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Current Issue: January/February 2014

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Ted Talks

Aparna Rao: Art that craves your attention

In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception -- and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.


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Climate Change

Dealing with Mother Nature's Wrath

California's worst drought in 500 years is an opportunity for increased Canadian trade in agriculture - By Sylvain Charlebois

GUELPH - If you are still wondering whether water scarcity and climate change are some of the most significant challenges facing global agriculture, just look at California, one of the primary agricultural regions in the U.S.

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Family

4 in 10 Marriages Begin in Debt

KITCHENER - Four in ten Canadian marriages begin in debt, and the new family starts off with an average of $21,503 in debt on their wedding day, according to a recent poll.

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Bio-Plastic

Magna and bio-on enter cooperation

Exclusive agreement to advance R&D on bio plastics for the automotive industry

SAILAUF, Germany - Magna International Inc., and bio-on, an Italian intellectual property company, have signed a cooperation agreement on December 13, 2013, to start exclusive R&D activities on the use of bio plastics for the automotive industry.

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ICE Storm

$275,000 ice storm bill expected for GRCA

Grand River Basin - The GRCA’s costs related to the December ice storm are expected to add up to around $275,000. Thousands of trees were damaged during the ice storm on the 20,000 hectares of land owned by the GRCA. Dozens of staff, augmented by four private tree firms, have been working steadily since December to clear out hazardous trees and branches. In addition, trained and properly equipped volunteers belonging to snowmobile clubs have been working on some trails. Some GRCA seasonal staff will be recalled early to assist with the clean up.

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Time Wasters

Survey Shows Biggest Drain Comes From Employees Surfing the Internet, Socializing

TORONTO - Water cooler chatter and web surfing are the top time thieves at work, according to a new survey of chief financial officers (CFOs). Nearly one-third (29 per cent) of executives interviewed said chatting with coworkers is the greatest time-waster at work. Non-business related Internet use, including social media, ranked a not-too-distant second, garnering 25 per cent of the response.

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Negotiating

6 Tips For Handling Aggression in Business Negotiations!

“Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.”
-Richard M Nixon.

The majority of business negotiations are generally collaborative, creatively challenging and constructive. Let’s be honest if we have been summoned to the bargaining table we are there representing our company for good reason. We have resources to help create bridges for our negotiation partner to reach their goals and objectives.

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Rebranding

Hotel Debuts in - Kitchener/Waterloo

Stamford, CT – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Palm Holdings announced that the Four Points by Sheraton Waterloo--‐Kitchener Hotel & Suites has opened. The hotel completed an extensive renovation to transform the Destination Inn and Suites into the newest addition to Four Points portfolio. The newly renovated hotel features 104 comfortable and stylish guest rooms, with 52 Tower Suites, meeting facilities, on-­‐site restaurant, lobby bar and 24--hour fitness centre.

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Education

Carleton Receives $500,000 from Province to Explore Innovations in Teaching

Ottawa - Carleton University will develop a teaching certificate program and an expanded academic review process with $500,000 in funding from Ontario’s Productivity and Innovation Fund.

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Heritage

Newly updated Historic Countryside Tours to launch at the 2014 Heritage Showcase

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is excited to launch the newly revised package of four Historic Countryside Tours at the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Heritage Showcase. First published in 2006, the tours have been updated and redesigned to include a variety of new historic and scenic attractions along routes in the Townships of North Dumfries, Woolwich, Wilmot and Wellesley.

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Study

UK modelling study suggests that minimum pricing for alcohol effectively targets high risk drinkers, with negligible effects on moderate drinkers with low incomes

Sheffield, UK - Minimum pricing for alcohol of 45p [about 73 cents US] per unit [1] would reduce deaths and hospital admissions among high risk drinkers who purchase large quantities of low cost alcohol, but would have negligible effects on low income moderate drinkers’ alcohol consumption and spending, according to a new modelling study from the University of Sheffield, UK, published in The Lancet.

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Clear Your Head

Can Mindfulness Raise Your Net Worth?

Meditative Focus Improves Both Health and Business Intuition, Says Veteran Consultant

Sitting down with the intention of stilling one’s mind and body is no longer the sole province of hippies and Eastern medicine aficionados. Nike, 50 Cent and the Marine Corps all embrace the benefits of mindfulness meditation, he says.

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Borrowing

Equifax Canada Reports Consumer Debt Grows to Over $1.4 Trillion

Delinquency rate reached a new record low

TORONTO - Despite a consumer debt load now ticking up to $1.422 Trillion nationally, Equifax Canada's Q4 2013 National Consumer Credit Trends Report also found that the national delinquency rate reached a new record low at 1.12 per cent.

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