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Timothy Bartik: The economic case for preschool

In this well-argued talk, Timothy Bartik makes the macro-economic case for preschool education -- and explains why you should be happy to invest in it, even if you don't have kids that age (or kids at all). The economic benefits of well-educated kids, it turns out, go well beyond the altruistic. The author of "Investing in Kids," Timothy Bartik studies state and local economies -- and analyzes the benefits of preschool as an economic development program.

Housing Sales

April Showers Brought May Flowers and Home Buyers

KITCHENER-WATERLOO – Residential property sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS (KWAR) in April were identical compared to April last year.


Union Gas helps young women in Ontario explore skilled careers

WATERLOO – Union Gas presented a $40,000 cheque today to Skills Canada – Ontario as part of a two-year $80,000 commitment to a program that encourages thousands of Aboriginal youth to pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors.


Laurier names Juanne Clarke University Research Professor

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University Sociology Professor Juanne Clarke has been named Laurier’s 2013-2014 University Research Professor. The announcement was made May 2, at the Celebrate Research 2012-13 event, sponsored by Laurier’s Office of Research Services. Clarke has focused on three main areas throughout her research career: medicalization, gender, and media. Recently, she has been working on children’s mental health issues. Her University Research Professor project will continue this work with a cross-national scan of media representations of children’s mental health issues around the world.


National Farmers Union - Ontario Refutes Tribunal Decision

The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) refutes the recently released reasons issued by the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal. After waiting almost 120 days for the reasons, the NFU-O Council has spent the past few weeks consulting with members and leadership involved at all levels of the organization.


Downtown Kitchener receives an A - for Awesome

Kitchener – Kitchener’s finance and corporate services committee received the 2012 Downtown Annual Report that highlighted some of the amazing things taking place in downtown.


A Salute to Reid’s Heritage Group, Langs, and Dynamo Gymnastics

Cambridge - For 20 years, the Cambridge Mayor has been celebrating the training and development accomplishments of our local businesses. This year, three Cambridge companies were recognized for their training and development strategies.

L – R: Doug Sider, Vice President of Team Development Corporate Culture, Reid’s Heritage Group; Erica Dell’Aquila, Recreation Director, Dynamo Gymnastics Inc.; Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig; and Bill Davidson, Executive Director, Langs.


WTO Ruling Must Not End Fight for Green Jobs

TORONTO - A World Trade Organization ruling against Ontario's incentives for domestic manufacturing in renewable energy industries is a signal that global trade rules must be changed, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.


Trade deals getting in the way of sustainable planning

OTTAWA - Yesterday's ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO) shows that trade deals to which Canada has signed are preventing governments from taking responsible action to develop a green economy. One of Canada's largest private sector unions, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) is calling the decision undemocratic and unacceptable.


Making life brighter: Sun Life Financial releases 2012 Public Accountability Statement and Sustainability Report

TORONTO - In Sun Life's Public Accountability Statement and Sustainability Report (PAS & SR), released yesterday, making life brighter means:


Volunteer Campaign Launches in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council is excited to introduce a new campaign to raise awareness in our community about the importance of engaging children and youth while encouraging adults to volunteer. When young people have just one positive adult role model present in their life, it opens the door to opportunity. They are more engaged in school, have better relationships, and are more connected to their community. Every child deserves a role model.

Political Fight

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada Rejects Human Equality Proposal

OTTAWA ― Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, has now regretfully concluded that the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada simply refuses to affirm human equality.

Job recovery

Mid-sized cities looking to recover recession-era job losses

OTTAWA - Nearly half of the 46 mid-sized Canadian cities covered in The Conference Board of Canada's first Mid-Sized Cities Outlook 2013 have not recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, based on historical economic data between 2005 and 2012.

Special Events

Recognition Event

Kindred Spirit BBQ and Award

Kitchener - Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre’s (KDCKC) Homelessness Advisory Group (HAG) is hosting the 9th annual Kindred Spirit BBQ on Thursday, May 9th at Kitchener City Hall. KDCHC hosts Kindred Spirit BBQ to give out the annual Kindred Spirit Award, raise funds for the SOS (Sleeping Outdoor Support) program, and create public awareness.


First-ever World Barbecue Championships Qualifier heats up New Hamburg Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 8

‘Q’ing for Life’ set to raise funds, awareness for organ and tissue donation

New Hamburg – Professional southern-style barbecuers will be ‘Q’ing for Life’ in the first-ever World Food Championship-sanctioned barbecue competition being held in New Hamburg at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 8.

Animal Abuse

HAV (Human Animal Vulnerability) Coalition of Waterloo Region event

Waterloo Region - On Wednesday, May 15 the HAV Coalition of Waterloo Region is thrilled to be bringing to our Region, Phil Arkow, one of the world’s leading experts on the human/animal cruelty link.  The focus of the conference is: “A Community Approach to Breaking the Link of Violence:  The Links between Animal Abuse and Other Family Violence.”


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