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Current Issue: Exchange June 2014

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Ted Talks

Uri Alon: Why truly innovative science demands a leap into the unknown

Uri Alon studies how cells work, using an array of tools (including improv theater) to understand the biological circuits that perform the functions of life.

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Election 2014

“Whoa, we did this!” - Wynne's Liberals win majority

Just over half of Ontario Voters voted according to the unofficial turnout; Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak announces his resignation, Progressive Liberals win with Economic Development and Ongoing investment strategies.

Ontario - The first woman elected premier of Ontario — and Canada’s only openly gay first minister ever. The fourth straight electoral triumph, Wynne returns the Grits to majority status in the house. The first time since 2011.

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Security

BlackBerry Expands Commitment to Mobile Payments Management Services

Company Announces Three-Year Agreement with EnStream to Support Secure Financial Transactions

Waterloo- BlackBerry Limited announced yesterday a new three-year agreement with EnStream LP, a mobile payments joint venture owned by Canadian wireless carriers Bell, Rogers and TELUS, to provide a secure platform that supports transaction services between leading banks and consumers.

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Recognition

Kitchener’s top seniors recognized

KITCHENER – Salute to Seniors announced the winner of the Kitchener Senior of the Year award last night during the eighth annual recognition event. Kenneth Cressman was awarded the prestigious title for his significant volunteer contributions in the city.

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Election Comment

Largest Union says "Ontario votes for good jobs, strong public services and healthy communities"

TORONTO - "Ontario voters sent a clear message [last night] that they want an Ontario with good jobs, strong public services and healthy communities," Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. "Ontario has clearly rejected Mr. Hudak's offer to race Ontario to the bottom."

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Election 2014

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on the Ontario Election Results

MONCTON, N.B. – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the election of Kathleen Wynne as Premier of Ontario.

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Recognition

Waterloo professor awarded Germany’s highest honour

Waterloo - Professor David John was awarded Germany’s top honour for his work in promoting German language and culture throughout his career as a professor at the University of Waterloo, including establishing the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.

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Leadership

Is Employee Cynicism Killing Your Culture? Ten Strategic Ways to Re-Configure It Around Trust

Hipness, snark, and cynicism are hallmarks of modern culture. But what about your company’s culture? Employee cynicism is a red flag signaling a serious dearth of trust—and here, I explain what you can do to fix it. - By Rich Karlgaard

In an age of cynicism and irony, Northwestern Mutual is a throwback to a more innocent time. The company is the antithesis of “cool.” It has the kind of culture in which people embrace plain suits and sincere handshakes, take pride in wearing achievement ribbons, kick off conferences with patriotic music. It’s the very portrait of wholesomeness and earnestness—the Boy Scout of the insurance and financial services industry. There’s no place for hipster lingo, inside jokes about customers, snarky tweets.

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Theory Canada

Laurier hosts leaders in theoretical physics at Theory Canada

WATERLOO – Some of Canada’s top physicists will gather at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus June 12-15 as the university hosts the Theory Canada conference. The conference will give the Canadian theoretical physics community an opportunity to meet, interact and exchange new ideas and results.

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Sponsorship Study

Kitchener seeking input on generating revenue through corporate sponsorships

Kitchener – How do you feel about a corporate logo on a city sports field? Or, a city building named after a local company? Or, city swimming programs, festivals and events sponsored by a private-sector business? These are a few of the questions in a new survey the City of Kitchener is launching on Monday, June 16.

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Communication

Top 10 Presentation Skills Challenges Your Sales Team Is Not Telling You!

By Scott Topper

The biggest challenge for a newer sales team might be how they actually feel when they give their presentations. Many first time speakers want to feel confident, want to engage their audience, and want to feel good about actually giving their presentation. But how is this achieved?

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Opinion

Trade deal with South Korea still a bad idea

TORONTO - The release of the full text of the proposed free trade deal with South Korea does nothing to alleviate concerns that the deal will seriously harm Canada's manufacturing sector, and sends the Canadian economy heading in the wrong direction, Unifor National President Jerry Dias says.

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Tax's and Other

Interest Rates for the Third Calendar Quarter

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced the prescribed annual interest rates that will apply to any amounts owed to the CRA and to any amounts the CRA owes to individuals and corporations. These rates will be in effect from July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014.

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June 13 & 14, 2014

The Color Run is coming to Bingemans!

Kitchener - The Color Run and RunningFlat will be displaying the Inflatable Mountie from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in Kitchener this weekend. The iconic Mountie will be at registration and race kit pickup for the Color Run this Saturday at Bingemans, Friday 11 to 7pm and Saturday at the run 7am - 12pm.

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To October 31, 2014

Healthy Hikes Challenge back for second year

GRand River Basin - The Healthy Hikes Challenge is back this year, giving participants a chance to energize their bodies and minds, while earning chances to win some great prizes. Healthy Hikes runs until Oct. 31 and encourages people to spend more time enjoying nature at GRCA conservation areas, nature centres and trails. Participants can also hike at more than 270 other conservation areas throughout Ontario managed by Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities.

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