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Images

Mac Stone: Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades

For centuries, people have viewed swamps and wetlands as obstacles to avoid. But for photographer Mac Stone, who documents the stories of wildlife in Florida's Everglades, the swamp isn't a hindrance — it's a national treasure. Through his stunning photographs, Stone shines a new light on a neglected, ancient and important wilderness. His message: get out and experience it for yourself. "Just do it — put your feet in the water," he says. "The swamp will change you, I promise." Florida-based photographer Mac Stone specializes in documenting the Everglades, an area he prizes for its wildlife and flora.

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Rebranding - 3 Lessons

Swinging for the Fences: Season One of Score More Baseball

Getting it right and getting it wrong: Mike Kirkup and Brian Zubert rebrand Score More Baseball to Top Score Baseball and share lessons learned from their first season in the big leagues.

Waterloo – With Major League Baseball postseason fever in full effect, the mobile app "Score More Baseball" has been officially rebranded to "Top Score Baseball" to better reflect its main value proposition. Top Score Baseball simplifies the scoring of baseball games and brings the power of “Moneyball” to amateur, rec, and youth baseball teams, using the same performance-based approach now used by over a dozen Major League Baseball teams.

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Federal Election

Vernile Supports Vrbanovic’s Call for Federal Transit Investment

Kitchener - Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile applauds Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic's efforts urging commuters to raise the issue of transit to Waterloo Region with candidates in the upcoming Federal Election.

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DRAM & CMP

New ‘Performance Cloning’ Techniques Designed to Boost Computer Chip Memory Systems Design

Raleigh, NC - North Carolina State University researchers have developed software using two new techniques to help computer chip designers improve memory systems. The techniques rely on “performance cloning,” which can assess the behavior of software without compromising privileged data or proprietary computer code.

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Ontario's Health Care

The Results Are In: Recruitment On for Ontario’s First Patient Ombudsman

Public Feedback to Inform Patient Ombudsman Hiring Process

Queens Park - Ontario is moving ahead to recruit its first-ever Patient Ombudsman, after receiving feedback from nearly 1,000 Ontarians on the qualifications they think are important for this role. “I want to thank the nearly 1,000 Ontarians who took the time to provide feedback on what you are looking for in a Patient Ombudsman. Your input is important because Ontario’s first Patient Ombudsman will help make sure your voice is heard as we work to improve both the quality of our health care system and the patient experience. Providing the public with input into the hiring process is an example of our government’s commitment to openness and transparency, and it’s an example of how we’re putting patients first," Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

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Global Measure

Waterloo highest Canadian riser in prestigious world university ranking

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo rose into the top 200 universities in the world yesterday, placing 179 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Waterloo’s rise in the rankings, from 251-275 a year ago, is the largest rise amongst Canadian universities in the ranking. Waterloo is among just seven Canadian universities ranked in the top 200 in the world by Times Higher Education.

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Media & Health

Canadian magazines miss the mark on skin cancer messages

Canadian magazines are sending women mixed messages about skin cancer and tanning, according to new University of Waterloo research.

Waterloo - The study, published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, found that magazines promote a tanned look and provide women with limited information on risk factors and early detection for skin cancer.

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Agriculture - Quotas

Farmers Continue to Fight False Information about Supply Management

Ottawa - Canadian farmers have endured a long-running and concerted attack on the system that brings Canadians the dairy, poultry and egg products they trust. As the pressure mounts to conclude the TPP negotiations in Atlanta this week, Canada's dairy, poultry and egg farmers are hearing an increasing amount of rhetoric and misinformation regarding supply management in the media. As a result, farmers would like an opportunity to address these myths.

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Wages

Ontario Continuing to Increase Minimum Wage

Province Committed to Providing Fairness for Workers, Predictability for Business

Queens Park - As announced earlier this year, Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective today October 1, 2015. The increase is a result of recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and a recommedendation from the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel to tie the annual increase to the Consumer Price Index.

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Water

EPA Announced National Limits to Reduce Toxic Pollutants Discharged into Waterways by U.S. Steam Electric Power Plants

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized a rule that will reduce the discharge of toxic pollutants into America’s waterways from steam electric power plants by 1.4 billion pounds annually, as well as reduce water withdrawal by 57 billion gallons per year, resulting in an estimated benefit of $463 million per year to Americans across the country. Toxic pollutants include mercury, arsenic, lead, and selenium, which can cause neurological damage in children, lead to cancer, and damage the circulatory system, kidneys, and liver.

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Masonry Awards

MasonryWorx selects Top Five Best Contemporary masonry buildings

Brick, block and stone remain top choice in Ontario for contemporary structures

CONCORD – MasonryWorx, the Ontario association representing brick, block and stone industry professionals, has selected its list of five buildings that set the standard as the best examples of contemporary masonry in Ontario.

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Seasonal Workers

Study measures impact of seasonal farm labour program

SAWP supports $5.4 billion in economic activity, 34,280 jobs in horticultural sector

Mississauga – A program that supplies Ontario farmers experiencing domestic labour shortages with seasonal workers from Mexico and the Caribbean is the “lynchpin” of the province’s multi-billion-dollar horticultural sector, says a new study.

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Economy

Future of Canadian Sugar Industry Dependent on Outcome of TPP Negotiations

ATLANTA, GA - Canadian sugar industry representatives are in Atlanta this week as countries seeking a 21st century Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement try to wrap up negotiations. Decisions made here are critical to Canada's refined sugar and sugar-containing products industry. A vibrant food processing industry depends on a reliable supply of refined sugar across the country. The sugar industry is seeking an outcome that will grow Canadian investment through exports in the TPP region. Food processing is Canada's second largest manufacturing industry accounting for about 235,000 jobs or 15% of manufacturing employment in Canada.

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Partnership

Credit Union and the University of Guelph Partner to Grow Prosperity

LONDON/RIDGETOWN, ON – Libro Credit Union (Libro) and the University of Guelph announced a partnership creating a new professorship at the university’s Ontario Agricultural College. The Libro Professorship in Regional Economic Development for southwestern Ontario focuses on building regional economic development and innovation across the region, through world-class research, teaching, outreach and collaboration.

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Allergy & Immunology

Abstracts To Report New Discoveries in Allergy/Immunology at WAC 2015

The World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015) in Seoul will explore the future of allergy patient care

Milwaukee, WI. – World Allergy Organization (WAO) announced that over 760 abstracts, spanning 13 categories from the field of allergy and immunology, will be presented at the XXIV World Allergy Congress (WAC 2015) in Seoul, Korea. “Research shows that allergic diseases are becoming more complex and are increasing in prevalence and severity around the world,” said Lanny Rosenwasser, MD, President of the World Allergy Organization. “Yet as the abstracts this year reflect, we continue to make progress in identifying the underlying causes of allergic disease and to reach breakthroughs that can lead to more precise diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the care of patients with asthma and allergies.”

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