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Current Issue: January/February 2014

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Ted Talks

Ash Beckham: We're all hiding something. Let's find the courage to open up

In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.


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Spending

Cities take almost double what they claim, still cry poor

CFIB says "Municipalities Are Richer Than They Think"; New report shatters municipal “8 cent” myth ahead of mayors’ meeting

Toronto – As the country’s big city mayors prepare to meet in Ottawa this week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released a new report that shows municipal governments are consistently misrepresenting how much tax money ends up in their coffers.

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Recognition

Grand River Hospital celebrates renewed designation as a WHO/UNICEF baby friendly hospital

Grand River Hospital is celebrating its successful re-designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, recognizing its key role in a healthy start for Waterloo Region families.

Kitchener - The World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada award the designation to organizations that promote and protect breastfeeding by meeting the Ten Steps for Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI).

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Municipal Ellection 2014

Progressive Coalition Seeks Candidates for Fall Municipal Elections

Kitchener – A non-partisan coalition of progressive individuals and organizations has begun seeking candidates to endorse in this fall’s municipal elections. Better Choices Waterloo Region sent out letters last Friday introducing itself to all incumbents and registered candidates for Waterloo Region’s municipal councils and school boards. The letters offer details on how candidates can gain the endorsement of the coalition, and what a Better Choices endorsement could do to help a candidate get elected.

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Economic Crime

Run but you can't hide- Canadian businesses face lower instances of economic crime, but fraudsters keep up

TORONTO - While economic crime against organizations has risen globally with 37% of organizations surveyed experiencing it, a three per cent rise since 2011, Canada has reported lower instances of economic crime than its international counterparts in the last two surveys, according to the 2014 PwC Global Economic Crime Survey (GECS) - Canadian supplement.

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Letter

UNITED WAY KW DISAPPOINTED WITH $400,000 CAMPAIGN SHORTFALL

In an open letter to the community, CEO Jan Varner and Campaign Champion Tim Jackson look to celebrate the achievements of individuals and businesses at annual Community Spirit Awards on February 28th.

"We’re disappointed, not for us, but for our community. The 2013 United Way KW Campaign was not as successful as we’d hoped it would be." On September 20, 2013 we unveiled a campaign goal of $5.1 million. We know that service demands are higher than $5.1 million, however we also understand the economic challenges our community is facing. We believed our goal struck a balance. Unfortunately, though many in the community were very generous, the campaign raised $4.7 million.

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Technology

Sandvine Usage Management brings new mobile billing innovations

Solution now trusted by over 100 operators worldwide

WATERLOO - Sandvine announced the launch of Usage Management release 5.0, which offers new capabilities to help both fixed and mobile communications service providers (CSPs) create, manage and implement new service plan offerings.

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Technology

Huawei Exceeds the Limits of What's Possible with HUAWEI MediaPad X1 at MWC 2014

Huawei also unveils its first wearable and new MediaPad phablet for a truly connected life

BARCELONA, Spain - Huawei unveiled two new additions to its MediaPad range of devices and its first wearable device at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014. With HUAWEI MediaPad X1, the world's slimmest 7-inch LTE Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet, HUAWEI TalkBand B1, the perfect hybrid 'talk and track' companion, and HUAWEI MediaPad M1, the 8-inch entertainment powerhouse, Huawei makes a life without boundaries possible for more people.

"We're excited to unveil our new 4G LTE-enabled MediaPads which, together with HUAWEI TalkBand B1, deliver the essential pillars of happiness – health, connection to family, contact with friends and access to work

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Energy

Canadian Solar Modules Chosen by Strata Solar to Power Five Utility Scale Projects in North Carolina

Guelph & San Ramon, Calif. - Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced it was selected by Strata Solar to power five utility scale projects totaling 30 MW. The five North Carolina projects are located in Orange, Lincoln, Union, Rockingham and Caswell counties. The power plants will power approximately 3,750 households, many of which are located in agricultural areas.

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Transportation

Organized And Advocating, Toronto Taxi Drivers to City Hall!

TORONTO - Huge changes are on the way for Toronto's taxi industry, promising benefits to customers and frontline drivers. Toronto's taxi landscape is being altered after years of organizing and advocating for improvements by the iTaxiworkers Association and the United Steelworkers (USW). Frontline taxi drivers and customers can expect better service from a new, owner-operated licence and an increase in accessible vehicles available to the public.

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Innovation

Waterloo chemists revolutionize drug testing in sport

Waterloo - Officials at the Winter Olympics in Sochi are expected to have performed nearly 2,500 drug tests in 17 days, and a new protocol developed by chemists at the University of Waterloo will revolutionize the current drug testing methods at major sporting events in the future.

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xQuarterly

Economical Insurance reports financial results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013

WATERLOO — Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurance companies, announced consolidated financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2013.



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March 29, 2014

Ladies Invite

Ladies are invited to attend "RADIANT WOMEN'S NIGHT 2014", a Fabulous Mother's Day Dinner Gala for all Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends and YOU!

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March 8 - April 19, 2014

Homer Watson House & Gallery invites you to attend Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists (KWSA) Annual Juried Exhibit: After the Imagining

Featuring a solo exhibit by A. Ann Harvey: Encaustic Impression

KITCHENER - Homer Watson House & Gallery is proud to host The Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists' annual Show. KWSA was established over 80 years ago to foster the development of the visual arts community. The arts organization brings together people of all levels of artistic achievement, from emerging artists to professionals. This year's exhibition, After the Imagining, will be juried by George Wale, a self employed artist and educator and the former Director of Programs for the Burlington Arts Centre until 2013.

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March 4 - March 27, 2014

Planting Trees and Helping Bees

GRand River Basin - Native pollinators are vital in rural and urban landscapes for their role in human food production and maintaining healthy natural ecosystems. Now landowners in Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Brant can take advantage of series of “Trees & Bees” workshops to learn how to create habitat for pollinators.

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