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Wednesday May 29, 2013

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Ted Talks

Paola Antonelli: Why I brought Pac-Man to MoMA

When the Museum of Modern Art's senior curator of architecture and design announced the acquisition of 14 video games in 2012, "all hell broke loose." In this far-ranging, entertaining, and deeply insightful talk, Paola Antonelli explains why she's delighted to challenge preconceived ideas about art and galleries.

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Canada Day Auditions

Waterloo launches competition to sing O Canada

WATERLOO – The competition to sing the national anthem in front of thousands of people at the University of Waterloo 2013 Canada Day Celebration is open.

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Environment

Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty To Federal Environmental Crimes And Civil Violations And Will Pay More Than $81 Million

Retailer admits violating criminal and civil laws designed to protect water quality and to ensure proper handling of hazardous wastes and pesticides

WASHINGTON – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty today in cases filed by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its retail stores across the United States. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company also pleaded guilty today in Kansas City, Mo., to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by failing to properly handle pesticides that had been returned by customers at its stores across the country.

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Innovation

Carleton Students Sweep Council of Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition

3D printer that produces a lower-cost, more functional prosthetic hand for amputees nets top prize

Ottawa - Carleton took home the top three prizes at the 2013 Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition. A 3D printer that produces a lower-cost, more functional prosthetic hand won the top prize in the Council of Universities’ (COU) Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition, designed to break down barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities.

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MEDIA

Statement from The Canadian Association of Broadcasters concerning today's CRTC Decision to permit the carriage of national advertising on CBC Radio 2 and Espace Musique

OTTAWA - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) yesterday responded to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-263, concerning the renewal of CBC's broadcasting licences and the application by the CBC to carry national advertising on its Radio 2 and Espace Musique services.

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Finance

More than 145,000 Investment Professionals to Sit for June 2013 CFA Exams

Candidates commit to raising standards, shaping a more trustworthy financial industry

TORONTO - CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence, announced that 146,605 candidates from 168 countries have registered for Level I, II and III CFA exams, to be administered on June 1 worldwide.

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Financial Literacy

Making Change

MEDA partners for upcoming Share, Save, Spend video series

WATERLOO - MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is excited to announce its partnership with several area Mennonite organizations to produce Making Change, a financial literacy video series. The four-part series set to be released in Fall 2013 will be suitable for both youth and adult audiences.

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Appointment

Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association Announces 40th President

WATERLOO REGION – Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) announced its 40th President, Mr. Kevin Watts. He succeeds Brian Campbell. Kevin was appointed as a Presidential Advisor in 2007-2008 and in the following term he was elected to the WRHBA Board of Directors. Kevin was then elected to the Executive Committee where he has served as an Officer of the Association since 2009. Kevin has also served on a number of WRHBA standing committees over the past 17 years that include the Sales & Marketing Awards Committee for 16 years, Spring Golf Committee, Fall Charity Golf Classic Committee, Membership Committee, and the Communications Committee.

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Energy

Natural Gas Rates to Change with Minimal Effect on Customers

Kitchener – The finance and corporate services committee approved proposed changes to the Kitchener Utilities rate structure effective July 1, 2013. The changes increase natural gas delivery rates, and decrease the supply and transportation rates.

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Energy

Conserve by Shifting Non-essential Electricity Use To Off-peak

Cambridge – Now that the hot sunny weather has arrived, it is easy to forget about the fierce winter we experienced this year. Winter temperatures in Ontario were 1.3 degrees Celsius (3 degrees Fahrenheit) colder than last year. Those colder temperatures translate into long winter nights with most of us cranking up the heat and that can mean higher electricity bills. In fact, winter heating can account for up to 50 per cent of the total electricity bill.

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Economic Development

Kitchener endorses region-wide role in economic development

KITCHENER – A recommendation to create a region-wide economic development strategy, brought to the eight local municipal councils, received an approval in principle yesterday at the finance and corporate services committee at the City of Kitchener.

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New Hires

Miovision Strengthens Management Team with New Hires, Prepares for Growth

Kitchener – Miovision, a leading innovator and provider of intelligent traffic data management solutions, announced three new members of the Executive Team: Vice President of Marketing, Steve Currie; Vice President of Sales, Raymond Phillips; and Vice President of Engineering, Douglas Swanson. These new hires will be joining Miovision’s Executive Team to fulfill strategic initiatives that aim to grow the company further.

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Events

River Run announces 2013-14 season of shows

Evocative. Out there. From family and comedy shows to chamber nights and big-name acts.

Guelph – River Run Centre launched its 2013-2014 season of professional entertainment yesterday at a public announcement and celebration to an enthusiastic crowd of patrons, volunteers, donors and sponsors.

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Column - Sales

Lost Sales Leads: 4 Common Problems & How to Correct Them

U.S. businesses spend billions of dollars generating sales leads only to lose more than 70 percent of them simply because they don’t make contact quickly enough, according to one study.

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Gerontology

Enhancing Interactions:Exploring Responsive Behaviours

Waterloo - In 2012 the Waterloo Region Gerontology Interest Group was one meeting away from closing up shop due to a lack of membership on it’s executive committee. Since then a group of energized professionals has taken the reigns and is breathing new life into an organization committed to broadening knowledge about aging in order to encourage positive societal and professional attitudes toward older adults.

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