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Smuggle Me Please

Barat Ali Batoor: My desperate journey with a human smuggler

Photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor was living in Afghanistan — until his risky work forced him to leave the country. But for Batoor, a member of a displaced ethnic group called the Hazara, moving home to Pakistan proved dangerous too. And finding a safer place wasn't as simple as buying a plane ticket. Instead, he was forced to pay a human smuggler, and join the deadly tidal wave of migrants seeking asylum by boat. He documents the harrowing ocean trip with powerful photographs.

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xQuarterly

Brick Brewing Reports Record EBITDA of $5.4M for Fiscal 2015

Net revenue increased to $9.1 million, from $8.0 million in the prior year, with gross margin improving to 31.0% from 25.5%

Kitchener - Brick Brewing Co. Limited the largest Canadian-owned and Canadian-based publicly held brewery in Ontario released financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2015. Brick posted record annual EBITDA of $5.4 million on net revenue of $36.3 million. In the fourth quarter, Brick achieved EBITDA of $1.8 million, compared to EBITDA of $1.3 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year.

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Entrepreneurship

Waterloo Region's Most Promising Startups Go Head to Head

GTAN|START: The Ultimate Early-Stage Pitch Competition

Waterloo Region - Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) has announced the eight startups that will be competing in their highly anticipated pitch competition: GTAN|START taking place on May 8th, 2015. GTAN|START is an annual event that celebrates dynamic early-stage companies, who have demonstrated the originality, skills and experience necessary to make them some of Waterloo Region’s most promising startups.

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Volunteer Week - Video

Message from the Governor General of Canada on the Occasion of National Volunteer Week

Ottawa - Happy National Volunteer Week, Canada! I'm so proud to live in a nation of volunteers, of people who give generously for the greater good. One act at a time, Canada's 12.7 million volunteers are giving their time, their talent and their resources to those in need. That's one in every three Canadians! They do so freely, because it's the right thing to do. Together, the effect volunteers are having on this country is truly transformative.

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Integrating Cost Centres

Laurier plans to integrate Robert Langen Art Gallery into University Library

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University continues to find ways to stretch its financial resources and improve services to students and the community at large. The university has announced plans to create exhibition space in the University Library as part of a strategy to integrate the Robert Langen Art Gallery into the library operations.


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Grand Opening

Guelph Community Foundation’s Open House Event will unveil more than just a new office space

Guelph - The Guelph Community Foundation (GCF) is officially opening its doors to the community to celebrate their new office in the heart of Guelph. But freshly painted walls and a bright boardroom are not the only things you will discover if you drop in to the open house next week.

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CASL

Competition Bureau Takes Action For Misleading Emails

by Bradley J. Freeman BLG Vancouver

Vancouver - On March 11, 2015, the Competition Bureau commenced proceedings against two car rental companies, Aviscar and Budgetcar, for alleged deceptive marketing practices, including false or misleading emails, seeking remedies including a total of $30 million in administrative monetary penalties and refunds to consumers. The Bureau’s claims rely, in part, on provisions of the Competition Act that were added by Canada’s anti-spam law (commonly known as “ CASL ”) to prohibit false or misleading representations in commercial electronic messages.

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Image Guided Therapy

Investing in New Technologies and Creating Highly-Skilled Jobs

Canadian Government fosters strategic partnerships that will bring image-guided therapeutics to market

April 10, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) Thanks to an investment by the Canadian Government announced Friday by FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear and Don Valley West MP John Carmichael, Sunnybrook Research Institute will grow southern Ontario's image-guided therapy cluster.

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Jobs

Labour Force Survey for March 2015

Ottawa - Employment increased by 29,000 in March, driven by gains in part-time work. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.8%. Over the first quarter, employment gains totalled 63,000 (+0.4%), the result of more part-time work.


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Sustainability

Laurier recognized for 2014 sustainability efforts

Waterloo – Since creating its Sustainability Office in 2010, Wilfrid Laurier University has made significant strides in improving its environmental sustainability. These efforts, outlined in Laurier’s 2014 annual sustainability report, recently led to a Greater KW Chamber of Commerce Environmental Sustainability award, and a nomination by the local Chamber for the 2014 Ontario Chamber Business Achievement award for sustainability. The Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce commended the university for taking action “through self-initiated environmental practices and programs beyond legislative requirements.”


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Aquisition

The Co-operators acquires Premier group of companies

Guelph/Vancouver - The Co-operators and the Premier group of companies today announced that The Co-operators has acquired Premier, one of the leading full-service managing underwriting agencies in Canada. Premier's management team, including CEO Troy Moreira, will remain in place and the company will operate as an independent entity as part of The Co-operators group of companies.

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Structure

City of Cambridge corporate organizational review to begin mid-April

Cambridge - Cambridge chief administrative officer, Gary Dyke, has introduced a corporate organizational review of the City’s management structure. It is expected to begin mid-April and will evaluate the existing organizational structure. This review will help better allocate resources and identify efficiencies.


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Education

Top universities establish new double degree Masters program in global politics

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo today launched a new double degree for masters students studying politics and international affairs in partnership with one of the UK’s top innovation universities. Waterloo will partner with the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom to establish a double degree option that combines Waterloo’s Master of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) program, based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, with the choice of ten Masters programs offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at Warwick.

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Animal Health

Dental Radiography Improves Pet Oral Health, Says Veterinary Hospital

London - Firth Veterinary Hospital announced that dental radiography has replaced X-rays for dental care. Digital radiography is an advanced diagnostic tool that is considered to be more time and cost efficient that traditional dental X-rays, according to veterinarian Dr. D. Peter Firth. Dr. Firth, who is also the hospital director for Firth Veterinary Hospital, recommends an annual dental cleaning for all pets and a digital dental radiography test during this cleaning. Results from the test help veterinarians like Dr. Firth determine whether a pet has symptoms of gum disease or other oral health problems that are not evident through visual examination.

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Global Growth

Three recommendations on urban development for inclusive growth in India

The report highlights the importance of wider private-sector participation to bridge the urban infrastructure and services funding gap, widening due to India’s rapid urban population growth.

Geneva, – The World Economic Forum recommends three actions the Government of India can consider to deliver inclusive urban growth. The report highlights the role the private sector can play to bridge the estimated $110 billion funding gap that could hinder India’s ability to provide basic urban infrastructure and services to its rapidly growing urban population.

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Donation

Donating to Three Women's Shelters

Kitchener, - The Waterloo Regional Labour Council will be donating a total of $4,500 to three women's shelters at its meeting in Kitchener on April 14th. Anselma House, Haven House, and Mary’s Place will each receive a cheque for $1,500. The monies were raised through an International Women’s Day (IWD) luncheon hosted by the Labour Council's Women's Committee on March 7th.

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Jobs

Ontario Adds 2,000 Jobs in March

Ontario’s unemployment rate has declined from a recessionary high of 9.6 per cent in June 2009 to 6.9 per cent in March.

Queens Park - Employment in Ontario increased by 2,000 in March as the government’s economic plan continues to see results by focusing on the province’s greatest strengths – our highly skilled workforce and diverse, innovative economy. This brings the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 524,500. Ontario’s employment recovery from the recession has been faster than in the United States.

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The Cloud

Hybrid Cloud Adoption to Triple Over Next 3 Years

Peer 1 Hosting study reveals declining use of On-Premise and Private Cloud

London, UK - Independent research commissioned by Peer 1 Hosting has found that hybrid cloud adoption is set to triple over the next three years. This shift coincides with corresponding reductions in the use of Private and On-Premise cloud hosting environments, despite adoption of these technologies continuing to grow overall.

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Agriculture

NFU disappointed Supreme Court not hearing CWB class action case

Saskatoon - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is disappointed that the Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the farmers’ Class Action lawsuit stemming from the Harper Government’s dismantling of the single-desk Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Had the case proceeded, the Supreme Court would have been able to determine whether common law property rights apply to collective interests in property, namely the assets farmers paid for and added value to as a result of their management and direction of the CWB. The central question of the case was “Did the federal government unlawfully expropriate a proprietary interest of grain producers in the CWB by enacting the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act in 2011?” The class action also claimed that by dismantling the single desk CWB, the government unjustly broke its trust and interfered with farmers’ economic relations. The legal action also sought compensation for the losses that resulted from the government’s actions.

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Design

Carleton’s Graduating Architecture Students Display Innovative Final Projects

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture has opened Collective Visions, an exhibition of work by the 58 graduating students in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) program, at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG). The show closes on April 12, 2015.

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