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Current Issue: January/February 2014

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Ted Talks

Molly Stevens: A new way to grow bone

Molly Stevens introduces a new stem cell application that harnesses bone’s innate ability to regenerate and produces vast quantities of bone tissue painlessly.

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Transparency

Mary Francoli Authors Major Report on Openness and Transparency in Canada

Ottawa - Carleton communications Prof. Mary Francoli has released a major new report evaluating Canada’s progress on its Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments. The Canadian government signed on to the international partnership in 2011. While the government has carried out a self-assessment of its activities during the first year of its membership in the OGP, Francoli’s report is one of the first major independent evaluations, as part of the partnership’s Independent Reporting Mechanism, of whether the country is sticking to its plan.

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Entrepreneurship

OCE and CYBF Team Up to Support 10 Young Entrepreneurs

TORONTO - Ten innovative Ontario young entrepreneurs will receive up to $95,000 each over the next two years to advance their companies under a joint initiative between Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF).

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Growth

Sandvine and ClearSky Technologies Power Industry's First Virtualized Network Policy Control Offering

WATERLOO - Sandvine announced that ClearSky Technologies is offering its customers hosted network policy control solutions based on Sandvine's virtualized Policy Traffic Switch (PTS). ClearSky Technologies is a leading provider of hosted infrastructure mobile infrastructure and managed services to more than 50 wireless operators across the Americas.

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Investment

Canadian investors relying heavily on domestic markets to fund retirement

Flat commodity prices would likely see Canada's equity markets continue to underperform relative to certain international markets this year.

TORONTO- A new poll by Leger finds that only 32 per cent of Canadians who hold stocks in their retirement portfolios plan to invest in markets outside of Canada. The poll results also show that nearly half of investors surveyed (44 per cent) say their main objective is long-term growth, which underscores the need to diversify their portfolios.

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Education

Most Ontario students can read, write and do math well by the time they are in high school.

Most who can't do so have a trait in common—they couldn't in elementary school either.

TORONTO - The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released a research report that tracks students as they advanced through Ontario's four provincial tests from 2004 to 2012. This cohort tracking shows that the majority of students are developing solid reading, writing and math skills by the time they are in high school. However, the majority of those who aren't have a trait in common: they also struggled in elementary school.

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LGTBQ & Politics

tri-Pride and the City of Kitchener reconfirm mutual support with Cube display starting tonight

KITCHENER - tri-Pride acknowledges there was a regrettable misunderstanding between tri-Pride and the City of Kitchener last week when the city offered to display the rainbow flag inside city hall to raise awareness about human and civil rights issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGTBQ) athletes in Russia during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

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Appointment

PlantForm names Craig Binnie VP of Drug Development

GUELPH - PlantForm Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Craig Binnie as Vice-President of Drug Development, effective immediately. Binnie will oversee GMP manufacturing of PlantForm’s first drug candidate, biosimilar trastuzumab, for characterization studies and preclinical and clinical trials. He will establish and lead PlantForm’s product development group, support regulatory submissions, and manage the advancement of additional biosimilar drug candidates. “Craig’s expertise and experience will be integral to the company’s growth and development as we prepare for clinical trials of our first antibody drug,” said President and CEO Dr. Don Stewart. “We are pleased to welcome him to our team as we take our next steps towards market entry.”

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Start-ups

Think you can escape the guidance of an accountant? If your goal is to have a thriving business, think again.

By Jennifer Warawa

Results from a survey conducted by Canadian small business in December 2013 that focused on the success and challenges of new and established entrepreneurs. Two of the findings struck a chord with me, as they pertain to working with accountants, something I am very passionate about. The top business challenges identified during start-up were marketing and taxes, and top personal challenges were work/life balance and money management.

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Environment

Cities need living green infrastructure as well as grey

TORONTO - The federal government has made a strong commitment to funding infrastructure across Canada with its announcement of $14B over 10 years from the Building Canada Fund. Getting the most from our investments in national infrastructure, however, requires including support for living green infrastructure as well as traditional grey infrastructure.

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Pensions

Canadians nearing retirement don't know their pensions

One third say CPP will be their primary source of retirement income, but seven-in-ten don't know the maximum amount

WINNIPEG - Canadians nearing retirement (aged 55-64) are confident they have enough money to live the retirement lifestyle they desire but many do not know how much retirement income they will need nor how much their company and/or government pensions will provide.

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Retirement

Nearly a quarter of Canadians expect their homes to be primary source of retirement income

Survey reveals 17 per cent do not know if real estate will play a major role in helping to fund their golden years

TORONTO - As housing prices continue to rise in large Canadian cities, nearly a quarter of Canadians plan to use their homes as their primary source of income after they leave the workforce, according to Sun Life . This survey also revealed that 17 per cent do not know if their investment in their home will serve as their primary source of income during retirement.


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Assistive Technology

New MRI technique could offer radiation-free alternative for visualising cancerous tumours in children

Palo Alto - A new type of whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test could be an alternative to standard positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging for assessing cancer in children and young adults, but without exposure to radiation that has been shown to increase the risk of secondary cancers in later life.

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Nutrients

Antarctic Krill Sustainability

Montpellier, FR - There are few other fisheries in the world where the allowable catch is set at such a low proportion of the biomass and where the actual catch is so much lower than that allowed. This is the case for the Antarctic Krill Fishery, making it one of the most sustainably managed in the world.

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Financial Planning

Is Your Financial Advisor Planning with the 4 Percent Rule?

Tips for Calculating Withdrawal Rates in Retirement - David Zolt

“Who has my back in retirement?” – That’s the question pre-retirees and retirees want answered when it’s all said and done. Baby boomers have been retiring in droves in recent years, and will continue to do so throughout the next decade – 10,000 of them a day, the Pew Research Center estimates. Unfortunately, the average boomer is about a $500,000 short on their savings, according to a recent survey by TD Ameritrade.


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Long Term

Manulife Financial announces Subordinated Debenture issue

TORONTO - The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company ("MLI"), the Canadian insurance company subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, announced that it intends to issue $500 million principal amount of 2.811% fixed/floating subordinated debentures due February 21, 2024 (the "Debentures"). MLI intends to file a prospectus supplement to its December 13, 2013 base shelf prospectus in respect of this issue.


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March 12, 2014

I'll Be Back Before Midnight: Canadian Comedy Thriller to Launch

St. Jacobs Country Playhouse 2014 Season

St. Jacobs – If you love a good ghost story, you don’t want to miss the first production of the 2014 Season at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Laugh-out-loud funny and scream-out-loud scary, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight is a roller coaster play of emotions, on stage for three weeks beginning March 12th.

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March 22, 2014

GALA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF THE CANADIAN CLAY & GLASS GALLERY

WATERLOO - The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery announced that tickets are now available for The Clay & Glass Gala to be held on March 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The event is the Gallery’s annual fundraiser, and this year’s Gala is the capstone of a year of celebrations marking the Gallery’s 20th Anniversary.

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March 13, 2014

Conserving Cultural Heritage Landscapes

KITCHENER - Homer Watson House & Gallery is happy to invite you to the March edition of our 2014 educational Lunchtime Lecture series! Join us for an insightful lecture on Thursday, March 13 from 12-1 pm featuring the City of Kitchener’s Coordinator of Cultural Heritage Planning, Leon Bensason. In his lecture, Leon will outline the City’s Cultural Heritage Planning program. The event will also include a question and answer period with the local heritage preserver, as well as tasty appetizers donated by local food suppliers!

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March 7, 2014

Canadian Celtic Choir and Rant Maggie Rant beckons spring with captivating Celtic concert

Stratford – The award-winning Canadian Celtic Choir, directed by William Zadorsky, is joining forces with the high-energy Celtic fusion ensemble Rant Maggie Rant for the first time to present a not-to-be-missed celebration of Celtic music that is sure to rejuvenate the spirit after a long and arduous winter.

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February 22, 2014

HockeyTown is back at City Hall!

Kitchener – That’s right hockey fans, HockeyTown is returning to downtown Kitchener for its fourth year! On Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Civic Square will be transformed into a hub of hockey activities, art, crafts, and more.

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April 4 - 6, 2014

Startup Weekend Waterloo Region: Community Edition

Returning to Waterloo Region - but this time it's with a twist!

Waterloo Region - Join us April 4-6 at the Communitech Hub for Startup Weekend Waterloo Region Community Edition. This time around we're focusing on creating companies that--in some way, shape or form--have a focus on enhancing life in our community.

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