of the Niagara Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point, serving the region's 12 municipalities from east of Hamilton to the United States border.

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Environment

Laurier professor Hind Al-Abadleh recognized with prestigious award for excellence in field of chemistry

Waterloo – Hind Al-Abadleh, associate professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded the MAX Platinum Award of Excellence at the inaugural Muslim Awards of Excellence (MAX) Gala.

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Ecosystem

Prime Minister Trudeau announces Perimeter funding; lauds Waterloo Region ecosystem

by Anthony Reinhart

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau charmed a packed atrium at Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute today, as he affirmed $50 million in federal funding to support theoretical physics research and launched into a pitch-perfect explanation of quantum computing.

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Transportation

Ontario Widening Highway 401 in Mississauga

Project Part of $2.1 Billion in Road and Bridge Construction Across Ontario

Queens Park - Ontario is widening the four-kilometre stretch of Highway 401 from Hurontario Street to the Credit River in Mississauga from six to 12 lanes. One of more than 230 highway construction projects starting this year, the 401 expansion will improve traffic flow and support 800 construction jobs.

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Economy

After Historic Low, Perceptions of Current Economic Conditions in Canada Rebound

Despite 13-Point Gain, Just Half (49%) Say Canadian Economy is in Good Shape

Toronto – Canadians are feeling more confident about the current state of Canada’s economy than at any point so far in 2016, according to a new Ipsos poll provided exclusively to Global News. The poll reveals that half (49%) of Canadians now rate current economic conditions in Canada, overall, as ‘good’ (4% very/45% somewhat), a significant rebound from just last month when only one in three (36%) Canadians felt the economy was doing well – a 13 point increase. Conversely, the other half (51%) of Canadians describe conditions as ‘bad’ (8% very/42% somewhat), down 13 points.

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Book Review

Shaping Canada's Future of Finance: Students of University of Waterloo Awarded Global Champions of 2016 CFA Institute Research Challenge

Toronto - CFA Society Toronto announced University of Waterloo's School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) as global champions of the 2016 CFA Institute Research Challenge in Chicago, Illinois. Student team members, Kam Dhaliwal, Adnan Khan, Brent Small, Daniel Zhang, and Rudder Zhang from SAF along with their CFA Society Toronto mentors, Steve Balaban, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Mink Capital and Craig Geoffrey, CFA, Lecturer, University of Waterloo, shipped off to Chicago to compete against 106 teams from accoss the globe.

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Recognition

Rotman Professors Win 2016 Fellowship and Governor’s Awards from the Bank of Canada

Toronto – Two professors at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have been named as the recipients of prestigious research awards from the Bank of Canada.

Dan Trefler (Left), a professor of business economics who holds the J. Douglas and Ruth Grant Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity, is the recipient of the Bank’s Fellowship Award.

Liyan Yang (below right), an associate professor of finance, is the recipient of the Bank’s Governor’s Award.

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Environment

Laurier researchers receive funding to reduce harm to the environment

Waterloo – The release of air pollutants, chemical waste and excessive energy use all contribute to changing the earth’s climate. Laurier chemistry professors Hind Al-Abadleh, Louise Dawe and Ken Maly are working to lessen the effects of these human activities. Their research received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund, announced April 15 by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of science.

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Manufacturing

Monthly Survey of Manufacturing for February 2016

Ottawa - Manufacturing sales decreased 3.3% to $51.2 billion in February, following three months of consecutive gains. Sales were down in 16 of 21 industries, representing 73.5% of the manufacturing sector. Motor vehicles and petroleum and coal products were responsible for over two-thirds of the decrease. Motor vehicle parts, aerospace product and parts, and machinery also contributed to the decline.

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ICI

Investment in non-residential building construction, first quarter 2016

Ottawa - Investment in non-residential building construction declined for the fifth consecutive quarter, down 1.6% from the previous quarter to $12.5 billion in the first quarter. Nationally, the decrease was a result of lower spending in all three components, with commercial buildings accounting for most of the decline.

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Winners

PwC Canada Announces Winners of 2016 Vision to Reality Awards

Three award recipients recognized for innovation and leadership

Toronto - PwC Canada congratulates the winners of the Vision to Reality Awards which recognize Canadian companies for their leadership in innovation. The awards, which took place at the Arcadian Loft in Toronto, celebrate the creativity of Canadian companies who have led the charge in disrupting and reshaping their industry and are propelling it forward through innovation.

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Care Planning

Better End-of-Life Care for Local Residents Starts with Crucial Conversations

Kitchener - Waterloo Wellington residents and health service providers are benefiting from a regional advance care planning (ACP) initiative to improve end-of-life care and increase efficiency in the health care system.

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Business & Environment

Fate of Ontario's endangered plants and animals hangs in balance

Environmental groups appeal to highest court in Ontario

Toronto - Environmental groups are asking the Ontario Court of Appeal to overturn a provincial regulation that exempts major industries from Endangered Species Act legal requirements to protect Ontario's most vulnerable plants and animals.

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Fed Investments

FedDev Ontario Supports Flying Colours Corp. Expansion

Peterborough – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced an investment of up to $4.87 million for an expansion at Flying Colours Corp.

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Misleading & Deceptive

Energy Equipment Company Charged under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act

Queens Park - The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has laid over 100 charges under the Consumer Protection Act against the Ontario Energy Group and its Director, Eugene Farber.

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Carbon Counting

Canada works to advance carbon pricing internationally - Carbon pricing: an effective tool to reduce emissions and address climate change

Washington, D.C. - At major international meetings organized by the World Bank, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, met with representatives from countries around the world to encourage the adoption of carbon pricing as a strategy to reduce emissions and stimulate investments in green infrastructure and low-carbon innovation.

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HR

Staff Heroes ignites hospitality temp staff revolution

“Uber for hospitality staff” platform provides industry with access to qualified, local temp workers without lengthy interviews, admin or high agency fees

London, UK - Staff Heroes, the first online platform geared towards making staff shortages a thing of the past, has been launched. It specifically addresses the difficulties that the hospitality industry faces when looking for short term workers and help with contingency staffing needs. StaffHeroes.co.uk provides a complete end-to-end service that allows employers to tap into a talent pool of quality temporary staff without the hassle or expense associated with the typical recruitment process.

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Thanks

Significant Gains Made in United Way’s Fundraising Campaign Thanks to the Community

Cambridge - “To say that we are grateful is an understatement,” says Nathan Ewing, the local business owner who was at the helm of United Way’s 2015 Fundraising Campaign. “We can’t thank this community enough.” His words are echoed by Ron Dowhaniuk, Chief Executive Officer of United Way Cambridge and North Dumfries: “we’ve always felt fortunate to be part of such a generous community; we’re overwhelmed by the way people responded in the final few months of this campaign.”




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