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Information

Andreas Ekström: The moral bias behind your search results

Andreas Ekström describes the power structures of the digital revolution. Search engines have become our most trusted sources of information and arbiters of truth. But can we ever get an unbiased search result? Swedish author and journalist Andreas Ekström argues that such a thing is a philosophical impossibility. In this thoughtful talk, he calls on us to strengthen the bonds between technology and the humanities, and he reminds us that behind every algorithm is a set of personal beliefs that no code can ever completely eradicate.

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New Building

University of Waterloo to mark groundbreaking of innovative engineering building

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo will break ground on Engineering 7 this week, an $88-million building that will feature facilities designed to expand student-driven innovation and advanced research labs to develop emerging technologies that will boost the nation’s global competitiveness.

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Pension Survey

2015 Public and Private Sector Approaches Reveal a Deep Divide

Toronto - Aon plc, released the Canadian results of its Global Pension Risk Survey 2015, which show plan sponsors are evolving their risk management practices to address the challenges of a volatile investment and liability landscape.

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Dyson Awards

Start-up to spark start-ups wins James Dyson Award

Voltera V-One rapid prototyping system prints circuit boards within minutes; first Canadian team to win take spot

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are everywhere, from smartphones to biomedical devices. To research and develop new electronics, it is vital for engineers, inventors and students working in this area to be able to prototype PCBs quickly and cheaply. But this process tends to be time-consuming and expensive. All too often circuit board designs must be sent to a factory overseas for printing, only for the whole process to be repeated as soon as a minor change is required.

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2014 GDP

Provincial and territorial economic accounts for 2014

OttawaReal gross domestic product (GDP) increased for all provinces and territories in 2014 except Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Yukon. The Northwest Territories (+5.8%) had the largest increase, followed by Alberta (+4.8%) and Nunavut (+3.3%). Nationally, real GDP rose 2.5% in 2014, compared with a 2.2% gain in 2013.

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Agriculture

Raise your glass to the farmer you don't know

They are part of the reason you spend a smaller percentage of your income on food than your grandparents - By Brady Deaton

Guelph - When Americans sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this month, just like Canadians did last month, most of them will not know the farmer who produced their food. This is one of the greatest triumphs of our agrifood system, even if it is under-appreciated.

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Invention

University of Waterloo invention wins International James Dyson Award

Waterloo - Voltera V-One, a custom circuit board printer developed by University of Waterloo engineering students, has taken top prize in this year’s International James Dyson Award competition, beating out a record 710 entries from 20 countries.

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Remember

Laurier’s military centre explores the history of Waterloo Region in wartimes with new website

Waterloo – A new website developed by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS), in partnership with the Department of History and Faculty of Arts, is allowing people to explore a pivotal time in the history of Kitchener-Waterloo — the First World War — through the personal letters and professional documents of those who lived it.

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Innovation

New rapid-test for E. coli 157 may prevent contaminated food from reaching grocery store shelves

Scientists at Western University have developed new technology that has the potential to drastically improve food safety.

London - Dr. Michael Rieder and his team have created a new rapid-test system to detect E. coli 0157 – a food-borne bacteria most commonly found in ground meat. The test would allow manufacturers to identify contaminated food quickly before it leaves the processing plant and enters the grocery store. The system was developed as a result of collaborations between Dr. Rieder, scientist at Robarts Research Institute at Western University, and London entrepreneurs, Michael Brock and Craig Coombe.

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Loans

Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, first half 2015

Ottawa - In the first half of 2015, total credit outstanding increased 5.3% to $693.4 billion, while disbursements increased 2.2% to $90.2 billion.

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ICI Building & Apartments

Non-residential Building Construction Price Index, third quarter 2015

Ottawa - The composite price index for non-residential building construction declined 0.4% in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter. This was the first quarterly decline since the first quarter of 2010. The decrease was mainly the result of lower material prices reported by contractors in the structural trades.

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Agri-Food Recognition

Ontario Celebrates Regional Agri-Food Innovators

Recipients Recognized at Award Ceremony in Baltimore

Queens Park - Ontario is recognizing and celebrating local agri-food innovators whose ideas and projects are strengthening the province’s agri-food sector. The regional recipients of the 2015 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence were honoured during a ceremony in Baltimore today for their contributions to the creation of new products, adding value to existing products, supporting a sustainable environment, helping support job creation, and boosting economic growth in Ontario.

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Food

Rise of the gluten-free heroes

The fact that the gluten-free movement overlapped with the increase in food prices is no coincidence

INNSBRUCK, Austria - Gluten has divided consumers into two camps: those who can't get enough gluten-free products, believing that eliminating the little protein composite leads to a healthier life, and those who dismiss its sudden popularity as a cultural phase.
Even if you are puzzled by the gluten-free trend, it has clearly benefited the industry and, most importantly, consumers.

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Property Use

GRCA continuing to gather public input on proposed Snyder’s Flats Management Plan

Cambridge - The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is continuing to gather comments from the public on its proposed Snyder’s Flats Management Plan, as well as the proposed selection criteria that have been developed to assess the suitability of any GRCA property as an off-leash dog area.

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Manufacturing

North American Auto Industry in High Gear

Toronto - Global car sales regained momentum in September, showing its strongest performance since March. The improvement was led by double-digit year-over-year (y/y) advances in North America and Western Europe, as well as a rebound in China after three consecutive months of declining volumes, according to the latest Scotiabank Global Auto Report.

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Visual

Researchers Find Way to Create Wide Variety of New Holograms

Raleigh, NC - Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed techniques that can be used to create ideal geometric phase holograms for any kind of optical pattern – a significant advance over the limitations of previous techniques. The holograms can be used to create new types of displays, imaging systems, telecommunications technology and astronomical instruments.

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Living Long

How To Overcome An Unlucky Time In History To Retire

Financial Advisor: Wake Up & Check Your Portfolio In At Least 5 Areas

The “Greatest Generation” experienced the burgeoning of government and corporate pension and health-care plans post-World War II, but baby boomers and later generations are facing the severe compromise of those benefits.

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Infrastructure

Applications Open for Ontario’s New Connecting Links Program On November 19

New $15 Million Program Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

Queens Park - The province is opening applications for Connecting Links, a new $15 million annual local infrastructure program, on November 19.

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Enterprise World

OpenText Announces 2015 OpenText Elite Award Winners at Enterprise World 2015

Customers From Across The World Honored for Delivering Innovative Solutions That Enable The Digital World

LAS VEGAS - OpenText announced the winners of the 2015 OpenText Elite Awards. The awards recognize OpenText customers who have delivered innovative solutions that enable their organizations to accelerate business processes, transform information and data insights, and simplify supply chain challenges to deliver a better way to work.

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Tomorrow

'Beautiful Destruction' author to speak at Laurier about Canada’s oil and tar sands

WATERLOO – Canadian aerial photographer Louis Helbig will speak at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus on Thursday, Nov. 12. His talk, “Beautiful Destruction. The largest industrial project on earth. Climate Change. Petroleum. The Dilemma of Our Time,” will uncover how he uses art to create a forum about Canada’s oil and tar sands.

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