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New Habitats

Angelo Vermeulen: How to go to space, without having to go to space

"We will start inhabiting outer space," says NASA crew commander Angelo Vermeulen. "It might take 50 years or it might take 500 years, but it’s going to happen." In this charming talk, the TED Senior Fellow describes some of his official work to make sure humans are prepared for life in deep space ... and shares a fascinating art project in which he challenged people worldwide to design homes we might live in there.


Co-operators General Insurance Company Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company yesterday announced its consolidated financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2014. For the fourth quarter, Co-operators General reported consolidated net income of $79.7 million, compared to $74.6 million for the same quarter in 2013. Earnings per common share was $3.78 for the fourth quarter, compared to $3.40 for the same period last year. Direct written premium was $568.2 million in the quarter, an increase of $25.6 million as compared to $542.6 million in the fourth quarter last year.

Top Entrepreneur

Enfant Sun Protection Company Owner Selected As Finalist

Jane Klugman of Shaidee Sun Gear named a finalist for the 2015 Mompreneur Award of Excellence.

Kitchener – The Top 12 finalists have been selected and local Mompreneur Jane Klugman of Shaidee Sun Gear has been named one of Canada’s Top moms in business by her peers and the community. The task of determining who will win The 2015 Mompreneur® Award of Excellence will now be left up to an expert panel of judges. The winner will be chosen based on a set of specific criteria including track record of success, innovation of business idea, and impact on community. The winner will be announced at The 2015 National Mompreneurs Conference on Saturday, March 7th, 2015.

Business Excellence

2015 Business Excellence Award Recipients Highlight Region’s Business Community’s Strength

Kitchener – On last night the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the Waterloo Region business community came together to honour the extraordinary contributions of the organizations and volunteers who were nominated for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards at its annual Gala.


OpenText Wins Patent Infringement Trial Against Box and Carahsoft

Waterloo - OpenText announced a San Francisco Federal Court Jury has found that both Box, Inc. and Carahsoft Technology Corporation infringed three Open Text patents through the sale of Box's editing product known as Box Edit, and awarded nearly $5 million in damages.

Employment Cost

Employment Insurance for December 2014

Ottawa - The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits totalled 495,300 in December, little changed (+0.7%) from the previous month. Compared with December 2013, the number of beneficiaries decreased by 24,500 or 4.7%.


Aircraft movement statistics: Small airports for August 2014

Ottawa - The number of take-offs and landings for 129 airports without air traffic control towers reached 67,231 movements in August. The five airports that recorded more than 2,000 take-offs and landings were Peterborough, Ontario (7,767 movements), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (3,265), Red Lake, Ontario (2,491), Trois-Rivières, Quebec (2,412), and Muskoka, Ontario (2,353). These airports accounted for 27% of the movements during the month.


CPA Canada publication outlines alternatives to stock options

TORONTO - With market attitudes changing, a new publication from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) helps public companies explore alternative forms of equity-based compensation.

Economic Development

Ontario Investing $4 Million to Help Social Enterprises Grow Fund Creates Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs

To help create jobs and build a fairer, more prosperous province, Ontario is providing funding to 11 organizations that support early-stage social enterprises.

Heritage Shocase

New resources for heritage property owners to launch at the 2015 Heritage Showcase

Waterloo Region – The Region is excited to launch a new series of Practical Guides for Heritage Properties at the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Heritage Showcase. The Heritage Showcase will take place at Conestoga Mall in Waterloo on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Transportation Safety

More Railway Regulation will Jeopardize Canada's World-Class System, say Report

Author Malcolm Cairns says the federal government’s ongoing review of railway regulations should avoid major changes or risk unintended consequences for Canada’s economy

OTTAWA – The 2013 Lac-Mégantic derailment disaster heightened public interest in Canada’s freight railways, which few Canadians pay attention to otherwise. They should, given the vital importance of the industry to the country’s economy.


Sweeping 10-Year Study of Hostile Take-Over Bids in Canada – A Must Read for Businesses, Boards and Bidders

Partners Atkinson and Freelan examine 143 contested bids for control in past decade; study shows that new rules should benefit corporate boards, but could also dampen bids for Canadian companies

TORONTO - International business law firm Fasken Martineau has released the results of a new 10-year empirical analysis of contested corporate take-overs in Canada. It arrives just as Canada's securities regulators are set to release a proposal to make the most significant changes to the take-over bid rules in years, with the goal of levelling the playing field between bidders and target companies in unsolicited acquisitions.

OS Release

BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 Arrives for Existing BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Users

Discover a refreshed visual look and feel along with powerful new features, including BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant, and access to hundreds of thousands of apps

WATERLOO - BlackBerry Limited announced that BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 will begin rolling out globally for in-market BlackBerry 10 devices, including the BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, and Q5, as well as the Porsche Design P'9983 and P'9982 smartphones from BlackBerry.


Cambridge Steelworkers Ratify Deal with Tenneco Automotive

CAMBRIDGE - United Steelworkers (USW) members employed at the Tenneco Automotive manufacturing plant in Cambridge have ratified a three-year collective agreement with the company.

Western View

Too little investment puts BC economy at risk

The recent BC budget contained few new measures designed to stimulate greater private sector capital spending - By Jock Finlayson

VANCOUVER - Economists have long worried about Canada's sluggish productivity growth and the seemingly ever-widening gap with the United States on this key indicator of economic well-being.

Civil Liberties

Rights groups welcome statement from eminent Canadians calling for review and oversight of national security activities

Ottawa - Yesterday, a group of 22 eminent Canadians, comprised of former Prime Ministers, Ministers of Justice, Ministers of Public Safety, Solicitors General, Supreme Court of Canada Justices, and members of national security, law enforcement and privacy review bodies, published a statement in The Globe and Mail and La Presse
calling urgently for an enhanced approach to national security review and oversight in the country. The group includes men and women whose public service, in areas where they have been responsible for addressing wide-ranging national security challenges, stretches from 1968 to 2014.

Art Show

The Accelerator Centre is hosting an Art Show for local young artists.

Waterloo – The exhibit, showcased at the Accelerator Centre in the Momentum Room, will feature beautiful pieces from these talented young artists: Hadi Rahimi, Mackenzie Eckert, Patrick Beacock, Josh Beacock, Hailey Week’es, Jarod Townsend. We are very proud of these artists, they have been creating beautiful pieces for the past couple years and this is their first Art Show. Each artists has their own style and theme.


Co-operators General Insurance Company declares quarterly dividend on: Class E, Series C Preference Shares

GUELPH - The Board of Directors of Co-operators General Insurance Company yesterday announced a quarterly dividend of $0.3125 per Non-Cumulative Redeemable Class E Preference Shares, Series C, payable March 31, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 4, 2015.


Carleton Presents a Panel Discussion on Women Running for Political Office

Panelists include Susan Truppe, Elizabeth May, Niki Ashton and Catherine McKenna

Ottawa - Carleton University's Equal Voice Chapter presents She Will Run: Women on the Campaign Trail. This panel will examine what motivates women to run for office. What kinds of barriers exist for women participating in politics?


U.S. EPA and Customs seize and export more than 730 illegal vehicles, engines at LA/Long Beach Port

Equipment would have emitted more than 350,000 pounds of harmful air pollution per year

LOS ANGELES— Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the results of a 90-day joint operation targeting foreign-made vehicles and equipment imported without proper emission controls in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. More than 730 items, including ATVs, motorcycles and generators, were seized or exported back to their country of origin. EPA estimates that the noncompliant vehicles and engines in its enforcement cases announced today would have emitted over 350,000 pounds of pollutants per year. The announcement was made at a CBP warehouse in Carson, Calif. where a live inspection of new imports was conducted.

Are You Going?

The KWS is ‘going to Scarborough Fair’ with the Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle for Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel on February 27 & 28 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by Guest Conductor Michael Krajewski, this concert explores the music of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel with orchestral interpretations of the artists’ greatest hits.


“She Deserves It”….Rebuild Haven House

Cambridge- Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region have received a donation to Rebuild Haven House, the shelter supporting abused women and their children in Cambridge and North Dumfries. The $20,000 donation from RBC will be put towards the community campaign of $6 million that was announced in September 2014.


Follow The Yellow Brick Road to the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

Cambridge – Click your heels together and venture down the yellow brick road to the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge for a truly memorable theatre experience. The greatest family musical of all-time is touching down in Cambridge. The Wizard of Oz plays eight shows a week, March 4th to March 29th.

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