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Virus

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.

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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.

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Get Cracking

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.

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Living Laboratory

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.

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Doping

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.

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Energy

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.”

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Ownership

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.

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Detection

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.

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Visualize Things

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.

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Change Happens

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.

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New Tech

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.

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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.

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Payroll

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.

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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.

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Stem Cells

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.

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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.

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Appointment

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.

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Export

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.

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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.

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Climate Change

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.

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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.

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Preimers Trade

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.

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VC

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.

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Summer Fun

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!



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