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Ted Talks

Israel and Iran: A love story?

When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind.


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Philanthropy

Foundation receives donation from canoe outfitter

Sara Wilbur (left), executive director of the Grand River Conservation Foundation, received $2,771 from Shelly Jo Courtney (right) of Canoeing the Grand in Kitchener. A dollar from each boat that the outfitter sent down the Grand 2012 was donated to the GRCF. This is the second year that the Shelly Jo and Ned Courtney have operated Canoeing the Grand and their second year of making this donation.

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Credit Union

Federal Credit Union Option Now Available to Canadian Credit Unions

Credit Union Central of Canada Welcomes the Proclamation of the Federal Credit Union Legislative Framework

TORONTO - The United Nations International Year of Co-operatives will end on a high note in Canada with an historic announcement for the evolution of the Canadian credit union system. The federal government announced the coming into force of the legislative framework that will allow for the establishment of federal credit unions.

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Queen Jubilee

Drayton Entertainment Artistic Director recognized with The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

DRAYTON - Drayton Entertainment announced that founding and current Artistic Director, Alex Mustakas is a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This new commemorative Medal, created in 2012 for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, is presented to honour individual Canadians who have made significant contributions to the community and to the proud heritage of Canada.

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Immigration

Over 2 Million Visits to the Come to Canada Wizard

Newcomers can determine if they are eligible to immigrate to Canada with the flick of a wand (or computer mouse)

Ottawa — The Come to Canada Wizard, has been visited by well over 2 million users since its launch in August 2011.

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Arts & Culture

Arts Fund invests $128,300 to make art happen in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund announced that it has awarded grants totaling $128,300 to artists and arts organizations in response to proposals submitted from throughout Waterloo Region.

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Appointment

Jim Prieur appointed to Manulife Board of Directors

TORONTO - Manulife Financial Corporation and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company announced that C. James (Jim) Prieur has been appointed to their Boards of Directors, effective January 1, 2013. Mr. Prieur will sit on the Risk Committee.

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Fund Raising

Charities Fundraising Report finds bulk of donations go to pockets of for-Profit telemarketers

Investigation Launched As Telemarketing Companies Are Paid Nearly 62% Of Donations They Raised On Behalf Of Charities

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released his office's annual fundraising report showing that for-profit telemarketers in New York State receive the lion's share of donations they raised on behalf of charities.

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Vacation Cost

How Grinch-like governments make our holiday travel costly

Governments employ many methods to ensure you don't have too much fun on your vacation.

By Mark Milke

CALGARY, AB - Question: Have you ever felt annoyed at a restaurant when your bill arrived with a mandated tip, thus removing your (monetary) ability to comment on the service? If so, that’s about how governments act vis-à-vis travel costs for Canadians when governments prevent full competition which would reduce prices.

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