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Shimpei Takahashi: Play this game to come up with original ideas

Shimpei Takahashi always dreamed of designing toys. But when he started work as a toy developer, he found that the pressure to use data as a starting point for design quashed his creativity. In this short, funny talk, Takahashi describes how he got his ideas flowing again, and shares a simple game anyone can play to generate new ideas. Shimpei Takahashi thinks we should forget about analyzing data or sales figures and just come up with ideas — lots and lots of ideas.

Attracting Business

Guelph Chamber Urges City to Keep Cost of Doing Business Competitive

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce presented to Guelph City Council as part of the stakeholder engagement and public presentations on the City Budget. A central objective of the Chamber’s continued involvement in the municipal budget process is to ensure that the municipal public finance decisions are made with a lens of sound financial principles that balance a community’s range of services with a community’s ability to pay and remain competitive as an investment and growth location.

Home Care

Ontario Endorses Expert Report on Home and Community Care

Province Putting Patients First by Improving Access to Health Care Closer to Home

Queens Park - The government welcomes Bringing Care Home, a report from the expert group on home and community care, which includes 16 recommendations to improve patient- and family-centred care.



Toronto – Demonstrating the best in architectural design and innovation, winners of the 2015 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards feature both Canadian and international projects designed by Ontario architects, ranging from sustainable single-family homes to the redevelopment of key cultural and civic destinations.

Challenging Times

Fiscal austerity recipe for economic decimation

While provincial budgets face overwhelming challenges in 2015, austerity measures must be implemented with caution

FREDERICTON, NB - Provincial governments across Canada are doing a lot of soul searching as they craft their 2015 budgets. There is no denying that these are challenging times for our provinces. They face a clear and present economic danger in the form of declining revenues, stubbornly high unemployment and an elusive economic recovery.

New Development

HIP Developments Breaks Ground On New Premium Rental Apartments in
Charming Belmont Village, Trio On Belmont

Kitchener – HIP Developments has broken ground on a new and exciting project
in the heart of Belmont Village in Kitchener, Ontario. Trio on Belmont is a premium residential apartment development that will be ready for Spring 2016. Trio on Belmont boasts 172 well-appointed suites (Phase 1), and offers several spacious layouts from one bedroom, two bedrooms and two bedrooms plus den. Each suite features upgraded kitchens with quartz counters and stainless steel appliances, in‐suite laundry, generous bedrooms with ensuite master bathroom and walk‐in closet, open concept designs, an over-sized private walkout terrace and individual controlled energy efficient heating and air conditioning.

Decision Makeing

Seek Solitude, Not Just Meditation, For Important Decisions
by Edward G. Brown

“What? You’re not meditating?” demanded a recent article. It went on to explore today’s “mindfulness meditation” mania, so popular that it has already sparked the backlash that we fickle beings accord anything that captivates us for longer than a news cycle.

Social Change

Waterloo Company Commits to Use the Power of Business to Solve Social and Environmental Problems

Waterloo - Yesterday, PeaceWorks Technology Solutions was granted B Corporation recertification. This respected designation is awarded to organizations that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

Oil Spills

Oil-train derailments expose folly of anti-pipeline movement

Opposition to pipelines flies in the face of safety data - By Kenneth P. Green

CALGARY - Four recent oil-train derailments - two in the United States and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama - have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil.

Exempt Market

The School of Public Policy Releases Report on the Vital but Ill-Defined Exempt Market in Canada: Broader Debate over Regulations Needed

CALGARY - There is a massive and vital capital market at work in Canada for which several market regulators are preparing new rules, yet the remarkable thing is how little we know about it. Data about the so-called exempt market are so lacking that if regulators were contemplating new exempt-market regulations to proceed, they would be creating policies based on anecdotal and potentially incorrect evidence.


Lead Like a Girl: 10 Ways to Put Your Feminine Strengths to Work at Work

As we move further into the 21st century, the face of leadership is becoming more and more feminine. Here, the coauthor of Leading Women shares 10 traditionally feminine strengths that make women ideally suited to take their place as leaders.

Student Copetiton

Laurier graduate students to compete in Three-Minute-Thesis competition

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is again challenging graduate students to explain their complex academic research using plain language and in only 180 seconds at Laurier`s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition March 19 in the Paul Martin Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.


Navtech Signs Garuda Indonesia for Flight Planning

Waterloo - Navtech signed flag carrier Garuda Indonesia earlier this year to provide a hosted Navtech Flight Plan service. This multi-year agreement further expands Navtech's presence into the Asia Pacific Region.


The duration of slow economic growth greatly exaggerated

Pessimism over growth an overreaction to the current economic environment - By Philip Cross

OTTAWA - The idea that we are trapped in a "new normal" of slow economic growth has gained currency with many analysts. Proponents list a number of factors allegedly restraining the trend of growth, including the lingering impact of the 2008 financial crisis, an aging population, and even a slowdown in the underlying rate of innovation and technological change. Economist Christopher Ragan argues that Canada's governments have run out of options to stimulate the economy; others cite the uncertainty created by the unprecedented monetary and fiscal stimulus in response to the financial crisis and recession as a major drag on the recovery itself.

New Health Network

Homewood Health Launches New National Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Network

Debuts new advertising campaign, 'We Rescue People' to create awareness

GUELPH - Homewood Health Inc. has launched a bold new advertising campaign in the southern Alberta market to create awareness of its first new mental health and addiction treatment clinic, The Homewood Clinic, located in southwest Calgary.



Former diplomat Robert Hage analyses risk and opportunity for the BC Coast Logo_Placeholder_Bluewith Northern Gateway and other energy projects, and recommends Canadians learn from Alaska’s example in working with indigenous communities

OTTAWA – The builders of the Northern Gateway pipeline still have work to do in engaging with First Nations and other local communities to help manage the risks of oil spills, according to a new report from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

March Break

March Break Mania at Bingemans

Kitchener - March Break programming and specials are happening all week long at Bingemans FunworX and Boston Pizza Kingpin Bowlounge. Make the most of your family time, or keep the kids busy while you sneak in a mini March Break for yourself.

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