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Environment

Alison Killing: There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help

In this short, provocative talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen — cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too. It's a surprisingly fascinating look at a hidden aspect of our cities, and our lives.
An architect and urban designer, Alison Killing uses journalism, filmmaking and exhibitions to help people better understand the built environment.

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Arts & Culture

Centre In The Square mandate reflective of local arts and culture community

Mandate Option B strikes the necessary balance which puts our residents, our community and our economy first in terms of the Centre in the Square’s future role,” said Mayor Vrbanovic

Kitchener – After lengthy discussion yesterday by vested stakholders, a new mandate focusing on the Centre In The Square as a venue that offers a mix of the best and most popular arts and entertainment programming available, and programing that is also reflective of the local arts and culture community, was approved in principle by the city’s finance and corporate services committee.

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R&D

Todays Event Highlights Why Research Matters

Guelph - It’s groundbreaking research that stretches from the home to the darkest corners of outer space to high-tech printers that can make medical products or art installations — and Guelph residents are invited to hear all about it Tuesday night at an event highlighting U of G research.

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Appointment

Simpson Print names new president

Martin Johanns remains owner and chair of Simpson, the company he bought in 1987.

Waterloo Region - Tony Denison has taking over the day-to-day leadership of Simpson Print located in Bloomingdale, Ont. “Simpson has always been a great company,” Denison commented “We are going to take it to new levels as the printing business evolves and creates exciting new opportunities.” Martin Johanns remains owner and chair of Simpson, the company he bought in 1987. Denison assumed the presidency March 2, 2015. Johanns said he expected Denison would some day lead the company when Simpson acquired Denison Print of Breslau in January 2014. Tony Denison’s 27-year career in the printing business began when he opened a quick-printing shop in Kitchener.

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Markets

Industrial product and raw materials price indexes for February 2015

The Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI) increased 1.8% in February, largely as a result of higher prices for energy and petroleum products. The Raw Materials Price Index (RMPI) rose 6.1%, mainly because of higher prices for crude energy products.

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Farming

Seasonal agricultural labour program begins 49th year

It’s estimated that at least two jobs for Canadians are created in the agrifood industry for every seasonal agricultural worker employed through SAWP at Ontario farms.

TORONTO– With spring here, the seasonal labour program at the root of Ontario’s fruit and vegetable industry, is ready for the upcoming growing season. This is the 49th year the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) has operated in Ontario, allowing many farm operations to remain viable in the face of a critical shortage of suitable and available Canadian workers.

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Snap Shot

Police resources in Canada, 2014

Ottawa - On the snapshot day of May 15, 2014, there were 68,896 police officers in Canada, 354 fewer than one year earlier. The rate of police strength, as measured by the number of police officers per capita, declined 1.6% from the previous year to 194 police officers per 100,000 population. After remaining stable in 2011, the rate of police strength has decreased each year since.

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Appointment

Christian Leuprecht joins the Macdonald-Laurier Institute as a Senior Fellow

Leuprecht bolsters MLI’s thought leadership on anti-terrorism, national security and international affairs

OTTAWA – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is delighted to announce that it has added Christian Leuprecht, an expert on anti-terrorism, international affairs and national security, to its growing roster of Senior Fellows. Leuprecht (photo), Associate Dean and associate professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada and cross-appointed to Queen’s University, has distinguished himself with a stellar track record of highly original research and timely media commentary on a wide range of issues.

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Homelessness

Ontario Allocates $587 Million to Help End Homelessness

Building on Success of the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

Queens Park - Ontario is partnering with municipalities across the province to prevent and address homelessness. Through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, the province is providing $587 million to municipalities to help families and individuals at risk of homelessness get the housing that best suits their needs. This funding will enable communities to offer a wider range of services to meet their local needs, including.

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Demographics

Study: Women in Canada: Female population, 2014

Ottawa - Since 2011, there are slightly more senior women aged 65 and over in Canada than girls aged 14 and under. According to data from the first chapter of the publication Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report, now available online, this is a reversal from historical trends.

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Anti-Terrorism Act

Canadian human rights organizations call for Bill C-51 to be withdrawn

Ottawa - Yesterday, as the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security commences its clause-by-clause review of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, seven of Canada's leading human rights organizations reiterate their call for the Bill to be withdrawn.

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Financial Literacy

5 Steps Women Should Consider Making to Take Control of their Financial Future

by Lance Drucker ChFC, CLU

When it comes to women and money, there is some good news. On average, women are more independent and financially literate than ever before. On the other hand, Prudential’s eighth biennial study titled Financial Experience & Behavior Among Women recently revealed that women are no more likely to make sound financial decisions today than two years ago – or even when the study began 10 years ago.

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Marketing Destinations

Explorers’ Edge Fuel & Fun Package offers spring savings

Ontario travelers get $100 in gas & cash with the unique promotional package

Bracbridge – After being cooped up for one of the coldest winters on record in Ontario, travelers have even more reason to hit the road for a spring getaway, with the launch of the Fuel & Fun Package from Explorers’ Edge.

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Customers

Do You Pigeonhole Your Sales Team?

Three Big Mistakes Companies Make with Their Customer-Facing Employees by Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey

Forestville, CA - Your marketing people have done a fine job of planning, strategizing, and packaging. They've considered the market, the competition, and the delivery systems. They've honed the message; dialed in the positioning; and developed the compelling logo, catch phrase, and merchandising materials. What they didn't do (and it's a biggie) is ask your salespeople for feedback. And if the sales department's direct connection to customers is being neglected that great marketing plan could fall on deaf ears.

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City Matters

City of Waterloo council summary from March 30, 2015

Waterloo - The council summary is a snapshot of the major items presented at City of Waterloo Monday March 30, 2015 council meeting.

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Research & Habits

No increase in illicit tobacco use in Sydney after introduction of plain packaging legislation

Canberra, AU - The spectre of increased sales and use of illicit tobacco has been used as a reason for governments to avoid tobacco policy innovations such as plain packaging and tax increases. New research being presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Thoracic Society for Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) on the Gold Coast this week provides further evidence that contrary to claims from the tobacco industry there has been no increase in illicit tobacco use in Sydney.

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