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The Brain

Peter Doolittle: How your "working memory" makes sense of the world

"Life comes at us very quickly, and what we need to do is take that amorphous flow of experience and somehow extract meaning from it." In this funny, enlightening talk, educational psychologist Peter Doolittle details the importance — and limitations — of your "working memory," that part of the brain that allows us to make sense of what's happening right now. Peter Doolittle is striving to understand the processes of human learning.

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TPP - Innovation Copyrights & IP

Canada's Growing Innovation Economy's Rethink TPP

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Waterloo - Andy Blatchford of The Canadian Press published the following article on November 8, 2015 titled "Jim Balsillie fears TPP could cost Canada billions". Needless to say it generated some ripples, in Ontario communities that are based thei future on innovation and with that intellectual property rights. Blatchford reports "Balsillie said parts of the deal will harm Canadian innovators by forcing them to play by rules set by the treaty’s most-dominant partner: the United States". Copyright expert Blayne Haggart is reported to have stated that the TPP is less a "free-trade agreement" than it is "a new global economic framework, driven primarily by U.S. interests and U.S. power. Jim Balsillie warns that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could become the worst-ever policy move. Here is a overview of some articles and Balsillie's comments starting from May 2015. Exchange has compiled several news articles that mention Balsillie and the TPP over the last year. These can be found at the linked page. Click on the headline for linked page.

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Business Women

Guelph Chamber to Launch Inspiring Women Speaker Series

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is set to launch a dynamic new speakers series centered around inspiring women leaders. Beginning in November, the Inspirational Women Luncheon will serve to showcase inspiring and dynamic women who have made significant achievements in their lines of work – from entrepreneurs to leading political figures.

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Experimental Collaborations

Carleton Shares in Breakthrough Prize for SNO Collaboration

Ottawa – The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration, including members from Carleton University, have shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The award was presented by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation “for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics.”

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Education

Ontario Building 30 New Schools, Over 2,000 Licensed Child Care Spaces

Queens Park - Ontario is investing $498 million in new and renovated schools as well as new child care spaces to provide students with better places to learn while also giving families more options for quality licensed child care that is close to home.

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GTAN

VC Angels Build Relationship With China

Creates China Angels Mentorship Program

Cambridge - Having direct business ties to the Chinese marketplace is more important than ever for Ontario-based startups seeking an international presence. The China Angels Mentorship Program (CAMP), a joint initiative of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the China Canada Angels Alliance (CCAA), has designed a first-to-market incubator program to help startups prepare their businesses for the Chinese market.

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Study

Study suggests use of insulin pumps has improved blood sugar control in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes

New Haven, CT - An analysis of three large diabetes registries from the USA, Germany/Austria and England/Wales suggests that use of insulin pumps in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes is contributing to improvements in blood sugar control.

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Global Trade

Ontario's Trade Mission Supports Ontario Companies to Go Global

Agreements Signed in Shanghai Valued at Over Half a Billion Dollars

Queens Park - Yesterday, Premier Kathleen Wynne and members of Ontario’s cleantech, science and technology, and business delegations met with Chinese companies and research organizations in Shanghai to sign new agreements valued at over half a billion dollars.

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Council Summary

City of Waterloo council summary from November 9, 2015

Waterloo - The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at this evening’s council meeting. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

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Energy

Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition for August 2015

Ottawa - Canada produced 20.2 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in August, up 10.6% from the same month a year earlier.

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Top Employer

OpenText Named One of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the Fifth Consecutive Year

Waterloo - OpenText announced it has been named as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the fifth consecutive year. The award recognizes companies with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies.With a record number of employers applying for the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition, OpenText was selected after an extensive application process that included a detailed review of its operations and HR practices compared to others in their industry and region.

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Innovation Economy

New program aims to develop next generation of medical device leaders and innovators

London - Following a well-established blueprint for success, Western University has established the Western Medical Innovation Fellowship program – a new endeavour that immerses highly talented young scientists, engineers, and clinicians in a training and research heavy environment with the goal of developing future leaders and innovators of world-class medical technologies.

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Innovation

Researchers Find Way to Make Metals Stronger Without Sacrificing Ductility

Raleigh, NC - Researchers at North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a technique to make titanium stronger without sacrificing any of the metal’s ductility – a combination that no one has achieved before. The researchers believe the technique could also be used for other metals, and the advance has potential applications for creating more energy-efficient vehicles.

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TPP - Viewpoint

CANADA CAN’T MISS OUT ON THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP: STRAIGHT TALK WITH NEW ZEALAND HIGH COMMISSIONER TO CANADA

Simon Tucker says the Trans-Pacific Partnership will throw Canada’s markets open to some of the world’s fastest-developing economies

Ottawa – The recently agreed-to Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is a “big opportunity” that Canada would be foolish to pass on. So says Simon Tucker, New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada, in a new Straight Talk Q&A with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. “Canada is an economy that faces the world”, says Tucker. “I think what TPP has done, is it has hardwired Canada into the definitive piece of trade policy architecture in the Asia-Pacific region. And of course the Asia-Pacific region is the place of true economic dynamism in the world economy at the moment”.

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Distribution

SYNNEX Helps Dell Expand SMB Reach With Canadian Distribution Agreement

ANAHEIM, Calif. SYNNEX Canada Limited announced that it has officially launched Dell’s client, enterprise, print and imaging offerings for the Canadian small-to-medium businesses (SMB) solution provider community. Dell products are integrated into SYNNEX Canada solution bundles and offerings across all “Solv” practices and technology areas, including Dell server, storage, networking, converged infrastructure, software, and client products.

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Housing

October 2015 Housing Starts in Ontario

Toronto - Housing starts in the Ontario region were trending at 73,740 units in October, up slightly from 72,022 units in September, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)1 of housing starts.


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