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Monday November 4, 2013

Ted Talks

Dong Woo Jang: The art of bow-making

Dong Woo Jang has an unusual after school hobby. Jang, who was 15 when he gave the talk, tells the story of how living in the concrete jungle of Seoul inspired him to build the perfect bow. Watch him demo one of his beautiful hand-crafted archer's bows.


A New Small Batch Brew from Waterloo Brewing Co.

KITCHENER - Waterloo Brewing Co., the craft brewing division of Brick Brewing Co. Limited, today unveiled a new seasonal mix pack for beer drinkers to enjoy this Fall and Winter. Waterloo Small Batch Brews feature two of their traditional brews - Waterloo Pilsner and Waterloo Amber in this case - and one seasonal specialty beer; new Waterloo Union Mills Porter.


Charities maintain high trust levels but warning signs are on the horizon

EDMONTON - Canadian charities continue to enjoy high levels of trust, but there are signs that Canadians expect more from them, according to a study released yesterday. Talking About Charities 2013 is the fifth edition of a public-opinion poll commissioned by The Muttart Foundation, a private foundation based in Edmonton. More than 3,800 Canadians participated in telephone interviews, leading to results that are considered accurate within 1.6%, 19 times out of 20. Field work was conducted by the Social Sciences Research Laboratories at the University of Saskatchewan and the data analyzed by Imagine Canada, the Toronto-based umbrella organization for charities.


Canada Revenue Agency Announces Maximum Pensionable Earnings for 2014

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency announced friday that the maximum pensionable earnings under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for 2014 will be $52,500-up from $51,100 in 2013. The new ceiling was calculated according to a CPP legislated formula that takes into account the growth in average weekly wages and salaries in Canada.


Snakes control blood flow to aid vision

Waterloo - A new study from the University of Waterloo shows that snakes can optimize their vision by controlling the blood flow in their eyes when they perceive a threat. Kevin van Doorn, PhD, and Professor Jacob Sivak, from the Faculty of Science, discovered that the coachwhip snake’s visual blood flow patterns change depending on what’s in its environment. The findings appear in the most recent issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology.“Each species' perception of the world is unique due to differences in sensory systems,” said van Doorn, from the School of Optometry & Vision Science.

Recognition - Video

Race directors receive conservation award

By Janet Baine, GRCA

Grand River Basin - Enthusiasm and careful attention to details are bringing world class runners to Run for the Toad at Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area between Paris and Cambridge, Ontario. The couple behind the Run for the Toad trail race, George and Peggy Sarson, received a 2013 Grand River Watershed Award from the Grand River Conservation Authority for their dedication to getting people outside and improving the facilities at Pinehurst Lake. Twelve years ago the Sarsons, residents of Waterloo, thought that the Carolinian forest and rolling landscape of Pinehurst near Ayr would be ideally suited to a trail event. George had been there when he was younger, and the memory stayed with him.


What Canada can learn from Taiwan on dealing with China

Engage China in a clear-eyed thoughtful way, and don't put all of our eggs in the one basket - By Brian Lee Crowley Managing Director Macdonald-Laurier Institute

OTTAWA - Virtually every society in the world is struggling to come to terms with the meteoric rise of an increasingly assertive and self-confident China. None, however, has more at stake in getting the relationship right than does Taiwan. What might Canada learn from Taiwan in forging our own China policy?

Innovation - Video

Carleton Student Receives OCE Fellowship for Robotic Device to Help Patients

Ottawa - Carleton University PhD student Aliasgar Morbi, co-founder of GaitTronics, has received a one-year $50,000 Martin Walmsley Fellowship from the Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE) for his device, GaitEnable, a unique robotic patient-handling technology. GaitEnable reduces the number of staff required to mobilize a patient, prevents patient falls and reduces caregiver injuries. In addition to Morbi, the company is composed of Carleton PhD student, Richard Beranek and Prof. Mojtaba Ahmadi.


Conestoga’s Fall Convocation recognizes more than 1200 new graduates

Kitchener - More than 1200 graduating students will be recognized at the Fall 2013 convocation ceremony of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning to be held Saturday, November 2 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Doon campus in Kitchener. In conjunction with the ceremony, President John Tibbits will present a number of College-wide honours.

Health Care

WWLHIN Board Highlights – October 2013 Meeting

KITCHENER - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting on October 24, 2013.

Climate Change

EPA Releases Agency Plans for Adapting to a Changing Climate

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans for public review and comment. In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change announced today, the Implementation Plans provide detailed information about the actions EPA plans to take across the country to help communities adapt to a changing climate.


Navtech Welcomes Aviation Veteran Kernahan

LONDON - Navtech Inc. has named Robert Kernahan as Vice President, Charts and Navigation Data Production and General Manager UK. Mr. Kernahan will direct the Hersham office location and multiple product production teams effective mid-November 2013.


Getting into Business School - Improve your chances of earning an MBA

St. Catherines — Applying for business school can be an arduous, stressful process, but there are ways to make it easier on yourself — and increase your chances of getting into the program you want.

Special Events


Free Parking and Carriage Rides in Downtown Kitchener?

KITCHENER – Starting November 22nd running until December 20th the Businesses of Downtown Kitchener will be offering FREE carriage rides every Friday running from 5:30pm – 9:30pm throughout the core. This is the perfect chance to explore your downtown, see the lights, grab a hot drink, cross some holiday shopping off your list, and cuddle up with a loved one. In efforts to support the local community we will be accepting non-perishable food items on behalf of the Waterloo Region Food Bank.

January 24, 2014

The Science of Sexuality

Kitchener - THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener, is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed to bring the controversial exhibition - The Science of Sexuality - to south western Ontario in January 2014.


2014 Business Excellence Awards Nomination Request

Kitchener - The Business Excellence Awards were established to encourage and recognize Chamber members who have made exceptional contributions through their involvement and leadership in the community. This premier event is a time for the business community to come together and show appreciation to those businesses and organizations that have helped shape Waterloo Region as one of the strongest business communities in Canada.

November 15, 2013

Prairie Oyster front man Russell deCarle brings solo act to River Run’s intimate Co-operator’s Hall

Guelph – More than 35 years after forming the legendary, award-winning Canadian country music band Prairie Oyster, singer, songwriter and musician Russell deCarle struck out on his own with a solo album and tour. The front man of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inducted group will perform at River Run Centre on Friday, November 15. The show begins at 8pm.


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