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Current Issue: Exchange June 2014

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Ted Talks

Anne Curzan: What makes a word "real"?

One could argue that slang words like ‘hangry,’ ‘defriend’ and ‘adorkable’ fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don't appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make.

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EV - Transportation

Making Waterloo Region more EV friendly

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo has installed an electric vehicle (EV) charging station for public use at its Regional Museum on Huron Road. This is the first of three that the Region will install at public facilities to enable drivers of EVs to top-up their battery range as they get around the community.

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Debt

Homeowners indicate they are more comfortable with debt than their parents were Survey Shows

WATERLOO - Four in 10 homeowners (39 per cent) indicate they're more comfortable with debt compared to their parents, versus just one in eight (13 per cent) who feel they're less comfortable. The perceived gap in comfort level was greatest among homeowners in their fifties, who were five times more likely to indicate a greater degree of comfort than their parents, compared to those in their twenties and thirties, who were only twice as likely.

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Investing in Healthcare

The Funding Portal and University Health Network Form Joint Venture in Canadian HealthTech Sector

New financing platform will bring together key parties to improve commercialization outcomes

TORONTO - The Funding Portal Inc. reported yesterday that it has entered into a Joint Venture with University of Toronto's University Health Network (UHN) to improve access to capital and commercialization opportunities for businesses and inventors in the Canadian healthcare sector.

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Martin Insight

Why Invest in Design? Insights from Industry Leaders

Toronto - Design is playing an increasingly vital role in innovation, competitiveness and the determination of economic value. However, assessing the impact of design or isolating the design factor can be a challenge for a number of reasons. Design is an enabling discipline, and designers working with professionals from other disciplines add value to the process and to the end result. Design is also a crucial factor in many activities that successful organizations do well, from innovation and new product development, to operations and human resource management, to communications and branding. And like most serious organizational strategies, design is not a quick fix. It requires investment over time and commitment from organizational leaders in order to deliver significant returns.


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Copyright

Balanced, Modern Copyright for Canadian Creators and Consumers

Canadian Government Announces the Coming into Force of the Notice and Notice Regime

OTTAWA - Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage represented by Industry Minister James Moore and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover announced yesterday the coming into force of the Notice and Notice regime. This is the final step in implementing the Copyright Modernization Act, the Government's balanced approach to modernizing Canada's copyright laws to better protect the rights of creators and innovators in the digital age.

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Experience

GRH cancer centre nurse to travel overseas supporting Second World War hero

Kitchener - GRH regional cancer centre chemotherapy nurse Anne Schmidt will travel overseas on June 22nd sharing the experience of a lifetime.

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Homocide

Mental health patients more than twice as likely to be victims of homicide than the general public

Manchester, UK - Patients with mental illness are two and a half times more likely to be victims of homicide than people in the general population, according to a national study examining the characteristics of homicide victims across England and Wales, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

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Connecting

519-575-4400

Awareness campaign to help citizens learn new number Kicks off

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo celebrated the public launch of a new single phone number yesterday, and other service enhancements that will make it easier for citizens to access Region services.

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Progress

Carleton University and Equal Voice Launch New Website about Women and Politics

Ottawa - Equal Voice and Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership have launched a new website to support women who aspire to political office and leadership positions.

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Appointment

Technology Guru Marc Saltzman Joins Engagement Labs’ Board of Directors

Toronto - Engagement Labs announced that technology guru Marc Saltzman has joined its Board of Directors. Marc Saltzman is one of North America's most recognizable and trusted tech experts specializing in consumer electronics, business technology, interactive entertainment and Internet trends.


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Community

Waterloo working to restore water pressure and fight fire on Benjamin Rd.

Watermain breaks have been isolated and water pressures have been restored.

Waterloo - City of Waterloo staff responded to two confirmed watermain breaks located on Weber St. (between Lincoln Rd. and Bridgeport Rd.) and Regina St. (between University Ave. and Lodge St.). The breaks affected pressure in Waterloo approximately east of Westmount Rd. and in the Lakeshore area. The watermain breaks have been isolated and water pressures have been restored.

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R&D

Carleton Launches Pilot in August for 2015 Summer Institute on Aboriginal Research Ethics

Ottawa - Carleton University will hold a two-day pilot session this August to prepare for a unique 10-day Summer Institute on Aboriginal Research Ethics planned for 2015.

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Moving On

Curator Steps Down from The Clay & Glass

WATERLOO - Bill Poole, Executive Director of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, announced that Gallery Curator Christian Bernard Singer will leave his position later this year after five years of outstanding artistic leadership. He has made a personal decision to make his home in Montreal with his spouse. Singer will continue his employment until the end of November 2014 as the Gallery conducts a search for a new curator.

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Municipal Election

School Board Chair to Step-down to Seek Kitchener Council Seat

KITCHENER – Wayne Buchholtz, the Chair of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, announced last night that he would step-down to run for seat on Kitchener City Council in Ward 4.

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Advocacy

Bottled Beer Tastes Better this Summer says United Steelworkers

LCBO, Beer Store customers urged to avoid suds in 'scab cans' produced by strikebreaking U.S. manufacturer

TORONTO - Toronto workers forced on strike nine months ago by can-making giant Crown Holdings are appealing to LCBO and Beer Store customers not to buy canned suds.

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Recognition

Brock University Honours Steelworkers President Leo Gerard

St. Catherines - United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard has received an honorary degree from Brock University in St. Catharines, in recognition of his "unwavering commitment to social justice."


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July 26, 2014

First Annual Waterloo Region Food Truck Fare

Celebrates Food Trucks, Local Food & Drink, For Good Cause

Waterloo Region — The first ever Waterloo Region Food Truck Fare will be held at Waterloo Town Square and along Willis Way July 26, 2014 from 3 PM-9 PM, bringing food trucks, local food, craft beer, family fun and bands to the square.

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Water

Waterloo and IISD bring scientists together to discuss future of Experimental Lakes Area

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo is hosting the first workshop to chart the future of research at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).

The freshwater research facility was reopened in April 2014 by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) following transfer agreements with the federal, Ontario and Manitoba governments, and is now known as IISD-ELA.

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June 19, 2014

Work to Start on New Residential Hospice To Support Community Growing Need for Palliative Care

A $4.4 million community fundraising campaign has been launched to support the development of the new facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2014 with an expected completion date of Spring 2015.

Cambridge - Ground will be broken for a new, 10-bed residential hospice for Waterloo Region in a special ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 19. Innisfree House, named for the W.B. Yeats poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree, will be constructed on a 3-acre site in southwest Kitchener to provide around-the-clock palliative care to residents in a home-like setting.

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June 24, 2014

Connect to jobs in the tech industry-and beyond

Kitchener - Are you or someone you know looking for a new career opportunity? Bring your resume and find opportunities in sales, marketing, project management, customer support and more.

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June 19, 2014

Taras Grescoe at the ION Community and Transit Talk Series Thursday

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo welcomes award-winning Canadian author Taras Grescoe for its inaugural ION Community and Transit Talk Series. Grescoe wrote the acclaimed Straphanger, which explores urban transportation, city living and the world’s great transit systems.

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