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Current Issue: January/February 2014

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Ted Talks

Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.

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Love

Valentine's Day: True love makes pacific salmon healthier

Waterloo - Salmon can spot their true love across a crowded stream, according to research from a university-industry partnership involving the University of Waterloo. Allowing female salmon to follow their heart and mate with the male of their choice produces healthier babies than those who have their mates selected for them.

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Economy

3 external developments that could affect Canada's economy

U.S monetary policy; Europe's growth prospects; Japan's struggle to survive - By Jock Finlayson

VANCOUVER - For Canada, what happens beyond our borders is often more important to our economic prospects than what transpires at home. With that in mind, here are three things that Canadian forecasters and market analysts will be carefully tracking in 2014.

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Achievement

How to Overcome Excuses in 2014 - 6 Tips to Gain the Edge & Meet Your Goals

Great people throughout history often fail, quite miserably, before finally reaching their goals. “Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime; Winston Churchill lost every public election until becoming prime minister at age 62; Henry Ford went bankrupt five times; Albert Einstein was a terrible student and was expelled from school; Sigmund Freud was booed from a stage,” says Waldschmidt, author of “Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Achieve Outrageous Success”.

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Welfare

Ontario struggling with welfare usage rates compared to most other provinces

CALGARY - A report released by The School of Public Policy offers a national scan of social assistance usage rates to identify trends amongst the Canadian provinces. Based on their analysis, Ron Kneebone and Katherine White conclude that Ontario has the biggest problem with welfare usage (over 7 per cent in 2012) - Alberta maintains the lowest usage rate (roughly 3 per cent in 2012).

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Location, Location, Location

Availability rising in Toronto’s Downtown core as office market softens

Study of Downtown Toronto’s prime addresses for businesses

Toronto – Although Toronto’s Downtown office sector held fast through the recession and subsequent years, the market turned in its poorest results since 2003 in the fourth quarter of 2013, with more space returning to the marketplace than was leased. These ongoing conditions, combined with the upcoming wave of new development, will offer tenants opportunities to test the softening market in search of the most beneficial lease terms. As the market shifts, some streets are outperforming the Downtown market while others are lagging.

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Construction

Second Laurier Brantford building certified LEED Silver

BRANTFORD – The Laurier Brantford Research and Academic Centre (RAC) East building has been awarded LEED® Silver certification by the Canada Green Building Council. The RAC West building was certified LEED Silver in March 2013.

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Technology

BBM Voice and BBM Channels Now Available for Android and iPhone Customers

New features also include simple file and photo sharing, location sharing, over 100 new emoticons and Dropbox integration for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry Smartphones

Waterloo – A new version of BBM is available for Android™, iPhone and BlackBerry customers, giving them lots of exciting new features. Android and iPhone customers will now be able to make free voice calls to BBM contacts over a Wi-Fi or data connection with BBM Voice, as well as access BBM Channels.

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March 5 - March 30, 2014

The British are Coming to the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE – ‘Come on, come on’ to the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge for a spectacular tribute to the music that rocked the world in Twist and Shout: The British Invasion. This energetic production celebrates the artists and songs that sparked a musical revolution, on stage 4 weeks only from March 5th to March 30th.

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Trades

Apprenticeships Matter

Future Building opens new career paths for students

TORONTO — The answer to tomorrow’s looming labour shortage lies in today’s schools. For more than a generation, students have been told that all paths to a rewarding career around which you can build a comfortable life pass through a university campus. While it’s true that a university education opens several career opportunities, this message has caused fewer youth to look at the skilled trades as a viable option.

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Philanthropy

SVP TEENS PHILANTHROPY PROGRAM SEEKS LOCAL CHARITY TO RECEIVE ITS INAUGURAL GRANT

Registered Charities in Waterloo Region That Provide Activities to Underprivileged Youth Can Submit Their Application to SVP Teens by March 11

WATERLOO – Social Venture Partners (SVP), a group of local individuals focused on tackling Waterloo Region’s social challenges involving children and families, announced that its SVP Teens philanthropy program is now accepting applications from nonprofits in Waterloo Region for its inaugural grant, which is anticipated to be $4,000 plus volunteer time. Applications can be made by registered charities who provide underprivileged youth with access to activities such as sports, arts, culture, and camps.

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Art & Culture

Outwater Unveils a Thrilling Symphonic 2014/15 Season

Kitchener - Yesterday, February 13, 2014, Music Director Edwin Outwater unveiled the 2014/15 Season of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS). The upcoming season, sponsored by Sun Life Financial, invites audiences of all ages into a magical world of sound and inspiration full of unforgettable concert experiences. From circus acrobats to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Randy Bachman – it’s music, and more!


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February 15 -17, 2014

Celebrate Winterloo’s 11th anniversary this Family Day weekend!

WATERLOO – Families across Waterloo Region will get the chance to celebrate winter this Family Day weekend at one of the area’s top winter festivals – Winterloo – now in its 11th successful year!

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February 17, 2014

How does the Family Day holiday Monday affect services at the Region of Waterloo?

Waterloo Region – Here’s a list of Region of Waterloo service changes for the Family Day holiday.

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February 17, 2014

Family Day events held at some city facilities

KITCHENER—Kitchener City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 to observe Family Day. Services made available by city hall staff will carry on as normal at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. In the spirit of family, some of our facilities will be open and running great family events for you to enjoy.

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March 5 - March 30, 2014

The British are Coming to the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE – ‘Come on, come on’ to the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge for a spectacular tribute to the music that rocked the world in Twist and Shout: The British Invasion. This energetic production celebrates the artists and songs that sparked a musical revolution, on stage 4 weeks only from March 5th to March 30th.


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