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Wednesday May 8 , 2013

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Ted Talks

ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese ... with ease!

For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.


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Change Management

You CAN Lead through Change

4 Steps to Help Your Staff Adapt

“Are you kidding me? Weekly Meetings!” Riley was questioning why Clint, his boss, is requesting weekly staff meetings instead of the longstanding monthly meetings. “Is this the beginning of a new form of micromanagement? Why do we have to change now?” Riley asks himself. “It’s such a burden with no apparent benefit.”

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Waste

Waste Diversion Ontario to redesign Ontario's Blue Box database

Ontario's comprehensive waste reporting system to be refined

TORONTO - Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) announced that it will be undertaking a redesign of Ontario's comprehensive database for residential garbage. Every year since 2003, municipalities have used a reporting system called the Municipal Datacall to submit data to WDO on their waste diversion activities, with a particular focus on Blue Box tonnes recycled and Blue Box Program operating costs.

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Infrastructure

Urban Mayors Caucus support call to end gridlock

Kitchener - The Mayors of Ontario’s largest cities support Premier Wynne’s call for immediate action to end gridlock in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA). In advance of the Metrolinx report due on May 27th, 2013, LUMCO is encouraged that the province is making ending gridlock and transit improvements a priority.

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Hospitality

Survey shows restaurateurs optimistic for sizzling summer sales

TORONTO - With patio season upon us, more than one-third of restaurateurs expect sales growth to pick up steam over the next six months. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association's (CRFA's) Restaurant Outlook Survey for Q1 of 2013 shows operator optimism mirrors the economic outlook - Canada's economy is forecast to gain momentum this quarter and grow stronger in 2014.

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Manufacturing Plan

A Call to Action! – Manufacturing Forum

Cambridge - A Waterloo Region Manufacturing Action Plan 2013 has been released by the Workforce Planning Board. This plan was developed as a follow on from the manufacturing industry research released in December 2012 "Dynamic and in Need of Talent".

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Freedom of Thought

Conservative bill gives government a direct say in CBC journalism

TORONTO - New powers in the federal omnibus budget bill tabled last week would allow the government to participate in discussions about the definition of news and the role of the producers who create CBC programming. Bill C-60 opens the door to direct political interference in the biggest news organization in the country.

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Energy

Niagara’s water power prowess embraces the allure of wind
International investments are blowing wind industry companies, manufacturing and construction jobs across Ontario

Chicago, IL – While the Niagara Region of Canada is known worldwide for its magnificent waterfalls and associated hydro power, the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance is attending WINDPOWER 2013 in Chicago to announce a series of national and international wind investments by companies including Capital Power Inc., Enercon Canada Inc., Niagara Region Wind Corp. (NRWC), NextEra Energy Canada ULC, REpower Systems SE, Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., and TSP Canada Towers Inc.

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Fundraising

New Carleton Microgiving Platform Enhances Student and Donor Experience

Ottawa - Each year, 15 Carleton students make a life-altering journey to Antarctica as part of the Students on Ice program. Sailing south from Ushuaia, Argentina, these students witness first-hand the awe-inducing southern polar climate and glacial landscape while carrying out collaborative research. Such opportunities don’t come without heavy costs, however. Typically, each student pays a $10,750 fee plus the cost of a return flight to Argentina. But this year, anyone can help a student’s dream become reality through a new fundraising initiative at Carleton University.

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Innovation

New Fongo Initiative Shifts the Balance of Power to Canadian Mobile Phone Consumers

Fongo Faces gives Canadians greater choice and control of their mobile phone identities #SaveYourself

WATERLOO - Fongo Inc., Canada's fastest growing mobile telecommunications company, announced yesterday Fongo Faces, the latest initiative in its quest to give Canadians greater choice and control of their mobile phone service experience.

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Appointment

Leading tech entrepreneur and investor joins MaRS as head of its Information Technology, Communications & Entertainment (ICE) sector

TORONTO - MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce the appointment of Salim Teja as Managing Director of its ICE sector programs. "Salim Teja is highly respected and the ideal leader to take MaRS' growing ICE practice to the next level," said Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District. "With his unique, extensive experience as an entrepreneur and investor, and as an executive leading sales, business development and operations in high-growth tech businesses, Salim will help accelerate the impressive gains of our startup clients in Canada and around the world."

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Education

WCDSB Students Excel in the Classroom & Community

Waterloo Region – The students, staff and trustees of Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools proudly congratulate Alexandru (Dru) Gheorghe of St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School on his appointment to the 2013 Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC).

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Global Rank

Waterloo tops Canadian universities for Statistics and Operational Research

WATERLOO – The University of Waterloo ranks as the top university in Canada for Statistics and Operational Research and amongst the top 30 institutions in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems, and Mathematics, according to results published yesterday.

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Study

More Than Half of Companies in the Top Ten World Economies Have Been Affected By a Bad Hire

CHICAGO – A new study from CareerBuilder shows that hiring the wrong person can have serious implications for companies. More than half of employers in each of the ten largest world economies said that a bad hire (someone who turned out not to be a good fit for the job or did not perform it well) has negatively impacted their business, pointing to a significant loss in revenue or productivity or challenges with employee morale and client relations.

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Award Winner

Laurier wins 12 international marketing and communications awards

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has earned 12 top awards in the prestigious 2013 Hermes Creative Awards competition. Laurier won six platinum and six gold awards in the international competition, which recognizes outstanding achievements in the concept, writing and design of marketing, communication and advertising materials.

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Recognition

Sales Representative Top in Canada

Kitchener/Waterloo – Eric Reiner, a Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty’s Commercial Division was Coldwell Banker Commercial’s Top Canadian Sales Professional in 2012, placing fifth overall out of almost 2,800 commercial sales representatives in North America. In addition, Reiner achieved the Number One Sales Professional by Specialty – Multi Family Award for the third year in a row.

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