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Wild Life Conservation

Patrícia Medici: The coolest animal you know nothing about ... and how we can save it

Although the tapir is one of the world's largest land mammals, the lives of these solitary, nocturnal creatures have remained a mystery. Known as "the living fossil," the very same tapir that roams the forests and grasslands of South America today arrived on the evolutionary scene more than 5 million years ago. But threats from poachers, deforestation and pollution, especially in quickly industrializing Brazil, threaten this longevity. In this insightful talk, conservation biologist, tapir expert and TED Fellow Patrícia Medici shares her work with these amazing animals and challenges us with a question: Do we want to be responsible for their extinction?

Hydro One TSX Symbol H

Ontario's high-voltage Transmission System Goes on the Market

Hydro One distributes electricity directly to 1.4 million homes and small businesses, about 25 per cent of the province's hydro customers, mainly in rural areas

Toronto - This is a big deal. "It is in fact the largest transaction in [Ontario's] history," Finance Minister Charles Sousa told news agencies on Wednesday. The last time an initial public offering (IPO) of this magnitude hit a Canadian stock market was in 2000, when Sun Life Financial began trading publicly, raising nearly $1.8 billion.

Canadian Basketball

KW Professional Basketball Announces Head Coach

Waterloo – KW Professional Basketball CEO John Thompson (photo) announced that Garrett Kelly will serve as the team's first coach. Kelly, a native of Arden, NC, will oversee all basketball operations, including recruitment of players, roster selection and team development during the team's inaugural 28 game 2015-16 season. Thompson stated "Our community is delighted to have Garrett assume the reins of our team, utilizing his strong demonstrated leadership, instructional and communication skills. With his broad background and passion, in a variety of settings in U.S. college ranks, he will add much to the initial success of our organization."

Budget Concern

Government's Fiscal Plan Faces Significant Risks

Toronto - Ontario's Financial Accountability Officer says that because of likely difficulties in limiting spending and optimistic assumptions for revenue growth, there is a significant risk that the Province will be unable to balance the budget by 2017-18.

Canadian Cabinet

Full list of Justin Trudeau's cabinet

31-member cabinet includes 15 women

Ottawa - The full list of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new 31-member cabinet, in order of precedence, sworn in yesterday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Reading and Understanding

Rising above for learning and livelihood

Waterloo – When Patroy Tomlin arrived in Canada, he looked forward to the opportunities this country would offer. He planned to work hard and make a life for his family. Two decades after leaving Jamaica, he is still striving to make ends meet. Without a formal education, he works demanding, irregular hours at multiple jobs. Family commitments and health concerns, let alone sleep, are barely manageable.

Digital World

Britains Apps World 2015 London Announces £150,000 Startup Investment

Raj Dhonota serial entrepreneur and investor, who appeared on the first series of The Apprentice, has announced that he has £150,000 to invest in the right startup.

London, UK - Investment and startups are a key focus for this year’s Apps World event at London Excel on the 18th and 19th November 2015. Budding entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to meet with leading digital industry figures and given the opportunity to secure investment for their business.

Women in Science

Scientista Symposium for young women in STEM disciplines held in NYC

New York City – Last weekend the Scientista Foundation held its second annual Scientista Symposium, in Times Square. The Scientista Foundation is a national organization founded by two Harvard sisters that empowers young women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math/medicine). The organization’s symposium is the only international symposium exclusively designed for college and graduate women in STEM fields.

Canadian Cabinet

NFU welcomes appointment of Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, new Ag Minister, with mandate for real change

Saskatoon - The National Farmers Union welcomes the appointment of Hon. Lawrence MacAulay of Prince Edward Island as federal Agriculture Minister. Canadians have given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the new Liberal government a strong mandate for change. The NFU looks forward to working with Minister MacAulay in restoring and renewing agricultural policy to maintain the family farm as the primary food producing unit in Canada.

Job Creation

Job Creation and Infrastructure Key to India’s Sustainable Growth

India must not only prepare the workforce for today’s job market but must also anticipate what jobs will exist 20 years from now, and equip today’s students with the higher-grade skills those jobs will need.

New Delhi, India – India’s roads ministry aims to build 30 kilometres of roads each day by March 2016, creating 5 million jobs and adding two percentage points to the GDP, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping of India, said in the concluding “take-off” session of the World Economic Forum’s India Strategy Day. The country’s infrastructure needs were highlighted in discussions over the course of the day.


Urban Environments Boost Pathogen Pressure on Honey Bees

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that urban environments increase pathogen abundance in honey bees (Apis mellifera) and reduce honey bee survival. The finding raises significant questions as urban areas continue to grow at the expense of rural environments, and urban beekeeping becomes more popular.


Stage 2 ION: LRT from Kitchener to Cambridge

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is beginning public consultation on Stage 2 ION, Light Trail Transit (LRT) from Kitchener to Cambridge.

Entrepreneur Incubators

Lead To Win Program for Entrepreneurs Named one of Top Ten in North America

Ottawa - Lead To Win, a Carleton-led ecosystem, has been named one of the top 10 academic business incubators in North America by UBI Global.


Research Suggests Business Leaders Should Re-Think How They Treat Team Members

Raleigh, NC - New findings from an international team of researchers suggest business leaders who oversee teams need to find a middle ground in how they treat team members – or risk hurting team performance. Specifically, the researchers found that treating some team members much better than others can adversely affect performance – as can treating all team members the same way.


Fireballs to Flash in November Night Sky as Taurid Meteor Shower Peak

State College, PA - November 2, 2015 - AccuWeather reports cosmic fireballs will occasionally light up the night sky as the Taurid meteor shower approaches its peak into next week. "Every year, the Earth passes through a stream left by Comet Encke, producing the Taurid Meteor Shower," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.

Business Mission

Ontario Showcases Auto Strengths in Japan

Ontario is showcasing its strengths for automotive innovation and advanced manufacturing at the Tokyo Motor Show with help from Ray Tanguay

Queens Park - Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure is on a business mission to Japan, meeting with auto executives to advocate for new investments in Ontario’s auto industry. He recently had productive meetings with assembly companies Toyota and Hino, and parts companies Toyoda Gosei and Toyota Boshoku, with more meetings scheduled.


Ayr - The 2015 update to the local labour market plan for Waterloo Wellington and Dufferin, "Shaping Today's Workforce for Tomorrow's Workplace" was released yesterday.

Aging & Unemployed

At-Risk Pensioners Need Real Help From Trudeau, Wynne says Steelworkers

Toronto - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne are being urged to provide meaningful help to thousands of vulnerable pensioners whose critical health-care benefits were taken away overnight by multinational U.S. Steel.

Information Management

OpenText Announces RightFax Healthcare Direct to Accelerate Interoperability and Compliance for Healthcare Organizations

Waterloo -- OpenText announced OpenText RightFax Healthcare Direct, an add-on module to RightFax to connect caregiver communities for the efficient exchange of secure messages based on the specifications defined by the Direct Project, part of the Nationwide Health Information Network. RightFax Healthcare Direct accelerates interoperability and improves patient care in the healthcare industry by allowing healthcare providers to easily and securely send Direct messages, a way to exchange encrypted health information directly to authenticated recipients over the Internet, by using their existing RightFax and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) integrations.

Council Info

Region of Waterloo Council Update

Waterloo Region - Council update is a summary of Region of Waterloo discussions and the major items presented at the November 4 council meeting.

Random Act of Kindness

It's Time to slow down and be kind to one another.

Waterloo Region – If you’re like the majority of us in the community, you’re always on the go. A typical day has you working eight to ten hours, running your kids to hockey, piano, dance lessons, or whatever else you are involved in, plus you need to find the time to pick up groceries and dry cleaning. You’re moving so fast that you don’t have much time to acknowledge someone’s smile at you, much less what’s going on in your community.


Sun Life Financial Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. released the third quarter of 2015 which is based on the unaudited interim financial results of Sun Life Financial Inc. for the period ended September 30, 2015.


Magna Announces Third Quarter and Year to Date Results

AURORA - Magna International Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. In the third quarter of 2015, Magna sold substantially all of their interiors operations (excluding their seating operations). The assets and liabilities, and operating results for the previously reported interiors operations are presented as discontinued operations and have therefore been excluded from both continuing operations and segment results for all periods presented in the attached financial statements.

Making Acquaintences

17th Annual Family Medicine Resident Weekend

Chamber Plays Host to Family Medicine Residents

Kitchener – This weekend, local family physicians and business and community leaders will join volunteers of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in hosting 17 family medicine residents and their partners from across Ontario.


Event to Recognize Living Wage Employers

Kitchener - Eighteen employers will be recognized for their commitment to pay a living wage to their employees at an event on Thursday evening November 5, 2015, from 5 – 7 pm at the Cambridge Conference Centre. The event is being hosted by Living Wage Waterloo Region, which is celebrating its first anniversary as a voluntary recognition program for employers paying a living wage.

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