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Ted Talks

Katherine Kuchenbecker: The technology of touch

As we move through the world, we have an innate sense of how things feel -- the sensations they produce on our skin and how our bodies orient to them. Can technology leverage this? In this fun, fascinating TED-Ed lesson, learn about the field of haptics

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Commercial Real Estate

Peter Benninger Realty named to prestigious Chairman's Circle

Kitchener - Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty has been named to the prestigious Coldwell Banker(r) Chairman's Circle. This designation is awarded to companies who attained closed adjusted gross commission income of $8,000,000 or more during the 2012 calendar year.

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Recognition

Home Hardware Celebrates Canadian Home Builders Association Awards

St. Jacobs – Home Hardware Stores Limited announced it was the recipient of two 2013 Canadian Home Builders Association Awards, both the Business Excellence Award for the “Get it in Writing!” consumer awareness campaign, and The Riley Brethour Award. The awards presentation took place on March 8 during the Canadian Home Builders Association’s (CHBA) National Conference, held in Lake Louise, AB from March 7 – 9, 2013.

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Education

Western comments on tuition increases

London - Western University acknowledged the decision by Ontario's Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Brad Duguid, to introduce a new tuition framework for the province's post-secondary education institutions.

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Scam

Bio-diesel Fuel Company Owner Sentenced to 188 Months in Federal Prison for Crimes Connected to Illegal Fuels Scheme

Jeffrey Gunselman also fined $175,000 and ordered to pay nearly $55 million in restitution

WASHINGTON — Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced March 29, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000 and ordered to pay more than $54.9 million in restitution, following his guilty plea in December 2012 to an indictment charging 51 counts of wire fraud, 24 counts of money laundering and four counts of making false statements in violation of the Clean Air Act.

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Guest Article

Realizing the Competitive Landscape: The Magnet Forensics Soft-Landing Success Story

When it comes to recovering Internet-related data from computers, there are many challenges. Magnet Forensics CTO, Jad Saliba, can attest to the painstakingly hard task from firsthand experience.

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Innovation

Carleton’s Ravens Racing Teams to Unveil this Year’s Cars

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Ravens Racing Teams are set to unveil their newest hybrid and non-hybrid racing cars, designed and manufactured by engineering students.

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Healthy Community

Grand River Hospital going tobacco-free on April 2

Kitchener - On April 2 implementation of Grand River Hospital’s (GRH) tobacco-free policy will take place. This new policy will see all GRH buildings and grounds tobacco and smoke free to support the health of our patients, visitors, staff, volunteers and community.

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Media

Publicitas now the exclusive U.S. advertising sales agent for The Globe and Mail

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail announced the appointment of Publicitas, as its exclusive sales agent for advertising in the United States. Effective April 1, 2013, Publicitas will be responsible for the full portfolio of The Globe's media platforms, including print, magazine, custom and digital content.

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Heritage

U of G to Preserve Sleeman Family History

GUELPH - A few kegs'-worth of Canadian and local heritage have come to the University of Guelph for safekeeping. The University has acquired the Sleeman Collection, chronicling the history of one of the country's oldest breweries, for its archival and special collections at the McLaughlin Library.

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Economy

Strong Acceleration in Latest MLI Leading Indicator

Largest increase in 12 months suggests economic growth positioned to strengthen as 2013 unfolds

OTTAWA - The Macdonald-Laurier composite leading index accelerated noticeably in February, rising 0.4%, its largest increase in 12 months.

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Education Fair

Science and Engineering Fair

Kitchener - The 40th Annual WATERLOO-WELLINGTON SCIENCE and ENGINEERING FAIR will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The competition will feature approximately 220 projects and 300 students from 25 schools - grade seven to twelve in Waterloo Region, the Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington County.

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Taxes

Are You Self-Employed?

OTTAWA - As a self-employed individual, you have until midnight on June 17, 2013 to file your 2012 income tax and benefit return. Don't forget -- you must pay any balance owing for 2012 on or before April 30, 2013, regardless of your filing date.

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Food Cost

Protest Rallies Across Ontario and Canada: April 9 for Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa

Ontario - On Tuesday April 9, rallies in Ontario, particularily Belleville, Goderich, Guelph, Hawkesbury, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Orangeville, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Stratford, Toronto will make a public protest with farmers and consumers to stop the introduction of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa.

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The Place to Be

Canada Open for Business to Start-Up Entrepreneurs

New Start-Up Visa opens for applications on April 1

OTTAWA - The world's best and brightest entrepreneurs from around the world, with ideas for new business ventures and financial backing from Canadian investors, can apply to the brand-new Start-Up Visa Program as of today, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced.

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Education

The School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo announces the winners of the 2nd Annual Equity Research Challenge

WATERLOO - The School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) at the University of Waterloo held their 2nd annual Equity Research Challenge (ERC) on March 22th, 2013 sponsored by Computershare, CNW Group, and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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Guest Column

Avoid Canned Speeches: Grow Facilitation Organically
By Kevin E. O'Connor, CSP

Farmers and chefs know that we love to eat foods described as "organic," because we know it means natural, pure and without pesticides. Most people have never seen advertisements for an "organic meeting" or one featuring an "artificial speaker," yet meeting attendees will tell you that interactive games feel "stale," group discussion questions seem "generic," or many speakers give a "canned" speech. When done well, an audience views facilitation—defined as, "the act of productively making collaboration easier for an audience"—as a normal, important conversation. When you fearlessly facilitate, the audience will know that they are in good hands.

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Innovation

Canadian Government Supports Emerging Technologies in Ontario

Promoting Jobs, Growth and Prosperity in Canadian Manufacturing

OTTAWA - While highlighting the Harper Government's support for the manufacturing sector in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), Thursday announced an investment in Leapfrog Lighting Inc. through the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

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Air Quality

EPA Will Propose Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Extensive Health Benefits

WASHINGTON – Based on extensive input from auto manufactures, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 29, 2013 proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive.

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