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Current Issue: January/February 2014

Ted Talks

Esta Soler: How we turned the tide on domestic violence (Hint: the Polaroid helped)

When Esta Soler lobbied for a bill outlawing domestic violence in 1984, one politician called it the "Take the Fun Out of Marriage Act." "If only I had Twitter then," she mused. This sweeping, optimistic talk charts 30 years of tactics and technologies -- from the Polaroid camera to social media -- that led to a 64% drop in domestic violence in the U.S.


Research partnership gives Canada competitive edge in hybrid vehicle design

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo, Maplesoft, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada are the recipients of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Synergy Award for Innovation, which recognizes their success in collaborating on the model-based design and control of automotive systems that improve vehicle safety and comfort while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Climate Change

Dramatic thinning of Arctic lake ice cuts winter ice season by 24 days

WATERLOO - Arctic lakes have been freezing up later in the year and thawing earlier, creating a winter ice season about 24 days shorter than it was in 1950, a University of Waterloo study has found.


Magna and Chongquing Trim Company form joint venture

JV to supply exterior components to Chinese market

SHANGHAI - Magna International Inc., through its Magna Exteriors operating unit, and Chongquing Guangneng Rongneng Trim Co., Ltd., announced the formation of a 50/50 joint-venture partnership. The newly formed JV, called Magna Guangneng Automotive Trim System (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd., will begin supplying the growing China automotive market through a new greenfield facility located in Hangzhou, China. The facility will assemble and sequence front-end modules (FEMs).


Building Futures in the Skilled Trades

Career paths are laid before youth at the biennial Future Building expo

TORONTO — For more than a generation, school children have been conditioned to believe that a university degree is the only path to a full and rewarding career. But with Future Building 2014, the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) is hoping to dispel that myth by putting the spotlight on career options in the skilled trades that are available to today’s students.

February 12, 2014

Arresting Images comes to City of Waterloo Museum

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo Museum is excited to present Arresting Images, an award winning travelling exhibition that embarked on its journey in 2009 – the 100th anniversary year of the Ontario Provincial Police. Since that time, it has been hosted by museums and galleries across Ontario to resounding success.


Digital storyteller is 2014 artist in residence

KITCHENER – The City of Kitchener 2014 artist in residence is Dwight Storring, a digital storyteller and media artist. Storring’s year-long residency, entitled Neighbourhood Voices, will document life in the stories of Kitchener’s neighbourhoods by collecting personal stories of residents.


Sandvine unveils world's first 2RU 100GE network policy control element

PTS 32000 proves big performance can come in a small package

WATERLOO - Sandvine announced the launch of the Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) 32000. This next generation of Policy Traffic Switch is the world's first 100GE network policy control element in a two rack unit (2RU) form factor.

New Car Sales

Toyota Canada Inc. posts January sales increase of 10.6%

Toyota RAV4 registers twelfth consecutive monthly record: each month since being on the market

TORONTO - Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) sold 10,439 vehicles across its three automotive brands in January, up 10.6% versus 2013.

Air Travel

WestJet reports record full-year net earnings and earnings per share

Airline achieves 35th consecutive profitable quarter and flies over a million additional guests year over year Announces a 20 per cent increase to its quarterly dividend

CALGARY - WestJet announced its fourth quarter and year-end results for 2013, with record net earnings of $268.7 million, or $2.03 per diluted share, up from the net earnings of $242.4 million, or $1.78 per diluted share reported for the full-year 2012. For the fourth quarter, the airline reported diluted earnings per share of $0.52, up from $0.46 reported last year.

Park Life

Live entertainment and dining to return to Victoria Park Boathouse

The city will invest $400,000, the new operator will be spending an estimated $168,000

Kitchener – With Kitchener council’s approval yesterday of the proposal by a local restaurateur, the city’s vision for a live entertainment and dining venue in Victoria Park is expected to be a reality by this summer. The city and Bill MacTavish, owner of Imbibe, a popular downtown Kitchener restaurant, will complete renovations to the Boathouse over the next few months.


Leading in Crisis: The Four Traps of Decision Making

By Lucien Canton

During the second day’s fighting at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, Colonel Strong Vincent, a brigade commander in the Army of the Potomac, learned from a passing courier that the Union left flank was undefended and that the Confederates were advancing on Little Round Top. Seizing this position would allow the Confederates to fire on the entire Union line and force the retreat of Union forces, opening the road to Washington.


OpenText Tempo Delivers New Capabilities to Increase Business Productivity Through Secure Social Collaboration

Shift from hierarchical to social communication within the enterprise accelerates information flow, enabling faster business decision-making

WATERLOO - OpenText announced innovations to the OpenText Tempo product line that deliver advanced capabilities as part of OpenText's Project Red Oxygen. With the innovations announced today, OpenText Tempo becomes the first and only application in the market to offer an enhanced work experience providing: social collaboration; note-taking and organizing capabilities; enterprise file synchronization and share; plus the inherent security of Enterprise Content Management (ECM). The bundled offering includes Tempo Box 10.5, Tempo Note, and Tempo Social 8.5.

Book Review

How the Little Guys Can Win In Today’s David-and-Goliath Business World

Business Intelligence Expert Shares Tips for Using Actionable Data to Gain the Advantage

Before the internet, small companies didn’t stand a chance against the Goliaths. That’s because no war can be won without intelligence and, before the digital era, collecting actionable data and information about one’s competitors, market and customers cost a lot more than most small businesses – the Davids – could afford.

Health Care


The Arthritis Society investments designed to attract next generation of rheumatologists

TORONTO - In a report released yesterday, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences drew attention to the urgent and growing need for more rheumatologists to meet the needs of the rising number of people with arthritis.

Digital Platform

Cowan Insurance Group Launches New Website

Cambridge – Cowan Insurance Group announced the launch of their new website This website replaces the existing site and brings a fresh new look and feel with added resources and information highlighting the organization’s comprehensive solutions and industry leading expertise.

February 14, 2014

Dragons' Den 2014 Audition Tour

Kitchener - DRAGONS’ DEN will be holding open auditions in Kitchener on Friday, February 14, 2014 looking for the next big thing for the hit series on CBC Television.


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