News Article | April 17, 2017
Daria Olah, REALTOR®, Oak Realty Ltd., has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Ms. Olah has been chosen as a Distinguished Real Estate Professional™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout her career. Ms. Olah outshines others in her field due to her numerous awards and recognitions, and outstanding customer service. She attended Nipissing University in Ontario and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She went on to receive a Veterinarian Certificate from Algonquin College as well as a Counseling Certificate. Ms. Olah also holds a Teaching Certificate from York University and previously taught elementary school children where she was tasked with listening to and understanding student needs to help them grow and achieve their goals. Ms. Olah brings a wealth of knowledge to her industry, and, in particular, to her area of expertise, the real estate market of Ontario's Elliot Lake. When asked why she decided to pursue a career in real estate, Ms. Olah said: "I love to stay busy. Because of my strong work ethic, I was essentially looking at the careers where the harder I'd work, the more success I would have. Real estate provided me with this opportunity." After spending ten years exploring different career paths outside of the real estate industry, Ms. Olah ultimately returned to her original passion and hasn’t looked back since. Her understanding of the Algoma District and its surrounding communities have fueled her work as a REALTOR®, allowing her to find quick success on her professional path while continuing her lifelong goal of helping people. As a thought-leader in her field, Ms. Olah keeps an eye on industry trends and developments in the local Ontario market. In particular, she has been paying close attention to the recent influx of buyers coming from the Toronto area. She noted: "We have noticed a large increase of buyers from down South. Elliot Lake is known to many as a retirement community and it is easier to find affordable houses here as opposed to most other towns/cities. I find that having a good grasp of the area is very important, especially with those buyers who don't know Elliot Lake and what it has to offer. With a population of only about 11,500, Elliot Lake has a lot to offer. For example, we offer an 18 hole championship golf course, municipal pool, ski hill, many lakes for fishing, and beautiful trails for hiking." After only Residing in Elliot Lake since 2013, Ms. Olah has worked extremely hard to establish herself in the community, offering outstanding customer service and superior marketing. Ms. Olah's core values include trustworthiness, hard work and diligence. Her positive attitude coupled with her genuine care for clients and strong willingness to go that extra mile has accelerated into profound success within only a short period of time. Ms. Olah also exercises a desire to give back to the community and donates to the local animal shelter (Society for Animals in Distress) from every sale she makes. Moving forward, Ms. Olah plans to build upon her reputation as one of the top selling agents in the region with an eye toward increasing her sales numbers each year and solidifying her presence in Elliot Lake’s real estate market. Ms. Olah enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active and being involved with continued success in the real estate industry. The Expert Network© has written this news release with approval and/or contributions from Daria Olah. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only reputation management service that is dedicated to helping professionals stand out, network, and gain a competitive edge. The Expert Network selects a limited number of professionals based on their individual recognitions and history of personal excellence.
News Article | April 17, 2017
VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - April 12, 2017) - Wealth inequality in Canada is largely the result of differences in people's age, where wealth accumulation is a slow and steady process over a long period of time, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. Wealth, measured by a household's net worth, includes the value of all assets -- house, business, stocks, bonds, savings, etc. -- minus all debts, such as the mortgage, a line of credit and credit card debt. It is, of course, different than income. "Most wealth inequality is explained by totally normal changes in our economic situation as we age -- the 25 year-old with no wealth today will most likely be a 65-year-old with a net worth close to $1 million a few decades from now, and there's nothing worrying about that," said Christopher Sarlo, Fraser Institute senior fellow, economics professor at Nipissing University and author of Understanding Wealth Inequality in Canada. The study finds that in Canada, between 80 and 87 per cent of wealth inequality between people can be explained by the stage of their life -- in other words, their age. For example, most young Canadians have little or no wealth since they are in the early stages of their careers and likely have some debt offsetting any assets they may have. By contrast, older Canadians have very substantial wealth that has been accumulated over a lifetime, including a house and retirement savings with little debt. Canadians usually acquire the most wealth when they hit their peak earning years -- between 55 and 69 -- just before retirement. When they retire, they start to draw down savings and, in effect, become less wealthy again. "When we look at a snapshot in time of our society, we see big differences in wealth -- almost all of which is explained by age," Sarlo said. What's more, wealth inequality in Canada has actually declined over the past four decades. Specifically, between 1970 and 2012 (the latest year of available data), the gap in net worth among Canadians shrunk 17 per cent. In other words, by traditional measures of inequality, the gap between the most well-off, in terms of wealth, and the least well-off has actually been declining. "The fact that wealth inequality in Canada has declined over the past few decades does not correspond to the narrative about growing inequality many people cling to," Sarlo said. To arrange media interviews or for more information, please contact: Follow the Fraser Institute on Twitter and Facebook The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of think-tanks in 87 countries. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Canadians, their families and future generations by studying, measuring and broadly communicating the effects of government policies, entrepreneurship and choice on their well-being. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org
News Article | August 1, 2017
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 1, 2017) - The August issue of The Canadian Business Journal is available at www.cbj.ca. Click here to enter the publication directly. Click "Full Screen" on the navigation pane for optimal viewing. This month's cover story takes a look at the massive controversy surrounding minimum wage increases and specifically the large wage spikes coming for both Alberta and Ontario. We hear from the two premiers who are approving the increases and also get the opinion of well-known BMO Chief Economist Doug Porter about what may be ahead. In addition to the cover feature, Hendrik Brakel, Senior Director, Economic, Financial & Tax Policy at The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, also contributes an article on the explosive debate regarding minimum wage. Mergers and acquisitions expert Mark Borkowski offers up his advice on suggestions for successful acquisitions and columnist Kevin Huhn provides his opinion on what it takes to shape the future of your business. Dr. Jeffrey Overall, an assistant professor at Nipissing University, contributes a thought-provoking article on high-speed rail - shrinking the rural/urban divide. Mark Burden asks a question you don't often here: 'Are you getting too much from your CRM'? You'll want to read his article to see just what he means. In our Business in Action Section we have a number of comprehensive corporate profiles including: Lignum Interiors, O.N.Site Construction, AuRico Metals, Anaconda Mining, Shoeless Joe's Sports Grill, Arrow Transportation Systems, Real Property Management and Lecours Motor Sales. There is all of that and much more in this edition. As the cornerstone publication of George Media Inc., The Canadian Business Journal is now in its 10th year and is read by thousands of executives nationwide. CBJ offers readers a first-hand look at major industries such as: agriculture, automotive, communications, construction, education, energy, finance, food & beverage, healthcare, human resources, legal, manufacturing, natural resources, products & services, retail, sports & recreation, technology, transportation and much more through our comprehensive Business in Action profiles. George Media Inc. is proud to promote Canadian business nationally and to the world. For more information, visit our website at www.cbj.ca.
Zhang C.,Algoma University |
Kovacs J.M.,Nipissing University
Precision Agriculture | Year: 2012
Precision agriculture (PA) is the application of geospatial techniques and sensors (e. g., geographic information systems, remote sensing, GPS) to identify variations in the field and to deal with them using alternative strategies. In particular, high-resolution satellite imagery is now more commonly used to study these variations for crop and soil conditions. However, the availability and the often prohibitive costs of such imagery would suggest an alternative product for this particular application in PA. Specifically, images taken by low altitude remote sensing platforms, or small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), are shown to be a potential alternative given their low cost of operation in environmental monitoring, high spatial and temporal resolution, and their high flexibility in image acquisition programming. Not surprisingly, there have been several recent studies in the application of UAS imagery for PA. The results of these studies would indicate that, to provide a reliable end product to farmers, advances in platform design, production, standardization of image georeferencing and mosaicing, and information extraction workflow are required. Moreover, it is suggested that such endeavors should involve the farmer, particularly in the process of field design, image acquisition, image interpretation and analysis. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Murphy H.T.,CSIRO |
VanDerWal J.,James Cook University |
Lovett-Doust J.,Nipissing University
Ecology Letters | Year: 2010
Ecology Letters (2010)Abundance and occupancy of populations at high- and low-latitude geographic range edges will be critically important in determining a species' response to climate change. Low abundance and occupancy at expanding (high latitude) edges of the range may limit a species capacity to migrate, and at trailing (low latitude) edges, may result in range erosion and regional extinction. We examined abundance-occupancy distributions across the geographic ranges of 102 eastern North American trees and looked for signatures reflecting capacity to respond to climate change. We found that 62% of species display a signature consistent with higher climatic suitability in the northern latitudes of their range. However, our results suggest that the most common response is likely to involve range erosion in the south and limited range expansion in the north, possibly leading to an overall reduction in range size for many species. In particular, species with smaller ranges centred at lower latitudes may not have the capacity to successfully track the current rate of climate change. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd/CNRS.
News Article | November 17, 2016
Research suggests that people who do nice things for others, often at a cost for themselves, are more sexually attractive. From an evolutionary perspective, this might be because altruism indicates that a potential mate is more cooperative and caring. Evolutionary psychologists Steven Arnocky, at Nipissing University, and Pat Barclay, at the University of Guelph, conducted a fascinating study to explore whether altruistic people really do have more sexual partners. From Scientific American: This theory suggests that altruism may serve, in part, to convey one’s value as a mating partner, including one’s concern for others and likelihood of cooperating with future mates. Research has shown that we prefer altruistic partners, all else being equal; especially for long-term mating (the evidence for altruism being preferred in short-term mates is mixed). Not surprisingly, then, the pull to demonstrate one’s altruism can be strong. Some research has shown that men will actively compete with one another (termed competitive altruism) by making charitable donations to women. Interestingly, these charitable donations increase when the target of one’s altruism is physically attractive... Previous findings from hunter-gatherer populations have shown that men who hunt and share meat often enjoy greater reproductive access to women. But do these links hold up in other cultural and contextual arenas, such as in contemporary North American society? To find out, we conducted a set of two studies. In our first study, undergraduate men and women completed an altruism questionnaire (involving questions like “I have donated blood”), along with a sexual history survey. Participants also completed a personality inventory, given the possibility that those with certain personality characteristics (such as being extroverted) might happen to engage in both more altruism and more sexual activity. We found that people who scored higher on altruism also reported they were more desirable to the opposite sex, had more sex partners, more casual sex partners, and had sex more often within relationships (although this latter finding was not statistically-significant after controlling for personality variables). The statistical models (including covariates) explained between 13 and 26% of variance in the sexual behavior variables. Moreover, altruism mattered more for men’s number of lifetime and casual sex partners than for women’s.
Zhu H.,Nipissing University |
Zhou M.,Tongji University
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A:Systems and Humans | Year: 2012
Many-to-Many (M-M) role transfers are generalized problems that are encountered in collaboration. Exhaustive-search-based algorithms are too computationally intensive. This paper introduces the Kuhn-Munkres (or Hungarian) algorithm for the general assignment problems (GAPs) and proposes a new efficient algorithm to solve the M-M role transfer problems by converting them to the GAPs. The experiments and results validate the proposed algorithms. © 2011 IEEE.
Chen W.,Nipissing University
Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology | Year: 2012
The one-loop quantum corrections of Chern-Simons spinor electrodynamics in the light-cone gauge has been investigated. We have calculated the vacuum polarization tensor, fermionic self-energy, and on-shell vertex correction with a hybrid regularization consisting of a higher covariant derivative regularization and dimensional continuation. The Mandelstam-Leibbrandt prescription is used to handle the spurious light-cone singularity in the gauge field propagator. We then perform the finite renormalization to define the quantum theory. The generation of the parity-even Maxwell term and the arising of anomalous magnetic moment from quantum corrections are reproduced as in the case of a covariant gauge choice. The Ward identities in the light-cone gauge are verified to satisfy explicitly. Further, we have found the light-cone vector dependent sector of local quantum effective action for the fermion is explicitly gauge invariant, and hence the Lorentz covariance of S-matrix elements of the theory can be achieved. © 2012 American Physical Society.
Carre J.M.,Nipissing University |
Olmstead N.A.,Nipissing University
Neuroscience | Year: 2015
A large body of evidence indicates that individual differences in baseline concentrations of testosterone (T) are only weakly correlated with human aggression. Importantly, T concentrations are not static, but rather fluctuate rapidly in the context of competitive interactions, suggesting that acute fluctuations in T may be more relevant for our understanding of the neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying variability in human aggression. In this paper, we provide an overview of the literature on T and human competition, with a primary focus on the role of competition-induced T dynamics in the modulation of human aggression. In addition, we discuss potential neural mechanisms underlying the effect of T dynamics on human aggression. Finally, we highlight several challenges for the field of social neuroendocrinology and discuss areas of research that may enhance our understanding of the complex bi-directional relationship between T and human social behavior. © 2014 IBRO.
Erfani A.,Nipissing University
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health | Year: 2011
Context: Abortion is severely restricted in Iran, and many women with an unwanted pregnancy resort to clandestine, unsafe abortions. Accurate information on abortion incidence is needed to assess the extent to which women experience unwanted pregnancies and to allocate resources for contraceptive services. Methods:Data for analysis came from 2,934 married women aged 15-49 who completed the 2009 Tehran Survey of Fertility. Estimated abortion rates and proportions of known pregnancies that end in abortion were calculated for all women and for demographic and socioeconomic subgroups, and descriptive data were used to examine women's contraceptive use and reasons for having an abortion. Results: Annually, married women in Tehran have about 11,500 abortions. In the year before the survey, the estimated total abortion rate was 0.16 abortions per woman, and the annual general abortion rate was 5.5 abortions per 1,000 women; the general abortion rate peaked at 11.7 abortions among those aged 30-34. An estimated 8.7 of every 100 known pregnancies ended in abortion. The abortion rate was elevated among women who were employed or had high levels of income or education, as well as among those who reported a low level of religiosity, had two children or wanted no more. Fertility-related and socioeconomic reasons were cited by seven in 10 women who obtained an abortion. More than two-thirds of pregnancies that were terminated resulted from method failures among women who had used withdrawal, the pill or a condom. Conclusions: Estimated abortion rates and their correlates can help policymakers and program planners identify subgroups of women who are in particular need of services and counseling to prevent unwanted pregnancy.