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Design

Elora Hardy:Magical houses, made of bamboo

You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. "We have had to invent our own rules," she says.


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Sustainability

Vision for leading - edge sustainable building one step closer to reality

The Cora Group, David Johnston Research + Technology Park University of Waterloo, and EY have joined Sustainable Waterloo Region to bring the vision of a local home for sustainability to reality.

Waterloo Region – Sustainable Waterloo Region, a local environmental not - for - profit , announced at its annual Evening of Recognition on Thursday April 30 that it has entered into an agreement with three Waterloo Region organizations to work together toward the building of a leading - edge sustainable building in Waterloo Regio n, slated to open in 2018. The Cora Group, David Johnston Research + Technology Park University of Waterloo, and EY have joined Sustainable Waterloo Region to bring the vision of a local home for sustainability to reality.

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Parenting

How Helicopter Parenting Affects Adult Children’s Careers

A balance between direction and autonomy is most beneficial for today’s young adults - By Susan Bubak

When management professor Sean Lyons (photo right) heard stories about parents attending their children’s job interviews or calling their children’s employers to complain about negative performance reviews, he found them hard to believe. But the more stories he heard, the more he became interested in studying the growing phenomenon of helicopter parenting, defined as parents who have trouble giving their children the freedom to become independent adults.


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Development - Video

Waterloo Region's CTT Releases Two New 30 - Second Animation Pieces That Showcases the Distinct Character of Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region – Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc . (CTT Inc.) announced the delivery of two award - winning 30 - second animation pieces that combine t he region’s main selling points – access, talent and lifestyle - with its four powerful key characteristics: D iverse, I nnovative, Collaborative and E ntrepreneurial.

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Economic Development

Hamilton and Burlington Team Up for Economic Summit

June 2 Event to Strengthen Cooperation and Boost Regional Influence

Hamilton - Leaders from the adjacent cities of Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario will participate in the inaugural Bay Area Economic Summit at Royal Botanical Gardens on June 2, 2015. The purpose is to strengthen strategic cooperation in the context of a growing economic region that extends from Toronto through to the U.S.

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Distinguished Approach

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Voted One of the Top Ten Most Beautiful Airport Approaches in the World

Toronto - Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport was voted as one of the top ten Most Beautiful Airport Approaches in the world in a global poll, the results of which were announced by Private Fly today. Billy Bishop Airport ranked seventh, making it the only Canadian airport to be recognized alongside airports located in some of the world's most scenic destinations, including Queenstown Airport in New Zealand, Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport in France, and Cape Town International Airport in South Africa.

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ICI

Non-residential Building Construction Price Index, first quarter 2015

Waterloo Region CMA was not listed in the Index

Ottawa - The composite price index for non-residential building construction rose 0.3% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter. The increase was mainly attributable to higher material prices.

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Rightness

Testing Whether an Ethic is Right

by Stephen SJ Hall

When thinking of the prevailing theory of quality, which was "conformance to standards” it soon becomes apparent that the definition is incomplete. That a property consistently meeting an improper standard, such as overinflated phone charges, would, nevertheless, meet the standard for quality strived for. Such an operation would not achieve excellence, defined as “consistently meeting right standards.” The term “right” introduces ethics, thus, excellence becomes the inseparable union of quality and ethics. However, understanding and practicing ethics in business has proven to be more difficult than first believed. Here is a new, simple test to gauge your "rightness".

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Air Transport

ALPA Calls for Comprehensive Canadian Aviation Policy in New Report

“State of Our Skies: Canada” Targets Key Areas for Growth in Global Marketplace

Ottawa— The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued a new report that calls on the government to promote an environment that allows fair opportunities for Canadian airlines and aviation workers to compete and prevail in the international marketplace.

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Development

After years of slow growth, Quebec exports take off

Montreal - After years of minimal export expansion, the international sales of Quebec companies are forecast to have two years of solid growth this year and next according to Export Development Canada (EDC). "The U.S. continues to be Quebec's biggest customer in trade," said Peter Hall, Chief Economist, EDC. "As industry in the U.S. reaches its peak capacity, American businesses will be looking to their trusted northern partners to help them continue to meet demand. This will mean big opportunities for companies in Quebec, especially those involved in machinery and equipment."

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Heavy Hand

CJPME: Boycott of Israel is Fair, Legitimate and Necessary

Montreal — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) repudiates the Harper government’s threat to use “hate crime” laws against BDS activists, as suggested in a CBC article on Monday. BDS stands for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” and is a movement to put economic pressure on Israel to – among other aims – stop its unlawful colonization of Palestinian territories. Like CJPME, many Canadians would view legal action by the Harper government as an attempt to silence legitimate criticism of Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights and international law.

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Environment

EcoFest hosted at the Waterloo Region Museum

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo hosts the annual EcoFest at the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village on Saturday, May 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ecofest is an engaging family festival with a focus on the environment.

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Retirment Preparation

Average debt reaches all-time high for Alberta seniors' ages 55-70

Calgary - Current financial trends have recently shown that there is a vast increase in Canadian debt insolvency from people born during the 1940s - 1960s. Since January 2014, an increase of 28% of those aged 55-70 have been dealing with financial difficulty, and the numbers are only set to go up in Alberta. Cost of living in our province, and across Canada, is rising at a steady rate, and the income available significantly drops off after retirement. Normally, these age groups have been known for their good savings habits, so why the struggle right before, or during retirement?

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Kickstarter- Education

Tabula Raisa: Innovative New Education System Set to Whisk Children to 51 Global Destinations

Tabula Raisa™ (pronounced TAB-you-lah RAY-sah) provides an invaluable supplement to any child’s early education. The system builds four key capacities: curiosity, creativity, consideration, and confidence. The fun starts with an adventure book. Thanks to the magic of a genie named Ogul (OH-gool), Raisa (RAY-sah) and her companion Hendrix (a red fox) travel to distant lands by flying tablet.

Fairfax, VA – A Renaissance man and son of two career educators, Eric S. Townsend was shocked to learn that established booksellers stocked very few titles to assist young children with exploring the world. He set out to augment that collection. Tabula Raisa™encourages a simple departure which can then expand horizons. Pique curiosity, spark creativity, build consideration, and boost a child’s confidence. The results can be spectacular.

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Theory - Medical

Researchers theoretically demonstrate the detection of a single nuclear spin at room temperature

Waterloo - For the first time, a researcher at the University of Waterloo has theoretically demonstrated that it is possible to detect a single nuclear spin at room temperature, which could pave the way for new approaches to medical diagnostics.

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Food & Drink

Ontario’s food and beverage industry leaders to gather at annual conference in Toronto

Food and Beverage Ontario hosts conference examining Ontario’s position in the global marketplace

Guelph – Food and Beverage Ontario, the professional leadership organization for food and beverage processors across the province, has announced that it will be hosting its annual conference for industry leaders this summer in Toronto.

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Great Outdoors

Epic paddling season hits the waters of Explorers’ Edge

Great Canadian wilderness just north of Toronto offers Ontario’s best paddling

Bracebridge — With National Paddling Week approaching from June 5 to 14, 2015, the Ontario regional tourism organization known as Explorers’ Edge has started promoting what it hopes will be “the summer of the paddle” in the great Canadian wilderness just north of Toronto.

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