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Black Holes

Jedidah Isler: The untapped genius that could change science for the better

Jedidah Isler studies blazars — supermassive hyperactive black holes that emit powerful jet streams. They are the universe’s most efficient particle accelerators, transferring energy throughout galaxies. Jedidah Isler dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist since she was a young girl, but the odds were against her: At that time, only 18 black women in the United States had ever earned a PhD in a physics-related discipline. In this personal talk, she shares the story of how she became the first black woman to earn a PhD in astrophysics from Yale — and her deep belief in the value of diversity to science and other STEM fields. "Do not think for one minute that because you are who you are, you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be," she says. "Hold fast to those dreams and let them carry you into a world you can't even imagine."


Competition Bureau challenges a merger between Canada's two largest office supply companies

Ottawa - The Competition Bureau took action yesterday to protect businesses and organizations across Canada from paying higher prices for their office products. The Commissioner filed an application with the Competition Tribunal challenging Staples' proposed acquisition of its main competitor, Office Depot, which operates in Canada under the name Grand & Toy.

Council Matters

City of Waterloo council summary from December 7, 2015

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at this evening’s council meeting.

Health innovation Gap

Throne Speech Sets the Stage for a New Health Accord

Research Canada urges federal government to address health innovation gap in healthcare system

Ottawa - Last Friday, the Liberal Government opened a new session of Parliament setting the stage for a number of national priorities including negotiating a new Health Accord with the provinces. In a release yesterday, Research Canada urges the federal government to address the health innovation gap in Canadian healthcare through a renewed Health Accord.

Business Hall of Fame

Five outstanding business leaders to be recognized in 2016

Toronto - The Canadian Business Hall of Fame announces its 38th Class of Companion Inductees:

W. Edmund Clark, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Group; Rick George, Partner, Novo Investment Group and Former President and CEO, Suncor Energy Inc. ; Frank Hasenfratz, Chairman, Linamar; Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar; Gordon M. Nixon, Former President, CEO and Director, RBC.

Ontario's Fresh Water

Crombie report hits the mark: Protect Ontario’s most vulnerable water resources

Environmental groups applaud Advisory Panel for strong stance on protecting the region’s water

Toronto – Growing the Greenbelt into areas of critical ecological and hydrological significance were among key recommendations put forward by David Crombie, Chair of the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review Advisory Panel, this afternoon in their report “Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015-2041.”


Canada's economic growth to strengthen in 2016

Toronto - Canada's economy switched into higher gear in the latter half of 2015 and this momentum is expected to continue throughout 2016, according to the latest RBC Economic Outlook issued today. RBC is forecasting real GDP growth of 1.2 per cent in 2015, 2.2 per cent in 2016 and 2.7 per cent in 2017. "A surge in exports, firm consumer spending and housing market activity supported a boost in the Canadian economy halfway through 2015," said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, RBC.

Competitvness & Quality of Life

Waterfront Toronto's Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report Demonstrates Progress in Advancing Environmental, Social and Economic Goals

Toronto - Waterfront Toronto released its latest Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. This update to the initial 2012 report quantifies the progress Waterfront Toronto has made in meeting broad environmental, social and economic goals. The report demonstrates how building durable and beautiful spaces contributes to Toronto's economic competitiveness and the quality of life for its residents.

Labour Market

Active Hiring Climate Expected For Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge

Kitchener - Employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area expect an active hiring climate for the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Toll Lanes or Tax Lanes

High-Occupancy Toll Lanes Pilot Coming to the QEW in Summer 2016

Province’s Pilot Project Offers New Option For Quicker Travel

Queens Park - A High-Occupancy Toll, or HOT, lane pilot project will begin on a section of the QEW between Trafalgar Road in Oakville and Guelph Line in Burlington in summer 2016 to help manage congestion and add another option for travellers.


Hatch and World Council on City Data forge global partnership

Partnership with city data leader extends Hatch's smart growth in infrastructure sector

Toronto - Hatch, a global engineering and consulting firm with expertise in the infrastructure, mining and metals, and energy sectors, yesterday announced a strategic partnership with the World Council on City Data (WCCD), a world leader in standardized city data and metrics. As urbanization around the world drives new and established cities to find ways to achieve their social and economic goals more productively, understanding how cities can improve is key.

Vacation options

RBC Rewards and Airbnb Canada help customers earn bonus RBC Rewards points just in time for the holidays

Toronto - Ever wanted to vacation in a Victorian castle, or an ultra-modern cottage in the mountains? Just in time for the holidays, RBC Rewards is giving customers a chance to earn their way to their dream destinations even faster by teaming up with Airbnb Canada. For a limited time, RBC Rewards customers can earn 2x the RBC Rewards points when they book an Airbnb stay anywhere in the world, with first time Airbnb Canada guests earning an additional 7,000 bonus RBC Rewards points as a welcome bonus.

Correctional System

Government Commits to Corrections Modernization

Queens Park - The following Statement was issued yesteday by Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board, and Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services:

Public Service

Study: Public confidence in Canadian institutions, 2013 and 2014

Ottawa - According to the 2013 General Social Survey, three-quarters (76%) of Canadians have some or a great deal of confidence in the police, making it the institution with the highest level of public confidence.

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