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Wednesday June 12, 2013

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Ted Talks

George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders

Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it's just a preview of what's to come. “Our democracies," he says, "are trapped by systems that are too big to fail.

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Fund Raising

Day of Caring to Promote Volunteerism

United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area’s Fourth Day of Caring

WATERLOO – United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area (United Way KW) is hosting its fourth Day of Caring today, June 12, 2013. Day of Caring kicks off with a rally at the Waterloo Public Square at 8:00 a.m. Participants will enjoy a continental breakfast, live entertainment and much more. Volunteer teams leave at 9:00 a.m. to head throughout the community to their projects.

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Education

Carleton Presents Aboriginal Leader Phil Fontaine with Honorary Doctorate

Ottawa - Carleton University has honoured Phil Fontaine with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and leadership on issues of Aboriginal societies in Canada and internationally.

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Mayors Conflict

Cambridge Mayor Seeks an Independent Review of his Declaration of Conflict-of-Interest from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Cambridge - Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig is asking the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to examine his pecuniary interest under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The objective is to seek an independent, objective review of his declared of pecuniary interest and find out whether he can legally speak on issues related to mass transit and represent the views of the citizens of Cambridge.

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Boomers

Mind the Gap: Why Canada's Baby Boomers need to plan for the period between "healthy" and "average" life expectancy

TORONTO - A large number of Canadians are not paying attention to the "gap" between their healthy life expectancy and their overall life expectancy, according to "Mind the Gap: What Canada's Baby Boomers Need to Know to Protect Themselves," a special report produced by RBC Wealth Management. The "gap" refers to the increasing number of Canadians who are now living nine to 11 years past the time they are considered "healthy." As a result, these baby boomers must address certain vulnerabilities that they may face.

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Acquisition

RWAM Insurance Administrators Inc. Strengthens Business with Acquisition of Accertaclaim Servicorp Inc.’s Group Benefits Division

Elmira – RWAM Insurance Administrators Inc. is pleased to announce its acquisition of the Corporate Group Benefits business, currently administered by Accertaclaim Servicorp Inc., Toronto, Ontario. The collaborative agreement has resulted in the transfer of Accerta's Claims and Administrative functions and TPA services for their private sector business to RWAM, effective June 1, 2013.

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Philanthropy

Haven House, the Cambridge shelter for abused women and their children gets fresher face

Waterloo Region - Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region is proud to welcome Team Home Depot to Haven House on Wednesday, June 12 to help bring light and labour to Cambridge’s only abused women and children’s shelter.

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Fund Raiser

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Announces Matching Campaign

Kitchener/Waterloo - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is pleased to announce that new or additional gifts received prior to June 30th will be matched – dollar for dollar – by Hartman and Brenda Krug, up to a total of $50,000.

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Fees

Consumers Association Ask What has happened to The Competition Tribunal and its decision on Credit Cards?

VANCOUVER - We have reached the first year anniversary of the commencement of The Competition Tribunal' s hearing of evidence on the case brought by The Competition Bureau against Mastercard and Visa.

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Release

OpenText Unveils Responsive, Intuitive Web Experience Management Solution for Targeted, More Interactive Online Customer Experiences

OpenText WEM empowers businesses to offer compelling, omni-channel experiences, helping to improve online sales and customer loyalty

WATERLOO - OpenText unveiled OpenText Web Experience Management (WEM), an innovative solution to help organizations exceed their customers' online expectations by providing a targeted, responsive experience across omni-channel touch points, multiple languages and devices with varied capabilities and form-factors.

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Water

Beach testing underway

Ontario's Grand River Basin - From late May to Labour Day, the GRCA and local health units regularly test the water at designated beaches in GRCA Parks to ensure the water meets the guidelines set for swimming areas in Ontario.

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Education

Laurier Professor Ginette Lafrenière wins Leading Women, Building Communities Award

WATERLOO – Laurier Associate Professor Ginette Lafrenière, who was recently appointed to the role of director of the Manulife Centre for Healthy Living, was recognized by the Ontario Women’s Directorate with an award titled “Leading Women, Building Communities.”

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Education

Carleton Presents Renowned Lichenologist With Honorary Doctorate

Ottawa - Carleton University has recognized Irwin Brodo with a Doctor of Science, honoris causa in recognition of his distinguished career in lichenology and scientific leadership in the international biosystematics community. Brodo has published more than 90 research papers, including numerous papers on British Columbia lichens and an identification guidebook on the lichens of the Ottawa region.

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Economic Development

Local Shopping Spurs Global Good

Wellesley women organize clothing exchange to support women in Ghana

WATERLOO- Pat and Leah Bremner, a mother and daughter team from Wellesley, Ontario, recently hosted their second annual clothing, accessories and book sale to raise donations for women in need around the world. MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) was this year’s lucky recipient, with over $700 being raised to provide greater food security to women and their families through MEDA’s GROW (Greater Rural Opportunities for Women) project in Ghana, which is funded by the Government of Canada and MEDA supporters.

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Conflict in Legislation

Martin Insight: Sexy Business

Toronto - Although the exchange of sexual acts for money is legal in Canada, almost every activity adjacent to such exchange is not. The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits the following: communicating for the purposes of prostitution in public (s. 213 "communicating"), the use of indoor workspaces (s. 210 "bawdyhouses"), the transportation to a working space (s. 211) and managerial and/or collective activities (s. 212 "procuring").

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Innovation

World’s Brightest Young Minds Posted at Waterloo Universities this Summer to Help Solve Complex Research Challenges

Waterloo – They’ve proven to be some of the brightest young minds in their countries – including India, China, Brazil and Mexico – and now they’re in Waterloo, stationed at two universities, with one goal in mind: to help solve complex research challenges facing this country.

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Entrepreneurship

18 Young Canadian Entrepreneurs Depart for Russia to Propose Economic Solutions to G20 Leaders

Armen Bakirtzian - Avenir Medical Inc. and Cedric Jeannot - I Think Security Ltd. are two from Waterloo

TORONTO - Yesterday, 18 young Canadian entrepreneurs prepared to travel to Moscow as delegates of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit. The event is being held from June 15-17, 2013, the 400-leader Summit will highlight how youth entrepreneurship can address some of the global economy's most significant challenges and inform the priorities of the world's 20 most powerful economies at the G20 Leaders' Summit in September.

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Submit your vote

The Co-operators launches the National Co-op Challenge

Emerging co-ops competing for $200,000

GUELPH - Today, The Co-operators launched the National Co-op Challenge, a social media contest that allows emerging Canadian co-operatives to compete for a share of $200,000 in prize money.

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Environment

Groups take action to defend Ontario's urban forests from Emerald Ash Borer

Urban Forest Stewardship Network takes a collaborative approach

Toronto - The Urban Forest Stewardship Network (UFSN) connects grassroots organizations working on issues like Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect from Asia that is devastating ash tree populations across the province. EAB was initially discovered in Michigan and southwest Ontario in 2002.

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