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Story Teller

Monica Byrne: A sci-fi vision of love from a 318-year-old hologram

Science fiction writer Monica Byrne imagines rich worlds populated with characters who defy our racial, social and gender stereotypes. In this performance, Byrne appears as a hologram named Pilar, transmitting a story of love and loss back to us from a near future when humans have colonized the universe. "It's always funny what you think the future is going to be like versus what it turns out to be," she says. Novelist, writer, culture critic and playwright Monica Byrne thinks that there's an infinite number of stories to tell, and she intends to tell as many as she can.

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Building Excellence

Gateman-Milloy recognized at recent GVCA Building Excellence Awards

Kitchener – Kitchener-based construction firm Gateman-Milloy brought home three awards from the Grand Valley Construction Association’s (GVCA) Building Excellence event on Friday, April 29, 2016. The firm was awarded for its work on Innisfree House and the BMX Supercross Legacy Project for the 2015 PanAm Games. It also earned recognition as a Community Builder for its charitable work on Innisfree House.

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Infrastructure

Ontario Nets $260 Million From Sale of LCBO Head Office Lands

Gains to Fund Key Infrastructure Projects Across Province Through Trillium Trust

Queens Park - Ontario is securing $260 million, subject to closing adjustments, from the sale of the LCBO head office lands, which is composed of over 11 acres of real estate in downtown Toronto near the waterfront, to Menkes Developments Ltd., on behalf of a partnership comprised of Menkes, Greystone Managed Investments and Triovest Realty Advisors.

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Building Permits Issued

Building permits for March 2016

Value of permits for commercial buildings was down 27.7% to $1.5 billion in March, partially offsetting the 56.6% increase in February

Ottawa - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities was down 7.0% to $6.9 billion in March, marking the second decline in three months. The decrease, which followed a 15.3% gain in February, was largely the result of lower construction intentions for commercial buildings in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia.

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Visionary of the Year

Intelligent Community Forum Honors Rio de Janeiro’s Knowledge Squares Program with 2016 ICF Visionary of the Year Award

Rio to accept Award on June 16 at the ICF Summit in Columbus, Ohio, USA

New York – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced that it will present the 2016 Visionary of the Year Award to Rio de Janeiro’s Knowledge Squares (Nave de Conhecimento) program. ICF is recognizing the program for its novel approach, which makes digital inclusion the centerpiece of neighborhood regeneration for some of the city’s most impoverished and excluded citizens.

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Start-Up Culture

Start-up visa continues to grow

Ottawa - More immigrant entrepreneurs are coming to Canada through the Start-up Visa Program and the benefits are spreading growth and opportunity to middle-class families across the country.

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Politics - Health Care

NDP Leader demands Premier stop cuts to Southwestern Ontario hospitals

Queen’s Park – Yesterday during Question Period, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath pressed Premier Wynne to put patients and families first, and stop Liberal government cuts to hospitals across Southwestern Ontario.

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Community Health

Still 1400 secondary students on the suspension list

Waterloo Region - On May 11th, secondary students whose immunization records are still not up-to-date will be suspended from school. It is not too late for parents to call Public Health to update their child’s record and/or immunizations. The week of April 18, 2016, Public Health sent 3046 suspension orders to those students/parents whose immunization records are not up-to-date with Region of Waterloo Public Health.

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Small Claims Court

Ontario Expands Small Claims Court Online Service

All Claims Up To $25,000 Can Now Be Filed Online

Queens Park -Ontario is making it faster and easier to file all types of small claims by expanding online services for small claims court.

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Digital Network

FedDev Ontario Supports Digital Innovation through Investment in Hotel Communication Network

Ottawa - FedDev Ontario, announced funding of up to $525,000 in The Hotel Communication Network Inc. (HCN). Businesses need the right resources to further develop and bring their innovative products to market.

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Polio

The Western Pacific Region takes part in a global switch to a new polio vaccine: A key step in achieving a polio free world

Manila - In the largest synchronized event in the history of vaccines, 155 countries and areas have simultaneously participated in the switch to a new oral polio vaccine (OPV) between 17 April and 1 May. 16 Member States in the Western Pacific Region successfully made the switch.

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Gender

Why Should Finance Ministers Care About Gender Equality?

Washington, DC - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former managing director of the World Bank, has served twice as Nigeria’s Finance Minister. She is now a senior adviser at Lazard Ltd. The following is adapted from her statement to Ministers of Finance on April 14, 2016:

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Economy

Pessimism falls but economic reservations remain

Toronto - Many professional accountants in leadership positions continue to have reservations about the national economy despite a sharp drop in economic pessimism, according to a new survey conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).

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Fund Raising

CNF to raise $1 million for indigenous nursing education and research

Ottawa - The Canadian Nurses Foundation announced its One Million in One Year campaign, being launched at the annual CNF Nightingale Gala yesterday. The foundation aims to raise $1 million to help support indigenous nursing and education.

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Merger

ISEG Acquires Startup Stock Exchange (SSX) to Expand Global Presence

European Stock Exchange and Startup Stock Exchange to Merge Activities Under ISEG

London, UK - The International Stock Exchange Group (ISEG) has acquired the Startup Stock Exchange an international marketplace for the trading of early stage company shares.

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Justice

New MLI paper makes the case for a justice system report card for Canada

The “justice deficit” is leaving Canadians with a system that is largely opaque, unaccountable, and slow

Ottawa – The large and growing gap between the aspirations of Canada’s justice system and its actual performance requires a regular report card on Canada’s justice system, a new paper from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute finds.

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Next week

Laurier-hosted conference to explore the future of information technology in higher education

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will welcome more than 250 information technology (IT) professionals at its Waterloo campus for the annual Ontario Universities Computing Conference (OUCC), May 8-10. This year’s conference theme, “IT at a Crossroads,” will foster active partnerships among Ontario’s universities to address the challenges faced by today’s higher education IT departments.


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