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Foreign Policy

David Rothkopf: How fear drives American politics

Does it seem like Washington has no new ideas? Instead of looking to build the future, it sometimes feels like the US political establishment happily retreats into fear and willful ignorance. Journalist David Rothkopf lays out a few of the major issues that US leadership is failing to address — from cybercrime to world-shaking new tech to the reality of modern total war — and calls for a new vision that sets fear aside. With books and strategies, David Rothkopf helps people navigate the perils and opportunities of our contemporary geopolitical landscape.

Women in Computer Science

Waterloo boosts efforts to recruit women in computing with new appointment

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo named a professor and longtime advocate for increased female participation in her field as its first-ever director of Women in Computer Science.
In her new role, Joanne Atlee will continue to strive to help women feel comfortable and confident in the field largely dominated by men. She is an expert in model-based software engineering and a professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at Waterloo.

Film & Technology

Christie Celebrates 15 Years as Official Projection Partner of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

Christie Brings Digital Projection Technology to Screens across the Festival

Kitchener – Christie is proud to be the official projection partner to the 40th Toronto International Film Festival*. Taking place from September 10-20, 2015, the Toronto International Film Festival hosts over 1,300 screenings from 71 countries and attracts a galaxy of stars and worldwide attention. Celebrating 15 consecutive years as a Festival sponsor, Christie brings films to life with industry-leading digital cinema solutions, screening 99 percent of Festival selections digitally, and a growing number in 4K.

New Sports Team

Waterloo to host Canadian Basketball League franchise

As part of their national announcement, CBL has named Waterloo home of one of its four Ontario division teams, which also includes Scarborough, Ottawa, and Hamilton.

Waterloo - Waterloo city council has approved a license agreement with the Canadian Basketball League (CBL). General partner, Coach Butch Carter, will start their inaugural season in Waterloo this fall.


University of Waterloo awards HeForShe scholarships to outstanding female students

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo will award 24 outstanding female students a total of $288,000 over the next four years as part of a new scholarship supporting ongoing efforts to achieve comprehensive, long-term and sustainable gender equality. The University of Waterloo HeForShe IMPACT Scholarships will annually award six female students who apply to science, technology, engineering and math programmes – known as STEM – with $12,000 each for the duration of their studies.

Operating Cost

$50 billion Canada-wide infrastructure program would generate significant ROI, boost productivity, wages and competitiveness: independent economic modelling study

Quebec and British Columbia would experience strongest real GDP growth

Ottawa - A five-year $50-billion public infrastructure spending initiative would generate a return on investment to Canadians over the long term as high as $3.83 per dollar spent, trigger significant private sector investment and stimulate wage increases, according to a new study by an independent economic modelling firm.


No Wonder They Can/Can’t Sell – Using Personality Styles to Get More from Your Employees

By Bob Phibbs

Retailers have tried everything it seems to get employees to sell more. Sometimes training helps, sometimes it doesn’t and so many try to hire the natural born salesperson. That doesn’t really work either because generally they are few and far between, but if you leverage their personality styles, you can leverage their innate abilities and help them sell more.

Life Crises

Life Adversity Coaching for Parents of Teens Living in Chaos

reclaim ng lives after hard core drug usage

Waterloo - When Marsha Vanwynsberghe’s teenaged sons got involved with drugs , she had to learn to navigate her way through adversity. While she found resources to help her sons , there was little to help parents like her move forward and reclaim their own lives. As a Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer for 22 years , Marsha coached clients to make physical changes and emotional transformations in their lives.

Board Changes

Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. Announces Changes to its Board of Directors

Guelph - Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc . (Guelph Hydro) , the electricity distribution company serving more than 53,000 customers in Guelph and Rockwood, Ontario, announces the following changes to its Board of Directors: Jane Armstrong, Chair Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. Board of Directors Ms. Jane Armstrong, a resident of Guelph, a partner with the law firm of Vorvis Anderson Gray Armstrong LLP and a member of the Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. Board of Directors since July 2006 , has been n amed Chair of the Board , effective May 14, 2015.


Job stress: The new second-hand smoke?

By Dan Cook

Can job stress be as damaging, or moreso, than exposure to second-hand smoke? A study from researchers at Harvard Business School and Stanford University says it can. Researchers said they were motivated to evaluate the effects of job stress on health because of all the attention being paid to the benefits of workplace wellness programs. These programs, while certainly worthwhile, focus on the outcomes of stress (smoking, obesity, anxiety, alcohol and drug consumption) rather than the root causes of the outcomes.

Economic Development

Ontario must invest strategically in infrastructure

New research identifies the types of infrastructure with the highest returns

Toronto - Discussions regarding infrastructure investment as a driver of economic growth have returned to the forefront of policy debates. Both Ontario's provincial government and the federal government have proposed record commitments to infrastructure in their latest budgets. However, not all infrastructure assets enhance productivity. Fostering productivity growth is the single greatest challenge for both public and private sectors in Ontario. Simply investing in infrastructure will not necessarily provide productivity boosts, unless investments are strategic.


Ontario Pilot Program Provides Work Experience and Career Coaching

Experience Ontario Will Help Students Transition from Secondary Education

Queens Park - The Ontario Government is helping more students make the transition between secondary and postsecondary education and training with Experience Ontario, a new pilot program designed to help young people identify and work towards their future goals.


Supply and disposition of refined petroleum products, June 2015

Ottawa - Canadian refineries received 8.2 million cubic metres of crude oil in June, down 9.2% compared with the same month in 2014. Refinery receipts of domestic crude oil totalled 5.2 million cubic metres in June, down 18.4% from the same month a year earlier.


How To Generate Blog Ideas That Will Keep Readers Coming Back

By Marsha Friedman

A well-written and regularly updated blog is a great marketing tool for a variety of reasons. A blog drives people to your website, helps you build your personal or company brand, and allows you to develop a relationship with customers or readers.

Smart Cities

Chula Vista, California, Selects Black & Veatch to Evaluate Smart City Plans

Transforming Critical Infrastructure Puts City on the Path Toward More Responsive, Resilient Systems

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The city of Chula Vista, California announced that it has hired engineering and construction company Black & Veatch to develop the city’s plan for incorporating smart infrastructure. The city has set aggressive goals of becoming more efficient through improved use of energy, water, communications, and other critical infrastructure.

Arts & Culture

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Opens the 2015/16 Signature Series with all 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos and Hack the Orchestra Winners

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens the 2015/16 Signature Series with an artistic feat of marathon proportions. Toronto-based pianist Stewart Goodyear will perform all 5 Beethoven piano concertos over two days. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the weekend will feature three unique programs with concerts on September 25 at 8 pm, and September 26 at 2:30 and 8 pm. In addition, the winners of the world’s first Hack The Orchestra project, hosted by the KWS in May of 2015, will be in attendance and presenting their winning concepts throughout the weekend.

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