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The Way We Heal

Siddhartha Mukherjee: Soon we'll cure diseases with a cell, not a pill

Current medical treatment boils down to six words: Have disease, take pill, kill something. But physician Siddhartha Mukherjee points to a future of medicine that will transform the way we heal. When he’s not ferreting out the links between stem cells and malignant blood disease, Siddhartha Mukherjee writes and lectures on the history (and future) of medicine. While discussing a diagnosis with a patient, Siddhartha Mukherjee realized that there were no easy answers to the question, “What is cancer?” Faced with his hesitation, Mukherjee decided to do something about it.

Tap n' Go

GRT Names Future Electronic Fare Card

Waterloo Region – Grand River Transit (GRT) customers will be tapping into a new way of paying for transit next year – with the EasyGO Fare Card! The name, EasyGo Fare Card, was chosen because it complements GRT’s existing EasyGO brand of products including Trip Planner, Next Bus Text, Next Bus Call, Real-time Desktop Map and Mobile App – which all make taking transit easy.

Import / Export

Canadian international merchandise trade, August 2015

Ottawa - Canada's exports declined 3.6% in August while imports edged up 0.2%. Export prices fell 3.0% and volumes 0.6%. For imports, prices were up 0.3% while volumes edged down 0.1%. As a result, Canada's merchandise trade deficit with the world widened from $817 million in July to $2.5 billion in August.


Innovation Guelph appoints four new directors

Guelph – Innovation Guelph (IG) today announced the appointment of four new directors to its board, effective September 1, 2015. “We are very pleased to have Daniel, Suzanne, Robert and David join Innovation Guelph’s leadership team. Together they bring a diverse range of experience and expertise that will be indispensable in the development of IG’s programs and services moving forward,” said Dr. James Doran, Chief Executive Officer, IG. “Each of our new directors expressed a deep commitment to community-building initiatives, which is absolutely critical to achieve our vision.”

TPP Viewpoint

TPP sets stage for 10-year phase-out of Canadian dairy, Harper puts taxpayers on the hook to cover cost, says NFU

Saskatoon - The National Farmers Union (NFU) denounces the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would severely damage Canada’s supply managed sectors – dairy, chicken, turkey and eggs – and provide illusory market gains for other agriculture sectors such as beef, pork, grain and oilseeds. Today, all supply managed farmers earn their livelihood from the marketplace, but the TPP will deny them the ability to fully serve Canadian consumers. The government’s promised compensation to dairy producers for their losses will be borne by the taxpayer.

TPP Viewpoint

TPP with a Side of Chicken: Chicken Farmers of Canada Reacts to TPP Decision

While disappointed with access granted, farmers appreciate government decision to fix import control mechanisms

Ottawa - While Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) is disappointed with the additional access that Canada had to concede to secure a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, we recognize that this historic TPP agreement is seen as an important benefit to the Canadian economy for years to come. "The key part of yesterday's announcement is the government's firm commitment to immediately ending fraudulent import practices that have plagued the industry for over five years," says Dave Janzen, CFC Chair.


Mike Harris takes the Wheel as Research and Innovation Critic

Waterloo Region - In a update to the supporters and the media. MPP Kitchener-Conestoga Mike Harris submitted in the following note announcing Patrick Browns appointment of Harris's new role as Research and Innovation critic. "It is with great honour that I report Opposition Leader Patrick Brown’s recent Opposition Critic portfolio announcement confirming my ongoing position as Transportation Critic for the Official Opposition, and announcing my new responsibilities as Research and Innovation Critic.


How early-stage capital can turbocharge Canada’s economy

by Randall Howard

Some say elections are about image, not issues. They’re about hairstyles and sound bites, not intellectual debate. There is some truth to this premise, especially in the United States, with everyone from Donald Trump to Kanye West talking about the presidency.

TPP Viewpoint

The Council of Canadians Letter Campaign

Toronto - The Council of Canadian Council sent out the following letter. Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, mobilizing a network of 60 chapters across the country. Through campaigns we advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy. They educate and empower members and the public to hold our governments and corporations accountable.


Fibernetics President Asked to Speak to 1M Globally to Further Spread the Word About Workplace Culture and Empowerment

Marketing Leader's Podcast has 1 Million Subscribers

Cambridge - At the recently completed #IMPACT15 conference, North America's largest digital marketing gathering, Fibernetics President John Stix was the closing keynote speaker and earned the first standing ovation in the event's 12 year history. Stix states that "The IMA Leader Podcast has featured many of the top business leaders in North America and I am humbled to be asked to participate. I am on a mission to help other organizations understand that having a positive enabling culture is a competitive advantage as customers want to deal with happy people and top talent are seeking to work in positive work environments. It is in their best interest to embrace change to the betterment of their business, even if they don't believe in it themselves."


Ground-breaking research finds that green office buildings deliver higher income and value

Sustainable buildings experience higher rent, occupancy, renewals and tenant satisfaction, demonstrates new academic study based on 10 years of Bentall Kennedy portfolio data

TORONTO/SEATTLE - Improved property performance is strongly correlated to green building certification, according to a ground-breaking study of Bentall Kennedy's North American office portfolio conducted by an internationally recognized academic research team.


Bell Helicopter adds new Authorized Customer Service Facility, Agrarflug Helilift, in Germany

Ahren, Germany – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc., announced today that it is adding Agrarflug Helilift, located in Ahren, Germany, to its Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility network. With thirty years of experience in the industry, Agrarflug Helilift is an established operator with over 40 helicopters in its fleet and offers charter services, aircraft maintenance and training for pilots and maintenance personnel.

Sick App

App for Tracking Cold & Flu in Real Time

Now processing over 6 million reports of illness each month

BALTIMORE, MD – Sickweather, developer of the world’s first real-time map of illness and more recently the world’s first real-time field detector for illness with the launch of their Apple Watch app, is now processing over 6 million reports of illness each month from combined sources including: social media, the Sickweather community, and Sickweather partner apps. "With this data increase, our sample size has tripled, improving our accuracy and making Sickweather the largest illness crowdsourcing community of its kind,” says Graham Dodge, CEO of Sickweather. “Not to mention that Sickweather is already the earliest outbreak warning available to the public.”’

Commercial Real Estate

Investor interest remains high despite lack of available product and global economic volatility

Fall 2015 Canada, U.S. and U.K. Commercial Real Estate Investment Review

Vancouver - Against a backdrop of global economic uncertainty and potential future interest rate hikes in Canada and the U.S., investor interest is high as the flow of capital into the commercial real estate sector continues at a healthy pace – constrained mainly by the lack of available quality product. While Canadian investment has softened, U.S. sales volumes are strong and notably higher than one year ago.

Film Shorts

Finalists Announced for the 8th Annual MCAP SHORT Shorts Competition at Grand River Film Festival

Waterloo Region - Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) announced the eight short films and three music videos selected to be screened at the 8th annual MCAP SHORT Shorts Competition, with the chosen finalists representing a diverse mix of film-making talent.

Receivables Symposium

Growth in direct premiums of receivables insurance advances 8% in first half of 2015

Receivables insurance numbers rise as Canada's trade footprint grows bigger with TPP

Toronto – The Receivables Insurance Association of Canada is announcing 8% growth in direct premiums totaling $111,396,000 during the first two quarters of 2015. As well, in the first half of 2015 ended June 30, Canadian underwriters carried 6,802 receivables insurance policies compared to 6,598 policies in the same period last year. As it releases these results, the association is preparing to amplify its industry presence with a trade and economics symposium in Toronto on Thurs. Oct. 8.

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