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Rehabilitation - Attitude

Cosmin Mihaiu:Physical therapy is boring — play a game instead

You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fellow Cosmin Mihaiu demos a fun, cheap solution that turns boring physical therapy exercises into a video game with crystal-clear instructions.



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Breakthrough

‘Hydrogels’ boost ability of stem cells to restore eyesight and heal brains

University of Toronto researchers show that engineered 'hydrogels' not only help with stem cell transplantation, but actually speed healing in both the eye and brain

Toronto – Toronto scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in cell transplantation using a gel-like biomaterial that keeps cells alive and helps them integrate better into tissue. In two early lab trials, this has already shown to partially reverse blindness and help the brain recover from stroke.

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ODX

Open Data Exchange set to ‘unlock significant opportunities’ for companies
by Anthony Reinhart - Communitech News

Waterloo Region - A new generation of data-driven tech companies is expected to spring forth from a new joint initiative between the Canadian government, Communitech, Waterloo Region tech firms and the University of Waterloo. The purpose of the $6-million Open Data Exchange, or ODX, as the initiative is called, is to unlock the commercial value of information previously locked away inside government databases. As part of a worldwide “open data” movement, governments are making that information available to entrepreneurs and others who can build businesses on it.

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Open Data

Canadian Government Announces Funding to Establish the Open Data Exchange

The ODX is a key component of the Government of Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 and supports the goals of Digital Canada 150.

Waterloo – The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario, today announced up to $3 million for Communitech Corporation to establish the Open Data Exchange (ODX), which will be located in Waterloo, Ontario. Joining Minister Clement to make the announcement was local Kitchener—Waterloo Member of Parliament Peter Braid.

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Royal Business

Kingdom of the Netherlands State Visit to Waterloo Region

Kitchener - Over the past 2 years Waterloo Region has built strong ties with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, more specifically the Brainport Eindhoven region. During that time a bilateral strategic alliance was formed that included reciprocal meetings that have resulted in tangible business for both communities. To that end, His Majesty King Willem - Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will be coming to Waterloo Region on May 28th, joined by over twenty higher education in stitutions and a business delegation from Eindhoven region to solidify the ties between our two countries and communities. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs , Bert Koenders, Minister of Education, Culture and Science , Jet Bussemaker and the Ambassadors of b oth countries will also be present for the signing of two MOUs at the University of Waterloo; firstly between the Technical University Delft and University of Waterloo, and secondly between Brainport Eindhoven Region and Waterloo Region signed by Eindhoven Mayor Rob van Gijzel, Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling and CTT Inc.’s CEO John Jung.

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Debt

Concern About Canadian Household Debt Levels Overblown When Assets, Other Measures Taken Into Account

Ottawa - Notwithstanding headlines to the contrary, there is little evidence that Canadian households are being irresponsible in taking on new debt, finds a study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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Announcement

Tracey Bailey named President and CEO of Grand River Hospital Foundation

Kitchener - The Board of Governors of Grand River Hospital Foundation announced the appointment of Tracey Bailey as President and CEO of the Foundation. She will assume the position on July 27, 2015. “Tracey brings more than 30 years of fundraising expertise, communications savvy and non-profit sector leadership to Grand River Hospital Foundation,” said Foundation Chair Helen Friedman. “She has significant health care experience and both knowledge and understanding of Kitchener- Waterloo’s generous donor community. The Board of Governors is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with a leader like Tracey. By working together with her, we hope to inspire the community to make exceptional health care a top philanthropic priority in the region.”

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Labour Statement

Ministry of Labour's Public Consultations To Strengthen Labour Laws

Toronto - The Toronto & York Region Labour Council said they were pleased to hear the recent news of the Ministry of Labour’s plans to hold public consultations in order to strengthen labour laws in Ontario, specifically with regard to amending the Labour Relations Act, 1995, and the Employment Standards Act, 2005 – both of which require timely updates to reflect significant shifts in workplace trends.

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Agriculture

Canadian organic sector welcomes government support

Markham, — Yesterday the federal government announced a $785,000 investment in Canada’s organic sector to build and expand markets at home and abroad. The investment is part of the AgriMarketing Program (AMP), a federal fund that helps support Canadian companies build a strong Canadian brand and develop global market opportunities.

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Interviews

"Can They Ask Me That?"

Six Improper and Illegal Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Los Angeles, CA - Picture this: A great job interview is drawing to a close. Hoping to find out more about the candidate on a personal level, the interviewer asks, "So, are you married?" The candidate blurts out, "I'm so excited! My fiancé and I are getting married this June." The employer starts to think, Okay...but what if she wants to start a family soon after? Maternity leave could mean that we'd have to hire a temp. It might be better to look at other candidates.

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Jobs

Job vacancies in brief

Three-month average ending in February 2015

Ottawa - Canadian businesses reported 220,000 job vacancies in February, up 28,000 compared with February 2014. For every job vacancy, there were 5.9 unemployed people, down from 7.1 one year earlier. This decline in the ratio was the result of both fewer unemployed people and more job vacancies.

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The Conflict

Expert discusses traditions hindering Middle East progress, at CIGI lecture and webcast

Waterloo — Traditions of colonialism, autocracy, corruption and imagined history all contribute to the dysfunction of Middle East polities – including Arab politics. In the Middle East, Arab politics is largely dominated by authoritarianism, ethno-nationalism and ideological belief systems, as evidenced in the terror generated by the Islamic State organization (ISIS).

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Symposium

Social Planning Council Announces 10th Annual Poverty Symposium

Cambridge - The Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries announced its 10th Annual Poverty Symposium. This year’s theme will be “The Working Poor” and we will be exploring topics of precarious employment, workers’ rights, minimum wage, living wage, and poverty over the lifespan.

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