Pardis Sabeti: How we'll fight the next deadly virus
When Ebola broke out in March 2014, Pardis Sabeti and her team got to work sequencing the virus's genome, learning how it mutated and spread. Sabeti immediately released her research online, so virus trackers and scientists from around the world could join in the urgent fight. In this talk, she shows how open cooperation was key to halting the virus ... and to attacking the next one to come along. "We had to work openly, we had to share and we had to work together," Sabeti says. "Let us not let the world be defined by the destruction wrought by one virus, but illuminated by billions of hearts and minds working in unity." Pardis Sabeti investigates the genomes of microbes, including the Ebola virus, to help understand how to slow them.
Resistance is Futile
Canadian physicists discover new properties of superconductivity
The electrons involved in supperconductivity can form patterns, strips or checkerboards
Waterloo - New findings from an international collaboration led by Canadian scientists may eventually lead to a theory of how superconductivity initiates at the atomic level, a key step in understanding how to harness the potential of materials that could provide lossless energy storage, levitating trains and ultra-fast supercomputers.
Egg Farmers of Canada announces industry-wide transition away from conventional housing
Industry to harness latest science around enriched housing and non-cage production methods
Ottawa - Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC announced, on behalf of the more than 1,000 Canadian egg farms, the commencement of a coordinated, systematic, market-oriented transition from conventional egg production toward other methods of production for supplying eggs. This collective approach will take hen welfare, human health, other resource implications, environmental impact and food production sustainability all into account.
National Just-in-time Research Institute will show immediate results for some key environmental questions.
Waterloo Region - Yesterday the rare Charitable Research Reserve and the Nature Conservancy of Canada announced the launch of a partnership to address key environmental issues. They also indicated their intention to do much more together by bringing in other Waterloo Region partners.
Athlete passion linked to acceptance of performance enhancing drugs
Waterloo - The more of a certain kind of passion varsity athletes have for their sport, the more favourable their attitudes towards the use of performance enhancing drugs, or PEDs, according to a recent study.
Provincial investment to help homeowners fight climate change welcomed
Concerned incentives may not be available to Kitchener homeowners
Kitchener REEP Green Solutions welcomed Ontario government announcement of a $100 million investment to help homeowners upgrade their home’s energy efficiency. “This announcement is great news for Union Gas customers in Waterloo, Cambridge and the townships,” said Mary Jane Patterson, executive director of REEP Green Solutions. “But we’re wondering if homeowners in Kitchener will also be able to participate in this program since neither Union Gas nor Enbridge operates in the city.”
Foreign control in the Canadian economy in 2013
Ottawa - In 2013, the value of assets, revenues and profits in the Canadian economy increased from 2012. The foreign-controlled shares of all three financial variables were down slightly from the previous year.
Detecting prostate cancer with a drop of blood and Gulf War technology
London - Gulf War technology is making it possible for researchers to detect prostate cancer with a single drop of blood. Hon Leong, PhD, assistant professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, and his team have repurposed a machine once used to detect airborne pathogens in the second Gulf War. The machine is now used for fluid biopsies a non-invasive way to detect prostate microparticles in the blood in a matter of minutes. Microparticles are essentially garbage released by prostate cells that circulate throughout the bloodstream.
International study explores the good, the bad and not-so ugly of hallucinations
London - Hallucinations can be a terrifying part of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia. But according to a new study from Western University and the University of Cambridge, being able to visualize things in our mind's eye is useful as it allows us to examine our memories, simulate possible future events and solve abstract problems.
Have national smoking bans worked in reducing harms in passive smoking?
Dublin, Ireland - The most robust evidence yet, published in the Cochrane Library, suggests that national smoking legislation does reduce the harms of passive smoking, and particularly risks from heart disease.
Eve-Tech unveils a revolutionary Windows 10 tablet project
Eve-Tech, a well-established startup ready to change how devices are developed
HELSINKI, Finland - Eve-Tech, the up-and-coming technology startup from Finland, launched at eve-tech.com its novel Windows 10 tablet project. This marks as the first-ever development project where a smart device is being created by end-users from day one onwards.
Things To Do
Beat Cabin Fever and Heat Up Your Romance
Lots to see and do with your loved one despite winter’s chill
Waterloo Winter’s cold has settled in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t heat up the romance in your life. There is a real risk of cabin fever at this time of year as plunging temperatures and falling snow drive people indoors; but it doesn’t need to be that way. Romance is kindled by the fireplace during an overnight stay at a historic manor; love is on the menu at a chef-inspired restaurant; or create some memories and share a laugh with some wintertime outdoor fun.
Survey: Administration of Employee Benefits Remains Complex, Can Lead to Costly Penalties
The Canadian Payroll Association's Seminars Offer Best Practices and Compliance Tips for Taxable Benefits and Pensions and Benefit Plans
Toronto - Health and dental insurance; group term life insurance; training expenses; automobile and motor vehicle allowances; gifts and awards. What do these items have in common? They are the top five most common employment benefits offered by Canadian employers, according to the Canadian Payroll Association's (CPA's) recent Employment and Retirement Benefits Survey. And, of crucial importance, these five benefits, along with more than 100 others, must be reviewed for tax implications by payroll practitioners when reporting employee income.
Natural Gas Program
Ontario Investing $100 Million to Create Jobs and Help Homeowners Save Energy
Green Investment Fund Fighting Climate Change
Queens Park - The province is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $100 million from the Ontario Green Investment Fund to take advantage of the economic and job opportunities in clean technologies and to help homeowners reduce their energy bills and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
New Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team to Fight Brain Cancer in Children and Adults
Canada-wide team of researchers to use genomics to develop safe and effective brain cancer treatments
Toronto - Canada has a brand new team of researchers working to develop novel treatments for brain cancers in children and adults. Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science, was at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto yesterday to announce that the Government of Canada is providing $10 million in funding to the Stand Up To Cancer Canada Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team. The announcement coincides with World Cancer Day, an opportunity to further raise awareness about the disease and unite global populations in this cause.
Education For All
Laurier supports campaign to celebrate Aboriginal learners
Waterloo Wilfrid Laurier University is proud to join the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) in a campaign to support Aboriginal learners and encourage Aboriginal youth to pursue education at the university level.
Manulife appoints Chief Marketing Officer for Canada
Glenn Hollis brings experience from WestJet, Tim Hortons and Agency background
Toronto - Manulife announced that it has appointed Glenn Hollis as Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Canadian Division for Manulife. Reporting to the President and CEO of Manulife Canada, Marianne Harrison, Hollis will also be a member of the Canadian Division Executive Leadership Team.
Ontario Promotes Innovative Auto Strengths in India
Province’s Auto Sector Goes Global
Queens Park - Ontario is promoting its strengths as a global leader for auto innovation and advanced manufacturing to generate new investment and export opportunities for companies across the province.
Business & Animal Welfare
Cara Foods announces new cage-free egg policy
Owner of Harvey's, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey's, and East Side Mario's Commits to Eliminating Cruel Cages for Birds, Wins High Praise from Animal Welfare Group
Toronto - Yesterday Cara Foods, owner of popular Canadian restaurants Harvey's, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey's, and East Side Mario's, announced a commitment to improving animal welfare by switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs in its entire supply chain by 2020. Some brands will begin the shift this year. The move, which will spare countless hens a life of suffering in tiny wire battery cages, has been applauded by the international animal protection organization Mercy For Animals, which collaborated with Cara Foods to develop this policy.
Laurier conference lays out challenges for climate change meeting between Trudeau and premiers
Waterloo - Wilfrid Laurier University will be hosting a climate change conference titled, “Climate Choices Canada: Economics and Policy” from Feb. 18 to 20 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). The conference brings together policy experts and scholars from economics, politics and other academic disciplines to examine the challenges facing Ottawa and the provinces in creating a national climate change strategy following the United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Paris this past December.
Business of Sport
Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) to Offer Major Scholarships to Students Studying the Business of Hockey
Edmonton - The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) announced that, in the next few months, it will award as many as 30 "Top Prospects" scholarships to students pursuing their Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation. The minimum amount of each scholarship is $15,000/student. However, BHI will also match donor and sponsor contributions to a maximum of $25,000, meaning that Top Prospect scholarships may be as much as $50,000 per student.
New Education and Business Agreements Announced in India
Ontario and Indian Partners Sign Major Agreements
Queens Park - Yesterday in Hyderabad, Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke at a plenary session attended by Ontario delegates and representatives from Indian companies and institutions, where several new international technology and higher education agreements were signed.
Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index
Forrth quarter of 2015, registered 3.59 on a 5 point scale
San Franciso - The quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index® is based on an on-going survey of San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley venture capitalists. The Index measures and reports the opinions of professional venture capitalists in their estimation of the highgrowth venture entrepreneurial environment in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next 6 - 18 months.
1,000+ parents to attend 5th Annual Camp Expo in Toronto
Toronto - On Saturday, February 20th, the annual Toronto Our Kids Camp Expo comes to Roy Thomson Hall. The Camp Expo will bring 1,000+ parents and kids out to meet with 66 camps and programs. Families will be able to explore both day and overnight camps and after-school programs that specialize in: arts, sports, technology, special needs, education and... fun!