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Friday February 15, 2013

Ted Talks

Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship

In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligence.

School of the Year

Laurier business students make national competition history

WATERLOO – Students from the Laurier School of Business and Economics set a Canadian record as the first school in Jeux Du Commerce (JDC) history to earn the title ‘School of the Year’ four years in a row. The Laurier team brought home the title from the annual Jeux Du Commerce Central (JDCC) competition, where they also earned the Academic Cup for the second consecutive year.

Space Launch - Video

COM DEV equipment launched on NASA TDRS K satellite

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that NASA's TDRS K satellite was successfully launched on January 30 with COM DEV-built filters and switches on board.

Business Center

Urban transformation near completion

Largest tenant to receive naming rights

Kitchener - A remarkable urban transformation is near completion at one of the more transformed business locations in Waterloo Region, Deer Ridge Center. Once home to the famed Lulu’s Roadhouse, a popular entertainment venue, where histories musical elite played for decades. The district then famous for the longest bar in the world has now become known as a premier location for Waterloo Region businesses that value easy transportation access to key communities across the province.

Beauty and Benefits

Waterloo shares advances in quantum research, food sustainability at AAAS annual meeting

WATERLOO - Researchers from the University of Waterloo are among those sharing their discoveries as scientists from around the world gather at the prestigious annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) through February 18. This year’s gathering of the world’s largest scientific society explores the Beauty and Benefits of Science, and takes place in Boston, Massachusetts.

Health Care

New Rapid Response Nurses will support patients returning home from the hospital

Waterloo/Wellington - Rapid Response Nurses (RRNs) in Waterloo Wellington will improve the sometimes difficult transition for patients as they return home after a stay in hospital. Part of a provincial initiative, the RRNs will complement the WWCCAC's existing hospital and community care coordinators; ensuring the patient is connected to a primary care provider and has an appointment within 7 days after discharge from hospital.

CIGI Inside the Issues - Video

After Timbuktu - Putting the Humpty Dumpty of Mali back together again

Waterloo - In April 2012, Islamist insurgents seized control of the three largest cities in northern Mali — Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu — claiming independence from the state. Robert I. Rotberg, a visiting Fulbright Scholar at CIGI, stops by Inside the Issues to discuss the recent French intervention in the region and forthcoming rebuilding efforts.


Making Canada’s asylum system faster and fairer

Many developed democracies use a similar authority to accelerate asylum procedures

Ottawa – Jason Kenney, announced yesterday that the list of Designated Countries of Origin is expanding to include an additional eight countries.


Research grants facilitate stronger Canada-India relations

WATERLOO — Scholars at the University of Waterloo and St. Jerome’s University have received inaugural grants from the Chanchlani India Policy Centre (CIPC) to support research that provides policy recommendations for building stronger relations between Canada and India. Focusing on diverse areas such as natural resources, G20 cooperation, and infant health, the scholars will share their findings with academic, government, and private-sector communities.


Co-operators General Insurance Company Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company announced its consolidated financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012. For the fourth quarter, Co-operators General reported consolidated net income of $114.2 million, compared to $91.9 million for the same quarter in 2011. Earnings per common share was $5.36 for the fourth quarter compared to $4.28 for the same period last year.

Golf Jobs


Postings for Job Openings in the $68 Billion Golf Industry Listed on

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – As the national job market continues to show signs of recovery, The PGA of America’s 12th Annual Jobs in Golf Month - which highlights online employment resource tools and a breadth of jobs within the $68 billion industry – kicked off in conjunction with the 60th PGA Merchandise Show,


Stratford Chefs School’s 23rd Annual Gala Dinner and Auction

The internationally-renowned Stratford Chefs School presents its dazzling fundraising evening at Nota Bene thanks to the support of David Lee and Yannick Bigourdan.

Stratford - The sparkle begins with The Vine Agency reception, pouring Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc as guests are welcomed by honorary Co-Chairs Nancy Lockhart and Jamie Kennedy. The Gala menu is a creation of School instructor Kaya Ogruce and will be prepared and served by the students of the School under his watchful eye.

Health Care

Grand River Hospital cancels additional surgeries due to staff shortages

Kitchener - Grand River Hospital has cancelled nine surgeries scheduled for Friday that require post-surgical care due to staffing shortages caused by the gastrointestinal outbreak on the surgical unit.

Arts & Culture

Distinguished cellist Katie Schlaikjer joins Penderecki String Quartet at Laurier

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music welcomes Katie Schlaikjer as the new cellist for the Penderecki String Quartet. Schlaikjer will join fellow members Jeremy Bell, Jerzy Kaplanek, and Christine Vlajk as the Quartet celebrates its 26th season with a series of performances and appearances in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Study & Practice

Employee engagement studies are unethical junk science

same methods used in the 1994 best seller 'The Bell Curve' to 'prove' that blacks were intellectually inferior to whites

CALGARY - Employee engagement surveys are "junk science" that destroys employee engagement, according to an article in the latest edition of the American Society for Quality's Journal for Quality and Participation.

Post Valentines Day

Waterloo psychology researchers find that relationship status influences how we treat others

WATERLOO - With Valentine’s Day upon us, many married couples may wish marital bliss for their single friends, whereas singles might pity their coupled friends’ loss of freedom.


Researchers from IQC at the University of Waterloo present quantum device research

WATERLOO - Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo will present the latest research into quantum devices at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston this week.

Social Enterprise


London – Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes is growing its recycling and industrial contract work platforms in Southwestern Ontario and creating more jobs, with an expansion to a large light industrial facility at White Oak and Bradley Roads. This regional Goodwill is dedicated to achieving ‘zero waste’ to landfill and the facility is essential to this goal.

Great Lakes

Presque Isle Bay Removed from Great Lakes “Area of Concern” List; Second Area in U.S. to be Delisted

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Presque Isle Bay, on the Pennsylvania shore of Lake Erie, has been removed from the list of heavily contaminated Great Lakes sites targeted for cleanup by the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Branding & Service

Most companies failing at CRM
By Joanne Carew, portals journalist

Johannesburg - 3Companies can no longer dictate to their customers, says Oracle’s Graham Mansfield. Companies can no longer dictate to their customers, says Oracle’s Graham Mansfield.

Social Entrepreneurs

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Announces Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2013

Twenty-four social entrepreneurs working in health, education, employment and the environment join the Schwab Foundation network of outstanding social entrepreneurs

New York – Twenty-four social entrepreneurs have been acknowledged by the Schwab Foundation as Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2013. The winners were selected in recognition of their innovative approaches and potential for global impact. The impact of the award will be discussed during a livecast session at The Huffington Post featuring Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and David Aikman, Senior Director, World Economic Forum and Head, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.


Rogers Revenues Growth Accelerates to 3% with Growth in All Segments

Customer Base Grows with 58,000 Postpaid Net Subscriber Additions in Wireless and 7,000 Total Service Units in Cable;

TORONTO - Rogers Communications Inc., announced its unaudited consolidated financial and operating results for the three months ended December 31, 2012, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").


Putting the spotlight on Canada's governance professionals - CSCS opens nominations for its Excellence in Governance Awards

TORONTO - Nominations are now open for the inaugural Excellence in Governance Awards (EG Awards), presented by the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS). Nominations can be submitted at starting today, February 15, 2013, until April 15, 2013.


Seeking Arts and Culture Award Nominations

31st Annual Bernice Adams award pays tribute to community members

Cambridge - Time is running out for community members to nominate recipients for the prestigious Bernice Adams Memorial Awards. The awards program recognizes talented groups and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to arts and culture in our community and include representatives from the following categories:


Family Day

Family Day weekend at GRCA parks

Grand River - Enjoy the Family Day weekend in the great outdoors, four parks are open for winter activities including snow-shoeing, cross country skiing and ice fishing.


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