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From a Poet

Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America

As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response. Clint Smith is a poet and educator whose work blends art and activism. For Clint Smith, inspiration comes from his students. The writer and educator draws on his and his students’ lives to create poetry that blends art and activism. A PhD candidate at Harvard University and a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, Smith gives performances with humor, humanity and humility, touching on themes like poverty, social justice and the pains of being a kid.

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Laurier Building Named

Mike Lazaridis and Ontario government contribute $35m to create world-class management institute at Laurier

This is a truly transformational investment,” said Max Blouw, president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University.

Waterloo – Renowned business executive, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Lazaridis has pledged $20 million to Wilfrid Laurier University to create a management institute that will enhance business programs and support the growth of a globally competitive technology industry in Canada. The Ontario government is providing $15 million to support the initiative, as announced in Thursday’s provincial budget.Together, this $35-million investment in Laurier represents a shared vision in which Lazaridis, the province and the university are working together to strengthen Ontario’s high-tech industry by improving the managerial leadership of Canadian technology enterprises.

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Funding

Cambridge Memorial Hospital receives $375,000 from TD Bank Group for redevelopment and staff education

Cambridge – Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation announced that TD Bank Group will be donating $375,000 to support the hospital’s new construction project as well as establish an education grant program for CMH nursing staff.

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Appointment

CIGI appoints Mark Jewett as Senior Fellow to focus on international law and sovereign debt

Waterloo — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) announced the appointment of international financial law expert Mark Jewett (photo) as Senior Fellow with the think-tank’s International Law Research Program. At CIGI, Mr. Jewett will research and author papers on current legal developments in sovereign debt management, including the recent United Nations General Assembly resolution on sovereign debt restructuring and the possibilities for a sovereign debt multilateral treaty. “I am delighted that Mark is bringing his extensive knowledge and experience of international financial law and sovereign debt to help build the International Economic Law theme of CIGI’s International Law Research Program,”

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Budget 2015

Ontario universities looking to province for strategic reinvestment that enhances quality and their individual strengths

Toronto - Ontario universities accept the province's decision to maintain funding per student at current levels because of fiscal constraints, but say future strategic reinvestment will be necessary to sustain excellence for students and to fully realize the power of universities to drive economic growth.

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Budget 2015 - Ontario

Mayor welcomes investment in local knowledge economy and post-secondary sectors, looks forward to progress on transit

$1.5 million annually over the next 10 years to Wilfrid Laurier University’s new Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises.

Kitchener - Mayor Berry Vrbanovic is pleased to see the provincial government investing in Waterloo region’s knowledge economy and post-secondary sectors, and welcomes the expanded focus on infrastructure and transit projects outside the GTHA said a release yesterday.

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Budget 2015

Ontario budget leaves students trapped between high tuition fees and larger debt loads

Toronto - Ontario's 2015 Budget is another missed opportunity to address the chronic underfunding of post-secondary education that has made Ontario the most expensive province in which to attend college or university. Despite some changes to student financial assistance, the budget contains no new funding to address the affordability crisis at Ontario post-secondary institutions.

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Budget 2015

Ontario Budget 2015: Businesses Worried About Government's Growing Deficit Budget 2015

Toronto - Ontario's business community remains concerned about Ontario's debt and deficit problem, according to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC). The deficit for 2014-15 is expected to grow to $10.9 billion, raising the province's debt to $284 billion, or $20,772 of debt for every Ontarian.

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Budget 2015

Budget 2015 continues erosion of public funding for Ontario universities

Toronto - The 2015 Ontario Budget repeatedly acknowledges that universities are vital to economic prosperity, yet does not make any new investments in public funding for higher education institutions. In fact, under the current plan, per-student university funding will reach its lowest level since the 1960s. This has professors and academic librarians questioning the government's commitment to a high quality higher education system that is truly public, high quality, and accessible to every student.


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Budget 2015

Ontario Budget 2015: A real win for consumers of auto insurance

Toronto - The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) congratulated the government of Ontario on the introduction of the Building Ontario Up budget. In particular, IBC welcomed the government's commitment to important reforms to the province's auto insurance system.

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Budget 2015

2015 Ontario Budget heavy on infrastructure, light on health care

Mississauga - While the Ontario Government has been promising to transform the health care system into one that puts the needs of patients at its centre, the 2015 Budget fails to deliver in a number of critical areas.

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Budget 2015

CAHO Welcomes Adoption of Health Innovation Recommendations in Budget 2015

Toronto - The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) welcomes the announcement in the 2015 Ontario Budget that the government will adopt all of the recommendations of the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC). Accelerating innovation in health care is both a significant challenge and a critical opportunity for raising the quality of care for the patients we serve and increasing productivity across the health care system.

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Budget 2015

Budget 2015 a good step for Ontario's seniors in long-term care homes

OLTCA renews calls for additional funding to ensure the necessary supports for seniors with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Toronto - The Ontario Long Term Care Association called the Government of Ontario's 2% increase in level of care funding a good step towards improving the care being provided to seniors in long-term care homes. The Association added that additional investments are still needed for homes to provide the appropriate care for seniors living with Alzheimer's and dementia now, and in the years to come.

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Budget 2015

No Surprises for Retailers in Ontario's Infrastructure Budget

Toronto - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) sees several positive developments in Ontario budget, accompanied by unanswered questions on at least one of the government's major policy initiatives.

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Budget 2015 - Ontario

Ontario Makes Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

News for Kitchener Centre & Waterloo Region

Queens Park - Yesteday, Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, introduced Ontario’s 2015 Budget saying in a release that the "budget delivers on our commitment of innovative economic growth, while protecting vital public services important to Ontario families. This includes our plan to unlock the value of provincial assets to support the largest infrastructure development in our province’s history."

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Budget 2015

Ontario Hospitals Facing Difficult Decisions

Health System Capacity Planning Will Help Manage Risk in Time Ahead

TORONTO - Ontario hospitals are facing increasingly difficult decisions in 2015/16 and 2016/17 as they continue to absorb financial and service pressures after three years without a base funding increase, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) said in response to the provincial Budget.

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Budget 2015 Editorial - Labour

Ontario Budget Sells False Choices

Kitchener - The Waterloo Regional Labour Council says the Ontario Budget sells Ontarians short by choosing privatization over tax reform. The result will be a damaging and irreversible legacy that entrenches the economic divide, erodes public services and leaves a poorer province for future generations.

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Education

Government of Ontario to contribute to a first-in-Ontario Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre at Seneca

Toronto - Seneca, with the support of the Government of Ontario and Siemens Canada, is creating the first Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre (MSDC) in the province.

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Budget 2015

Ontario's doctors say budget puts the health care system at risk

Toronto - The government's budget introduced puts the health care system at risk, say Ontario's doctors. "The government's budget continues to drastically underfund health care – that's a problem for patients and it's a problem for doctors," said Dr. Ved Tandan, President of the Ontario Medical Association. "There are 900,000 people in this province without a family doctor and the population continues to grow and age – this budget ignores both that growth and that unmet need and that's unacceptable."

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Budget 2015

Toronto Financial Services Alliance reassured Provincial Budget expects to meet deficit target plan; but concerned new ORPP will have significant unintended consequences

Toronto – The Ontario Government announced in its budget that it will maintain its plan to balance the budget by 2017-18. The Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) welcomes the deficit target plan and the Province’s continued investment in infrastructure, but continues to have significant concerns for the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).

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R&D

Electron Spin Brings Some Order to High Entropy Alloys

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered that electron spin brings a previously unknown degree of order to the high entropy alloy nickel iron chromium cobalt (NiFeCrCo) – and may play a role in giving the alloy its desirable properties.

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Demolition Pending

Council withdraws notice of intention to designate the former Mayfair Hotel

Kitchener – Kitchener City Council has withdrawn the notice of intention to designate 11 Young St., the former Mayfair Hotel. The withdrawal was necessary to allow the city’s chief building official to issue a demolition permit after significant structural issues were discovered in the building last week.

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Health & Exercise - Video

New Musculoskeletal Health study cautions use of whole-body vibration platforms

London - A new study from Western University shows that whole-body vibration platforms, which are used extensively in health clubs and rehabilitation clinics, may be causing significant damage to joint tissues. The findings by Cheryle Séguin, Matthew McCann and collaborators from the Western Cluster of Research Excellence in Musculoskeletal Health were published this week by Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Commerical Real Estate

Darren Shaw’s Team Joins DTZ and stays with Whitney

DTZ’s Waterloo team joins the firm from Whitney & Company Realty Limited.

Toronto – DTZ announced that Darren Shaw, SIOR, has joined the firm as Senior Vice President and will lead operations in Waterloo Region and Guelph, whilst working with Whitney & Company Realty Limited.

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Recognition

Laurier recognizes outstanding teachers with 2015 Awards for Teaching Excellence

Waterloo – Each year, Wilfrid Laurier University honours teachers with Awards for Teaching Excellence to recognize those who have gone above and beyond to inspire and educate students.

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Virtual Design

DraftingSPACE and Catalyst General Contracting Team Up to Simplify Contractor-Homeowner Connection

Virtual designer streamlines renovation planning and ensures shared project vision

Kitchener - In an increasingly virtual world, construction and tech are quickly blending. Yesterday, two local companies, DraftingSPACE and Catalyst General Contracting, announced a partnership to alleviate the challenges faced by both homeowner and residential contractor before a renovation can get off the ground.

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Different Destination

World's First Underwater Oxygen Bar

COZUMEL, Mexico - Sub Sea Systems has completed construction and installation of Clear Lounge® (patent pending)—the world's first underwater oxygen bar. Clear Lounge, the world's first underwater oxygen bar, combines specialized Sea TREK(R) helmets with a 13,000 gallon freestanding aquarium, where up to 6 guests breathe rejuvenating, enriched oxygen while shooting bubble guns, playing games and taking photos.

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Trade Show

Canada’s Largest Manufacturing Event Comes to Mississauga September 28, 2015

Toronto – With a growing number of manufacturers increasing local production or returning to Canada to take advantage of home-grown manufacturing efficiencies, the ‘Made in Canada’ trend is on the rise. That’s the message of organizers of the country’s largest manufacturing event, the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS), in announcing that exhibit space for the Fall event is already 85 per cent sold.

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Today

Local students explore and compete in Let’s Talk Science Challenge

Nearly 250 students in grades 6, 7 and 8 from Waterloo region will unite to explore, discover and compete tomorrow at the Let’s Talk Science Challenge. The event is hosted at the University of Waterloo by Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning national charitable youth development organization.

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June 1, 2015

Dragons’ Den Star and Best-Selling Author to Bring Humour and Insight to Cambridge

Cambridge – Recent world events haven’t given us much to laugh about, but Dragons’ Den star and renowned author David Chilton will do just that when he takes centre stage at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge on Monday, June 1st at 8:00 p.m. Over the course of a humorous evening, the reality star and business entrepreneur will share personal stories on overcoming mistakes, believing in yourself, and keeping perspective, regardless of your age or stage in life.

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