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Hydraulic Fracturing Engineering Reality vs. Myths and Misconceptions
This overview presentation will attempt to cover: i) basic engineering aspects of hydraulic fracturing in various types of oil, gas and coal bed methane wells; ii) basic hydraulic principles and monitoring methods, which limit fracture propagation and impacts; iii) basic economic principles which should drive technology and best practices improvements to reduce impacts; iv) acknowledge some of the main sources of potential environmental impacts and risks from these types of development vs. conventional oil and gas; v) how some of the main risks are already being mitigated, or could easily be mitigated in Alberta; and vi) try to dispel some of the unscientific myths and misconceptions about this technology which seem to "propagate faster than a fracture" in the popular media.
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Assessing the Finnish Biorefinery
This presentation takes a look at a Finnish Biorefinery.
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CSC 2014 call for papers closes Monday, registration now open
Be sure to submit your abstract by Feb. 17, 2014 to be a presenter at CSC 2014. You can also complete your registration at this time, in order to take advantage of the early registration discount.
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2013 It's Chemistry, Eh?! Youtube Contest winners announced
The 2013 It's Chemistry, Eh?! YouTube contest was an overwhelming success with 22 entries from high school students across Canada. The videos embraced such chemistry topics as the benefits of chemistry in everyday life to contributions by recognized chemists and busting chemistry myths. First place went to David Aukema for the video "Chemistry is Everywhere." Marta Skreta's "What if Chemistry Stopped Working" nabbed second place and Emma Xie's and Fangwei Chang's "What does Organic mean to you?" was third.
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CSCT Western Student Symposium
The 12th Western Canadian CSCT Student Symposium will take place Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. The program includes a student mixer, poster competitions and presentations.

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Questions raised as provinces demand job grant be funded from EI pot
While the provinces have long complained that the signature piece of the federal government's 2013 budget was effectively being "funded on the backs" of vulnerable workers, the solution appears to be to fund the grant on the backs of working Canadians who contribute to the employment insurance fund but will never benefit from the new program should they find themselves jobless and in need of retraining.

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Ontario employers fret over minimum wage hike
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's employers are unhappy with the sharp increase in the province's minimum wage, but some say the idea of indexing future increases to the cost of living will at least help eliminate these kinds of big jumps in the future. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled the rise, from $10.25 to $11 per hour, to take effect on June 1. Future increases, tied to inflation, will happen each Oct. 1 and be announced six months in advance.

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Canadian dollar strengthens on jobs data, then trims gains
The Wall Street Journal
The Canadian dollar ended higher recently after gaining ground in early trading on stronger-than-expected jobs data for Jannuary, and then relinquishing some of those gains. The Canadian dollar rallied sharply against the greeback after news that Canada's economy created more jobs than expected, while job creation in the U.S. fell well short of expectations.
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Commons' report echoes past messages on women in science
Chemistry World
Less talk, more action is the message from the House of Commons select committee on science and technology following another investigation into why there are still so few women at the top levels of science and engineering, despite 'clear imperatives and multiple initiatives.' The committee admitted that its inquiry did not uncover any new issues on the topic of gender diversity in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects, but that the situation was still changing very slowly.
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Business reviews now available on the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide
Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. We are building a valuable resource for the chemical industry, but need your help to get it started. Visit the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.

Jobs surge too good to be true?
The Brockville Recorder
Despite recent economic struggles, there were more people in the local labour force in January compared to the same month last year, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada. The positive news matches other encouraging indicators in the economy, said Brockville's economic development director, Dave Paul.
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Re-evaluating the allure of STEM majors reveals core principles to be pursued by all
The PITT News
If STEM jobs really conform to high-demand skills, one would expect to see both a rise in compensation for employees with these credentials and a comparatively low unemployment rate. But according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute published in April 2013, "For every two students that U.S. colleges graduate with STEM degrees, only one is hired into a STEM job."
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