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Current Issue: March/April 2014

Ted Talks

Jennifer Golbeck: The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think

Much can be done with online data. But did you know that computer wonks once determined that liking a Facebook page about curly fries means you're also intelligent? Really. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so benign -- and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners.

Developing Opportunities

Regional Leaders Urged to Continue Building on Success

Leaders must address challenges in investment, governance and transparency

Panama City, Panama– This year’s World Economic Forum on Latin America ended yesterday after three successful days in Panama. Philipp Rösler, Managing Director and Member of the Forum’s Managing Board, issued a rallying call to participants to translate their talk into action.

Unattractive Attention

Unifor campaign delayed - not enough votes

Instead of going to a vote next week, Unifor said it will taking the time to get more cards signed.

KITCHENER - Yesterday Unifor announced it will escalate its campaign to unionize Toyota. Unifor announced that while it is withdrawing its Labour Board application to become the bargaining agent for team members at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, the labour union remains committed to working with Toyota team members to form a union and improve working conditions at the company.

Climate Change

Latin America Set for Key Role in 2014 Climate Change Agenda

Latin America holds one of the largest of the eaths oxygen producing regions - the Amazon.

Panama City, Panama – Latin America has a unique opportunity this year to reposition the region in the international agenda on climate change. In December, Lima will host this year’s most important climate negotiation session, the Conference of the Parties (COP), a prelude to the 2015 agreement on climate change to be signed in Paris. The former deadlock between the United States and China on climate change has been lifted, paving the way for a new type of negotiation.


KW Homes Sales - Down 12 Percent, Harsh Winter May Be Cause

Kitchener-Waterloo – Residential property sales through the Multiple Listing System of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS (KWAR), were down 12 percent last month, compared to March 2013. There were 536 residential sales reported during the month of March, 23 percent more than in February.


The role of dopamine in the hippocampus: toward a better understanding of schizophrenia

MONTREAL - Bruno Giros, PhD, a researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, has demonstrated, for the first time, the role that dopamine plays in a region of the brain called the hippocampus. Published in Biological Psychiatry, this discovery opens the door to a better understanding of psychiatric diseases, such as schizophrenia.

Health Care

Intense exercise treatment no better than simple advice and self-directed exercise at reducing pain from chronic whiplash

Sydney, Au - Results of a new trial of treatments for chronic whiplash pain, published in The Lancet, suggest that expensive, intense physiotherapy sessions do not show any additional benefit over a single physiotherapy session of education and advice with phone follow-up.

Hardware Market

Home Hardware Stores Limited Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Spring Market

Colonel Chris Hadfield to address Dealer-Owners

St. Jacobs – Home Hardware Stores Limited is proudly celebrating 50 years in business at this year’s Spring Market. Taking place from April 6 - 8, the Market will play host to thousands of Dealer-Owners, store employees, vendors and business partners from across Canada.

South of the Border

4 Ways the Workplace Has Become More Dangerous Tips for Preventing & Handling Disaster & Distress on the Job

Disgruntled employees, workplace bullies, active-shooter situations, illegal drug use, ex-spouses and dissatisfied clients – all can be found in a random sampling of the 2 million people affected by workplace violence in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Economic Growth

Economic growth remains tepid in Canada—most of growth comes from exports, not consumers

OTTAWA - The Conference Board of Canada's Composite Leading Index increased 0.2 percent in February 2014, matching the gains in the previous two months.

Health Care

Lifestyle interventions such as weight loss and exercise reduce risk of death from cardiovascular diseases in people at risk of diabetes

Cambridge, UK - Many research studies have shown that lifestyle interventions, such as exercise programmes or weight loss, in people with impaired glucose tolerance (those at high risk of diabetes) can prevent progression to overt type 2 diabetes. However, until now, there has been a lack of high quality, randomized controlled trial evidence to prove that lifestyle interventions prevent deaths from cardiovascular disease, such as heart attacks and stroke, in these people.


High-quality, Integrated Health System for our Residents

KITCHENER - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting on March 27, 2014.


Not-for-Profit Ironically Helps Record Number of Young Canadians Start Their Own Businesses

Communities across Canada benefit from local business success

TORONTO - The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) announced that in the last 12 months it has helped 800 young entrepreneurs launch new businesses in communities across Canada. This is a record high for CYBF which for 18 years has supported startups with financing, mentoring and other resources, and represents a 37.6 per cent increase over last year.


New architecture prize aims to raise stature of Canada

OTTAWA - The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation announces the launch of one of the largest architectural prizes in the world — the Moriyama RAIC International Prize.

Sailing Destination

Azores Explorer

The Azores are nine volcanic islands just 4 hours from the East Coast. They are Europe, as close as it gets, and unlike any place else on earth!

After almost running into extinction, the Pony of Terceira is back in force and recently won recognition as a native Azorean breed from Terceira Island. It is now considered the fourth Portuguese breed after the Lusitano, Garrano and Sorraia.


Survey finds Canadians more concerned with saving green than being green

Sixty-four per cent of Canadians put on a sweater to stay warm rather than turning up the thermostat

TORONTO - Canadians support renewable and alternative energy as much today (63 per cent) as they did five years ago. However, when it comes to lowering their household energy usage more than half (54 per cent) of Canadian consumers are driven by saving money and not by being green, shows a new survey commissioned by Centennial College's School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science.

Growing Pains

Inequality Still Presents a Big Challenge for Latin America

The changing aspirations of a more wealthy middle class are creating a particular challenge in Latin America

Panama City, Panama – Latin America has made huge strides in lifting millions of people out of poverty. The challenge now is not only to continue that momentum but also to reduce inequality, panellists at the World Economic Forum on Latin America said yesterday.

April 11 & 12 2014

Area High Schools Merge at THEMUSEUM

School Musicians play for the top spot at THEMUSEUM’s music event

Kitchener – THEMUSEUM is proud to host MERGE, a music competition that will be a classic battle of the bands MERGE is a music competition between the students at participating schools in Waterloo Region. The participants are able to perform as a band or sing accompanied by an instrument. Set to take place on April 11th at 7:30pm.

April 30 - May 3, 2014


KITCHENER – MT Space and Centre In The Square present Why Not Theatre’s charming and hilariously unpredictable production A Brimful of Asha in The Centre’s Studio Theatre.

April 6 - May 19, 2014

Ontario’s ChangeTheWorld Youth Challenge Launches In Cambridge and North Dumfries

The Volunteer Centre of United Way of Cambridge & North Dumfries are participating in the seventh annual ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. ChangeTheWorld is delivered in partnership with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN).

April 9, 2014

Top university researchers discuss What Matters Now at McMichael art gallery as part of travelling Research Matters series

KLEINBURG - Pain management, plants that can replace plastic, underwater robots, Canadian culture, and exercise for those with physical disabilities will be in the spotlight as five top Ontario university researchers discuss "What Matters Now" at the beautiful home of the country's foremost collections of Canadian art.

April 6, 2014

Victim Awareness Week

Kitchener - The Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region is hosting a community event in support of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Event to be held in Victoria Park.

May 2, 3 & 4 2014

Rare Double World Premiere in Edmonton and Kitchener-Waterloo

Kitchener – On May 2 and 3, 2014, in a rare double world premiere, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony simultaneously perform a major new work by Canadian composer Robert Rival: Delights & Discords for chorus and wind ensemble. The orchestras will be led by their respective Music Directors, William Eddins in Edmonton and Edwin Outwater in Kitchener-Waterloo, and joined by the Richard Eaton Singers under Leonard Ratzlaff (Edmonton) and the Grand Philharmonic Choir under Mark Vuorinen (Kitchener-Waterloo).


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