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People in Poverty

Mia Birdsong: The story we tell about poverty isn't true

As a global community, we all want to end poverty. Mia Birdsong suggests a great place to start: Let's honor the skills, drive and initiative that poor people bring to the struggle every day. She asks us to look again at people in poverty: They may be broke — but they're not broken. Mia Birdsong advocates for strong communities and the self-determination of everyday people. Mia Birdsong has spent more than 30 years fighting and loving for social justice and liberation. She is the Co-Director of Family Story, an organization working to expand our understanding of what makes a "good" family to include a diversity of arrangements.

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Popularity

Cities to Watch: Canadian Destinations Making Strides

Windsor, Barrie and Mont Tremblant all reported an increase in popularity between both domestic and international travellers; Revelstoke and Waterloo were new additions to the top 50 most popular destinations for international travellers, entering strong at 30 and 33, respectively

Toronto - Secondary cities, off the popular tourist path, are making the greatest headway when it comes to attracting travellers, according to the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from Hotels.com™. Winnipeg is the one exception as the ninth most popular city for Canadian travellers having broken into the top 10 and climbing two spots in the first half of the year.

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Immigrants

Study: Differences in the location of study of university-educated immigrants, 2011

Ottawa - In 2011, three-quarters of immigrants aged 25 to 64 with a university degree obtained their highest degree outside of Canada, while one-quarter earned their highest degree in Canada. These proportions, however, were not the same for all immigrant groups.

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Emerging Pockets

US$250 billion in overseas real estate investment driven by gut feeling rather than data

Grant Thornton LLP warns reliance on instinct can lead investors to miss emerging pockets of opportunity for growth

Toronto - Soft power and gut instinct is driving an estimated US$250 billion per year* in overseas real estate investment, a new report by Grant Thornton reveals. The results show that feeling, rather than data analysis, determines many investment decisions. This comes amid a surge of overseas real estate activity as investors seek new bedrocks of political stability. However, Grant Thornton warns that reliance on instinct, while important, can lead investors to miss emerging pockets of opportunity if not complemented by more analysis and using local expertise.

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Impact

University of Waterloo's First Ever Community Impact Report

By Kelly McManus, Senior Director, Community Relations, University of Waterloo

Waterloo - "Our University and our community are inextricably linked, and we are stronger and more successful together." University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur proudly shared the University's first ever Community Impact report on Friday, September 11, 2015 at his President's Community Breakfast.

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Service and Repair

Repair and maintenance services, 2013

Ottawa - The repair and maintenance services industry earned $25.5 billion in operating revenue in 2013, generating an operating profit margin of 9.3%. This industry is composed of two main industry groups. The first industry group, automotive repair and maintenance services, accounted for 59.1% of the combined operating revenue. The second group, which includes the electronic and precision equipment, and commercial and industrial machinery and equipment repair and maintenance services, made up the remaining 40.9%.

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Council Summary

City of Waterloo council summary from September 14, 2015

Waterloo The council summary that follows provides a snapshot of the major items presented at City of Waterloo's Monday night council meeting.

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Go Train Service

Building the missing link: expanding GO Rail to Cambridge

Study proposes building freight bypass that supports GO Rail expansion for commuters

Cambridge - Yesterday, Council endorsed in principle, a study regarding a freight bypass rail line between the Canadian Pacific (CP) Line (Milton GO Rail corridor) west of Trafalgar Road in Milton and the Canadian National Railway (CN) bypass Line at Bramalea.

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Charter of Rights

Provinces should treat abortion access as Canadian Charter obligation, say researchers

Waterloo - Access to abortion across Canada is hampered by a patchwork of provincial policies and lower court interpretations of women’s rights to health services related to abortion according to a new study published today.

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Digital Government

City of Cambridge launches new expanded online services portal

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge has expanded its online services to make interacting with the City more convenient than ever. Adding to the current lineup of services the new services include an advanced permit application portal, an interactive city map, and a “Report a Problem” feature.

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Rooftop Research

Laurier opens new rooftop research greenhouse as part of Open Doors 2015 event

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will open a new greenhouse for leading-edge research and student training on the top floor of its Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science at 65 Lodge Street on the university’s Waterloo campus.

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152nd

Waterloo rises 17 places in world university ranking

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo rose 17 places to be ranked 152nd in the world in 2015, according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK firm that released an annual ranking of world universities yesterday.

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Consumption

Larger-sized portions, packages and tableware lead to higher consumption of food and drink, Cochrane review finds

Cambridge, UK - A new review has produced the most conclusive evidence to date that people consume more food or non-alcoholic drinks when offered larger sized portions or when they use larger items of tableware. The research, carried out by the University of Cambridge and published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, suggests that eliminating larger-sized portions from the diet completely could reduce energy intake by up to 16% among UK adults or 29% among US adults.

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Breach of Patents

Segway Inc. Files Complaint for Patent Infringement Against Inventist, Inc.

Bedford, NH - Segway Inc. the world's leading provider of personal electronic transportation, along with DEKA Products Limited Partnership and Ninebot (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd., ("Ninebot"), announced today that on September 11 it filed a Complaint for Patent Infringement in the United States District Court For the District of Delaware against Inventist, Inc. The Complaint alleges that Inventist is infringing several of DEKA's patents, which are licensed to Segway and Ninebot.

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Entrepreneurs

Velocity companies raise more than $250 million from investors

Waterloo - Companies that are currently in or launched from Waterloo’s Velocity startup program have raised more than $150 million in funding from investors in just the last 18 months, bringing the total since the incubator launched to more than $250 million.

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Hacking

How Vulnerable To Hackers Are Mobile-Payment Apps?

Cybersecurity Expert Says Ensuring That Customer Data Is Safe Should Be A Priority

Making a purchase or other payment is not like it used to be. These days, cash and credit cards aren’t the necessities they once were because alternative-payment options are just a tap or two away on a mobile device through apps such as Google Wallet, Apple Pay, Square, Levelup, Kash and PayPal.

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