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Identitiy Capture

Martine Rothblatt: My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality

The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter's life). Meanwhile she is working to preserve the consciousness of the woman she loves in a digital file ... and a companion robot. In an onstage conversation with TED's Chris Anderson, Rothblatt shares her powerful story of love, identity, creativity, and limitless possibility.

Digital Skills

Pace of digital innovation quickens; large companies struggle to keep up,

Big data analytics jumps to No.1 in demand skill, big growth in CDO roles

LONDON, UK - Digital innovation is dominating the agenda of technology leaders, but many companies are struggling to manage it, according to the Harvey Nash 2015 CIO Survey in association with KPMG. The pace of digital and the race to innovate has left many organisations lacking an enterprise-wide digital strategy and desperately seeking to acquire the right skills.

150 Years of Confederation

Goodyear Launches the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Southern Ontario

Waterloo – FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear announced on Friday the launch of the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario. "As we look forward to celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, our Government wants to ensure Canadians have long-lasting community infrastructure. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program provides much- needed support to renovate public infrastructure, while also preserving our heritage, creating jobs and improving the quality of life in our communities," said Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario.


Influx of seasonal labour helps Ontario farms grow

Approximately 16,000 workers expected at farms across province this growing season

Mississauga – Farmers across Ontario are welcoming the return of thousands of seasonal labourers who help the province’s fruit and vegetable industry thrive. Approximately 16,000 workers from Mexico and the Caribbean are expected to be placed at Ontario farms this growing season as a supplement to local labour under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP).

Retail Sector

Retail Services Price Index for the fourth quarter 2014

Ottawa - The Retail Services Price Index (RSPI) rose 1.2% in the fourth quarter, with 7 of the 10 major retail sectors posting margin gains. This was the fifth consecutive quarterly increase.

Mayfair Hotel

Demolition permit issued for Mayfair; work to begin this week

Kitchener – On Friday, the City of Kitchener’s building division issued demolition permits for 11 Young St. and 156-158 King St. W. (the former Mayfair Hotel and Hymmen Hardware store respectively). Site preparation work also began Friday, including removing the streetlight standards and bringing in heavy equipment, and will continue through Tuesday with the extension of fencing and safety netting around the site to protect against falling debris.

Intelligent Communities

The ICF Summit, June 8-12 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to feature international awards for cities and addresses by international civic leaders

Keynote from the Honorable David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada, speakers from intelligent communities around the world and more

New York, NY /Toronto – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) will be holding its annual Summit from June 8-12 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Summit is an international gathering of mayors, chief administrative officers, chief information officers and economic development officers from cities, state and regions around the world. It is a place to find economic development opportunities, strategic partners and technology solutions that help community leaders build prosperous, inclusive and sustainable communities.


Manufacturing for March 2015

Ottawa - Manufacturing sales rose 2.9% to $51.0 billion in March, the second increase in six months. An increase in the production of aerospace products and parts coupled with gains in the motor vehicle industry generated higher sales for the month. Partially offsetting the advance was a drop in sales of fabricated metal products. The increase in March followed a 2.2% decrease in February, which was revised by Statistics Canada to reflect updated information provided by respondents.

Depression and Diabetes - 1-3

Constructs of depression and distress in diabetes: time for an appraisal

by Professor Frank Snoek et al

Amsterdam - Depression presents in roughly 20% of people with diabetes worldwide, and adversely affects quality of life and treatment outcomes. The causes of depression in diabetes are poorly understood, but research suggests a bi-directional association, at least for type 2 diabetes. Inconsistent findings regarding prevalence and depression treatment outcomes in patients with diabetes seem partly attributable to inconsistencies in the definition and measurement of depression and in distinguishing it from diabetes-distress, a psychological concept related to depression.

Depression and Diabetes - 2-3

The link between depression and diabetes: the search for shared mechanisms

by Dr Calum Moulton, et al

London, UK - Depression is twice as common in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes as in the general population, and is associated with poor outcomes. Evidence is growing that depression and type 2 diabetes share biological origins, particularly overactivation of innate immunity leading to a cytokine-mediated inflammatory response, and potentially through dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Depression and Diabetes - 3-3

Depression and diabetes: treatment and health-care delivery

by Professor Frank Petrak, et al

Wiesbaden, Germany - Despite research efforts in the past 20 years, scientific evidence about screening and treatment for depression in diabetes remains incomplete and is mostly focused on North American and European health-care systems. Validated instruments to detect depression in diabetes, although widely available, only become effective and thus recommended if subsequent treatment pathways are accessible, which is often not the case. Because of the well known adverse effects of the interaction between depression and diabetes, treatment goals should focus on the remission or improvement of depression as well as improvement in glycaemic control as a marker for subsequent diabetes outcome.


Canadian investors reduce their holdings of foreign securities

Ottawa - Canadian investors reduced their portfolio of foreign securities by $3.2 billion in March. This reduction, combined with the significant divestment in January, resulted in the first quarterly divestment in more than five years.


Foreign investment in Canadian securities accelerates

Ottawa - Foreign investment in Canadian securities totalled $22.5 billion in March, marking the largest such inflow of funds since May 2012. This activity mainly reflected investment in Canadian private corporate securities, both bonds and shares.

This Week

Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Waterloo Region - The 20th annual Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival has arrived. More than 5,000 students will learn important messages about water at the week-long event held at the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener. This year's festival begins on Monday, May 25, followed by EcoFest, a free public event on Saturday, May 30.

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