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____________________ Friday February 21, 2014 ___________________

Current Issue: January/February 2014

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Ted Talks

Christopher Ryan: Are we designed to be sexual omnivores?

An idea permeates our modern view of relationships: that men and women have always paired off in sexually exclusive relationships. But before the dawn of agriculture, humans may actually have been quite promiscuous.

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Gala Event

2014 Business Excellence Gala Announces Exceptional 2014 Winners

Kitchener - Last night the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the Waterloo Region business community came together to honour the extraordinary contributions of the organizations and volunteers who were nominated for the 2014 Business Excellence Awards at its annual Gala.

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Philanthropy

Rotary Club Presents Gold Medal Support

Money raised from the Dream Home Lottery and Turkey Drive remain in our community; Lobsterfest has traditionally channeled support to international projects

Kitchener - At a special luncheon today, the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club (KCRC) will present proceeds totaling $740,000.00 to several charities. This record setting support by a service club in Kitchener Waterloo represents the proceeds of its three community projects in 2013, Dream Home, Lobsterfest and Turkey Drive.

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Innovation

Clearpath Robotics Drives Robot with Arm Motions

Integrates Thalmic Labs’ Myo Alpha Unit with Autonomous Robot

Matt Rendall, Chief Executive Officer at Clearpath Robotics.

Kitchener - Kitchener based companies and University of Waterloo startups, Thalmic Labs and Clearpath Robotics have joined forces to prove gesture controlled robots are possible. Thalmic Labs, developers of Myo Gesture Control, released the Myo alpha developer unit to Clearpath Robotics for testing. Clearpath has successfully integrated the Myo armband with their Husky Unmanned Ground Vehicle to start, stop and drive the vehicle using simple arm movements.

“There are a lot of interesting applications for using the Myo for robot control and our team is very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Alpha dev unit,” said Ryan Gariepy, Chief Technical Officer at Clearpath Robotics. “We’ve been eagerly following Thalmic’s progress and we’ve got a dozen different robots here we could do some more tests with.”


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Commercialization

CommerceLab Advisory Board appointed to improve adoption of gamification, UX and interactive display research

TORONTO - CommerceLab.ca, a new initiative supported by the Canadian Digital Media Network through the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program, is bringing together a number of business and academic advisors to tackle Canada's innovation deficit. Serving as advisory board members to CommerceLab, the team will focus on accelerating the adoption of Canadian digital media research and innovation in three fast-growing fields: gamification, user experience (UX) design, and interactive display technology.

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Education

Conestoga to provide additional programming in Brantford

Brantford - Conestoga College will work in collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Brantford to expand college-level programming to address the community’s need for additional post-secondary education options.

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Outside

Watershed Condition Statement: Grand River Water Safety

Weather system brings risk of urban flooding, dangerous conditions

Grand River Basin - A weather system will move into the watershed on Thursday bringing warmer temperatures and rain. The current weather forecast indicates the warming trend associated with this system will be relatively short lived. Air temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by noon today; reaching approximately 7 degrees by early Friday morning, before a rapid cooling trend returns late Friday morning.

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Union Statement

Postal workers will fight Canada Post's cuts to communities

OTTAWA - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers notes that the cuts to door-to-door delivery announced by Canada Post yesterday are unnecessary and will hurt people in the 11 affected communities.

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Mininig

Ontario's Ring of Fire Could Generate Tens of Billions of Dollars in Economic Activity and Thousands of Jobs in the Province, New Study Shows

TORONTO - A new report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce reveals that Ontario's Ring of Fire, the mineral resource-rich region in the James Bay Lowlands, will generate up to $9.4 billion in new economic activity over the first 10 years of operation and sustain 5,500 jobs annually.

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Air Travel

Safety Investment at Waterloo's International Airport

Fed's Enhance Safety in Ontario Aviation Industry

Waterloo Region - The Government of Canada is investing $27,215 from the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for the purchase of a runway condition reporting system which will provide timely, accurate and precise wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions.


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Community Development

Waterloo's Neighbourhood matching fund is accepting applications

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo’s neighbourhood matching fund program is now accepting applications for projects carried out in 2014. “This grant program aims to stimulate action and benefit our community at a grassroots level, “says Mayor Brenda Halloran. “This is the third year in a row we’ve operated this program and I can’t wait to see the outcomes of 2014.”

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Inside the Issues

Pakistan in the Contemporary World

Waterloo - Is Pakistan suffering from a geostrategic curse? This week, T.V. Paul joins host Andrew Thompson for a chat on Pakistan in the contemporary world. The discussion covers leadership failures, religion and politics, and the impact of the "warrior state" image on Pakistan's development.

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Aerospace

New Research Partnerships Emerge from France Carleton Aerospace Summit

Ottawa - Officials from the Embassy of France in Canada and Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design recently wrapped up the two-day France Carleton Aerospace Summit (FRACAS).

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Social Media

Which Social Media Platforms are Right for You?
By Marsha Friedman

If you want to be visible in today’s marketplace, you absolutely must have a presence on social media. But there are so many from which to choose nowadays! In addition to the biggies like Facebook and Twitter, we have lots of newcomers, including Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. Additionally, some of the older platforms have undergone major changes in recent months, which affect how effective they are for different functions.



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May 6, 2014

An Evening with Roberto Alomar

With Special Guest Moderator, Canadian Great, Dave Bidini

Kitchener - THEMUSEUM in Downtown Kitchener is pleased to announce that former Toronto Blue Jays Second Baseman, Major League Baseball All Star and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar will be at THEMUSEUM May 6th, 2014.

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March 21, 2014

Creating a Life Plan - Your Personal Guidance System for Navigating What's Next

London - Life and leadership transitions are powerful when done in the context of a holistic life plan. If you are assuming a new level of leadership within your business, dealing with balancing your personal and professional life, or shifting into retirement, a life plan is essential for creating a powerful guidance system.

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March 8, 2014

Mean Girls = Mean Women: It's time to STOP the Bullying

TORONTO - As we descend upon another yearly International Women's Day on March 8th, it's time for women to tell the truth: Perhaps for thousands of years men oppressed us, but in 2014, it appears women are really doing it to each other.

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March 4, 2014

Three Minute Thesis competition returns to Laurier

Waterloo – Graduate students put months, or even years, of work into their research. But what happens when they’re challenged to boil all that research down to a three-minute presentation?

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June 5, 2014

Taichung Mayor Dr. Jason Hu to deliver “Revolutionary Community” Keynote at Annual Summit of Intelligent Communities

New York, New York - The Intelligent Community Forum announced that the Mayor of Taichung, Taiwan, Dr. Jason Hu will give the annual “Revolutionary Community” keynote address at the 2014 Summit of the Intelligent Community Forum in New York City on June 5.

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MArch 10 - 14, 2014

Wacky Science Magic Show to Entertain Families During March Break

CAMBRIDGE – Just in time for March Break, Drayton Entertainment is offering an energetic and informative stage show that will have children (and parents) on the edge of their seats! From March 10th to March 14th, The Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show entertains families at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge and the Drayton Festival Theatre for a total of eight morning and afternoon performances.

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