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Rob Knight: How our microbes make us who we are

Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in your genome,” he says. Find out why.

Sex Education

Ontario Releases Updated Health & Physical Education Curriculum, Parent Resources

Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Students

Queens Park - Ontario is releasing updated Health and Physical Education curriculum to give students accurate information that will help keep them safe and healthy. The province is also providing parents with resources to help them understand and participate in what will be taught to their children.


OpenText Announces CEO to Undergo Treatment for Leukemia

CEO Operating Committee Established

WATERLOO - OpenText announced that Mark J. Barrenechea, President and CEO, has been diagnosed with Leukemia, the treatment of which will require him to reduce his involvement in the day-to-day operations of the Company for approximately the next 100 days. During this time, a CEO Operating Committee has been established to assist in the management of the Company's day-to-day operations. In addition to Mr. Barrenechea, the CEO Operating Committee will consist of John M. Doolittle, Chief Financial Officer, and Gordon A. Davies, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.

Council Info

City of Waterloo council summary February 23, 2014

Waterloo - The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at last nights council meeting. Way finding signage on Regina St. to remain in place; Zone change for 243-255 Hemlock Street approved; Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation (WREDC) overview;Funding approved for the corporate asset management plan; Endorsement of drinking water quality management system operational plan; GrandLinq contractor noise exemption request deferred.

Council Info

Kitchener property tax increase below inflation at 1.91 per cent

KITCHENER – Kitchener council approved their 2015 budget which includes a city tax rate increase of 1.91 per cent. Based on the average residential household assessment of $269,000, the city portion of the annual property tax rate will increase by $19.59.


Retail Services Price Index for third quarter 2014

Ottawa - The Retail Services Price Index (RSPI) rose 0.4% in the third quarter, with 7 of the 10 major retail sectors posting margin gains. This was the first time the RSPI has increased in the third quarter since 2010.

Pension - Survey

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Could Have Negative Consequences for Economy

Guelph - A new survey of business owners from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce shows that the implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) could have negative consequences for Guelph’s economy.



by Samantha Clark

It’s not every day you get to unbox one of the first five beta units from a premier tech startup. Cameron Turner, Engineering Director at Desire2Learn and founder of MakerClub, was presented his beta Discov3ry Paste Extruder by the Structur3D Printing team Thursday at the Communitech Hub.

Global Leadership

Cuso International and MEDA invest in Nigeria’s future leaders

YouLead project spurs youth entrepreneurship and financial inclusion

WATERLOO – Youth unemployment is endemic to many developing countries. In southern Nigeria’s Cross River State (CRS), 45% of youth are unemployed or underemployed. But MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is working with fellow development organization Cuso International to assist youth who are trying to break into the labor force and build a life for themselves.


The University of Manchester uses Maple T.A. to assess student learning across a wide range of courses

Waterloo - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs around the world are benefitting from the testing and assessment tool Maple T.A, which includes many features designed especially for courses involving mathematics. However, it’s not just STEM courses which need a software platform that offers instructors a comprehensive online assessment tool. Academic staff at the University of Manchester, UK’s largest campus-based university, use Maple T.A. beyond the traditional STEM courses, in a variety of programs from the Humanities.


Best Advice: Don't Be a Superstar

by John Chen

It’s obvious that being good at your job is good for your career. But being a superstar can actually hurt it. I know how counterintuitive that sounds, so let me explain. Most employees think that the best way to show value to their boss and get promoted is to aggressively claim credit and ownership over everything they do. While it’s important to be recognized for what you do and the value you add, grabbing the glory is going to turn off your co-workers.

Cash Flow

Financial Strategies For Small Business Owners

Starting a small business can be a very appealing option these days, and in most cases those with the initiative to do so are qualified for much of the work. Yet, even qualified individuals can struggle with the issues that arise from managing cash flow in a small business environment, as these can be difficult to understand until you experience them personally. But to help get you started, here's a look at some crucial tips to keep in mind during the process.


Wholesale Services Price Index, third quarter 2014

Ottawa - The Wholesale Services Price Index (WSPI) decreased 0.4% in the third quarter. This was the first decline in five quarters. Of the eight major wholesale sectors, margins were down in four and up in four.

Arts & Culture

Minister Oliver and Minister Goodyear Celebrate Launch of Massey Hall Revitalization Project

Toronto – Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the GTA Joe Oliver and FedDev Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear celebrated the launch of the first phase of the Massey Hall revitalization project yesterday.


Hunting in a Farmer’s World
By John F. Dini

Everyone in business is either a Hunter or a Farmer. The working style that fits you best isn’t really a matter of choice, nor is it determined by your job description. It is ingrained by eons of cultural evolution.

Arts & Culture

New hire shines spotlight on public art

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo welcomes Sonya Poweska to its economic development team as culture program specialist. “I am thrilled to join the City of Waterloo and work with the community on cultural development programs,” said Poweska. “Waterloo has always had a strong and vibrant cultural sector and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with so many dynamic individuals and organizations.”

Developing Cities - US

U.S. Metros Increasingly Segregated by Income, Education, and Class New Report Ranks Most- and Least-Segregated U.S. Metros

NEW YORK - The promise of social mobility - the ability to achieve a higher standard of living - has always been at the heart of the American Dream. But according to "Segregated City," a new report released today by Richard Florida, Charlotta Mellander, and the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, that dream has been threatened by a new and more insidious kind of segregation that is resorting the populations of American cities - not just by race, but by income, education, and class. The economic destiny of the next generation of Americans is more and more predictable by their economic geography.


Machinery and Equipment Price Index for fourth quarter 2014

Ottawa - The Machinery and Equipment Price Index (MEPI) increased 3.9% in the fourth quarter compared with the previous quarter. The import component was up 4.7% over the period, while the domestic component rose 1.5%.

Sex Education

Comments on the New Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Waterloo Region - Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region welcomes the Ministry of Education’s updated Health and Physical Education Curriculum. “We are so pleased that the new curriculum will be put in place this fall. The changes are long overdue,” commented Lyndsey Butcher, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region. “We look forward to supporting parents, teachers, and our local school boards as the curriculum is implemented.”


MEDA’s GROW Soybean Farmers clean up at the Farmers’ Day Awards

Kitchener/Nadowli, Ghana – On a sunny Farmer’s Day 2014, crowds gathered to celebrate a successful harvest and recognize the best farmers selected by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). Mennonite Economic Development Associates’ (MEDA) Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) farmers were strongly represented.


Five Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

by Joakim Ahlström

Do you have the courage to confront your fears? If you don’t they will subconsciously influence your decisions and actions. These five fears are particularly important to acknowledge if you want to succeed with continuous improvement.


How to Slow Down Your Life and Enjoy the Ride – Right Now

4 Considerations To Help You Embrace The Moment, From Speaker Hall Of Fame Member - by Steve Gilliland

It’s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you. You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your car to officially kickoff the fun, a giddy thrill washes over you.


The School Of Public Policy Together With Prof. Larry Kotlikoff Launch Highly Sophisticated Budget Planning Tool

Gives Canadian Families the Power to Plan the Lifestyle They Desire

CALGARY - The School of Public Policy together with Prof. Larry Kotlikoff of Boston University have created a new budget planning tool for governments and individuals, ESPlanner. The most sophisticated program of its kind is being launched yesterday in Toronto, and will allow governments, academics, journalists and individuals to model changes in tax rates to see precisely what the effects are on income and savings.

Mature Worker

CEDEC's Diversify Your Workplace with 45+ Campaign Showcases Benefits of Hiring Mature Workers

MONTREAL - Mature Workers play an integral role in the workforce, one that will only grow as Québec's population ages. Statistics Canada projects that by 2036, over half of the population of Quebec will be at least 45 years of age.


Wait out market fluctuations

LÉVIS, QC - A $10,000 investment made in the Canadian stock market in December 1992 and left in until December 31, 2013 would have netted the investor almost $49,000 at an 8.27% annual compound rate of return. And that period saw the tech bubble in 2000 and the 2008–2009 financial crisis. Here's a comparison of that same investment over the same 21-year period, but taken off the market during the 'good' times:

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