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3D Fashion

Danit Peleg: Forget shopping. Soon you'll download your new clothes

Danit Peleg created the first 3D-printed fashion collection printed entirely using home printers. Downloadable, printable clothing may be coming to a closet near you. What started as designer Danit Peleg's fashion school project turned into a collection of 3D-printed designs that have the strength and flexibility for everyday wear. "Fashion is a very physical thing," she says. "I wonder what our world will look like when our clothes will be digital."

Strategic Partnership

Magnet Forensics Announces Strategic Partnership with U.S. Intelligence Community’s Strategic Investor

Co-development of digital forensic tools will support law enforcement and national security agencies’ recovery and analysis of digital evidence

Waterloo – Magnet Forensics, a global leader in the development of digital forensics software, announced that it has secured a strategic partnership agreement with, and investment from, In-Q-Tel, Inc. (IQT). IQT is the investment organization that identifies innovative technologies to support the mission of the U.S. Intelligence Community.


More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations On The Way

Green Investment Fund Reducing Greenhouse Gas Pollution, Growing Ontario’s Economy

Ottawa - The province is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $20 million this year from the Ontario Green Investment Fund to build more public charging stations for electric vehicles.

Fabrication Start-up

Workshop 12 launches Kickstarter for automated car systems

by Alex Kinsella

Mississauga - The typical startup story can be broken down to; founder has idea, hires team, builds product, tries to become a unicorn. But for some founders, the road to their startup begins when a beloved side project starts attracting customers. And that’s exactly how the story began for Workshop 12, a car software and fabrication startup. For co-founders Tim Neil (left) and Rob Williams (right), who met while working at BlackBerry, it started with Neil’s project car — a 1989 Batmobile dubbed “the BatBerry.” It featured numerous linear actuators, air suspension and sound effects. After blogging about creating the car and automating its systems, the pair had gained a large online following.


Manufacturing Disrupt, LENR & COP-21

Energy disrupt has been added as the unmentioned sleeper. by Jim Sweeney

London, On - Here is a radical synopsis of an IndustryWeek magazine article.
Hype-or-reality-new-world-manufacturing-might-be-closer-you-think by Phillippe Bartissol (go to link). The digital factory and other disruptive technologies are coming. Still, despite advances in mobile collaboration, robotics and 3-D design/printing, few factories are truly digital from end to end. So, is it just hype and buzzwords?


Building permits for October 2015

Ottawa - Municipalities issued $7.7 billion worth of building permits in October, up 9.1% from a month earlier. This was the first increase in three months. Higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and institutional buildings in Alberta were responsible for much of the gain, as builders filed permits in advance of the changes in the Building Code.


November 2015 Housing Starts in Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

Toronto - Housing starts in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending lower at 3,378 units in November compared to 3,497 units in October, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)1 of housing starts.


Nasdaq to Acquire Chi-X Canada

Expands Equity Trading Beyond U.S. and Nordics

New York - Nasdaq announced that it will acquire Chi-X Canada, an Alternative Trading System for Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Securities, from Chi-X Global. The acquisition will provide Nasdaq with direct access to the Canadian equities market. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, and be accretive to the company's earnings at closing, excluding transaction-related costs.


Two studies from England, 20 years apart, show increase in healthy ageing

New Castle, UK - Two studies conducted 20 years apart in England reveal an apparent increase in healthy ageing, or years lived healthily, reflecting less cognitive impairment; and an increase in the proportion of life lived healthily, through a larger proportion of years lived with disability but less rather than more severe disability. The research from Professor Carol Jagger at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, UK, and colleagues is published in The Lancet.

Knowledge Management

Access to the Internet makes us less willing to say we know things

Waterloo - People are less willing to rely on their knowledge and say they know something when they have access to the Internet, suggesting that our connection to the web is affecting how we think.


Change Your Behaviors To Become A More Inspiring Leader In 2016

Behavioral Strategist Offers 4 Tips For Broadening Your Mind And Your Leadership Skills

Habits can be a trap for people in leadership positions – whether they are in business, politics or another field. As leaders, they should provide a compelling vision that inspires those around them. Instead, many of them lapse into automatic and mindless thinking. And that can affect every decision they make – and the actions of the people who report to them.

Global Position

Activities of Canadian majority-owned affiliates abroad in 2013

Ottawa - Total dollar sales by Canadian majority-owned foreign affiliates rose by 5.7% in 2013 to $509.8 billion, reflecting both increased activity in the United States and Europe as well as the upward revaluation effects of a weaker Canadian dollar.


TransEd Partners Awarded Largest Infrastructure Project in Edmonton's History

Toronto - The City of Edmonton has named TransEd Partners the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate, maintain and supply vehicles for the Valley Line Light Rail Transit – Stage 1 project. The Valley Line will be delivered using the Public-Private Partnership model. The successful TransEd Partners consortium is made up of Bechtel, Bombardier, EllisDon and Fengate Capital Management.


How To Trade 9-To-5 Misery For Your Life’s Passion

Serial Entrepreneur Explains Value Of 20/20 Foresight

It’s no surprise to some that people who dislike their boring-but-safe, 9-to-5 jobs tend to be unsatisfied and unsuccessful in their careers. That’s because the first ingredient to success is to do what you’re passionate about, says serial entrepreneur Parviz Firouzgar, author of “20/20 Hindsight”.


Waterloo Duplex Being Converted into Women's Dry Housing

Waterloo - Emmanuel United Church is converting a Church-owned duplex on Dorset Street into a dry home for women recovering from substance abuse. This will be the first dry supportive housing for women in Waterloo Region. Once the home is renovated, The House of Friendship and The Working Centre will provide rehabilitation supports to the tenants.

Budget Engagement

Help Develop Ontario’s Budget

Ontario Hosting In-Person and Online Consultations Across the Province

Queens Park - Ontario is seeking public input to help develop the province’s Budget. For the second year in a row, the province has launched Budget Talks, an online consultation tool that makes it easier for the public to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario’s future.

Open For Business

Magna seeks start-ups at CES

Hosting Pitch Day at show floor exhibit

Aurora - Magna International Inc. will hang an "open for business" sign on its booth this year at the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas. Magna, along with venture capital firm IncWell and mentorship-driven accelerator Techstars, will select 15 companies for the opportunity of a lifetime – participation in Pitch Day 2016 at Magna's CES booth on January 7.


2016 Indexation Adjustment for Personal Income Tax and Benefit Amounts

Ottawa - Each year, certain personal income tax and benefit amounts are indexed to inflation using the Consumer Price Index data as reported by Statistics Canada.

Smart Growth

Smart Growth Waterloo REgion Pleased By Provincial Land Use Report

Waterloo Region – Smart Growth Waterloo Region is pleased by recommendations to strengthen smart growth in Ontario from a provincial advisory panel led by David Crombie.

Closed for Reno's

Forest Heights Community Centre is closing for renovations

Kitchener – As of Tuesday Dec.15, Forest Heights Community Centre will be closed for flooring renovations. The anticipated reopening is scheduled for Monday Jan. 11, 2016.


Pitch-Carleton Partners with Kitikmeot Heritage to Create Cyber Atlas of Historical Arctic Expedition

Ottawa - Fraser Taylor, distinguished research professor and director of Carleton University’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), in co-operation with the Kitikmeot Heritage Society, is developing a cybercartographic atlas of the Fifth Thule Expedition led by Knud Rasmussen between 1921 and 1924.

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