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Ted Talks

Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear.

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Municipal Affairs

Waterloo Regional Council meeting

From the June 27, Diversity Strategy approved

Waterloo Region - Council approved a Diversity & Inclusion Strategy for the Region in order to meet the needs of our community as it grows and becomes more diverse. The Region plans to address diversity and inclusion issues beyond ethnicity, making sure there are no barriers to services for anyone.

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Manufacturing

AUTO INDUSTRY TURNS LOSSES TO PROFIT IN JUST THREE YEARS

Ottawa – Canada’s motor vehicle manufacturing industry has gone from $1.5 billion in losses in 2009 to an expected profit of $1.5 billion this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Industrial Outlook: Spring 2012.

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Canada Day

University of Waterloo students plan a Canada Day party for all ages

WATERLOO – The University of Waterloo and its Federation of Students are bringing the region’s favourite community party back to Columbia Lake Fields this Canada Day.

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Employment

Study: Measures of employment turnover post 2000, 2001 to 2009

Statscan - The relative contribution of firms of different sizes to net employment growth varied substantially from year to year in the early post-2000 period. This was mostly because of volatility in the net employment growth among Canada's largest firms.

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RAVE Awards

Region RAVES about employees

Waterloo Region – Recipients of the Region’s Employee Awards for Values Excellence, also known as RAVE awards, were recognized at Regional Council today for their outstanding contributions to the Region.

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Prestigous Recognition

OpenText Named a Finalist in Voice of the Customer Awards

Leading Industry Analyst Firm Recognizes OpenText for Its Positive Impact on Customer Experience and Improved Business Value to the Organization

WATERLOO - OpenText announced that it has been named a finalist in the fourth annual Forrester Research Voice of the Customer Awards. This is the second consecutive year OpenText has been named a finalist in the program. The prestigious award recognizes initiatives that help companies dramatically improve how they collect, interpret, and react to customer feedback. The announcement was made this week at the Forrester Customer Experience Forum in New York.

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Earnings

Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2012

In April, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $896.63, up 1.0% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased by 3.1%.

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Recognition

Elmira resident receives Senior of the Year Award from Region of Waterloo

Waterloo Region – Alma Alder has volunteered at the Elmira branch of the Region of Waterloo Library for over 19 years. Her dedication to the library was recognized by Regional Council tonight with the presentation of the Senior of the Year Award.

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Healthcare

New second-line drug for Type 2 diabetes results in less hypoglycaemia, less weight gain and perhaps less cardiovascular risk for patients

New York - A new drug could offer significant advantages over existing treatments for Type 2 diabetes patients who don’t respond to metformin, the most commonly prescribed initial drug treatment for the disease. The new drug, linagliptin, results in significantly less weight gain than the most common second-line treatments currently used, and may even carry a smaller risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke, according to an Article published in The Lancet.

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Vacation Time

Checking In While Checking Out: More Than Three in Five Executives Check In With the Office During Summer Vacation

TORONTO - As executives plan their summer getaways, many of them will not leave the office completely behind, suggests a new Robert Half Management Resources survey. Sixty-one per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled say they check in with the office at least once or twice a week while on vacation, up from 58 per cent in a similar survey in 2005. Thirty-six per cent remain completely disconnected during their vacation.

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Tourism Canada

National tourism indicators, first quarter 2012

Statscan - Tourism spending in Canada rose 0.9% in the first quarter, as outlays by international visitors in Canada and by Canadians at home increased.

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Income

Family income and income of individuals, related variables: Sub-provincial data, 2010

Guelph sees largest increases in median total family income

Statscan - In 2010, Ottawa–Gatineau had the highest median total family income (before tax) of all the census metropolitan areas (CMAs), at $90,790, according to data derived from personal income tax returns.

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Global Growth

Manulife, one of the world's leading life insurance companies, is now in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Manulife Financial today announced the official opening of its head office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Presided over by H.E. Dr. AUN Porn Moniroth, Minister attached to Prime Minister and Secretary of State of The Ministry of Economy and Finance, the historic event took place at Raffles Hotel Le Royal where Manulife partners, government officials, a number of guests and local media representatives joined in the celebration.

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International Recognition

NSERC Northern Research Chair Awarded International Prize

Ottawa - Carleton University is pleased to announce that Christopher Burn, who holds an NSERC Northern Research Chair at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, has been awarded the PPP Prize for Excellence in Permafrost and Periglacial Research for 2012. This unique award is the premier international award for excellence in geocryology and is given just once every four years.

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Bio Fuel

Made-In-Ontario Biofuels Technology Moves Closer to Commercialization

Alternative energy initiative receives funding boost

St. Marys – Pond Biofuels will receive almost $1-million in federal government funding for its leading-edge, alternative energy pilot project that uses algae to turn carbon dioxide into fuel at the local St Marys Cement Inc. (Canada) plant. Announced June 27, 2012, the additional funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) will allow Pond Biofuels to complete the first phase of its pilot demonstration plant in St. Marys.

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