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Current Issue: Exchange June 2014

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Ted Talks

AJ Jacobs: The world's largest family reunion ... we're all invited!

Immersing himself in alternate lifestyles and long, hilarious experiments (usually with himself the guinea pig), writer AJ Jacobs tests the limits of behavior, customs, culture, knowledge — and his wife's sense of humor.

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Manufacturing

Auto Industry Shifts Into High Gear In 2014

Auto makers and parts manufacturers expected to post strong profit growth thanks to rising demand

OTTAWA - Booming vehicle sales on both sides of the border are boosting industry profits for Canadian auto makers and motor vehicle parts manufacturers. Pre-tax profits for Canadian auto manufacturers are expected to reach $1.3 billion this year, their highest levels since 2002, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Spring 2014 Industrial Outlook publications.

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Education

Local Educator to Become ‘Google Certified’ at Google Teacher Academy

Walnut Creek, CA — Google tm has selected Rolland Chidiac, a teacher at St. Anne CES in Kitchener, as an attendee at the next Google Teacher Academy, to be held in Mountain View, CA on July 30-31, 2014.

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Graduation

University of Waterloo holds 108th convocation

Waterloo - More than 5,800 students crossed the stage at the University of Waterloo's 108th convocation, taking place last week. There were 4,878 undergraduate degrees and 974 graduate degrees handed out at ceremonies taking place over five days, ending Saturday.

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Election Commentary

Ontario Voters return surprise Liberal Majority Government, choosing investment-driven economic recovery

TORONTO - In an unexpected turn of events Ontario voters last week took to the polls in numbers not seen since 2007, returning a majority Liberal Government under the leadership of Premier-Elect, Kathleen Wynne. Taking 59 of 107 seats in the Provincial Legislature with 38.7% of the popular vote, Ms. Wynne secured a mandate to move ahead with her platform “Kathleen Wynne’s Plan for Ontario.” Premier-Elect Wynne is pledging to return the new government to the Legislature within 20 days to reintroduce the spring budget that triggered the election.

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Policy

Food strategy a welcome contribution to democratic policy process, says NFU

St. Marys - The National Farmers Union welcomed the release of Everybody Eats, the pan-Canadian food strategy launched by the New Democratic Party in early June. "We need a national discussion that brings together those who produce and process food and those who eat it to talk about issues such as what type of food and agriculture policies we need to ensure the survival of Canada's family farms, how to ensure all Canadians have adequate, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and the protection of our natural environments in farming regionsn," said Ann Slater, National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice-President, Policy.

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Funding

Two local mental health programs receive $85,000 from The Co-operators 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

GUELPH - Last night, The Co-operators presented a cheque for $85,000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin after a day of golf at the Ariss Valley Golf and Country Club, site of the 20th Annual Community Charity Golf Tournament. The funds will be split between two important community initiatives: Giving Light Offers Worth and Wellness (GLOWW) and the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin. It was the largest amount raised to date at the annual event, bringing the 20-year total to $508,500.

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Innovation

CCRM and Stem Cells Australia Agree to Collaborate in the Global Translation of Stem Cell Research

Toronto/Melbourne – The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) and the Stem Cells Australia consortium have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to increase the translation of stem cell research in the two countries.

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Boomer Book

Are Baby Boomers Doomed to Irrelevance in the Workplace?

Media Expert Shares Tips for Aging Workers

Boomers may want to recall one of the poets they grew up reading, Dylan Thomas, and his most famous poem, named for its first line, “Do not go gentle into that good night,” a desperate appeal to resist the trappings of old age.

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Growing Fast

QuickContractors.com Ranks No. 19 on the 2014 PROFIT 500

PROFIT magazine unveils 26th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Cambridge - Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked QuickContractors.com Inc No. 19 on the 26th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the July issue of Canadian Business and online at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their revenue growth over five years.


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June 21, 2014

Discover. Explore. Ignite the Night!

Kitchener/Waterloo - On June 21st 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., UpTown Waterloo and downtown Kitchener Ontario will be home to the first annual Summer Lights Festival! A collaborative initiative showcasing the vibrant local arts and culture community, the event currently has over 200 participating artists, groups, and organizations. Music, dance, film, food and other random creative expressions all in eight hubs. (www,summerlightsfestival.com)

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To August 2, 2014

Les Misérables The Dream Lives at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE – The Drayton Entertainment production of Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables has stormed the barricades of Cambridge and positioned itself as one of the greatest artistic triumphs in the award-winning theatre organization’s illustrious 24-year history.

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June 28 - August 29, 2014

Summer Activities at Joseph Schneider Haus

Kitchener – Summer at Schneider Haus gets off to a busy start with Early Settlement, June 28 to July 4, celebrating the arrival of the Schneiders in the Waterloo area on June 30, 1807. Visitors can participate in many of the daily chores of the early settlers. Please note that Schneider Haus will be closed on Canada Day.

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