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Guiding Teenagers

Alice Goffman:How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison

In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”

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Milestone - Recreation

From Grass Courts to Clay Tennis Club Celebrates 100 year of Community Sport

by Pat Craton

Waterloo - The Waterloo Tennis Club located in the heart of Waterloo Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. It owes its beginning to a group of avid tennis players who in 1915 advocated for two clay courts to be added to the two grass courts already in existence in Waterloo Park. The Park Board, the body responsible for park activities agreed to the request but the players were responsible for constructing and financing the courts themselves. These pioneering players became the builders and first members of the Waterloo Tennis Club.

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Ad Agencies

Death of the Small- to Mid-Tier Agency Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Wesley Chapel, FL - Since the 1980’s, the anticipated shrinkage in numbers of the small- to mid-tier ad agencies (less than 100 people or so) has not happened. If anything, there are more of them! While worldwide mega-agency groups (starting with Saatchi & Saatchi back then) have continued to grow, merge, morph, and control more media dollars, the small, independent shops stubbornly remain. There are several reasons why even worldwide brands, as well as local or regional brands, prefer working with small- to mid-tier shops.

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Tech release

OpenText Transforms and Accelerates Business Processes with Release of OpenText Business Center for SAP® Solutions

New Solution Accelerator for Sales Order Processing Automates Incoming Order Processing to Reduce Sales Order Backlog and Offer Better Customer Service

Waterloo - OpenText released OpenText Business Center for SAP Solutions on Friday. Providing customers with a new platform for digitizing the capture, approval and processing of high-value documents in a workflow, OpenText Business Center features pre-configured solution accelerators for many manually supported business processes running in SAP software. Offering best-practice solution accelerators, Business Center enables rapid time to market by augmenting and automating mission-critical business processes across SAP Business Suite software.

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Monitor - Economy

Economic pessimism higher than optimism

Oil prices were cited as the number one challenge to the Canadian economy in the survey.

Toronto – For the first time since the fourth quarter of 2011, economic pessimism is running ahead of optimism in the CPA Canada Business Monitor. The quarterly survey of professional accountants in leadership positions finds pessimism continuing its sharp upward climb. Thirty per cent of respondents surveyed in the first quarter of 2015 said they are pessimistic about how the Canadian economy will perform over the next 12 months. This is up from 19 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 and seven per cent in the third-quarter; and represents the highest level for economic pessimism since it was 30 per cent in Q2 2009.

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Debt

At-risk Canadians drawn into cycle of debt

Kitchener - A new "Joe Debtor" study reveals that, for a core group of Canadians, debt has become a survival tool. "While the rate of personal insolvencies has fallen in recent years, certain at-risk groups continue to struggle to stay out of debt," said Douglas Hoyes, a trustee with Hoyes, Michalos & Associates Inc who conducted the study. "Our study of the average insolvent debtor shows that single parents, students and seniors make up an increasing share of insolvent debtors."

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Entrepreneurship

How Extreme Self-Confidence Can End Up Working Against Entrepreneurs

More Introspection Is Needed For Long-Term Business Success, Says Former Naval Officer And Business Leader - by Randy H. Nelson

The entrepreneurial spirit may be taking a hit these days. Studies show members of the Millennial generation appear less interested than previous generations in starting their own businesses, preferring instead to find work with established companies. In 1989, 11.6 percent of households headed by someone younger than 30 held a stake in or owned a private enterprise; today that percentage is 3.6 percent, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.

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Energy Storage

Black & Veatch Expands Relationship With Tesla to Include Energy Storage Systems

Energy Storage Experts to Support Tesla Energy Storage for Commercial Applications

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Black & Veatch announced the expansion of its relationship with Tesla Motors. Black & Veatch provides design, engineering and construction services for large-scale commercial, industrial and municipal facilities using Tesla Energy Storage products. Energy storage services broaden the range of services Black & Veatch provides to Tesla.

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New Release

New Manulife product makes buying term insurance faster and simpler for clients and advisors

Provides term coverage in as little as one business day

Waterloo - Manulife today announced the launch of Manulife Quick Issue Term, a new term insurance product for Canadians looking for quick, simple term insurance protection with no medical tests. "Manulife Quick Issue Term is designed for today's busy clients and their advisors seeking an easier and faster insurance purchase experience," said David Baker, Assistant Vice President, Insurance Products, Retail Markets, Manulife. "Like other term insurance products, the client still works with their advisor, but we've drastically reduced the turnaround time by automating the application and underwriting processes."

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Make an Impact

Community-Minded Individuals Sought for New SVP Fellowships

Waterloo – Up to four Social Venture Partner Fellowships are being awarded this spring to community-minded individuals working or living in Waterloo Region. The new Fellowships are intended to widen and strengthen the circle of individuals involved in Social Venture Partners (SVP), a global network of local individuals who are passionate about making a difference in their communities. SVP partners go beyond traditional philanthropy by donating talent, time and funds and working together to amplify the impact of their giving.

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Competition Burreau

Major bid-rigging case in the Ontario Superior Court Ends - Not Guilty

Significant result, which we expect will have an impact on how the Bureau pursues these kinds of cases

Ottawa - On Friday Fasken Martineau announced that they have secured a victory in a major criminal bid-rigging case by jury trial. The accused in the case were six individuals and three corporations. Fasken Martineau litigators Peter Mantas and Pat McCann represented defendants TPG Technology Consulting and Philip McDonald.

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Cell-Screening

Cross-population Study Links Individuals’ Chemical Sensitivity, Genes

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University and across the U.S. conducted the first large-scale cell-based screening to test variations in environmental chemical sensitivity across a range of human populations and link those variations to genetic data. The data will improve risk assessment, and shed light on the ways in which our genes interact with certain chemicals.

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Great Outdoors

New NatureWatch Features Make Citizen Science Easier Than Ever

Spring call goes out to Canadians to record nature in their own backyards.

Toronto – Spring is here and with it NatureWatch and the Toronto Zoo are encouraging Canadians to get into their backyards and local parks and contribute to scientific research at the same time. NatureWatch.ca is launching an enhanced, easy-to-use, mobile-friendly website to encourage Canadian families to reconnect with nature. People can become ‘citizen scientists’ and report sightings of frogs and toads, flowering plants, receding lake ice, and even earthworms. It’s a call to the public for a nationwide effort to help track how environmental changes are affecting Canadian nature.


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Labour

Steelworkers Ratify Five-Year Deal with Vale

SUDBURY/PORT COLBORNE, - United Steelworkers members in Sudbury and Port Colborne have approved a five-year collective agreement with mining giant Vale. The new contract has been ratified by 76.7% of USW Local 6500 members in Sudbury and 87% of USW Local 6200 members in Port Colborne. Turnout was high for the ratification votes, with 89 per cent of Local 6500 members voting and 91 per cent of Local 6200 members voting.

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Fund Raiser

8th Annual Shred Day for United Way!

Cambridge - Shred-Tech, a Cambridge-based manufacturer of world-class industrial shredders, is once again partnering with United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries to offer the 8th annual Shred Day for United Way. Come join us in the Cambridge Centre Mall parking lot (355 Hespeler Rd., beside the Neighbourhood Credit Union) on Saturday, May 23rd from 9am to 12pm and let’s get shredding!

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Fire Smart

Canadians making communities safer today as part of first National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Breslau - On Saturday, groups across Canada made their communities safer as they participate in the first National Wildfire Preparedness Day in Canada. Twenty-four groups across the country received funding to support local mitigation projects aimed at reducing the risk of wildfire damage in their communities. People of all ages are invited to come out and participate in the effort.

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New Car Sales

Toyota Canada Inc. Records Best Month Ever For Sales Of Trucks And Lexus Luxury Vehicles

It was the best month ever and seventh consecutive monthly sales record of Lexus luxury vehicles

Toronto - Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) recorded its best month ever for truck sales in April. With 10,598 sold, up 12.5% versus 2014, it was a fourth consecutive monthly sales record. It was also the best month ever and a fourth straight monthly record for Toyota truck sales – at 9,345, up 8.2% versus 2014 – led by an April record for sales of the Canadian-made RAV4, with 4,185 sold, up 34.2% over last year.

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Luxury Sport Cars

Porsche Canada reports an unprecedented sales month

Mississauga. Porsche Cars Canada, importer and distributor of Porsche vehicles in Canada, today reported sales of 690 units in April, up 48% from the same period last year and marking the first time the brand passes the 600-unit mark.

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Lesson Number One

If disaster strikes, are you prepared?

Kitchener – May 3-9, 2015, marks Emergency Preparedness Week and the City of Kitchener is asking residents if they know what it takes to be prepared. According to the Government of Canada there are three things everyone must do to ensure they are prepared in case disaster strikes:

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Aquisition

Eastern Contact Centre Acquired

Halifax, Nova Scotia – IMP Group Limited (IMP) of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has acquired Blue Ocean Contact Centers. Blue Ocean employs more than 600 employees and is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It provides customer service solutions for world-class companies who are leaders in technology, travel, retail, grocery, wellness, tourism and automotive industries.

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Workshop

Support for Students with Learning Disabilities in Mathematics

Wellington County - The Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County is fortunate to have Peter Wright who will present “Mathematics- Supporting Students with a Learning Disability”. Peter will present Ministry of Education math resources, including Gizmos and Reflex Math and provide recommendations for home as well as school.

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