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Wednesday February 16, 2011

Ted Talks

Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies

At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.

Social Agencies

Agencies join the Family Centre to serve families and children

Kitchener - The Family Centre is still under construction, but local social service agencies are ready to move in and get to work! Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region recently signed agreements with KidsAbility Centre for Child Development and the Alliance for Children and Youth Waterloo Region to lease space in the new Family Centre.

Community Services

Special Info Night for People with Disabilities

Waterloo – Access Waterloo Region is an information fair for people with disabilities and their families, a resource booklet, and now a dynamic and regularly updated website called On Tuesday, April 5, 2011 families will be able to speak with agencies about programs and supports, find out about recreation and summer activities and see live demonstrations of the new website.

Community Challenge

Last call for quitters in Waterloo Region

Deadline to enter The Driven to Quit Challenge is February 28

Kitchener - The last day to enter the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Driven to Quit Challenge is on February 28, 2011. Those who are planning to quit, or have recently quit, have less than a week left to register for their chance to win a big prize, in addition to winning many health benefits.


Some city facilities closed for Family Day

KITCHENER – Monday, Feb. 21 is Family Day. Some City of Kitchener facilities are open as usual. However, offices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on Feb. 21. Services normally offered by staff will be available again on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 a.m. The building itself will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as it does on all holidays and weekends.

Natural Resources

Protecting Drinking Water Sources In The Lake Erie Source Protection Region

Canada's Government Invests In Safeguarding Drinking Water

Kitchener - Ontario is helping people in The Lake Erie Source Protection Region take action to protect local drinking water.


Hit the slopes for change!

Waterloo – Every Wednesday people have been hitting the slopes for a good cause. $5.00 from every lift ticket sold at Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort is being donated to the United Ways of Kitchener Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph.


Grand River Conservation Authority Ice breaker on its way to Port Maitland

Cambridge - The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon is heading to Port Maitland to clear a channel in the mouth of the Grand River. The Grand River Conservation Authority contacted the Canadian Coast Guard and learned the ice breaker was in this end of Lake Erie and could be in Port Maitland by Wednesday afternoon.


University of Waterloo's new identity wins North American gold medal

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo won a gold medal last week from an international organization for its extensive institutional identity program, which sparked new designs for souvenirs, letterhead, recruitment publications, posters and web pages.

Arts and Culture

Get Ready for Shear Entertainment!

Murder and Mayhem take over St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

WATERLOO – Don’t miss out on the madness! If you’ve always wanted to put your detective skills to the test, and you’re ready to laugh until you cry, then Shear Madness is the ticket for you. Get ready to solve the funniest whodunit in Drayton Entertainment history, live on stage March 16th through April 10th at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.


CAW Critical of Allocation of Bonuses for GM Workers

TORONTO - CAW President Ken Lewenza is calling on General Motors to treat all of its employees fairly, in response to the announced bonuses for salaried workers in Canada and hourly and salaried workers in the United States.




OTTAWA - The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum commissioned a new project with the intent to analyze secondary statistical data on outcomes of apprentices and in comparison with individuals who did not complete an apprenticeship, graduates of other college programs and those who did not pursue any post-secondary training. In all cases, Apprenticeship Completers fare better!


Senator Pierrette Ringuette agrees with Banking Committee witnesses that credit card fees charged to Canadian universities and municipalities are too high

OTTAWA – Senator Pierrette Ringuette responds to supportive witness testimony in front of the Senate Banking Committee regarding Bill S-201, An Act to amend the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Act (credit and debit cards).


Where Money Talks—Canada's Currency Museum

OTTAWA - We associate museums with rooms full of valuable artefacts that visitors quietly navigate as they learn a thing or two about the past. Canada's Currency Museum also contributes to our economic well-being.

Transactions and Securities

Canada's international transactions in securities

Statscan - Non-residents added a further $9.6 billion of Canadian debt and equity instruments to their holdings in December for an annual investment of $116.2 billion in 2010, led by Canadian bonds. On the other side of the ledger, Canadian investors sold $1.9 billion of foreign securities in December, mainly US stocks. On an annual basis, Canadians continued to reduce their exposure to foreign bonds.

Leading Indicators

Leading indicators

Statscan - The composite leading index rose 0.3% in January, after increasing 0.4% in the previous two months. Growth again was led by the stock market and housing. In January, 4 of the 10 components fell, 1 less than in December.


Monthly Survey of Manufacturing

Statscan - Manufacturing sales advanced 0.4% to $45.4 billion in December. Gains in the primary metal and petroleum and coal product industries were offset by a decline in aerospace product and parts. Manufacturing sales have been moving upwards at a slower rate in recent months, after increasing substantially between May 2009 and May 2010.


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