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Tuesday March 26, 2013

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Ted Talks

Jessica Green: We're covered in germs! How to make them happy

Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes -- some good for us, some bad for us. As we learn more about the germs and microbes who share our living spaces, TED Fellow Jessica Green asks: Can we design buildings that encourage happy, healthy microbial environments?

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Envkronmental Seervices

Local biosolid approach could save Waterloo Region taxpayers over $100 million, says Cambridge company

Cambridge – Having closely reviewed the Region of Waterloo’s Biosolids Master Plan , Cambridge-based Lystek International spokespersons say they are confident they can provide solutions to the Region’s biosolids management challenges and save taxpayers over $100 million in the process.

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Municipal Services

Minimum $2 charge for all loads brought to Region of Waterloo waste sites

Waterloo Region – A $2 minimum charge per load will be applied to all loads dropped off at all of the Region’s waste sites, effective April 2, 2013.

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Not For Profits

Copp Communications wraps up Ten for Ten program

In 2012, COPP Communications embarked on a year-long tenth-anniversary project to donate pro bono marketing services to ten local non-profits and charities. On March 28, Copp celebrates the wrap-up of this anniversary year project with a reception for its Ten for Ten participants. Invited guests will view the program’s results displayed in a gallery-style setting, and will be able to meet their fellow participants.

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Palliative Care

Federal government takes another step towards improving hospice palliative care in the 2013 budget

Ottawa - The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association has announced that the federal government has proposed funding of $3 million over three years to the Pallium Foundation of Canada to support training in palliative care to front-line health care providers. The 2013 budget also proposes the expansion of GST/HST credits for family caregivers and home care.

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Federal Budget

Federal tax increases for Credit Unions a concern says First West Credit Union

Langley BC - One of Canada's five largest credit unions has weighed in on the surprise announcement in Thursday's budget, in which a tax deduction available for credit unions would be phased out over the next five years beginning in 2013. First West Credit Union, based in British Columbia, expressed concern that the changes would negatively impact most credit unions, but primarily small and mid-size credit unions serving rural and under-served communities across the country.

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Environment

As if Guelph and Rockwood turned off 200,000 lights for Earth Hour

Guelph - During Earth Hour, from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM on Saturday, March 23, hundreds of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. customers in Guelph and Rockwood turned off their lights, indicating their willingness to help fight climate change. The result, measured by Guelph Hydro, was a drop in electricity load of almost 2.6 megawatts or approximately 1.4 per cent during Earth Hour compared to the load curve of the previous Saturday night. That is equivalent to removing almost 900 homes from the electricity grid for an hour or turning off 200,000 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs.

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Winning the Video Gaming Game

Ontario ranks as top province for company momentum and industry growth in Canada’s fast-rising video gaming industry

San Francisco – While it was a revelation when Canada shot past the UK to become one of the world’s top three hotspots for video game development in 2010, in 2013 the Ontario Technology Corridor remains among the leaders and has a new revelation for global game development studios considering Canada. The hard-charging province of Ontario is the country’s number one jurisdiction in terms of concentration of companies and overall industry momentum within Canada’s $1.7 billion, 16,000-employee video game sector.
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Agricultural Employment

Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program prepares for 2013 growing season

The 2012 growing season may be behind us, but Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) is already busy putting plans together with its international partners for spring 2013 when more than 15,000 seasonal workers will return to Ontario farms.

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Technology Tools

New Technology Tool Show coming to Cambridge in April

Cambridge – In today's competitive business arena, creating a relationship of synergy and support to remain ahead of the curve is critical for manufacturers – and that’s true for Omnitool Industrial Sales, a Cambridge-based supplier of production cutting tools,precision measuring instruments, machine tool accessories and cutting fluids. They work with the product manufacturers and engineers around the globe to do the research needed to offer new solutions to manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, mining, logging, food, and oil & gas sectors. And they pride themselves on service, product quality, reliability and well trained staff.

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Arts And Culture

April gallery exhibits feature work of professional and amateur photographers

Kitchener – Photography is at the centre of both exhibits at Kitchener City Hall for the month of April, as the details of life and nature are seen through a lens by professional and amateur photographers.

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Sale for Seniors

Sunnyside Auxiliary volunteers to hold gigantic garage sale

Kitchener – The Sunnyside Auxiliary volunteers will hold a garage sale on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Heritage Hall on the Sunnyside Campus. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The Sandhills Café will be open for breakfast and lunch.


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