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Ted Talks

Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive

There's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it's forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so -- and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next.

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TV

CRTC releases 2012 financial results for Canadian conventional television stations

OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC - Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released statistical and financial information on Canadian conventional television stations for the broadcast year ended August 31, 2012. These annual reports allow interested parties, including Canadians, to stay informed about the state of the Canadian communications industry.

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Landscaping

Nominate a beautiful property for Kitchener in Bloom

KITCHENER – Has a neighbour’s garden or a business’s landscaping made you pause to admire it recently while you were out for a walk with the dog? The Kitchener in Bloom committee wants to know about it!

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Health Audit

Grand River Hospital celebrates an accreditation with commendation designation from Accreditation Canada

Kitchener - Residents of Kitchener, Waterloo and surrounding communities are receiving exceptional, evidence and research based care a recent audit of Accreditation Canada has shown. Grand River Hospital has received Accreditation with Commendation designation from Accreditation Canada under the Qmentum program after an extensive review of the hospital’s procedures and quality of care approach.

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Streetscape

Designing Our Downtown Neighbourhoods

Cambridge Shares Info and Seeks Public Input

Cambridge - Cambridge has a unique claim to fame having three distinctive downtown neighbourhoods, and how these areas develop and thrive is top of mind for the City.

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Consumers

Canadian Consumer Confidence Drops Slightly, Still Positive for the Year

TORONTO - Canadian consumers have adjusted the optimism shown last month as job prospects continue to grow slower than expected, housing sales are still somewhat below average, and students hit an uncertain summer job market. According to the latest consumer confidence survey conducted by TNS, the Canadian Consumer Confidence Index dropped slightly in June, from 97.7 to 96.2, correcting for a sharp rise in May.

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Intent

Sears Canada Announces Closing Transactions on Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and Square One Shopping Centre

Sells for $191 million and closes on March 31, 2014

TORONTO - Sears Canada Inc. announced today that it will enter into a series of transactions related to two stores within shopping centres co-owned by Oxford Properties Group ("Oxford") and Alberta Investment Management Corporation ("AIMCo") (collectively, the "Co-Owners"). The transactions give the Co-Owners the right to require Sears to vacate the stores by March 31, 2014 and provide for a total consideration of $191 million to be paid to Sears on closing of the transactions which is expected to be on June 24, 2013. The agreement is definitive and only subject to customary closing conditions.

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Education

Picking the Right School will Help Build Your Resumé

Tips to find a program that offers what today’s employers are seeking

St. Catherines — Business students have a lot on their mind as they approach graduation and face the daunting prospect of entering the working world. But they can ease the pressure on themselves at the end of their academic career if they make the right choices when they are deciding where to pursue their business education.

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Guest Column - Finance

4 Things Parents Should Know Before Paying for College

Financial Specialist Shares Ways to Help Your Child While Protecting Your Retirement

From $20,000 to $65,000 a year – that’s the tuition cost for one year of college, says John McDonough, a money expert who helps retirees and parents plan for their families’ futures.

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Directors

Brick Brewing Reports Results of Election of Directors

KITCHENER - Brick Brewing Co. Limited announced that at the annual meeting of shareholders held yesterday (the "Meeting"), each of the seven nominees listed in the management information circular dated April 24, 2013 were elected as directors of the Company. The detailed results of the vote are set out below.

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Salute

2013 Salute to Seniors

KITCHENER – Yesterday, the Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) recognizes the efforts of older adults who have made a difference in our city with the 2013 annual Salute to Seniors Awards.

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Accreditation

Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business Awarded International Accreditation from the AACSB

Sprott Advantage Recognized by Premier Accreditation Body

Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business has been selected as one of 10 business schools to be added to a group of 681 business schools in 45 countries that have achieved accreditation status with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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Recognition

Ontario Brokers Association Honoured with Road Safety Achievement Award from Ministry of Transportation

Toronto – Yesterday, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario was named the recipient of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s 2012 Road Safety Achievement Award in the category of corporate sponsorships. IBAO was selected for their ongoing commitment in educating Ontario drivers on the dangers of impaired driving.

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Regional Experience

United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area’s Very Own Embarks on Police Ride-Along

CFO/CAO Rides Along with Waterloo Region Police Officer

WATERLOO – United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area’s (United Way KW) CFO/CAO, Cathy Snyder will accompany a Waterloo Region police officer during part of a normal tour of duty, on June 14, 2013. The ride-along will begin at 9:00 a.m. at South Division (formerly Division 2) at 176 Hespeler Road (Highway 24 south) in Cambridge. Snyder will ‘ride-along’ until 3:00 p.m., ending the day back at South Division.

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Peace and Justice

Conference to attract international peace and justice experts

WATERLOO – Laurier and Conrad Grebel University College will welcome hundreds of visitors from North America and as far away as Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and Japan as co-hosts of the 2013 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Conference, October 17-19.

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Guest Column - Leadership

Expecting the Unexpected

4 Tips to Safeguard Your Business - By Stan Craig

January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 was on its way to Charlotte, North Carolina, when, two minutes after takeoff, a flock of Canadian geese flew into the aircraft causing both engines to fail. The passengers braced for impact. As the plane fell from the sky, the freezing waters of the Hudson River came into view and Flight 1549 hit the water at 150 mph.

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Philanthropy

The Cowan Foundation donates $1.5 Million to Charities across Canada

Cambridge - The Directors of the board of The Cowan Foundation are pleased to report the donation of approximately $1.5 Million in Canadian communities during 2012, benefiting approximately 100 charitable organizations.

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Guest Column - Leadership

Does Your Leadership Measure Up?

Business Expert Identifies Benefits, Pitfalls of 3 Leadership Styles

The top five leaders most admired by the world’s business executives are Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Jack Welch – in that order, according to the 2013 Global CEO Survey conducted by PwC.

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