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Ted Talk

David Kwong: Two nerdy obsessions meet — and it's magic

David Kwong creates illusions for films and TV, and makes verbal magic as a crossword puzzle maker for the New York Times.

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Labour

Employment Insurance Stats for May 2014

Ottawa - In May, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits fell by 12,100 or 2.3%, after a year of little change. The total number of beneficiaries for the month was 504,100.

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Appointment

Flanagan Foodservice names Barry reid as Vice president, SALES and marketing

Kitchener - Flanagan Foodservice announced the appointment of Barry Reid as Vice President, Sales and Marketing effective July 21, 2014. Barry will be accountable for Flanagan’s overall sales and marketing strategy. In addition, he will be accountable for Multi-Unit Sales and Account Management, including the Healthcare segment.

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Crushed

Economical crushes two stolen SUVs recovered from organized crime

Action taken to protect safety and financial security of consumers

HAMILTON — On Tuesday, Economical Insurance took the extraordinary step of destroying two stolen vehicles that were recovered from individuals with links to organized crime. A 2005 Cadillac Escalade and a 2005 GMC Denali were crushed at Bodyline Auto Recyclers in Hamilton, Ontario to prevent them from being sold to unsuspecting consumers.

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Legal System

Canada's Bail System Needs to Return to Presumption of Innocence, Report Argues

Toronto - On any given day, a majority of the people detained in Canada's provincial and territorial jails are legally innocent - waiting for a bail decision or their trial. A new Report released from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Set up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-Trial Detention, argues that Canadian governments need to take urgent action to ensure the bail system returns to legal and constitutional compliance.

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Economy

Retail trade for May 2014

Ottawa - Retail sales rose 0.7% to $42.0 billion in May. Gains were reported in 7 of 11 subsectors, representing 56% of retail trade. In volume terms, retail sales increased 0.4%.

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Rebranding

New name for local non-profit as demand for services grows

WATERLOO REGION - Capacity Waterloo Region has changed it's name to Capacity Canada, a change that reflects the organization’s reach beyond its home borders of Waterloo Region. “The success we’ve had building stronger non-profit organizations in our region has been noticed and admired elsewhere,” says Cathy Brothers, Capacity Canada’s executive-director-in-residence. “The need we fill isn’t unique to Waterloo Region.”

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Selling Blood

Taking Action to Safeguard the Integrity of the Health Care System

Ontario Protecting the Voluntary Blood Donor Model and Enhancing Drug Safety

Queens Park - Ontario introduced legislation to safeguard the integrity of the province's health care system. The proposed Safeguarding Health Care Integrity Act, 2014, combines two bills that were previously introduced but that did not pass before the dissolution of the legislature in the spring.

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Income

Family income and income of individuals, related variables: Sub-provincial data, 2012

Ottawa - Calgary had the highest median total family income (before tax) of all census metropolitan areas (CMAs) in 2012 at $98,300, according to data derived from personal income tax returns. Calgary was followed by Edmonton ($96,030) and Ottawa–Gatineau ($94,230). These three CMAs have occupied the top three positions since 2009.

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Fund Raiser

Grand River Hospital Foundation announces fundraising partnership with GolfNorth

KW - Golfers at all nine Kitchener-Waterloo based GolfNorth properties will have an opportunity to support patient care at the region’s largest hospital through the Golf Fore Grand River Hospital Program.

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Technology

BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 Now Available as a Hosted Service

Waterloo – BlackBerry Limited announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) will now be available as a hosted service through third-party partners worldwide. BES10 Hosted provides the benefits of trusted BlackBerry enterprise mobility management (EMM) and advanced security capabilities with the convenience of hosted IT administration.

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Genetics

Gene variant identified as a heart disease risk factor for women

London - When it comes to heart disease, Dr. Ross Feldman says women are often in the dark. Historically, it was thought that heart disease was a men’s-only disease, however, data has shown that post-menopausal women are just as likely as men to get heart disease and are less likely to be adequately diagnosed and treated. New research from Western University published online this week in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology brings to light a genetic basis for heart disease in women and helps to identify which women are more prone to heart disease.

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Education Expansion

Milton to provide land worth $50m to Laurier for new campus

MILTON – The Town of Milton has voted to transfer 150 acres of land valued at approximately $50 million to Wilfrid Laurier University as part of its endorsement of Laurier’s plan to build a new university campus in this fast-growing community.

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Negotiating

13 Negotiating Techniques Taught at the Wharton School of Business

Everything is open for negotiation—even prices, schedules, and product offerings that seem carved in stone. Steven G. Blum, who teaches at the Wharton School of Business, says no one has to just accept what’s offered…but first you must hone your negotiating skills.

Hoboken, NJ - Life is a series of negotiations. While we may realize this in theory, we probably don’t realize how often it applies in practice. Your work schedule, your pay and benefits, prices in big box stores, cell phone contracts, day care arrangements—you name it, it’s negotiable, says Steven G. Blum. The notion that you just have to fall in line and accept the options you’re given is an extremely limiting one.

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Entrepreneur Workshop for Women

Women Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Sessions in August & September

Waterloo Region - Through the Google for Entrepreneurs #40Forward initiative, Communitech is hosting a two-part Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp. Increase your exposure to our local ecosystem and gain a solid foundation for startup success through a mix of core concepts and practical application:

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Business Scam

Guelph Hydro warns customers of phone scam

Criminals posing as utility employees seeking payment over the telephone

GUELPH – Guelph Hydro is warning customers about a telephone scam being reported in Guelph. Guelph businesses are receiving phone calls from someone calling from a 1-800 number and claiming to represent Guelph Hydro. The caller threatens disconnection of electricity service if an overdue account is not paid within 30 minutes through a wire transfer or pre-paid credit card.

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Health Care

Paracetamol no better than placebo for lower back pain

New South Wales, Australia - Paracetamol is no better than placebo at speeding recovery from acute episodes of lower back pain or improving pain levels, function, sleep, or quality of life, according to the first large randomised trial to compare the effectiveness of paracetamol with placebo for low-back pain. The findings, published in The Lancet, question the universal endorsement of paracetamol as the first choice painkiller for low-back pain, say the authors.

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July 26 - 27, 2014

Rock and Rumble on King with two-day festival

KITCHENER – The chrome and motorbikes will be shining on King Street during this year’s Rock and Rumble this weekend, so wear your sunglasses.

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Thursday August 14, 2014

“En Plein Air” and Capturing the Outdoors

KITCHENER - Homer Watson House & Gallery is proud to be hosting the August edition of our 2014 educational Lunchtime Lecture Series! Join us for an informative and entertaining lecture on Thursday, August 14 from 12-1 pm given by featured artist in the 24th Annual Watson Exhibition, Tom Samolczyk. In honour of his place within this annual exhibit, Tom will outline the thought process, meaning and inspiration behind his work in this Lunchtime Lecture. The event will also include a question and answer period with the local Visual Artist, as well as tasty appetizers donated by local food suppliers!

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