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Thursday April 14, 2011

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Ted Talks

Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy

Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.

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Transit

TriTAG and OpenDataWR Applaud Public Release of GRT Data, Host Launch Party

WATERLOO - Open Data Waterloo Region and the Tri-Cities Transport Action Group wish to applaud Grand River Transit’s long-awaited release of bus schedule data. A redesigned GRT website went live.

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Computing

New version of Maple offers unprecedented levels of computational abilities and performance Record-breaking solvers for differential equations one of many new advances in Maple 15

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced a substantial new release of its flagship product, Maple , the technical computing software for mathematicians, engineers, and scientists. With over 270 new mathematical functions and over a thousand enhancements to existing algorithms, customers can solve more complex problems faster than ever before.

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Justice

Creating Social Change - 33rd Annual Justice Dinner

Waterloo – On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council presents the 33rd Annual Justice Dinner featuring keynote speaker Hannah Taylor, founder of The Ladybug Foundation and Canada’s youngest advocate for the homeless.

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Earth Day

St. Louis English as a Second Language Students Acknowledge Water as the Next Big Global Crisis: Earth Day Awareness

Waterloo – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, continually works with our school communities to create environmental awareness on such topics as car idling, creating urban green space on school properties and limited recyclable water bottle use, to name a few.

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Donation

SCOTIABANK GROUP INVESTS IN THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF OUR COMMUNITY

Kitchener – On Monday April 18, 2011 at 2pm the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA in Kitchener will be welcoming representatives from the Scotiabank Group in recognition of a charitable donation on their behalf in support of the Getting Started program run by the YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo.

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Funding

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MALE SURVIVORS IN ONTARIO

Kitchener - Ontario is moving forward with its plan to provide for the first time, province-wide services for male survivors of sexual abuse.  The initial government investment will be $2 million over two years to provide these specialized services.

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Festival

Bloomin Earth features inspired ways to live green

KITCHENER – This Saturday, April 16, the fifth Bloomin Earth festival brings its unique approach to living green to Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. West. The one-day event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m

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Energy

Conestoga and Partners Deliver Skilled Workers for Renewable Energy Industries

Kitchener - The growing interest in green, renewable energy as an environmentally sustainable alternative to fossil fuel-based power sources has recently led to the emergence of a new industry sector requiring workers with highly specialized training and skills.

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Debate

Record’s readers declare Albrecht winner of all-candidates’ debate

Conservative candidate defends lead from tag-team challengers, plants at the audience microphone

Kitchener – Incumbent Conservative MP Harold Albrecht widened his political lead Wednesday evening from a co-ordinated group from opposition challengers and a room-full of Liberal audience plants during the local campaign’s first all-candidates’ debate, facilitated by the Waterloo Region Record.

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Volunteering

Volunteer Power Is Growing...By 10

Guelph - Already known as Canada’s most caring community, the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington hopes to make Guelph and Wellington County an even more involved community by encouraging citizens to donate more of their time to causes they are passionate about.

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Appointment

Kealy Dedman is Cambridge’s new Director of Engineering

Cambridge - George Elliott, Commissioner of Transportation and Public Works at the City of Cambridge is pleased to announce that Ms. Kealy Dedman will serve as the new Director of Engineering effective Monday, May 2nd.

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Family

Giving More Kids A Place To Call Home

Ontario Government Making Changes To Help More Kids Get Adopted

Toronto - Ontario is proposing changes that would help more kids find permanent homes by making it easier for would-be parents to adopt. The changes would also offer more support to youth in care as they transition into adulthood.

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Broadcasting

Blackburn Radio Unifies its 14 Radio Stations, Increases Efficiency with SDS Broadcast Management System

Toronto – Blackburn Radio Inc. announced that it has installed SDS Symphony, a flagship broadcast management system by leading North American provider Specialty Data Systems, at each of its 14 radio stations across Ontario.

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Retirement

Manulife Financial launches ad campaign to make Canadians aware of how they can financially plan for retirement

Product Allocation aims to help ensure your money will last throughout retirement

TORONTO - Manulife is launching an investor advertising campaign to take its Product Allocation strategy to Canadians to help them work with their advisors as they plan ahead for retirement.

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Award

FEI Canada Announces 2011 Frank S. Capon Distinguished Service Award Winners

Pierre Matuszewski and Victor Wells Named FEI Canada Top Volunteers

TORONTO - Financial Executives International Canada, the professional membership association for senior financial executives, is pleased to announce that Pierre Matuszewski, MBA, and Victor Wells, FCA, ICD.D, are the recipients of the 2011 Frank S. Capon Distinguished Service Award.

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Entrepreneurs

TORONTO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE RECOGNIZED AS ‘OUTSTANDING’ SUPPORTER OF YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) named Outstanding Ontario Community Partner in 2010 Canadian Youth Business Foundation Chairman’s Awards

TORONTO – The Canadian Youth Business Foundation is pleased to announce that Toronto Business Development Centre has been selected as the Outstanding Ontario Community Partner for the 2010 CYBF Chairman’s Awards.

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Aquisition

Sun Life strengthens leadership in workplace wellness

Acquisition of Buffett & Company deepens commitment to improving the health of Canadian employees

TORONTO - Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada announced it has agreed to acquire full ownership of Buffett & Company Worksite Wellness Inc. Buffett & Company is a pioneer in evidence-based workplace wellness programs in Canada and this acquisition will significantly strengthen Sun Life's leadership and growth capabilities in supporting employee and organizational health.

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Survey

Do Not Call List Shows Blocking Power: VoxPop Survey

TORONTO - Canada's National Do Not Call List is continuing to be an effective barrier to unwanted telemarketing calls, according to a new VoxPop (Voice of the People) survey. Eight in ten DNCL registrants (80%) report that they now receive fewer telemarketing calls than they did before they added their telephone number to the national no-call list.

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Boating

Boaters Reminded that fish net is being re-installed at Pickering Nuclear

Fish diversion program had very successful first year

PICKERING - Ontario Power Generation divers are finishing the installation of a fish protection net at the mouth of Pickering Nuclear's Water Intake channel.

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Auto

New motor vehicle sales

Statscan - The number of new motor vehicles sold in February fell 0.6% to 130,843 units. Weaker truck sales drove the decline.

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Sales

Monthly Survey of Manufacturing

Statscan - Manufacturing sales declined 1.5% (-$720 million) in February to $47.1 billion, following a 4.4% gain in January. While lower sales were widespread, the decrease was mostly concentrated in the transportation equipment industry in Central Canada.


 


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