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The Ottawa Citizen: Vote for your favourite Ontario invention

March 31, 2015

In 1966, Gary Johnston bred the first Yukon Gold potato — a vegetable he really didn’t think we needed. The University of Guelph plant scientist would write to colleagues that Belgian and Dutch farmers, who had immigrated to the Lake Erie area, “began petitioning for the breeding and licensing of a yellow-fleshed potato variety like they had ‘over home.'” “Back then I wasn’t really sure that we needed a yellow-fleshed potato in Ontario,” he wrote, according to the now archived letter. “However in the late 1959s (sic) we had a graduate student from Peru whose father had a large plantation in the Cuzco region of the Andes east of Lima. I had a couple of talks with him about potatoes in Peru.” Read the full article here  

Radio Canada International: “Filmed in Technicolour”; Insulin, electron microscope, and so much more, all from Ontario

March 27, 2015

Most people don’t know that the Hollywood film process that was proudly proclaimed at the start of films for decades, “Technicolour”  (or Technicolor), was invented by a Canadian from Ontario. They may also not know that the electron microscope, critical to research around the world was also invented by a Canadian from Ontario. The Council of Ontario Universities, COU, wants people to discover all the various kinds of research that has dramatically changed people’s lives. To do this , the Council is organizing a contest.   Hear the podcast and read the full article here

COU News Release: Public invited April 1st to vote on Top-Five game-changing Ontario discoveries from a list of 50 spanning 100 years

March 23, 2015

Toronto, March 23, 2015 – Will it be life-saving insulin or the iconic Group of Seven? Or perhaps you prefer the infant cereal Pablum, or the enduring Yukon Gold potato? The public is being invited to vote on their favourite game-changing Ontario discoveries from a list of 50 spanning the last 100 years.The fun online contest – organized by the Council of Ontario Universities’ Research Matters campaign – will launch April 1, the same day three of the 50 game changers will be in the spotlight during a free public lecture at the Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium. The lecture will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and hosted by CTV personality Marci Ien.

St. Catharines Standard: Looking into the mind of the psychopath

March 19, 2015

Sometimes the questions science answers can keep you up nights. Just ask Angela Book. The Brock University psychologist and researcher has spent a lot of time trying to figure out how the minds of some of the most frightening and manipulative people among us works. Read the full article here