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Current Issue: January/February 2014

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Ted Talks

Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ...

We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and his team came up with a different solution, designing a cheap, lightweight satellite with a radically new approach.

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Appointment

Gore Mutual President and CEO Kevin McNeil to Retire; Board Chooses Heidi Sevcik as Successor

Cambridge - Gore Mutual President & Chief Executive Officer Kevin McNeil announced his intention to retire effective June 30, 2014 after 15 years as President & Chief Executive Officer.

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2014 Municipal Election

Carl Zehr chooses not to seek re-election for 6th term

KITCHENER – After 26 years on Kitchener City Council (17 as Mayor and nine as City Councillor), Carl Zehr has announced his intention to retire from elected office after this term. During that same period of time Mayor Zehr also served 23 years as a Region of Waterloo Councillor. “Over the past three decades our community has accomplished a great deal,” noted Zehr. “By working together, residents, businesses, community groups, municipal staff and councils have built a city that is truly the envy of many other municipalities. We have provided residents with the services they need today, while transforming our local economy into one which creates jobs for decades to come and positions us well to compete globally. I am deeply honoured and grateful to have had the opportunity to play a leadership role in many of those accomplishments and believe strongly in the community we have built.”

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Sustainable

Teenage Youth Launches Rewards Program to Help Build Sustainable Communities

Toronto - For many students and youth, launching a nation wide program is a dream. For one bright and talented young Waterloo woman, it’s a reality that she hopes will transform youth community engagement into a result driven, rewarding endeavour. My Clean City is a national leadership program created by motivational speaker Kelly Lovell. Made for YOUth by YOUth, My Clean City caters to the 21st century student volunteer; providing a platform that engages goal-oriented mindsets and adds personal motivation to volunteer experiences.

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Media

Business Cards Are Not Dead

87% of Americans still hand out business cards

A survey of over 1,000 businesses, reveals that contrary to popular belief, the business card is far from dead. In fact the humble business card is taking on a new lease of life; evolving in design and style, embracing new technologies and fulfilling a need for the wave of start-ups and entrepreneurs flooding the market place.

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Valentines Survey

Not Your Typical Box of Chocolates: Survey Reveals Canadians Prefer Sex Over Sweets This Valentine’s Day

Survey reveals spending habits and what Canadians really want for Valentine’s Day

TORONTO – If given the choice between sex, dinner, lingerie or flowers this Valentine’s Day, which would you prefer? According to a recent survey it depends on your gender! The online survey revealed that the majority of Canadians (61 per cent) prefer to have sex over receiving a gift, including 73 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women – but that’s no excuse to forget the roses! While sex may be the answer for some, the survey also found that this Valentine’s Day, Canadians intend to stick to conventional gifts but are spending less overall than their U.S. counterparts.

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New Building

Laurier and YMCA celebrate students’ contribution to athletics and recreation centre in Brantford

BRANTFORD – The Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union will be recognized for its $3.6 million contribution to the Laurier Brantford-YMCA Athletics and Recreation Centre on Friday, Feb. 7 at Laurier’s Brantford campus. Formal remarks will begin at noon at the SC Johnson building, 38 Market Street, followed by a celebration for undergraduate students, including skating at 1 p.m. in Harmony Square.

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xQuarterly

ATS reports third quarter fiscal 2014 results

CAMBRIDGE - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. reported financial results for the three and nine months ended December 29, 2013. "Our third quarter performance reflected our strong operating foundation and the addition of IWK," said Anthony Caputo, Chief Executive Officer. "We had strong Order Bookings and ended the quarter with record Order Backlog. Strategically, we have made progress with the acquisition of IWK and remain focused on continuing to grow our business, both organically and through acquisition."

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Love is in the Air

Study reveals majority of Canadian adults share intimate details via unsecured digital devices

Sixty (60) Per Cent of 18 - 24 Year Olds Receive Sexually Suggestive Content, and 30 Per Cent Share Passwords

MARKHAM - Yesterday, McAfee released findings from its 2014 Love, Relationships & Technology survey. For the second year in a row, the company examined how more than 1,500 consumers worldwide, including 575 Canadians, are sharing and storing intimate data on their mobile devices, especially with current or former significant others. The study highlights how sharing personal content such as sexts, naked photos, suggestive videos and passcodes on these devices can potentially lead to cyber-stalking and the exposure of private content leaking online.

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Global Health

Chinese scientists report first human death associated with new bird flu virus

Scientists from China report in The Lancet on the world’s first confirmed case of human infection with a new avian influenza A H10N8 virus in a 73-year-old woman who died from the infection.

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New Vehicle Sales

Mercedes-Benz Canada reports record-breaking January sales performance

Total of 242 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters were delivered throughout the month, which is ahead 14.2% compared to January 2013

TORONTO - Mercedes-Benz Canada and its national dealer network reported today that the company has delivered a grand total of 2,278 Mercedes-Benz and smart units throughout the month. This represents the best January on record for the group, and an overall sales increase of 28% or 499 units compared to January 2013.

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Sport/Business

Rogers Unveils NHL Programming Strategy

TORONTO - With eight months to go until the puck drops on the 2014-15 NHL season, Rogers today unveiled its high-level NHL programming strategy which will see the company deliver more than 500 regular season games across 13 networks, up to 7 games every Saturday night, expanded NHL content on 7 platforms, exclusive windows for national broadcasts, "Hometown Hockey" every Sunday hosted from communities across Canada, and every game of the NHL Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final.

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February 17, 2014

Movie Morning to End MS – Blockbuster movies & costumed characters combine for a cause!

Kitchener - Food, family, fantasy and fun all for a great cause! This Family Day – Monday February 17th 2014, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Waterloo Region and Landmark Cinemas in Kitchener are hosting the fifth annual Movie Morning to End MS.

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February 15, 2014

Celebration of Ruthe Cayley’s Life

KITCHENER - Homer Watson House & Gallery welcomes the community to visit the memorial of Ruthe Cayley, hosted by her daughter, Ella Crozier. There will be testimonials, refreshments and a presentation to remember Ruthe’s life.

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February 8 - February 28, 2014

Grand River Collegiate Institute Graduation Class Exhibition titled transFORM

KITCHENER - Each year Homer Watson House & Gallery selects one graduating class to create and curate an exhibition of their personal works. Under the supervision of their teacher and the Curator, students produce, install, promote, and exhibit their art in a gallery setting. This year Homer Watson House & Gallery is proud to announce that the upcoming Open Gallery Program will be created and curated by the graduating class of Grand River Collegiate Institute entitled transFORM.

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February 15, 2014

Revered roots musicians Whiteley and Levasseur share the stage

Guelph – Two of Canada’s critically acclaimed roots musicians, Ken Whiteley and Treasa Levasseur, share the marquee for a concert at River Run Centre on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the Cooperators Hall, as part the Macquarie Music Series.

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