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Current Issue: March/April 2014

Ted Talks

Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics

On March 17, 2014, a group of physicists announced a thrilling discovery: the “smoking gun” data for the idea of an inflationary universe, a clue to the Big Bang. For non-physicists, what does it mean? TED asked Allan Adams to briefly explain the results, in this improvised talk illustrated by Randall Munroe of xkcd.


Aerosmith & Bryan Adams to headline Big Music Fest in Kitchener, Ont.

WATERLOO REGION – Tickets for the Waterloo Region’s next blockbuster music festival are now on sale. The inaugural Big Music Fest, held at McLennan Park in Kitchener, Ont, will take place on July 11-13. The festival will welcome Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Styx, Collective Soul, Moist, Big Wreck, Kim Mitchell and more.

Market Place

Ontario's modest LCBO kiosk plan fails to tackle 87-year-old Beer Store monopoly by foriegn owners

However OCSA retailers agree that principle of expanded alcohol retailing a good one

OAKVILLE - The Ontario government's alcohol retailing plan, where it will entertain opening a handful of new LCBO kiosks in grocery stores, was conspicuous for failing to break the stranglehold the foreign-owned Beer Store has on Ontario beer drinkers and the Ontario craft beer industry. However, chain convenience store retailers did find optimism in the government's adoption of the principle of offering consumers more convenience in alcohol retailing - something Ontarians have been asking convenience stores for great numbers - even if only a small step.


Six finalists take aim at ‘grand challenges’ in Canada’s first Global Impact Competition

Event supports and celebrates Canadian ingenuity and entrepreneurship

Guelph – On April 2, six young men and women from across Canada with innovative ideas on how to improve the lives of one million Canadians will compete in Canada’s first Global Impact Competition, hosted by Innovation Guelph.


Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan achieves 10.9% return for 2013

Net assets reach record $140.8 billion Pension plan is 103% funded

TORONTO - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Teachers') announced a rate of return of 10.9% for the year ended December 31, 2013, boosting net assets to a record $140.8 billion from $129.5 billion at the end of 2012.

Marketing the Union

Unifor outlines collective bargaining proposal for Toyota

CAMBRIDGE - Yesterday, Unifor released a "Charter" outlining the changes Toyota team members want at their workplace - and how Unifor would address team members' primary concerns.

Market Districts

Ontario Making It More Convenient to Buy Alcohol

Mixing Alcohol and Local Foods — LCBO Express Stores Coming to Grocery Stores

Queens Park - Ontario is making it more convenient for people to buy local food and alcohol in grocery stores with the first LCBO Express stores to open by the end of 2014.


OPSEU endorses LCBO expansion plan; time to repatriate Agency stores

TORONTO - The union that represents more than 7,000 LCBO employees applauded the government's decision to expand beer, wine and spirits sales to large, retail grocery outlets.


New Canadian manufacturing sector "rising from the ashes"

Surviving firms are stronger, leaner and more productive

TORONTO - After a difficult decade that saw the number of Canadian manufacturing firms fall by 20 per cent and the sector's share of GDP drop to 12 per cent, a new report from CIBC World Markets finds that many industries are ready to reverse that trend and outperform in the coming years.


World's Largest Clothing Brands Commit to Eliminate Endangered Forests from Viscose Clothing

H&M and Zara/Inditex Partner with Canopy to Transform Clothing's Impacts on Species, Forests and Climate

VANCOUVER - Today, the world's two largest clothing brands are making commitments to eliminate ancient and endangered forests from all of their rayon and viscose clothing. The companies, retail and design leaders H&M and Zara/Inditex, developed these new purchasing commitments in partnership with award-winning environmental organization Canopy as part of an initiative to address the growing impacts of the clothing industry on the world's forests, biodiversity and climate. Well-known sustainability brand Loomstate is also backing the "Fashion Loved by Forest" campaign.

Community Health

Cambridge Memorial Hospital is restricting visitors to its Medicine Units

Cambridge – Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) is restricting visitors to one per day, for patients admitted to its 3B and 5B Medicine inpatient units, unless pre-approved for compassionate reasons. This is the result of an outbreak that started on March 18, 2014.

May 3, 2014

Paint with Jazz - Featuring the New Vibes Jazz Quartet

KITCHENER - Music meets visual art in Homer Watson House & Gallery’s Paint with Jazz event on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Watch our talented roster of artists in a live painting performance create to the smooth sounds of the New Vibes Jazz Quartet. Enter for a chance to win one of these finished masterpieces in our raffle draw, all proceeds go towards our children’s programs.

New Features

BBM Chats Just Got More Fun with the Introduction of Stickers

Multi-Person Photo Sharing and Larger File Transfers Round Out New Features

Waterloo - BlackBerry Limited announced an update of BBM, the original mobile messaging platform for private and secure communications, that allows customers to further personalize and enhance their chat experiences.


New Canadian citizens in March 2014 almost double compared to one year ago

OTTAWA - Approximately 33,700 people from 199 countries became Canadian citizens at citizenship ceremonies held across Canada in March 2014. This is almost twice as many compared to March 2013 when 17,089 people were granted citizenship across Canada.


Region of Waterloo Recognized for Implementing GIS Across Its Enterprise

16 unique applications launched over the last three years improve effectiveness and efficiency

LONDON – The Region of Waterloo won an Award of Excellence at the Esri Canada User Conference for leveraging Esri technology to implement a GIS platform that improves collaboration within and across departments, makes staff more efficient and productive, and enhances customer service.

Global Trade

Failure to Tackle Trade Barriers Puts Economic and Social Progress at Risk

Inefficiencies, red tape and poor infrastructure are among key issues preventing economies from fully reaping the benefits of trade. United Kingdom leads the G20 economies in the Enabling Trade Index, followed by Germany and Japan.

Geneva, Switzerland – Barriers to trade are holding back the global economic recovery. Many governments are still failing to enact sometimes straightforward reforms that could have a far-reaching effect on growth and social progress, according to The Global Enabling Trade Report 2014, released yesterday.

Life & Future

How to Keep Your Emotions from Dictating Your Financial Future

4 Tips from World-Renowned Financial Advisor

You’ve probably heard of emotional eating, but financial advisor Matthew T. Shafer says emotional investing is a problem that needs to be recognized society-wide, especially since the economy has been in such sharp focus this past half decade.

April 3, 2014

Laurier professors take an in-depth look at Ukraine crisis

WATERLOO – On Thursday, April 3, Laurier history professors will be holding a teach-in that looks beyond the headlines on the current crisis in Ukraine and Crimea. Students and the general public will get the historical perspective they need to understand this challenging, complicated and critical event.


Carleton Students Take Top Honours in National SSHRC Storytellers Challenge

Ottawa - Four Carleton University students have placed among the top 25 winners of SSHRC’s Research for a Better Life: Storytellers Challenge. The challenge tasked post-secondary students across Canada with showing Canadians how social sciences and humanities research affects our lives, our world and our future prosperity.

New Car Sales

Toyota Canada Inc. March sales up 6.8% versus 2013

Best March ever for Lexus: second consecutive monthly record

TORONTO - Toyota Canada Inc. sold 17,397 vehicles this month, up 6.8% versus 2013. That brings total sales for the first quarter of the year to 38,778, up 6.2%, with increases for cars up 14.9% and trucks up 2.2%.

New Car Sales

Spring Weather Drives Sales at Volkswagen Canada

Engine Lineup Continues to Expand

AJAX - Volkswagen Canada saw stronger sales during the last week of March. A total of 4,026 new Volkswagens were sold during the month, bringing the year-to-date figure to 11,442.

April 26, 2014

What represents the spirt of ecumenism better than an Anglican college naming a Roman Catholic Bishop as an Honorary Senior Fellow?

Waterloo - At the Renison University College 55th Founders’ Day celebration, Bishop Thomas David Dowd will receive Honorary Senior Fellow award, and share his thoughts on ecumenism in his keynote address.

April 2 - 3, 2014

Staying power: Thinking ahead about better aging

Hamilton - McMaster University is hosting two panel discussions this week with leading experts and speakers on optimal aging, an issue which is becoming exceedingly important as older adults live and work longer.

April 15, 2014

GO Train & LRT: Catalysts for Corridor of Innovation

Waterloo Region - The second 3rd Tuesdays Thought Leadership Series has a select group of stakeholders that will be discussing transportation initiatives in the Region.

April 25, 2014

Members and Future Members Event

Gala Evening at St. George's Hall in Waterloo
Individual tickets, tables of 8 or 10$145 each plus HST
Order Tickets here (PDF)


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