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Current Issue: January/February 2014

Ted Talks

Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence

Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It’s F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)


Canada’s Top 5 romantic spots to share a kiss

Kiss and tells - great places to make Valentine’s Day memories

HAMILTON – Maybe it was while you were on your honeymoon or out on a great date. Or maybe during a holiday out west? How about that summer when you were a camp counselor? Most of us have got a passionate kiss or two seared in our memories, which can help heat up even the coldest Canadian winter in years.


Ontario Housing Market Stabilizes

TORONTO - Ontario housing activity has regained some momentum which will persist into early 2014 before easing later this year, according to the First Quarter 2014 CMHC Housing Market Outlook - Canada Edition released yesterday. After slowing in 2013, Ontario annual home starts will stabilize and range between 56,700 to 64,200 units in 2014.

Moving On

Paopao leaves Waterloo for CFL

Joe Paopao, head coach of the University of Waterloo Warrior Football program, is taking a new position as an assistant coach with BC Lions.


New Study Finds Canadians are "Bite-sized" Information Bingers

43 per cent of our population describe themselves as social media addicts

TORONTO - We may be a country chock full of multitasking, multi-screened social media addicts, but give us our information in 30-second parcels please, because that's how we prefer to "binge" on information. So finds a new national study commissioned by the CASSIES, entitled The Canadian Cross-Screen Report.

Ontario Budget

Ontario Government Asks the Public for their Input and To Take Part

The government is collecting ideas from the public on growing the economy, creating jobs and protecting public services

Kitchener - The Ontario government is asking individuals and organizations across the province for their input in advance of the 2014 Ontario Budget.


More momentum for expanded two-way GO service to Kitchener with presentation to provincial finance minister and MPP

KITCHENER – During a pre-budget consultation yesterday, Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr presented the joint two-way GO train business case to the Hon. Charles Sousa, Ontario’s finance minister and to Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy. The proposal is a collaborative initiative that, in addition to the City of Kitchener, includes the cities of Waterloo and Guelph, the Region of Waterloo, and partners in the technology and financial services sectors.

Competitive House

Canadian Chamber Unveils Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2014

OTTAWA - Yesterday, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce unveiled its Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2014. The Canadian Chamber undertook this initiative two years ago to draw attention to the barriers that are holding back Canada's progress and to urge all levels of government to act more swiftly to improve our country's ability to compete globally.

Health Care

First large-scale study of whole-genome testing helps identify best treatment for women with advanced breast cancer

London, UK - The first large-scale study testing all the DNA—the entire genome—of tumour cells from more than 400 women with advanced breast cancer has identified individuals with a good chance of benefiting from specific treatments already being tested in clinical trials.

New Product

Sun Life Financial announces new institutional asset management business and initial product line-up

Builds on strong expertise in private asset classes and liability driven investing

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. announced the launch of its new asset management business, Sun Life Investment Management Inc., that will specialize in providing private asset class pooled funds (particularly in private fixed income, commercial mortgages and real estate) and liability driven investment strategies for defined benefit ("DB") pension plans and other institutional investors in Canada.

Serious Training

Cobalt intoxication diagnosed with the help of Dr House

Marburg, Germany - In a edition of The Lancet [Friday 7 February], doctors report the case of a patient with severe heart failure, who in May 2012 was referred to the Marburg University clinic in Germany. Medical examinations ruled out coronary artery disease, a common cause of heart failure, but the medics working on the case noticed some striking similarities between the patient’s symptoms and those of a fictional patient in the TV Series House [1], ultimately diagnosed by lead character Gregory House, M.D. (played by British actor Hugh Laurie) as cobalt poisoning caused by debris from a metal hip replacement.


Employee Rivalry: Deal with It! 5 Tips for Managing Dueling Staffers

By Barbara Jaurequi

Child Psychiatrist David Levy introduced the term "sibling rivalry" in 1941. Self-explanatory in its terminology, the concept of sibling rivalry is easy to grasp. The mechanism of employee rivalry works essentially the same way, with the employees in a competitive relationship, striving for greater approval from their employer or manager.

Personal Health

How to Overcome Stage Fright in Your Life

Award-Winning Director Shares Tips for the Actor in All of Us

More confidence, less stress, discovering inner resources, improving relationships – there are thousands of self-help books to help us accomplish these, but do they work? “Self-help strategies can work, as far as they go, but they don’t address a key component that affects everything from how we feel about ourselves to how successfully we interact with others,” says award-winning film director, producer and writer Dr. Richard R. Reichel.

February 8, 2014

Citizen’s Forum on Community and It’s Meaning

Kitchener - Loneliness is part of the daily reality for many. Feeling we belong and are connected to others is a basic human need that may not be easy to achieve. What are we doing to overcome his for ourselves, our families, in our neighbourhoods and our communities?

February - June 2014

KWAG 2014 - Thoughtful and Engaging

Kitchener - Through thoughtful and engaging programs the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KW|AG) connects people and ideas through art. The Gallery's exhibitions and programs are built on the mission that art is the catalyst for shared experience, dialogue and imagination. The Gallery emphasizes contemporary art, often premiering works by Canadian and international artists. Exhibitions frequently draw upon selections from the 4 000-work permanent collection to provide a forum for dialogue.

February 10, 2014

Could Rob Ford’s Antics Happen in Ottawa?

Ottawa Mayor and Integrity Commissioner to Evaluate City Ethics Code at Carleton

Ottawa - Carleton University is holding an event on Monday, Feb. 7, 2014 on the adequacy of the City of Ottawa’s Ethics Code. The event will feature Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Integrity Commissioner Robert Marleau.

February 28, 2014

Building, Sustaining and Repairing Trust

Centre for Family Business - February LUNCH Event

Mark Weber is back again At CFFB by popular demand! As Associate Professor of Management and Organizations in the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (CBET), University of Waterloo (UW). Prior to joining CBET, Mark was the inaugural Director of the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at UW. He earned his PhD in Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and also holds a masters degree in social psychology (McGill) and an MBA (Laurier).


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