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Multi-local

Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. "How can I come from a country?" she asks. "How can a human being come from a concept?" In her writings, Taiye Selasi explores our relationship to our multiple identities.

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Energy

Initiative calls for research on affordable energy technologies

Waterloo - About 2.5 billion people around the world have no access to electricity or basic energy services, and a new initiative launched at the University of Waterloo will establish a platform for the research and development of innovative energy technologies to drive large-scale adoption of low-cost solutions intended to reach every global citizen.

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Productivity

New Normal’ Productivity Spells Uncertainty for Global Economy

Failure to boost competitiveness is compromising resilience to recession and other shocks, report finds; Switzerland, Singapore and the US have been nurturing innovation and talent; this has kept them at the top of the Global Competitiveness Index, which profiles 140 economies

Geneva, Switzerland – A failure to embrace long-term structural reforms that boost productivity and free up entrepreneurial talent is harming the global economy’s ability to improve living standards, solve persistently high unemployment and generate adequate resilience for future economic downturns, according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, which is released today.

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Margins

Industrial product and raw materials price indexes for August 2015

Ottawa - The Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI) declined 0.3% in August, mainly as a result of lower prices for energy and petroleum products. The Raw Materials Price Index (RMPI) declined 6.6% in August, led by lower prices for crude energy products.

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R&D

Researchers Disguise Drugs As Platelets to Target Cancer

Raleigh, NC - Researchers have for the first time developed a technique that coats anticancer drugs in membranes made from a patient’s own platelets, allowing the drugs to last longer in the body and attack both primary cancer tumors and the circulating tumor cells that can cause a cancer to metastasize. The work was tested successfully in an animal model.

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Population Stats

Canada's population estimates: Age and sex as of July 1, 2015

Population estimate is 35,851,774
Proportion of persons aged 0 to 14 years 16.0%
Proportion of persons aged 65 years and older 16.1%
Median age 40.5 years

Ottawa - On July 1, 2015, Canada's estimated population was 35,851,800, up 308,100 or 0.9% over the last year (2014/2015). Although this was the lowest population increase since 1998/1999, it was the largest increase among the G7 countries over the most recent comparable annual period. For the first time, the number of persons aged 65 years and older exceeded the number of children aged 0 to 14 years.

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Crowd-funding

Intelligent Community Forum Launches New Connected Countryside Crowd-funding Campaign to Benefit Rural Communities Around the Globe

New York City - The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced the launch of a crowd-funding campaign for its New Connected Countryside project. The campaign can be found on Indiegogo and at www.connectedcountryside.com) and will be active until November 30.

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Investment

Muskoka's Council’s unanimous approval clears way for largest investment in history

Skyline International to move forward on $500-million Master Plan for Deerhurst

Huntsville - Skyline International received the go-ahead to make the largest investment in Muskoka’s history after receiving approval from city council on Monday. The ambitious (CAD) $500-million master planned community and new Deerhurst Village Centre includes 150 new hotel rooms, 45,000 s.f. of retail and plans for multiple boutique mixed-use buildings totalling nearly 500 residential units.

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Education

Vets-in-training club will give children exclusive access to on-site animal hospital

Kitchener -The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society announce a brand-new program to our educational roster. The vets-in-training club will give students hands-on experience with animals and exclusive access to our on-site animal hospital. The program is designed to inspire children ages 10 to 14 who wish to work with animals in the future. Children will learn about animal-related careers from professionals, including our on-site veterinarian, veterinary technicians and animal care coordinators. Students will also learn about responsible pet ownership and to have compassion and respect for all animals.

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Dairy Farming

TPP could be last straw for dairy sector, says NFU

Saskatoon - In a report released this morning, the NFU said in spite of Trade Minister Fast’s denial of media reports that he has offered ten percent of Canada’s milk supply to the United States during this week’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the National Farmers Union (NFU) remains concerned. During Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations the federal government made public promises to protect our supply management system, while behind closed doors it gave the European Union an additional five percent of our high-end cheese market. Canadian dairy farmers and processors will lose a total of nine percent of our cheese market to Europe if CETA is ratified.

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Energy

Natural gas transportation and distribution for July 2015

Ottawa - Canadian natural gas utilities received 11.8 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas in July, up 5.0% from the same month in 2014. Gas utilities sold 5.1 billion cubic metres of natural gas in July, up 1.4%. Revenues decreased 38.0% from 12 months earlier to $719.5 million, largely reflecting the continued downward trend in natural gas prices.

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Disorder at the atomic scale

Researchers Create First Entropy-Stabilized Complex Oxide Alloys

Raleigh - Researchers from North Carolina State University and Duke University have created the first entropy-stabilized alloy that incorporates oxides – and demonstrated conclusively that the crystalline structure of the material can be determined by disorder at the atomic scale rather than chemical bonding.

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Adoption

Ontario Helping More Children in Care Connect with Waiting Families

Province Provides Greater Support to Adoptive Parents

Queens Park - Ontario is making it easier for children and youth in the care of children’s aid societies to find forever families, while providing more support to adoptive parents. To help more young people in the care of children’s aid societies find a permanent nurturing home, Ontario is funding up to 15 targeted adoption recruiters in partnership with Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a successful adoption program run through the Dave Thomas Foundation.

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Grocer Survey

New Study - Canada's Favorite Supermarkets 2015

Canadians Expect Better - Give Their Supermarkets Only a "B" Rating

St John's NL - Field Agent Canada conducted a mobile survey about the grocery shopping habits of Canadians from coast to coast between September 15 and September 23, 2015.

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Accounting

Linamar donates $1M to Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo – Linamar Corporation has announced that it is donating $1 million to the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. The gift will support the accounting program in the Lazaridis School and establish the Linamar Centre for Accounting Education.

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Vitamin D

People with genetic variant increasing vitamin D metabolism improve blood sugar control with high protein weight loss diet

Boston - New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that people carrying a certain genetic variant relating to vitamin D metabolism are more likely to benefit from a high-protein weight loss diet than those without it. The research is by Dr Qibin Qi, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System, Bronx, NY, USA and Dr Yan Zheng, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, and Dr Lu Qi, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA and colleagues.

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Health

Among South Asians, risks of developing diabetes begins at birth, says research

Hamilton – New research suggests that the risks of developing type 2 diabetes for South Asians – a group long known to suffer from substantially higher rates of both diabetes and heart disease—begins immediately at birth.

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Volkswagen

Dr. Winfried Vahland Appointed as President and CEO, Volkswagen North American Region

With the creation of the new North American Region (NAR), on top of the existing structure of the markets, Volkswagen Group is strengthening its activities in the USA, Mexico and Canada.

AJAX - As part of decentralization of its company activities, Volkswagen Group is strengthening the North American region and is combining its activities in the USA, Mexico and Canada into the newly formed North American Region (NAR). The Supervisory Board has appointed Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland to take over all responsibility for the North American Region. In this role as President and CEO of Volkswagen NAR, Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland will be responsible for all Group activities in the newly formed region from 1 November 2015.

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Bar Code

World’s First Browser-Based Barcode Reading Interface

Renton, WA – Microscan, a pioneer of auto ID solutions announced the invention of the world’s first-ever web-browser-based barcode reading interface. Called Weblink, the compnay claims it offers the most intuitive configuration utility for barcode reader setup and control on the market.

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Completion

Time to celebrate: Margaret Avenue bridge reopens on Friday

Kitchener – Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can make a celebratory crossing of the Margaret Avenue bridge when it reopens to traffic on Oct. 2. After more than two years, the long detours are over. Note that lanes will be restricted for the next week so surface asphalt can be completed.

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Children Safety Fund Raiser

Wateroo Children's Safety Village - Halloween in the Villiage

Waterloo Region - On Saturday, October 24, 2015, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., the Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village will be hosting our Annual ‘Halloween in the Village’ event. This is an Open House Format event – please come anytime between 10 am and 12 pm.

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Exhibit

We Built this City: A Tribute to Waterloo’s Mayors

Waterloo - The intriguing history of over 150 years of municipal government from village to town to city is the focus of the City of Waterloo Museum’s latest exhibition titled, “ We Built this City: A Tribute to Waterloo’s Mayors.”

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