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Monday June 10, 2013

Martin Villeneuve: How I made an impossible film

Filmmaker Martin Villeneuve talks about Mars et Avril, the Canadian sci-fi spectacular he made with virtually no money. In a charming talk, he explains the various ways he overcame financial and logistical constraints to produce his unique and inventive vision of the future.

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Intelligent Communities

2011 Intelligent Community of the Year Visits 2007 Intelligent Community of the Year

Kitchener - Demonstrating further recognition of the global interest in Waterloo Region, a delegation from the Netherlands, led by Rob van Gijzel, Mayor of Eindhoven and chairman of the Brainport Foundation, will visit the Region on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday June 11. Key objectives of the mission are exploration of collaborations and partnerships, as well as exchanges between Waterloo Region and Eindhoven. Similar to Waterloo Region, Eindhoven is one of the most innovative regions in the world and share many similarly styled industry sectors, academic and research institutions.

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Another Intelligent Communitiy

ICF Names Taichung City, Taiwan as 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year, honours Mike Lazaridis

New York City - The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today named Taichung City, Taiwan as the Intelligent Community of the Year during its annual awards ceremony at Steiner Film Studios in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Taichung City, which has appeared among the Top7 Intelligent Communities for two years in a row, was represented by a delegation led by Deputy Secretary-General Ching-Chih Liao. The co-founders of ICF – Louis A. Zacharilla, John G. Jung and Robert A. Bell – presented the award to Taichung City, which succeeds Riverside, California, USA, the 2012 recipient.

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Design Award

WalterFedy receives 2013 Steel Design Award of Excellence for UW's Environment 3

Kitchener - WalterFedy was proud to accept a Steel Design Award of Excellence for the structural design of the University of Waterloo’s Environment 3 at the 22nd Annual Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Awards held on Thursday, June 6.

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Corollas in Cambridge

Toyota Corolla: For 25 years, Toyota’s most popular vehicle has been built in Canada

Cambridge - It has now been 25 years since Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) opened a plant in Cambridge and had its first car roll off the assembly line. Fittingly, that vehicle was a Corolla – the world’s all-time top-seller, and Toyota’s most popular model.

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Corporate Citizens

The Co-operators ranked #3 on Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada list

Guelph - The Co-operators has earned another accolade for its commitment to social responsibility, as it has been included on the list of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada for the fourth consecutive year. The Co-operators is ranked #3 on the annual list compiled by Corporate Knights, an organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible and sustainable business practices.

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Co-ops Communicating

On Co-op’s “From Beards to Eternity” wins first place in the 2013 CCA Communications Contest for “Best Presentation.”

Guelph - The presentation’s title is as enticing as it is obscure. You’d have to watch it to piece together how it relates to the colourful history of the co-operative movement, which was started long before 1844 - what most history books claim to be the kick-off year.

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Corporate Philanthropy

MISA Teams Up With KidsAbility

Waterloo - The Municipal Information Systems Association of Ontario (MISA), held their annual conference and trade show last week in Waterloo. A key component of this event was focused on raising funds for the local charity, KidsAbility.

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Arts and Culture

Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts happens June 14

Cambridge - The much anticipated Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts (CMCA) is slated for Friday, June 14 beginning at 4:30pm. A new feature this year will include a special appearance from Frank Augustyn, Canada’s Ballet great.

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On Stage

An old man, a young man … and life’s greatest lesson

Drayton – The 2013 Season at the Drayton Festival Theatre continues with a poignant and heartwarming play about friendship, love and living life to the fullest. Tuesdays with Morrie runs for three weeks only through June 22.

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Aboriginal Initiative

Laurier celebrates opening of Aboriginal Community Garden

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus is celebrating the official opening of its Aboriginal Community Garden June 21, on National Aboriginal Day.
The garden, located at the Aboriginal Student Centre at 187 Albert St., is named “Mino-kummik,” which means “the good bountiful earth” in Ojibway. It was created through a partnership between Laurier’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, Sustainability Office, Physical Resources, and REEP Green Solutions, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living.

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New Attraction

Bingemans’ Kingpin Bowlounge opens Phase1

Kitchener – To get ready for the official grand opening of the Kingpin Bowlounge and Boston Pizza next month, Bingemans has opened up eight bowling lanes for bowlers who just can’t wait any longer.

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Medical Innovation

Canadian solution to medical-isotope crisis demonstrates that cities could produce their own medical isotopes

Vancouver - With Canadian-developed tools and technology, a national team led by TRIUMF has reached a crucial milestone at the BC Cancer Agency in developing and deploying alternatives for supplying key medical isotopes. The team used a medical cyclotron that was designed and manufactured by Advanced Cyclotron Systems, Inc. (ACSI) of Richmond, BC, and successfully achieved large-scale production of technetium-99m (Tc 99m), sufficient for a metropolitan area.

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Sustainability App

New mobile app lets companies rank and compare sustainability performance

Toronto - Corporate Knights Inc., the company for clean capitalism, has launched an innovative mobile app that lets any company large or small (public or private) assess its sustainability performance and rank itself against the world's biggest and best performing companies.

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Affordable Housing

Government of Canada reaffirms support for affordable housing

Calgary - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour, Dr. Kellie Leitch, has addressed the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada's 2013 Annual General Meeting, reiterating the importance of partnerships to address housing needs.

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Labour Laws

Labour Code changes an affront to democracy, charge Steelworkers

Toronto - "Joining a union in Canada is a democratic process, an exercise in the pursuit of fairness, to gain a voice at work," said Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers National Director. "Rigging the system to deliberately subvert this process is an affront to democracy," Neumann said of Bill C-525, the Harper Conservatives' latest attack on unions. "If the Harper government weakens unions, everyone will be worse off."

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Conservation Award

Carleton researcher receives 2013 Canadian Wildlife Federation Award

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Steven J. Cooke, associate professor of Environmental Science and Biology, is the recipient of The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) 2013 Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award. This award recognizes an individual’s contribution to conservation and wise use of recreational fisheries in Canada.

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Guest Column

Your Team-Building Exercises May Not Be Creating a Team

by Kevin E. O’Connor, CSP

Team leaders have a perennial dilemma: how can we educate, engage and develop our group in a substantial way that helps the team become better? "Team-building" is often seen as the fun add-on to a meeting devoted to science, sales figures and quarterly goals. These can include a ropes course, golf, a trip to the desert, horseback riding, softball, a cooking school and the like. Were these experiences useful toward the goal? If the goal is fun, distraction or an open afternoon, then these experiences create shared memories and are often a welcome opportunity.


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