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Yassmin Abdel-Magied: What does my headscarf mean to you?

Yassmin Abdel-Magied wears many hats, including a hijab. She's a mechanical engineer, writer and activist who campaigns for tolerance and diversity.

Unconscious bias is a prevalent factor driving culture, causing us all to make assumptions based on our own upbringings and influences. Such implicit prejudice affects everything, and it's time for us to be more thoughtful, smarter, better. In this funny, honest talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied uses a surprising way to challenge us all to look beyond our initial perceptions.


Ontario's economic outlook remains bright despite slow start to 2015

2015 economic growth by province ; Setbacks expected to be temporary

Ottawa - Reminiscent of last year, the Ontario economy got off to a slow start this year. The weakness, however, will be temporary, as economic growth should pick up in the coming quarters. Overall, real gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to expand by 2.6 per cent in 2015 and 2.3 per cent in 2016, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Provincial Outlook: Spring 2015.

Discovery - Energy Storage

Chemists discover key reaction mechanism behind the highly touted sodium-oxygen battery

Chemists at the University of Waterloo have discovered the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries that could pave the way for development of the so-called holy grail of electrochemical energy storage.

Waterloo - Researchers from the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, led by Professor Linda Nazar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials, have described a key mediation pathway that explains why sodium-oxygen batteries are more energy efficient compared with their lithium-oxygen counterparts.

Condo & Home

Ontario Increasing Protections for Condo Owners

Province Proposing Changes to Support Stronger Condo Communities

Queens Park - Ontario is introducing new legislation to increase protections for condominium owners, improve how condo corporations are run, and ensure that condo boards are governed professionally. The proposed Protecting Condominium Owners Act marks the first major overhaul of the province’s condominium laws in more than 16 years. It is based on more than 2,200 consultation submissions from condo owners, developers, managers and industry experts during a public review of the Condominium Act.

50th Anniversary Flag Celebration

Home Hardware Stores Limited Welcomes the Lieutenant Governor

St. Jacobs – Home Hardware Stores Limited welcomed the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to the St. Jacobs Office and Distribution Centre (also known as the Walter J. Hachborn Distribution Centre Complex) on Tuesday. This was one stop in a series of others around the Township of Woolwich in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag.

Art, Culture & Tech

Hack the Orchestra: Winners Announced of First-Ever Orchestra Hackathon

Kitchener - From May 22 to 24, 2015 the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony staged the world’s first Orchestra Hackathon at Centre In The Square in Kitchener. Participants were asked to use the time and access to the hall and the full Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to enhance or improve the concert experience using technological solutions.

Global Competitiveness - Ranking

IMD Releases its 2015 World Competitiveness Ranking

The USA continues to top the ranking; Asia experiences mixed results; large emerging economies mostly linger: Hong Kong (2) and Singapore (3) move up overtaking Switzerland, which drops to fourth place. Canada (5), Norway (7), Denmark (8), Sweden (9) and Germany (10) remain in the top 10. Luxembourg moves to the top (6) from 11th place in 2014.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - IMD business school announced its annual world competitiveness ranking. Ranking 61 economies in 2015, the IMD World Competitiveness Center looked at several aspects of each country as a place to conduct business. "A general analysis of the 2015 ranking shows that top countries are going back to the basics," said Professor Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center. "Productivity and efficiency are in the driver's seat of the competitiveness wagon. Companies are increasing their efforts to minimize their environmental impact and provide a strong organizational structure for workforces to thrive."

Consolidation of Properties

Trade-Mark Industrial Opens House A Great Success

The family-owned business currently employs about 650 workers and expects that number to continue to grow over the next several years.

Cambridge - Yesterday, Trademark Industrial Inc. hosted an Open House of their new 24 acre location at 250 Royal Oak Road in the Cambridge Business Park for their customers and industry partners. In addition to guided tours, there were 3D modeling, design and clash detection demonstrations, large equipment displays and previews of new products and services.


Facile: Independent Facilitation Waterloo Region Expands Services for People with Developmental Disabilities in Waterloo Region

Kitchener – Facile: Independent Facilitation Waterloo Region will be supporting 85 more people with developmental disabilities, helping them to identify and work towards their life goals and to become more connected to their communities.

Fund Raising

Navtech Raises Over $3,200 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation's Big Bike Ride

Waterloo - Navtech raised more than $3,200 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Employees participated in the Heart and Stroke Big Bike Tuesday afternoon in Uptown Waterloo.


DriverSeat Opens in Oakville

Franchise Owners Kirk Teeple and Maria De Palma announce Grand Opening.

Kitchener/Oakville – Driverseat announced the opening of the Oakville Ontario franchise. “We are fortunate to have Kirk and Maria (photo) as our Franchise Partners in this important market,” states Brian Bazely, Co-founder Driverseat Inc. “We have had an increasing demand for the service in the west end of the GTA and this opening will service those residents.”

Economic Development

Award-winning community builder to share 25 steps for building great places and transforming communities

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo will present award-winning writer and community consultant Jay Walljasper, as the second speaker in the ION Community and Transit Talk Series on June 18, 2015. ION is a visionary plan that will help shape the community for the future by bringing light rail transit (LRT) to Waterloo Region in two stages.


Janet Lynn’s Bistro Annual Fundraising Event Raises over $40,000 for Grand River Hospital’s Regional Cancer Centre To-Date

Kitchener - Janet Lynn’s Bistro first opened as a bistro in the Market Village area of Kitchener in 1985. Now located in Belmont Village, Janet Lynn’s Bistro (JLB) continues to celebrate its first rate dining experience with its 3rd annual spring mix and mingle to raise funds Grand River Hospital ’ s Regional Cancer Centre . The event takes place from 5 to 8 pm on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by reservation. The event has raised $40,000 in the last two years.

Technology Release

OpenText Announces Tempo Box Premium Edition to Share and Synchronize Enterprise Content in SAP Software Across Platforms

New Features Enable Users to Access Enterprise Content Linked to Business Processes Supported by SAP Software through a Secure, Governed File Sync-and-Share Solution Leveraging a Centralized Platform

Waterloo -- OpenText announced Tempo Box Premium Edition, a secure and governed solution to share and synchronize personal and enterprise content across different platforms and devices. Many corporate users are turning to consumer-oriented solutions to collaborate both within and outside the organization, leading to security, governance and integration concerns for the organization.

International Trade

Hong Kong Opens Door to Renminbi Internationalization and Asian Asset & Wealth Management Benefits

Upcoming forum to outline opportunities for Canadian businesses

Toronto – Canadian businesses and the financial services sector can learn about the newest opportunities in the areas of renminbi (RMB) internationalization at the upcoming “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” (TATHK) conference in Toronto on June 8th.


4 Secrets to Communicating with Clarity

By Mark A. Vickers, Speaking Is Selling

After learning to create and present a clear and succinct value proposition, Gerry, the owner of a small company, was overheard lamenting: “I had no idea how important it was to get rid of all those extra words and slow down. How many sales have I lost over the last 5 years because my prospects didn’t understand my message?”

Girls' Government

Fife Welcomes Kitchener-Waterloo Girls’ Government to Queen’s Park

Queens Park – Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife welcomed Grade 8 girls from Lester B. Pearson Public School and St. Luke Catholic Elementary School to Queen’s Park yesterday, where they will meet with elected representatives and lobby for dedicated funds for affordable housing.

Golden Years

Working Your Way Through Retirement

A Part-Time Job Could Be The Answer If Your Golden Years Leave You Bored Or Short Of Money

Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn’t match their dreams. “Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire,” says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book “Retiring? Beware!! Don’t Run Out of Money and Don’t Become Bored”.

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