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Style

Dustin Yellin : A journey through the mind of an artist


Dustin Yellin makes mesmerizing artwork that tells complex, myth-inspired stories. How did he develop his style? In this disarming talk, he shares the journey of an artist — starting from age 8 — and his idiosyncratic way of thinking and seeing. Follow the path that leads him up to his latest major work (or two). Acclaimed for his monumental “sculptural paintings,” Dustin Yellin now nurtures voices in the art community with Pioneer Works, his mammoth Brooklyn art center.

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Newfound Control

A twist for control of orbital angular momentum of neutron waves

Waterloo - An experiment by a team of researchers led from the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) shows, for the first time, that a wave property of neutrons, Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM), can be controlled.

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Year of Code

Year of Code Waterloo Region Welcomes Microsoft as Top-Tier Sponsor; Announces 2016 Transition to a Mozilla Foundation Learning Community

"Waterloo Region is such a phenomenal tech hub, and for us, adding Hive Waterloo to our network is a natural fit and benefits our Canadian presence immensely"

Waterloo Region - Year of Code Waterloo Region announced two new partnerships advancing digital literacy in our communities. Microsoft joins Communitech as a top-tier sponsor of the Year of Code Waterloo Region (YoCWR), supporting the campaign’s goals of increasing digital literacy of the Region’s citizens through youth and adult education, community engagement, and promoting diversity and inclusivity through access to technical learning.

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Earnings

Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2015

Ottawa - Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $957 in July, little changed from $954 the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings increased by 1.6%.

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Arts & Culture

Drayton Entertainment Announces 2016 Season

Waterloo Region – Mamma Mia! Drayton Entertainment’s 2016 Season will be packed with Broadway blockbusters, rock ‘n’ roll revues, hilarious comedies, and a world-premiere musical celebrating the life of Canadian hero Terry Fox.

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Foreign Policy

Canada's foreign policy fails to support human rights in Colombia

Toronto - A new report Colombia in the Shadow of Human Right Abuses confirms that human rights violations have not abated over the four years since the implementation of the Canada-Columbia Free Trade Agreement (CCOFTA), says the United Steelworkers.

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Long Term care

75 New Nurse Practitioners to be Hired in Long-Term Care Homes

Funding for 30 Attending Nurse Practitioners to Start this Fall

Queens Park - Ontario is providing funding for up to 75 new attending nurse practitioners in long-term care homes over three years, including 30 starting this fall.

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This Weekend

Hackathon will create apps for living with Alzheimer’s and MS

Waterloo - Hackers at Canada’s first wellness hackathon this weekend will develop new apps for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

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Lunar Event

Rare and Spectacular Lunar Eclipse - this Sunday

Waterloo Region - Skywatchers will have the chance to experience a total lunar eclipse during a supermoon this weekend. When the moon passes closest to the Earth during the full moon phase, it appears larger and brighter than at any other time.

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Chart of the Week

From +40% to -40% in 4 years

Kitchener - Below is a chart of the Philadelphia Gold & Silver Index (XAU) which is an index of 16 precious metals mining companies traded on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (bet you didn't know there was a Philadelphia Stock Exchange - it is the oldest stock exchange in the US!). Chart courtesy of "The Short Side of Long".

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Gaming

The Monsters Are Back

Big Blue Bubble Announces New Game -- My Singing Monsters: Dawn of Fire

London - Big Blue Bubble, creators of My Singing Monsters, announces the worldwide release of its highly-anticipated new game, My Singing Monsters: Dawn of Fire, now available to download on the App Store and Google Play. Featuring stunning graphics, dynamic gameplay, and exceptional original music, this world-building game immerses players in a unique adventure like never before.

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Religion vs Free Market

Heartland Institute Experts React to Pope Francis’s

"Institute says He has evidently not taken any time since he first began speaking about the moral challenges posed by purported human-caused climate change in December 2014 to examine the copious evidence that warming stalled more than 18 years ago"

Chicago - When Pope Francis delivered a speech this week before Congress that touched on many issues, including his concern that modern industrial society is doing irreparable harm to the planet. The pope repeated his “call for a courageous and responsible effort to redirect our steps, and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.”

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Volkswagen 2015

Automobile Emissions Expert Can Discuss Volkswagen Scandal, Emissions Testing

Raleigh, NC - The news that Volkswagen (VW) cheated on emissions testing for some of its diesel passenger vehicles will lead to a recall of millions of vehicles and has significant repercussions for the company. In question, how VW cheated, what emissions tests are and how they work, and how these deceptions can be detected.

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Sustainability

Canada Scores a “C” on Sustainability

Report Card released on the opening of the UN Sustainable Development Summit

Toronto - As the United Nations prepares to endorse a new set of 17 goals for sustainable development, Canada receives an overall mark of “C” in a report card, The Future Canadians Want, released by Canada Conserves.

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Bronze

Outstanding Entry

International organization recognizes FEO for Festivals & Events in Ontario Guide

Ontario - On September 21, 2015 the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the 2015/2016 Festivals & Events in Ontario Guide – produced by Festivals & Events Ontario during the 20th Anniversary Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 60th Anniversary Convention & Expo in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.. FEO was presented with the Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (Multiple Page) bronze award in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition.

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Ride For Your Life Tour

Pursuing the best cancer care close to home

Waterloo Region – A team of 13 Waterloo Regional Police Service members have departed on a bicycle tour that starts in Waterloo Region, and finishes four days later in the nation’s capital.


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