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Thursday May 9 , 2013

Ted Talks

John Legend: "True Colors"

In a heart-melting moment, TED Talks Education host John Legend sits at the piano to sing "True Colors," giving the lyrics a special meaning for kids and teachers. "So don't be afraid / to let them show / your true colors / are beautiful, like a rainbow."

Quarterly Report

Linamar Posts Record Quarter in Earnings with Strong Margin Performance, Launch Book Grows

GUELPH - Sales for the first quarter of 2013 ("Q1 2013") were $846.6 million, up $6.8 million from $839.8 million in Q1 2012.


Regional Council approves ION as the new brand name for the Region’s Rapid Transit service

Waterloo Region – Regional Council approved ION as the new brand name for the Region’s Rapid Transit (RT) service. ION has a number of meanings including ‘going’ in Greek. It links to the region’s academic and scientific communities as well as the pioneering heritage of electricity in Waterloo Region.

Job Transient

Confidence leads employees to seek out greener pastures

TORONTO - Nearly one-third (31.8%) of Canadian employees have indicated they are likely to leave their current job in the next two years, according to the 2013 Randstad Award study, which gathered the opinions and perceptions of over 7,000 Canadian employees and job seekers. Additionally, more than half (54.4%) have indicated that the desire for more money and better benefits will influence their decision to look for a new employer.


City of Kitchener casino consultation survey results and report available

KITCHENER – After an extensive community consultation that included a survey, two public input sessions and feedback provided to city hall, the results are in: overwhelmingly, the public is opposed to a casino in the City of Kitchener or in the surrounding area.

Mental Health Week

Mental health in the workplace is a $51 billion elephant in the boardroom

Partners for Mental Health kicks off its Not Myself Today campaign during Mental Health Week in workplaces across the country

TORONTO - Employers can no longer afford to ignore mental health at work; it's the elephant in the boardroom that is costing Canadian employers and the economy $51 billion dollars a year. It's also keeping employees from reaching their full potential as they suffer the immeasurable costs of stigma and lack of support associated with mental illness.


Retail Council of Canada honours Stephen Wetmore with 2013 Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award

TORONTO - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced that Stephen Wetmore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited, will be honoured with the 2013 Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award.


April 2013 Housing Starts in Ontario

TORONTO - Housing starts in the Ontario region were trending at 55,875 units in April, compared to 59,422 in March, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)(1) of housing starts.


Waterloo’s Stratford Campus delves into research behind game-inspired digital sector

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo Stratford Campus began accepting submissions from presenters today for an international conference on gamification - the term for using game design in a range of tasks to make them more fun, engaging and motivating.

Mental Health Week

Ontario Medical Association Sattement on Mental Health

TORONTO - One in five, or nearly 500,000 children in Ontario have a mental health problem. This week is Children's Mental Health Week and Ontario's doctors want to raise awareness about mental illness and the toll it takes on children, their families and the health care system.


Recognized among Canada's Corporations Going Green 30

GUELPH - The Co-operators has once again been recognized for its commitment to protecting the environment as several of its member companies were listed among Canada's Green 30 by Aon Hewitt for the fourth consecutive year. The list, which is based on Canadian employees' impressions of their employers' environmental performance, was published in the May 20 issue of Maclean's magazine, on newsstands today.

Mothers Day

One-Third of Working Moms are the Sole Financial Provider in Their Households, Annual Mother’s Day Survey Finds

More Than One in Four Working Moms Said Their Kids Have Asked Them to Work Less

CHICAGO – Many working moms are shouldering the full financial burden of their households, closing in on the number of men who carry this responsibility. Thirty-four percent of working moms reported that they are the sole financial provider for their households, not far from the 39 percent of working dads who currently report that they serve as the sole breadwinner.

Cloud Expansion

McMaster University and Cisco Collaborate to Further Bioinformatics Research and Build Institutional Research Cloud

Cloud infrastructure set to transform and facilitate academic research in Canada

HAMILTON – McMaster University and Cisco Canada announced they have established a long-term relationship which will see the university increase research activities in Integrated Health Biosystems and Bioinformatics. McMaster and Cisco will also establish a university-wide research cloud computing environment and infrastructure. This relationship will see McMaster build on its renowned research successes and strengthen its links with national and international partners from academia, government and industry.

Global News

Thomson Reuters Top Humanitarian Headlines

Experts expect availability of safe drinking water in Bangladesh to worsen due to climate change, April was Iraq's bloodiest month in almost five years and eight of the 10 worst nations in which to be a mother are in West and Central Africa

Hero Awards


Cambridge - The Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village is proud to host the Fourth Annual Children’s Hero Awards. This year 19 children were nominated for the Children’s Hero Awards. Since our first event, held in 2009, 77 submissions have been received, 88 children have been nominated and 48 children have received a Children’s Hero Award.


Foodlink Launches Annual Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map at Kitchener Market May 18

Waterloo Region - Where can you find delicious fresh produce along with a full array of local meats, preserves, grains and dairy products? It’s all right here in Waterloo Region! And Foodlink’s Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map shows you where to find it.


Scientists identify early predictors of disease progression which could speed Huntington’s disease drug trials

New York - Scientists have identified a set of tests that could help identify whether and how Huntington’s disease (HD) is progressing in groups of people who are not yet showing symptoms. The latest findings from the TRACK-HD study*, published Online First in The Lancet Neurology, could be used to assess whether potential new treatments are slowing the disease up to 10 years before the development of noticeable symptoms.

Regional Meeting

Waterloo Regional Council Opposes casino

From the May 8, 2013 Regional Council meeting

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings.


Economical Insurance reports financial results for First Quarter 2013

· Grew gross written premiums by 5.1%
· Generated underwriting income* of $13.4 million
· Maintained a strong combined ratio* of 96.9% for the quarter
· Increased total mutual policyholders’ equity by $48.1 million, to now exceed $1.5 billion

WATERLOO — Economical Insurance (“Economical”), one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurance companies, announced consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

Quarterly Results

Sun Life Financial Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. had operating net income from Continuing Operations of $448 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $437 million in the first quarter of 2012. Our operating EPS from Continuing Operations was $0.75 in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $0.74 in the first quarter of 2012. Reported net income from Continuing Operations was $410 million or $0.68 per share in the first quarter of 2013, compared to reported net income from Continuing Operations of $405 million or $0.68 per share in the same period last year.


Subaru Canada announces North American expansion

Expansion investment estimated at $400 million as SIA adds Subaru Impreza production.

MISSISSAUGA - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) announced that its popular compact car, the Subaru Impreza, will be produced in its North American plant beginning in 2016. The announcement arrives on the heels of a banner year and new milestones in company history as sales continue to climb. Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), the North American manufacturer of Subaru vehicles, will expand its plant in Lafayette, Indiana to produce the popular compact sedans and hatchbacks, creating 900 new jobs in the process.


HSBC Bank Canada First Quarter 2013 Results

Profit for the quarter ended 31 March 2013 was C$189m, a decrease of 14% compared with the same period in 2012.

VANCOUVER - HSBC Bank Canada recorded profit of C$189m for the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of C$30m, or 14%, compared with the first quarter of 2012, and an increase of C$35m, or 23%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2012. Profit attributable to common shareholders was C$171m for the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of C$30m, or 15%, compared with the first quarter of 2012, and an increase of C$34m, or 25%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2012.

Special Events

Leadership Event

Leadercast to Bring a Day of Training to Business Community Leaders

Kitchener – On Friday, May 10th, the Greater KW and Cambridge Chambers of Commerce will be hosting well over 200 business and community leaders from around Waterloo Region for a day of inspiration and leadership training at the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast – powered by saveONenergy.

Free Speech

Laurier Professor Carol B. Duncan and author Lawrence Hill discuss race, censorship and free speech at the ROM

WATERLOO – Laurier Associate Professor of Religion and Culture Carol B. Duncan will discuss race, censorship and free speech with author Lawrence Hill Thursday, May 16 at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto.


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