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Visceral Emotions

Marc Kushner: Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by ... you

"Architecture is not about math or zoning — it's about visceral emotions," says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show how the public, once disconnected, have become an essential part of the design process. With the help of social media, feedback reaches architects years before a building is even created. The result? Architecture that will do more for us than ever before.

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Gender Violence

Study by Laurier researchers into gendered violence on campus shapes university efforts to change culture and improve services

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University welcomed the findings of a new evidence-informed report into gendered violence that makes 11 recommendations for changing the culture on campus by enhancing the prevention programs and support services provided by the university.

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Heritage Building

Positive Outlook for Guelph’s Petrie Building – a 2014 Endangered Places Listing

Ottawa/Guelph – The National Trust for Canada announce that the Petrie Building, a unique landmark in downtown Guelph, will be acquired by Tyrcathlen Partners. One of three documented buildings in Canada erected prior to 1890 with a full sheet metal façade, the Petrie Building—a victim of years of neglect—was included on the National Trust’s list of Top Ten Endangered Places in 2014. “The National Trust is very pleased with the news of the acquisition,” said Executive Director Natalie Bull.

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Pensions

Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), third quarter 2014

Ottawa - The market value of Canadian employer-sponsored pension funds grew 1.7% in the third quarter, marking the fifth consecutive quarterly increase. Pension fund assets totalled $1.46 trillion, up from $1.44 trillion at the end of the second quarter.

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Best Managed Company

Home Hardware Holds 'Canada's Best Managed Companies' Status for Third Consecutive Year

ST. JACOBS - Home Hardware Stores Limited is proud to be named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies for the third year in a row. Having initially received the designation in 2012, the company has re-qualified and retained the status for each year since. Established in 1993 by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post and Queen's School of Business, Canada's Best Managed Companies is the country's leading business awards program recognizing excellence in Canadian-owned and managed companies.


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Payroll

Improper Reporting of Taxable Benefits Tops CRA Audit Adjustments List

Canadian Payroll Association's Taxable Benefits & Allowances Seminar helps employers comply with payroll legislation.

TORONTO - One of the most common compliance issues identified by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Revenu Québec (RQ) in organizational audits is improper assessment of taxable benefits and allowances, or excluding taxable benefits from employment income. In fact, on the most recent list of top ten CRA audit adjustments, 7 out of 10 of the most commonly requested adjustments to an employer's payroll are related to taxable benefits not being correctly reported (see the Canadian Payroll Association's Payroll Tips at payroll.ca).

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Agriculture

Get ready for higher priced Chicken McNuggets

Chicken meat with fewer antibiotics will cost more for everyone - by Sylvain Charlebois

GUELPH - When McDonalds' makes a statement, the fast food world listens. Recently, the corporation announced that all chicken served at its restaurants would be free of antibiotics used on humans within two years. Not necessarily earth-shattering news, since restaurants such as Chipotle, Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A and the Canadian-based A&W have made similar statements.

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Arts & Culture

Contemporary Arts Organizations Announce Partnership

Waterloo Region - Inter Arts Matrix, NUMUS Concerts Inc., and Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound have announced a partnership that will build on their past history of artistic collaboration to develop a new and innovative administrative structure. They anticipate this approach will allow them to more effectively share and build on resources, and identify further opportunities to increase their artistic effectiveness.

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Budget Problems

Laurier makes workforce reductions to help address budget challenges

Waterloo - Wilfrid Laurier University is reducing its workforce to address serious financial challenges and a projected operating budget deficit. Twenty-two positions have been eliminated and the work hours for five other positions are being reduced. This number represents about two per cent of the university support staff and management complement. Meetings have been held to inform the employees affected by these changes.

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Agriculture

Balance sheet of the agricultural sector for December 31, 2013

Ottawa - Equity in Canada's farm sector totalled $412.6 billion on December 31, 2013, up $46.9 billion (+12.8%) from the same date a year earlier. The value of total farm assets rose by 12.1% to $485.7 billion in 2013, primarily as a result of strong gains in the value of farmland (+16.8%). Farmland values on December 31, 2013, accounted for 64.0% of the total farm asset value compared with 52.4% 10 years earlier.

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Multi-gernaerational Workforce

Whitepaper to help organisations understand how to reward and motivate a multi-generational workforce

…Think global, act local and generational…

Milton Keynes, UK - P&MM, an award winning rewards and recognition company that specialises in performance improvement, has released a new whitepaper to help HR professionals understand how to motivate and reward a workforce that is made up of multiple generations.

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Attitude

Are You Living for the Weekends? Tactics to Help You Turn TGIF into TGIM

If you're one of the many Americans who live for the weekends and dread Mondays, you may think that it'll always be this way. Peter K. Studner begs to differ. Here, he shares proven tactics to help you breathe new life into your career and (yes!) thank God for Mondays.

Los Angeles, CA — Are you a TGIF person? Do you slog unenthusiastically through the workweek, counting the days and hours until the weekend begins? If so, was it always this way? Or was there a time when you were excited about your career and (even if you'd never admit it now) looked forward to seeing what each new workweek brought?

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Best Managed

Cowan Insurance Group Named One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Cambridge – Cowan Insurance Group announced that it has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for a third straight year. Cowan first earned this prestigious national designation in 2012, requalified in 2013 and again in 2014, retaining their status as a Best Managed Company. This national award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, the National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.

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Festivals

BIG MUSIC FEST EXPANDS TO BIG MUSIC FEST 'WEEK'

FESTIVAL OFFERS FANS A WORLD OF MUSIC IN 7 DAYS

Toronto/Kitchener - Big Music Fest 2015 will make its mark this summer as the event expands to Big Music Fest 'week'. From July 6-12, the festival will take over two locations in the city of Kitchener offering visitors the opportunity to experience a world of music in seven days. Anchored by a full weekend of concert programming at McLennan Park, Big Music Fest will officially get underway with four days of free activities throughout the downtown core in partnership with the Downtown Kitchener BIA.

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Security

New Ontario Birth Certificates Easier to Verify and Harder to Forge

Introduction of Polymer Certificates Will Protect Against Damage and Fraud

Queens Park - Ontario birth certificates will now be more durable and secure, thanks to a new polymer material and innovative security features that make them difficult to counterfeit and easier to verify.

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Energy

Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Recognized with Conservation Leadership Excellence Award

Cambridge – Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. (CND) has proudly accepted the 2014 Conservation Leadership Excellence Award from the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), at a gathering of top-performing electric utilities in Toronto on Monday night. “We are honoured to be recognized by industry peers for our leadership in conservation excellence and accept this award on behalf of all CND employees, Board of Directors and customers,” said Ian Miles, President and CEO.

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Entrepreneurship

DHS S&T Launches New Accelerator Program

Focus on Wearable Technology for First Responders

Washington, DC – Yesterday the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced its first business accelerator program, EMERGE!, aimed at entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas that address the unique needs of the Homeland Security community and whose wearable technologies could be adapted for first responder operations.

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Elegant Violence

RUGBY CANADA AND CANADA SEVENS TEAM UP WITH TWENTYTEN GROUP AS AGENCY OF RECORD FOR WORLD RUGBY SEVENS SERIES IN VANCOUVER

VANCOUVER - The Canada Sevens organizing committee for the World Rugby Sevens Series announced its selection of the TwentyTen Group (TTG) as its agency of record for strategic marketing and sponsorship services. Canada Sevens encompasses two major global rugby sevens tournaments as part of the World Rugby Sevens Series, including the women’s series kicking off in Langford in April 2015 and the men’s tournament set to land in Vancouver in March 2016. The TwentyTen Group, will co-author the commercial and marketing strategy, supporting the vision for these landmark events alongside the Canada Sevens organizing committee and Rugby Canada. The four year agreement will see Canada Sevens through its first term as a member of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

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