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Wednesday September 11, 2013

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Ted Talks

Jake Barton: The museum of you

A third of the world watched live as the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001; a third more heard about it within 24 hours. (Do you remember where you were?) So exhibits at the soon-to-open 9/11 Memorial Museum will reflect the diversity of the world's experiences of that day.

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Waterloo Way

Community Partners Rally To Support St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market Vendors

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market Vendor Relief Fund established at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

Premier Kathleen Wynne talks to market goers in front of the charred beams, left over
from the Labour Day fire that devasted and disrupted 60 vendors that relied heavily on the market
for their livelyhood.

Waterloo Region – It didn’t take long for this community to reach out and offer support following the devastating fire at St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. Individual community members and businesses alike began looking for ways to help vendors impacted by the September 2nd blaze that gutted the market’s main building. Realizing quickly that not all vendors were experiencing the same level of hardship, local community leaders determined that a clear and transparent plan was needed to handle the outpouring of support.

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Entrepreneurism

Access to Markets, Capital and Talent Main Factors for Entrepreneurial Success

New report, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems around the Globe and Company Growth Dynamics, focuses on how companies can grow and expand across markets; Over 1,000 entrepreneurs interviewed for the report, with case studies from different regions

Dalian, People’s Republic of China – On the occasion of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013, the Forum released a new report, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems around the Globe and Company Growth Dynamics, highlighting how successful companies are accelerating access to new markets and are becoming scalable, high-growth businesses. The report is published in collaboration with EY, Endeavor and Stanford University.

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Education

Waterloo ranked among top in world for engineering and technology

The University of Waterloo’s engineering and technology faculty areas rank among the top 50 in the world according to results published today. The rankings, published by UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), saw Waterloo leapfrog other Canadian universities like McGill and University of British Columbia in the Engineering and Technology faculty area for the first time. The results also saw Waterloo rise in the top 200 schools worldwide to reach 180 overall, up from 191 in 2012.

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Water

Tiny number of Asian carp could be big problem for the Great Lakes

WATERLOO – A tiny number of Asian carp could establish a population of the invasive fish in the Great Lakes, according to new research from the University of Waterloo. Published this week in the Biological Invasions journal, research from Professor Kim Cuddington of the Faculty of Science at Waterloo indicates that the probability of Asian carp establishment soars with the introduction of 20 fish into the Great Lakes, under some conditions.

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Global Markets

Liberalization of China’s Interest Rate Inevitable

As China’s economy shifts from an investment-driven model to a consumption-driven one, the country’s financial markets will likely continue to liberalize; Banks need a good risk management system in place to deal with the changes that will be brought about by liberalizing interest rates.

Dalian, People’s Republic of China – In a panel on the future of China’s financial system that took place on the opening day of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013, panellists agreed that interest rate liberalization in China is inevitable, and should be done as soon as possible. Chinese “capital and financial markets are becoming more and more mature.

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Event Fundraising

St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation receives $309,000 from Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

Year-over-year increase of $59,000; raised through tournament proceeds and fundraising efforts

(from left to right): Hugh Morrow, CEO & Founder, Sports Properties International Inc.; Peter Sweeney, President, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation; Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, Manulife Canada; and Don Shilton, President, St. Mary’s General Hospital.

Waterloo – As the official charity partner of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation received an increased total donation of $309,000 in 2013, raised through tournament proceeds and fundraising efforts. The funds will support the hospital’s innovative volunteer programs, arrhythmia program, in addition to continuing to raise awareness about the importance of women's heart health.

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Housing

August 2013 Housing Starts in Ontario

TORONTO - Housing starts in the Ontario region were trending at 59,187 units in August, compared to 58,292 in July, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)(1) of housing starts.

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Supply Chain

Goto AZ Planning Automates Home Delivery Service in Japan With Cloud-Based Descartes/CTC Solution

WATERLOO - Descartes Systems Group announced that Goto AZ Planning, a leading home care rental company in Japan, has automated its home delivery operations with a combined cloud-based solution from Descartes and ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC), a Descartes 'United by Design' partner.

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Fund Raising

2013 UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN KICKS-OFF! End January 2014

Cambridge - United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries hosted its annual Campaign Kickoff yesterday at Cambridge City Hall in the public square. Over 100 community members were on hand to hear about the annual campaign and the fundraising goal of $2,300,000. The goal was announced by Terry Allen (right), the Fire Chief (ret.) of the City of Cambridge and the Campaign Chair for 2013. The goal was revealed by Allen and prominent members of the business and non-profit community. United Way’s campaign will continue until January 2013 and the announcement of the campaign fundraising total will be in February, 2014 at the 2nd annual United Way Community Achievement Night.

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Addiction Switch

Western University scientists discover a novel opiate addiction switch in the brain

London - Neuroscientists at Western University (London, Canada) have made a remarkable new discovery revealing the underlying molecular process by which opiate addiction develops in the brain. Opiate addiction is largely controlled by the formation of powerful reward memories that link the pleasurable effects of opiate-class drugs to environmental triggers that induce drug craving in individuals addicted to opiates. The research is published in the September 11th issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

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Forensic Software

Secret Service will continue to scrape the Internet for forensic evidence

By Jacob Goodwin, Government Security News

The U.S. Secret Service intends to procure 96 copies of the Standard Edition of the Internet Evidence Finder, a software package supplied by Magnet Forensics Inc., of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Special Events

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Future is Now

BrainSTEM: Your Future Is Now.

Imagine parents, children, and “explorers” of all ages getting hands-on with “wireless” electricity, invisibility cloaks, and future quantum technologies. That will be the scene at Perimeter Institute when the BrainSTEM: Your Future Is Now Festival (Sept. 30 to Oct. 6) welcomes thousands of guests to explore interactive exhibits, enjoy special public lectures, tour the research facility, and talk to world-leading experts.

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Transmission

Next generation wireless communications facility to open at University of Waterloo

CIARS features a unique anechoic chamber, designed to completely absorb reflections
of sound and electromagnetic waves.

Waterloo - A world-class facility that could lead to the creation of new wireless technologies for use in smartphones, cars, and beyond, opens at the University of Waterloo this week.

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FDI Attracting

TEAM WATERLOO REGION MISSION TO GERMANY AND THE NETHERLANDS

Business Development Trade Mission Kicks off September 30th

Waterloo Region – Demonstrating the strength of collaboration in Waterloo Region, the mayors of the Region’s three cities will be joining Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc on a trade mission to Germany and the Netherlands to promote the competitive advantages of Waterloo Region.

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Arts & Culture

Ottawa to Host first National Forum on the Power of the Arts

Ottawa - Organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the event—Power of the Arts National Forum: Advancing Social Change—will take place at Carleton University between Sept. 27 and 29, 2013.

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Energy

Sun Life provides significant financing to an innovative Canadian business

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial, Canada's largest private fixed income lender, has advanced its second of two long term senior loans totaling $160 million to Enwave Energy Corporation, the successful district energy services company based in Toronto.

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Education

Construction of New Catholic Elementary School in Cambridge (Hespeler) Underway

Ground-breaking Ceremony for St. Gabriel CES Set for September 26

Waterloo Region – Construction of the new 350 pupil place St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School on Guelph Avenue (at Baldwin Dr.) in Cambridge (Hespeler) is underway.

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Tour

Great Big Sea is coming to The Aud!

In support of their greatest hits and box set, XX, and in celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Great Big Sea have announced that they will perform at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on November 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, September 14 at 12 p.m. Tickets (including HST) will be $44.50, $62.50 and $89.50 plus applicable service charges.

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Arts & Culture

Anton Kuerti, “One of the Greatest Living Pianists” Returns to the KWS

Renowned pianist Anton Kuerti returns to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to play some of Beethoven’s best on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at 8 pm, and Sunday October 6 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the program features Kuerti playing Beethoven’s sparkling and elegant Piano Concerto No. 1, along with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and a brand new work by Canadian composer Scott Good.

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Widow with Kids

The Challenges of “Only-Parent Parenting” after the death of your spouse

TORONTO - Grief is all consuming — it affects every aspect of your life and is completely exhausting. The stress that is experienced by the surviving spouse is twofold. The first is the emotional devastation experienced by the death of a spouse. The second is the practical hardship that comes as a result of the loss.

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