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Iliustrated Knowledge

Manuel Lima: A visual history of human knowledge

How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches; other times it grows as a complex and interconnected network. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data — from languages to dynasties — using trees and networks of information. It's a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity's urge to map what we know. Manuel Lima studies how information can be organized — into elegant and beautiful diagrams that illustrate the many unexpected twists of big data.


Google, Communitech, and the University of Waterloo Velocity Deepen Partnership to Support Entrepreneurs

Waterloo - Communitech and the University of Waterloo Velocity program are expanding, as part of a partnership with Google and the Government of Ontario to provide more support to local entrepreneurs in Canada's top tech community.

Startup Culture

Waterloo startup working to improve treatment of the mentally ill wins at pitch competition

Waterloo - HealthIM, a software company seeking to improve the treatment of mentally ill people in emergency situations, was among the big winners at the Velocity Fund Finals held today at the University of Waterloo. Velocity is an entrepreneurship program at Waterloo, and the Velocity Garage is set to be the world's largest free business incubator, thanks to a new partnership with Google and Communitech, announced yesterday (see above release).


University of Waterloo graduates among world's most employable: ranking

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo is 25th in the world and first among ranked Canadian institutions for graduate employability as part of a pilot initiative that UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) unveiled yesterday.

Housing Survey

More than a third of Canadian homeowners find housing in their area unaffordable, Debt Survey Shows

Two in three homeowners expect housing prices to increase in the next year; Nearly four in ten homeowners didn't have enough money in the bank to cover household expenses at least once in the past year; Almost 75 per cent feel prepared to deal with an unexpected household expense, yet average amount in emergency fund is low; The average Canadian homeowner has $175,000 in mortgage debt

Waterloo - More than a third (38 percent) of Canadian homeowners feel that housing in their area is unaffordable, according to a new survey released by Manulife Bank of Canada. According to the bi-annual survey, 28 per cent of respondents found their local housing market "somewhat unaffordable", while another 11 per cent described it as "not affordable at all." Just over half (51 per cent) called housing in their area "somewhat affordable" and only one in ten felt housing in their area was "very affordable."

City Budget

Cambridge releases proposed 2016 budget and invites community to join discussion

Cambridge - Yesterday, Cambridge’s budget task force chair, Councillor Mike Mann, vice chair, Councillor Donna Reid, city manager, Gary Dyke and chief financial officer, Steven Fairweather provided media with an overview of the draft 2016 budget.

Sick Leave

Sick leave use in the federal civil service is likely twice as much as in the private sector

The federal government’s ailing sick leave system is in need of a cure.

Ottawa – A new Macdonald-Laurier Institute report finds federal employees are calling in sick more often than their private-sector counterparts – and the gap is growing larger with each passing year. Author Philip Cross, Statistics Canada’s former chief economic analyst, delves into the numbers to show federal government employees take at least two-thirds – and likely nearly twice as much – sick leave as the private sector.

Chart of the Week

1000 and 1 Days in the Life of a Turkey

In the spirit of the season for our good neighbours to the South, below is chart of the life of the turkey from Nassim Taleb’s wonderful book, The Black Swan. In the book Taleb tells the story of a turkey who is fed by the farmer every morning for 1,000 days. Eventually the turkey comes to expect that every visit from the farmer means more good food. After all, that’s all that has ever happened so the turkey figures that’s all that can and will ever happen. But then Day 1,001 arrives.


Ontario’s First EMR-Integrated Patient eReferral Solution Launches at Cambridge Memorial Hospital

eReferrals help improve patient access to diagnostic imaging in Waterloo region, replacing outdated faxes, saving time and improving communication between family physicians and specialists

Cambridge – Cambridge Memorial Hospital and CognisantMD announced today the availability of a real-time eReferral system for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean Platform, family physicians can now order MRIs, CTs, ultrasounds, X-rays, mammography, BMD and Nuclear Medicine tests directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need for redundant patient entry or an additional sign-in process.


Harnessing the Power of Angel Investors

by Rob Douglas

Cambridge - The National Angel Summit is the flagship event for Canada’s Angel investor community as it brings together investors, startup CEOs and economic development professionals from across the globe. This year, almost 400 industry professionals attended the National Angel Summit, indicating the presence and impact of the Canadian Angel community.


Conestoga-Lisaard House partnership recognized at Community Awards event

Cambridge - The partnership between Conestoga and Lisaard House/Innisfree House to provide professional, compassionate, residential hospice care in Waterloo Region was recognized as the Best Corporate/Not-for-Profit Partnership at the third annual Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Awards event held on November 24 at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge.


The Financial Services Sector: A Source Of Growth For Canada's Economy

Ottawa – The financial services sector directly accounted for 780,000 jobs and 6.8 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report released yesterday.

Fish Farms

GMO salmon means there are now bigger fish to fry

The case for GMO salmon is compelling: twice as fast growth, 25% less food to produce, high protein conversion rate - by Sylvain Charlebois

INNSBRUCK, Austria/ Guelph - AquaBounty has apparently become aquaculture's Monsanto. The company's genetically-engineered Atlantic salmon has just made history by achieving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for human consumption. But some major American supermarkets, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Aldi, Target and Kroger, are already saying they will boycott the product.

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