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Friday May 10 , 2013

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Ted Talks

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success is Grit

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school.

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Real World Problems

Maplesoft and British Columbia Institute of Technology partner to promote applications of math in high schools

Efforts aimed at increasing interest in science and technology (STEM) careers

Waterloo/Burnaby - Maplesoft and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) yesterday announced a partnership that will give high school students the tools and technology required to apply math in real world problems and solutions. BCIT’s new Building Better Math database of problems is now embedded in Maplesoft’s powerful testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A. Using the Building Better Math database in Maple T.A. will help high school students practice math in various scientific and technical industries.

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Sustainability

The Co-operators reports on sustainability progress

GUELPH - Yesteday, The Co-operators released its 2012 sustainability report, which details progress the organization has made toward its wide-ranging sustainability objectives. Entitled Take a Closer Look, the report invites Canadians to examine the ways in which The Co-operators group of companies is working to advance social, environmental and economic sustainability.

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Emerging Markets

World Economic Forum Launches Two Reports on Boosting Strategic Infrastructure

Launched today, Strategic Infrastructure in Africa: A business approach to project acceleration focuses on regional project acceleration in Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa – Infrastructure development is one of the top political priorities in Africa. The lack of existing infrastructure and future investments is a key factor hampering the continent’s economic development, trade and jobs creation. At last year’s World Economic Forum on Africa, 35 companies, multilateral development banks, NGOs, regional experts and organizations formed a Business Working Group to address this challenge.

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Regional Expansion

Lisard House To Build New Residential Hospice in Kitchener

Cambridge - Representatives from Lisaard House, Waterloo Region’s first residential hospice, announced today that they will build an additional facility to serve growing Hospice Palliative Care needs in the community. The new hospice, still to be named, is expected to open in Fall 2014. It will be built in southwest Kitchener on lands owned by Conestoga College, and will be operated under the charitable designation currently held by Lisaard House.

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Xquarterly

Magna Announces First Quarter Results

AURORA - Magna International Inc. today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2013 - Magna posted sales of $8.36 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013, an increase of 9% over the first quarter of 2012. Magna achieved this sales increase in a period when vehicle production increased 1% in North America and decreased 9% in Europe, each relative to the first quarter of 2012.  Magna North American, European and Rest of World production sales, as Magnall as tooling, engineering and other sales all increased in the first quarter of 2013 relative to the comparable quarter in 2012.

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xQuarterly

Hydro One Releases 2013 First Quarter Financial Results

TORONTO - Hydro One Inc. released its 2013 first quarter results with net income for the quarter of $257 million and revenues of $1,572 million. "We are proud to have entered into an agreement to acquire Norfolk Power Inc. Hydro One will continue to approach the acquisition of local distribution companies on a commercial, willing buyer/willing seller basis," said Carmine Marcello, President and CEO, Hydro One Inc. "Hydro One demonstrated that it has the ability and focus to deliver value to the ratepayers of Ontario by leveraging its local knowledge and experience and by being willing to build strong and lasting partnerships."

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Communication Market

J.D. Power & Associates Reports: Satisfaction Is Highest among Wireless Customers Who Use Their Carriers' Online Service and Sales Channels

SaskTel and Koodo Mobile Rank Highest in Wireless Customer Satisfaction For a Second Consecutive Year

Key Findings

• The average reported wireless monthly phone bill is $77, an increase of $9 from 2012.
• Among the 49 percent of customers with a data package, the average monthly spend is $86 vs. $65 among the 51 percent who do not have a data package.
• One-half of full-service customers with a smartphone use a mobile application to contact/monitor their carrier regarding service issues.
• Smartphone market penetration increases to 63 percentage points in 2013, up by 9 percentage points from 2012.

TORONTO - For the first time, satisfaction is notably higher among wireless customers who use online self-service channels for both service and sales issues than among those who use the traditional call centres and in-store channels, according to the J.D Power & Associates 2013 Canadian Wireless Total Ownership Experience StudySM released yesterday.

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Emerging Markets

Africa Must Become Self-Sufficient Says Zuma at Opening of World Economic Forum on Africa

Within 50 years, Africa will become a prosperous continent, with robust growth expected to continue

Cape Town, South Africa – The fact that South Africa hosted the recent BRICS summit is an indication of how much Africa has changed, Jacob G. Zuma, President of South Africa, told the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum on Africa. With the support of the Government of South Africa, the meeting opened today in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 1,000 participants from more than 80 countries are taking part. Under the theme Delivering on Africa’s Promise, the meeting’s agenda will integrate three pillars: Accelerating Economic Diversification; Boosting Strategic Infrastructure; and Unlocking Africa’s Talent.

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LPGA

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Announces BlackBerry as Presenting Partner

Waterloo - The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic announced that BlackBerry® will be the Presenting Partner of the tournament scheduled for July 8-14, 2013. This relationship will also lead to the development of the BlackBerry Community Program, an exciting collaboration celebrating the Region that both Manulife Financial and BlackBerry call home. The program will offer special opportunities for the entire community to get involved with the world-class LPGA event.


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Emerging Markets

African Governance: Pressing for Transparency, Reaching for Change

As international transparency initiatives shine spotlights on corruption, African civil society must demand accountability of national leaders; Economic diversification helps lessen corruption by enrichment in ways other than political power

Cape Town, South Africa – In a lively discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa about the role of business and civil society in governance, leaders challenged African state and non-state actors to use newfound transparency initiatives to change, rather than accept, bad behaviour. “Our people are more and more educated, more demanding,” said Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique (1986-2005). “This requires a change in the attitude of leadership.”

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Bipolar Disorder

The Lancet Series on bipolar disorder: advances in biological understanding need to be brought closer to the experience of the patient

Scientists may be on verge of identifying biological mechanisms that lead to bipolar disorder

New York - Bipolar disorder – where patients experience recurrent episodes of mood disturbance, ranging from extreme elation (mania) to severe depression – is thought to affect roughly 2% of the world’s population in its most pronounced forms (bipolar I and II), with milder forms of the disorder affecting another 2%. A new Lancet Series provides a comprehensive overview of the genetics, diagnosis, and treatment of bipolar disorder, outlining future challenges, and debating imminent changes to the criteria that psychiatrists use to diagnose the illness.

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Emerging Markets

African Agriculture’s Success Lies in a Mindset Change

Investment in the supply chain is key to building productivity

Cape Town, South Africa – African agriculture needs to be regarded as an economic sector rather than a social enterprise if the continent is to become a trillion dollar food market and net importer of food by 2030.

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Appointment

Laurier Faculty of Education dean appointed to second term

WATERLOO – The Board of Governors of Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Colleen Willard-Holt, dean of the Faculty of Education, to a second five-year term. Willard-Holt’s second term will run from Aug. 1, 2014 to July 31, 2019, following an administrative leave from Aug. 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014. During her leave, Associate Professor Dawn Buzza will serve as acting dean. "I am very pleased that Dr. Willard-Holt has been reappointed with such strong support from both our internal community as well as our external partners,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier’s vice-president: academic and provost. “Colleen brings a strong commitment to the Faculty of Education, its students and Laurier, and I look forward to working with her during her second term."

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Water Steward

Presentation of prestigious first-ever Excellence in Water Stewardship Award

KITCHENER - Today at 10 a.m. in the Kitchener City Hall Caucus Room, the Council of the Federation (COF) will present the 2013 Excellence in Water Stewardship Award to the City of Kitchener in recognition of its residential stormwater utility and credit program. The first of its kind, the prestigious award is only presented to one recipient once per year per province.

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Philanthropy

Social Venture Partners Enables Younger Community Members to Amplify Their Giving

SVP Introduces Associate Partner Level in Waterloo Region

WATERLOO – Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region (SVPWR) has introduced an Associate Partner level to enable younger community members to amplify their impact while giving to local nonprofits. Associate Partners will also benefit from the professional and social relationships they can build while networking with other Partners both locally and globally.


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Off Shore

Tax Avoidance

OTTAWA - Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency delivered the following statement with regards to information on Canadians with offshore assets that has allegedly been in the possession of several media outlets.

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Counter Terrism

Carleton Hosts Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to Provide Update on Terrorism Research Program

Minister of Public Safety, provided an update at Carleton University on the Kanishka Project - a five-year, $10-million initiative that invests in terrorism-focused research.

Ottawa - Carleton has featured prominently in the federal government program. Faculty and students at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs conducted a project on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism last year and the group, which includes NPSIA Director Dane Rowlands, Prof. Jez Littlewood and post-doctoral researcher Josh Kilberg, is updating the research for publication this summer.

Special Events

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Exhibit

Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee traveling exhibit will visit the Waterloo Region Museum

WATERLOO REGION – A traveling exhibition on the world’s refugees takes school-age children and visitors of all ages on an inspiring, hands-on journey into the challenging lives of millions of children who are forced to flee their homes in conflict regions throughout the world. Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee is on exhibit at the Waterloo Region Museum from June 1 to Sept. 2, 2013.

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Opening Day

Smashing Tribute to The Chairman of the Board at the Drayton Festival Theatre

DRAYTON – The Drayton Festival Theatre has raised the curtain on its 2013 Season with a soul-stirring tribute to one of the greatest performers of the past century. The Songs of Sinatra is a wonderful musical journey through the life and legacy of the iconic American singer and actor, Frank Sinatra. The production is on stage now through June 1st.

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Quality of Life

International knee experts to discuss meniscus transplantation at forum in Toronto

London - Many of the world's top orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine practitioners believe meniscal allograft transplantation is a viable technique in the management of knee damage and degeneration and will discuss the complex surgery at an experts' forum today at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ont.

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