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Standing Out

Moshe Safdie: Building uniqueness

Looking back over his long career, architect Moshe Safdie delves into four of his design projects and explains how he labored to make each one truly unique for its site and its users. Moshe Safdie's buildings — from grand libraries to intimate apartment complexes — explore the qualities of light and the nature of private and public space.

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Economy

Ontario on Track for Broad-Based Gains in Value of Its Exports: EDC

LONDON - A favourable exchange rate and rising demand caused by a strong recovery in the U.S. economy will drive broad-based gains across all sectors of Ontario's exports both this year and next, according to a new global export forecast released by Export Development Canada (EDC). According to the Global Export Forecast Fall 2015, Ontario's exports will grow by 11 per cent in 2015, led by the automotive and manufacturing sectors, both of which will see double-digit growth this year. Similar conditions will prevail next year, resulting in a further 6 per-cent increase in exports in 2016.

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Tourism Awards

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

Toronto - The best of the best in Ontario tourism were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Toronto. The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence recognize industry successes by acknowledging those who have made significant contributions to Ontario's tourism industry.

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The Waterloo Lab

GM Canada partners with Communitech to launch innovation research zone

by Anthony Reinhart

General Motors Canada is partnering with Communitech to set up an “innovation research zone” in Waterloo Region, where the automaker will initially focus on urban mobility, car sharing and mobile app innovation.

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Trade

Ontario and Hong Kong Companies Sign Agreements Valued at $45 Million

Businesses Will Benefit from New International Trade and Investment Office

Queens Park - Today agreements worth $45 million were signed between Ontario and Hong Kong companies. These agreements lay the groundwork for strengthened partnerships and investment opportunities between Ontario and Hong Kong.

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Workplace Wellness

More than four out of five Canadians believe their employers are responsible for supporting their health

Sun Life finds that Gen Y has the biggest health related challenges with productivity and attendance

Toronto - New findings from the 2015 Sun Life Canadian Health Index indicate that an overwhelming majority of Canadians (more than four in five) believe that employers are responsible for supporting their employees' physical and psychological health.

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Intellectual Property & Science

Thomson Reuters to Explore Strategic Options for its Intellectual Property & Science Business

New York - Thomson Reuters announced yesterday that it is exploring strategic options for its Intellectual Property & Science business. With leading products and solutions such as Web of Science, Thomson CompuMark, Thomson Innovation, MarkMonitor, Thomson Reuters Cortellis and Thomson IP Manager, the Intellectual Property & Science business provides its customers with comprehensive intellectual property and scientific information, decision support tools and services supporting the innovation lifecycle for governments, academia and corporations.

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Hookah

Health evidence supports an Ottawa hookah ban

Leia Minaker, a scientist with the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo is available to speak on Toronto’s vote to ban the use of hookah in licensed establishments, and why this decision should influence Ottawa and other municipalities to pass similar laws.

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Cancer Research

Progress against cancer in low-income and middle-income countries possible with package of targeted priority interventions

Toronto - In low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), where 5.5 million of the world’s 8 million cancer deaths occur each year, most people with cancer have little or no access to treatment and many die in severe pain for lack of inexpensive opioid pain medicine.

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Nanoparticles

Researchers Detail How To Control Shape, Structure of DNA and RNA

Raleigh, NC - Researchers at North Carolina State University have used computational modelling to shed light on precisely how charged gold nanoparticles influence the structure of DNA and RNA – which may lead to new techniques for manipulating these genetic materials.

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Technology

The Challenge for Fast-Growing Technology Companies: Attracting Top Tech Talent

Frank & Oak Takes Top Spot in Deloitte's Technology Fast 50(TM) Awards, Winners Share Impressive Growth Rates and Report Finding and Attracting Talent a Concern

Toronto - Deloitte announced the winners of its Technology Fast 50T program today. Companies were selected for their technological innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and rapid growth. Now in its 18th year, Technology Fast 50 celebrated companies with an average four-year growth rate of 1,293%.

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Food

Food fraud days are numbered

With better technology in the hands of the consumer, food fraud will begin to disappear - by Sylvain Charlebois

Innsbruck, Austria - Date tampering in food stores is in the news again, and horrified consumers want to know how it can be stopped. Over the last 12 months, reports from B.C., Ontario, Alberta and Quebec suggest store employees have been asked to repurpose food products and change expiry dates. Products include dairy, meats, and even fish and seafood. The changed dates vary from as little as one day to as much as two months.

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Arrangements

Women in Canada: Families and living arrangements from 2011

Ottawa - Most women aged 15 and older lived in a census family in 2011, primarily as part of a couple. Data from the third chapter of the publication Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report, now available online, show that of the 56% of women in couples, most are married spouses. But there has been a shift over the last several decades toward an increased proportion of common-law partners.

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Infographic

10 Interesting Honey Bee Facts You Never Knew

by Reagan M.

Honeybees are closely linked to the wasp and ant family, but somehow they seem a whole lot cuddlier! Although honeybees do have a sting in their tail, they conjure up images of lazy summer days and amazing tasting honey. Here are 10 interesting honey bee facts that you need to know:

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Earth

How started Plate Tectonics on Earth?

Potsdam, Germany - Our planet Earth is the only planet in the Solar System that possesses Plate Tectonics. The Earth’s surface is in a constant state of change; the tectonic plates together with the oceans and continents continuously slide along one another, collide or sink into the Earth’s mantle. However, it still remains unclear how Plate Tectonics started on Earth.

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New Tech

Outdated Computer Systems Play Havoc With The Bottom Line

One of the greatest characteristics of computer technology also can be problematic.

It’s ever-evolving. While that’s exciting for techies, it can be a headache for business leaders, whether they are corporate executives or small business owners. Businesses periodically need to upgrade or replace creaky computer systems, or risk falling behind their competitors. If they try to muddle through with a cranky jalopy when everyone else moved up to the latest sports car, they may find themselves out of the race for consumer dollars.

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Earninigs

Manulife reports 3Q15 core earnings of $870 million, strong top line growth, and continued positive net flows in its wealth and asset management businesses

Toronto - Manulife Financial Corporation announced net income attributed to shareholders of $622 million for the third quarter of 2015 ("3Q15"), fully diluted earnings per common share of $0.30 and return on common shareholders' equity ("ROE") of 6.5%, compared with $1,100 million, $0.57, and 14.8%, respectively, for the corresponding period in 2014. The decline in net income attributed to shareholders was primarily due to fair value losses related to oil and gas investments in 3Q15 compared with overall strong investment-related experience in the third quarter of 2014 ("3Q14").

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