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Love to Learn

John Green: The nerd's guide to learning everything online


Some of us learn best in the classroom, and some of us ... well, we don't. But we still love to learn — we just need to find the way that works for us. In this charming, personal talk, author John Green shares the community of learning that he found in online video. The author of "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Paper Towns," John Green is a passionate online video maker.

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Spreading Disruption

President of University of Waterloo brings disruptive innovation model of education to Asia

Waterloo/Hong Kong/Singapore/Jakarta - Adopting the University of Waterloo’s innovative education model could help catalyze Hong Kong’s innovation ecosystem, according to the school’s president, who spoke as part of a series of events on a visit to Asia this week.

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Budget - Kitchener

City of Kitchener's Capital budget addresses community priorities

Kitchener – Today, at a special meeting of the finance and corporate services committee, Kitchener city staff will present the city’s 10-year capital budget and forecast as part of the 2016 budget process. The proposed budget achieves a balance between building the community for the future and reducing the city’s debt, as well as investments in high-priority areas.

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DATA

Ontario Making Data Open by Default

New Open Data Directive Drafted with Feedback from Ontarians

Queens Park - As part of Ontario’s commitment to Open Government the province is making government data publicly available to increase transparency and spur innovation. “By making government data open by default, Ontario has taken a critical step towards accelerating open data driven innovation. Not only will this directive further promote transparency, it will also serve to make even more of this rich data available to both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, resulting in more products, services and efficiencies in both the private and public sectors," said Kevin Tuer, Vice President, Communitech and Managing Director, Open Data Exchange.

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Food Industry

$60 billion food and beverage processing industry in Quebec and Ontario partner for growth

Guelph - Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO) and Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Quebec (CTAQ) signed a historic agreement last week. This agreement will strengthen food and beverage processor representation nationally and provincially and raise the profile of Canada's processing industry.

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New Orders

Sandvine's 100GE PTS 32000 and PCRF included in orders for $7 million from two MEA customers

Waterloo - Sandvine today announced that it has received orders totaling $7 million from two communication service providers in the Middle East & Africa (MEA). The first order comes from an existing Sandvine customer with a converged mobile and fixed network covering 36 million subscribers. The second order is from a new fixed line customer. Both groups will be leveraging Sandvine's leading 100GE PTS 32000 platform and software licenses to support a variety of use cases.

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Challenges

Science, Technology and Innovation Council: Canada's Innovation Challenges and Opportunities

2014 report on the state of Canada's science, technology and innovation system that are still needed in 2016

Ottawa - On Friday the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) released State of the Nation 2014, a major report that concludes that Canada's poor business innovation performance represents the country's most profound and urgent science, technology and innovation (ST&I) challenge.

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Markets

Commodity Prices Rally in October, but Lose Ground Again in November

Toronto - Scotiabank's Commodity Price Index rallied 3.7% month-over-month (m/m) in October, but remained 29.1% lower than a year ago. An easing of concern over the slowdown in China's economy and a potential Fed interest rate hike contributed to the lift in commodity prices last month. However, these concerns returned in November, with investment funds bidding down oil and base metal prices.

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Philanthropy

Jim Estill leads effort to welcome 50 families of Syrian refugees
by Phil Froklage, Communitech News

Kitchener - Last week we learned that entrepreneur Jim Estill is leading an effort to bring 50 displaced Syrian families to Guelph, Ont. as refugees. He spoke to Communitech News about the logistics of bringing 300 people to Canada, and what motivated his philanthropic decision.

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Top Employer

CIGI Wins Waterloo Area’s Top Employers for 2016

Waterloo – CIGI, an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance, has been awarded one of Waterloo Region’s Top 15 Employers for 2016. The annual list is compiled by publisher Mediacorp Canada Inc. and the special designation recognizes the employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

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R&D

Intact donation launches Waterloo centre to make communities more resilient to climate change

Waterloo - Intact Financial Corporation and the University of Waterloo announced the creation of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA) today. The centre will focus on research and building awareness for innovative adaptation solutions to climate change risks facing Canadian homeowners, communities, industries and governments.

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Top Employer

Economical Insurance selected as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers for 2016

Waterloo — Economical Insurance is proud to have been selected as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers for 2016 by Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Winners were chosen for providing exceptional places to work in Guelph and Canada’s Technology Triangle (Waterloo Region).

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Report

CMHC Releases 2015 Third Quarter Results

Otawa - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released Friday its third quarter financial report as well as complementary Mortgage Loan Insurance, Securitization, and Covered Bonds Supplements.

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COP21

Nearly 500 People Marched Yesterday in Waterloo Region in support of Bold Climate Action in Paris

Waterloo Region - A diverse crowd of nearly 500 people took to the streets yesterday for a historic march through Uptown Waterloo, calling on the world’s leaders to take bold, decisive action to address the global climate crisis at COP21 -- the 2015 Paris Climate Conference This was the largest climate action rally and march in our region's history.

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Fundraising

Carleton Establishes Collegiate Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals

Ottawa - Carleton University officially launched its new collegiate chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals — an international network of professional fundraisers.

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A little Girls Story

Campaign Supports Children and Families Dealing with Trauma

Kitchener – Next week we celebrate Giving Tuesday. In recognition of this day of giving back, Carizon is launching its holiday campaign and asking our community to support children and families dealing with trauma. This is one little girl's story (Ali is a pseudonym):

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Agriculture

Jan Slomp acclaimed as NFU President at 46th National Convention

Saskatoon - Jan Slomp was returned as President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), elected by acclamation at its 46th annual National Convention held in London, Ontario, November 26 to 28, 2015.

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Mining

Top 10 Issues Facing Mining Companies in 2016

Weak Commodity Prices, Declining Grades and Slowdown in Demand From China to Continue

Toronto - Weak commodity prices, declining grades and a falloff in demand from China will continue the global mining sectors' downward cycle well into 2016. However, regulatory mandates, tax burdens and stakeholder expectations remain as high as ever. This is according to the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited's Mining Tracking the Trends 2016 report released today.

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Weathering

How do Landslides Control the Weathering of Rocks?

Chemical weathering in mountains depends on the process of erosion.

Potsdam, Germany - Chemical weathering of rocks over geological time scales is an important control on the stability of the climate. This weathering is, in turn, highly dependent on the mechanical erosion processes in the river catchments where it occurs. Very high erosion rates in active mountain ranges, however, produce such large amounts of eroded rock and sediment that weathering cannot keep pace with erosion. This seemingly straightforward relationship is now put into question by a team of geoscientists from France and Germany.

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Abuse Event

Mark the end of Woman Abuse Awareness Month together with Women’s Crisis Services

Waterloo Region – Each November, in recognition of Woman Abuse Awareness month, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region hosts a community awareness event to educate about domestic violence and motivate support.

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