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Published Thursday March 9, 2017
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April 8, 2017

First ION vehicle Open House set for April 8

Waterloo Region – Residents will have an opportunity to see and tour the first ION light rail transit (LRT) vehicle during a community open house on April 8. The event will take place inside the Region of Waterloo’s Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF), located at 518 Dutton Drive in Waterloo, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Survey

Survey asks parents what they need to help their children grow

Waterloo Region – A new survey that asks parents what experiences they look for with their children will help shape the future of child and family centres in Waterloo Region.

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Global Ranking

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

McGill University ranked world’s 3rd-best Anatomy & Physiology school

London, UK - McGill University has been ranked the world’s third-best university for the study of Anatomy & Physiology in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. The seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s world-leading analysis of subject-specific university performance, released today, lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects. The results represent the second boost to Canadian higher education in a number of weeks, after Montreal took the number one position in the most recent QS Best Student Cities ranking.

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Story Telling

Waterloo captures #neighbourloo stories

Waterloo - Drawing on feedback from the first phase of public consultation for the neighbourhood strategy, City of Waterloo staff aim to inspire the community with #neighbourloo stories, a series of snapshots showcasing some of the good things happening in neighbourhoods across the city.

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Technology

Google announces finalists in $5M nonprofit challenge

Canada will vote on winners for the first-ever Google.org Impact Challenge

Toronto - Google Canada announced Monday the ten nonprofit organizations that will compete for $5M in grant funding as part of the first-ever Google.org Impact Challenge in Canada.

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Research

Million-Dollar Research Studies Aim to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

With worldwide health experts worried that antibiotics are becoming less effective against illness and infection, two University of Guelph researchers will use new federal funding to look at growing microbial resistance to drugs in hopes of stemming the trend.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Medical Technology

Intellijoint Surgical Announces intellijoint HIP® Anterior Application FDA Clearance

Waterloo - Intellijoint Surgical Inc., a privately-held Canadian medical technology company, announces FDA clearance of intellijoint HIP® Anterior, the newest application to the intellijoint HIP suite. intellijoint HIP Anterior is a 3D mini-optical navigation solution that provides quantifiable, intraoperative measurements for cup position, leg length, and offset to orthopaedic surgeons performing Direct Anterior Approach (DAA) Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA).

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Ciders & Distillery's

Growing Small Cider and Spirits Producers' Businesses

New Program Supports Ontario’s Rapidly Growing Small Distillery and Small Cider Sectors

Ontario is making it easier for small cideries and small distilleries to grow their businesses, helping create jobs and boost economic growth across the province. On Tuesday, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the details of the Ontario Small Cidery and Small Distillery Support Program. The program will provide eligible businesses with support to grow and scale up their operations, including hiring more staff and purchasing new equipment.

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Appointment

Rosita Tse appointed to Waterloo Regional Police Services Board

Waterloo Region – Regional Council has appointed Rosita Tse of Cambridge to the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board (WRPSB) for the balance of the 2014 – 2018 Term of Council to fill the position left vacant due to the resignation of Jim Wideman from the Board earlier this year. Ms. Tse has served professionally at the City of Cambridge and as Chief Financial Officer at the Township of Wilmot prior to her retirement this month. She is a certified management accountant and also serves on the Board of Governors at Renison University College.

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Study

Voting with their Tweets: social media complaints can be alternative to market discipline, Rotman study shows

Toronto – Nothing inspires consumer frustration quite like an airline flight delay. Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have used those meltdown moments – and the complaints they produce via the social media platform Twitter – to study how consumer “voice” may influence business behaviour.

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Technology

Advanced technologies from Magna contribute to the new Maserati Levante

Technologies deliver safety and performance features; EYERIS® electronic vision system with 360-degree surround view; Fast-reacting Actimax™ transfer case

SAILAUF, Germany - Magna International Inc. announced today it is supplying camera-based driver assistance systems and all-wheel-drive components in the new Maserati Levante, as the traditional Italian sports brand enters into the luxury SUV segment for the first time.

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Strike Action

An important announcement regarding potential GRT service disruptions

Waterloo Region -– Discussions are continuing between the Region of Waterloo and UNIFOR, Local 4304, representing workers employed by Grand River Transit and MobilityPLUS.

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Building

Building permits in January 2017

Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo and Oshawa registered the largest declines in the value of building permits among the census metropolitan areas in January

The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities rose 5.4% to $7.6 billion in January, following two consecutive monthly decreases. Six provinces posted increases, led by Alberta and British Columbia. Nationally, construction intentions rose in every component, particularly institutional buildings.

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Education

New Funding Will Support More Successful Transitions For Special Education Students

Specialized Programs to Support Individual Graduate Success After High School

Waterloo - With June fast approaching, students who are completing high school are thinking about their options after graduation, which could include more schooling, work, an apprenticeship or even travel. For special education students however, the path after high school isn't always so well-defined. The Ministry of Education recently announced funding that will support innovative Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) programs focused on helping students with special needs transition from high school into the next phase of their lives.

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xQuarterly

exactEarth Reports Q1 Fiscal 2017 Financial Results

Cambridge - exactEarth Ltd. announced its financial results for the three-month period ended January 31, 2017.

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Workplace Fairness

Sandvine recognized as one of the best workplaces in Canada for women

Waterloo - Sandvin announced that they have been recognized by Great Places to Work Canada as being one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for Women.

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Agriculture

NFU Launches Survey on Grading, Pricing and Delivery Problems at Elevators

The National Farmers Union is launching an online and mail out survey to ask farmers how they are being treated when they deliver grain to an inland elevator. “As a grassroots farm organization, the NFU is starting to hear repeated stories of grain farmers being dissatisfied with their treatment by elevator companies” said Jan Slomp, NFU president. “We are hearing stories that farmers are being baited to deliver their grain with good grades and then switched to lower grades when they get there” observed Slomp “so we have launched this survey to determine the extent of the problem.”

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Tourism

Tourism opens our hearts and our minds: UNWTO Secretary-General at ITB Berlin

Tourism can transform our world and build better understanding in a world living a deficit of tolerance said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, at the opening ceremony of the 2017 edition of ITB Berlin (Berlin, Germany, 7 March 2016).

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Festivals

Investing in Festivals and Events to Boost Tourism across Ontario

Ontario is supporting six festivals and events in Kitchener-Waterloo this year to showcase the province as a vibrant place to live and visit during Ontario’s 150th anniversary.




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TALKS

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Humanity

Jude Kelly: Why women should tell the stories of humanity

For many centuries (and for many reasons) critically acclaimed creative genius has generally come from a male perspective. As theater director Jude Kelly points out in this passionately reasoned talk, that skew affects how we interpret even non-fictional women's stories and rights. She thinks there's a more useful, more inclusive way to look at the world, and she calls on artists — women and men — to paint, draw, write about, film and imagine a gender-equal society.

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Raising Girls

Caroline Paul: To raise brave girls, encourage adventure

Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul. Brimming with insights gained on her picaresque journey from firefighter to best-selling author, Caroline Paul’s "The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure" is a revolutionary guide for raising brave young women.






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COLUMNS

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Leadership

An Integrity Self-Test For Leaders

By Dave Martin

"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office" Dwight D. Eisenhower





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EVENTS

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March 8, 2017

International Women's Day: Women Leading Change

Breakfast, networking and fantastic speakers you won't want to miss. The theme of Women Leading Change will set the stage for 3 inspiring and innovative women, from our community to showcase their professional journey as a leader within their industry and how their leadership has fostered change.

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Fundraiser

Conestoga students host CHAIRity fundraiser at Kitchener Public Library

A collection of 17 repurposed chairs, professionally reupholstered and painted by Conestoga’s Interior Decorating students, are now on display at the central branch of the Kitchener Public Library. The collection will be on available until March 11 when the chairs will be auctioned off at the annual CHAIRity Gala to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.

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March 15, 2017

Art In Public Spaces: Call for Proposals

CAFKA is seeking submissions for its biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo in June 2018. The biennial exhibition is curated by CAFKA’s Program Committee, which will consider submission proposals as part of its curatorial research.

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Hall of Fame

Call for nominations for the Cambridge Hall of Fame

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge Archives and Records Centre is currently accepting nominations for the Cambridge Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted until Friday, Mar. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

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April 8, 2017

First ION vehicle Open House set for April 8

Waterloo Region – Residents will have an opportunity to see and tour the first ION light rail transit (LRT) vehicle during a community open house on April 8. The event will take place inside the Region of Waterloo’s Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF), located at 518 Dutton Drive in Waterloo, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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April 27, 2017

St. Mary’s explores “How to be Miserable” with Dr. Randy Paterson

Kitchener - St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 feature speaker for their second annual “St. Mary’s, She Shares” luncheon event. On Thursday April 27 Psychologist and author Dr. Randy Paterson, will discuss the focus of his latest book titled, How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies you Already Use.

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April 27, 2017

Fashion for Life Finds an Elegant New Venue

Cambridge – The Cambridge Memorial Hospital is very pleased to announce that Fashion for Life has found a new location for its April 2017 “White Party” Fundraiser in support of Breast Reconstruction at CMH.

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May 1-3, 2017

Skills Ontario and Magna International Partner On Skill Development Programs

Magna ’s investment will support the expansion of the Skills Ontario Competition and other initiatives

Toronto - Skills Ontario will receive a $100,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps . T he investment from Magna International will help Skills Ontario accommodate a growing number of students who want to participate in the various skill development programs that the organization offers.

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August 21-23, 2017

Canada’s largest apparel and textile sourcing show announces major expansion as Canadian industry imports reach all-time high

Thousands of retailers, manufacturers, designers and industry execs to benefit from 50 percent more exhibit space, new trends showcase and top speaker roster at Apparel Textile Sourcing Show

The apparel and textile industry is alive and well – and thriving – in Canada. That’s the message of organizers of Canada’s largest apparel and textile sourcing show, Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC), which successfully debuted in Toronto in August 2016 with more than 200 booths of merchandise and in excess of 1,800 attendees.






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