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Thursday April 18, 2013

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Ted Talks

Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck

When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him a hemiplegic. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down.

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Sustainable Waterloo

58 Waterloo Region organizations commit to reduce GHG emissions by 45,000 tonnes

Hundreds of sustainability leaders gather for Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 4th Annual Evening of Recognition to celebrate progress made in 2012

Waterloo Region – Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 2012 Report reveals that members of its flagship program, the Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI), are making a strong, positive impact in reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Learning Study

Reading wordless storybooks to toddlers may expose them to richer language, study finds

WATERLOO - Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that children hear more complex language from parents when they read a storybook with only pictures compared to a picture-vocabulary book. The findings appear in the latest issue of the journal First Language.

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Space

COM DEV equipment launched on ANIK G1 satellite

Cambridge - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that Telesat's ANIK G-1 satellite was successfully launched on April 15 with COM DEV-built multiplexers and switches on board.

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Guest Speaker

Dean Roger Martin to speak at Shalom Counselling Services dinner

Waterloo – Shalom Counselling Services of Waterloo is hosting a 30th anniversary celebratory dinner on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The keynote is Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Martin is the son of Shalom’s founding Executive Director, the late Delphine Martin. His topic is “Lessons My Mother Taught Me.”

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Expansion

Mennonite Foundation of Canada hires consultant in Niagara office

St. Catherines - Mennonite Foundation of Canada welcomes Andrew Epp as Stewardship Consultant in the Niagara/St. Catharines office. Epp has a background in finance, accounting and theology.

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Pensions

Pension plan for Ontario colleges earns 11.8% return, doubles reserves to $347 million, stands 103% funded

TORONTO - The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Pension Plan today announced an 11.8% rate of return for the year ended December 31, 2012, which increased the Plan's net assets to $6.3 billion from $5.6 billion the previous year.

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Arts & Culture

K-W Musical Productions presents Into the Woods

Waterloo Region– All of your favourite fairytales will come to life when
K-W Musical Productions presents the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods. This fairytale musical takes the stage at Kitchener’s Registry Theatre on Thursday, May 2 and runs through Saturday, May 11 for eight performances only.

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Appointment

Brick Brewing Announces Appointment of Sean Byrne as Chief Financial Officer

KITCHENER - Brick Brewing Co. Limited announced the appointment of Sean Byrne as Chief Financial Officer, effective April 29, 2013.

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Health Care

Nurses decry loss of national health-care body

TORONTO - The professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario is adding its voice to the chorus of boos in response to Tuesday's news that the federal government is cutting funding to the Health Council of Canada.

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Feedback

Taking the Pulse of the Community

Cambridge - The ‘Citizen Engagement Task Force’ at the City of Cambridge is looking for your input. The goal of the task force is to explore new ways to engage Cambridge citizens. The group announced yesterday that a new survey will be available to help take the pulse of the community.

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Alert News Digest

Round-up of Thomson/Reuter Foundation coverage

Highlights this week include: earthquake strikes southeast Iran killing at least 35 people in neighbouring Pakistan, G8 ministers fail to agree on Syria and half a million Kenyans and Ethiopians are likely to be displaced, go hungry and face conflict due to a controversial dam.

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Co-existing

Jane’s Walk 2013

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ~ Jane Jacobs, ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’

Waterloo Region - Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Jane’s Walk 2013 takes place on May 4 & 5 in cities all around the world. Everyone is welcome to lead or join in a free walk exploring the history and stories that shape our everyday urban experience. Through the simple act of walking together and discussing what makes a neighbourhood, Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into strong and resourceful communities.

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Employment

Majority of Employers Plan to Hire Recent College Graduates in 2013

Annual Study Reveals Graduates’ Salary Prospects, Top Jobs Areas, and Whether or Not an Alma Mater Factors into Hiring Managers’ Decisions

Chicago — The college graduating class of 2013 will enter a stronger job market than in the years immediately following the recession; however, young professionals entering high-skill fields may have a decided advantage, according to a new study from CareerBuilder.com and CareerRookie.com. More than half (53 percent) of U.S. employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2013, on par with 2012 (54 percent) and up significantly from 46 percent in 2011 and 44 percent in 2010.

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Regional Minute

From the April 17, 2013 Waterloo Regional Council meeting

Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at this weeks Waterloo Regional Council meetings.

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Summer Employment

Giving Students a Chance to Be Their Own Boss

Waterloo Region - The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre is now accepting applications for Summer Company 2013 until May 17, 2013. Students between the ages of 15-29 years who are interested in learning more about starting their own business are encouraged to apply. Eligible candidates will receive an award of up to $3,000 to start their own business.

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Fame

Rockwood and other GRCA parks in the movies

Grand River Watershed - It is time for us to set all modesty aside and spill the beans on a star among us. This star is often well camouflaged by cedar trees and rocks rather than dark glasses and a big hat. Rockwood Conservation Area has silently shared the screen with Paul Gross (Men with Brooms), Hilary Duff (Cheaper by the Dozen 2), Jude Law (eXistenZ) and William Hurt (A History of Violence) and many other Hollywood stars. Excited teenage girls could hardly be kept away when word got out that the Jonas Brothers were filming Camp Rock 2 at Rockwood.

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Fashion

Successful Show

Blue Boutique wins trip for two to Hawaii

Cambridge – Coquette is pleased to announce their success at the International Lingerie Show April 8th to 10th at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

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Feedback

Leisure Facilities Master Plan survey closes next Friday

KITCHENER – There is just one week left for the community to provide feedback via an online survey about leisure facilities and services in Kitchener. The public is being asked about their experiences with Kitchener’s leisure facilities and where they see the priorities over the next five to 10 years. The survey is available at www.kitchener.ca/lfmp; paper copies are available at Kitchener community centres, arenas and pools.

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Cyber Crime

Time to Cut Through the ‘Noise’ of Cyber Crime, say Security Experts

Upcoming 23rd World Conference on Disaster Management, June 23-26 in Toronto, puts cyber security into a context that businesses of all sizes can understand and apply

Toronto – On the heels of a massive cyber attack in South Korea that made global headlines when bank machines and major television networks across the country were crippled for hours, speakers at the upcoming 23rd World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) are calling on companies of all sizes to renew their focus on cyber security in a very pragmatic way.

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