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Fun with Main Group Chemistry: From Fundamental Discoveries to Interesting Applications
Paul Ragogna, A.B.P. Lever, Martin Stillman
Over the last 20 years main group chemistry has moved from high oxidation state, high valent centres to low oxidation state low valent bonding modes, which has led to the discovery of unprecedented structure bonding and reactivity for the s- and p-block elements. Some of the highlights of our discoveries will be presented along with a view on where we hope to go in the future. Without the clear dedication, skill and tenacity of the many undergraduate and graduate students and PDFs that have passed through the Ragogna group labs, none of our discoveries would have come to fruition.
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Main Group Goes Mainstream: New Adventures in Small Molecule Activation Using P/Al Frustrated Lewis Pairs
Gabriel Ménard
Recently, many have showcased the reactions of main group compounds with small molecules in ways reminiscent of transition metals. Frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs), wherein sterically encumbered Lewis acids and bases become reactive, have further pushed these boundaries to include classical transition metal-type reaction pathways, such as hydrogenation and polymerization. While most FLPs comprise B-based Lewis acids (ex. B(C6F5)3) in conjunction with bulky phosphines, here we explore Al Lewis acids and present different reaction outcomes with a variety of small molecules.
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IUPAC 2015 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Awards
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The purpose of the awards program is to acknowledge and promote the work of women chemists/chemical engineers worldwide. The nomination deadline for this award is February 15, 2015.
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Canadian startups woo Silicon Valley expats for top jobs
Reuters
Technology startups in Canada are seeking to lure back expatriates from Silicon Valley with the promise of executive roles, generous stakes and the chance to stamp their mark on a nascent industry. Michael Katchen is one of the first. He came home to Toronto after helping to build and then sell a company in California. Four of the 40-odd employees of his latest venture, Wealthsimple, were once expatriates too.
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Green energy sector jobs surpass total oil sands employment
The Globe and Mail
Canada's green energy sector has grown so quickly and has become such an important part of the economy that it now employs more people than the oil sands. About $25 billion has been invested in Canada's clean-energy sector in the past five years, and employment is up 37 per cent, according to a new report from climate think tank Clean Energy Canada.
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StatsCan Survey: Canada's job growth at zero
Huffington Post
According to StatsCan's labour force survey, Canada created more than 117,000 jobs in the past two months, finally overcoming a long period of lacklustre job growth. Or did it? Another StatsCan survey — payroll employment, earnings and hours — shows Canada created zero net new jobs in September. In fact, it lost 600 jobs that month.
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Statistics Canada had to scramble to fix, explain error in jobs data
The Wall Street Journal
Canada's statistical agency was made aware of a problem with the country's July jobs report in the days after its release and had to scramble to correct and explain the error, according to documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal. Statistics Canada was forced to retract the closely watched data days after it was issued, in an unusual and embarrassing move that prompted questions about the reliability of the federal agency's data collection.

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Money, jobs and a flood of young adults moving to Western Canada
Troy Media
If you're young or have very little education, where's the best place in the country for you to find a job and make ad ecent income? Alberta, of course, followed by Saskatchewan and British Columbia. While most Canadians likely already suspect that economic opportunities are increasingly available in Western Canada, the hard numbers reveal stunning, positive facts about the opportunities for the young adult "career class" in the three Western-most provinces.

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Temporary work and no benefits: The growing workplace chasm
The Globe and Mail
There are worse things than unpaid internships for young adults. Like temporary work, for example. Short-term contracts and casual or seasonal jobs put people at a big disadvantage to those with full-time work. You often get paid less in salary, but that understates the problem because full-time workers typically receive a wide range of benefits that are typically unavailable to temporary staff.

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University of Prince Edward Island gets $16 million for new engineering school
Times Colonist
The University of Prince Edward Island is getting $16 million from the provincial government towards the establishment of a new school of sustainable design engineering. Under the funding arrangement, $12 million will help fund the construction of a building to house the new school while $4 million will go toward the program's operating costs.
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Diversifying gender in Engineering faculty
The Daily Pennsylvanian
"When I first was here I would get comments on my teaching like 'Do you want to go on a date?' or 'You should grow your hair long' or 'I don’t like your outfits.' It's not relevant to the way I teach, but those are types of personal comments [I got]," recalled professor Susan Davidson of her early days on Penn's faculty. Davidson, a Weiss professor in the Computer and Information Science department of the Engineering School, laments that being a minority — a female faculty member among mostly males — has added obstacles to her academic career.
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What are the highest paid jobs of 2014?
The Guardian
Ever wondered which are the best paid jobs were and what it is like to have one of them? The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2014, so we have taken a look at what you need to land one of the top 10 jobs, and asked people who do them to tell us about the best and worst bits of their working lives.
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