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Purposefully Evoloving

Juan Enriquez: We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely

For four billion years, what lived and died on Earth depended on two principles: natural selection and random mutation. Then humans came along and changed everything — hybridizing plants, breeding animals, altering the environment and even purposefully evolving ourselves. Juan Enriquez provides five guidelines for a future where this ability to program life rapidly accelerates. "This is the single most exciting adventure human beings have been on," Enriquez says. "This is the single greatest superpower humans have ever had."


Durham College to showcase innovation at first-ever Hackathon and sixth annual Research Day

Students, employees and industry partners to demonstrate creative vision and innovative advances across several disciplines

Oshawa – Durham College (DC) is excited to host its first-ever Hackathon on Tuesday, April 26, and its sixth annual Research Day on Thursday, April 28.

Scale It Up

Too Few Entrepreneurs Able to Scale Up Their Business

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report Identifies Six Barriers to Growth

Toronto - Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the report, Breaking Barriers: Ontario’s Scale Up Challenge, which identifies the major roadblocks preventing Ontario businesses from expanding and presents recommendations to best support business owners in taking their ventures to the next stage of growth. According to the report, based on interviews with nearly two dozen business owners, sector associations, and other organizations, as well as a survey of over 350 Ontario business owners, too few entrepreneurs are continuing to build their business, or “scale up”, in the province.

Organ Donations

Grand River Hospital recognized by Ontario’s agency for organ and tissue donation

Kitchener - Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) will present Grand River Hospital (GRH) with the Hospital Achievement Award – Provincial Conversion Rate for its dedication to helping improve organ and tissue donation in Ontario and saving lives through transplantation.

Cycle On

Ontario Allocating $10 Million in Local Cycling Infrastructure

Province Helps Municipalities Expand Cycling and Improve Safety

Queens Park - Ontario is helping 37 municipalities build new, or improve existing, cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.


Wholesale trade for February 2016

Wholesale sales decreased 2.2% to $55.8 billion in February after three consecutive increases. Lower sales were recorded in five of seven subsectors, accounting for 66% of total wholesale sales. In volume terms, wholesale sales declined 1.9%.

Infrastructure integrity

Precision Timing Technology at the New York Stock Exchange

Washington – The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today the successful demonstration of the Enhanced Loran (eLoran), a precision-timing technology for financial transactions at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Power & the Monarchy

Slim Majority (54%) of Canadians Agree that, Given the Queen’s Age, She Should Abdicate to the Next in Line

Most (84%) Believe The Queen Has Done a Good Job; Majority (55%) Supports Continued Ties Between Canada and the Monarchy after Elizabeth’s Reign

Toronto – As Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday, a slim majority (54%) of Canadians ‘agree’ (21% strongly/32% somewhat) that ‘given the Queen is turning 90 years old, she should abdicate and let the next in line assume the Throne’, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News. Conversely, nearly half (46%) ‘disagree’ (18% strongly/29% somewhat) with this position, believing that the Queen should continue to reign, despite her age.

Ag Position

Farm Groups Call on Ag Minister to Stop Genetically Modified Alfalfa Seed Release

Ottawa - Canadian farm organizations representing a diversity of farmers and production systems are asking the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, to take immediate action to stop any further release of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) alfalfa seed, following an announcement by the company Forage Genetics International (FGI) that it has sold a limited quantity for spring 2016 planting in Eastern Canada. This is the first time that any GM alfalfa has been sold in Canada.

Major Release

Latest MapleSim release streamlines user experience

MapleSim 2016 expands modeling scope with contact modeling, pneumatics

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced a major new release of MapleSim, an advanced system-level modeling and simulation platform, together with important updates to many of the specialized component libraries and connectivity tools in the MapleSim family of products.

Funding Music

Ontario Music Fund Providing $14 Million to 151 Recipients

Encouraging Growth in Ontario’s Music Sector

Queens Park - Ontario is supporting a healthy, vibrant and competitive music industry by awarding 155 grants to 151 recipients totalling $14 million, through the Ontario Music Fund (OMF).

Council Matters

Waterloo Region Council Info from April 20, 2016

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

Waterloo Region - Council approves implementation plan for waste collection changes; Regional Council has approved an implementation plan for curbside waste collection changes. The Plan includes an enhanced public outreach and education program, introduction of a bag tag program, and support for citizens as they transition to the new service standards which come into effect in March 2017.


Supply Chain

Laurier’s Lazaridis School and CN partner to establish Supply Chain Summit

Waterloo – The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, in partnership with CN, will hold the first of what will be an annual summit on World Class Supply Chain, at the Granite Ridge Golf Club in Milton, on Wednesday, May 4.

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