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Ismael Nazario: What I learned as a kid in jail

As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to New York’s Rikers Island jail, where he spent 300 days in solitary confinement — all before he was ever convicted of a crime. Now as a prison reform advocate he works to change the culture of American jails and prisons, where young people are frequently subjected to violence beyond imagination. Nazario tells his chilling story and suggests ways to help, rather than harm, teens in jail.

Economic Forcast

Ontario's economy to top Canada's provincial growth rankings in 2015

TORONTO - Ontario is expected to top provincial economic growth rankings in 2015, something that has not happened since 2000, according to the latest RBC Economics Provincial Outlook released today.

Wants and Needs - info Graphic

Beyond Salary, What Do Employees Really Want in 2015?

TORONTO - As the focus on employee recruitment and retention sharpens, many executives may be undervaluing a perk their workforce wants most, suggests new research from Accountemps. When asked which workplace perk they think their employees are most interested in receiving this year, 41 per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said better benefits, 26 per cent said a more flexible schedule, and 17 per cent said more vacation days. In a separate survey of workers, however, more vacation days topped the list (35 per cent) as most desired in 2015, a more flexible schedule was next (17 per cent), and better benefits came in third (16 per cent).


Consumer spending and exports to underpin Canada's economic growth in 2015

TORONTO - RBC Economics downgraded their forecast for the Canadian economy in 2015 after a sharp drop in energy prices. According to the latest RBC Economic Outlook issued today, Canada's real GDP is projected to grow by 2.4 per cent this year - a reduction of 0.3 percentage points from the forecast issued in December.

Cost Control

WLU Press to integrate with Laurier Library: Integration will preserve WLU Press while supporting development of new Culture & Learning Commons

WATERLOO – WLU Press will be integrated into the administrative structure of the Wilfrid Laurier University Library, it was announced yesterday. The change was approved by the university late last week, with the transition to the new organizational structure to begin immediately as details of the implementation are worked out.


Student teams set to start can construction

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo’s annual CanBuild food drive will have more than 200 students participate in 17 teams across campus today. The goal, to build creative structures using food donations for The Feds Food Bank and The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.


UPS partners with Startup Canada to position entrepreneurs for growth

Partnership connects entrepreneurs with best practices to set them on path for future success

OTTAWA - Startup Canada, a national entrepreneur-led movement, and UPS Canada, a leading logistics partner for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses, announced a strategic partnership today to support Canada's growing entrepreneurial community.

Education - Games

Laurier receives ministry approval for game design and development degree program

BRANTFORD – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus will offer a new Game Design and Development degree program in the fall following the recent approval from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.


Ontario Providing Financial Assistance to Former Everest College Students

Financial Aid Helps Cover Students’ Training Costs or Refunds

Queena Park - Ontario is providing up to $7.6 million to help students affected by the closure of Everest College. This is in addition to the $3 million now available through the Training Completion Assurance Fund that was posted by Everest College. “Our government’s number one priority throughout this process has been the well-being of affected students.

Start Ups

5 Errors That Can Undermine Your New Business

Skills To Start A Business Aren’t The Same As To Grow It

The dream of launching a business runs deep in the American psyche, but more often than not those dreams go bust. Half of new companies fail in their first five years, according to Gallup. Expand the timeframe out to 10 years and the failure rate reaches 70 percent.

Idea Competition

Carleton Aerospace Engineering Team Advances to the Second Round of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition

Ottawa - The Carleton University team Flyboys has advanced to the second round of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition. The team of four is made up of undergraduate aerospace engineering students Mohamed Shabaan, Moustafa Abdelfattah Sohdy, Ahmed Shabaan and Abdelrahman Awad.

Brain Train

Healthy eating, exercise, and brain-training programme results in slower mental decline for older people

A comprehensive programme providing older people at risk of dementia with healthy eating guidance, exercise, brain training, and management of metabolic and vascular risk factors appears to slow down cognitive decline, according to the first ever randomised controlled trial of its kind, published in The Lancet.

Life Long Learning

Taking A Pulse Check On Your Attitude

A Change In Thinking Can Lead To A Change In Behavior And Results

Hard times that sap your energy and leave you frustrated are an inevitable part of life. Maybe you lost a job. Maybe your finances took a turn for the worse. Maybe your personal life is in disarray or a health problem emerged forcing a lifestyle change.

Domestic Abuse Funding

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region receives $30,000 commitment from Economical Insurance in association with Advocate Insurance Group

Funds will facilitate privacy in a new counselling and observation room

Cambridge - Women and children turn to Women’s Crisis Services, the only agency of its kind in the Waterloo region, to find refuge and safety when they are fleeing from domestic abuse and violence in their lives. Thanks to a $30,000 commitment over three years from Economical Insurance, in association with Advocate Insurance Group, the counselling and observation room in the new Haven House will include a one-way mirrored window to create an environment conducive to healing, dignity and privacy.


Junior Achievement Trade Show

Kitchener - Join Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region and over 80 young entrepreneurs from the Junior Achievement Company Program!

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