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November/December 2014
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Ted Talks

Kare Anderson: Be an opportunity maker

We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? (And ... what if you're shy?) Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions.

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xQuarterly

Sun Life Financial Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

TORONTO - "Our strong results this quarter were driven by earnings in Canada, MFS and Asia," said Dean Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life Financial. "The company is driving real growth, with assets under management up by 18% over the same period last year to $698 billion and underlying net income up by 15% over the same period last year."

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Dyson Award Runner up

Waterloo's SunCayr recognized in International Inventors Award

L to R: Andrew Martinko, Derek Jouppi, Rachel Pautler, Hayden Soboleski, Chad Sweeting

Waterloo - Suncayr, a startup from the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program for entrepreneurs, has been named a runner up in the international James Dyson Award. Suncayr, a company started by UWaterloo nanotechnology students is developing a pen for human skin that will provide visual clues for when sunscreen needs to be reapplied.

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Motivation

How to pull yourself out of a slump

Sitting up straight or standing tall can improve your energy, your mood, and even your health

BERKELEY, CA - I invite you to try this right now: Sit in a chair with your legs crossed or close together, bring your elbows into your waist, clasp your hands together and place them on your lap, then round your shoulders and drop your head. Now say, "I am confident and powerful."

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App Release

Candid 3.0 available now on Apple App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry World

An app to share and discuss, anonymously. From stories of finding love, to campus gossip, to Iranian dissidents Candid has let many people share their story, and now it's even better.

Kitchener-Waterloo – A KW start-up has released Candid 3.0 which takes the Candid experience that tens of thousands already love and makes it even better. Candid 3.0 introduces Spaces, sub-communities within the larger Candid community around common interests, such as food or photography, and around real-life communities such as colleges and workplaces. Spaces let people join conversations that are more relevant to them, and create new possibilities for interaction. Candid 3.0 also introduces a revamped UI and geolocation tagging, allowing people to better discover the stories near them.

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Recognition Naming

Square named in Mayor Zehr’s honour

The new name will take effect Dec. 1, 2014 once the new council takes office.

Kitchener – Civic Square, the public square in front of Kitchener City Hall, will now be known as Carl Zehr Square in honour Kitchener’s longest serving mayor. The announcement was made at a farewell celebration yesterday afternoon.

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Education

mpGO members return to Conestoga College to share their career success stories with Broadcast TV students

Kitchener – Students regularly ask, “What can I do with my degree?” First-year students enrolled in Conestoga College’s Business of Television course will have an opportunity to explore that question with a panel of Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO) members on November 10, 2014.

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Economy

Waterloo Region Employers Recognized for Paying a Living Wage

Ten organizations in Waterloo Region have stepped forward as Living Wage Employers.

Living Wage Waterloo Region formally recognized the commitment of these employers yesterday afternoon. The first ten employers to join the Program are Brick & Co. Restorations Ltd, Enviro-Stewards Inc., GCP Industrial Products, House of Friendship, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries, Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo, United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area, and Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.

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Commerical Study

Office Real Estate Sector Contributes $20.8 Billion to Canadian Economy, Supports 111,600 Jobs

TORONTO - The construction and investment in office buildings and the ongoing operation of these buildings make a substantial contribution to the Canadian economy, producing $20.8 billion in annual economic activity, according to a report released by the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac). These activities add to the economy in various ways by:

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Butting Out

Western researchers use motivational coaching to help young adults quit smoking

London - A new study from Western University has produced remarkable results in the battle against butting out. The research team from Western's Faculty of Health Sciences used motivational interviewing with young adults (19-25) attempting to quit smoking and found that more than one in every four participants were smoke-free at the one-year, post-intervention, follow-up interview.

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Quality of Life

“Ageing well” must be a global priority

A major new Series on health and ageing, published in The Lancet, warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an ageing world population, the growing burden of chronic disease will greatly affect the quality of life of older people. As people across the world live longer, soaring levels of chronic illness and diminished wellbeing are poised to become a major global public health challenge.

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XQuarterly

Economical Insurance reports financial results for Third Quarter and Year-to-date 2014

Incurred weather-related catastrophe losses of $25.7 million, net of reinsurance, contributing to an underwriting loss* of $38.3 million in the quarter

WATERLOO - Economical Insurance, one of Canada's leading property and casualty insurance companies, today announced consolidated financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.

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Dismissal

CBC files notice of motion

TORONTO - Yesterday, CBC filed a notice of motion asking the court to dismiss Jian Ghomeshi's claim because it is, in their view, without merit and an abuse of the court's process. They will also be asking the court to conclude that as a member of a union with a collective agreement, Mr. Ghomeshi's only legal avenue is through the arbitration process, not the courts.

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Aliens

Ontario Re-Introducing Invasive Species Legislation

Protecting Ontario Against Invasive Species

Queens Park - Ontario is taking action to protect communities from invasive species through prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of invasive species in the province. Yesterday, Ontario will re-introduce the proposed Invasive Species Act, 2014 which, if passed, will protect the province’s natural environment from invasive species and the significant social, environmental and economic costs they pose for Ontarians.

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Outlook

Wilfrid Laurier University presents Economic Outlook 2015

WATERLOO – Can technology and manufacturing sectors in Waterloo Region survive growing foreign competition? The answer to this and other pressing economic questions for the year ahead will be discussed in depth when the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (LCERPA) hosts its Economic Outlook 2015 event on Nov. 6.

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Energy

Hydro One replacing 11,000 wood poles across Ontario

-Proactive work program targets poles over 60 years old-

TORONTO - Wood poles installed 50 years ago during the expansion and electrification across Ontario are now approaching end of life. To help ensure reliability and public safety, Hydro One crews across the province are replacing 11,000 wood poles across the 122,000 kilometre system.

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Recognition

REEP Celebrates 15 Years with Community Action Awards

KITCHENER – At the Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener on Tuesday November 4th, REEP Green Solutions held the awards event, Celebrating Community Action: REEP’s 15 Years. Local dignitaries, including Regional Chair Ken Seiling and Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran, presented the awards to people who have made their home or workplace more sustainable.

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Staging

How to Do What You Really Want for a Living (Fast-track to Your Retirement)

Math-Minded Financial Advisor Lays Blueprint for Rethinking Your Earning & Distribution Years

What does it take to be comfortable during retirement? Conventional wisdom calls it the 4 percent rule – withdrawing about that amount from your nest egg each year to live comfortably. And, for that, millions of Americans believe they need to stick to a job they don’t like during their earning years.

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Kids Alone

Statement released on children in foster care in Canada waiting to be adopted

Toronto - Each year, thousands of children enter foster care through no fault of their own – they have been abused, abandoned and/or neglected. For too many, the abuse has risen to such a level that the courts have permanently severed any rights of the abusive parents, resulting in a child legally freed or eligible for adoption and simply waiting for a family and a home.

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