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Magic

Helder Guimarães: A magical search for a coincidence

Small coincidences. They happen all the time and yet, they pass us by because we are not looking for them. In a delightfully subtle trick, magician Helder Guimarães demonstrates with a deck of cards, a dollar bill and a stuffed giraffe. Using a deck of cards and other simple props, Helder Guimarães gets up close to play with your perceptions and preconceptions.

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Growing Partnership

Samsung and BlackBerry Bring Enterprise Services to KNOX and the New Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Business Services to offer BlackBerry enterprise products and services

BARCELONA, SPAIN - BlackBerry Limited, and Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. announced yesterday continued progress in their partnership with the planned integration of Samsung KNOX with two new BlackBerry enterprise services: WorkLife by BlackBerry® and SecuSUITE. The companies also announced that BlackBerry enterprise solutions will be offered through Samsung Business Services.

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Relationships

Intimate partners with low self-esteem stay in unhappy relationships

Waterloo - People with low self-esteem are more likely stay in unhappy relationships, suggests new research from the University of Waterloo. Sufferers of low self-esteem tend not to voice relationship complaints with their partner because they fear rejection.


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Demutualization

Economical reviewing draft demutualization regulations released for comment by the federal Department of Finance

WATERLOO — Economical Insurance welcomed a significant milestone on the path to demutualization with the federal Department of Finance’s release of draft regulations that are intended to allow federally regulated mutual property and casualty insurance companies to demutualize.

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Development

Groups urge public involvement in review of Oak Ridges Moraine and Greenbelt plans

Toronto – On Friday, the provincial government launched the much anticipated public review of the plans that protect the Oak Ridges Moraine, Niagara Escarpment and Greenbelt. This review is an important opportunity to strengthen these plans to further protect water, nature and communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

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Appointment

CIGI appoints Hugo Perezcano Díaz as Senior Fellow to focus on international law and trade issues

Waterloo - The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hugo Perezcano Díaz as Senior Fellow with the think-tank’s International Law Research Program, effective immediately. At CIGI, Hugo Perezcano Díaz will research and author a CIGI Paper on the topic of “NAFTA at 20” and its future prospects, especially with respect to potential cooperation on energy and climate change mitigation. He will also contribute his insights to a research project on investor state arbitration (ISA) led by CIGI Senior Fellow Armand de Mestral.

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Management

The Door is always Open – or is it?
By Brian Ray

Unfortunately, it is clearly evident in today’s business climate that the majority of Managers & Executives have lost a significant portion of not only their listening skills, but also their inter-personal relationship skills when it comes to engaging employees.

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Parting Gift

Maple Leaf Contributes $200,000 to the Waterloo Region Museum to Preserve the Schneider Foods Legacy

Mississauga – Maple Leaf Foods announced Friday that it is contributing $200,000 to the Waterloo Region Museum to preserve the important legacy and artifacts of Schneider Foods in the region.


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WillPower

Get Results by Getting Focused

by Cathy Shaughnessy, ICF Master Certified Coach

I've been looking at the research contained in Heike Bruch's and Sumantra Ghoshal's study, published in A Bias for Action. The study occurred over a 10-year period, revealing surprising data about how managers spend their time. Only 10 percent of managers report they are highly focused, energetic, and come across as reflective and calm even amid chaos.

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Investing

Exploring Fossil Free Investing in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region - As Canadians consider the global impact of climate change and the recognition that carbon emissions are the primary driver of global warming, they are seeking ways to remove or reduce their financial support for the fossil fuel industry and reinvest in solutions that will help hasten the shift to low-carbon technologies.

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Budget

Laurier Board of Governors approves program priority recommendations and new budget model

WATERLOO – The Wilfrid Laurier University Board of Governors passed a series of motions Feb. 26 approving recommendations of the Integrated Planning and Resource Management (IPRM) report, which identify academic and administrative priorities and a new resource allocation model for the university. The IPRM report was endorsed by Senate on Jan. 12.

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Perceptions

Whose Definition of Customer Service Are You Using?

by Jim Clemmer

Customer service and quality is highly talked about and rarely delivered. Consequently, many companies pay a high “marketing tax” to counteract damaged brand perceptions and bad buzz from poor customer service. Part of the problem is because service/quality is a very slippery concept. It’s exasperatingly difficult to define and a source of great confusion to many executives.

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Aboriginal

Joint Statement from Ontario’s Delegation at the Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Queens Park - Ontario’s delegation at the National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. “Too many Aboriginal women and girls have experienced violence, been murdered or gone missing. Too many Aboriginal girls spend their lives in constant fear that they will join their family members and friends as just another statistic. This can no longer be tolerated.

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Minimum Wage

Walmart plan to increase wages an act of brilliance

But fast-food industry - including McDonald's - won't be following in its footsteps any time soon - By Sylvain Charlebois

GUELPH - Walmart shareholders were not overly thrilled to learn that the company was planning to increase the salaries of their poorly paid employees in the U.S. Known for its cost-cutting approach and shrewd management methods, the announcement came as a surprise. Given that this soon-to-be-better-paid group includes more than 500,000 people, most of them women, many social activists applauded the retail giant's move.

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Achievment

Dr. Janice Huntingford achieves Board-Certification from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Only Southwestern Ontario Diplomate

Essex - Dr. Janice Huntingford of the Essex Animal Hospital has recently achieved a prestigious career milestone as the newest Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). This accomplishment puts Dr. Huntingford in an exclusive group of 142 diplomates from across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and South America who have met the stringent ACVSMR requirements. In addition, 47 of these diplomates are certified Canine Specialists and Dr. Huntingford is one of only three Canine Specialty diplomates in Canada.

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Oil

Keystone veto all about retaining presidential authority

The only meaningful decision pits one U.S. agency - the EPA - against another - the State Department - By Kenneth P. Green

CALGARY - U.S. President Barack Obama veto of Senate Bill 1, a.k.a. "The Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act," this week was not only predictable, it was virtually inevitable given a) the political polarization in the United States; b) unrelenting environmental opposition to the pipeline; and c) a certain amount of congressional overreach.

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Defence

Carleton’s Canadian Foreign Policy Journal Examines the Canada–United States Defence Relationship

Ottawa - Carleton University’s David Carment, a senior fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ), announced the release of the latest issue of CFPJ. This special issue focuses on the Canada-United States defence relationship and was guest edited by Prof. Ken Holland of Ball State University.

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Recognition

Cambridge Community Achievement Celebration!

Cambridge - On Feb. 26th at the Holiday Inn Cambridge, over 200 community members joined together to celebrate the successes they had achieved together over the past year. The goal of the evening was to shine a light on the Community Superheroes in the community, the everyday heroes who champion the work of United Way and its partners. It’s safe to say that goal was accomplished.

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Outdoors

New GRCA Parks reservation system opens March 6

Cambridge - The new camping reservation system for Grand River Conservation Authority parks will open on Friday, March 6 at 9 a.m. allowing campers to set-up new user profiles and get familiar with the system before taking campsite reservations at the end of the month.

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