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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 Quebecpayroll taxesremains poorly understood by workers, even though the amounts collected are substantial.
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.
A Warm Christmas
Cowan Insurance Group and IBAO Warm Up the Woodstock Community
Bipper Blankets Donated to Local Organizations in Need
WoodstockThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.