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Change

Roxane Gay: Confessions of a bad feminist

In "Bad Feminist," her 2014 book of essays, Roxane Gay laid out a wise, funny and deeply empathetic vision of modern feminism, acceptance and identity — flaws and all. When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a "bad feminist," she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn't possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she's realized that the joke rang hollow. In a thoughtful and provocative talk, she asks us to embrace all flavors of feminism — and make the small choices that, en masse, might lead to actual change.

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Bloomberg

BlackBerry Loss Worse Than Estimated Amid Turnaround Efforts

BlackBerry Ltd.’s renewed focus on software is beginning to take hold even as smartphone sales keep falling - Bloomberg By Gerrit De Vynck

The first-quarter loss excluding certain items narrowed to 5 cents a share in the period that ended May 30 from 11 cents a year earlier, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company said Tuesday in a statement. The shares jumped 10 percent in early trading.

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Research

Canadian Physics Accelerator Gets Multimillion-Dollar Boost

Business Leaders and Philanthropists Invest in Perimeter Institute

Waterloo Region - Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) has forged strategic new partnerships that will inject more than $4 million into fundamental research, training, and outreach at the Institute.

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Collaboration

BlackBerry and Cisco Sign Broad Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

Waterloo/San Jose - BLACKBERRY Limited and Cisco today announced that they have entered into a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement covering their respective products and technologies. As part of the cross-licensing agreement, BlackBerry will receive a license fee from Cisco. Specific terms of the deal are confidential.

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Funding

Waterloo researchers on verge of a breakthrough chosen for NSERC funding boost

Waterloo - The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) selected seven researchers from the University of Waterloo to receive a funding boost to further their transformational and potentially groundbreaking research.

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Economic Development

New strategic plan for the City of Waterloo

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo council has approved a new strategic plan for 2015 to 2018 to guide the city over the next four years and beyond. From this consultation, six key priorities for the city emerged:

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Collaboration

Year of Code Waterloo Region and Capacity Canada join forces to raise tech literacy

Waterloo Region - An ambitious project to raise the level of technology literacy in Waterloo Region is joining Capacity Canada. Led by Stephanie Rozek, Year of Code Waterloo Region (YoCWR) will hold events between July 2015 and July 2016, with four main objectives:

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Education

Catholic Trustees Approve $246.9 Million Balanced Budget

Student achievement, faith development and commitment to capital investments are priorities of budget plan

Waterloo Region – Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board tonight received the Board’s $246.9 million 2015-16 school year budget. The budget vote is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2015. “Students in our system will experience the difference in our Catholic Schools. From exciting new French Immersion programs, to investments in information technology and a full refresh of faith resources, we continue to believe our schools are the place to be for elementary and secondary education.

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Grants

Laurier researchers receive over $1.7 million from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Waterloo – The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awarded 17 Wilfrid Laurier University researchers a total of $1.73 million dollars in funding. Two Laurier students received $175,000 in doctoral scholarships.

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Unnecessary Procedure

Study reveals widespread over-imaging in early stage breast cancer patients in Ontario

Reducing unnecessary imaging could improve care and reduce costs

Ottawa - Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa have found that most Ontario women with early stage breast cancer are undergoing unnecessary imaging to determine if their cancer has metastasized (spread) despite international and provincial guidelines which recommend against the practice. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on June 22, 2015, is the largest ever to examine breast cancer imaging in Canada.

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Education

Catholic Board Welcomes New Superintendent

Veteran Principal John Klein joins executive team effective September 1, 2015

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce to appointment of John Klein as Academic Superintendent (Acting). He replaces Maria Ivankovic who has accepted a three-year secondment as Student Achievement Officer with the Leadership & Implementation Branch of the Ministry of Education’s London East Field Team. “I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with John for many years.

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Research

Carleton University Science and Engineering Research Receives $6.9-Million Injection

Ottawa - Seventy-eight faculty members and graduate students at Carleton University are receiving funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for 2015 to conduct groundbreaking research projects such as improving the energy efficiency of buildings and examining evolution in amphibians.

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Council info

City of Waterloo council summary from June 22, 2015

Flags at City of Waterloo facilities will be lowered to half mast in memoriam of Wayne Wettlaufer

Waterloo - The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at this evening’s council meeting. In the Mayor’s reflection for this evening, he recognized the passing of regional councillor Wayne Wettlauffer and his dedication to our region. Flags at City of Waterloo facilities will be lowered to half mast in memoriam.


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Climate Change

Climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains

Climate change is a “medical emergency” says Commission author, but tackling it could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new Commission, published in The Lancet.

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Fund Raiser

It All Starts With a Step

By John Goodwin

There are two types of change for a person, Involuntary and voluntary. Involuntary change happens when a change is made for you by other forces or a change by someone else affects you. These can be things like losing your job to downsizing, a friend or family member passing, a restructuring at work, or your car breaking down and needing a new one.

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Manufacturing

Manufacturing Summit Returns to Waterloo Region with Keynote Speaker Steve Carlisle, President of GM Canada

Kitchener – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is playing host to the 4th Annual Manufacturing Summit on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015. The 2015 Manufacturing Summit will be featuring two highly anticipated keynotes speakers in addition to three informative breakout sessions and ongoing tradeshow. The luncheon keynote speaker is Steve Malinowski, President & CEO of Kraus Carpet LP and the closing keynote speaker will be Steve Carlisle, President of GM Canada. More details on each keynote speaker are attached to the back of this media advisory.


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Appointment

Jack Wilkinson elected President of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada at the 2015 AGM

SASKATOON - The Board of Directors of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) elected Jack Wilkinson President and Chair of CMC on June 18 in Saskatoon during the 2015 AGM. Mr. Wilkinson is a Director of The Co-operators. Hazel Corcoran and Denis Richard remain Board Vice-presidents.

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Philanthropy

Flanagan Foodservice contributes over $1 million to friends of we care

Kitchener - On Friday, June 5, 240 golfers gathered at Foxwood Golf and Country Club in Baden, Ontario to participate in Flanagan’s 27th annual “We Care” Golf Tournament. This year marks a milestone, as Flanagan Foodservice, along with the support of its employees, customers and suppliers, has contributed over $1 million dollars to Friends of We Care over the years.


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