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LaToya Ruby Frazier: A visual history of inequality in industrial America

LaToya Ruby Frazier focuses her camera lens on her family and her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, to explore themes of family, inequality, health care and environmental racism. For the last 12 years, LaToya Ruby Frazier has photographed friends, neighbors and family in Braddock, Pennsylvania. But though the steel town has lately been hailed as a posterchild of "rustbelt revitalization," Frazier's pictures tell a different story, of the real impact of inequality and environmental toxicity. In this short, powerful talk, the TED Fellow shares a deeply personal glimpse of an often-unseen world.


Ontario Municipal Board approves new Regional Official Plan

Waterloo Region – The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) issued an oral decision yesterday, approving a new Regional Official Plan (ROP) for Waterloo Region. In 2009, Regional Council adopted a new Regional Official Plan that guides future growth in Waterloo Region to the year 2031. The new ROP provides for more compact development, greater protection of the environment, improved integration of transit, and the creation of new strategic employment lands. In 2011, a number of parties appealed various portions of the ROP to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), primarily seeking more land to be designated for new urban development.


Nicoya Lifesciences, RENOMii and TeTechS Graduate

Waterloo - Continuing its exemplary track record in transforming start-ups into world-class technology businesses, the Accelerator Centre announced today the graduation of Nicoya Lifesciences, RENOMii and TeTechS from its rigorous incubation program.


Maplesoft and the Fields Institute Partner to Enhance Use of Technology in Mathematical Exploration

Waterloo/Toronto - Maplesoft and The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences have entered into a partnership that is aimed at promoting the study and use of math in education, research and industry. As part of the partnership, Maplesoft will become a Corporate Affiliate of the Fields Institute, donate its mathematical computation tool, Maple, to outfit every computer at their facility and collaborate on events and workshops which will examine the use of the internet, computational tools and other technology and tools to enhance the quality of math education.

Recognition Jurisdiction

WWLHIN Recognized by Ontario Stroke Network As Providing Top Stroke

Waterloo/Wellington - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has been recognized as having the “most improved progress” in stroke care according to a study released by the Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services (ICES).


CPA Canada guide helps organizations create and sustain high-performing boards

Toronto - A new publication from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) outlines how an effective board of directors is constituted and maintained.


Laurier researchers receive provincial funding

Waterloo – Three Laurier professors will receive research funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation. Mark Humphries, director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) and Dunkley chair in War and the Canadian Experience, and Kim Anderson, associate professor in the Indigenous Studies program, will both receive Early Researcher Awards. David White, associate professor in Laurier’s Psychology program, will receive funding through the Small Infrastructure Fund.


Travel between Canada and other countries, April 2015

Ottawa - There were 2.2 million trips made to Canada in April, the highest level since February 2010.
Travel from the United States increased 0.3% to 1.8 million trips. The number of same-day car trips from the United States rose 0.9% to 617,000 trips.


Balance sheet of the agricultural sector for December 31, 2014

Ottawa - Equity in Canada's farm sector totalled $452.0 billion on December 31, 2014, up $45.1 billion (+11.1%) from the same date a year earlier. Equity increased in every province except Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.


Morneau Shepell named one of the U.S.'s top defined benefit providers by PLANSPONSOR magazine

Morneau Shepell ranked as a top provider by HR and benefits magazine, PLANSPONSOR, and in the top five of total DB plan providers

TORONTO - Morneau Shepell Inc., the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans in Canada, announced it has been named one of the top five defined benefit (DB) pension plan providers in the U.S. by PLANSPONSOR magazine. The magazine, whose readers include HR, pension and benefits administrators, lists Morneau Shepell as the fourth largest DB provider in Canada and the U.S. with 773 plans under management.

Migration Host

Laurier hosts Mexican students studying international migration

Brantford – The Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University is hosting a group of students from Ibero-American University in Mexico City who will join Laurier students in a field course on migration and human rights, from June 13 to 26.


How to Protect Yourself from Unethical Persuasion

By Dr. Robert Cialdini

Have you ever agreed to do or buy something you really didn’t want or need, and later wondered, “Why did I say ‘yes’?” You’re not alone. Whether you ended up doing a colleague’s job, buying nutritional supplements you had little use for, or donating time and/or money to a cause you weren’t passionate about, chances are you said “yes” due to some finely-honed persuasion.


How Women May Be The Difference Makers In Business Leadership

Gallup: Only 18 Percent Of Companies Hire The Right Managers

Businesses do a poor job picking managers to lead their employees, collectively costing companies billions of dollars each year, according to a recent Gallup report titled “State of the American Manager.”


Twenty-six University of Waterloo researchers receive prestigious research awards

Waterloo - A testing process that leverages machine learning and natural language processing is set to significantly reduce software development costs and expedite programming capability thanks to new provincial research funding.

Attraction Event

Grand River Fest to Attempt World Record River Event

A Guiness Book of World Records Attempt

Kitchener - A Festival of Festivals, Grand River Fest features a themed Festival event every month starting in May of this year. Each festival will include an on-river event meant to showcase the beautiful waterway that is the Grand River.

RCMP Oversight Harrassment

Senator Grant Mitchell introduces civilian review and oversight legislation for the RCMP

Ottawa - Senator Grant Mitchell has tabled legislation to create a civilian review and oversight council for the RCMP, as well as an Ombudsperson, measures which will begin to address allegations of harassment within the Force.


Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) Excellence in Governance Awards (EGs) shortlist announced

Toronto - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") announced the shortlist for the 2015 Excellence in Governance Awards. "We received over 80 nominations this year from organizations across all sectors" said the release. Shortlisted nominees, organized by category, are presented follow headline link:

Financial Boost

Western University and partners receive nearly $20M in funding for research excellence

London - Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute have received an extraordinary financial boost from the Government of Ontario as 20 potentially transformative projects are now being supported with more than $19 million ($19,465,828) from the Ontario Research Fund.

Annual Report

Capacity Canada's issues 2014 Annual Report

Waterloo - More Fuel for Social Innovation is the tilte of Capacity Canada's 2014 Annual Report. The national organization to focus on becoming a centre of excellence for evaluation, in an effort to make charitable non-profits stronger and change ready.

Chart of the Week

A Chart We Don't Want to Grow Higher

Kitchener - If this was a stock chart we would all want to invest, unfortunately it isn't. This is a chart we want to see going down!The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reddit recently pointed out, that's almost exactly as much as the average American man weighed in the early 1960s. Men, you're not looking too hot in this scenario either. Over the same time period you gained nearly 30 pounds, from 166.3 in the 60s to 195.5 today. Doing the same comparison as above, today's American man weighs almost as much as 1.5 American women from the 1960s. At 195.5 pounds, put five American guys in a room and you've gathered roughly half a ton of manhood.


Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada presents three Awards at the Annual Co-operative Congress

Ottawa - Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada held their first annual awards ceremony to recognize co-operators and mutualists who made a distinguished contribution to the development of the Canadian co-operative sector. The late Mark Goldblatt, the Desjardins Group, and François-Michel Hastir were the recipients honoured at the ceremony, which took place on Thursday, June 18 at the Delta Bessborough Saskatoon. The CMC Awards Committee selected recipients for recognition from nominations made by member co-operatives from across Canada.


Government Increasing Ontario Child Benefit to Help 500,000 Families

Province Supporting Families and Reducing Child Poverty

Queens Park - Ontario is increasing its maximum monthly Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) payment to help eligible families with the cost of raising children. The OCB supports about 500,000 families across Ontario.

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