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Ted Talks

Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power

Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”


Career Burnout: The Root Cause is Loss of Purpose

Career burnout is characterized clinically by loss of passion, physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.

Physician and mindful living expert Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD has a unique perspective to discuss career burnout; not only is she a neurologist specializing in mind-body medicine, but she also used the mindfulness-based techniques she teaches to heal herself from career burnout as a physician.


BlackBerry Acquires Movirtu to Improve Adoption of BYOD and COPE

New solution enables “split billing” for iOS, Android and BlackBerry

Waterloo - BlackBerry Limited announced yesterday that it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions for mobile operators that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device. This improves device management in bring-your-own device (BYOD) and corporate-owned personally enabled (COPE) environments. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Global Economy

Leading Innovators Say Regulators Must Tread Lightly

Do regulators have the capacity and talent to keep pace?; Some countries with developing regulatory frameworks provide fertile ground for innovation and creativity

Tianjin, People’s Republic of China – Mobile phones, tablets, wearables, internet finance and other new technologies are driving and changing entire industries, creating challenges for regulators which are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change. How regulators can encourage innovation while ensuring proper regulatory oversight was a key topic discussed on the closing day of the eighth Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China.

Health Care

Researchers discover new producer of crucial vitamin

Waterloo - New research has determined that a single group of micro-organisms may be responsible for much of the world’s vitamin B12 production in the oceans, with implications for the global carbon cycle and climate change.


Canadian cities’ transit tops US counterparts, but often fails its most loyal riders

Waterloo - A new report from the School of Planning identifying just how well Canadian cities provide robust transit options compared to U.S. cities of similar size and make-up was released yesterday. The report co-authored by Professor Jeff Casello in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, reveals that Canadian cities offer on average 6 kilometres more transit (64 kilometres versus 58 kilomtres) than U.S. cities between 1996 and 2012.

Support Centre Fundraising

25 Years and all that JAZZ! Celebrating 25 Years of Healing and Hope

Kitchener – On October 2nd, the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region will be celebrating 25 years of healing and hope with a fundraising gala! We invite the community to join us at The Tannery Event Centre for a fabulous and fun evening out!

Municipal Election

Kitchener Mayoral Candidate Berry Vrbanovic launches ideas for Strong Neighborhoods

Kitchener - Yesterday Kitchener Mayoral Candidate Berry Vrbanovic shared part of his vision for building and sustaining Strong Neighborhoods in the city of Kitchener. Focusing on connection, collaboration, transportation, saftey and sustainability, Vrbanovic shared five key platforms with actions.


Bhima’s Warung Celebrates 20th Anniversary Indonesian Dancers to perform on three city North American Tour

Waterloo - Bhima's Warung will celebrate twenty years of serving Waterloo Region deliciously bold meals this month with a dynamic performance by a troupe of 25 youth dancers from Java, Indonesia.

Municipal Election


Waterloo Region - Seeking citizen engagement and participation, Cameron Dearlove, Candidate for a Kitchener seat on Waterloo Regional Council, will be releasing one set of policy proposals every 5 (5) days for the next thirty (30) days, using the Twitter hashtag #30DaysforaBetterWR.

Intelligent Community

Toronto, Canada to Host 2015 Intelligent Community Forum Summit & Awards

Summit 2015 to be held from June 9 – 11

New York, NY - The Intelligent Community Forum announced that it will hold its 2015 Summit & Awards program from June 9 through June 11 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is the first time in 10 years that ICF will hold its annual event outside its home base in New York City. ICF Canada, a newly-formed entity of ICF, will host the event. Waterfront Toronto, which was instrumental in the city’s rise to Intelligent Community of the Year status in 2014, will collaborate with ICF Canada as host. “Waterfront Toronto is proud to co-host the ICF’s 2015 Summit and the important work the ICF is doing in supporting smarter, more connected and more accessible communities that create economic opportunities for everyone,“ said John Campbell, CEO Waterfront Toronto.

Neurological Conditions

National Report on Dementia

Waterloo - Professor John Hirdes, of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, is a principal investigator on the new national report Mapping Connections: An understanding of neurological conditions in Canada. The report was released yesterday at the G7 Dementia Legacy Summit in Ottawa.“Responding to the complex needs of persons with neurological conditions is a major challenge for family members and for the Canadian health care system. A coordinated and comprehensive approach is essential in order to ensure that they receive good quality and cost-effective care.”

Shaping Canada

Corporations play a vital role in society

Private business creates the vast majority of jobs and drives social progress by funding essentially all social services - Gwyn Morgan

VICTORIA, BC - Philosopher George Santayana's maxim, "Those who cannot remember (the lessons of) the past are condemned to repeat it", demonstrates that the most enduring wisdoms can often be stated in a single sentence. One of history's most powerful lessons is how Marxist-socialist theory inspired the subjugation and impoverishment of half the world's population while free-enterprise capitalism saw the other half achieve historic levels of prosperity, social progress and personal freedom.


New Funding Models Are Reshaping Global Scientific Research Agendas

Private funding for science has overshadowed government funding for basic research in recent years; Many countries are experimenting with new models to bridge the gaps between academic science and business

Tianjin, People’s Republic of China – How can science generate greater value for society? This question lies at the heart of the agenda of the eighth Annual Meeting of the New Champions, taking place in Tianjin, China 10-12 September 2014. One of the most important trends in the pace of innovation involves the funding models and political frameworks that support scientific research. China has been a leader in its emphasis on funding research and development. More than 2% of the nation’s GDP is dedicated to science and technology. In addition, “72.1% of R&D funding is from private sector,” noted Chen Zhangliang, Vice-President, China Association for Science and Technology.

Family Business


London - The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) Southwestern Ontario is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2015 CAFE Southwestern Ontario Family Enterprise of the Year Award. This award recognizes the significant achievement made within a Southwestern Ontario family enterprise.


Renison to install new principal on Saturday

Waterloo - The installation of The Rev. Wendy Fletcher as principal and vice-chancellor of Renison University College at the University of Waterloo will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 at the Church of the Holy Saviour, Waterloo. The new principal joins Renison from the Vancouver School of Theology, where she has served in a number of capacities as professor, academic dean, dean, vice-principal and, for a period of seven years, as principal.

New Building

Carleton University Announces $10-Million Gift for New Business School Building

Ottawa - The Wesley and Mary Nicol Charitable Foundation kicked off the campaign Thursday to fund a new building for Carleton University’s acclaimed Sprott School of Business with a gift of $10 million. “The Sprott School needs a new home to build on its fine international reputation and foster tomorrow’s business and social leaders,” said Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte.


The growing role of women in the workforce

On current projections, more than half of all the jobs in Canada will soon be held by women - By Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President, Business Council of British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The growing role of women in the workforce arguably qualifies as the most consequential socio-economic development of the past 50 years. As more women have entered the formal labour market, the productive capacity of our economy has been augmented. Indeed, increased "labour input" - more people working - has been the principal factor pushing up gross domestic product (GDP) and household incomes in Canada.

Free, Interactive Webcasts


Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics launches the 2014/2015 season of its renowned Public Lecture Series in October with a new twist – live, interactive webcast talks featuring some of the world’s pre-eminent scientists.

Waterloo – “You are each a participant in this adventure of science.” With those words, Sylvester James Gates Jr., renowned physicist and member of President Barack Obama’s Scientific Advisory Council, captured the spirit and the future of the Perimeter Institute (PI) Public Lecture Series.


Intrawest Announces the Acquisition of the Remaining 50% of Blue Mountain Ski Resort

Canada’s Third Most Visited Ski Resort and allows for Immediate Cross-Marketing with Other Owned Intrawest Resorts

DENVER - Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., today announced that it has negotiated and entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 50% interest in Blue Mountain Ski Resort (“Blue”) that it does not already own from Blue Mountain Resorts Holdings Inc. for CAD $58.0 million.

Arts & Culture

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Combines Contortionists and Concertos for First Pops Concert of the 2014/15 Season

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens the 2014/15 Pops Series with a union of innovative mechanics, acrobatics and classical music favourites with Cirque Mechanics on September 26 at 8 pm and September 27 at 2:30 & 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the program will feature stunning acrobatic performances to classical favourites from Ravel, Mozart, Vivaldi and more!



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