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Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water

"Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit," says surf photographer Chris Burkard, as he explains his obsession with the coldest, choppiest, most isolated beaches on earth. With jawdropping photos and stories of places few humans have ever seen — much less surfed — he draws us into his "personal crusade against the mundane." Chris Burkard travels to remote, risky and often icy locations to capture stunning images that turn traditional surf photography on its head.

Communication Workshops

IABC Waterloo presents the Constructive Communications workshop series for local businesses during ION construction

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo and the Waterloo Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) announced a new partnership that will bring an exciting and educational workshop series to local businesses during ION construction.

Newspaper Awards

Editorial cartoonist is named Journalist of the Year at National Newspaper Awards gala

Toronto - Editorial cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon has been named the first-ever National Newspaper Awards Journalist of the Year, chosen from among 22 NNA winners announced Friday night at a gala dinner in Toronto. The Globe and Mail took top honours at the ceremony, with five awards. Six other organizations won two awards each: the Canadian Press, the Hamilton Spectator, the Moncton Times & Transcript, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun. The Edmonton Journal, the Halifax Chronicle Herald, the National Post, the Toronto Sun and the Winnipeg Free Press also won awards, in a year that recognized journalistic excellence from coast to coast.


Sleep apnea cutting lives short, researcher argues

by Paul Mayne

London - Physiology and Pharmacology professor John Ciriello’s research shows pregnant women suffering from sleep apnea may actually be putting their unborn children at risk for metabolic diseases as adults. Physiology and Pharmacology professor John Ciriello’s research shows pregnant women suffering from sleep apnea may actually be putting their unborn children at risk for metabolic diseases as adults.


Zecevic earns Brightspace Innovation Award

By Jason Winders

London - Health Studies professor Aleksandra Zecevic (photo) has been named one of five North American winners of the 2015 Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and D2L announced this week. The annual award celebrates innovative, thought-provoking and impactful teaching and learning practices by postsecondary educators.


Retail trade for March 2015

Ottawa - Retail sales rose for the second consecutive month in March, advancing 0.7% to $42.5 billion. Despite these increases, retail sales remained below their historical peak recorded in November 2014. Sales in March were up in 7 of 11 subsectors, representing 71% of retail trade.


OPG reports 2015 first quarter financial results

Strong nuclear fleet performance and higher earnings from nuclear funds result in quarterly income of $234 million

Toronto, - Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG or Company) reported its financial and operating results for the three months ended Mar. 31, 2015. Net income attributable to the Shareholder for the first quarter of 2015 was $234 million compared to $242 million for the same quarter in 2014.

Global Changes

Study: Global production arrangements in Canada, 2009 and 2012

Merchanting sales and Factoryless production increasing

Ottawa - The increased pace of globalization has brought about many structural changes in both the Canadian and world economies. One important change has been the increased prevalence of global value chains, which see the production processes of a given enterprise spread across many countries. In this study, results of the 2009 and 2012 Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy were used to analyze the prevalence of various global production arrangements in Canada.


Grad Students Author National Report on LGBT+ Workplace Inclusion

Guelph - A national report released this week on the experiencess of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT+) people in the workplace was authored by two University of Guelph graduate students. Thomas Sasso and Amy Ellard-Gray, both psychology PhD students, prepared the report for the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) and for Pride at Work Canada, organizations that work to improve inclusiveness for LGBT+ and diverse employees.

Consumer Prices

Consumer Price Index for April 2015

Ottawa - The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.8% in the 12 months to April, after increasing 1.2% in March. The increase in April was the smallest since October 2013. The smaller year-over-year increase in the CPI in April compared with March was mostly attributable to lower energy prices. Excluding energy, the CPI increased 2.2% on a year-over-year basis in April, following a 2.3% increase the previous month.

Global Positioning

Strategic Competition in Middle East and North Africa Requires Regional Solution

Chaotic geopolitics across the Middle East and North Africa could lead to a new strategic order in the region; Arab countries and Iran should come to terms with one another to bring greater regional stability

Dead Sea, Jordan – The geopolitical disorder across the Middle East and North Africa is part of a strategic competition that is playing out and could lead to major changes in the Arab world, senior government ministers said in a session at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa on the geostrategic outlook for the region. “We are in the midst of a battle and it requires all countries in the region to be involved,” said Saleh Muhammed Al Mutlaq, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, referring to his country’s fight against Daesh, the extremist group known also known as ISIS. “Fighting this enemy cannot be the task of a single country. Countries of the region have to join forces.

Global Conflicts

Addressing Violent Extremism is a Global Challenge Requiring Action of all Stakeholders

The international community must be involved in addressing the problem of violent extremism – a challenge not just for the Middle East and North Africa but for the whole world

Dead Sea, Jordan – Addressing violent extremism is not only a challenge for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) but also for the whole world, said government, business and civil society leaders in the closing session of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa. “In Iraq and the region as a whole, the biggest challenge we face is extremism and terrorism, but this has repercussions at the international level,” said Ayad Allawi, Vice-President of Iraq. Saleh Muhammed Al Mutlaq, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, added: “Terrorism is not plaguing Iraq alone but is spilling over. If it does, it will affect the stability and security of the whole world. We cannot expect that any Arab country can fight terrorism without the help of the international community.”

Fringe Election 2015

Trudeau’s High Tax, Big Government Agenda Will Hurt Working Canadians

Catherine Swift targets Trudeau in campaign to position suuport for labour

Ottawa — Working Canadians launched radio ads targeting Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s inability to relate to and stand up for ordinary working Canadians. “We are very concerned about Trudeau’s consistent opposition to tax cuts and direct benefits for middle class families and seniors,” said Catherine Swift, Working Canadians’ spokesperson. “Trudeau appears to have no understanding of the challenges that working Canadians face every day just to make ends meet.”

North Africa

Public-Private Cooperation on Infrastructure Will Bring Stability to MENA Region

Low interest rates and savings surpluses, as well as low oil prices, mean the time is right for countries in the Middle East and North Africa to focus on infrastructure development; Public-private partnerships on infrastructure are essential, with the public sector providing guarantees that will reduce the perception of risk for private investors

Dead Sea, Jordan – Business and government leaders at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) called on countries in the region to forge public-private partnerships to drive urgently needed infrastructure development. Infrastructure development “is a huge opportunity not just because of the high youth unemployment and the need for facilities but because interest rates have been low and there is a surplus in savings,” said meeting Co-Chair Gordon Brown, who served as British prime minister from 2007 to 2010 and is currently Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, speaking in a session on the issue.

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