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Existence

Kenneth Lacovara: Hunting for dinosaurs showed me our place in the universe

What happens when you discover a dinosaur? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara details his unearthing of Dreadnoughtus — a 77-million-year-old sauropod that was as tall as a two-story house and as heavy as a jumbo jet — and considers how amazingly improbable it is that a tiny mammal living in the cracks of the dinosaur world could evolve into a sentient being capable of understanding these magnificent creatures. Join him in a celebration of the Earth's geological history and contemplate our place in deep time. In his quest to understand the largest dinosaurs to have walked the Earth, Lacovara blends exploration with the latest imaging and modeling techniques from engineering to medicine.

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Retirement - Study

Most Canadians enjoy retirement, but worry good times won't last, Investors Group survey shows

Many "underlive" in retirement, fearing overspending; 80 per cent of recent retirees say their retirement is living up to their expectations; 37 per cent of recent retirees are unable to do everything they want in retirement; 59 per cent are worried about making their retirement fund stretch for their remaining years

Winnipeg - Retirement is supposed to be a time to do all the things you weren't able to do when work, family obligations and the many demands and commitments of adult life got in the way. For some, that means spending more time volunteering with their preferred charity. For others, it's about taking a shot at writing the book they've always known they had in them, starting a business or going back to school. Whatever your passions and aspirations, retirement should be low on stress and high on living life to the fullest.

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Water Stewardship

Ontario Helping Local Groups Protect and Restore Great Lakes

Investing $1.5 Million in Grassroots Projects

Queens Park - Ontario is investing $1.5 million this year in local efforts to help protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes. Now in its fourth year, the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund is providing up to $25,000 each to fund 69 projects led by not-for-profit organizations, schools, First Nations and Métis communities and other local groups. These projects have a direct environmental benefit to the Great Lakes and include:

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Recognition

Grant Thornton LLP ranked one of Canada's Best Workplaces once again – Our purple shines!

Toronto - Grant Thornton LLP was recognized as one of Canada's Best Workplaces, ranking the highest among participating professional service firms across the country. "We are very proud of our reputation as one of Canada's Best Workplaces," said Kevin Ladner, Executive Partner and CEO, Grant Thornton LLP. "As incoming CEO, I am committed to continuing the journey we are on to create an environment where the most talented, likable and entrepreneurial professionals aspire to build careers. Our people can count on me for that."

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Campaign for Innovation in Health Care

Canadian Medical Association launches startup to drive physician-led innovation

Ottawa - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has taken the bold step of creating Joule — an entrepreneurial company that will help CMA members shape health care innovation in Canada.

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Study - Health

Smoking cessation medications do not appear to increase risk of neuropsychiatric side effects, study finds

San Diego - The smoking cessation medications varenicline and bupropion do not appear to increase the incidence of serious neuropsychiatric side effects compared to placebo, according to a study published in The Lancet.

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Recognition

Once again, SAS Canada Named One of Canada's Greenest Employers

LEED silver certified headquarters and eco-conscious corporate culture key factors to SAS' recurring green ranking

Toronto - SAS Canada was named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2016. SAS Canada was recognized for its commitment to environmental sustainability, its LEED Silver certified headquarters, and its earth-friendly employee initiatives. The list is published by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

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Expanding Services

Manulife first to underwrite eligible Canadians who test HIV-positive

Breakthrough in underwriting disrupts traditional approach to insurance

Waterloo - Manulife announced that it will now accept life insurance applications from persons who have tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the first insurer in Canada to do so.

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Sustainable Projects

Government of Canada and FCM announce investment of $10.3 million for 11 sustainable municipal projects in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region

Welland — Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, today joined Clark Somerville, First Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), to announce a $10.3 million investment through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) in efforts to address climate change and environmental sustainability in communities throughout Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe region.

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Cost of Stuff

Consumer Price Index for March 2016

Ottawa - The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.3% in the 12 months to March, after increasing 1.4% in February. Excluding gasoline, the CPI rose 1.9% year over year in March, matching the increase in February.

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Trade

Retail trade for February 2016

Ottawa - Retail sales rose for the second consecutive month, advancing 0.4% to $44.2 billion in February. Gains were reported in 9 of 11 subsectors, representing 89% of total retail trade.

EVENTS

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National Medical week

The Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories Recognizes the Vital Work of Ontario's Lab Professionals

April 24th - April 30th is National Medical Laboratory Week – a week that promotes awareness and understanding of the role of medical laboratory professionals in Canada's healthcare system.

Toronto - The Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories ("OAML") applauds the vital work performed by the thousands of laboratory professionals in the community medical laboratory sector. Over the course of this week, OAML members are celebrating the contributions that medical laboratory professionals make for patients, health care providers and health care systems in Ontario and all across Canada.

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Students & Fast Growing Companies

Premier to Highlight Economic Plan to Postsecondary Schools

Queens Park - This week, Premier Kathleen Wynne will visit Ontario businesses, postsecondary schools and other groups across the province to speak about the government’s economic plan and how it is delivering on her number-one priority — creating jobs and growing the economy.

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Seven-Day Mission

Six cities in seven days: The Mayor of Montréal pursues a dialogue on a new urban agenda intended to meet local and global challenges

Montreal - The Honourable Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal and President of Metropolis, the World Association of Major cities, will be embarking on a mission to Europe from April 25 to May 2, 2016. This seven-day mission will see Mayor Coderre visit six European cities, notably Stockholm (Sweden), London (United Kingdom), Dublin (Ireland), Brussels (Belgium), Düsseldorf and Berlin (Germany). During his mission, the Mayor of Montréal will meet mayors, elected and senior officials, and will address chambers of commerce audiences.

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