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Wednesday May 15, 2013

Ted Talks

Maria Bezaitis: The surprising need for strangeness

In our digital world, social relations have become mediated by data. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness -- people and ideas that don't fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been.

Casino Vote Results

Kitchener Says NO

What was Woolwich thinking? and what do they think now?

KITCHENER – On Tuesday Kitchener council sided with the majority of respondents who did not want a casino, and voted unanimously not to pursue talks with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to bring a casino to Kitchener.


New BlackBerry Q5 Announced Today at BlackBerry Live for Select Markets

by Donny Halliwell

Waterloo - As the BlackBerry Live keynote news keeps flowing in I’m happy to introduce you to the youthful and fun BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, running BlackBerry 10. With a QWERTY keyboard and a confident design, this new BlackBerry smartphone has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that helps you explore, create and share while on the go. Thorsten Heins just revealed the device onstage at BlackBerry Live, but we’ve got all the details ready to share with you below.

Great Lakes

Federal Agencies Expand Urban Waterway Revitalization Efforts in Western Lake Erie Basin

CHICAGO – Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced that the Western Lake Erie Basin is one of 11 new locations selected for revitalization efforts by the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. First launched in 2011, the Urban Waters Federal Partnership works to reconnect urban residents with their waterways and open spaces.

Fund Raising

M&M Meat Shops Raises $1.2 Million for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada!

TORONTO - This past Saturday, May 11th, franchisees, staff and thousands of volunteers at 430 M&M Meat Shops locations across Canada joined together to raise $1.2 million for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). Supporters from coast to coast lined up to celebrate M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day and raise funds to help CCFC cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases. To date, M&M Meat Shops' franchisees, customers and volunteers have raised more than $24.3 million for this worthy cause.

Water Safety

"Take a Boating Course" a Core Message of 2013 National Safe Boating Week

OTTAWA - Boating organizations across Canada will join together in raising awareness during National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 18th until the 24th. One of the key messages of the week is the importance of taking an approved boating safety course, a message supported by the Canadian Safe Boating Council.


WCDSB Announces 2013 Community Partner Award Recipient

Waterloo Region– The students, staff and trustees of Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools proudly congratulate Barrday Inc. – 2013 recipient of the WCDSB Community Partner Award.

Gender Diffrences

Gender gap persists in attitudes toward women's advancement in the workplace

Gender diversity in senior management is a strategic and cultural issue within organizations. Our research shows that barriers to women's advancement exist throughout organizations, but the responsibility starts at the very top - with the board of directors and the existing senior management," said Ian Cullwick, Vice-President, Leadership and Human Resources.

OTTAWA - Attitudes about advancing women into senior management roles are still polarized along gender lines. Men in senior executive positions appear to be the least concerned about increasing the number of women in the top ranks of organizations.

Building Communities

Fergus Expands with New Community

Fergus - Dozens of people arrived before the doors opened – some as early as 5 a.m. - eager for their first glimpse of the dynamic new Fergus community, Westminster Highlands, on Saturday.


IABC's Flagship Publication Communication World Goes Digital

Communication Professionals Around the World Offered Free Access

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - - The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) released the first digital-only issue of their flagship publication, Communication World. The once bi-monthly magazine, published for over 50 years, is now going to be issued monthly, and will be available on desktop, mobile and iOS devices with an Android version being released soon.

Fine Fellow

AIHA Announces Carleton Professor a Distinguished Fellow

Ottawa - Carleton University’s J. David Miller, Professor in the Department of Chemistry has been named a 2013 Distinguished Fellow by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

Healthy Trade

Conversation of Mutual Interest

Waterloo/Wellington/Dufferin – On May 17th 2013 The Mental Health Association a Knowledge Café will be taking place from 1-4pm in the Guelph General Hospital Auditorium on Level 1.

Giving Back

Manulife 2012 Public Accountability Statement: A Tradition of Making a Difference

2012 Statement includes increased reporting detail and year-to-year comparable data

TORONTO - Manulife Financial has today released its 2012 Public Accountability Statement. The statement, which reviews Manulife's commitment to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, excellence in business conduct and corporate governance during the previous year, is now available.

Arts & Culture

Neruda Productions Presents: Suubi Youth Dance and Drum

St. Jacobs - In conjunction with Dream for Uganda, Neruda Productions is pleased to present the Suubi Youth Dance and Drum Troupe from the Cambridge Secondary School in Eastern Uganda on May 22 at Gallery Momo in St Jacobs, and on May 30 in the Rotunda Gallery at Kitchener City Hall.


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