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Ted Talks

Martin Rees: Can we prevent the end of the world?

A post-apocalyptic Earth, emptied of humans, seems like the stuff of science fiction TV and movies. But in this short, surprising talk, Lord Martin Rees asks us to think about our real existential risks — natural and human-made threats that could wipe out humanity. As a concerned member of the human race, he asks: What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?

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Light Rail Transit

ION celebrates historic groundbreaking

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo celebrated a historic moment last Thursday as officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of ION Stage 1 Light Rail Transit (LRT) construction. The event took place at the future home of ION’s Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility on Dutton Drive in Waterloo.

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HR

Canadian employees will see average salary increases of 2.6 per cent in 2015 according to Hay Group's survey of top employers

Employees in the oil and gas, financial services, credit unions and chemical sectors are expected to see the highest increases in 2015; telecommunications, education and government workers to see the lowest increases.

TORONTO - Canadian employees can expect to see average base salary increases of 2.6% in 2015, according to a national survey of over 400 Canadian public and private sector employers conducted by Hay Group in June and July. Participants include many of Canada's leading employers.


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Mayoral Candidate

Positive Leadership Results in Positive Endorsement

WATERLOO – Dave Jaworsky has been endorsed by Better Choices Waterloo Region as their pick to be the next Mayor of Waterloo. Better Choices Waterloo Region is a broad, non-partisan coalition of progressive individuals and organizations committed to building a better Waterloo Region through active participation in the 2014 Municipal Elections.

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Appointment

New chair named for U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities

Professor Amit Chakma, president and vice-chancellor of Western University, Suzanne Corbeil, executive director of The U15, and Professor Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo and new chair of The U15.

Waterloo - Canada's U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities has named Feridun Hamdullahpur, University of Waterloo's president and vice-chancellor its next Chair for a fixed two-year term. Hamdullahpur, who previously served as U15 vice-chair, assumes the leadership role from outgoing U15 Chair Amit Chakma, Western University's president and vice-chancellor.

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Heritage

Cambridge Schematic Plan for Restoration at the PostOffice Praised

Cambridge - "I keep thinking how beautiful it will be when it's lit at night," said John Oldfield chair of the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee during a news conference and tour of the Old Post Office building at 12 1/2 Water Street on Thursday.

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Health

Smokers consume same amount of cigarettes regardless of nicotine levels

Professor David Hammond found that smokers did not increase their consumption of cigarettes when using a reduced nicotine brand. (Photo credit: Jonathan Bielaski, Light Imaging.)

Waterloo - Cigarettes with very low levels of nicotine may reduce addiction without increasing exposure to toxic chemicals, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology monitored the smoking behaviours of 72 adults as they switched to three types of cigarettes with markedly reduced nicotine levels.

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Philanthropy

Economical Insurance donates $10,000 to revitalize Camp Klahanie

Partners with Banter MacEwan Feagan Insurance Brokers to provide a three-season shelter at Goderich Lions Camp Klahanie

Waterloo/Goderich — Kids from Huron County and beyond are enjoying Camp Klahanie once more since it was brought back to life this year by the Goderich Lions Club. While the camp is in full swing, there are several revitalization projects going on to provide better facilities for co-ed camping and to enhance the outdoor experience at the camp.

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Faculty

Council of Ontario Universities releases results from Faculty At Work report, the first study in Canada of faculty work

TORONTO - Ontario universities are releasing results from the first major study in Canada of faculty work – capturing 77 per cent of Ontario's full-time faculty – in an effort to help build public understanding about the substantial contributions professors are making to prepare students for success, conduct ground-breaking research and improve communities.

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Energy

Raising the Keystone bar to absurdity

Opponents will concoct any silly argument to stop the pipeline - By Kenneth P. Green, Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, The Fraser Institute

CALGARY - A new study in the Journal Nature Climate Change is being touted (as they all are) a potential game-changer that proves vast quantities of additional study are needed before pondering whether or not a simple pipeline might be constructed between Alberta, and the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Culture and Art

Solid recommendations to resolve challenges for the Centre in the Square and K-W Symphony

KITCHENER – Four key recommendations coming from an operational and strategic review of the Centre in the Square (CITS) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) were presented yesterday to Kitchener city council. The recommendations include: revisiting the mission and mandate of the CITS; reviewing existing plans for the city’s funding relationship with the CITS, specifically as it relates to the city’s arts and culture strategy; reviewing existing plans for physical improvements to the facility; and analyzing the costs and making recommendations to council regarding the proposed improvements.

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Provinicail Collaboration

Québec and Ontario Partner to Strengthen Central Canada's Economy

Queens Park - Québec Premier Philippe Couillard and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met today and announced their commitment to reinvigorate and strengthen the relationship between the two provinces in order to reinforce regional partnership in central Canada.

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Trials

Experimental Ebola drugs must be fairly distributed and tested ethically in clinical trials

London, UK - Researchers and health authorities need to ensure that experimental drugs to treat Ebola are distributed fairly, and in the context of randomized controlled trials, according to a new Viewpoint.

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Gas Rates

Gas rates to reflect market-responsive policy

KITCHENER – Kitchener Utilities’ customers will see a modest rate increase – approximately $40 a year for the average residential customer. The last rate change for Kitchener Utilities’ customers was July 2013. Adjustments to Kitchener Utilities’ gas rates are done annually, as directed by council. In June 2014, council directed Kitchener Utilities to amend its gas-purchase policy to a three-year cycle to closer match a market-responsive option. This new policy responds to customers’ preference for stable rates, while also being able to react to market variability.

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R&D

Grants will fund landmark aging research at Waterloo

Waterloo - A landmark study aimed at improving the food intake, health and quality of life of older adults in long-term care homes is among three projects at the University of Waterloo receiving close to $1.5 million in grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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Leadership

The Frank Principles of Business: Blunt Leadership Lessons Learned Over a Lifetime

By Richard J. Bryan

Frank was ex-Special Forces with a fine arts degree—an unusual mix. He achieved a lot in his business career by following five simple principles that he was able to apply to any business, and many have achieved a lot by learning to do the same.

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Health Care

Ever growing number of women with gestational diabetes suggests future will be filled with children with early diabetes

New Haven, CT. - New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that children exposed to gestational diabetes in the wombs of their mothers are themselves around six times more likely to develop diabetes or prediabetes than children not exposed. The research is by Dr Sonia Caprio, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA, and colleagues.

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Family

How to Run Your Home More like a CEO

4 Tips for Time & Budget Management from a Business Development Strategist - By Zenovia Andrews

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.

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Recognition

Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) announces winners of the second annual Excellence in Governance Awards (EGs)

BANFF, AB - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") announced the winners of the second annual Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs).

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WWLHIN

WWLHIN Board Highlights – August 2014 Meeting

KITCHENER - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting on August 7, 2014, the highlights of the meeting follow.

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Technology Pioneers

World Economic Forum Recognizes 24 Leading Technology Pioneers

24 companies from across the world honoured as transformational technology pioneers

New York – Celebrating the power of technology and innovation, the World Economic Forum announced today the selection of 24 companies at the forefront of their industries. As Technology Pioneers, they have demonstrated the ability to harness creativity to design and create transformative solutions. These cutting-edge companies will be honoured during the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014, which will take place from 10 to 12 September in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China.

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Entrepreneurship

For All Those New Female Entrepreneurs, the 5 C’s for Building a Successful Business

By Marsh Friedman

Small businesses have made a huge recovery since the economic crash in 2008 and that’s good news for all of us. Since we account for 63 percent of new jobs, our success puts people back to work. That, in turn, helps us even more – people with paychecks buy stuff!

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