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Ted Talks

Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent

Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold?


Tool to help make presentations better wins big at pitch contest

Ubiq took home two prizes from the Velocity Venture Fund, held today. Also pictured are Mike Kirkup, director of Velocity, as well as competition judges Tim Lee, Karamdeep Nijjar, Ted Livingston and Mike Stork.

Waterloo - A hardware and software company that stands to revolutionize how we give presentations was the biggest winner at the Velocity Fund Finals, a pitch competition for startups, which took place at the University of Waterloo last Thursday.

Health Care

Pharmacists can renew birth control prescriptions too

Waterloo - Most Canadians are unaware that pharmacists in several provinces including Ontario can renew common, long-term prescriptions such as birth control pills and blood pressure medications. The authors cite the recent controversy around Kate Desjardins, an Ottawa woman who was denied a birth control prescription renewal for religious reasons by all three physicians at a walk-in clinic.

Member Retail


Guelph – Last Friday marked the official opening of the brand new Costco Wholesale warehouse in Guelph, located at 19 Elmira Road South.

Attending the opening ceremony were: Mr. Pierre Riel, Senior Vice-president & General Manager Eastern Canada, Guelph Mayor, Karen Farbridge, Mr. Frank Valeriote, Member of Parliament for Guelph, Mr. Darryl Bednis, General Manager of the new warehouse and Gino Dorico, Regional Vice-president, Eastern Canada District II.

City of Choice

Sysco Corporation opens new sales support centre in Waterloo

Waterloo - Sysco Connect, a division of Sysco Corporation, has announced the opening of a new sales support centre in Waterloo, Ont. A global leader in the sales, marketing and distribution of food products, Sysco’s new facility will be integral to enhancing the high level of service its customers and partners have come to experience.


Ten Strategic Ways to Re-Configure Cynicism Around Trust

Hipness, snark, and cynicism are hallmarks of modern culture. But what about your company’s culture? Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard says employee cynicism is a red flag signaling a serious dearth of trust—and explains what you can do to fix it.

San Francisco, CA — 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.

Community Health

Laurier researcher’s Project SOIL examines food production at schools, hospitals and other institutions

WATERLOO – Hospitals, schools and other public institutions already provide communities with vital services. But what if they could double as food producers?

Health Care

Common blood thinner for pregnant women proven ineffective

OTTAWA – It's a daily injection to the belly for pregnant women at risk of developing blood clots and it's ineffective, according to a clinical trial led by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and published by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet.

Fire & Rescue

City of Waterloo and WPFFA receives arbitration award

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo has received a partial arbitration award as an outcome of the interest arbitration process over the last year with the Waterloo Professional Fire Fighters’ Association (WPFFA). A retroactive wage increase of 8.65% has been awarded for the 2012-2014 period. All interim wage adjustments previously implemented by the City of Waterloo in 2013 and 2014 are included in these increases.


US may be poised for economic housing boost

And that's good news for Canadian lumber and building materials industries - By Jock Finlayson Executive Vice-President Business Council of British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BC - Is it possible that America's economy might surprise us with a sustained growth surge? The question came to mind as I recently slogged through a series of blog entries and reports on the web site of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. The Center's researchers keep close tabs on U.S. housing markets and have a particular interest in the factors believed to influence the demand for housing.

World Events

Wheat could become pawn in Russia's game of realpolitik

Canadian farmers have to wait and see how the Crisis in Ukraine unfolds to determine the value of their crops - by Ryan Lijdsman

EDMONTON, AB - While Canada's involvement in the "Ukraine Crisis" has been little more than rhetorical to this point, our political impotence does not mean that our economy will be immune to its effects, especially after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17.

Provincial Trade

Don't hold your breath waiting for free trade within Canada

The Constitution already guarantees it and look where that has gotten us - By Derek James FromLawyer Canadian Constitution Foundation

CALGARY, AB - A call by the three Western Premiers for the dismantling of internal trade barriers between their provinces is a great idea - one that is long overdue. It would lead to more opportunities for enterprising businesses, lower costs for consumers, and greater economic freedom.


How to Run Your Home More like a CEO

4 Tips for Time & Budget Management from a Business Development Strategist

All successful CEOs have one thing in common: They’re able to maintain a big-picture perspective. It’s also something successful moms have in common, says Zenovia Andrews, a business strategist, speaker, author and mom who coaches entrepreneurs and CEOs on time and budget management.

Letter to the Editor

Kitchener Rocks!

Kitchener - The biggest stage in North America has now been dismantled. The tour buses have left town. McLennan Park has been cleaned up and returned to the community. And, the tens of thousands who celebrated in Kitchener went back to their regular lives, with stories and one even has a cherished tattoo. Now is the time we start asking: what are the takeaways from Big Music Fest?


Ontario Trillium Foundation Invests in Waterloo, Wellington & Dufferin Communities

With OTF support, non-profit groups are building healthy and vibrant communities

Waterloo - By leveraging its investments for community benefit, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) announced investments in 19 nonprofit and charitable organizations in Waterloo, Wellington & Dufferin.

Municipal Election


Kitchener - Fauzia Mazhar will kick off her campaign for a seat representing Ward 7 on Kitchener City Council on Tuesday, August 5.

In the first major event since entering the campaign on July 21, Mazhar will speak about her effort to bring a fresh perspective to council. She will also speak to her three main priorities: responsible and accountable leadership, creating a liveable city and cultivating a welcoming, inclusive and safe community.


Study suggests both high physical activity and less sitting in leisure time may be required to substantially reduce risk of obesity

London, UK - New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) suggests that both higher levels of physical activity and lower levels of sitting in leisure time may be required to substantially reduce the risk of obesity. The research is by Joshua Bell and colleagues, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL (University College London), UK.

Pickle Ball

Waterloo lands pickleball provincial, national championships

North America’s Fastest-Growing Sport Coming to the K-W Area in Full Force

Waterloo - The game that has been turning heads and seeing unprecedented participant growth is scheduled to make both the provincial and national championships home at the Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre at RIM Park over the next two years. Waterloo has recently been named the host destination for both the 2014 Pickleball Ontario Provincial Championships, and the 2015 Pickleball Canada Eastern National Open Championships.


Disruptor Job Fair Today

Syndesus, a tech recruiting firm with offices in Waterloo and San Francisco, is filling more than 20 jobs for Silicon Valley startups with local experienced engineers to work remotely in Waterloo.

Waterloo – Disrupting the job landscape. A first-of-its-kind job fair is happening this Tuesday. It is hosted by a new recruitment firm called Syndesus, and the goal is to hire talented local engineers and tech workers in the Waterloo Region to work remotely for Silicon Valley startups. The company founder, Marc Pavlopolous, saw a need in Silicon Valley for top-notch talent.

August 5-8, 2014

Laurier hosts International Conference on Women in Physics

WATERLOO – Over 200 women physicists from around the globe will be on Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus from Aug. 5-8 as Laurier becomes the first North American institution to host the International Conference for Women in Physics (ICWIP).

August 2014

40 GRCA events for August

Grand River Basin - This is a listing of more than 40 GRCA events for August. Please note that you can find all this information (including changes and cancellations) on the GRCA website where you can search by location to find events in your area at

September 20, 2014

Two charities, one great fundraising event

Cambridge – The Race to Erase is coming to Cambridge on September 20, 2014 to support two great local charities: YWCA Cambridge and United Way Cambridge and North Dumfries. The Race to Erase is an annual fundraiser, begun in Sarnia in 2006, where teams compete in fun-filled challenges throughout their community all in support of local charities.



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