Grade 11 Alberta Scientist Wins Entry to Sanofi BioGENEius Nationals

Bio AlbertaAn innovative project by a 15 year old Calgary student focused on research of a unique approach to treating Cancer has earned top prize in the Alberta  20th annual “Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada” (SBCC), a biotechnology research competition that encourages students to pursue future studies and careers in the exciting field of biotechnology. Grade 11 student, Arjun Nair won the top $2000 regional prize for his project that researched the potential of a unique synergistic approach in treating Cancer via photo-thermal therapy and heat shock protein inhibition.  The second place, $1500 prize, was awarded to Sujay Nagaraj from Grade 11 at Western Canada High School in Calgary for his project that assessed the therapeutic potential of Platelet Derived Growth Factor in patients with Glioblastoma brain tumour cells.

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Websites + eNewsletters + Social Media Workshops for NonProfit Organizations in Alberta

Websites Plus If your nonprofit organization is interested in enhancing your online communications this spring, these four workshops offered over two days in Edmonton and Calgary this April are designed especially for you.  The morning of the first day we’ll focus on designing or redesigning your website in WordPress, one of the most popular free and open source content management systems in the world. In the afternoon, we’ll focus on Joomla!, the other most popular free and open source content management systems in the world that offers a more robust and flexible solution. The morning of the second day, we’ll focus on creating an enewsletter for your nonprofit using one of three different newsletter publishing systems including free and paid versions. In the afternoon, we’ll tie things all together by developing social media policies and a social media plan so your nonprofit gets the most out of your time and effort.

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Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Responds to the March 7 Alberta Budget

CCVOThe Government of Alberta announced its 2013/14 budget today, a combination of program freezes and capital borrowing intended to avoid deep cuts and the adoption of any new tax framework. The nonprofit sector has seen the elimination of two relatively small, yet important programs, the Community Spirit Program, which matched annual individual donations raised by organizations, and the Summer Temporary Employment Program, which subsidized salaries for post-secondary summer students. Both of these programs had significant impact on the bottom line, particularly for smaller nonprofit groups. In general, the Province has attempted to maintain funding for essential social services, including modest increases in programs for children with disabilities, and child care for low-income families. However, the majority of the programs will see no increases, and when viewed in the context of inflation and expected population growth of 4.3%, the growing demand for services effectively turns a funding freeze into a reduction in available dollars.

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Social Workers Happy Inequality Recognized by Alberta Government

ACSW logoSocial workers like the direction of the Social Policy Framework released by the Government of Alberta last week, especially the goals of reducing inequality and protecting vulnerable people. Recent reports show the gap between the majority of Albertans and those at the top of the income scale is growing faster than anywhere else in Canada. “Our own Social Policy Framework: Fairness and Justice for All spells out the progressive policies needed to deal with inequities and disparity. I’m glad to see that this has finally been recognized as a serious problem that needs to be dealt with,” said Alberta College of Social Workers President, Bob Johnson. At the same time, social workers are concerned about the possible downloading of services and lack of accountability.

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Heart & Stroke Foundation Partners with CBC to ‘Make Health Last”

heart and strokeCBC and The Heart & Stroke Foundation are thrilled to announce the second year of their media partnership for The Heart & Stroke Foundation’s ‘Make Health Last’ campaign, which kicked off in February. Running until May 31, the initiative is geared towards educating Canadians on the benefits of taking small steps in their daily lives in order to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. As part of the campaign, CBC’s Arlene Dickinson, Ron James and Adam Beach will stand behind the ‘Make Health Last’ message, helping to rally Canadians to take action and encouraging simple changes to minimize their risk and the risk of those closest to them.

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