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Different Worlds

Khadija Gbla: My mother’s strange definition of empowerment

Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that what happened to her was called “female genital mutilation.” In a candid and funny talk, she shares what it was like to make her way in a “clitoris-centric society,” and how she works to make sure other women don’t have to figure this out. (Warning: This talk contains hard-to-hear details.)

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Creativity

A 6-Step Recipe for Talent Planning

Your star employee has handed in her notice or your business has expanded, and you need to hire someone new. The impulse might be to hire someone as quickly as possible to minimize disruptions, but it’s much more effective to do some talent planning so your new hire reflects your current and future goals. Think of your business like a cake and your employees like the ingredients. You can’t just throw ingredients into a bowl and expect to bake a cake successfully.

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Employee Earnings

Payroll employment, earnings and hours for November 2014

Ottawa - Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $941 in November, little changed from $940 the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings increased by 2.2%.

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Economic Development

Help Set the Course for Economic Prosperity in Waterloo Region

Apply for an Inaugural Position on the new WREDC Board of Directors

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo and Area Municipalities are looking for members of the community interested in applying for a position on the Inaugural Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation (WREDC) Board of Directors. With the Waterloo Region Economic Development Strategy (WREDS) now complete, work is underway to establish the new Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation (WREDC).

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Spy vs Spy

Canada spy agency given more powers to disrupt terror attacks

A vehicle passes a sign outside the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) headquarters in Ottawa - REUTERS Chris Wattie

TORONTO - Canada's main spy agency will get new powers aimed at disrupting potential terror attacks under security legislation to be unveiled today, Canadian media said on Thursday. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), which currently only gathers information and then hands it over to police for action, will be given powers to act itself to prevent potential attacks, Canadian media said.

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Oil

Cheap Oil Burns $390 Billion Hole in Investors' Pockets

by Asjylyn Loder and Elizabeth Dexheimer

Bloomberg - Investors have a message for suffering U.S. oil drillers: We feel your pain.
They’ve pumped more than $1.4 trillion into the oil and gas industry the past five years as oil prices averaged more than $91 a barrel. The cash infusion helped push U.S. crude production to the highest in more than 30 years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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More on War

Laurier welcomes award-winning journalist Gwynne Dyer

WATERLOO – Journalist and renowned commentator Gwynne Dyer will visit Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses Feb. 9 and 10. Dyer’s lecture, “What the First World War Taught Us,” takes place Feb. 9, 7-9 p.m. in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, and on Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m. in room RCW 202 on the Brantford campus.

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Super Bowl

Super Bowl Ads Are High-Stakes Game: Prof

Guelph - Winning on Super Bowl Sunday is often difficult for the competing teams, but for advertisers, making their commercials stand out can be even more complicated, according to a University of Guelph professor.

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Dining out

Money spent at Food services and drinking places Declined in November 2014

Ontario (-0.9%) reported the largest decline in dollar terms

Ottawa - Sales at food services and drinking places declined 0.2% to $4.9 billion in November. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.5% in the 12 months to November, following a 2.2% increase in October.

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Privacy

Prof Pushes for Improved Privacy Measures

Guelph - Privacy issues are more important than ever before, according to a University of Guelph computer science professor. With data privacy a growing concern Rozita Dara said people now recognize how much personal information is accessible online and how important it is to protect that information.

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All about the Beef

4-H members Headed to UK for Beef Competition

Team Canada includes winners from The Royal’s National Junior Beef Heifer Show

TORONTO – Three young 4-H members from Ontario and Quebec will represent Canada at the prestigious Young Show Stars beef competition in the United Kingdom in April. The three competitors were selected to Team Canada 2015 after winning their classes in the National Junior Beef Heifer Show at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which ran from November 7-16, 2014.

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Energy

Natural gas transportation and distribution for November 2014

Revenues rose in Ontario (up 3.2% to $635.0 million)

Ottawa - Canadian natural gas utilities received 12.9 billion cubic metres of total marketable gas in November, up 4.6% from the same month in 2013. Gas utilities sold 8.4 billion cubic metres of natural gas in November, up 4.1%. Revenues rose 8.2% from 12 months earlier to $1.7 billion.

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Big City Mayors

Mayors of Canada’s biggest cities gather in Toronto for Big Cities Summit

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic to represent Waterloo Region interests

Ottawa – Nineteen mayors of this country’s biggest cities will come together February 5 in Toronto to hammer out solutions to Canada’s economic challenges. With a federal election on the horizon, the Big Cities Summit places cities at the centre of the national discussion about Canada’s future.

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Book Review

High Company Performance Made Surprisingly Simple!

Ask a manger if his or her organization works on improvements, and chances are the answer will be yes. Then ask for specific examples. "If you don't get a list of recent concrete improvements, then odds are the company doesn’t have an improvement culture -- and isn’t operating effectively to achieve high performance and success.

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Arts & Culture

Laurier competition winner to perform with K-W Symphony

WATERLOO – As the winner of the 2014 Ken Murray Concerto Competition Award of Distinction, Laurier Music alumna and pianist Yvonne Choi (BMus ’14) will perform with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts.

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