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Monday February 25, 2013

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Ted Talks

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.


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Recognition

Canadian government commemorates John Norton for his role in the War of 1812

KITCHENER - Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centreon behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced that the Government of Canada building located at 15–29 Duke Street East in Kitchener, Ontario, will be named the John Norton Building in recognition of his contribution during the War of 1812.

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Manufacturing

Waterloo research into safer, lighter, greener vehicles receives government and industry support

Professor Michael Worswick celebrates his recent grant, while Feridun Hamdullahpur, president & vice-chancellor of Waterloo shakes hands with Magna representative. Pearl Sullivan , Waterloo Engineering’s eighth dean of engineering looks on.

WATERLOO – A research project at the University of Waterloo that will lead to lighter automotive components that will be stronger in a crash was among the initiatives that received funding from Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) announced Friday.

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Immigration

Canada’s new asylum system a success in the eyes of Kenney

After two months in the total savings to taxpayers is now estimated at $2 billion

Ottawa – Canada’s new asylum system is already a success after just over two months in operation, declares Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney in what could be a premature arithmatic.

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Succession

Family businesses continue to thrive, but where's the talent?

With growth potential on the radar - innovation and succession planning are a must

TORONTO - Sixty per cent of Canadian family businesses reported sales growth in the last year and in the next five years, 87% plan to grow steadily. However, securing talent to drive this growth is a challenge, according to the Canadian supplement of PwC's Global Family Business Survey.

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Pension Reporting

OMERS Net Assets Surpass $60 Billion in 2012 With 10% Investment Return

Strong cash generation and continuing AAA credit rating mark solid year

TORONTO - OMERS net assets grew to $60.8 billion, rising by $5.7 billion in 2012 and by over $17 billion since the 2008 global credit crisis. Now in its 50th year, OMERS is an active, diversified investor, pension innovator, and an engine of economic growth and employment in Ontario and Canada.

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Discovery

Fragments of Continents Hidden under Lava in the Indian Ocean

Potsdam, Germany - The islands Reunion and Mauritius, both well-known tourist destinations, are hiding a micro-continent, which has now been discovered. The continent fragment known as Mauritia detached about 60 million years ago while Madagascar and India drifted apart, and had been hidden under huge masses of lava.

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Report

Canadian banks strong in 2012 and heading towards a 'new normal'

Persistent regulatory reform, limited economic growth and shifting consumer behaviours are shaping banks' future plans

TORONTO - Canadian banks experienced another strong year in 2012-- the Big Six earned a combined $28.6 billion in net income attributable to bank shareholders, translating into an average 17.1% return on equity (ROE). However, according to PwC's annual Canadian Banks: Perspectives on the Canadian Banking Industry report, Canadian banks must address persistent regulatory reform and uncertainty, shifting consumer behaviours and the subsequent impact on growth -- all in a limited economic growth environment--in order to see these strong results continue.

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2013 Chamber Awards

GRH congratulates MTE Consultants Inc, the winner of the KW Chamber of Commerce healthy workplace award

Grand River Hospital is pleased to congratulate the staff and management of MTE Consultants Inc for winning the healthy workplace award at the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business Excellence Awards. GRH sponsored the award category, which included three nominees.

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Contract

COM DEV Europe Launches New TT&C Transponder into Production

AYLESBURY, UK - Following a three-year development programme and the supply of several flight units, COM DEV Europe, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK, has now secured its first full-scale production contract for its new TT&C transponder. The Authority to Proceed (ATP) is in excess of CDN$1 million and allows COM DEV Europe to start long lead item procurement.

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Infrastructure

Woodworth announces support for AR Kaufman Family YMCA in Kitchener

KITCHENER – Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre, announced important support for the AR Kaufman Family YMCA through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

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Housing

Housing Starts Lower in 2013, Increasing Modestly in 2014

As fundamentals, including employment, economic growth and net migration are expected to gain momentum later in 2013 and in 2014, housing starts are expected to trend slightly higher next year.

OTTAWA - Moderation in economic and employment growth in the second half of 2012 has led to more modest housing demand. With continued moderation expected in the first half of 2013, total annual housing starts are expected to be lower in 2013 relative to 2012, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) first quarter 2013 Housing Market Outlook, Canada Edition(1).

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Housing

Housing Demand Set to Moderate Before Growing Into 2014

TORONTO - Ontario housing activity will regain some momentum later this year and post modest growth into 2014, according to the First Quarter 2013 CMHC Housing Market Outlook - Canada Edition released Friday. Ontario housing starts are expected to decline and reach 60,800 units before registering 62,900 unit starts in 2014. Ontario housing starts will range between 57,200 and 64,400 units in 2013.

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Community Health

Grand River Hospital declares stomach virus outbreak on Grand River Terrace 3 South, Freeport Site

Kitchener - On Friday, the Grand River Hospital will limit visiting to the third floor south court of the Grand River Terrace wing at its Freeport Site after declaring an outbreak of a stomach virus.

Fundraising

CHARITY CELEBRITY AUCTION AND FASHION SHOW FIRST ANNUAL

Cambridge - On March 28th, 2013 Cambridge resident Lee Pryke, is hosting a celebrity charity auction and fashion show in support Pryke's favourite charitable cause, Power of HOPE Community Organization. Pryke is hoping to raise $5000 in the process.

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Premiers Statement

Wynne on the return of extracurricular activities in schools

Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement:

Queens Park - “I’m happy to hear the results of today’s vote by OSSTF members, and I’m so glad that teachers, support staff and students across the province will once again enjoy the extracurricular activities and programs that mean so much to them.

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Arts & Culture

Searching For Oliver: Drayton Entertainment Announces Ontario-wide Quest for a Star

Do you know a young boy with his sights set on the stage?

Cambridge - Award-winning Drayton Entertainment is now accepting video submissions for its much-anticipated production of the hit musical, Oliver!. The live theatrical production will run at two Ontario venues during the 2013 Season: June 4th through June 22nd at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene and August 14th through August 31st at the Drayton Festival Theatre in Drayton.

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Arts & Culture

City hall art spaces feature the gritty and the absurd for March

KITCHENER – Graffiti and fables are two ways to tell a story about culture, and the galleries at Kitchener city hall feature both for the month of March.

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Artist In Residence

LAURA DE DECKER IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN ARMSTRONG

Kitchener - On Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30 PM, Waterloo-based artist Laura De Decker will present her work in conversation with artist and educator John Armstrong in the HIVE at the Communitech Hub in Kitchener, Ontario. Please join us for a discussion about how art is made at Christie and for an opportunity to view some of the products of Laura’s residency.

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