One in 88 children now diagnosed with autism

Is there an autism epidemic? “What a lot of people are saying is there are many reasons why those rates are higher than they were before. One of the major things we are realizing . . . is the complexity around this and that it really is a spectrum of difficulties,” York Professor Jonathan Weiss, Canadian chair in autism research, told the Toronto Star Nov. 6. “Before, we were looking for one specific type of person or look. Now we are seeing things much more broadly. So I think that awareness, better ability to diagnose, better measurement and better ability to track exactly what’s happening might be a lot of the things that are related to the newer numbers relative to older numbers.”  Read full story.

Joint Statement on the occasion of the State Visit to India of H.E Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
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India, Canada wrap up negotiations for enforcing civil nuke deal
Two years after it was inked, India and Canada on Tuesday concluded negotiations for effective operationalization of the civil nuclear cooperation agreement, which will pave the way for Canadian firms to soon be able to export uranium and nuclear reactors. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper held discussions on regional, international and key bilateral issues of security and trade after which three pacts were inked between the two countries, including one on social security, reported Zee, The Hindu Business Line and others Nov. 6. The three pacts signed were –Agreement on Social Security, MOU on cooperation in Information Communication Technology and Electronics and MOU between DRDO and York University, Canada, [click here to view photograph of signing] for cooperation in the areas of Joint Research and Development in Defence Science & Technology. The MOU between DRDO and York University is a foray into bilateral defence technology cooperation where Canadian prowess is widely acknowledged. The two Prime Ministers congratulated DRDO and York University of Canada for concluding an MoU to develop collaboration in areas such as chemical-biological defence and the application of research in advanced materials and nanotechnology to defence. Read full story.

York University offers bridging program for internationally educated HR professionals
A new York University bridging program is making it easier for internationally educated Human Resources professionals to find work in their field in Canada, reported the blog YongeStreet Nov. 7. The program will help participants fill in knowledge gaps and, perhaps more importantly, help them overcome the frustrating Catch-22 so many newcomers face – needing Canadian experience to get a job in Canada. Read full story.