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Massive Blindspot

Ann Morgan: My year reading a book from every country in the world

Ann Morgan considered herself well read — until she discovered the "massive blindspot" on her bookshelf. Amid a multitude of English and American authors, there were very few books from beyond the English-speaking world. So she set an ambitious goal: to read one book from every country in the world over the course of a year. Now she's urging other Anglophiles to read translated works so that publishers will work harder to bring foreign literary gems back to their shores.


Waterloo researcher wins prestigious prize for pioneering work on osteoporosis

Waterloo - A researcher at the University of Waterloo who authored new exercise recommendations for people living with osteoporosis is the winner of the prestigious Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health, announced yesterday. Lora Giangregorio, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Waterloo, will receive the prize worth $50,000 at a ceremony in February. McGill University presents the annual award to a researcher whose work has significant impact on the health and well-being of people in North America. The grant is put towards future research.

Bioactive Technologies

New First Line of Defense against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Validated in Pilot Study

Naturally occurring bioactive molecules produced by probiotics significantly reduce the virulence of multiple pathogenic bacteria

Oakville/Guelph - MicroSintesis Inc., a new life sciences company focused on creating novel anti-infectives, has successfully completed its largest study to date on the efficacy of new molecules to fight against antibiotic-resistance bacteria, representing a step-change in how and when antibiotics are used.

Gender Violence

Waterloo scholars and students take action against gender-based violence

Waterloo - Researchers and students from the University of Waterloo are applying their scholarship and creativity to support actions to end gender-based violence, and a number of these experts are available to speak with the media about their work related to this global issue.

Startup North America

Velocity expands to become North America’s largest free startup incubator

Wareloo - The University of Waterloo’s Velocity startup program will become North America’s largest free business incubator thanks to a new partnership with tech giant, Google, and the industry-led innovation centre, Communitech.

Female Leaders

WCM Board of Directors Offer Congratulations to Jennifer Reynolds on Being Named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

TORONTO - The Board of Directors of Women in Capital Markets would like to congratulate Jennifer Reynolds, WCM President & CEO, on being named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Canada's top female leaders and serve to inspire current and future generations.

Council Info

Region of Waterloo Council Info from November 25, 2015

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Pitching In

Technology pioneer Jim Estill leads effort to welcome 50 families of Syrian refugees

by Phil Froklage, Communitech News

Kitchener - Jim Estill is leading an effort to bring 50 displaced Syrian families to Guelph. He spoke to Communitech News about the logistics of bringing 300 people to Canada, and what motivated his philanthropic decision.


National Farmers Union 46th Annual Convention - Soil: Our Common Ground

London - Members of the National Farmers Union from all across Canada are meeting in London, Ontario, November 26 to 28 for the 46th Annual National Convention. This year, the theme is Soil: Our Common Ground.

IKEA Sustainability Challenge

Laurier BBA students compete to propose IKEA Canada’s next big sustainability push in first-ever competition

Waterloo – For the first time ever, over 150 Wilfrid Laurier University second-year students at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics will compete in the IKEA Sustainability Challenge, a competition sponsored by IKEA Canada to find groundbreaking ideas to integrate sustainability with the IKEA brand.

You Should be Dancing

Catch the Fever at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

Cambridge – Audiences in Cambridge will be “stayin’ alive” this January as one of the most famous dance stories of all time boogies onto the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge stage.

Western View

Proposed changes to Canada's labour laws favour unions over workers

By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre

Vancouver - Canada's new federal government campaigned on policies aimed at making labour laws fairer and more balanced, and the prime minister recently confirmed this commitment in his public mandate letter to the minister charged with the labour portfolio.

Winning At Entrepreneurship

Can You Avoid The Highway To Business Hell?

Novice Entrepreneurs Often Ignore Signs They Are Headed For Disaster, International Consultant Says

When it comes to starting a new business, most people focus on how they will win and achieve the American dream. But success isn’t something most new businesses experience. “The painful truth is that the majority of first-time entrepreneurs who launch a business fail early and often,” says Rod Robertson, an international consultant and author of “Winning at Entrepreneurship: Insiders’ Tips on Buying, Building and Selling Your Own Business”.


Magna Forms Seating Joint Venture in China

Shanghai - Magna International Inc. and Chongqing Hongli Zhixin Automotive Parts Manufacture Co., Ltd. have announced the signing of a 50/50 joint-venture agreement to provide complete seating systems and seating components to Changan Ford and other customers in China.

Coping Book

Mental health crisis alleviated through coping skills

Dr. Bill Howatt explores how development of coping skills can mitigate mental health issues in his new book, The Coping Crisis: Discover why coping skills are required for a healthy & fulfilling life

Toronto - As mental health issues become more prevalent in the workplace, most non-genetic conditions can be mitigated through the development of coping skills. In a new book called The Coping Crisis: Discover why coping skills are required for a healthy & fulfilling life, Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief Research and Development Officer for Workforce Productivity at Morneau Shepell, determines that when a coping crisis is left without resolution, it can lead to a mental health crisis.

Global Pulp Markets

Rising income in China is failing to translate into more consumption of communication paper, while tissue and packaging grades experience more promising growth

Since 2012, the market has experienced a steep decline in growth of paper and board demand and production

Boston – China’s paper industry is quickly transitioning into a slow-growth phase that poses challenges to pulp and wood fiber suppliers to that country. Yet, how the industry is developing varies greatly across different grades of paper. Much of the growth in production is in packaging grades, which primarily use recovered fiber, not virgin wood pulp. Still, furnish shares in China are changing quickly for other grades of paper, which will support a rising trend in imports for bleached hardwood and softwood kraft pulps. These and other findings were recently published in The China Pulp Market in Transition: A Comprehensive Analysis and Outlook, new study by RISI – the leading information provider for the forest products industry.

Technology Forum

Nuance Holds Technology Forum at Tannery Event Centre on December 8

Waterloo – Nuance Communications, Inc. is holding an exclusive technology forum hosted at the Tannery Event Centre. This peek inside Nuance Document Imaging will come on the heels of the company’s strategic partnership with Samsung in the multi-function printing space. This event provides a great opportunity to meet Nuance’s leadership team and learn about the exciting initiatives the company is leading around cloud deployment and security.

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