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Predestined - NOT

Jennifer Doudna: We can now edit our DNA. But let's do it wisely

Geneticist Jennifer Doudna co-invented a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes, called CRISPR-Cas9. The tool allows scientists to make precise edits to DNA strands, which could lead to treatments for genetic diseases … but could also be used to create so-called "designer babies." Doudna reviews how CRISPR-Cas9 works — and asks the scientific community to pause and discuss the ethics of this new tool.

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Launch

OpenText Brings Together Transactional and Matter-Centric Content for a Full View of Information throughout the Organization

Document Management Solution Simplifies Access to Unstructured Information for Streamlined Processes and Rapid, Information-Fueled Decisions

Waterloo - OpenText announced OpenText Content Access for eDOCS, a new addition to the OpenText™ eDOCS family of products. Content Access for eDOCS enables users to access business documents stored in their eDOCS document repository directly from third-party applications, such as billing and time management, ERP, CRM, or matter-specific business applications. The enhanced information flow across business processes enables improved transactions, rapid decision-making, reduced content duplication, and the ability to maintain a "single version of the truth."

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Study

Lack of Recognition a Top Source of Unhappiness on the Job for Canadian Employees

Canadian employee rewards and incentive programs feel the pinch of economic uncertainty in 2015 despite importance to business success and employee engagement

Toronto - Results from the 2015 Canadian Incentive and Rewards Trends Study released by Berkeley Payment Solutions suggest that Canadian corporate employee rewards and incentive programs are feeling the effects of economic uncertainty in 2015, despite being ranked as important to business success and employee satisfaction.

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Hedge Funds

Alternative IQ Announces Winners of 8th Annual Canadian Hedge Fund Awards

Toronto - Alternative IQ announced the winners of the 2015 Canadian Hedge Fund Awards, the highest honour in Canada's hedge fund industry. The awards were presented yesterday evening at a Gala Dinner at One King West Hotel in Toronto with over 100 guests in attendance. Masters of Ceremony were Brooke Biscoe, Vice President, Business Development, Fundata Canada and Peter Hayes, National Director, Alternative Investments, KPMG LLP, whose companies are also the principal sponsors of the 2015 CHFA program.

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Health Care

Study reveals poor levels of use, availability and affordability of vital heart medicines

Hamilton - New research published in The Lancet shows that the use of vital life-saving generic (and supposedly inexpensive) medicines for prevention in people with existing heart disease is poor worldwide. In low-income and middle-income countries these medicines are not widely available and, when available, can often be unaffordable. In rich countries, although such medicines are both available and affordable, 35% to 50% of patients who have heart disease or a previous stroke still do not receive them.

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Looking Forward: Food and Service

Restaurants Canada congratulates Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau

Toronto - Restaurants Canada congratulates Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on their historic win in the Oct. 19 federal election, and applauds all candidates for participating in the campaign. As one of Canada's largest employers – and the No. 1 source of first jobs for Canadians – the restaurant and foodservice industry looks forward to working with our new government to continue building job opportunities, vibrant communities and our culinary landscape.

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Appointment

Audra Mitchell appointed Laurier’s new CIGI Chair in Global Governance and Ethics

Waterloo – Is the pygmy hippo more worthy of protection from extinction than the blobfish or the hoodia cactus? And what about humans, who face existential threats from a variety of sources? How can and might humans living in diverse ecological-cultural contexts respond to mass extinction and other potentially world-threatening events? Wilfrid Laurier University’s new Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Chair in Global Governance and Ethics Audra L. Mitchell explores answers to these questions and more.

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TPP

Canada's dairy industry has nothing to w(h)ine about

Dairy farmers can compete, they just need to embrace the opportunity by Sylvain Charlebois

INNSBRUCK, Austria - Canada dairy industry can compete globally, but it certainly won't be easy, especially in light of the recent mega-transpacific partnership trade deal which has left many wondering whether our dairies can actually pull it off over the long term.

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Looking Forward

Research Canada Congratulates New Liberal Government

Ottawa - Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery congratulates the new Liberal Government on its Election 2015 victory and extends a warm welcome to all new and returning Members of Parliament.

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Looking Forward: Education

Canadian Teachers' Federation welcomes election of teacher colleague Justin Trudeau

Ottawa - The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) extends its sincere congratulations to the new federal government as well as to all Members of Parliament who were successful in their bid for election on Oct. 19. "We welcome the opportunity to work with the new government as well as with all other parties in a spirit of cooperation and respect," says CTF President Heather Smith.

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What It's Like

Living Wage Employers Share Their Experience

It's ultimatley about values

Cambridge - “I remember getting paid $4 an hour washing dishes,” Helmi Ansari shared at a Living Wage Employers Breakfast in Waterloo Region. Ansari is not a low-paid worker today. In fact, he is co-owner of Grosche International a Cambridge, Ontario company that designs and sells French press coffee makers and other tea and coffee accessories. His personal experience helped underline the value Grosche places on creating good work that pays a living wage.

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Announcement

SAE International Names Pierre Alégre of Bombardier Aerospace as 2016-2017 Treasurer Nominee

WARRENDALE, Pa. – SAE International’s Executive Nominating Committee (ENC) named Pierre Alégre as the 2016-17 Treasurer Nominee. The announcement was made during the opening ceremony of the SAE 2015 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress held recently in Rosemont, Ill.

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Looking Forward:Co-operatives

Canada's Housing Co-ops Look Forward to Working with New Liberal Government

Ottawa - The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) and its 900 member housing co-operatives across the country congratulate Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government on a remarkable election victory. They also congratulate all Members of Parliament elected yesterday in Canada's 42nd General Election.

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Recognition

Property being named GM Mac Coutts Tract

By Janet Baine

Cambridge - Gordon MacLeod Coutts set the course for the first 25 years of the Grand River Conservation Authority and a property in the northern part of the watershed is being named after him.Coutts was the first employee of the GRCA and was the general manager between 1966 and 1991. The G.M. “Mac” Coutts Tract is in West Luther Township and it links the Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area with the Keldon Source Area, a critical source of groundwater that feeds the Grand River. It is close to the farm on Highway 89 just outside the watershed where Coutts grew up. It is also close to the one-room schoolhouse where he taught after World War II when teachers were scarce. School officials in need of a teacher came calling for his mom, a former teacher — and when she turned down the job, their eyes fell on the recent high school grad, Mac Coutts, who was home at the time.


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Monitoring Health

Retrofit Selects Validic to Expand Technology to Tackle Obesity

Chicago, Ill. – Retrofit today announced its selection of Validic to provide Retrofit access to a growing array of data that are important to weight loss. These metrics and capabilities will come from Validic’s industry-leading digital health platform and single-point connection to more than 180 wearables, mobile health devices and apps.

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Mid-Market

Rock Advisors Partner for US based SVN for Expansion into Canada's Mid-Market Commercial Real Estate

The role of Sperry Van Ness/Rock Advisors, Inc., will be to extend the SVN platform into Canada, encouraging brokers to franchise with the commercial real estate firm

Boston, Mass. — Sperry Van Ness International Corporation (SVNIC), a commercial real estate services franchisors in North America, and Rock Advisors Inc., a Toronto based brokerage firm, have joined together to launch SVNIC’s first Canadian location. The new office, which will operate under the name of Sperry Van Ness/Rock Advisors, Inc., will expand SVNIC’s unique approach of compensated cooperation that has brought it to the top of the American brokerage market.

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Art & Nations

Waterloo filmmakers documentary selected to open 2015 Grand River Film Festival on November 2nd

mpGO members distinguish themselves with world premiere of Suubi: Dance Drum Dream

Waterloo — The world premiere of Suubi: Dance Drum Dream, a 60-mintue documentary directed and produced by Waterloo filmmakers Paul Campsall and Paul Francescutti, will open the 2015 Grand River Film Festival on November 2 at 7:30 pm at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge. Both filmmakers are members of the Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO).

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Looking Forward:Mining

Mining Association of Canada congratulates Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau

Ottawa - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) congratulates Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on their election victory, and looks forward to working with the new government to maintain and grow responsible mining development in Canada.

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Looking Forward: Dr's Thoughts

Election may be over but critical work lies ahead, says CMA

Ottawa - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) welcomes the arrival of the new Liberal government as a future ally in the implementation of a national seniors strategy. "As the hype of the election winds down, the real work begins," says CMA President, Dr. Cindy Forbes. "We cannot lose momentum as we continue to push for federal leadership in the development of a national's senior's strategy."

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Looking Forward: Delivery

CUPW Calls On Canada Post to Stop Defeated Conservatives' Delivery Cuts

Ottawa - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is calling for an immediate halt to the door-to-delivery cuts scheduled in the coming weeks prior to the Liberals forming the new government. "The postal cuts were driven by the Conservatives. Now they are no longer in power, it's time to hit the brakes," said Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

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Looking Forward: Heritage

The National Trust Comments on Federal Election 2015

Ottawa -- The National Trust for Canada congratulates Prime Minister elect Justin Trudeau on his election victory yesterday. The National Trust looks forward to working with the new federal government on opportunities to renew and revitalize Canadian communities and the cultural heritage places that matter to Canadians.

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Looking Forward: Foriegn Policy

New Canadian government must provide leadership in Middle East

Montreal — With the imminent change in government given yesterday’s election results, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) reminds leaders that Canadians are looking for leadership in the Middle East. Most pundits agree that the ousting of the Harper government in yesterday’s election is a clear sign that Harper’s one-sided approach to a number of issues – including its divisive approach to the Middle East – is no longer sanctioned.


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