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Wednesday June 6, 2012
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Tedx Waterloo

Izzeldin Abuelaish - Refusing to Hate

Nobel peace prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish reveals how the tragic loss of his daughters has inspired him to create a better world instead of giving in and giving up to hate.

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Housing Sales

Steady Stream of Home Sales in May

KITCHENER-WATERLOO - Sales of residential properties via the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were steady last month, keeping in line with the previous 5 year average for May.

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Sustainable Waterloo Event

From Rio to Waterloo Region: Advancing our Green Economy

Sustainable Waterloo to hold the final educational forum of the 2011-2012 event season!

Waterloo - Organizations that take action to reduce their impact on the environment are participating in the larger-scale transition towards a green economy. But it’s difficult to know how the efforts of a single organization contribute to this transition. How does international and local progress contribute towards a more sustainable economic model? and what affect does it have on organizations in our community?

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Aquisition

Descartes Acquires Infodis

Adds European Logistics Community and Transportation Management Capabilities to Descartes' Logistics Technology Platform

WATERLOO- Descartes Systems Group acquired Infodis B.V., a leading Netherlands-based provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) transportation management solutions.

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Study

Blood test identifies increased risk of death following surgery

HAMILTON – A simple blood test can help identify people who are at high risk of dying within the month after non-cardiac surgery, a study by McMaster University researchers has found.

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Oustanding Achievements

Laurier wins six Prix D’Excellence awards from CCAE

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has won six awards from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education’s (CCAE) annual Prix D’Excellence program. The awards were announced Sunday, June 3 at CCAE’s national conference in Toronto.

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Environment

Kitchener recognizes Clean Air Day with 5 best bets

KITCHENER – Each year, the City of Kitchener's local environmental advisory committee recommends five actions from the city’s 2010 report on air quality for investigation by staff into their feasibility and implementation.

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Union Statement

Buy North American to Build Border Bridge, Say Steelworkers

TORONTO - "A strong Buy North American policy can support manufacturing in both Canada and the United States," says Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers (USW) National Director. "The new Windsor-Detroit bridge is the most important border build we've got. It's time for the government in Ottawa to stand up for Canadian workers and North American steel."

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North American Economy

Labeling Law for Beef and Pork Impeding Canada-U.S. Trade While Providing No Consumer Benefits

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - A simplified "Product of Canada and the USA" labeling system should apply to beef and pork as well as livestock raised, processed, and traded between Canada and the United States, recommends a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute of Washington, DC.

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Digital Economy

Paradis Challenges Telecom Industry to Innovate, Create and Thrive

TORONTO - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, spoke at the Canadian Telecom Summit yesterday about the Harper Government's measures to enhance competition, increase adoption of digital technology and strengthen Canada's digital economy.

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Competition Report

Competitiveness Should Lie at the Heart of Europe’s Economic Agenda

EU economies score strongly in terms of environmental sustainability and social inclusion, but lags behind other parts of the world in building a knowledge-driven economy

Istanbul, Turkey, 5 June 2012 – A competitiveness divide exists throughout the Europe Union, affecting the economic and social progress of many of the weaker-performing countries, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum.

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Martin Insight

Innie or Outie — What Kind of Neighbourhood Do You Live In?

Toronto - Continuing our discussion on Ontario’s suburbs, this MPI Insight returns to the cities of Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor, Hamilton, and Oshawa, to study the dimension of housing.

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Global Markets

Arab Leaders at World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia Call for Political and Economic Solutions

Political turbulence in Syria and the Palestinian Territories poses challenges to the region’s stability

Istanbul, Turkey – Regional connectedness will lead to greater economic and political stability, Arab leaders said in the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting, convening under the theme “Bridging Regions in Transition”, marks the first time in its 42-year history that the Forum has gathered leaders for a special cross-regional meeting.

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Appointment

Carleton Announces New Communications Director

Carleton University announced the appointment of Mr. Don Cumming as Director, University Communications.

Ottawa - Mr. Cumming has served in a number of positions, including Associate Vice-President, Public Affairs and Government Relations at Trent University. His experience also includes Director of Communications for the Government of Prince Edward Island, as well as communications and corporate policy in education and private industry. He holds an honours degree from York University and has completed the Senior University Administrators’ Course.

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Middle Eastern Economies

Social Innovation and Increased Action by Large Employers Needed to Solve Arab Unemployment Crisis, New Reports Say

Governments and large employers can play a central role in improving labour market flexibility and education to spur innovation and growth

Istanbul, Turkey – Political and economic reform is needed in the Middle East to address the region’s chronic problem of youth unemployment, according to two reports released by the World Economic Forum today.

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New Event

Run for your life with The Running Dead at Bingemans

KITCHENER - Bingemans, the creators of the wildly successful SreamPark Haunted attractions operating each fall season, is extremely excited to announce and introduce the new creepy product, in conjunction with the 2012 Scream Park season.

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Direct Connect

City of Kitchener provides a unique experience by connecting residents with ‘experts’ on Facebook

KITCHENER – Do you have a question on backyard pool safety? What about the local noise bylaw? Are you wondering if you need a permit to build a fence? Well, we have an expert to help you!

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