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Health Care

Russ Altman: What really happens when you mix medications?

If you take two different medications for two different reasons, here's a sobering thought: your doctor may not fully understand what happens when they're combined, because drug interactions are incredibly hard to study. In this fascinating and accessible talk, Russ Altman shows how doctors are studying unexpected drug interactions using a surprising resource: search engine queries. Russ Altman uses machine learning to better understand adverse effects of medication.


Digital Skills Help Narrow the Workplace Gender Gap

Toronto - Digitally savvy women are helping to close the gender gap in the workplace. And digital fluency, the extent to which people embrace and use digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective, plays a key role in helping women achieve gender equality and level the playing field.

New Release

New Maple 2016 offers advanced problem-solving for math, science, engineering

Release enhancements include mathematical algorithms, interactive application development, usability

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced a major new release of its flagship product, Maple™, the mathematical software that makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve math problems. With Maple 2016, Maplesoft offers important new abilities to educators, researchers, scientists, and engineers that allow them to solve more problems, more easily, than ever before.

Climate Change

Impact of climate change on food production could cause over 500000 extra deaths in 2050

By 2050, reduced fruit and vegetable intake could cause twice as many deaths as undernutrition; Three-quarters of all climate-related deaths due to changes in food production estimated to occur in China and India

Oxford, UK - Climate change could kill more than 500000 adults in 2050 worldwide due to changes in diets and bodyweight from reduced crop productivity, according to new estimates published in The Lancet. The research is the strongest evidence yet that climate change could have damaging consequences for food production and health worldwide.

Council Matters

Council Info from March 2, 2016

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Waterloo Regional Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting.


Canadians' perceptions of neighbourhood disorder for 2014

Ottawa - Approximately 6.6 million Canadians 15 years of age and over, or about one in four (23%), perceived some kind of disorder in their neighbourhood, according to results from the 2014 General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization. However, fewer than 1 in 10 (8%) reported that one or more types of disorder were big problems in their neighbourhood.


Study reveals how Arctic Ocean drives ice melt

Fairbanks - Unprecedented ice melt in the Arctic Ocean is not caused by warming air alone, according to a recent study that emerged from a workshop at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Cross Border Travel

Building a Better Border for Canada and the U.S.

Cross-Border Institute conference on Thursday, March 10 to explore trade opportunities created by new bridge planned for Windsor-Detroit border crossing

Windsor – Business leaders from Canada and the United States will come together at a day-long conference in Toronto next week to discuss the future of the busiest commercial land crossing in North America.

Business Law

Province Appoints Council to Modernize Ontario’s Business Laws

Ontario Taking Action to Create a More Supportive Business Climate

Queens Park - Ontario has established a new Business Law Advisory Council that will make recommendations to reform laws that are responsive to changing business priorities and supportive of a prosperous economy.

eCommerce Insurance

Gore Mutual makes capital investment in tech start-up BrokerLift Inc.

Cambridge - Gore Mutual is furthering its commitment to digital broker distribution with a capital investment in Toronto-based technology start-up BrokerLift Inc. BrokerLift is a fully turnkey eCommerce platform designed specifically to enable insurance brokers to compete effectively with other online distribution channels.

March Madness

Most Managers Neutral on Impact of March Madness Activities on Employee Morale, Productivity

Toronto - March Madness activities at work are less of a slam dunk for increasing morale and productivity, new research suggests. Seventy-six per cent of senior managers interviewed said festivities tied to the college basketball playoffs have no impact one way or the other on employee morale. Nearly one in five (18 per cent) see some advantages to letting staff celebrate their favourite teams, down from 58 per cent one year ago. Managers were also less inclined to see productivity benefits.


The maximum earthquake magnitude for North Turkey

Large earthquakes along the North Anatolian Fault Zone increase in magnitude towards the East

Potsdam - Geoscientists and natural disaster management experts are well aware of the risk prevailing in the megacity of Istanbul: The Istanbul metropolitan region faces a high probability for a large earthquake in the near future. The question is: how large can such an earthquake be?

Climate Change

Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Global Acceleration Partners Launch

World's First Cross-border Commercialization Platform for CO2 Solutions

Vancouver - The Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences has teamed up with a Canadian-owned investment company to identify and market technologies that will turn carbon pollution into a range of valuable products.

Best Paper

Canadian Foreign Policy Journal Announces Winner of Best Paper Prize

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ has awarded Michael Urban of the Mowat Centre, the Best Paper Prize for his piece A Fearful Asymmetry: Diefenbaker, the Canadian Military and Trust During the Cuban Missile Crisis.

March Break Event

ELEMENTARY! Art from the Schools Opens March Break at Idea Exchange

Cambridge – Idea Exchange has a week of jam-packed activities for the kid in all of us thanks to CREATE! MARCH BREAK. “This is a week of programming geared towards families in our community,” says Sandra Sydor, coordinator marketing and outreach. “All Idea Exchange locations have something happening every day, and these programs are geared towards hands-on creation and exploration.” What can you expect to see?

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