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Monday May 13, 2013

Ted Talks

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.


Research study explains why darkness affects walking difficulties in Parkinson’s disease patients

WATERLOO – A study jointly conducted by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC) and the University of Waterloo’s Department of Psychology discovered that darkness increases occurrences of the “freezing of gait” phenomenon among Parkinson’s disease patients, interrupting their ability to walk.

Quality of Life

City of Toronto Policy Calls for Healthcare for All Residents Irrespective of Immigration Status!

Toronto – In another landmark decision, City of Toronto councillors on May 9, 2013 voted in overwhelming support of recommendations by the Board of Health to provide improved access to healthcare services for its medically uninsured residents.


52 Per Cent of Executives Say In-House Expertise is No Longer Worth Paying For

Entrepreneurial drive, niche talent shortages and generational divide cultivate booming "Borrowed Expertise" market

TORONTO - Fifty-two per cent of all Canadian business executives in a new Angus Reid business study commissioned by accounting and business advisory firm, Richter, say it's not worth it to pay for in-house expertise in niche areas of business anymore. In fact, they think outsourcing for specialized expertise will be a growing trend this year.


Joe Lawrence to become COO of Porsche Cars North America

Porsche Canada announces leadership change

Mississauga - Porsche Cars Canada announced today a change to its leadership. Starting in September, Joe Lawrence will become Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Porsche Cars North America. His successor as President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Cars Canada will be announced at a later date.

Quality of Life

Sun Life Financial supports world class research to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Canadians

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial and Pfizer Canada have partnered to each donate $50,000 to Healthy Minds Canada for the 2013 Workplace Depression Research Award. The grant will help fund advances and breakthroughs in scientific research of workplace related depression.


Grants available to farmers in Waterloo Region for environmental projects

More than $300,000 is available this year to farmers in Waterloo Region for water quality improvement projects. Applications are being accepted for grants from the Rural Water Quality Program, which is administered by the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Fund Raising Grants

Strong support still needed for victims of sexual violence here in KW

Waterloo, ON, May 16, 2013 – Last night, Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo handed out $12,000 in service grants to women’s health and well-being programs in our community.

Emerging Markets

Economic Diversification an Important Buffer for Africa in Uncertain Global Environment

Africa needs to forge a new model of growth based on inclusivity

Cape Town, South Africa – Economic diversification is essential for African economies to build buffers against vulnerability in a volatile world, panellists told a World Economic Forum on Africa session on Africa’s economic outlook.


McGill University Joins TRIUMF Team

Vancouver - At its recent Board of Management meeting, TRIUMF approved McGill University as an associate member of the consortium of universities that owns and operates Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. McGill joins 17 other Canadian universities in leading TRIUMF.

Emerging Markets

World Economic Forum on Africa Closes with Call for Action

The question is no longer “if” Africa will grow, but “how” it will grow

Cape Town, South Africa – Calling for investment to consolidate and make more inclusive recent African growth, leaders from across the continent gathered to close the 2013 World Economic Forum on Africa. “We’ve had a couple of days of very exciting conversations about what is happening on the continent,” said Eric Kacou, Co-Founder, Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESPartners), USA, a Young Global Leader and Member of the Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship. “I think in Africa we are in the middle of a metamorphosis,” he said. “People are just starting to recognize there is potential.”


As Canada Takes Arctic Council Helm, Experts Stress North's Vulnerability to Spills, Emergencies

International experts recommend key focus areas for next two years

Ottawa - As leadership of the Arctic Council passes from Sweden to Canada May 15, experts say it is crucial that northern nations strengthen response capabilities to shipping-related accidents foreseen in newly-opened northern waters, as well as to more-common local emergencies such as floods, forest fires and rescue situations.


Frank Clifford announced as the recipient of the 2013 Chancellor John Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership

Waterloo – Frank Clifford announced as the recipient of the 2013 Chancellor John Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership. The Chancellor John Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership, named for John Sweeney - the first lay Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University, recognizes the ongoing need for a Catholic presence and voice in shaping future leaders and engaging in the challenging issues facing the world today. The recipient of the award is identified as someone who has made a contribution to Catholic education, has a continued commitment to Catholic Leadership and publicly lives out the gospel values in a distinguished life.

Special Events

Arts & Culture


Kitchener - The Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound in Kitchener, ON announces the Between the Ears Festival on May 31 and June 1, a co-production with CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area).


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