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Heightened Consciousness

Marina Abramović: An art made of trust, vulnerability and connection

Marina Abramović's art pushes the boundary between audience and artist in pursuit of heightened consciousness and personal change. In her groundbreaking 2010 work, "The Artist Is Present," she simply sat in a chair facing her audience, for eight hours a day ... with powerfully moving results. Her boldest work may still be yet to come — it's taking the form of a sprawling art institute devoted to experimentation and simple acts done with mindful attention. "Nothing happens if you always do things the same way," she says. "My method is to do things I'm afraid of, the things I don't know, to go to territory that nobody's ever been."


Waterloo to lead new experiment aboard International Space Station

Waterloo - A spacecraft carrying supplies for a new physiology experiment led by a University of Waterloo researcher will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, the Canadian Space Agency announced.

Vision Research

York University expands research capabilities with Christie EGG system

The Centre for Vision Research at York uses Christie EGG to conduct research into effects of compromised peripheral vision

Toronto/Kitchener/Cypress, Calif. – The Centre for Vision Research at Canada’s York University installed the Christie Edgeless Graphics Geometry (EGG) 3D stereoscopic visualization system in the multi-sensory integration laboratory at York, the first of its kind to be used in a research facility.


Two Canadian science projects to be launched to the International Space Station

LONGUEUIL, QC - The Orbital Sciences Cygnus resupply craft is set to launch to the International Space Station on December 3, 2015, at approximately 5:55 PM (EST). Cygnus will be captured by Canadarm2 when it arrives at the Station on December 6. Cygnus's cargo includes two Canadian experiments: MARROW and Vascular Echo.


Bakcell Deploys Sandvine's PCRF and PTS Virtual Series to Power Innovative Data Offers for Subscribers

Waterloo - Sandvine today announced that Bakcell, the first and leading mobile Internet provider in Azerbaijan, with the assistance of Bestcomp Group, has deployed Sandvine's PCRF, the Service Delivery Engine (SDE), and PCEF, the Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) Virtual Series to power innovative data offers on their LTE-Advanced and 3G networks. Bakcell became a Sandvine customer in May of 2015.


GreenHouse Social Impact Showcase features expert on youth-led entrepreneurship

Waterloo - An expert on youth engagement will be the keynote speaker at the December Social Impact Showcase, organized by St. Paul’s GreenHouse, a social impact incubator at the University of Waterloo. Ilona Dougherty is an Ashoka Fellow and co-founder of Apathy Is Boring. She will discuss the importance of youth-led social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Job Fair

Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Manufacturing Job Fair

Ayr – The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (WPB) is co-hosting a huge manufacturing job fair to be held at the Kitchener Auditorium from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on December 7, 2015 with the Waterloo Region Manufacturing Innovation Network. Over 20 manufacturers will be present hiring for over 500 jobs in many different types of occupations.


City of Waterloo encourages 2,016 wishes for 2016

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo arts and culture team invites the public to participate in its new community art project – 2016 Wishes. The goal of this project is to invite the community to participate in a collective wish for 2016. Together, we can enliven our neighbourhoods, build our community, and inspire change one wish at a time. “Community art projects are an important opportunity for the City of Waterloo to be a catalyst for culture,” says Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “2016 Wishes is an initiative of the city’s culture plan which emphasizes ongoing dialogue within the community to create a shared sense of belonging.”

History - British Empire

Laurier Professor Emeritus Barry Gough receives acclaim for history book on the British Royal Navy

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University’s History Professor Emeritus Barry Gough was honoured at the Maritime Media Awards with the Mountbatten Award for Best Literary Contribution for his book, Pax Britannica: Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace before Armageddon (Palgrave Macmillan). This is the first time that a non-UK citizen has received the award. Gough’s Pax Britannica covers the history of the British Empire between 1815 and 1914, illustrating the immensity of Britain’s global ambition and the controlling influence of the Royal Navy. The book explores the Royal Navy’s application of new industrial technologies, rule of law, missionary work, education and hope as prime movers in the navy’s struggle to abolish slavery, discover distant seas, explore coasts and continents and promote free trade.

Carbon Counting

The Co-operators discloses carbon footprint of equity investments

Guelph - Yesterday, The Co-operators Group Limited, the first Canadian insurance company to sign on to the Montréal Carbon Pledge, today lived up to the commitment it made as a signatory to publicly disclose the carbon footprints of its equity portfolios. By signing the Pledge, organizations commit to annually measure and disclose their investments' carbon footprints as part of an effort to better understand the investment implications of climate change.

The Conflict

Canada’s UN votes not reflective of Canadians’ wishes says CJPME

Votes are largely symbolic, and pass by a wide margin every year, the Trudeau government’s votes are a bellwether for where the Liberal government may be headed in foreign policy

Montreal - Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) asserts that several of Canada’s recent votes at the United Nations (UN) are entirely unrepresentative of the position of the majority of Canadians. In annual votes concerning Israel, Palestine and related issues, the Liberal government continued a disturbing trend established by the previous Harper government of supporting untenable Israeli positions in the face of overwhelming international opposition. On six resolutions, Canada joined Israel, the US and four tiny Pacific island nations in extremely lopsided losses.


Ontario Accepting Applications for Seniors Community Grants

Helping Reduce Social Isolation Among Seniors

Queens Park - Ontario is now accepting applications for the 2016 Seniors Community Grant Program to help more seniors stay active and engaged in their communities. The province is investing $2 million to support not-for-profit community projects that increase volunteerism, social inclusion and community engagement for seniors. Projects that have previously been funded by the grant program include:

Business Productivity

Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2014

Ottawa - Business productivity increased in every province and territory in 2014 except Yukon, Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick. Nationally, business productivity grew 2.5%, following a 1.2% gain in 2013.

Top Employer

St. Mary’s Recognized as a Top Employer for Second Consecutive Year

Kitchener - St. Mary’s General Hospital has been recognized for the third time in the past month as a great place to work. St. Mary’s has been named one of Waterloo Area’s 15 Top Employers for 2016. It is the second consecutive year that St. Mary’s has achieved this regional designation through the Canada’s Top Employers Competition, conducted by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Third Solid Phase

Researchers Find New Phase of Carbon, Make Diamond at Room Temperature

Phases are distinct forms of the same material. Graphite is one of the solid phases of carbon; diamond is another.

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.


Eastern Mediterranean Earthquake Risk Revisited

Seismic risk higher than estimated previously

Potsdam, Germany - The number of earthquake and tsunami sources in the Eastern Mediterranean is considerably higher than assumed previously. Moreover, on a geological time scale these sources generate large earthquakes in bursts. These findings are presented by a group of geoscientists from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Canterbury University and GNS Science in New Zealand in the recent edition of the magazine “Geophysical Research Letters”. Following the study’s results, the seismic risk is higher than estimated previously.

Climate Change

Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming

Arlington Heights, Ill - The most important fact about climate science, often overlooked, is that scientists disagree about the environmental impacts of the combustion of fossil fuels on the global climate. There is no survey or study showing “consensus” on the most important scientific issues, despite frequent claims by advocates to the contrary.

Financial Support

Kids From High Socioeconomic Background More Likely to Rely on Help from Mom and Dad as Young Adults

Raleigh, NC - Research from North Carolina State University finds that more than 40 percent of young adults no longer live with their parents, but still receive at least some financial support from mom and dad – and this is particularly true for grown children from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. The bad news for college students is that attending a four-year educational institution makes them more likely to rely on parental financial support – but the good news is that attending college also makes them more likely to become completely independent over time.


Oh Christmas Free Raises the Spirits of Local KidsAbility Families

Kitchener-Waterloo - On December 5, KidsAbility will once again play host to over 70 clients and siblings at the 8th annual Oh Christmas Free Event. As Justin Small, KidsAbility Social Worker, states, “Oh Christmas Free provides our KidsAbility families with a much-needed break while their children are cared for by a group of dedicated staff and volunteers.”


Winter parking regulations are in effect Dec. 1

Kitchener – Kitchener residents are reminded that winter parking regulations are in effect Dec. 1 through March 31 every year, and that no parking is permitted on streets from 2:30 until 6 a.m. During this time, the city’s tag-and-tow bylaw will come into effect. The tag-and-tow bylaw prohibits parking on city streets anytime a Snow Event is declared. A Snow Event is declared when a significant snowfall is predicted based on credible weather forecasts.

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