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Children Rights

Kailash Satyarthi: How to make peace? Get angry

How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice. In this powerful talk, he shows how a lifetime of peace-making sprang from a lifetime of outrage.2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi is a tireless activist fighting to protect the rights of voiceless children everywhere.

Climate Change

Cap and Trade System to Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution in Ontario

Provincial System will Reward Innovative Companies and Create More Opportunities for Investment in Ontario

To fight climate change — one of the greatest challenges mankind has faced — Ontario is putting a limit on the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution through a cap and trade system to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the health of our children and grandchildren. “We face two critical challenges with climate change. We must reduce greenhouse gas pollution fast enough to avoid a crisis, and in so doing, seize the opportunities of a low-carbon economy. Today we are taking strong action to help us meet both of those challenges," said Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

Making a Difference

Waterloo Company Honored as ‘Best for the World’, Creating Most Overall Positive Social and Environmental Impact

Joins 119 Companies From 20 Countries and 49 Industries to Set Gold Standard and Challenge All Businesses to Measure and Manage Impact

Waterloo - Yesteday, PeaceWorks Technology Solutions was recognized for creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list. In addition to ‘Best for the World’ overall impact, PeaceWorks was also recognized as ‘Best for the Worker’ and ‘Best for Community’. The ‘B Corp Best for the World’ lists honor businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses around the globe.

Climate Change

Joint Statement from Premier Kathleen Wynne and Premier Philippe Couillard on Ontario-Québec Collaboration on Cap and Trade

Queens Park - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard released the following statement concerning Ontario and Québec’s collaboration on cap and trade.


U of G Receives Nearly $2 Million in CRC Renewal

Guelph - The University of Guelph will receive nearly $2 million over five years from Industry Canada through renewal of two prestigious Canada Research Chairs (CRC).


Accelerator Centre expansion funded in part by City of Waterloo

Waterloo - At last night's council meeting, City of Waterloo council approved an annual grant of $50,000, for four years, to support the Accelerator Centre’s expansion plans. “The number of local university and college graduates opting to stay in Waterloo to launch and grow their start-ups is steadily increasing,” confirms Mayor Jaworsky. “This grant will allow the centre to focus on enhancing its service offering to a growing list of clients from Waterloo.”


Quarterly Retail Commodity Survey for fourth quarter 2014

Sales of motor vehicles, parts and services (+9.0%) were the largest contributor to the increase.

Ottawa - Retail sales rose 4.1% to $133.8 billion in the fourth quarter compared with the same quarter in 2013. Higher sales were reported in 8 of the 10 major commodity groups. Sales of motor vehicles, parts and services (+9.0%) were the largest contributor to the increase. Sales of new automotive vehicles grew 10.1%, posting their second consecutive double-digit increase. Sales of new trucks, vans, mini-vans, sport utility vehicles and buses were up 13.6%, while sales of new cars rose 3.6%. The overall increase was attributable to a higher number of vehicles sold. Sales were also up for used automotive vehicles (+9.6%) and automotive parts and accessories (+5.9%).

Climate Change

Cap-and-Trade carbon reduction plan lauded by GreenSaver

Toronto, - Vladan Veljovic, President and CEO of GreenSaver was quick to praise Premier Wynne and Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray on a new Ontario cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions.

Arts & Culture

Guelph Museums launches In Flanders Fields at 100 programming

Guelph - One hundred years ago, Guelph-born doctor, soldier, and poet John McCrae wrote a poem that touched the world, and inspired an enduring symbol of remembrance. In commemoration of the centenary of In Flanders Fields, Guelph Museums announces an ambitious slate of programs for 2015.

Bird Flu

Researchers Create Tool to Predict Avian Flu Outbreaks

Guelph - A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers. U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a small blood sample and relies on a simple chemical colour change to see not only whether a chicken has avian flu but also what viral strain is involved.


Cambridge looking for restaurant partner in new Idea Exchange branch

‘Pearle Hospitality has confirmed they will no longer be partnering with the City

Cambridge - A construction contract for the ‘Restoration of the Post Office’ project is expected to be awarded late May with work set to begin early June. The former Galt Post Office will soon be re-purposed and transformed into a new vibrant community space fitted with a unique catering and special events area.


Sandvine Announces Voting Results for Election of Directors From Annual and Special Meeting

Waterloo - Sandvine held its Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders on April 9th, 2015. All of the candidates proposed as directors were elected by a majority of the votes cast by the shareholders present or represented by proxy at the meeting.

Fund Raising

Cycling for a cause

Past MEDA interns biking cross Canada to raise $150K to empower Ghanaian women out of poverty

Waterloo - Sarah French and Mary Fehr aren’t your typical 20-somethings and their upcoming adventure is no different. Both were recently part of MEDA’s – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – intern program: Sarah worked on an agriculture project in Nicaragua, Mary on a health project in Tanzania.

Human Resource Event Today

Morneau Shepell to present in Canada’s Technology Triangle on making the most of employee assistance providers

Employees are seeking support now more than ever with a 50 per cent increase in EFAP usage over the past four years

Kitchener – Morneau Shepell, Canada’s leading provider of employee and family assistance programs (EFAP), has seen a 50 per cent increase in EFAP usage since 2011 as a result of work-related and personal issues, citing a 62 per cent increase in depression counselling in the last two years and a 14 per cent increase in stress counselling in the last year. Stephen Liptrap, Executive Vice President, Morneau Shepell and General Manager, Shepell, is presenting on this topic at a dinner event for the Grand Valley Chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and will provide solutions for getting more value from an EFAP.

City Matters

City of Waterloo council – Committee of the Whole from April 13, 2015

Waterloo - The council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at last nights council meeting.

Gender Gaps

Laurier researcher develops fair wage calculator to address gender pay gap

Waterloo – Tammy Schirle, (photo) associate professor in Laurier’s Economics department, has developed a wage calculator that addresses the issue of the gender pay gap in Ontario, specifically filling a void for small business owners. The calculator provides employers with a simple tool to estimate the average wages of male and female employees in Ontario that match their workers’ characteristics in terms of education, experience, industry and occupation. In cases where employers find their female workers are paid substantially less than Ontario men with similar characteristics, Schirle recommends the employer and employees investigate further to ensure they properly value their female employees’ skills.


Criminalization and Punishment Education Project to hold Forum on Conditions at Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre

Ottawa - Tomorrow the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) is holding a public forum at Ottawa City Hall about crowding and other problems at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC).

Letter to the Editior

Our Volunteers, Our Community

Toronto - Volunteers are leading social change and impacting communities around the world. Every year during National Volunteer Week, we have the opportunity to celebrate their efforts and contributions. This year, during National Volunteer Week, taking place between April 12-18, let’s shine the light on the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers who are making our communities better places to live, work, and play.

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