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Ted Talks

Sally Kohn: Don’t like clickbait? Don’t click

Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad.


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Municipal Election

Progressive Coalition Endorses 38 Candidates for Fall Municipal Elections



Kitchener – Better Choices Waterloo Region has endorsed 38 candidates for the October 27th municipal and school board elections. The coalition of progressive individuals and organizations endorsed candidates for Regional and area municipal Councils and both school boards after 60 candidates filled out the group’s questionnaire. “We are extremely excited about this diverse group of candidates,” said Nancy Hutcheson, spokesperson for the Better Choices Executive. “It contains a good mix of incumbents and new candidates from a variety of backgrounds and experience, and we are confident that a good number of them will be successful in their election campaigns.”

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Elected Leader

Canadian Public Works Association Elects City of Guelph’s Kealy Dedman, P Eng., as President

OTTAWA - The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected City of Guelph’s City Engineer Kealy Dedman, P Eng., to serve as President of CPWA for a two-year term (August 2014 – August 2016). CPWA serves as the voice of public works in Canada and its 2,200 members represent all aspects of public works across Canada.

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Union Deal

Ontario Reaches Four-Year Agreement with AMAPCEO

Net Zero Deal Includes No New Money for Wages, Results in Savings of $55 Million

Queens Park - Ontario and the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) have ratified a new four-year collective agreement. The agreement includes a wage freeze in the first two years and a 1.4 per cent wage increase in each of the third and fourth years. This new agreement follows a two-year deal that included no wage increases in both 2012 and 2013 -- totalling four consecutive years without an increase.

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Global Concern

Respiratory infection controls being used for ebola patients are unnecessary and may contribute to public panic

Valencia, Spain - Respiratory infection control measures – which have been adopted by most health agencies to deal with the Ebola epidemic in west Africa – are unnecessary, and may heighten panic and fear among the public, according to the authors of a new letter, published in The Lancet, and written by Professor Jose M. Martin-Moreno from the University of Valencia in Spain, and colleagues.

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Attractive Canada

Burger King/Tim Horton's deal a reminder that business taxes matter

Uncompetitive corporate tax rates deter business investment and encourage firms to relocate elsewhere - By Sean Speer and Charles Lammam, The Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER, BC - News that Burger King and Tim Horton's are merging and that the new company will be headquartered in Canada has taken the business and political world by storm. U.S. politicians and left-of-centre groups denounced the transaction as "tax dodging" and warned of a public backlash against the well-known burger chain. Canadian politicians have refrained from saying much about the deal but spoke positively about the country's corporate tax regime. What are we to make of this late-summer kerfuffle?

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Innovation

Identify Your Employees by the Theory of 21

The idea, by the way, was caller ID – that now-ubiquitous service on most phones - By Chuck Reaves

“For every person who will say yes, there are twenty who will say no. For a positive response you must find the twenty-first person.” – The Theory of 21 The CEO of an electronics company had an idea. He was a solid business person but was not as well-versed in electronics as some of his engineers. He came up with an idea and did not know if it was feasible. He asked two engineers to explore how it could be done so he could test the feasibility of the idea becoming a new product line.

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New Orders

BIOREM announces $2.1 million of new orders

GUELPH - BIOREM Inc. announced three new orders totalling $2.1 million. The orders consist of three large odour control systems for waste water treatment plants in Canada. "These orders are consistent with the market resurgence in North America," said Peter Bruijns, President and CEO. "After a difficult period of restraint in our core municipal odour control market, we are now beginning to see sales growth. Our lower cost structure, technology improvements and supply chain advantages have increased our competitiveness."

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Transportation

City planning ahead with Electric Vehicle Charging Station

KITCHENER – The region’s newest public electric vehicle charging station, located in the Charles and Benton parking garage, is now up and running. As part of its transportation demand management efforts to support sustainable transportation options, the city is excited to be working with partners like the Region of Waterloo and Sustainable Waterloo Region to promote and offer these alternatives for residents.


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Back to School

UW Orientation events bring campus and community together

UWaterloo will welcome more than 8,200 new students this fall.

Waterloo - Orientation activities at the University of Waterloo get underway this week with events that include undergraduate, graduate and international students, parents and community members.

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Great Lakes

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Accelerates Cleanup of St. Louis River Area of Concern

Duluth, Minnesota – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the first of nine environmental impairments, which caused the St. Louis River to be included on a binational list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern, has been lifted one year ahead of schedule. The St. Louis River is one of 43 contaminated sites on the Great Lakes designated as a Great Lakes Area of Concern by the United States and Canada under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

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Financial

4 Essentials Your Financial Advisor Should Have

The Client-Advisor Relationship Must NOT Be Overlooked, Says Industry Veteran

Shocking stats continue to make news regarding North America’s preparedness for retirement, including the fact that in the US, one of five citizens near retirement age have zero money put away for the golden years, according to statistics recently released from the US Federal Reserve. About 20 percent of pre-retirees have nothing stocked away, and 31 percent of the total population also has no money for retirement.


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Energy

Hydro One completes acquisition of Norfolk Power Inc.

TORONTO - On Friday, Hydro One announced the legal closing of the purchase of Norfolk Power Inc. (Norfolk Power). The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approved the sale on July 3, 2014. Hydro One has been a proud electricity supplier to Norfolk County for decades serving approximately 14,000 Norfolk County customers and is excited about the opportunity to extend its service to the entire County – a further 18,000 customers.

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