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Animal Advocates

Steven Wise: Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights

Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals' status from "things" to "persons." It's not a matter of legal semantics; as he describes in this fascinating talk, recognizing that animals like chimps have extraordinary cognitive capabilities and rethinking the way we treat them — legally — is no less than a moral duty.


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Welcome Back

OpenText CEO Resumes Full Involvement in Day-to-Day Operations

Waterloo - Open Text Corporation announced that Mark J. Barrenechea, President and CEO, has resumed full involvement in day-to-day operations of the Company after previously announcing on February 23, 2015 that he would reduce his involvement for approximately 100 days to seek treatment for Leukemia. The CEO Operating Committee that had been established to assist in the management of the Company's day-to-day operations has been disbanded.

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Medical Education

McMaster University to open education centre in partnership with Grand River Hospital

Kitchener - A celebration to officially open expanded medical education space for McMaster University at Grand River Hospital’s Kitchener Waterloo Site will occur today. The medical education centre is the result of a nearly $300,000 investment by the Waterloo Regional Campus of McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

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Appointment

Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. Appoints New CEO

Guelph – Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI) announced effective immediately its Board of Directors has appointed board member (R.L.) Bud Smith as President and Chief Executive Officer. Smith takes over as head of the company from departing CEO Barry Chuddy.

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Not Giving Up

Laurier will continue to pursue Milton campus

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University is disappointed that its proposal to create a campus in the Town of Milton did not receive approval through the major capital expansion process established by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Laurier has an outstanding record of achievement in developing vibrant campus communities that provide exceptional opportunities for learning and community engagement. Consequently, the university remains committed to the important goal of bringing postsecondary education to the Milton community, and it will continue to work with its public and private-sector partners to prepare for future opportunities to secure provincial approval for a campus in Milton.

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R&D

Bone and Joint initiative gets 'leg up' from NSERC funding

London - Researchers at Western University's Bone and Joint Institute looking to treat and even regenerate soft connective tissues like ligaments and cartilage received a major financial boost today as the interuniversity Connect training program was awarded $1.65 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) initiative.

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Federal Election

Ontario’s former environment watchdog Gord Miller seeking nomination for Green Party in Guelph for upcoming federal election

Guelph – Gord Miller, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, announced that he is seeking the nomination to be the candidate for the Green Party of Canada in the riding of Guelph in this year’s federal election. “If the people of Guelph are willing, I look forward to the honour of serving them in Ottawa,” said Miller. “This election is an opportunity for the people of Canada to take their country back.”

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Training Programs

Professors to Develop Leading Training Programs in Building Sustainability and Human Computer Interaction

Ottawa - Carleton’s University’s research in building sustainability and human computer interaction received $3.3 million in prestigious grants as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced its Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE) awards yesterday.

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xQuarterly

ATS Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Fiscal 2015 Results

Cambridge - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. today reported financial results for the three and twelve months ended March 31, 2015.

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Trade

Wholesale trade for March 2015

Ottawa - Wholesale sales rose 0.8% to $53.9 billion in March after two consecutive monthly declines. Higher sales were recorded in five of seven subsectors, accounting for 66% of total wholesale sales.

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Trips

Travel between Canada and other countries for March 2015

Ottawa - Travel to Canada in March rose 0.7% compared with February to 2.2 million trips. Travel from the United States accounted for 1.8 million trips in the month, an increase of 2.0%.

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Oil & Gas

Alberta exports to bounce back from energy losses in 2016

Edmonton - The dramatic drop in oil and gas prices will lead to a 17 per cent fall in Alberta's export earnings in 2015, but partial price recovery and volume gains will help overall exports rebound in 2016 to the tune of 19 per cent growth.


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Study

Trends in social capital in Canada, 2003, 2008 and 2013

Ottawa - According to a new study, Canadians had more friends in 2013 than in 2003, as the proportion of people saying they had 3 or more close friends increased from 70% to 75%. In addition, the proportion of people who had more than 10 other friends or acquaintances grew from 56% in 2003 to 60% in 2013.


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Trade

U.S. Trip Lays the Groundwork for Stronger Partnerships

Premier Wynne Showcases Ontario’s Leadership and Expertise to Province’s Largest Trading Partner

Queens park - Premier Kathleen Wynne returned from the United States yesterday, where she visited New York City and Washington, D.C. to strengthen cross-border relationships and highlight the diverse expertise Ontario has to offer. “As our province’s neighbour and largest trading partner, the U.S. is a critical market and valued friend of Ontario. By meeting face-to-face to discuss the priorities and needs of people on both sides of the border, we have set the stage to strengthen our partnership for the long term. I look forward to building on this momentum in the weeks and months to come and continuing to promote Ontario as one of the world’s best places to do business," said Wynne.

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Globval Study

International study reveals that cold weather kills far more people than hot weather

Jiangsu, China - Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analysing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries. The findings also reveal that deaths due to moderately hot or cold weather substantially exceed those resulting from extreme heat waves or cold spells.

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Export

EDC experts say Canadian trade is more diversified than we may think

Ottawa - Export Development Canada (EDC) experts led a study which found that Canadian companies are more integrated into the global economy and much less dependent on the United States than has been previously realized. Simply put, Canada's trade diversification has been underestimated by at least 16 per cent.

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Air Quality

Researcher Releases Paper on the Dangers of Fine Particulate Air Pollution

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Paul Villeneuve, associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences, has released new research underlining the dangerous effects of fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, in the air we breathe.

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Unions

Queen's University Employees Unions Join Forces

Kingston - Unions representing more than 7,000 Queen's University employees and pensioners are joining forces to seek an agreement with the university to ensure improved pension protection and long-term sustainability for their members.

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Funding

Coho Data Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding Led by March Capital Partners

Web-Scale Innovator Launches All-Flash 2000f DataStream and Future-Proof Storage Program to Reshape Enterprise Storage

Palo Alto, Ca - Coho Data, a leading innovator in web-scale flash storage for the enterprise, announced it has closed $30 million in Series C funding, bringing its total funding to nearly $67 million. The round was led by March Capital Partners, with additional participation from Hewlett Packard Ventures and Intel Capital as well as existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and Ignition Partners.

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Steelworkers

Court Ruling Validates Overhaul of Discredited Investment Canada Act

Toronto - The need to overhaul the discredited Investment Canada Act has been reconfirmed by a court ruling that keeps Canadian families and communities in the dark about a secret deal between the federal government and U.S. Steel.

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Innovation

Waterloo Engineering awarded $1.65 million to design training program

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo received a federal grant to develop a training program that will help drive innovation in areas as diverse as automotive, aerospace, energy, manufacturing and healthcare. It will provide the knowledge and skills required to engineer the next generation of cyber-physical systems, such as autonomous vehicles that network with one another.

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Health Impact

Expert Healthcare Panel Calls for Greater Focus on Health Impact of Disasters as Risk of Disease Rises in Nepal

Upcoming 25th World Conference on Disaster Management, June 8-11 in Toronto, to highlight the importance of an integrated health response as part of emergency management

Toronto, – On the heels of the devastating Nepal earthquake, where outbreak of disease remains a very real risk, healthcare experts taking part in the upcoming 25th World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM), June 8-11, are reminding those in the emergency management community not to lose sight of the longer term health impact of disaster.

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Unfortunate Truths

Protecting Your Portfolio In A Turbulent Market

Investors Must Stay Focused Even In The Face Of Financial Storms, Wealth Advisor Says

Investment experts who predicted a turbulent stock market this year have seen their prophecies come true. One of the more recent examples came when a spike in long-term interest rates unnerved investors, sending major U.S. stock indexes on a downward clip. The volatility is expected to continue, and the dramatic ups and downs could leave some investors queasy, especially if they bit into more risk than they can stomach.

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