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Yuval Noah Harari: What explains the rise of humans?

In his book "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind," Yuval Noah Harari asks: "What made homo sapiens the most successful species on the planet?" Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.

Food Waste - Real time Infographic

Another Factor in Clmate Change - Consumption and Waste

London, UK - This real-time data visualization takes farming and consumption data and displays it in such a way that allows us to appreciate the true impact of our consumption. We can see the numbers rising rapidly before our very eyes, representing the staggering rate at which we are consuming meat and dairy”.


Gross domestic product, income and expenditure, third quarter 2015

Ottawa - Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.6% in the third quarter, following two consecutive quarterly declines. The quarterly growth was driven by increased international demand for Canadian goods and services as exports grew 2.3%.

Global Financial Banking Hub

Canada ready to become the Islamic Finance hub of North America

Thomson Reuters and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance launched a study on Islamic finance investment opportunities in Canada during a roundtable at WIBC 2015; Almost $18 billion in potential Shariah-compliant mortgages available to support Canada’s Islamic banking development; Canadian asset managers are well positioned to capture a share of the responsible Islamic investments in OIC markets worth over $23 billion

Manama, Bahrain – Thomson Reuters, the world's leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), a public–private partnership dedicated to growing Toronto’s financial services cluster, today unveiled a major study, the Canada Islamic Finance Outlook 2016, during the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) held in Bahrain. The WIBC is held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Year End

New Study Reveals Workers' Plans for the Final Week of the Year

Toronto - Is it possible for employees to spend the last days of 2015 in a state of carefree holiday bliss? Not necessarily, according to new research by staffing firm Robert Half. Forty-nine per cent of workers surveyed will work at least part of the week of December 28 and plan to make good use of the time, with 78 per cent expecting to be productive. For staff taking time off, including those whose companies close for the week, 45 per cent plan to check in with the office.

Full Accreditation

Accreditation Canada awards GRH Accreditation with Commendation, validating high-quality patient care

Kitchener - Grand River Hospital has received full accreditation with commendation standing from Accreditation Canada following a review of nearly 2,600 patient care and safety criteria. Accreditation Canada is an independent body that surveys health organizations in Canada and internationally. The surveys audit compliance with the latest in patient care and safety standards.


Corporate carbon reporting needs overhaul

Key information is missing from annual financial and corporate responsibility reports; Global guidelines could help to address inconsistent approaches

Paris, France - Carbon reporting from the world's largest companies lacks consistency, making it almost impossible for stakeholders to compare one company's performance easily and accurately with another's, according to the 2015 edition of the KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting.


Weight gain between pregnancies linked to increased risk of stillbirth and infant death

Stockholm, Sweden - Mothers of healthy weight during their first pregnancy who gain even a moderate amount of weight (around 6 kg in a woman of average height) between their first and second pregnancies increase the risk of their baby dying in its first year of life, according to new research involving over 450000 Swedish women, published in The Lancet.


Morneau Shepell's Chief Actuary analyzes vital questions on retirement planning and debunks standard financial advice in The Essential Retirement Guide: A Contrarian's Perspective

Toronto - As the average life expectancy climbs, more people are looking for advice on what is required during their working years in order to have enough saved for a comfortable retirement. In a new book called, The Essential Retirement Guide: A Contrarian's Perspective, Frederick Vettese, Chief Actuary of Morneau Shepell, explains the various factors that affect retirement savings and provides a modernized view for financial planning.

Third Reading

Ontario Passes Legislation to Protect Condo Owners

Province Supporting Stronger Condo Communities

Queens Park - Yesterday the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 passed third reading in the Ontario legislature. The act will increase protections for condominium owners, improve how condo corporations are run and ensure that condo boards are governed professionally. Changes include:


Minister Chagger Addresses Key Tourism Partners and Stakeholders at the Annual Tourism Congress

Ottawa - On the occasion of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada's Tourism Hall of Fame luncheon, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, made the following statement:

Electorial Boundaries

Ontario Passes Law to Ensure Fair Representation in the Legislature

Increases Number of Electoral Ridings to 122

Queens Park - Yesteday Ontario passed legislation that will help strengthen the province’s electoral system and promote better representation in the legislature. The Electoral Boundaries Act, 2015 will increase the number of provincial ridings in southern Ontario and make them consistent with the new federal electoral boundaries. As a result, there will be 15 new ridings in southern Ontario, mostly in areas that have seen significant population changes, such as Toronto, Peel, York, Durham and Ottawa. At the same time, the existing 11 northern ridings will be maintained to ensure that northern communities continue to have effective representation in the provincial legislature.

Housing Market

Lenders Signal Confidence in Canadian Real Estate

2015 Lenders’ Survey reveals both optimism and areas of concern for commercial real estate borrowers

Toronto - At a time when the strength of the Canadian housing market is being called into question, a new survey of the Canadian lending community indicates confidence in commercial real estate. CBRE Limited’s 2015 Lenders’ Report found that lenders will increase the availability of debt for commercial real estate purposes in 2016; however, lending will be targeted towards specific cities and there are concerns around certain property types.

Bulls Eye

Study in healthy teenagers shows that caffeinated energy drinks cause blood glucose and insulin levels to spike and may cause problems with blood sugar control

Calgary - A study of adolescents consuming caffeinated energy drinks has shown that such drinks can cause blood insulin levels to spike and may lead to subsequent problems bringing blood sugar levels down to normal. The study is being presented at this week’s World Diabetes Congress in Vancouver — organised by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) — and was performed by graduate student Ms Heidi Virtanen in the laboratory of Dr Jane Shearer from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Top 10

Canada is a happy country, but not when it comes to personal finances

Survey finds 45 per cent of Canadians are unhappy about debt

Toronto - Canadians are a happy bunch, but many find themselves singing the blues about the state of their personal finances. While 85 per cent of Canadians say they are happy, almost half (45 per cent) say the level of debt they are carrying is making them unhappy, according to findings from the 2015 Sun Life Canadian Health Index.

You're Not Alone

Managing Anxiety Depression and Loss During the Holiday Season

Kitchener – Holiday time can be a challenging time for managing feelings of anxiety or depression. Beyond coping with daily struggles, many feel the added burden of:


Researchers from Carleton University and the Canadian Museum of History Rewrite the History of the Nation’s Capital

Ottawa - Carleton University Journalism Prof. Randy Boswell and Canadian Museum of History Curator, Jean-Luc Pilon, have released groundbreaking research that sheds important new light on the national capital’s archaeological history.

Global Competitiveness

Ontario Moving Forward With Mining Act Modernization

Province Proposes Legislation to Modernize and Simplify Mining Claims

Queens Park - Yesterday Ontario introduced legislation as part of the ongoing Mining Act Modernization process that, if passed, would improve how mining claims are registered and enhance the province’s global competitiveness in the mining industry.


Activities of foreign majority-owned affiliates in Canada, 2013

Ottawa - Foreign majority-owned affiliates in Canada accounted for over half of total international trade in goods and commercial services (exports plus imports), and represented nearly one in eight jobs in Canada in 2013. A large proportion of this activity was controlled by US corporations.


Waterloo Region coordinates response in preparation to welcome Syrian refugees

Waterloo Region - The federal government has announced its plans to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada. Waterloo Region is one of six Ontario reception centres for Syrian refugees. It will receive more than 1,000 government assisted and privately sponsored refugees beginning in December 2015, with the majority of them arriving in January and February of 2016. These refugees will receive resettlement assistance in our community.

New Technique

Liquid Metal ‘Nano-Terminators’ Target Cancer Cells

Chapel Hill, NC - Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new drug delivery technique that uses a biodegradable liquid metal to target cancer cells. The liquid metal drug delivery method promises to boost the effect of cancer drugs. To date, the technique has only been tested in an animal model.

Name Change

Insolvency professionals get a new name: Licensed Insolvency Trustee

Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) announces change to the designation of insolvency professionals across Canada

Toronto - The federally licensed professionals who administer debt relief services to consumers and companies across the country will have a new name. The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) announced a formal change in the professional designation that those currently known as Trustees in Bankruptcy must use in advertising. As of April 1, 2016 these professionals will be known as Licensed Insolvency Trustees.

New Release

New MapleSim Toolbox Enables System-Level Modeling with CAD Designs

MapleSim CAD Toolbox makes it easy to import CAD models into MapleSim

Waterloo - Maplesof announced the release of the MapleSim CAD Toolbox, a new add-on to MapleSim that allows engineers to understand and improve their mechanical designs by bringing their CAD assemblies into MapleSim, the advanced system-level modeling and simulation platform. The new toolbox makes it easy to import CAD models into MapleSim, so engineers can learn how their designs will behave as part of a larger, multidomain system, and apply the advanced analysis tools of MapleSim to investigate and optimize their designs and final application.

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