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Neri Oxman: Design at the intersection of technology and biology

Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings. From the micro scale to the building scale, Neri Oxman imagines and creates structures and objects that are inspired, informed and engineered by, for and with nature.


September 2015 Housing Starts in Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

Toronto - Housing starts in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending higher at 3,385 units in September compared to 3,338 units in August, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)(1) of housing starts.

TPP Viewpoint

Supply management fixation may finally be coming to an end

Not to be part of the deal would have been tragic for Canada's agricultural economy - by Sylvain Charlebois

Guelph - We shouldn't kid ourselves, the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP) trade deal was never really about Canada. It was, in fact, about the United States' will to undermine China, increase its commercial footprint in the region, and connect with Japan.

2015 Oktoberfest

Ron MacLean named K-W Oktoberfest parade marshal

Kitchener – The voice of Canadian hockey, Ron MacLean, is the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest parade marshal for 2015. The parade is on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 12. The parade has a completely new route this year, starting at Kitchener Market at King and Cedar streets at 8:45 a.m. Thousands of people line the parade route each year to see the floats, bands and special entries that are part of this annual event. The parade will turn right onto Victoria street and left onto Weber street, taking Weber all the way to Bridgeport road in Waterloo.

TPP Viewpoint

TPP Would Set Key Precedents for Global Integration

The net impact on global activity may be small as increased trade within the TPP is offset by trade diverted from countries outside the bloc

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE - The terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, which member governments covering about 40% of the world economy agreed to on 5 October, would set important precedents for the future development of international trade and investment if ratified, says Fitch Ratings. The TPP will be a significant contributor to economic integration over the long term for member states. However, it is unlikely to be a game-changer for members' economic prospects in the short term.

Nomination Call

Nominations sought for honorary degrees and Order of Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University invites members of the Laurier community and the general public to nominate worthy individuals for honorary degrees and for membership in the Order of Wilfrid Laurier University.

Global Youth

Youth employment crisis easing but
far from over

Geneva – The global youth unemployment rate has stabilized at 13 per cent following a period of rapid increase between 2007 and 2010 but it is still well above the pre-crisis level of 11.7 per cent, according to the ILO’s Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015 report.


Guelph Hydro receives high marks on provincial scorecard

Exceptional results achieved in reliability, telephone response times, billing accuracy, energy conservation and supporting renewable energy in the community

Guelph - The Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. 2014 Scorecard, released last week by the Ontario Energy Board, reveals that Guelph Hydro continues to be a stable and financially strong electricity distribution company and is performing extremely well against provincial targets with exceptional results achieved in reliability, telephone response times, billing accuracy, energy conservation and connecting renewable generation in the community.


Building permits for August 2015

Total value of building permits fell in every province and territory except Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Northwest Territories

Ottawa - The total value of building permits decreased 3.7% to $7.5 billion in August, following increases of 15.5% in June and 0.7% in July (revised data). The decline was attributable to lower construction intentions in most provinces, mainly British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Smart Grid

Applications Now Open for Smart Grid Projects

Province Fundng Ontario’s Clean Energy Future

Queens Park - Ontario is accepting a new round of project applications for the Smart Grid Fund, in order to support the ongoing development of a modern, intelligent electricity system.

Health Care

How E-Cigarette Ads Encourage Tobacco Smoking

Although e-cigarettes are touted for smoking cessation, they are being marketed with the same lifestyle messages once popular in conventional cigarette advertising -- by Andrew Vowles

Guelph - The return of Marlboro Man: that’s what Montreal’s La Presse called the recent appearance of electronic cigarette ads in popular American magazines. It’s not exactly the rugged cowboy icon from the late 1990s all over again. Today it’s images of skimpily-clad women, the glamorous “in crowd” and lipstick on a shirt collar that have resurfaced in lifestyle ads promoting e-cigarettes in publications from Maxim and Sports Illustrated to Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone.


Netsuite and Cellergo bring global payroll management to cloud services
by Lindsey Peacock

Kitchener - One of the largest providers of cloud-based financial and enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools is adding global payroll management to its growing list of services. California-based NetSuite Inc. recently announced a partnership with Celergo, an international payroll management company that maintains expatriate payrolls in more than 150 countries worldwide.

Heart Attacks

New heart attack test could identify two-thirds of patients at very low risk of heart attack in the emergency department

Edinburgh, UK - Using a high sensitivity blood test [1], researchers have identified the optimal level of a protein called troponin that could rule out a diagnosis of heart attack for two-thirds of people attending the emergency department, according to new research published in The Lancet. Using this threshold in routine practice could potentially double the number of patients suitable for immediate discharge directly from the emergency department, say the authors.


New ad campaign from Sun Life Financial highlights the need to plan for change

Toronto - Sun Life Financial Canada has launched its fifth consecutive "Money for Life" ad campaign with a focus on the importance of planning for change. This year's campaign continues to build on Money for Life- Sun life Financial's customized approach to financial and retirement planning. The concept for the campaign has evolved to become more than just building a retirement plan. This year's ads demonstrate that no matter what happens in life, predictable or not, Sun Life can help Canadians make the most of today and tomorrow.


The impact of mental health problems on family members

Ottawa - In 2012, approximately 11 million Canadians (38%) aged 15 and older reported having one or more immediate or extended family members with a mental health problem, that is, problems with their emotions, mental health, or use of alcohol or drugs.


5 Essential Traits Every Entrepreneur Needs

Personal Qualities That Will Help Your Company Succeed - by Randy H. Nelson

Entrepreneurship remains alive and well in America with thousands of people starting new businesses each year. But the success of those businesses is another matter. About half will fail in their first five years, according to Gallup.

Big Brother Volunteers

Help a Brother Out – we need you!

Cambridge - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region are implementing a new recruitment campaign to address both agencies’ need for male volunteers.


Ontario Helps Boost Production at Lassonde Industries

Province Invests in Local Agri-Food Innovation and Growth

Queens Park - Ontario is enhancing innovation and productivity at a major Toronto area beverage producer to help create sustainable jobs and strengthen the province’s food and beverage processing sector.

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