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Friday November 8, 2013

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Ted Talks

Mikko Hypponen: How the NSA betrayed the world's trust -- time to act

Recent events have highlighted, underlined and bolded the fact that the United States is performing blanket surveillance on any foreigner whose data passes through an American entity -- whether they are suspected of wrongdoing or not. This means that, essentially, every international user of the internet is being watched, says Mikko Hypponen.

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AwardsNight

COM DEV announced as Business of the Year at the JA Business Spirit Awards

Kitchener – Junior Achievement’s annual Business Spirit Awards presented by Economical hosted 400 guests as they acknowledged COM DEV International with the Business of the Year Award.

COM DEV maintains its excellent reputation, both through their contributions to over 50 charitable organizations, and through their work providing spacecraft-hardware design and manufacturing to a global market. Having supplied equipment to more spacecraft than any other company in the world and over 80% of all commercial communications satellites have their technology on board, their 35 year record of delivering flawless satellite hardware gives COM DEV a legacy of performance that offers absolute predictability and consistency.

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Cost Cutting

Economical Insurance streamlines its operations in Ontario by closing its Hamilton, Ontario branch

Ongoing commitment to business transformation and productivity enhancements

WATERLOO — Economical Insurance today announced that it is making changes to its Ontario region structure by closing its Hamilton, Ontario branch. Underwriting operations managed out of the Hamilton office will transition to other Economical locations in southwestern Ontario while several claims, commercial insurance and business development staff were offered the opportunity to work from home or at other Economical locations.

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Community Health

St. Mary’s General Hospital is among Canada’s top performing hospitals according to new website by the Canadian Institute for Health Information

Kitchener – St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener performed better than the national hospital average across all three key hospital indicators based on results released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) on its new website. This is the first time that CIHI has released online results that provide a snapshot of overall health system and hospital performance, including percentage of patients that are readmitted to hospital within 30 days, Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR), and average cost of hospital stay (ACHS).

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Philanthropy - Video

Sixth Annual National Philanthropy Day honours The Menich Family

Rob Donelson, Vice President, Development & Alumni Relations, Wilfrid Laurier University recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Burlington - Can someone really change the world with a giving heart? According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), people can through the giving of one’s time, talent or treasure.

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Design Awards - Video

Prestigious awards recognize important contributions to Kitchener

Kitchener - Well considered urban design, built environments that enhance quality of life and active conservation of the city’s heritage buildings were recognized as being critical to Kitchener’s future success, at an award ceremony last night.

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Merger

Member-Owners Approve Amalgamation of Libro Financial Group and United Communities Credit Union

London – The Boards of Directors of Libro Financial Group and United Communities Credit Union are pleased to announce that member-owners have approved the amalgamation of the two credit unions. The new organization, Libro Credit Union, will begin operating with a combined management and staff on January 1, 2014.

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Pensions

Fair Pensions For All responds to Minister Sousa’s Fall Economic Update

Tax, Tax and More Taxes

Hamilton - The province of Ontario faces significant financial challenges. Ontario finance minister Charles Sousa had a great opportunity in his fall economic update to address some of these issues. Unfortunately, it seems that the Ontario government’s economic plan is based on fiction more than fact.

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New Bill

CGA-Canada supports private member’s bill dealing with unlegislated tax measures

Ottawa – The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) commends Member of Parliament Mike Allen, FCGA (Tobique-Mactaquac) on the introduction of Bill C-549, An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act.

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Tax

Tax Changes From 2012 Federal Budget Set To Hit Canada's Tech Sector

Ontario Finance Minister Offers Help (Maybe)

TORONTO - Yesterday Ontario's Finance Minister Charles Sousa suggested that Ontario may shortly implement a new "pay or play" R&D tax credit that might cushion the blow that the province's technology business sector is about to suffer in a "delayed reaction" from federal-level tax credit cuts that were announced back in the 2012 federal budget.

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2014

Ontario Introduces New Plan to Spur Growth, Create Jobs and Strengthen Public Services

Pledges New Investments to Support Ontario Families and Businesses

Queen's Park - The Ontario government introduced a new three-part plan to help create jobs and economic growth. In the face of an uncertain global economy, this new plan invests in people, builds modern infrastructure and supports a dynamic and innovative business climate.

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Leadership

3 Signs Leaders Need to Upgrade their ‘Software’

In an Increasingly Globalized World, Cooperation is an Imperative, says CEO

Whether we like it or not as Americans, the world is changing. Berny Dohrmann, an entrepreneur and international speaker, says we should like it. “Embracing change is at the heart of the spirit of cooperation, which I believe to be at the heart of a solution to the problems plaguing humanity,” says Dohrmann, chairman and founder of CEO Space International, and author of “Redemption: The Cooperation Revolution”.

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Spirits

Maui's Craft Distillery Fraws Rave Reviews - Aloha Vodka?

“The Only Spirit in the World Made with the Sun, Ocean and Organic Earth.”

Maui, Hawaii – For more than seven years, the Smith Family has worked diligently to bring their special Ocean Vodka from the Island of Maui to the far reaches of the world. The opening of a new craft distillery for public tours and tastings on their 80-acre organic farm is a dream come true for the family’s mission: to create a superior, organic, value-added agricultural product from Hawaii that supports the local economy, competes globally on quality, operates with environmental responsibility and raises awareness for oceanic conservation.

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Markets

Manitoba Steel Building Manufacturer Opening Office in Russia

Brandon-based BEHLEN Industries LP to open office in Moscow after year of incredible growth

BRANDON, MANITOBA - Behlen Industries LP, announced today it will be opening an office in Moscow to support strong sales growth. The Manitoba-based steel building manufacturer has experienced significant growth in Russia, including winning a contract to construct the world's largest frameless steel building in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia which will house an international sized soccer field.

Special Events

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November 17 - 24, 2013

Inspiring Innovation – that’s the theme of this year’s Restorative Justice Week

Kitchener - What most KW residents don’t know is that the worldwide movement in restorative justice started right here in Waterloo Region!

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