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Wednesday November 6, 2013

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Ted Talks

Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City trash

New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation. She walked the routes, operated mechanical brooms, even drove a garbage truck herself--all so she could answer a simple-sounding but complicated question:

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Appointment

City of Waterloo hires new commissioner of community services
 
Waterloo - The City of Waterloo is pleased to announce Allan Seabrooke their new commissioner of community services. A seasoned corporate professional with more than 25 years of Canadian municipal and provincial government experience, Seabrooke will join the city’s senior management team from the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA), where he holds the position of chief administrative officer.

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Complaints

Over 90% of telecom complaints successfully resolved

Complaints about roaming charges and credit reporting increase

OTTAWA - Canada's Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) reports that over 90% of complaints received by the office were successfully resolved, as detailed in the 2012-2013 Annual Report "When You Need Help." "The high rate of resolutions tells me that both consumers and service providers view our process as fair and rigorous, and our approach as unbiased," said Commissioner Howard Maker.

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Environment

Canada needs to break its pattern of unfulfilled commitments to protect wildlife

OTTAWA - The 2013 Fall Report of the Interim Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development finds that Canada has the legal framework and regulatory tools in place to meet the challenges of wildlife and habitat conservation but has been unable to translate this framework into success on the ground. "A new and collaborative approach needs to be taken by all to help meet Canada's commitments to biodiversity conservation" continues Dr. David Browne, Director of Conservation for Canada's largest conservation organization, the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF).

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Recognition - Posthumous - Video

Lynne Woolstencroft receives environmental award

By Janet Baine

Cambridge - Waterloo ex-mayor Lynne Woolstencroft’s dedication to environmental issues led to a posthumous 2013 Conservation Award from the GRCA. Woolstencroft was on the Waterloo County Board of Education from 1970 to 1985, and served three years as chair. She was the school board trustee who initiated paper recycling, started commemorative tree planting and found ways to ensure that plants and animals were protected during construction activities. The first environmental audit of each school to find energy savings got underway as a result of her initiative. She then served as a City of Waterloo councillor for three terms and in 2000 she was elected as mayor.

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Making a Difference

Japanese Government Honours Professor Klaus Schwab with Grand Cordon of Order of the Rising Sun

Professor Klaus Schwab, awarded highest honour.

Tokyo – His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan presented Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. The Grand Cordon is the highest Order bestowed by the Government of Japan on foreign nationals. The Order has been awarded since 1875, and the Grand Cordon is the highest honour bestowed by the Japanese government on foreign nationals for distinguished achievement.

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Policing

Ontario's Police Chiefs Unveil Best Practices Guidelines for Police Serving LGBTQ Communities

Groundbreaking document aims to strengthen relationships between gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities and police

TORONTO - Ontario's police leaders have released a best practices document - the first of its kind in Canada - which will help police services address issues of importance to members of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities across the province.

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Time Line

CMA magazine final issue is now available

Predictions on the future of management accounting, look back on Canadian accounting history and forecast what's next for work and society

TORONTO - The November/December issue of CMA magazine is now available. This collector's issue reflects on nearly 100 years of the magazine's history and looks to the future of management accounting. Published by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), CMA magazine is the go-to read for accountants and business professionals interested in the latest trends in strategy, management and accounting.

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Travel

GTAA reports 2013 third quarter results

Passenger volumes continued to grow during the third quarter of 2013 reflecting both the economic strength of the Greater Toronto Region

TORONTO - The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (the "GTAA") reported its financial and operating results for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2013. The third quarter of 2013 saw a continuation of the improvement of aviation activity results experienced in 2012. Passenger volumes continued to grow during the third quarter of 2013 reflecting both the economic strength of the Greater Toronto Region, and the role of Toronto Pearson as Canada's largest gateway airport.

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Housing Sales

Homes Sales down in October

Kitchener/Waterloo – Residential property sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR) in October were down 4.0 percent compared to October of last year stated a release by the KWAR.

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Education

Carleton Appoints New Fellows to Political Management Program

Ottawa - Carleton University has appointed four new Fellows to the Graduate Program in Political Management to recognize their support for the program and their continued participation in establishing political management as a discipline. The new Fellows: Prof. Jennifer Lees-Marshment from the University of Auckland; Anne McGrath, former New Democratic Party president; Toronto Star reporter Susan Delacourt; and Stikeman Elliot Consultant William Fox.

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Trade

CGA-Canada urges finance committee to consult with public on tax reform

Internal trade barriers another drag on the economy

Ottawa –The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) is calling on the Commons finance committee to consult with the public and recommend ways to advance tax reform. Carole Presseault, vice president of government and regulatory affairs at CGA-Canada, addressed this issue before the committee yesterday.

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Local Food

Bill to Promote Local Food Passes Final Vote

New legislation will increase local food awareness, and boost sales by setting local food goals and targets in consultation with sector partners.

Queen's Park - The Ministry of Agriculture and Food says Ontario is moving forward to help promote the good things that are grown, harvested and processed in Ontario with the passage of the Local Food Act, 2013. The new legislation is part of a strategy to build Ontario's economy by making more local food available in markets, schools, cafeterias, grocery stores and restaurants. This will create jobs and expand the province's agri-food sector.

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Local Food

Ontario Makes History for Farmers and Food Banks

Ontario is the first province in Canada to pass tax credit for farmers who donate produce to local food banks

TORONTO - Earlier this morning at Queen's Park, the Ontario Government made history by passing an amendment to Bill 36, the Local Food Act, to include a tax credit for Ontario farmers who donate fruits and vegetables to Ontario Food Banks.

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Local Food

Egg farmers passing along savings from lower feed input costs

MISSISSAUGA - Egg Farmers of Ontario (EFO) has established the price Ontario egg farmers are paid for each dozen large eggs produced will drop six cents to $1.90 from $1.96 effective November 11, 2013.

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Succession

Are You Prepared to Leave the Business You Built?

Experts Share 3 Crucial Planning Steps - by Kathleen Richardson-Mauro & Jane Johnson

More and more small business owners are selling their companies, with sales hitting a four-year high earlier this year in the United States, and Canada predicting its largest small business turnover ever in the next five years.

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Incubator

Carleton Plays Key Role in Establishing New Cybersecurity Corporation

Ottawa - A new cybersecurity corporation to be headquartered in Orléans was announced at Ottawa's City Hall yesterday by several participating agencies, including Carleton University. Mayor Jim Watson, with Royal Galipeau, MP for Ottawa-Orléans, Orléans Ward Councillor Bob Monette, Carleton Prof. Tony Bailetti and participants in the innovative project today launched VENUS Cybersecurity Corporation, an independent, non-profit group with the vision of making Canada a global leader in cybersecurity.

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November 11, 2013

Virtual War Memorial and Remembrance Day TALK at the Waterloo Region Museum

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Region Museum joins all Canadians in recognizing the sacrifices and achievements of the men and women who have served in the cause of peace and freedom around the world.

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xQuarterly

ATS reports second quarter fiscal 2014 results

CAMBRIDGE - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. today reported financial results for the three and six months ended September 29, 2013 for its continuing operations (Automation Systems Group or "ASG") and discontinued operations ("Solar"). "Second quarter performance reflected our strong financial and operating foundation," said Anthony Caputo, Chief Executive Officer. "Strategically, we made progress on our value creation plan with the acquisition of IWK, an industry leader in the tube filling and cartoning machinery markets for the pharmaceutical and personal care industries. As we work to integrate IWK, we remain focused on continuing to grow our business, both organically and through acquisition."

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xQuarterly

Magna Announces Third Quarter and Year to Date Results

AURORA - Magna International Inc. today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. In the three months ending September 30, 2013, Magna posted sales of $8.34 billion for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013, an increase of 13% from the third quarter of 2012. Magna achieved this sales increase in a period when vehicle production increased 4% in North America and 1% in Europe, both relative to the third quarter of 2012. In the third quarter of 2013, our North American, European and Rest of World production sales, as well as complete vehicle assembly sales and tooling, engineering and other sales increased, in each case relative to the comparable quarter in 2012.

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Tax Warning

Ottawa issues Tax Warning on Digital Currency: What You Should Know About Digital Currency

Do tax rules apply when digital currency, yes!

Ottawa - Digital currency is virtual money that can be used to buy and sell goods or services on the Internet. Bitcoins are an example of digital currency. Bitcoins are not controlled by central banks or any country, and can be traded anonymously. Bitcoins can be bought and sold in return for traditional currency, and can also be transferred from one person to another.

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Growth

Sun Life Financial provides multi-million dollar mortgage for unique British Columbia shopping centre

Toronto - Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Life Financial Inc., advanced a $140 million term mortgage on October 31, 2013 to Shape Properties (Abbotsford West) Corp., developer of the new 600,000 square foot Highstreet Shopping Centre in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Special Events

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November 13, 2013

Staebler Award winner Carol Shaben to speak at Laurier

WATERLOO – Carol Shaben, who won the 2013 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop (Random House Canada, 2012), will attend two public events Nov. 13 at Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

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November 9, 2013

Shortlist for Prestigious National Awards

Waterloo - The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery announced the short-listed candidates for the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and the RBC Award for Glass. The winner of each award receives $10,000 and the runner-up receives $1,000. The candidates for the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics are Carole Epp from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Janet Macpherson from Toronto, Ontario. The candidates for the RBC Award for Glass are Aaron Oussoren from Toronto, Ontario and Brad Turner from Calgary, Alberta.

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November 24, 2013

A Christmas Carol

Cambridge - The “Nearly World Fameous” Dufflebag Theatre is back! with there Cookies & Kids Performing Arts Series. The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, 1:30 pm at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts.

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