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Monday October 28, 2013

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Ted Talks

Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community

When TED Fellow Xavier Vilalta was commissioned to create a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, he panicked. Other centers represented everything he hated about contemporary architecture: wasteful, glass towers requiring tons of energy whose design had absolutely nothing to do with Africa.

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Recognition

Alex Mustakas is a Winner of an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award

CAMBRIDGE – Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director and CEO of Drayton Entertainment, was honoured as a winner of an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award in the category of Media and Entertainment at a gala ceremony held in Toronto last evening. “As a charitable arts organization, we pride ourselves on embracing the ideals of entrepreneurship with each and every business decision,” says Mustakas. “I am completely shocked, surprised, and humbled by this tremendous honour.” Mustakas was recognized for his charitable organization’s sustainable theatre model, which receives no government or arts council funding for annual operations. By amortizing production and administrative costs across seven venues, he has defied the fragility inherent in the performing arts industry and enabled live theatre to flourish across the southern Ontario communities of Cambridge, Drayton, Grand Bend, Penetanguishene, Waterloo and St. Jacobs. Mustakas is profiled in a 2009 Exchange Magazine.

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Addictions

New Centre for Women's Addiction Centre

Waterloo Region – Little over a year ago House of Friendship shared a vision with the community for the transformation of its women’s addiction services. They proposed buying an existing property at 71 Ann Street, Kitchener, and renovating it to house ‘under one roof’ all of House of Friendship’s women’s addiction residential and day treatment programs.

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October 28, 2013

DISABILITIES MENTORING DAY TODAY

Third Disabilities Mentoring Day matches 22 participants with 14 local businesses

Waterloo Region - The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (WPB) announced the final numbers of participants in the third annual Disabilities Mentoring Day. Twenty two people in Waterloo Region will be demonstrating to local employers that it is their ability that counts, not their disability.

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Microwaves

Health Canada Manipulates "Independent" Safety Review of Cell Phone Radiation, Former Microsoft President to Testify

OTTAWA -The former President of Microsoft Canada will testify today that Health Canada has manipulated the outcome of a safety review of radiation from cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi and smart meters.


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Report

Labour Market Report

GTA WEST - Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin announced that the 2013 Labour Market Interim Report - October 2013 released. This interim report includes information on the number and sizes of local businesses.

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Research

Automotive research receives almost $5 million in new funding

Waterloo - Reducing weight and fuel consumption while ensuring safety in mid-size cars is one of three initiatives led by University of Waterloo researchers that received major government funding last week.

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Insight

Chicago, Detroit, Toronto - Three Peas in Three Different Pods

Toronto - On July 18, 2013, the City of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, making Detroit the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. The trials and tribulations of Detroit's history have been well documented, as the once booming manufacturing center has fallen so far from what it once was.

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Health Risk

Employers identify sedentary lifestyle as top employee health risk

National Wellness Survey takes pulse of workplace wellness and health promotion in Canada

TORONTO - Almost one quarter (24 per cent) of Canadian employers say work-related stress and sedentary lifestyles are the top major health risks affecting their employees, according to the Sun Life-Buffett National Wellness Survey.

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Co-Ops

Canadian co-ops win $200,000 in The National Co-op Challenge

GUELPH - Local communities across Canada are about to find out the difference that co-operatives can really make in their communities with the announcement this morning of the winners of The Co-operators National Co-op Challenge. This social media contest allowed small and emerging Canadian co-ops to compete for a share of $200,000 in prize money. The eight winning co-ops each received $25,000 to support the growth and development of their business.

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One More Step

Significant milestone reached in downtown Kitchener condominium project

KITCHENER – The City of Kitchener and Andrin, the developer of the City Centre condominiums, have closed the land purchase of Centre Block, marking a significant milestone in this development project. City Centre is the mixed-use redevelopment of a full city block in the heart of downtown Kitchener.

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Careers

Young people more open to a career in the trades

But negative comments from parents, others, deter them from making the leap
By Sarah Watts-Rynard, Executive Director Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

OTTAWA -Employers in the skilled trades across Canada are reporting that they face difficulties finding people with the skills required for their businesses. Yet, according to our research, only about 19 per cent of those same skilled trades employers are actually training tomorrow's journeypersons.

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US Boomers

How to Financially Survive Your Golden Years

Expert Offers Tips to Maximize Money for an Aging Population

Americans are living longer these days from an average 47 years in 1900 to more than 78 years as of 2010. We are also experiencing a deluge of adults reaching retirement age now that includes 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day.

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