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Sangu Delle: In praise of macro — yes, macro — finance in Africa

In this short, provocative talk, financier Sangu Delle questions whether microfinance — small loans to small entrepreneurs — is the best way to drive growth in developing countries. "We seem to be fixated on this romanticized idea that every poor person in Africa is an entrepreneur,” he says. "Yet, my work has taught me that most people want jobs.” Delle, a TED Fellow, makes the case for supporting large companies and factories — and clearing away the obstacles to pan-African trade.

Award for Governance

Capacity Canada establishes national award to profile smart governance in non-profit sector

WATERLOO REGION - A $5,000 award celebrating good governance in Canada’s charitable not-for-profit sector has been announced by Capacity Canada. The award is part of Capacity’s broad partnership with Manulife. “Bold governance lies at the core of organizations that think creatively and readily adapt to change,” said Steve Farlow, chair of Capacity’s board of governors. “This honours the efforts of staff and board volunteers who keep their clients top-of-mind by embracing continuous improvement.”


Are Your Managers Bottlenecks in Your Improvement Process?

by Joakim Ahlström

For managers, time is a scarce commodity. Actually, it’s equally scarce for everyone, but I start off this way to show that I know how tough it is to be a manager. When I meet managers of various kinds - CEOs, division managers, middle managers, indeed all sorts of managers - I take their lack of time into account and let them know that there’s only one thing they need to do to develop a culture of continuous improvement. This is what I tell them:

New Car Sales

BMW Group Sales Achieve New Record in February

Deliveries total 151,952 vehicles, increase of 7.6%; Year-to-date sales rise 7.3% to 294,112; Sales in Europe increase 7.7% in first two months

MUNICH - The BMW Group achieved its best-ever February sales result with 151,952 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 141,207/ +7.6%). A record number of 294,112 (prev. yr. 274,113) automobiles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year - an increase of 7.3% compared with the same period last year.

Commutting & Pleasure

Cycling report card sets benchmark for city’s efforts

Kitchener – City staff will review recommendations from the cycling and trails advisory committee’s first report card, and determine next steps for continuing to create a cycling culture in the city. The report card was presented to the community and infrastructure services committee yesterday.


Help the Region set the priorities for 20125-2018. You are invited to ‘Our Changing Community Demographics’

Waterloo Region – This free event to gather public input around the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan will feature special guest and keynote speaker Doug Norris, Chief Demographer at Environics Analytics, who will discuss the shifts in our community’s population and the potential implications for policies, programs and services.


Strong business growth at RLB results in over 20% staff increase

A ‘people count’ attitude grows staff satisfaction and puts Guelph employer on a national Top 50 List

Guelph - During a year when many companies were cutting back their workforce, RLB LLP Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors (RLB) has increased the size of their team by over 20%. It is a “people count” attitude that the company attributes to its success and that team-based approach that has put them on the list as one of the 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada.


Crude oil and natural gas: Supply and disposition for December 2014

Canada produced 18.9 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent in December, up 3.0% from the same month in 2013. Crude bitumen production was the main contributor to the increase of total crude oil production in December, up 10.7% from the same month a year earlier to 6.0 million cubic metres. Light and medium crude oil also increased (up 0.7% to 4.7 million cubic metres) as did heavy crude oil (up 2.7% to 2.3 million cubic metres). Conversely, synthetic crude oil production decreased by 6.0% to 4.9 million cubic metres in December.


Air fares in 2013

Ottawa - Total air fares, domestic and international combined, averaged $249.00 in 2013, up 0.2% from 2012. This increase was mainly a result of year-over-year gains in the second and third quarters. The average domestic fare was $190.80, down 0.7% from a year earlier, while the average international fare edged up 0.3% to $322.60.

Council Info

City of Waterloo council summary from March 9, 2015

Waterloo - Presentations made to council. The Waterloo International Children’s Games thanked council and the mayor recognized Waterloo’s 16 local swimmers who represented our community on the world stage in Lake Macquarrie, Australia.

Climate Change

Ontario Appoints Special Advisor for Climate Change, Creates Climate Action Group

Province Taking Action on Climate Change

Queens Park - Ontario has appointed John Godfrey as special advisor for climate change and appointed him as chair of the government’s new climate action group. Godfrey will provide strategic advice and make recommendations to Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, including identifying opportunities to advance Ontario’s leadership internationally and strengthen collaboration with other subnational jurisdictions.

ICI Construction

Two PCL Design-Built Hospitals Achieve LEED Silver Certification

Toronto – PCL Constructors Canada Inc. announced that two of its projects have achieved LEED Silver certification through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), surpassing intended classification as LEED Certified buildings. “Our team was able to maximize value for our clients and achieve a higher level of intended certification,” said PCL executive vice president Chris Gower. “This stands as a testament to the value of strong partnerships and close collaboration, and I congratulate all of our project partners for this achievement.”

Kitchener Strategy

Strong, healthy neighbourhoods filled with dynamic public spaces the focus of major new strategy

Kitchener – Building on the incredible work already being done by thousands of volunteers in the community, Kitchener’s first-ever neighbourhood strategy will identify ways the city can support community partners, better coordinate efforts being made by individuals and groups and explore ways to fill in the gaps that may exist.

Gender Violence Today

Leading expert on prevention of gender violence gives lecture

Waterloo - One of the leading anti-sexist, male activists in the U.S. will deliver a free public lecture at the University of Waterloo today on the topic of gender violence. The Equity Office at Waterloo is hosting Jackson Katz, educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist renowned for his pioneering work on gender violence prevention.

Cyber Safe

How to be cyber-safe in a quantum world

Waterloo - Emerging quantum technologies will change the way our online information is stored and secured, and we need to start planning now if we want to be cyber-safe in time.

Festival Tryouts


TORONTO - The popular Ontario-wide band search Breaking Bands launches today - Monday, March 9th - on Sonicbids. Now in its second year, the competition is dedicated to finding and breaking the hottest emerging talent in the province. Qualifying bands interested in submitting can enter online as of today at up to the final deadline, May 9, 2015 at 12 midnight EST. Bands are encouraged to read the criteria at before applying.

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