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Current Issue: January/February 2014

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Ted Talks

Guy Hoffman: Robots with "soul"

What kind of robots does an animator / jazz musician / roboticist make? Playful, reactive, curious ones. Guy Hoffman shows demo film of his family of unusual robots -- including two musical bots that like to jam with humans.


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Election - Waterloo

Dave Jaworsky announces candidacy for Mayor of Waterloo

Waterloo – Dave Jaworsky has announced his intention to run for Mayor of Waterloo. Mr. Jaworsky will file his nomination papers with the City Clerk this morning at 9:30am, then make a brief statement.

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LRT - Election Issue

Waterloo researcher uses big data to see LRT impact on housing market

Waterloo - As the debate continues in several cities surrounding the potential impact of light rail transit (LRT), a researcher from the University of Waterloo is harnessing the power of big data to help gather new insights into how transit systems might transform urban redevelopment and affect the housing market. Professor Dawn Parker of the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo is the lead researcher on a project that will also analyze and compare data from computerized simulation models.

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Recognition

Realtor recieves Volunteer Award

Kitchener/Waterloo - Gaye Males, a member of the Kitchener‐Waterloo Association of REALTORS (KWAR) was presented with the KWAR Volunteer Award last night at the association’s Annual Kick Off dinner.

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Agriculture

Grants available to Waterloo Region farmers to plant cover crops

Grand River Basin - Cover crops are good way to reduce soil erosion and protect water quality. Now farmers in Waterloo Region can take advantage of a financial incentive program to put cover crops in the ground.

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Health

Decline in Canadian smoking rates stalling

Waterloo - After years of steady decline, rates of tobacco use in Canada have stalled, according to a new report published by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. The report found that 16.1% or 4.6 million Canadians were current smokers in 2012, which was not a significant change from 2011.

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Global Web

Increased Cyber Security Can Save Global Economy Trillions

New World Economic Forum report examines the need for new approaches to increase resilience against cyberattacks

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Failing to improve cyber security could cost the world economy and lead to more frequent cyberattacks, according to a new report released today by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with McKinsey & Company.

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Leadership

Leading in Crisis: The Four Traps of Decision Making

By Lucien Canton

During the second day’s fighting at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, Colonel Strong Vincent, a brigade commander in the Army of the Potomac, learned from a passing courier that the Union left flank was undefended and that the Confederates were advancing on Little Round Top. Seizing this position would allow the Confederates to fire on the entire Union line and force the retreat of Union forces, opening the road to Washington. Recognizing the tactical significance of the position, Vincent, without waiting for orders, moved his brigade into a blocking position.

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Outdoors

GRCA posting ‘No Trespassing’ signs to deter people from entering damaged parks, trails

Grand River Basin - The Grand River Conservation Authority is posting “No Trespassing” signs on trails, parks and natural areas to urge people to stay out while crews continue to clean up from the December ice storm.


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March 5, 2014

Grand River Film Festival Receives 2014 Arts Connect Cambridge Grant

Waterloo Region - GRFF - Grand River Film Festival is thrilled about receiving the 2014 Arts Connect Cambridge Grant alongside two other great local organizations: the Mill Race Folk Festival and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. The funds for this grant will be raised at the Arts Connect Cambridge Event, which will take place at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge on Wednesday, March 5th 2014.

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June 24, 2014

Dave Mathews North American Tour - Toronto Date

Dave Matthews Band will be playing two sets a night on their upcoming summer tour. On what they've dubbed "A Very Special Evening With Dave Matthews Band," the group will play career-spanning set lists that will alternate between electric and acoustic music. In some instances, the band will change the configuration of its lineup depending on the song, including performances that will focus on Matthews with guitarist Tim Reynolds as a duo.

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January 30, 2014

Pop piano superstar Jim Brickman and special guest Luke McMaster play River Run

Guelph – Songwriter Jim Brickman is hailed as one of the most successful instrumental pop pianist of the last two decades. Throughout twenty year long career, Brickman -- who describes himself as a songwriter that plays the piano -- has shared his artistry with luminaries such as Carly Simon and Olivia Newton-John. He is set to play River Run Centre on Thursday, January 30 at 8 p.m. The concert is presented as part of the Macquarie Music series, and takes place in the Co-operators Hall.

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