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Ted Talks

Mick Cornett: How an obese town lost a million pounds

Oklahoma City is a midsized town that had a big problem: It was among the most obese towns in America. Mayor Mick Cornett realized that, to make his city a great place to work and live, it had to become healthier too. In this charming talk, he walks us through the interlocking changes that helped OKC drop a collective million pounds (450,000 kilos).

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Innovative Philanthropy

KW Counselling - Now Accepting Gift Cards

Waterloo Region - Canadians spend over $6 billion on gift cards each year but about $1 billion worth of those cards are never used. People are often gifted with cards that they cannot use. Now those unused cards can become charitable donations. KW Counselling Services is the Waterloo Region’s first charitable partner for CardSwap, a program that allows people to turn these unused and unwanted gift cards into a valuable donation.

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Market

Solid fourth quarter lifts IPO market to $2.7 billion in 2013

TORONTO - The resurgence in the Canadian market for initial public offerings (IPOs) that began in the third quarter carried over into the final days of 2013 to lift the total market for new equity to $2.7 billion for the year, the quarterly PwC survey of Canadian IPO markets reveals.

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Financial

Paying Down Debt Named the Top Financial Priority for Canadians Entering 2014

Annual poll reveals Canadians are focused on dealing with their immediate financial needs - while important long term goals including retirement may be taking a back seat

TORONTO - A new poll conducted by Harris/Decima finds that paying down debt remains the top priority for Canadians in 2014, the fourth year in a row that debt concerns have topped the list in the annual survey. The poll results also show that immediate financial concerns including managing day-to-day spending and paying the bills have become more important to Canadians in recent years at the expense of longer term goals like retirement planning.

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Markets

U.S. Equity Funds Post Historic Gains in 2013, Morningstar Canada Data Show

TORONTO - Mutual funds in Canada that invest in U.S., European, and Japanese equities performed exceptionally well in 2013, as the global bull market that began in 2009 offered a banner year. However, funds that depend heavily on natural resources—including diversified domestic-equity funds—trailed significantly, while fixed-income funds were among the worst performers, according to preliminary data released today by Morningstar Canada.

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Election 2014

Cambridges Nominates First Candidate

Brian Santos to run for Ward 3 councillor

Cambridge - The 2014 Cambridge municipal election has started with Brian Santos as the first registered candidate to submit his nomination form to the city clerk. Santos, a Preston resident living in the King Street area, is running for Ward 3 councillor.

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Winter Living

Extreme Cold Warning

Frostbite Risk at -25 Celsius

Waterloo Region - Environment Canada has issued a wind chill warning for Waterloo Region. The combination of winds and arctic air is expected to produce severe wind chill values ranging from minus 30 to minus 40 into Friday morning.

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Winter Living

City facilities available as warming centres

Other facilities include Malls and Churches

Kitchener – An extreme cold warning has been issued for Waterloo Region, and the following City of Kitchener facilities are open for the public to access as warming centres: click on headline.

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Consumer Electronics

Retail Ideas About Big Data

by Gary Arlen

Bose is doing “big data” right by integrating customer service and innovation, says UCLA Marketing Professor Dominique Hanssens. To be specific, Bose is “connecting the marketing function to the product innovation function, which is very impactful,” explains Hanssens, who is also the cofounder and director of MarketShare, an analytics firm.

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RIDE

OPP Wrap Up 2013 Festive R.I.D.E. Campaign

OPP Report Fewer Impaired Charges and Warn Range Suspensions

ORILLIA - An early thank you to Ontario drivers as it seems to have paid off for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as they report significantly fewer impaired driving charge and Warn Range Suspension totals for their 2013 Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Campaign.


Special Events

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January 7 - 10, 2014

2014 International CES to Showcase Global Startup Community

New areas and events dedicated to startups and entrepreneurs

Arlington, VA – The 2014 International CES will spotlight the promise, power and future of technology through innovative startups and entrepreneurs. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Indiegogo Zone and UP Global LIVE Stage. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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January 8 - February 15, 2014

Governor General winner leaves something to chance in Laurier exhibit

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery presents a sound installation by artist Gordon Monahan, titled Erratum Addendum, which runs from Jan. 8 to Feb. 15, 2014.

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