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Story Teller

Roman Mars: Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you've never noticed

Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.




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Strong Companies - Strong Cities

22 quotes: Sir Terry Matthews, Canada’s tech titan

by Anthony Reinhart Communtech News

Kitchener - There’s a certain freedom that comes with being a billionaire. This much seemed clear when Sir Terry Matthews, one of Canada’s most accomplished tech titans, took the podium at the Waterloo Inn for a lunchtime event on Wednesday. Matthews is the 71-year-old Welsh-Canadian who helped put the Ottawa area on the global tech map when he co-founded Mitel with Michael Cowpland in the early 1970s. He went on to start Newbridge Networks and more than 100 other tech companies.

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Grand Opening

Original Home Hardware Store Makes Historic Move

Founded in St. Jacobs Home Hardware has grown in the past 51 years to an almost 5.7 billion dollar company

St. Jacobs – St. Jacobs Home Hardware celebrated their new location with an official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting last evening. This celebration marks a historical moment for the company as it is the first time the original Home Hardware store has moved locations.

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Chart of the Week

Sentiment Depressed Right Now

by Michael Hayhoe
Kitchener - Last week's chart showed that overall stock market bears are pretty much extinct. This week chart shows where the few bears that are left are hiding. Today’s chart of the day focuses on sentiment in the basic materials sector and is courtesy of Merrill Lynch research. This survey was conducted in a period between 2nd to 9th April 2015 with a total of 177 panelists, with $494 billion of assets under management.

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Strong Companies - Strong Cities

22 quotes: Sir Terry Matthews, Canada’s tech titan

by Anthony Reinhart Communtech News

Kitchener - There’s a certain freedom that comes with being a billionaire. This much seemed clear when Sir Terry Matthews (right), one of Canada’s most accomplished tech titans, took the podium at the Waterloo Inn for a lunchtime event on Wednesday. Matthews is the 71-year-old Welsh-Canadian who helped put the Ottawa area on the global tech map when he co-founded Mitel with Michael Cowpland in the early 1970s. He went on to start Newbridge Networks and more than 100 other tech companies.

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Why Waterloo

Waterloo makes all the difference for SAP

Waterloo - In the second of a five-part video series, the City of Waterloo calls on SAP, market leader in enterprise application software, to explain why Waterloo.

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Health & Allergies

MUHC research team designs a potential vaccine against allergic airways disease

Montreal - With the arrival of spring, millions of Canadians have begun their annual ritual of sneezing and wheezing due to seasonal allergies. A research team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is bringing them hope with a potential vaccine that nudges the immune response away from developing allergies. The findings published in the journal Mucosal Immunology have major clinical implications since allergies and asthma are lifelong conditions that often start in childhood and for which there is presently no cure.


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Security

CPA Canada publication guides SMEs on privacy and data security issues

Toronto – A new publication from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) tackle the challenges associated with collecting and appropriately securing customer information.

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Health Care

Role of nurses continues to evolve

By Andrew Carroll, Gazette Editor Queens University

Kingston - The Queens School of Nursing will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016. The role of nurses within health care systems across Canada continues to change and the education programs responsible for training the next generation nurses, such as the School of Nursing at Queen’s University, must keep up with this transformation.

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Architecture/Design

OAA announces winner of inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Award, awards spotlight designs that shape cities and strengthen communities

Toronto – The annual Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Celebration of Excellence Awards on Friday, May 8, 2015 showcased the best in architectural design and innovation by Ontario architects. Twenty new buildings in Toronto, St. Petersburg (Russia), Georgian Bay, Kingston, Bolsover, Sudbury, Crawford Lake, Sarnia, Town of the Blue Mountains, Oakville, Port Hope and Surrey (BC) were distinguished in this year’s Design Excellence category.

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Vaccination

Ontario Legislature Recognizes the Importance of Vaccinations

MPP Vernile Champions Motion to Keep Ontarians Safe and Protect the Vulnerable

Queen’s Park - Yesterday the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed a motion, introduced by Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, to recognize the overwhelming body of evidence-based support for immunization through vaccinations in the effort to prevent the spread of disease.

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Housing Cost

New Housing Price Index for March 2015

Significant year-over-year increases were reported in Calgary (+2.8%), London (+2.3%) and Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo (+2.1%)

Ottawa - The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) was unchanged in March, following a 0.2% increase in February. Monthly price increases in eight metropolitan areas were offset by decreases in seven metropolitan areas, resulting in no change to the Canada level index.

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Recognition

Region recognizes employee contributions

Waterloo Region – Recipients of the Region’s Employee Awards for Values Excellence were recognized at Regional Council for their outstanding contributions to the community. These employees exemplify the Region’s values of service, integrity, respect, innovation and collaboration that guide how the Region works with citizens, customers, colleagues and community partners.

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Prosperity

Developing the road to Aboriginal prosperity: MLI Commentary

How resource revenue sharing, infrastructure development and entrepreneurship can help Aboriginal communities prosper

OTTAWA – For too long, the prosperity of Aboriginal Canadians has lagged behind the rest of the country. But now, that’s changing. In a new commentary for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Senior Fellow Ken Coates maps out the next steps for improving Aboriginal communities.

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