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World Wide Web Creator

Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?

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Labour

Labour Force Survey for July 2014

Ottawa - Employment rose by 42,000 in July, the result of an increase in part-time work (+60,000). The unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 7.0%. In the 12 months to July, employment increased by 157,000 or 0.9%, with most of the growth in part-time work. The total hours worked were up slightly (+0.3%) compared with July 2013. In July, employment increased among people aged 25 to 54 and youths aged 15 to 24, while it fell among people aged 55 and over. Provincially, employment increased in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, while it declined in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

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Energy

Heffner Lexus Toyota Scion Completes Solar Installation Atop Dealership

Kitchener – Heffner Lexus Toyota Scion announced the completion of a 220kW solar installation lining the rooftops of its Kitchener dealership. Consisting of over 800 panels, the state-of-the-art installation will generate approximately 275,000 kWh annually for at least the next 20 years – enough energy to power approximately 26 homes per year. The installation offsets 190 metric tons of carbon per year; that is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 150 acres of forest.

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South Western Ontario Corridor

Kitchener, Waterloo and London municipal officials discuss improved commuter rail service with provincial Minister of Transportation

LONDON – Reinforcing the need for improved commuter rail service and laying the foundation for a High Speed Rail corridor. That's the reason why Kitchener mayor Carl Zehr, London mayor Joni Baechler and Waterloo councillor Karen Scian met with the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation yesterday at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)’s annual general meeting and conference in London.

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Appointment

Waterloo names new director of athletics and recreation

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo has named Roly Webster as its new director of athletics and recreation after an extensive search. Webster will oversee the Department of Athletics and Recreation, which includes more than 600 student-athletes and 80 coaches on 32 varsity teams. Another 200 recreational programs bring 30,000 students to Waterloo's facilities each term. “Welcoming Roly to Waterloo is exciting for our students, staff and beyond as he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge working in a university atmosphere,” said Chris Read, associate provost, students at Waterloo. “Roly shares our passion and commitment to providing our students with outstanding athletic and recreational opportunities.”

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Manufacturing

Monthly Survey of Manufacturing for June 2014

Ottawa - Manufacturing sales rose 0.6% in June to $52.0 billion, the fifth gain in six months. The gain stemmed from a 3.0% increase in non-durable goods sales, led by the chemical, petroleum and coal product as well as the food industries. Excluding the chemical industry, total sales edged down 0.1% in June. Constant dollar sales rose 0.2% in June.

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Climate Change

Waterloo makes public most complete Antarctic map for climate research

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change. A partnership between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the prime contractor for the RADARSAT-2 program, and the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN) at UWaterloo, the mosaic is free and fully accessible to the academic world and the public.

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Entrepreneurship

5 Essential Building Blocks for a Thriving Work Culture

It’s All Premised on Having the Right Players, Says ‘Coolest Young Entrepreneur’

What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg. Adam Witty has managed to turn plenty of heads in the business community as founder and CEO of Advantage Media Group, an international publisher of business, self-improvement, and professional development books and online learning.

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Appointment

Cambridge Appoints New Deputy Fire Chief for Cambridge Fire Department

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge announced Walter MacNeil as the new Deputy Fire Chief for the Cambridge Fire Department (CFD). MacNeil will officially take over the position on September 2, 2014. MacNeil joined the Cambridge Fire Department as a firefighter in 1985. He held a number of progressive roles during his time with the CFD, some of which include Captain Firefighter in 1996 and most recently Platoon Chief in 2007.

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Policing Cost

New OPP Billing Model for Municipalities

New Model is Fairer, More Transparent and Easier to Understand

Queens Park - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is introducing a fairer, more transparent billing model for the municipalities it serves across the province. The new model, which takes effect January 1, 2015, reflects input from the Auditor General and municipalities to more fairly and transparently distribute policing costs.

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Financial Planning

7 Cardinal Rules to Retirement Planning

An onslaught of retiring baby boomers; the uncertain duration of retirement funding; difficulty with workplace retirement accounts/pensions – even if these factors were stronger than they are now, you’d still have a heavy burden in managing your finances during retirement, says financial planner Carl Edwards.

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Municipal Election - Novel Approach

Cameron Dearlove campaign invites media to "NOT" attend campaign fundraiser

Kitchener - After utilizing a innovative, online crowdfunding campaign, Cameron Dearlove is taking his Kitchener Regional Council campaign to a very different level. With the municipal election officially underway, in a bizarre fundraising move Dearlove will be hosting a campaign fundraising dinner with no attendees.

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Expansion

Trade-Mark Industrial Moves to larger space

New, centrally-located home will enhance efficiencies and ability to respond to customer needs.

Kitchener – Trade-Mark Industrial Inc., a Kitchener, Ontario-based, family- owned, multi-trade contractor serving primarily Southwestern Ontario, is moving to a 365,000 square foot building situated on 24 acres. The company’s new home will be conveniently located at 250 Royal Oak Road in the Cambridge Business Park near the 401 expressway and becomes the headquarters for all of its companies—Trade-Mark Industrial Inc., Trade-Mark Industrial LLC, TM3 Inc. and United Electric. The transition to the new facility will take some time and as a result will be conducted in phases commencing October of 2014.

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Light Rail

Region announces details of ION construction

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo announced details of construction that will begin in 2014 for ION, the region’s rapid transit service. ION construction will go ahead at 12 locations over the next six months – five along the ION adapted bus rapid transit (aBRT) corridor, and seven along the ION light rail transit (LRT) corridor. An overview of 2014 ION construction is outlined is included.

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Municipal Election - Novel Approach

Cameron Dearlove campaign invites media to "NOT" attend campaign fundraiser

Kitchener - After utilizing a innovative, online crowdfunding campaign, Cameron Dearlove is taking his Kitchener Regional Council campaign to a very different level. With the municipal election officially underway, in a bizarre fundraising move Dearlove will be hosting a campaign fundraising dinner with no attendees. Billed as “Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner,” this event takes place on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 6pm to midnight and will not feature an overdone banquet room or cramped backyard BBQ, without the rubber chicken dinner that so many political fundraisers are used to serving. Open to the whole community, non-attendees are invited to purchase tickets for a table that they won’t be sitting at, instead they will be free to enjoy the last weekend of summer with family and friends.

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Debt Management

Interest payments on government debt eat up revenue at the expense of other priorities

Vancouver - Interest payments on government debt in Canada consume a sizeable share of government revenue, leaving less money for public priorities such as schools, hospitals, highways and lower taxes, finds a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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Municipal Election

Mark Whaley files his Nomination Papers for Ward 5 Councillor in Waterloo

Waterloo - Mark Whaley has filed his nomination papers for the position of Councillor, Ward 5, Waterloo. “After three terms in office I remain as committed to the work as ever. By now I understand the dedication required to take on this important role. I feel ready to continue to take the time necessary to understand the issues and be prepared to make the decisions required to move Waterloo forward.” His long experience in the field will prove useful as citizen’s face the prospect of many new faces around the council horseshoe during the next term. His commitment combined with his experience makes him the right candidate for Ward 5 Councillor.

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Culinary Writer

Lucy Waverman Named 2014/15 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence

Stratford - The Stratford Chefs School is honoured to announce Lucy Waverman as the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence for the 2014-15 school year. As one of Canada's favourite culinary personalities, Lucy Waverman brings her sharp wit and mouth-watering recipes to aspiring home chefs across the country. Lucy's knowledge and expertise as a celebrated author, editor, columnist and teacher highlighted her as a top candidate for the GWIR Selection Committee and culminated in her unanimous appointment as this year's Writer in Residence. Lucy will be in residence with the Stratford Chefs School from November 25th until December 6th, 2014.

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Local Food

SCOR launches FoodHub online marketplace

TILLSONBURG – South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation (SCOR EDC) launched a regional FoodHub Project late last year that was supported by the Greenbelt Fund. This week the online marketplace for the project has been launched.

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Communication

Telstra unveils next-gen Cloud Collaboration service for global businesses

UK – Telstra launched its global cloud-based unified communications service, enabling businesses to communicate and collaborate in real-time regardless of their location around the world. Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing, said Telstra’s global solution, launched in Australia last year in partnership with Cisco, is now available across four continents in 25 countries, consistently delivered over Telstra’s worldwide network extending to more than 2,000 Points of Presence (PoP).

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Infrastructure

Delivering on its Economic Plan to Build Ontario Up by Investing in Infrastructure

Queens Park - Ontario is providing small, rural and northern municipalities with stable, annual funding to build and repair critical infrastructure and help to create jobs across the province.

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