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Current Issue: Exchange May 2014

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Ted Tlaks

Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion

Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure.

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Relief Fund

Final Decisions Made for Grants from St. Jacobs Farmers Market Vendor Relief Fund

Kitchener – The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (The KWCF) along with the volunteer grants committee for The St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market Vendor Relief Fund have wrapped up the application review process for the fund.

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Labour Force

Majority of Canadians Feel Their Employment is "Just a Job," Study Finds

Nearly one in four plan to change jobs this year

TORONTO - Getting up and going to work every day is harder when you don't see your occupation as a career. Nearly three-in-five (58 per cent) Canadian workers feel that they have "just a job" as opposed to a career (42 per cent). The national survey was conducted online in November through December of 2013 by Harris Poll and included a representative sample of 426 full-time, private sector employees across industries and company sizes.


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Global Competitiveness

Manufacturing Leadership Council Supports Industry Growth

Waterloo Region - A new Manufacturing Leadership Council recently announced for Waterloo Region will undertake a comprehensive set of initiatives to help ensure skilled and educated personnel are available to local area manufacturing firms to help improve their global competitiveness through innovation and growth.

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Travel

Universities and Colleges open rooms for groups and tourist bookings

TORONTO - As Canadian university and college students head home for summer, tens of thousands of dorm rooms and apartments will be available for group and tourist bookings, beginning in mid-May and through to late August, at bargain travel rates.

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Retail

Record Annual Retail Sales at Canadian Car Dealerships

Total Sales Surpass $90 Billion for First Time in History

OTTAWA - The Canadian retail automotive market posted a new record in 2013, surpassing $90 billion in total sales for the first time ever in 2013. Total retail sales at car dealerships grew by a very healthy 5.7 per cent over 2012 revenues to eclipse the $90 billion threshold for the first time ever. Revenues grew even faster than new vehicle sales, which themselves set a new record in 2013 as well, eclipsing 1.74 million new units sold.

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Reporting

Journalists launch their own guide to mental health reporting

Field guide is intended for general-assignment reporters

LONDON - Canadian journalists have created a new guide to mental health reporting - the first to come from within the news industry itself. It promotes more factual coverage; fairer, less stigmatizing treatment of the 20% of Canadians experiencing mental illness; and the airing of systemic issues in mental health care across the country.


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Study

Picture books aren’t just fun: Moms are exposing toddlers to rich information about animals

Waterloo - Children hear as much sophisticated information about animals when parents read picture book stories about animals as when they read flashcard-type animal vocabulary books, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

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Peer Review

Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) Achieves Highest Accreditation Award

Accreditation Canada has awarded the CCAC with the highest level of achievement, “Accredited with Exemplary Standing.”

Waterloo/Wellington - Accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that health care organizations undergo to understand what they’re doing well and where they can improve. After months of preparation, the CCAC hosted an accreditation team visit in November. The surveyors probed every aspect of the organization and then produced a glowing report.

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Economy

Ontario Giving Kids the Best Possible Start

Province Increasing Ontario Child Benefit, with the Aim to Improving the Quality of Child Care

Queens Park - Starting in July 2014, hundreds of thousands of Ontario families will receive another increase of up to $100 annually while many families will become eligible for the Ontario Child Benefit for the first time. With this increase, the benefit will have more than doubled to up to $1310 annually.

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Environment

Royal Botanical Gardens unveils plans for Rock Garden rejuvenation project

RBG is asking the public to share their memories of its historic garden

BURLINGTON - Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) made public its official designs for their soon-to-be rejuvenated Rock Garden - RBG's signature garden that is scheduled to re-open in the spring of 2015. The $20 million dollar project aims to transform the Rock Garden into a year-round tourist destination and corporate facility, resulting in economic growth to the Golden Horseshoe region. The unveiling of the design also marks the launch of RBG's 'Your Rock Garden Memories' capital campaign to raise the remaining $6 million for project completion.

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Appointment

Christie CTO Paul Salvini Named Chair of GRAND Network of Centres of Excellence for Canadian Digital Media

Founding Director Salvini Assuming Chair Of Organization Focused on Driving R&D, Commercialization In Thriving Sector

KITCHENER – Christie Chief Technology Officer Paul Salvini has been appointed chairman of the board of directors for the GRAND NCE, a federally-funded organization set up to drive research and development and the commercialization of Canada’s thriving digital media sector.

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Announcment

The Co-operators introduces new Chairperson and Directors

GUELPH - The Co-operators Group Limited introduced John Harvie as its new Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Mr. Harvie was elected at the first board meeting following the organization's Annual General Meeting in Montreal, where it welcomed four new Directors to the board.

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Environment

Disregarded old mill is revived for second life as diverse ecosystem

Environmentalist Bill Grierson Announced as Trees Ontario's Latest Green Leader

ROCKWOOD - Referring to Bill Grierson as a conservationist is an understatement. The Rockwood resident, along with his wife, three daughters, five horses and four dogs, live on an 80-acre farm near Milton that once functioned as a lumber mill (1847-1920). Today, the former "Sayers Mills" property - with a nostalgic sign still intact at its entrance - is a shining example of a diverse ecosystem.

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Energy

Council receives results of Kitchener Utilities rate survey

A majority selected a “stable” rate policy

Kitchener - Based on the customer research results and community engagement on natural gas rates, staff is seeking direction from council on what changes, if any, to make to the current natural gas purchasing policy.

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Finance

Canadian Government announces investment to support Sarona’s
private equity program

Investment aims to promote private sector-led growth by stimulating investment in small to mid-market companies

Kitchener/Amsterdam - On Apri l17, during the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in Mexico, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development announced a $15 million investment in a fund managed by Sarona Asset Management (“Sarona”). The investment aims to promote private sector-led growth by stimulating investment in small to mid-market companies in frontier and emerging markets.

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May 2-4, 2014

Everyone has a story to tell! - 8th Annual Jane’s Walk

Waterloo Region - Through the simple act of walking together and discussing what makes a neighbourhood, Jane’s Walk helps knit people into strong and resourceful communities, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership. The 8th Annual Jane’s Walk will take place on May 2nd, 3rd & 4th in over 100 cities worldwide, including Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo!

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April 24-25, 2014

International health experts to gather in Ottawa to discuss evidence-based healthcare over next decade

Ottawa – The Cochrane Canada 11th Annual Symposium, 20/20 Vision: Cochrane in the next decade, takes place in Ottawa this week.

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May 24, 2014

Langs Recognizes the Importance of Women!

Cambridge – Langs is hosting the 2nd annual ‘Celebrating Women’ event at their outstanding facility at 1145 Concession Road on Saturday May 24th from 11:00am – 1:00pm. The Celebrating Women event features international keynote speaker and bestselling author, Nina Spencer, and also includes brunch, a silent auction and a wellness presentation from Crossfit Rebuild.

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May 8, 2014

The Past and Future of the Grand River Watershed

Lunch Time Lecture with Dave Schultz

KITCHENER - Homer Watson House & Gallery would like to invite you to the May edition of our 2014 educational Lunchtime Lecture Series! Join us for an insightful lecture on Thursday, May 8 from 12-1 pm featuring the Grand River Conservation Authority’s Communications Manager, Dave Schultz. In honour of the 20th Anniversary of the Grand River Heritage Designation, Dave will outline the past, present and future challenges of improving the ever-changing Grand River Watershed in his lecture. The event will also include a question and answer period with the local Grand River Conservation expert, as well as tasty appetizers donated by local food suppliers!

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April 24, 2014

Post-secondary education report-launch addresses Ontario crisis

TORONTO - A new report by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) on the future of post-secondary education in Ontario addresses a growing crisis at our colleges. A special launch event on Thursday, April 24, will address key issues including the long-term effects of chronic underfunding, privatization, under-staffing attacks on faculty academic freedom and increased student debt.

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April 26, 2014

Watch, Love, Bid, Own.

THEMUSEUM is at it again with another Brush Off event

KITCHENER - With support from State of the Art Supplies in Waterloo, THEMUSEUM’s original and popular The Brush Off event is coming back, and this time for the youth.

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April 28, 2014

St. Louis Adult Learning Centre’s Cambridge Campus to Relocate

High quality programs to continue at new locations

The relocation of the St. Louis Adult Learning Centre (Cambridge Campus) to a new, more accessible location in Cambridge will be announced Monday April 28.

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