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Friday April 19, 2013

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Ted Talks - Very Cool

Andres Lozano: Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down -- like a radio dial or thermostat -- to correct dysfunction.


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Update on Health Care

Significantly More Community-based Health Services Being Provided for Local Residents

Message is more care in the right place, at the right time

Kitchener – In a release the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network updates accountability contracts with community-based Health Service Providers to reflect additional service levels. Recovering from health issues and staying well and healthy depends, for many local residents, on getting assistance from health service providers within our community.

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Legacy Fund

Social justice fund created to honour David Pfrimmer, principal-dean of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

WATERLOO – The Evangelical Lutheran Foundation of Eastern Canada (ELFEC) has announced the creation of the David Pfrimmer Social Justice Fund. The fund honours the contributions of David Pfrimmer, principal-dean and registrar of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, a federated college of Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Environmment

Organic Materials Recovery Firm Open to Peer Review

It is about making decisions that are economically and environmentally best for the taxpayers of this Region

Cambridge – As questions and concerns around the Region’s biosolid plans continue to grow, Cambridge-based Lystek is supporting the call for an open and transparent, peer review of the options short-listed in the Biosolids Master Plan (BMP).

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Education

Ontario universities working together to create more online learning opportunities for students

TORONTO - Ontario universities are joining forces to expand online learning for students in the province and beyond, and are using technology to meet the growing demand for courses and programs delivered outside the traditional classroom setting or courses that blend both traditional and electronic delivery.

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Capital Cost

Overhaul complex Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) system to improve Canada’s tax regime, say accountants

Vancouver/Ottawa – The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) commissioned a study critically examining the CCA system. The findings of the paper were informed by accounting professionals working in public firms and industry executives, and provide evidence that the CCA system is complex and needs to be modernized in order to eliminate redundancies and increase efficiencies.

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Employment

Canada helps people with disabilities in the Kitchener-Waterloo area gain job skills

Ottawa - KW Habilitation is receiving more than $93,000 through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to help people with developmental disabilities get the support they need to find jobs or return to school.

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Skills Training

Scrap Temporary Foreign Worker Program

VANCOUVER - United Steelworkers (USW) members from across Canada are calling for an end to the Canadian government's scandal-plagued Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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Community Service

Langs Launches New Website

Cambridge – Langs has a new website and is inviting the community to visit www.langs.org to learn more the full range of programs, services and partnerships offered by the organization.

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Media

Cambridge student David Hiff wins mpGO award for outstanding achievement in writer/producer specialization

mpGO member and Conestoga College broadcast TV student Zak Whitford takes two awards

Kitchener – David Hiff, a 2nd-year Conestoga College broadcast TV student, is the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Writer/Producer Specialization Award, a $200 honour sponsored by the Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO).

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Arts & Culture

Free student tickets to Music festival

New Hamburg - A local event has once again partnered with TD Canada Trust to create the "All Access Student Ticket" program. A $2500 donation from the company will allow free admission to all students to any event during the 2013 The New Hamburg Live! Festival.

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Take Flight

5th Annual Waterloo Air Show to be held June 1 & 2

New this year, the Canadian Aviation Expo joins us air show weekend; New acts, incredible wing walking and a flame-billowing jet car; Returning favourites: Snowbirds and CF-18 Demonstration jet

Breslau - This year’s Waterloo Air Show is bigger and better than ever with new acts, a bigger static display, Food Truck Alley and the inclusion of the Canadian Aviation Expo, Canada’s premier aviation expo and trade show.

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Arts & Culture

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Leads Audiences on a Musical Tour of Vienna

Kitchener - Conductor James Judd returns to Kitchener to lead an evening of Viennese music on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4 at 8 pm, with a matinee performance Sunday May 5 at 2:30 pm. Featuring KWS’ own Anita Walsh on violin and Ross Edwards on clarinet, the program includes Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major and Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet in E-flat Major.

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Arts & Culture

Celebrating 12 years of Live Jazz in Waterloo Region

KITCHENER - The final Spring 2013 special live jazz concert featuring the New Vibes Jazz Quartet will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the Homer Watson House & Gallery. Featuring Dan Brennan on bass, Andy Macpherson on vibes, Gary Tomlin on drums, and John Zadro on piano, the NVJQ is now celebrating 12 years of live jazz in Waterloo Region. Joining the Quartet for the May concert is special guest violinist Jerzy Kaplanek!

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