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Favela Painters

Haas&Hahn:How painting can transform communities

Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.

Currency & Trade

TFSA Welcomes Agreement to Establish Canada as the Renminbi Hub for the Americas

TORONTO - The Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) applauds the agreement announced Friday to establish Canada as the first trading hub in the Americas for the Chinese currency, the Renminbi (RMB).


Many Canadians aged 55 and older struggling with monthly expenses

TORONTO - Managing their personal finances is a challenge for a significant number of Canadians, aged 55 and older, according to a national survey conducted for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).


The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is back!

Winter is just around the corner. Get your kids outside and active this season. Ski and snowboard 3 times at each of the 150+ participating ski areas this winter

Now that Halloween is behind us, it's time to start preparing for the upcoming winter season and how to keep your children active. Why not put skiing and snowboarding on your list of outdoor activities for your family to participate in this year? The Canadian Ski Council (CSC) has a great way to help you out! The CSC's Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is back for its 18th season, just in time for the upcoming winter season. The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is an unbeatable offer, providing 9 and 10 year old children with three lift passes at each of the 150+ ski areas, nationwide, for just $29.95. That's over 450 lift passes!


Community Energy Partnership Qualifies to Submit Proposals for Renewable Energy Biomass Projects

Guelph - Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. announced that GIME Energy, a team made up of Envida Community Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., and a number of equity partners including EllisDon Corporation and Index Energy Canada Corporation has been qualified by the Ontario Power Authority to submit proposals for renewable energy biomass projects that would feed electricity into the provincial grid under any future Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) Requests for Proposals that may be issued by the Ontario Power Authority.


No Visor Required: Virtual Reality Enters the Real World

Bloomberg – Remember the holodeck on "Star Trek: The Next Generation?" With no Oculus Rift or other headset required, Hyve 3D aims to bring virtual reality into rooms using projectors, motion sensors, and wraparound screens. Sam Grobart reports for Bloomberg's "The Year Ahead: 2015 " series.


Economy Grows

Queens Park - Ontario's economy continues to grow, gaining 37,000 net new jobs in October, including an increase of 33,700 full-time jobs. The province's youth (ages 15-24) employment increased by 6,300.


Economical promotes Chris Van Kooten to senior vice-president, personal insurance, analytics and pricing and Mary Beth Alexander to vice-president, corporate communications and public relations

WATERLOO — Karen Gavan, president and CEO of Economical Insurance is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Van Kooten as senior vice-president, personal insurance, analytics and pricing. Reporting to Ms. Gavan, his expanded mandate now includes accountability as the business lead for the implementation of the new policy administration system, PolicyCenter® from Guidewire Software, Inc. He retains the responsibility of continuing to increase the level of sophistication in Economical’s pricing and analytics.


Labour Force Survey, October 2014

Ottawa - Employment rose for the second consecutive month, up 43,000 in October. This pushed the unemployment rate down 0.3 percentage points to 6.5%, the lowest rate since November 2008.

Technology Trends

Sandvine Reveals Latest African Internet Trends

WATERLOO - Sandvine today revealed the latest African Internet usage trends. The data was collected as part of Sandvine's Global Internet Phenomena Program which, together with Sandvine's Internet Phenomena Blog, is industry-renowned for revealing the latest facts, fads, and future trends about consumer Internet usage from networks around the globe.


Agreement to establish first RMB currency hub in the Americas officially announced

Hub expected to boost bilateral trade flows, encourage expansion and diversification of Canadian capital markets

VANCOUVER - As Canada's leading international bank, HSBC Bank Canada applauds the Bank of Canada and the People's Bank of China on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement, establishing Canada as the first renminbi (RMB) trading hub in the Americas. Canada will be the eighth RMB trading hub globally, alongside Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Paris, Frankfurt, Seoul and Doha.

Large Numbers

Telecommunications Workers Union and United Steelworkers Announce Merger

TORONTO - In a referendum vote counted Friday, members of the Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) have voted 73.7% in favour of joining the United Steelworkers (USW). The TWU represents 12,000 members across Canada who work for telecommunications companies including TELUS and Shaw Communications, as well as employers in related telecommunications sectors.

New Economy

Tweed Marijuana Inc. finalizes mortgage funding for Tweed Farms

SMITHS FALLS - Tweed Marijuana Inc. has obtained a mortgage on Tweed Farms Inc., the recently acquired greenhouse facility and surrounding property located at 453 Concession #5 Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.


Report and Joint Initiative Boost New Drive in Fostering Manufacturing Capabilities

Report, The Future of Manufacturing; Driving Capabilities, Enabling Investments analyses the main drivers of change in manufacturing

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The global manufacturing landscape is being transformed by major drivers related to market forces, general capabilities, resources and policy. The Future of Manufacturing; Driving Capabilities, Enabling Investments analyses these trends and underlines the need for private and public collaboration. The report supports the need for the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Initiative being launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Manufacturing of the World Economic Forum.


Concerned for Future of Central Experimental Farm, NHS

Ottawa – The National Trust for Canada is following with concern the federal government’s decision to transfer 60 acres of the Central Experimental Farm, National Historic Site of Canada to The Ottawa Hospital for the development of a new hospital campus.

Community Health

Smoking to be Prohibited on Patios, Sport Fields and Playgrounds

Further Protecting Children and Youth from Smoking

Queens Park - Ontario is taking action to protect children and youth from the harmful effects of smoking. Starting January 1, 2015, it will be illegal to: Smoke on bar and restaurant patios; Smoke on playgrounds and public sports fields and surfaces; Sell tobacco on university and college campuses. “If we prevent youth from taking up smoking in the first place, that will mean fewer smokers and healthier Ontarians. We need to do everything we can to prevent all Ontarians from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke," said Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Health innovation

New Non-Invasive Technology Diagnoses Fatty Liver Disease

PERTH, Australia - Resonance Health officially launched an innovative new diagnostic imaging solution for liver patients worldwide at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases annual conference in Boston this week.


Why Has There Never Been an Unemployment-Themed Reality TV Show?

With the Right Help, the Whole Cast Could be Winners

After perusing the many niches of reality TV -- well-to-do housewives in multiple major cities, the rugged Alaska lifestyle, and working the dirtiest jobs known to man -- employment strategist Richard B. Alman wonders why we haven’t seen a show about a popular and compelling subject: long-term unemployment.


Ireland’s largest start-up, ding* ranked 2nd in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2014.

Mark Roden, Founder and CEO of ding* celebrates third business recognition of the month.

Dublin, Ireland –ding*, the world’s largest international top-up provider, has been awarded the number two spot in Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Rankings are based on average percentage revenue growth over five years and ding* posted growth of 1073%. This is the third year in a row that ding* has featured prominently on the list having brought home the top prize in both 2012 & 2013 and was also named Deloitte’s Rising Star in 2011.

March 28, 2015

THEMUSEUM Sets Sights on Guinness World Record

For Simultaneous Belly Dancing! More than 850 belly dancers needed to set record

Kitchener - THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener is aiming to break the world record for the number of belly dancers at one time and needs the community’s help. On March 28th, 2015 THEMUSEUM will host a street event for the public to come out and shake it for the record books.





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