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Mind Management

Daniel Levitin: How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed

You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. "We all are going to fail now and then," he says. "The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be." Daniel Levitin incorporates findings from neuroscience into everyday life.

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Global ecosystems

Waterloo held up as the model for startup ecosystems

by Lindsey Peacock

A new report has pitted Ontario’s Waterloo region against giant startup metropolises such as Rio de Janeiro and Atlanta. The research, titled “Waterloo, The David vs. Goliath of Startup Ecosystems,” closely examines the hot-button issue of how to successfully scale up startups. Published by business intelligence and reporting firm Compass, the report uses renowned local companies like BlackBerry as a case study to demonstrate how small to mid-sized cities can successfully compete again major urban growth centres in the battle to grow an internationally recognized startup ecosystem.

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High-Speed Rail

Ontario Appoints Special Advisor on High-Speed Rail Province’s Plan for High-Speed Rail Will Transform Travel in Southwestern Ontario

Queens Park - Ontario has appointed the Honourable David Collenette as a special advisor to assist the province in bringing high-speed rail to the Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Toronto corridor.

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Insitutue for Aging

New centre of excellence will advance aging research and care practices


Ron Schlegel, founder and chairman, Schlegel Villages and Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging share a happy moment with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

Waterloo - An innovative new facility opened Friday that will enhance quality of life and care for seniors through collaboration between health-care professionals, researchers, students and educators. The Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging is on the north campus of the University of Waterloo and is home to the Village at University Gates, a 192-bed long-term care home operated by Schlegel Villages, and a new 30,000-square-foot research facility for the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

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Ratified

Government of Ontario and OPSEU Ratify New Collective Agreement

The Ontario Government and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) have ratified a new three-year collective agreement.The agreement is net-zero and remains consistent with the fiscal plan outlined in both the 2014 and 2015 Budgets.

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Appointment

Carizon Family and Community Services Appoints CEO

Kitchener – The Board of Directors at Carizon Family and Community Services proudly announces the appointment of Tracy Elop as CEO, effective January 4, 2016. “The Board of Directors is thrilled to have Tracy taking the helm at Carizon as we embark on a new year," says Vivian Zochowski, President, Carizon Board of Directors. "Tracy's expertise in developing and executing collaborative, innovative strategies and her strength in building strong partnerships will increase the capacity of Carizon to serve our community.”

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Work Place Ponder

Would You Want To Work For... You?

By Jack Welch

Over the past 15 years, I’ve held Q&A sessions with over a million people at more than a thousand events around the world. In all but a handful of these events, people bring up their bosses – and vent about them. This topic comes up without fail, no matter where I am, or what industry or company I’m speaking to.

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GDP

Gross domestic product by industry for August 2015

Ottawa - Real gross domestic product edged up 0.1% in August, following increases of 0.4% in June and 0.3% in July. The growth in August was mainly a result of gains in manufacturing, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction and retail trade.

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Recognition

Waterloo Region’s Healthy Workplace Awards Recipients and Celebration Event

Waterloo Region – Region of Waterloo Public Health is proud to announce the recipients of Waterloo Region’s Healthy Workplace Awards Program. This program recognizes and celebrates workplaces in Waterloo Region that demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the health of their employees.

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Recognition

Laurier professor recognized with awards for research on refugee children

Brantford – Wilfrid Laurier University researcher Bree Akesson has received two awards for her research on how political violence and war affects children’s sense of place. She won the Award of Excellence Association of Deans of Graduate Studies of Quebec (ADESAQ) from the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) and the 2015 Distinguished Dissertation Award for Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS).

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P2P

Peer-to-peer accommodation services change travel patterns in many ways

Finland - Have you ever used Airbnb or other peer-to-peer accommodation services when travelling? If yes, you are likely to travel more than you used to, you choose your destination from among a wider set of alternatives, and you are more active in your destination.

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Digital Currency

Bitcoin Exchange Offices to Be Opened in 6 Countries

WILMINGTON, DE - Digital currency markets, especially those of Bitcoin, continue to be surrounded by a lot of hype these days and while some skeptics claim that Bitcoin will always remain the currency of the future, without ever embodying that so much expected future, the tech industry businessmen take the enthusiast side.

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Overnight

Traveller Accommodation Services Price Index, third quarter 2015

Ottawa - The Traveller Accommodation Services Price Index (TASPI) increased 10.0% in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter. Both the leisure clients (+14.2%) and the business clients (+6.4%) components advanced. The gain of the leisure clients component was the largest quarterly increase since the first release of the TASPI in January 2001.

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Food & Drink

Food services and drinking places for August 2015

All four industries reported increased sales in August

Ottawa - Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector increased 0.5% to $5.1 billion in August. Prices for food purchased from restaurants rose 2.8% in the 12 months to August, following a 2.7% gain in July.

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Selling Opportunity

Wynne Embarks On First California Mission

Mission to Build Opportunities in ICT, Cleantech and the Film Industry

Queens Park - Premier Kathleen Wynne will begin her first mission to California on Sunday to strengthen ties between the two regions by expanding existing relationships, building new partnerships and furthering new business opportunities.

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Global Markets

Food industry demonstrates willingness to adapt to changing markets

Should be lauded for building partnerships that work for all, especially for consumers - by Sylvain Charlebois

INNSBRUCK, Austria - The food industry is showing signs it can change, and the timing couldn't be better. Animal proteins have been a dietary mainstay in much of the western world for thousands of years. But demand for processed and red meats has been declining for a number of years now, for a variety of reasons. The arguments against animal protein consumption continue to pile up - among them, higher prices, health concerns, animal welfare and sustainability.

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Growth

Hydro One completes acquisition of Woodstock Hydro Holdings Inc.

Toronto - On Friday, Hydro One Inc. announced the closing of the purchase of Woodstock Hydro Holdings Inc., including its wholly-owned subsidiary Woodstock Hydro Services Inc. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approved the sale on September 11, 2015.

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Digital Government

Report Shows Government Digital Maturity Around the World

Ninety-Six Percent of Government Officials Surveyed Say Digital Technologies Are Having a Major Impact on Government, but Less Nearly 30 Percent Rate Their Capabilities as Adequate

Toronto - A new report from Deloitte's Public Sector Research group, The Journey to Government's Digital Transformation, examines digital technology's ability to fundamentally transform the way the public sector operates and delivers services to citizens and offers strategies for government leaders to help accelerate the rate of their progress.

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Financial

HSBC Bank Canada Third Quarter 2015 Results

Vancouver - Profit before income tax expense for the quarter ended 30 September 2015 was C$187m, a decrease of 19.0% compared with the same period in 2014. Profit before income tax expense was C$645m for the nine months ended 30 September 2015, a decrease of 8.6% compared with the same period in 2014.

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Young Labour

Study: Youth labour force participation, 2008 to 2014

Ottawa - The youth labour force participation rate declined from 2008 to 2014, the first prolonged decrease since the early 1990s. The labour force participation rate during school months declined 6.1 percentage points to 46.4% for youth aged 15 to 19, while it fell 2.2 percentage points to 73.7% for youth aged 20 to 24.

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Aquisition

Deloitte Acquires Boutique Accounting Firm

Deloitte Private Expands Offering for Small and Medium Private Enterprise Clients With Acquisition of Bonaccorso & Associates

Toronto - Deloitte announced that it has acquired Bonaccorso & Associates, a Vaughan boutique accounting firm that serves small and medium private enterprises with a focus on family businesses. Founded in 2003, Bonaccorso & Associates will join Deloitte Private, Canada's largest professional services advisor to private companies.

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Arts & Culture

Grand River Film Festival Connects Waterloo Region Communities Through Film

The 9th annual Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) runs November 2 - 7, 2015 and connects film to our communities through interesting documentaries and panel discussions.

Cambridge – On Tuesday, November 3, GRFF is excited to feature PLANETARY, followed by a post-screening panel discussion, entitled MEDIATION MADE EASY, featuring Dr. Lou Pino, Dr. Paul Baranowski and Dr. Norman Farb. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking documentary – “wakeup call” – that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. This film is the follow-up to the award-winning short film Overview, which captivated audiences with astronauts’ stories of what it means to see the earth from space. PLANETARY takes that idea one step further: exploring our interconnected nature and the roots of our current crisis, reframing it as a fundamental problem with the way we see the world and our place within it.

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