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Is the Future Black: The Chemistry of Carbon Materials?
Klaus Müllen
The title does not concern the financial crisis; the question is rather what fundamental materials research has to offer in pushing technologies and in meeting future societal needs. Carbon materials have played an important role in various technologies for quite some time, and there have been many trends that centered around different discrete carbon allotropes. Recently, graphene, a monolayer out of the graphite lattice, has attracted significant attention from physicists, chemists and materials scientists. Graphene materials, and their hybrids, will be shown here to open new working principles for battery cells, supercapacitors, fuel cells and semiconductor technologies.
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From Frustrated Lewis Pairs to Electrophlic Phosphonium Cations: Metal-free Approaches to Hydrogenation Catalysis
Douglas W. Stephan
The design of new FLP catalyst are discussed and expanded to new electrophilic phosphonium cations (EPCs) which are also effective Lewis acids for FLP chemistry. These EPCs are shown to be effective for C-F bond hydrodefluorination, hydrosilylations. dehydrocouplings and olefin hydrogenations. New synthetic strategies related asymmetric catalysts are also discussed. The implications of these findings for applications of main group species in catalysis are considered in this lecture.
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CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award nominations due Sept. 15
CIC
Sponsored by the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC), the CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement and potential in research by a graduate student whose PhD thesis in chemistry was formally accepted by a Canadian university in the 12–month period preceding the nomination deadline. Submit your nomination online.
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Risk Assessment, Process Safety and Laboratory Safety Courses
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This fall the Chemical Institute of Canada is offering a number of professional development courses. The Risk Assessment Course will be taking place in Niagara Falls on Oct. 22-23 and all three courses will be offered in Edmonton on Nov. 13-14.
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Canada's battered jobs data back in the spotlight as August report set for release
Financial Post
It was not a marquee month for our national number cruncher. As Statistics Canada readies its latest employment report, a cloud still lingers over the data agency's jobs tally for the previous month. That's because Statistics Canada goofed up in compiling its Labour Force Survey, unarguably one of the most important chunks of data used by policymakers, business leaders and investors.
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What is the best time of year for job hunting?
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As the owner of a staffing and recruiting firm, I am often asked whether one month or season is better than another to look for a job. For instance, many people assume that hiring slows way down in the summer months and ask if it's better to wait until after Labor Day to resume their job search. My short answer to this question is that "the best time to look for a job is whenever you need one."

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Here's why job growth in Canada will likely remain sluggish
Business in Canada
Despite the massive revision to July's employment figures, which showed that a net 41,700 jobs were created over the course of the month, it cannot be said that the labour market trends in Canada are encouraging. The six and 12-month moving averages for monthly net job growth are sitting at 10,850 and 13,100, respectively, and these new positions have largely failed to keep pace with the increase in the adult population since the end of 2013.

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TD report: Canada not a nation of part-time workers
Toronto Star
Is Canada becoming a nation of part-time workers? The answer is no — at least not yet, according to a report published by TD Economics. "We don't believe Canada is becoming a nation of part-timers," wrote senior economist Randall Bartlett and deputy chief economist Derek Burleton. However, as Canada's population gets older and more women enter the workplace, "part-time employment may continue to experience a gradual increase in its share of total employment over the next several years."

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5 secrets to landing the job you really want
TIME Magazine
Reach out to people doing the work you want to do, and ask them all you can about their jobs. How did they get started? What do you need to succeed? And what can you expect to earn, both at first and later on? Because you aren't asking for a job, the discussion should be relaxed. "Be an inquisitive child," advises Jayne Mattson of Keystone Associates, a career-management firm in Boston.
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Study: Canada's hottest job markets are out west
Sun News Network
Unemployment numbers can paint a misleading picture of labour markets in Canada, according to a new study from Express Employment Professionals. Billed as the first study of its kind, the company compared municipal population numbers with the number of job openings listed in an Employment and Social Development Canada job bank. Only the 100 most populated municipalities in the country were included.
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Study: Canadians rank higher than most in science knowledge
Design-Engineering
A report released by the Council of Canadian Academies finds that "Canadians excel in public science knowledge, attitudes, and engagement." For example, the study reports that 93 per cent of Canadians surveyed were moderately or very interested in scientific discoveries and technological developments, which puts Canada first among 33 countries. The study was conducted by an expert panel and based on a review of relevant literature and a public survey of 2,000 Canadians.
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Young and looking for a job at a small business? Build up those niche skills
Financial Post
Submitting hundreds of resumés, going out to several interviews and facing rejection is an increasingly prevalent reality for many young Canadians, even in the traditionally "safe" job sectors such as engineering and law. For engineering graduate Jeff Light, 23, there was no guaranteed job at the end of the road. Fresh out of the University of Western Ontario, he set out to apply for one job a day, but it took nearly five months before he landed one as a junior civil engineer. (He studied chemical engineering.)
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