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Forced Populations

Alexander Betts: Our refugee system is failing. Here's how we can fix it

A million refugees arrived in Europe this year, says Alexander Betts, and "our response, frankly, has been pathetic." Betts studies forced migration, the impossible choice for families between the camps, urban poverty and dangerous illegal journeys to safety. In this insightful talk, he offers four ways to change the way we treat refugees, so they can make an immediate contribution to their new homes. "There's nothing inevitable about refugees being a cost," Betts says. "They're human beings with skills, talents, aspirations, with the ability to make contributions — if we let them."


Virtek Goes Local with New Spatial Positioning System

Assembly Solution Localized, from Installation Reference to Interface; on Display at JEC World 2016 Composites Show

Waterloo - Virtek Vision International announced the availability of the Iris™ Spatial Positioning System (SPS) with localized language support, making it even easier to implement the solution throughout the manufacturing process. The Iris SPS will be among a range of products showcased at the JEC World 2016 Composites Show, March 8-10 in Paris.

Chart of the Week

First Time in 5 Years

by Michael Hayhoe

A 5 year chart of Gold showing the previous rallies that have all fizzled out before rising 20%.For the first time since the highs in 2011, Spot Gold has entered a bull market (defined as a 20%+ rally off of the previous low). Now up over 21% from the early December lows, Gold is trading at 13-month highs and outperforming all other asset classes amid the descent into negativity by global central banks (hat tip Zero Hedge)


OpenText Announces SAP Hybris Digital Documents

Offers a Unified Platform for Engaging Digital Content and Communications

Waterloo - OpenText announced the extension of a global reseller agreement with SAP, whereby SAP will resell the SAP Hybris Digital Documents application by OpenText. SAP Hybris Digital Documents helps customers digitally transform their businesses and go beyond traditional CRM with a unified platform for engaging digital content and communications. It is complementary to the SAP Hybris Digital Assets Management application by OpenText, a market-leading omni-channel DAM (Digital Asset Management) solution.

Three-minute Thesis

A researcher’s elevator pitch: Laurier hosts three-minute thesis competition

Waterloo – An average thesis is about 80,000 words and would take most readers four hours or so to finish, and that is if they already had some understanding of the field. Hence the Three-minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, where on March 11, Laurier Master’s and PhD students will be challenged to explain their theses in only three minutes and in a way that everyone should be able to understand.


The Aging Dialogues exhibition to connect multiple generations

New exhibition and dialogue series will feature Hazel McCallion, former Mayor of Mississauga

Kitchener – On Saturday, March 5, THEMUSEUM’s newest exhibition – The Aging Dialogues: Sharing Wisdom, Preserving our Legacies – will open to the public. The exhibition will focus on human connections, and showcase diverse voices and creativity that span generations through shared memories, relationships, and personal belongings. The Aging Dialogues – developed by THEMUSEUM staff and guest curator Zana Kozomora – will also highlight how humans remember their past, and shape their future.


2016 Festival & Events IIn Ontario Service Excellence Awards

Provincial organization recognizes industry leaders

Ontario - Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) announced the Service Excellence Award winners presented by Nothers. The Service Excellence Awards recognize the achievements of FEO member suppliers from across the province for the work they do in the festival and event industry. These Awards showcase various supplier services or products that those who submit entries believe stood out in the previous year.


Ontario Moving Forward On Highway 427 Expansion

Province Creating Jobs, Building A Strong Economy By Investing In Key Infrastructure

Queens Park - Ontario is making progress to expand Highway 427, which will create jobs and support economic growth and development.

Giving A Experience

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada teams up with the Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE Foundation to provide children living with diabetes a once in a lifetime hockey experience

Toronto - Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada ("Sun Life") is proud to team up with MLSE Foundation and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fight against diabetes. This unique partnership will provide children living with type 1 diabetes, who may otherwise not have the financial means to play hockey, the opportunity to participate in a one-week hockey camp this summer. Participants will have the opportunity to develop life skills such as teamwork, self-confidence and respect, while learning the game of hockey and how they can manage their disease on and off the ice.


Salmon Use Enzyme for Oxygen Boost

Guelph - Salmon have an ace up their sleeve — or in their gills — when facing challenging conditions that could affect their hearts, according to a study led by a University of Guelph researcher.The paper, published as a featured article in the Journal of Experimental Biology, looked at an enzyme that helps protect fish hearts during periods of low oxygen (hypoxia) or after intensive exertion such as swimming upstream. The researchers found that carbonic anhydrase (CA) can help improve delivery of oxygen to the heart.


Turning The Channel on Failed Telecommunications Policy

Canada’s new government has an opportunity to support private investment in infrastructure critical to entrepreneurship and innovation - by Paul Beaudry and Sean Speer

Ottawa – It’s time for Ottawa to halt years of government meddling and micromanagement in Canada’s telecommunications sector. Instead, says a new Macdonald-Laurier Institute analysis, it should build policies set the conditions for private investment in the digital infrastructure Canada needs to support greater digital adoption and technological innovation.

eGift Card

Home Hardware First in Industry to Offer Digital Gift Cards

Upcoming digital gift card program powered by Buyatab offers convenience to customers

St. Jacobs – Home Hardware Stores Limited has partnered with Buyatab to provide digital gift cards to Home Hardware customers across Canada. The program is the first of its kind in the Canadian hardware industry and was developed in response to a growing demand from customers for digital gift cards.


CETA investment reforms come up short

New regulations apply the same flawed and biased investor protection rules that exist under the current ISDS regime - By Scott Sinclair, Director of the Trade and Investment Research Project Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

OTTAWA - International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has announced that Canada and the European Union had finished the "legal scrub" of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Now, she said, the path is clear for speedy ratification of the deal in the Canadian and European parliaments.

May 9-10

Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel to share his energy vision with Ontario innovators at Discovery 2016

Toronto - Energy tech guru JB Straubel, a member of Tesla's founding team and the company's Chief Technical Officer (CTO), will meet with Ontario's innovation community for the first time when he appears as keynote speaker at Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery 2016 being held May 9-10 at the Metro Convention Centre.


Ret. Major General David Fraser, INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing COO, Named Opening Keynote of FABTECH Canada

Thousands of metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing manufacturers to attend event, which will showcase 149 new industry products and dozens of educational sessions

Toronto – Leadership, innovation and an out-of-the-box strategy are the keys to success in today’s manufacturing environment. That’s the message retired Canadian Army Maj. Gen. David Fraser, chief operating officer, INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, will tell thousands of delegates later this month in his opening keynote speech at FABTECH Canada.


Residential construction investment, fourth quarter 2015

Ottawa - Residential construction investment totalled $29.7 billion in the fourth quarter, up 2.4% compared with the same quarter in 2014.

Nominations Sought

GRCA looking for watershed heroes

Cambridge - Do you know a watershed hero? They’re the individuals, families, groups and businesses who put their time and energy into improving the Grand River watershed.
Many do it without recognition, satisfied with the legacy they leave for future generations.

Nominations Sought

Catholic Board Seeks Nominations for Annual Distinguished Graduate Award

Grads making a difference locally, nationally & internationally

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Graduate Award. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016.

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