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Current Issue: January/February 2014

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Ted Talks

Rupal Patel: Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints

Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That's why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice, often to incongruous effect.

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Recognition

Laurier professor awarded prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship

WATERLOO – Carol B. Duncan, associate professor and chair of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Religion and Culture, is the recipient of a prestigious 2014 3M National Teaching Fellowship.“I am delighted to congratulate Carol on her success,” said Max Blouw, Laurier’s president and vice-chancellor. “At Laurier we put a strong emphasis on the student experience and Carol exemplifies our commitment to create an outstanding learning environment that engages students in their studies.”The award, widely regarded as the top teaching honour in Canada, recognizes excellence in the classroom and educational leadership.

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Finances

Investors have greater confidence in their personal finances than they do in the economy

65% say they are satisfied with their personal financial situation; 51% say they are worried about the economic situation in Canada

MONTREAL - Canadian investors are starting the year with a positive outlook about their personal financial situation according to the Standard Life Investor Confidence Index. Developed as an approach based on social values, the Standard Life Investor Confidence Index aims to better understand investors' confidence and satisfaction by asking them where their personal finance, investments and the overall economy fit into their broader life goals and concerns. This year, the Standard Life Investor Confidence Index shows that investors' overall confidence increased by 7 points from the Index baseline year of 2011.

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Municipal Election

Regional Candidate Dearlove Anounces Results of Crowdfunding Campaign

After 14 days, the first political crowdfunding campaign in the Region raises over $3400

KITCHENER - In the first political crowdfunding campaign the region has seen, the Cameron Dearlove for Waterloo Regional Council Campaign not only met but more than doubled their goal, closing out the #14DaysforDearLOVE fundraising drive with over $3400 raised.

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Water

Great Lakes Water Study to Proceed

OTTAWA- Last Thursday, the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment and Sustainable Development began a study of water quality in the Great Lakes Water Basin. The study is an initiative of Kitchener Centre Member of Parliament, Stephen Woodworth, who is the longest serving member of the Environment Committee.

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Brain Disorders

Experts call for global overhaul of industrial chemical regulations to ensure children are protected from “silent epidemic” of brain disorders

Denmark - In a Review published in The Lancet Neurology, two of the world’s leading experts on the link between environment and children’s health are sounding the alarm on the dangers of industrial chemicals. They are calling on countries to transform their chemical risk-assessment procedures in order to protect children from everyday toxins that may be causing a global “silent epidemic” of brain development disorders.

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R&D

Laurier releases five-year strategic research plan

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has renewed its commitment to research with the release of its 2014-2019 strategic research plan, “Commitment to the Future.” “The strategic research plan is not only an aspirational vision for strengthening research at Laurier, but it is also an opportunity to showcase our research accomplishments and triumphs,” said Abby Goodrum, Laurier’s vice-president: Research.

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Community Health

Social norms strongly influence vaccination decisions and the spread of disease

Waterloo - Our response to societal pressures about vaccination has a direct effect on the spread of pediatric infectious diseases in areas where inoculation is not mandatory, says new research published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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xQuarterly

Hydro One Releases 2013 Year-End Financial Results

TORONTO - Hydro One Inc. released its 2013 year-end results with net income for the year of $803 million and revenues of $6,074 million. "Hydro One's financial performance and emergency response continued to deliver value to Ontario energy consumers throughout 2013," said Carm Marcello, President and CEO, Hydro One Inc. "In addition to our continued contributions through net income, we made dividend payments of $218 million to our Shareholder, the Province of Ontario, as well as maintained our strong credit quality."

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Testing

HRCT scans can identify deadly lung disease sparing some patients from the substantial risks of lung biopsy

Seattle - People who have suspected idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) without typical patterns on high resolution computed tomography (CT) scans could in future be spared the substantial risks of lung biopsy and be given a confident diagnosis of IPF based on clinical and radiological findings alone, according to new research published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

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Economic Development

Local Economic Growth Highlighted at SCOR EDC Meeting

TILLSONBURG - The counties that form the South Central Ontario Region (SCOR EDC) met Saturday with their local Members of Parliament with what all described as “positive results”.

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Financial Planning

How to Navigate Retirement in the 21st Century

Financial Planner: Another 2008-style Economic Disaster Could Happen Again, Suggests New Kind of Diversity

While the world is still feeling the long ripples of the economic meltdown that began six years ago, our economic institutions remain “too big to fail” – at least in the minds of millions of retired Americans and those soon to join their ranks.

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Protection

Hacking & ID Theft: Are You Next?

7 Tips for Protecting Your Identity & Money

At least 110 million consumers were affected by the hack involving Target and Neiman Marcus retailers. Whether or not millions more will have their identities manipulated and finances ruined within the coming months due to more breaches of security at other stores is anyone’s guess.

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xQuarterly

Co-operators General Insurance Company Reports 2013 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company announced its consolidated financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013. For the fourth quarter, Co-operators General reported consolidated net income of $74.6 million, compared to $115.8 million for the same quarter in 2012. Earnings per common share was $3.40 for the fourth quarter compared to $5.44 for the same period last year.

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Productivity

Are Your Meetings a Waste of Time?

CEO Shares Tips for Encouraging Productive Collaboration

In survey after survey, meetings get knocked by everyone from employees to senior executives as being among the biggest waste of work hours. In one poll, by Office Team, 45 percent of senior executives said their firms would be more productive if they banned all meetings at least one day a week!

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Today

Raymond Laflamme addresses Canadian Club of Ottawa

Otawa - Raymond LaflammeProfessor Raymond Laflamme, executive director of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, will speak at the Canadian Club of Ottawa on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

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February 21, 2014 - VIDEO

Attracting Region of Waterloo’s Young Dancers

Kitchener - Canada’s Ballet Jörgen (CBJ) is performing Romeo & Juliet at the Centre in the Square, Kitchener with additional contemporary performances and community events planned at the Waterloo Region Museum and other venues through the Region of Waterloo.

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February 26, 2014

Entrepreneur Partnering With Community To Bring I AM Movement to Guelph

Guelph - The founder of a Guelph-based social entrepreneurship service company believes building community is good for business, and is using her money and talents to prove it. FLOW Office Wisdom is partnering with Transition Guelph to host a community event to bring business and community groups together.

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February 24, 2014

Councillors to consider open government action plan

Kitchener – Three principles of open government - accountability, transparency and participation – will continue to guide the City of Kitchener as it works to achieve an even greater degree of openness in City government. At the finance and corporate services committee meeting on Feb. 24, staff will be looking for council’s approval of ten actions to support these principles.

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June 5, 2014

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING MICHAEL BOLTON PERFORMS AT CENTRE IN THE SQUARE ON JUNE 5

Tickets on sale to general public Wednesday, February 19 at 12 PM

KITCHENER – Centre In The Square presents an unforgettable evening with legendary and multi-Grammy Award-winning Michael Bolton on Thursday, June 5 at 8 PM. For his Centre debut, Bolton performs favourite hits including “When a Man Loves a Woman”, “Time, Love and Tenderness”, “How Can We be Lovers”, “Georgia on my Mind”, and a selection of songs from his recent release “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A tribute to Hitsville USA” with his band and the Jeans ‘n Classics Rock Symphony conducted by Jeff Christmas.

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March 17, 2014

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY AT MR FOGG’S

London - On Monday 17th March 2014, Mr Fogg and his household staff, in support of their Irish neighbors and friends, shall be partnering with Ireland’s finest, Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve, to host a special Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.

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