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Friday March 22, 2013

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Ted Talks

Francis Collins: We need better drugs -- now

Today we know the molecular cause of 4,000 diseases, but treatments are available for only 250 of them. So what’s taking so long? Geneticist and physician Francis Collins explains why systematic drug discovery is imperative, even for rare and complex diseases, and offers a few solutions

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2013 Budget

2013 Federal Budget delivers for Kitchener

Kitchener - Mayor Carl Zehr joined Canada’s big city mayors and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) board members from across Canada in applauding the federal government for choosing to continue moving our communities ahead.

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2013 Budget

2013 Federal Budget Highlights

KPMG - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered the government’s 2013 federal budget today. The budget expects a deficit of $25.9 billion for 2013, falling to $18.7 billion for 2014 and to $6.6 billion for 2015 and essentially calls for a balanced budget in 2016.

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Spending

Canadians Digging Deeper Into Debt

Tips to recognize a debt problem and rein in borrowing

TORONTO - In a response to Statistics Canada's report that the average household debt-to-income ratio in Canada has reached a new high of 165 per cent. According to the report, released on Friday, March 15th, the average Canadian household now owes $1.65 for every dollar they earn. However, Stats Canada also reported that this is the smallest increase in the past year, indicating that credit accumulation among Canadian households is slowing down.

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2013 Budget

Manufacturing Supports a Step Forward, but Full National Strategy Needed, CAW urges

TORONTO - Billions in new federal supports for Canadian industry is a partial, but important, step forward in assisting the country's embattled manufacturing sector, said CAW President Ken Lewenza, in response to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget released yesterday.

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2013 Budget

Canada's food and consumer products manufacturers call federal budget a vote of confidence

OTTAWA - Canada's food and consumer product manufacturers are encouraged by the federal budget and are pleased to see that the Harper government continues to recognize the value in supporting the manufacturing industry.

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Gender

Carleton Research Suggests that Males of Various Species Send Out Dishonest Sexual Signals

Ottawa - Carleton PhD candidate Sarah Harrison has published new research that suggests male members of various species are not entirely honest when it comes to sexual signals about their quality as a mate. The paper was published in PLOS ONE, an online peer-review publication.

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Attracting Talent

Mitacs Thanks Government of Canada for $13M Budget Investment to Build a Globally-Competitive Workforce

VANCOUVER - Mitacs commends the Government of Canada for new investments in skills training including $13M over two years for Mitacs Globalink, an international internship program.

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2013 Budget

Federal budget missed opportunity for the economy and services

OTTAWA - The union representing most federal government workers in Canada says that Federal Budget 2013 is a missed opportunity for the economy and services.

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2013 Budget

Canadian life and health insurance industry sees challenges and opportunities in today's budget

OTTAWA - The Canadian life and health insurance industry sees both challenges and opportunities ahead in a number of the measures announced in the federal budget.

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2013 Budget

2013 Federal Budget Supports Conservation

TORONTO - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) applauds the extension of the Natural Areas Conservation Program contained in the 2013 Federal Budget.

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2013 Budget

Budget 2013 Builds Capacity in the Short Sea Shipping Industry

OTTAWA - The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) congratulated Minister Flaherty on a budget that will ensure Canada continues on a path of growth and prosperity into the future.

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2013 Budget

New investments in universities make Canada more competitive

OTTAWA - The federal government's investments in university research, skills and talent will help to make Canada more innovative and competitive, says the organization representing Canada's 97 universities across the country.

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2013 Budget

Government "seizing the opportunity" to leverage military procurement to drive jobs in high-end manufacturing: CADSI

CADSI Strongly Endorses Government's "Positive, Unambiguous Policy Statement" on Defence Procurement Strategy in Federal Budget

OTTAWA - The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) strongly endorses the federal government's commitment to create and implement a defence procurement strategy in which Canadian companies will be part of any plan to build equipment for the Canadian Forces, as expressed yesterday in the federal Budget.

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2013 Budget

Budget Advances Yardstick on Research & Innovation

OTTAWA - The Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) is encouraged to see that Budget 2013 clearly identifies the potential of world-class research and innovation as a key driver of Canada's long-term prosperity and overall quality of life.

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2013 Budget

Budget 2013 advances Mental Health Strategy for Canada

CALGARY - The Mental Health Commission of Canada welcomes Budget 2013's proposal to provide $119 million per year over five years to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, with a new focus on the Housing First approach.

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Outstanding Women

Fiona Lester named Outstanding Woman of Laurier

WATERLOO – Fiona Lester has been named the 2013 Outstanding Woman of Laurier. Lester, the captain of Laurier’s varsity women’s hockey team, received the award today during a luncheon at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel.

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2013 Budget

Increased Income Taxes Disappoint Credit Unions

TORONTO - Canada's credit unions were disappointed to see that today's federal budget increases taxes for credit unions and caisses populaires in 2013 and in future years. A tax provision designed to help credit unions compete with big banks will be eliminated.

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Financing

Vidyard Secures $6 Million in Series A Financing

TORONTO - Vidyard announced that it has secured $6 million in Series A financing. OMERS Ventures led the round alongside current investors iNovia Capital and SoftTech VC - further reinforcing its commitment to the Vidyard story. In addition, Jill Rowley participated with a personal investment in the company. The Series A financing positions Vidyard for continued hyper growth as they fuel the demand from marketers for powerful, actionable data for their video content.


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Fed Invests

Federal Government Announces $18 Million Investment in the Canadian Youth Business Foundation

Funding to create new youth jobs and businesses

OTTAWA - The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, confirmed today that the Government of Canada will continue to help young entrepreneurs, foster innovation, tackle youth unemployment and create jobs by investing $18 million over two years in the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF).

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Arts & Culture

The KWS Spends an Evening with the Brothers Creeggan

Kitchener/Waterloo - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes back Andy and Jim Creeggan for Barely Naked: An Evening with the Brothers Creeggan on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. An exploration of the Creeggans’ journey from the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra to the Barenaked Ladies to their individual projects, this concert delves into the history of the uniquely Canadian duo.

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Consumption

Cambridge Launches Online Portal for Water Customers

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge yesterday introduced a new online service for Cambridge residents. The portal makes it easier for residents to access information and look at their consumption and conservation trends.

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2013 Budget

Federal budget support for innovation and skills training will drive productivity and economic growth says Canadian Gas Association

OTTAWA - The federal budget contains a number of measures that will benefit Canadians and drive productivity and economic growth said the Canadian Gas Association.

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2013 Budget

Budget Receives Thumbs Up for Training, but Action Needed on Tax Reform, Says CGA-Canada: Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Rewarded

VANCOUVER/ OTTAWA - The federal budget handed down by Finance Minister James Flaherty stayed the course to eliminate the deficit and made good on promises to invest in skills training and infrastructure, according to the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada).

EVENTS

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Spring Art Sale

Original drawings, photographs, prints and paintings by nationally renowned artists

Kitchener - A display, located in the corridor gallery, will feature a selection list from an inventory of donated works that are available for sale. Look for original drawings, photographs, prints and paintings by nationally renowned artists. All proceeds from the sale support the care of KW|AG's permanent collection.

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Special Performances

Special Circus Performance at the Waterloo Region Museum

WATERLOO REGION – Visit the Waterloo Region Museum for family fun over Easter Weekend. The museum is open daily and features the popular interactive exhibit called CIRCUS! Science under the Big Top created by the Ontario Science Centre.

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