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Sound can be felt

Christine Sun Kim: The enchanting music of sign language

Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn't a part of her life, that it was a hearing person's thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn't have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language.

CodeFest 2015

City of Waterloo Codefest a hit for the community

Waterloo - With just 36 hours to create a functioning mobile application and only three minutes to present their product, three teams were selected as the winners of Waterloo Codefest. “Codefest brought together industry professionals with some of the biggest names in technology,” said Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “This collaboration and spirit of discovery resulted in some impressive mobile apps.”


University of Waterloo releases landmark report on innovation

Creator owns intellectual property

Waterloo - If you’ve ever used a smartphone, worn contact lenses or been inspired to quit smoking, innovation from the University of Waterloo has had a hand in changing your life. A landmark report, released yesterday, reveals Waterloo’s impact on the global innovation landscape and defines the path for the University to cement its position as the leading innovation university in the country.


The Three P’s of Powerful Leadership

By David Waits

Leadership is not a position! A local newspaper has a daily section titled “Progressions” allowing companies to publicly recognize employees who have been promoted to leadership positions such as general manager. The announcement is a very nice recognition for the new leader, but the promotion, in and of itself, doesn’t make the person a powerful, productive leader. The promotion does allow the new leader to exercise the roles and responsibilities of the position, but the promotion has very little to do with the leadership effectiveness of the person who received it.


OpenText Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results

Non-GAAP-based Operating Margin was 34%; Total Revenue Was $434.5 Million, Down 4%; in CC*, Up 3%

Waterloo -- Open Text Corporation announced its financial results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2015. "Fiscal 2016 will be a transformative year for OpenText. Digitalization enables customers to create a better way to work, and project Blue Carbon is the enabling platform. I am pleased to confirm project Blue Carbon will be available in Beta this quarter and unveiled at our annual user conference Enterprise World, taking place November 8 to 13, 2015," said OpenText CEO Mark J. Barrenechea.


Pace of Hospital Research Activity Advances

Toronto - Research activity at Canada's leading health research organizations rose by a combined 5.0% in Fiscal 2014 compared with a 1.1% increase in Fiscal 2013, according to Research Infosource Inc., which released its Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals List yesterday. Hospitals, Hospital Networks and Health Authorities reported that their total research activity increased to $2.38 billion from $2.27 billion in Fiscal 2013. In total, 27 institutions reported activity gains against 13 where activity declined. The number of hospital researchers increased by 4.5% to 8,572 from 8,205 the prior year.


EDC opens representation in Johannesburg to help Canadian companies sell and invest in Africa

Ottawa - Export Development Canada (EDC), formalized its representation in Africa with the opening of its permanent office in Johannesburg in order to help Canadian companies take advantage of the growing opportunities in the sub-Saharan region. "We are deepening our roots in Africa now so that we can help Canadian companies of all sizes link into the supply chains of upcoming infrastructure, oil and gas, and mining project opportunities," said Mairead Lavery, Senior Vice-President, Business Development, EDC. "We will do this by focusing on developing relationships with the major South African companies who control supply chains that expand throughout the sub-Saharan region. Specifically, we'll focus on rapidly growing markets like Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya, and secondarily on markets with near-term potential like Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Gabon and Tanzania."


Natural gas transportation and distribution for August 2015

Ottawa - Natural gas utilities received 11.9 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas in August, up 4.9% from the same month in 2014. Gas utilities sold 5.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas in August, up 6.8%. Meanwhile, revenues were down 35.0% from 12 months earlier to $726.7 million. Low natural gas prices continued to put downward pressure on natural gas revenues.

Mega Trends

Canadian Megatrends, October 2015

Evolution of housing in Canada from 1957 to 2014

Ottawa - They could be called suburbs in the skies. This month's issue of Canadian Megatrends examines the changing face of the housing market in Canada, one that has seen cities move from spreading out to sprouting up.

Bar association Applauds

Ontario Passes Law to Protect Freedom of Expression

Province Works to End Strategic Lawsuits That Stifle Free Speech

Queens Park - Yesterday Ontario passed an act that protects freedom of speech on matters of public interest. The Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 will allow the public to participate more freely in public discussions without fear of retribution by giving them a better way to defend themselves against strategic lawsuits, commonly known as SLAPPs (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation). The threat of a strategic lawsuit, which can be lengthy and expensive, is often used as a means to intimidate or punish opponents and discourage others from speaking out.

Energy Markets

Canadian oil industry to lose more than $2 billion in 2015

Ottawa - The profitability of Canada's oil extraction industry is being challenged by the sharp and prolonged weakness in prices. The industry is expected to post a pre-tax loss of $2.1 billion this year, compared to a profit of close to $6 billion in 2014, according to The Conference Board of Canada's latest Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada's Oil Extraction Industry.


Economic Returns of Public Infrastructure Investment Will Be Massive

Toronto - A new report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) shows that the economic importance of public infrastructure investment is vastly greater than previously found using traditional economic models. Using unique agent-based modelling, CANCEA found that public infrastructure investments generate an economic return on real GDP that is almost eight times as large as the impact predicted by traditional economic models.


Western University’s Undergraduate Medical Education program receives full accreditation status for eight years

London - The Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) program at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has received full accreditation status for eight years. Accreditation is a mandatory external process that assures the UME program meets the needs of stakeholders, including graduates, students, parents, the University, health care partners and authorities, regulators, government, patients and their families, and the general public.

Arts & Culture

Renowned conductor Raffi Armenian to lead opera production at Laurier

Waterloo – Celebrated conductor Raffi Armenian will be leading Laurier’s annual winter opera production staged by students in the Faculty of Music. Armenian, one of Canada’s top conductors, who also has close ties to Kitchener-Waterloo, will be leading a student performance of Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in late February. Prior to conducting the show, he will fulfill a six-week residency at Laurier, rehearsing with the students on a regular basis.


The Untapped Potential of Administrative Professionals

Research Uncovers Non-Traditional Areas Where Support Staff Are Assisting

Toronto - Administrative professionals are often a manager's right hand, and new research shows these office superstars would love to help even more at work. Half (50 per cent) of support staff surveyed said they have skills that are not being tapped.

Medical Association Statement

Government threatens patients' access to care by imposing restrictions on new family doctors

Toronto - Ontario's doctors have significant concerns with the New Graduate Entry Program (NGEP), which has been unilaterally imposed by the Ontario government. Combined with the government's ongoing and unilateral cuts to funding for physician services, this new program is short-sighted and threatens access to the quality, patient-focused care Ontarians need and depend on.

Cancer Care

Commission shows good progress in cancer care in Latin America, but major obstacles remain

Boston, MA - Following the success of the 2013 Lancet Oncology Commission on cancer care in Latin America [1], The Lancet Oncology today launches a second Commission on cancer in this region, highlighting the promising progress that has been made in just 2 years, but also the substantial barriers that remain to ensure all those that need cancer treatment and care receive optimal clinical management.


Margaret Avenue Bridge officially reopens Oct. 30

Kitchener – Government officials, consultants, city staff and the neighbourhoods of Mount Hope-Breithaupt, Central Frederick and Olde Berlin Town will celebrate the reopening of the Margaret Avenue bridge tomorrow Friday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. The bridge will close from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the event, in response to the neighbourhoods’ desire to reconnect with each other on the bridge, and to celebrate the bridge’s reopening.

Lesson #1

Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience in Canada, 2014

Almost three-quarters of Canadians say they are confident about their ability to manage in an emergency.

Ottawa - The new 2014 Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience (SEPR) in Canada asked Canadians living in the provinces to report on the various precautionary and emergency preparedness measures they have taken in anticipation of natural and human-induced emergencies or disasters.

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