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Wednesday May 1, 2013

Ted Talks

Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors

Taylor Wilson was 14 when he built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 19, he returns to the TED stage to present a new take on an old topic: fission. Wilson, who has won backing to create a company to realize his vision, explains why he's so excited about his innovative design for small modular fission reactors.

Cost to Quality of Life

Canadian economy can't afford CPP/QPP hike

Report points to steep costs, far-off benefits

TORONTO - Increasing Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) benefits would hurt the Canadian economy and result in significant job losses, according to a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In June, the nation's finance ministers will discuss increasing CPP and QPP. One option being considered would cost employees up to $1,100 more per year, bring employment growth to a halt and force wages down 1.5%.


BMO Financial Group donates $1.25 million to Laurier

Donation to fund entrepreneurship professorship, 210 scholarships and program development

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics is pleased to announce a $1.25 million gift from BMO Financial Group, which will support entrepreneurship and global education initiatives for students.


COM DEV Europe Wins Radio Frequency Electronics Contract

AYLESBURY, UK - COM DEV Europe Ltd, today announced that it has been granted formal Authorisation to Proceed (ATP) on a contract to develop sophisticated Radio Frequency (RF) electronics equipment for a major international satellite manufacturer. Further details will be announced when the formal contract is signed within the next month.


Growing Organically

New technology continues to make advances on traditional advertising methods

GUELPH – Intrigue Media announced the opening of their ninth licensed territory in Oakville, bringing the company’s operation to a total of 21 cities. Currently the media marketing company provides digital advertising on over 150 television screens across Southern Ontario.

Health Care

Infection control and hand hygiene show continued improvement at Grand River Hospital

Kitchener - Grand River Hospital continues to see strong results in providing a safer care environment for patients. Newly-released hand hygiene rates show a fourth straight year of improvement at GRH’s two largest sites. On-going efforts are taking place to further improve hand hygiene rates and sustain the gains.


Canadian Government sets out plans to run CBC

TORONTO - The government's budget bill contains disturbing changes that introduce direct government interference in the public broadcaster's activities. It is a move that should concern all Canadians.

Quality of Life

Carleton Study Reveals People Are Happier When They Act Like Extraverts

Ottawa - A new study by Carleton Psychology Prof. John Zelenski published this week reveals that people are typically happier when they act extraverted. The study, Personality and Affective Forecasting: Trait Introverts Underpredict the Hedonic Benefits of Acting Extraverted, conducted in the Carleton University Happiness Laboratory, says that even people who have an introverted disposition report more positive emotions when they behave in an extraverted manner —more outgoing, bold, talkative or lively etc.


Fraud Reforms Welcome, Rate Reductions Will Take Time says Brokers Association

Toronto – Yesterday, Ontario’s Minister of Finance announced the government’s proposed plan to lower auto insurance premiums in Ontario that will be contained in the May 2nd Budget.


Ontario's Exports Surpass $10 Billion

Recognizing the Agri-Food Sector

Queens Park - Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne presented an award to Pillitteri Estates Winery at the Canadian Agri-Food Export Gala. The Niagara-based winery was named the winner of the 2013 Ontario Food Exporter Award for its exports to more than 30 countries, including China, where it operates 25 wine retail stores.


New pricing structure makes it easier to enjoy GRCA Parks

Grand River Country - Grand River Conservation Authority Parks are opening for the 2013 season with a new pricing structure that will help people enjoy the parks more often.


Update on what's happen with the Carpenters Union and the Region of Waterloo

Cambridge - Earlier this year, the Carpenters Union filed an application with the Labour Relations Board for certification of the Region of Waterloo employees allegedly performing carpentry work on December 15, 2012.


Arts & Culture


Artists, designers, architects, researchers, students, writers and community members

Guelph - Musagetes invites proposals from the Guelph community for new artistic interventions in St. George’s Square in September and October 2013. Selected artistic interventions will receive a fee of $1500 and production budget of $3500, as well as promotion and production support from Musagetes.


Program aims to keep money in pockets and native trees in Guelph

LEAF Arborist to demonstrate proper tree selection, planting and care

Guelph - On Saturday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m., LEAF will be at Brock Road Nursery for a demonstration of proper tree planting. LEAF’s Field Operations Supervisor Andrea Bake (ISA certified arborist) will lead a tree planting demonstration and will teach participants how to care for their newly planted trees.

Scientific Collaboration

TRIUMF and EUROFESTBC Gather to Discuss Scientific Cooperation between Europe and Canada

Vancouver - Europe Day, a day of celebration observed by most European countries, exists to commemorate the establishment of the peace and unity among European countries. On Thursday, May 9, 2013, EuroFestBC and TRIUMF will locally host a symposium and luncheon in observance of Europe Day, to discuss and enrich understanding of scientific collaborations between Canada and Europe, using the Higgs discovery at CERN as a chief illustration.


Laurier hosts neuroscience conference May 13

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is hosting a meeting of the minds for the mind. The Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association (SONA) will have its 33rd annual meeting at the university’s Waterloo campus May 13.


Jane’s Walk 2013

Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge join 90 cities, 18 countries

Waterloo Region - Jane’s Walk 2013 is this weekend in cities all around the world. Everyone is welcome to lead or join in a free walk this Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5 that explore the history and stories that shape our everyday urban experience. By simply walking together and discussing what makes a neighbourhood, Jane’s Walk helps people to explore and celebrate their cities.


New pricing structure makes it easier to enjoy GRCA Parks

Grand River Country - Grand River Conservation Authority Parks are opening for the 2013 season with a new pricing structure that will help people enjoy the parks more often.

Art Talk

Focusing on DESIGN

Kitchener - Homer Watson House & Gallery will host an Artist Talk from award winning fine artist Pat Hertzberg with a special introduction from Susan Burke Manager/Curator of Joseph Schneider Haus.

Assitive Technologies

Technology Workshop

Guelph - On May 16/13, the Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County is hosting a technology workshop on "What's New and How to Use It". This hands-on workshop builds upon our last technology workshop. Registrants are invited to bring their cell phones and tablets to practice free and low cost software and apps.


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