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Thursday March 21, 2013

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Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope.


Ontario Municipalities Welcome Long-Awaited Tools to Collect Unpaid Fines

TORONTO - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is pleased with legislation introduced yesterday by the Government of Ontario, and supported by all political parties, that would deny license plates to those who have failed to pay fines for offences under the Provincial Offences Act (POA).


New Members Appointed to Science, Technology and Innovation Council

OTTAWA - Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, and Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the appointment of new members to the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC).


Hydro One encourages customers to power down for conservation this Earth Hour

TORONTO - Last year, Ontario saved enough energy to power the city of Belleville during Earth Hour. This year, Hydro One is urging its customers to save even more than the 202 MW saved last year by turning off lights and unplugging unnecessary appliances on March 23 from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. Hydro One customers will join millions of people worldwide in conserving energy in support of Earth Hour.

Wage protest

Communities around Ontario call on MPPs to melt the minimum wage freeze now

TORONTO - At a province-wide day of action, communities from around Ontario will demand an immediate minimum wage increase. Blocks of ice with frozen $10 bills will be delivered to the Ministry of Labour and MPPs in over fourteen cities.

The Conflict

$900 million lawsuit filed against Rio Tinto's IOC

Innu communities of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam and Matimekush-Lac John defend their aboriginal rights

MONTREAL - On March 18 at the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal, the Innu First Nations of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam (Uashaunnuat) and Matimekush-Lac John (MLJ), whose traditional territory (Nitassinan) covers much of northeastern Quebec and Labrador, filed a motion to obtain an injunction against Iron Ore Company of Canada's (IOC) mining operations in Quebec and Labrador as well as damages for the harm caused to them by IOC estimated at $900 million. IOC's majority shareholder is Rio Tinto.

A Strategy

Moving skilled workers to major projects key to meeting Ontario construction needs

TORONTO - Northern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will be hubs of construction activity over the next few years, drawing in workers from outside Ontario's regions to meet the growing demand for skilled trades.

Global News

AlertNet Weekly Digest, a round-up of Thomson Reuters weekly coverage

Highlights this week include: alleged chemical attack kills 25 in northern Syria, days after it marked second anniversary of the uprising, Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court, hands himself over to U.S Embassy, and bombings and suicide attacks kill around 60 people on Iraq invasion anniversary.


One in five Canadians exposed to tax season scams

CGA-Canada survey reveals a majority of Canadians don’t know where to report fraud

Vancouver/Ottawa – March is fraud prevention month, and with tax season underway, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) released a survey that reveals one in five Canadians has been exposed to a tax season scam. Also noteworthy is that a majority of Canadians (54 per cent) do not know where to report these incidents. Tax season scams include phishing, identify theft, false charities and tax preparer fraud.


New Sheila Bird Journalism Scholarship Honours Carleton Alum

Ottawa - Through the efforts of the friends and family of Sheila Bird, an alumna who passed away in late 2012, qualifying Carleton students will benefit from the Sheila Bird Scholarship in Journalism. Each year, a $1,000 scholarship will be distributed to a deserving third-year Carleton School of Journalism student (preferably female) who aims to pursue a career reporting on justice or international affairs, areas that occupied much of Bird’s career.


Waterloo honours top co-op students, including national co-op student of the year

WATERLOO – A University of Waterloo student named the top co-op student in Canada is among six students honoured as Waterloo celebrates National Co-op Week. As part of the week's celebrations, one co-op student from each of Waterloo’s six faculties received the 2012 University of Waterloo Co-op Student of the Year Award in a ceremony.


Entrepreneur Award

Entrepreneurs could win $50,000 investment

Waterloo - Young companies from the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and Stratford areas will compete in the LaunchPad $50K Competition. Successful entrants could be awarded investment money of : Gold: $50,000; Silver: $25,000 and Bronze: $10,000.

Public Lecture

Sport psychology researcher Dan Gould lectures on youth leadership through sport at Laurier

WATERLOO – Dan Gould, an internationally renowned researcher and practitioner in sport psychology, will deliver Laurier’s annual Dr. Fred Binding Lecture in Sport Psychology on April 3. The lecture, titled “Promoting Youth Leadership through Sport,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Senate and Board Chamber on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. During the lecture, Gould will review and critique research examining the role that sport and physical education play in developing youth leadership to derive implications for guiding professional practice. Gould will place emphasis on the need for teachers and coaches to be much more intentional in structuring climates that are conducive to developing leadership, and to implement specific strategies to develop youth leadership.



WATERLOO REGION – The K-W Multicultural Centre presents the 2013 Global Skills Conference for Internationally Trained Professionals (ITP), today, Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener. Supported by the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation this all-day, free conference starts at 9:00am with a Networking Session (hosted by Immigration Partnership) with 30 local employers for ITPs at the conclusion of the conference from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.


Poor Boy Lunch

Waterloo - Opportunities Waterloo Region announced its inaugural event - Let Laughter Lighten the Load: Poor Boy Lunch and Laugh - featuring a luncheon and entertainment by stand-up comedian Judy Suke!


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