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Thursday August 1, 2013

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Ted Talks

Julie Taymor: Spider-Man, The Lion King and life on the creative edge

Showing spectacular clips from productions such as Frida, The Tempest and The Lion King, director Julie Taymor describes a life spent immersed in theater and the movies. Filmed right as controversy over her Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was at its peak, she candidly describes the tensions inherent within her creative process.

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Investing At Home

New owners of The Shops at Waterloo Town Square are locals

Waterloo - Two businessmen with close ties to Waterloo Region have purchased The Shops at Waterloo Town Square, the heart of Uptown Waterloo. Waterloo Region-based developer Heri Polzl, of Primus PM, has teamed up with Markham-based developer Tricap Properties, owned by Peter Czapka, who was born in Kitchener-Waterloo, to make the acquisition. The purchase was finalized this week.

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AlertNet Weekly

The top humanitarian headlines this week

Thomson/Reuters - Zimbabweans vote in fiercely contested election, violence against civilians on the rise in Afghanistan, Mali hopes for fresh start after vote ... more

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Skill Needs

Study Also Reveals Which Major College Degrees Are Growing the Fastest

CHICAGO – The demand for graduates with computer and information technology skills continues to rise, but U.S. colleges and universities are producing fewer of these graduates than they did a decade ago.

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Skills

Tipping the Scales With Training

New Surveys Suggest Training Programs Provide Recruiting Advantage

TORONTO - Companies that invest in their employees' professional development have an edge when recruiting information technology (IT) professionals says new research. Sixty-eight per cent of IT workers surveyed said that the ability to acquire new skills in a role is very important when evaluating a job opportunity. Additionally, 64 per cent of respondents said they are very concerned about keeping their skills current in the next three to five years. However, in a separate Robert Half Technology survey, 80 per cent of Canadian chief information officers (CIOs) said their companies do not have training and development programs for IT professionals.


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Relief

Economical and its employees donate more than $21,000 for Alberta flood relief

Company matched employee donations for Red Cross and Calgary food bank

Waterloo — Economical Insurance employees from Halifax to Vancouver have opened their wallets to help Albertans recover from this summer’s disastrous flooding. Economical matched employee donations for a total of $21,390 that will be allocated to the Canadian Red Cross and the Calgary food bank.

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Quality of Life

First global analysis reveals alarming rise in peripheral artery disease with over a quarter of a billion cases worldwide

New York - The number of people with peripheral artery disease (PAD)* worldwide has risen dramatically (by 23.5%) in just 10 years, from about 164 million in 2000 to 202 million in 2010, according to the first robust global estimates, published in The Lancet.

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Energy

Study Validates That People with Higher Energy Accrue a Greater Sense of Life Satisfaction

Study is Based Upon 14 Key Indicators of Success

SHREWSBURY, NJ – The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), teamed up with Zajonc Corporation, to replicate its findings from a 2011 study demonstrating that one’s energetic makeup is a defining factor in determining one’s level of satisfaction. The study is based upon 14 key areas of life including leadership ability, productivity, work/life balance, and communication skills.

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Students

Parents Urged to Review Insurance Policies to Ensure Proper Coverage for their Students Moving to Residences this Fall

Toronto – Next month, many Ontario students will be moving away from home to university and college campuses across the province for the first time. The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is reminding Ontario parents to review their insurance policies with their broker to ensure their coverage extends to their child’s new residence.


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Insurance

Canadian Home Insurance Customer Satisfaction Declines Substantially, with Increasing Premiums and Deteriorating Claims Services

• Overall customer satisfaction with home insurers in Canada declines to 761 from 769 in 2012.
• Customer satisfaction declines substantially in the Western Region by 13 points to 741.
•Price increases and poor claims service account for year-over-year declines of 32 points in the price factor and 30 points in the claims factor in the Western Region.

TORONTO - Overall customer satisfaction with Canadian home insurance companies declines substantially as premiums increase and claims service levels deteriorate across all regions, according to the J.D. Power 2013 Canadian Home Insurance StudySM released today.

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XQuarterly

Open Text Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results

WATERLOO - Open Text Corporation announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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Temple of The Dead

Unlooted 1,200YearOld Royal Tomb Found Unearthed in Peru

TORONTO - Early this month, archaeologists have uncovered a 1,200 year old "temple of the dead" burial chamber filled with precious gold and silver artifacts and the remains of 63 individuals in Peru. The discovery is the first unlooted tomb of the ancient South American Wari civilization from 700 to 1,000 A.D.

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Energy

TransCanada to Hold News Conference to Discuss Energy East Pipeline Project

CALGARY - TransCanada Corporation announced it is moving forward with the 1.1 million barrel per day (bbl/d) Energy East Pipeline project based on binding, long-term contracts received from producers and refiners.

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Education

Subaru Canada supports Automotive Business School of Canada

Donates new learning tools to the Automotive Business School of Canada, powered by Georgian College.

MISSISSAUGA - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) continues to support Georgian College's Automotive Business School of Canada announcing its donation of a four-cylinder engine cutaway and drivetrain display as new learning tools for the automotive program.

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Women in Business

Connect, Learn and Grow at the 7th Annual Inspiring Women Event!

Kitchener - The Inspiring Women Event is a full-day experience designed to motivate, inspire, connect and celebrate professional women and entrepreneurs. We are pleased to announce that this year's speaker line-up will feature Jeanne Beker, Iconic Fashion Journalist, Christine Magee, President & Co-Founder of Sleep Country Canada, Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar, Summer Mortimer, Paralympian Medalist and Jessica Jensen, Entrepreneur.

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Exhibit

‘Olde’…Re’NU’d! by Edward Schleimer

Kitchener - Ed Schleimer is a woodcutter. His exhibit, Olde . . . re-NU’d by Kutting-Edge Kultur, is a peek at the historic region through his interest in architecture, history, wood and structure. Using the oldest printing method known to humans, Schleimer captures the rich texture of the Waterloo Region while also appreciating the heirlooms of the region.

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