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Thursday October 31, 2013

Ted Talks

Abha Dawesar: Life in the "digital now"

One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what's real?


Stable Housing Demand in Kitchener-Guelph

TORONTO - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its Fall Housing Market Outlook report for the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo (KCW) and Guelph Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) today.


HYPHEN celebrates one-year anniversary

Rapid Prototyping and Environmental Testing Center is Driving Customer Innovation

KITCHENER – Hyphen – Canada’s most advanced prototyping and environmental testing enterprise – celebrated its one-year anniversary yesterday; a year that saw the initiative add new customers to its client roster as well as new, advanced equipment to its prototyping and testing arsenals. Arising out of eight years and millions of dollars of investments by Christie in its own product prototyping and testing, the initiative continues to bring advanced rapid prototyping technologies and environmental testing equipment to a broad audience of designers and manufacturers across Canada.


From the October 30, 2013 Regional Council meeting

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting.

Virus Control

Study quantifies effectiveness of closing live poultry markets to control spread of bird flu virus

Beijing - A group of scientists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), in Beijing, China and The University of Hong Kong (HKU) report the strongest evidence yet that closing live poultry markets (LPMs) can rapidly and substantially reduce the poultry-to-human transmission of the avian influenza A H7N9 virus. Closure of LPMs in four cities in China in the spring of 2013 reduced the daily number of human H7N9 infections by more than 97%, according to new research published in The Lancet.


Choice and convenience key to media consumption

Cord cutting and the 'second screen' not a considerable threat to traditional platforms

TORONTO - Canadians aren't cancelling their cable subscriptions, but convenience, choice and a customizable experience are of the utmost importance, says a PwC report released yesterday.

Alert Net

Congolese refugees stream into Uganda after fighting spreads, Thailand suffers worst dengue epidemic in 20 years, and "Starvation Until Submission Campaign" in Syria

Thomson Reuters - The top humanitarian headlines this week include: refugees stream into Uganda after east Congo fighting spreads, Thailand suffers worst dengue epidemic in more than two decades, and "Starvation Until Submission Campaign" in Syria.

Attracting Medicine Residents

15th Annual Family Medicine Resident Weekend Chamber Plays Host to 18 Family Medicine Residents

Kitchener – This weekend, local family physicians and business and community leaders will join volunteers of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in hosting 18 family medicine residents and their partners from across Ontario.


Is Canada's housing market headed for a fall?

The Bank of Canada's nervousness stems more from global uncertainty and its own interest rate policy

EDMONTON - The Bank of Canada is at it again, warning the public about a potential 'correction' in the housing market. Senior officials are clearly worried: "The elevated level of household debt and stretched valuations in some segments of the housing market remain an important downside risk to the Canadian economy".

Pipe Line

Canadians Back Increased Market Access for Canadian Oil, Poll Says

CALGARY - Seventy-five per cent of Canadians agree Canada should use domestic oil before using oil from foreign sources, according to a national poll conducted by Ipsos Reid.


Local Brokerage has high expectations for Guelph Neighbour

Kitchener – This fall, Veteran Canadian real estate executive Andy Puthon was named president of Coldwell Banker Canada Operations ULC. A lifetime resident of Guelph, Puthon and his family are well known in the community, where he restored a landmark heritage building and was awarded a Guelph Arts Council Heritage Award in 1990.
Peter Benninger, President and Broker of Record at Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty in Waterloo Region is excited about Puthon’s appointment.

Global Market Place & Higher Costs

U.S. Steel Shutdown Reflects String of Broken Promises

TORONTO - U.S. Steel's announcement that it will end steelmaking in Hamilton is a letdown for all Canadians, says Ken Neumann, USW National Director.

Halloween Waste

Orange Pumpkin, Green Bin

Waterloo Region - An estimated 50,000 pumpkins are used as Jack O' Lanterns to celebrate Halloween in the Region of Waterloo. Pumpkins discarded after Halloween normally contribute 200 metric tonnes of organic waste to the Region’s landfill site, all of which could be diverted for composting through the Green Bin program.


OpenText Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results

WATERLOO - Open Text Corporation announced its financial results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2013.


Five good reasons to hire an apprentice

There is a solid business case for hiring and training an apprentice - By Sarah Watts-Raynard Executive Director, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

OTTAWA - Skills shortages are becoming a common cry among skilled trades employers in Canada. While the challenges go well beyond any one magic-bullet solution, it is clear that a major contributing factor is a corresponding shortage of apprenticeship training opportunities.

Work Life Balance

And You Thought Your Work-Life Balance, Was Difficult…

Dad of Quadruplets Shares What He Learned Juggling Family Life and Successful Business Career

Larry Katzen forged an ambitious career as a leader at one of the world’s most prestigious accounting firms. But he has been equally ambitious with his family life; he’s the father of quadruplets—three sons and a daughter. And he felt it was important to serve his community, sitting on more than 10 boards of directors.


‘Gravity’ and the Long-Term Care Crisis

By Chris Orestis

I recently went to see the movie “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. It is a fast-paced, exciting thrill-ride from start to finish. After we left the movie, and I replayed the life-threatening events for the actors that unfolded on the screen, I could not help but begin drawing comparisons to the long-term care funding crisis currently unfolding in North America today.

Special Events

November 5, 2013

Public lecture aims to assist those living with chronic pain

Kitchener - Approximately six million Canadians suffer from chronic pain, and in recognition of National Pain Awareness Week, the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo will host a public lecture next week on the subject of effective management and treatment of this widespread health issue.

November 28, 2013

Startups to compete for more than $100,000 in VeloCity funding

WATERLOO — Media and members of the investment community are invited to attend the VeloCity Fund Finals on Thursday, November 28 where startups from the University of Waterloo will compete for their share of over $100K in grant funding.

November 1, 2013

Heritage Canada Foundation Announces Recipients of the Prince of Wales Prize, and the Gabrielle Léger and Lieutenant Governor’s Awards

Ottawa – The Heritage Canada Foundation today announced yesterday that the City of Owen Sound, Ontario, is the recipient of this most prestigious award, the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership. A message of congratulations from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, will be screened during the Awards Ceremony.


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