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Policy Reform

Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs

Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the "backward, heartless, disastrous" movement to stamp out the drug trade.

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Climate Change and Politics

American-Chinese commit to Climate Action

Thunder Bay – A historic climate deal was reached between the United States of America (U.S.) and the People’s Republic of China. Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping announced their respective country’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases over the next two decades. President Obama announced his commitment to cut 2005 level of carbon emissions by 26-28% before 2025.

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Bloomberg - Video

See the Drone That Is Years Ahead of Google and Facebook

Communications capabilities in a specific zone; future not is the stars but just above the clouds

Bloomberg- Satellites are so 2014. Airbus is developing a high-altitude, solar-powered drone that can stay aloft indefinitely. It could deliver wireless service where towers are too hard or expensive to maintain. Sam Grobart reports for Bloomberg's "The Year Ahead: 2015 " series.

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Education - Video

Take a peek inside Laurier's Global Innovation Exchange building

Get a sneak peek into Laurier’s new Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) building

Waterloo - Join Shadi Varkiani, a third-year Laurier Economics student, as she tours the construction site of the new home of the School of Business & Economics and Department of Mathematics and learn about a unique opportunity to put your name on the GIE by watching this video.

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Financial Matters

Almost one-third of Canadians won't meet their financial goals this year

Unexpected expenses and insufficient earnings are the top reasons they fell off track

TORONTO - A new poll finds that nearly one-third of Canadians (31 per cent) don't expect to meet the financial goals that they set for themselves at the start of the year. They will fail mainly because of unexpected costs, and from setting goals that may not be realistic based on their income or financial situation.

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Regional Prosperity

Credit Union Awards Nearly $700,000 to Support SouthWestern Ontario Youth Programs

2014 Community Builder Grant Recipients Announced

LONDON – Libro Credit Union announced the recipients of the 2014 Community Builder Grant Program, where Libro is investing almost $700,000 to support programs and projects across southwestern Ontario that are helping to create bright futures for the region’s youth.

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Philanthropy

91 Per Cent of Affluent Canadians Have Donated to a Charity in the Last 12 Months

Three quarters of those who have done charitable giving have donated up to $10,000; the average donation amount in 2013 was $5,217; More than half donate to "impact their community" while just 21 per cent donate to reduce taxes; Among concerns around donating cited, 43 per cent of affluent Canadians mentioned a fear that their gift will not be used wisely

TORONTO - With National Philanthropy Day fast approaching, BMO Harris Private Banking today released a research report in partnership with GIV3 Foundation, Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) and Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC), which examines the charitable giving behaviour, motivations and hesitations of high-net worth Canadians (those with investible assets of at least $1 million).

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Education Expansion

Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre nearing occupancy

Construction of the interiors of the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre is continuing apace.

Windsor - The building, located on Wyandotte Street in front of the campus parking garage, houses a branch of the Windsor Family Credit Union and will soon be home to offices of the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre), Campus Police and Parking Services, the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation, the Office of Research and Innovation Services, Technology Transfer Office and Research Finance.

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Bridging Education

York U to celebrate foreign trained bridging program graduates

TORONTO – Hungary native Reka Tokes was sure to pack all her professional education and work experience certificates in her suitcase when moving to Canada with her husband and young daughter in 2012. However, she was also mindful that it could take a very long time to get employed in her field, if she relied only on those certificates and her career back home, lacking Canadian experience.

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Growth

Sandvine partner ClearSky secures customer for Virtual Series products

Sandvine's Virtual Series continues to help level the playing field for small CSPs

WATERLOO - Sandvine today announced that ClearSky has deployed Sandvine's Policy Traffic Switch Virtual Series, integrated with ClearSky's Total Traffic Manager solution, for a rural broadband communications service provider (CSP) in New Mexico.

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LENR - Energy

Collaborative Research Provides Hope - on Two Fronts

Cancer breakthroughs may depend on facilitating co-operation of biologist, oncologist and physcist researchers, says author of this Physics Today article - by Jim Sweeney

London - Now, if only chemists and fission physcists would bury their hatchets and collaborate on Cold Fusion research, atomic power plants and prolliferation of atomic weapons would suddenly be reduced, if not eliminated. Also, the half-life of the world's radio-active waste pile could be halved by LENR-type transmutation. (LENR = low-energy nuclear reactions).

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Fall Break

Students vote in favour of a Fall Break

Waterloo - More than 6,000 undergraduate students at UW cast their electronic ballots from November 4 to 6 in the Fall Reading Break referendum, and the results were announced Monday: they like the idea.

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Taxes - Provincial

$28.3 billion: Quebec workers ultimately pay most payroll taxes

MONTREAL - The Quebec Taxation Review Committee presided over by Luc Godbout must provide recommendations to the government in December. One significant component of taxation in Quebec—payroll taxes—remains poorly understood by workers, even though the amounts collected are substantial.

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Women in Business

5 Tactics to Defy the Impossible in Business

Research Shows Women CEOs Falter at the $1 Million Threshold

In terms of growth in business ownership, women have been soaring past men, averaging increases 1.5 times the national average, according to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report by American Express Open.

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A Warm Christmas

Cowan Insurance Group and IBAO Warm Up the Woodstock Community

Bipper Blankets Donated to Local Organizations in Need

Woodstock—The Woodstock Branch of Cowan Insurance Group together with the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) donated 160 magenta blankets to the following three local service organizations in the community. “We are extremely thankful to receive this donation of blankets for our families. The families residing at Ingamo Homes are here to recover from past abuse,” said Diane Harris, Executive Director. 

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Point of Veiw

Chamber to Host Federal Cabinet Minister Hon. Diane Finley

Kitchener – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Federal Cabinet Minister the Honourable Diane Finley Friday, November 14th for a Point of View Luncheon. As Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Minister Finley is joining us in Waterloo Region to discuss the Build in Canada Innovation Program.

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Environmental Education

Anonymous business owner challenges colleagues to help rare

Cambridge – “The genius of setting aside this green oasis will be even more evident in 50 or 100 years, than it is now,” says an anonymous corporate donor to the rare Charitable Research Reserve. Recently, the donor told the environmental charity that the small business they own is committing up to $10,000 in matching funds. Their hope is that this challenge will encourage other companies to act and donate.

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Supplements

University of Waterloo public lecture explores anti-cancer potential in dietary supplements

Waterloo - Studies show that more than 70 per cent of Canadians already consume natural health products. With cancer rates also on the rise worldwide, there is a clear need for accessible, accurate information about interactions between natural health products and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.

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Human Circle

Waterloo Region families GO BLUE for World Diabetes Day 2014

Theme for this year is “You don’t know the half of it.”

Waterloo – Tomorrow, KW residents will be donning their blue apparel, heading to Waterloo Public Square and joining a human circle in support of World Diabetes Day. This annual observance is celebrated around the globe on the birthday of insulin-founder Frederick Banting. This Friday will see millions of people worldwide, who are touched by diabetes, joining hands and hearts to help raise awareness for the disease.

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