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Thursday March 28, 2013

Ted Talks

Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions

In the Masai community where 13-year-old Richard Turere lives, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away.

Labour Relations

Region of Waterloo and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1656 ratify contract

Waterloo Region – The agreement between the Region of Waterloo and CUPE Local 1656, representing the Region of Waterloo’s outside workers has received ratification. The total compensation cost of this four year agreement is 5.49 per cent.

Cost Cutting

Ten Thousand Villages Canada commitment to Fair Trade and artisans leads to reorganization in 2013

New Hamburg – For over six decades, Ten Thousand Villages has provided fair income to artisans and producers in countries around the world. As the largest and oldest non-profit Fair Trade organization in North America, this vision has changed the face of villages through economic improvement in areas as far-flung as India, Peru, Cambodia and Uganda. In the wake of domestic retail challenges, Ten Thousand Villages Canada is reenergizing its vision and efforts to stabilize the organization. This commitment to future sustainability requires a significant reduction of high infrastructure costs and overall downsizing of national operations. As a result, Ten Thousand Villages will close 10 retail locations and reduce head office staff by about 20 positions in 2013.


Community groups, schools can apply for grants for environmental projects

Applications are now being accepted from community groups and schools for Community Conservation Grants given out by the Grand River Conservation Foundation and the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Corporate Philanthropy

Sun Life Financial receives Jack Middlemass Award at Diabetes Research Symposium

Kitchener - Sun Life Financial was recognized at the Diabetes Research Symposium at the Bingemans Ballroom. Art Sinclair of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and Jack’s widow Bev Middlemass were on hand to present the award to the delegation from Sun Life Financial. Accepting the award were Andrew Wilkin, Shane McFadden, Geoff Ollson, Wendy Vasco and Shan Bricker.


Small town service is key

New Hamburg - Bill Fleming, owner-operator of Sobey’s in New Hamburg, was guest speaker at the New Hamburg Board of Trade on Wednesday evening. Fleming, who co-owns the New Hamburg franchise with his wife, Jill, is a member of the New Hamburg Board.

Venture Capital

CVCA concerned about contradictory signal proposals from Ottawa on Venture Capital

Toronto - Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, while pleased with the Budget’s support for innovation and small and medium-sized businesses, did express its disappointment with the 2013 Federal Budget proposal to eliminate retail investors’ ability to access tax credits for their investments in labour-sponsored venture capital corporations (LSVCCs).

Identity Theft

Provincial Brokers Association reminds Ontarians to protect themselves from identity theft

Toronto – The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario is reminding Ontario citizens of the dangers of identity theft and the steps they can take to prevent it from happening to them. Identity theft is a crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way, which involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.

Income Disclosure

Taxpayers Federation elated With passage of Bill C-27
Winnipeg - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) applauded the federal government for passing and proclaiming Bill C-27 today; legislation that will require aboriginal politicians on all reserves in Canada to disclose their salaries to the public (just like every other politician in the country). The CTF first began pushing for such a change on December 22, 2009.

Arts And Culture Funding

Crowd Sourcing Funding Program launched at Guelph Cultural Connections Conference

Guelph - Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph will present the Guelph Cultural Connections Conference on Saturday, April 6 from 1-7pm at the River Run Centre. This conference will concentrate on providing participants with the tools to engage with their community, develop, and enhance partnerships with community members, businesses, and organizations.


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