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Ambitious Women

Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women.

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Climate Change Debate

Climate research collaboration heats up before election

Waterloo - On the weekend many of Canada’s top climate researchers met to help craft strategies that Canada can take to the upcoming round of United Nations climate negotiations. More than 60 experts were part of this collaboration, called Sustainable Canada Dialogues (SCD).

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Food

Kraft sidles up to the Buffett table

Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett is increasing his influence on what and how we eat - by Sylvain Charlebois

INNSBRUCK, Austria - Last week, Warren's Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway added Kraft to its stable of storied brands, which already includes Dairy Queen, Mars, Coca-Cola, Burger King, Heinz and Tim Horton's. Buffett' latest blockbuster transaction creates the fifth largest agrifood company in the world, with more than US$28 billion in sales.

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State of our City

Mayor Vrbanovic imagines Kitchener’s connected future, calls on citizens to be “city builders” in first State of Our City address

Kitchener – On Friday, during his first State of Our City address as Mayor, Berry Vrbanovic painted a vivid picture of Kitchener’s future as a smart, caring, connected city built on strong neighbourhoods, innovation, a growing and diverse economy, support for citizens, and a strong local government.

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Recognition

U of G Volunteers Receive 2015 Winegard Awards

Guelph - Three outstanding volunteers from the University of Guelph received 2015 William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Awards today from the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington.

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Health PSA

Grand River Hospital declares gastro-intestinal outbreak on Union Terrace four north restorative unit at Freeport Site

Kitchener - Grand River Hospital has declared an outbreak of a gastro-intestinal illness on the fourth floor of the Union Terrace wing at the Freeport Site. Three patients have symptoms consistent with a stomach virus, including nausea and diarrhea.

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Leading Edge

KPMG Announces New Strategic Collaboration with Microsoft

Strategic collaboration to deliver new generation of data and analytics, cloud and business solutions

New York - KPMG today announced an expansion of its strategic relationship with Microsoft to include a global collaboration to jointly deliver new suites of innovative solutions and services in data and analytics (D&A), cloud compliance and transformation, and business solutions.

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Female Engineers

Badge Day brings girl guides to engineering

Waterloo - More than 80 local girl guides visited the University of Waterloo on Saturday to earn their physics badge and learn about the exciting world of physics and its applications to everyday life. Badge Day is part of an initiative of Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) to raise awareness about the engineering profession among girls. High school physics is an entrance requirement for most engineering programs.

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Competing and Competition

Ontario Investing $9.76 Million to Support Athletes and Para-Athletes

Helping Athletes Pursue their Quest for Gold

Queens Park - Ontario's Quest for Gold program is helping improve the performance of the province's athletes as they train and prepare to represent Canada at national and international events. This year 1,286 athletes will receive $6.4 million through the program, which supports athletes' performances at the highest level by:

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Tourism

National tourism indicators, fourth quarter 2014

Ottawa - Tourism spending in Canada rose 0.7% in the fourth quarter, after increasing 1.0% in the previous quarter. This was the seventh consecutive quarterly gain in tourism spending. Tourism spending by Canadians at home largely contributed to the increase.

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Energy Infrastructure

Hydro One invests more than $845 million to improve electricity reliability in Toronto and surrounding areas

TORONTO - Hydro One announced it has completed more than $157 million in upgrades through ten transmission station projects across Toronto and the GTA in 2014 to improve reliability and replace aging infrastructure. In addition, the Company plans to complete over $688 million in additional improvement and replacement work between 2015-2018.

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Honour

Fergus Resident to Carry Pan Am Games Torch Relay

Toronto – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) congratulated Dr. John Stickney of Fergus, who was selected to be a Pan Am torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay. As a Presenting Partner of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, OLG invited the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce to participate in the OLG Pass it Ontario Program which gives Ontarians the opportunity to be a Pan Am torchbearer.


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Water Innovation

Investing in First-in-Canada Technology, Supporting Ontario's Vital Manufacturing Sector

Canadian Government invests in Hamilton's Advanced Manufacturing Sector, maintains and creates highly-skilled jobs

Hamilton – FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear announced an important investment that will strengthen the water management infrastructure cluster in Ontario and grow the clean-tech industrial base in Ontario. Fibracast, a Hamilton-based manufacturer of advanced membrane technologies used in water treatment, will receive a $10-million repayable contribution under FedDev Ontario's Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF).


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Poll

Canadian households confident about finances despite economic uncertainty – vulnerability lingers: CPA Canada report

Toronto - Many Canadian households do not feel threatened by today's unsettled economy yet they are vulnerable because of high debt levels, according to research conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). With a sharp decline in oil prices and other signs of a weakening economy, CPA Canada commissioned a public opinion poll in the winter of 2015 as a follow-up to a similar survey conducted in the spring of 2014. The research allowed the organization to gauge if Canadian households were viewing their financial positions differently amid the increasing economic uncertainty.

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Investor

Orc provides new opportunities in Canadian markets by connecting to Aequitas NEO Exchange

Chicago, – Orc, a global leader in trading technology, today announced they have expanded coverage of the Canadian markets to include the Aequitas NEO Exchange, a newly launched Canadian stock market. Orc clients looking for new opportunities can leverage connectivity for order routing and market data to the Aequitas Lit Book and NEO BookTM.

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Festivals

Super Early Bird tickets released for the inaugural 2015 Ever After Music Festival at scenic Bingemans in Kitchener, Waterloo

Concord, - March 24, 2015 marked the launch of Super Early Bird tickets for the much anticipated inaugural Ever After Music Festival (www.everafterfest.com). The Kitchener, Waterloo festival being held May 30th and 31st on the grounds of Bingemans saw the early release of tickets sell out within hours.

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Financial Planning

4 Tips For Creating - Your Financial Legacy Now

Many Baby Boomers Are Leaving Their Life’s Work to Chance, Says Family-Oriented Investment Advisor Half of all North Americans with children do not have a legal will, according to an extensive survey done by the legal service RocketLawyer. “While the survey was conducted in 2012, the attitudes Americans have on inheritance and legacy matters tend to remain static through the years,” says Reid Abedeen, a partner at Safeguard Investment Advisory Group, LLC .

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