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Prime

Harry Baker: A love poem for lonely prime numbers

Performance poet (and math student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favorite kind of numbers — the lonely, love-lorn prime. Stay on for two more lively, inspiring poems from this charming performer. From primes to proper pop-up purple paper people, Harry Baker performs his pun-tastic and poignant poetry. Harry Baker has always loved words. He’s been blessed enough to travel round the world with them, winning the Poetry Slam World Cup in 2012 and currently using a maths degree as an excuse to live in Germany and find heaps more new words to play with.

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Taxes

Regional Council approves 2.58 per cent tax increase

Regional Council approved the 2015 budget

Waterloo Region – The 2015 tax increase of 2.58 per cent will help provide the enhanced citizen services and infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of our community. The Region is a major provider of essential community services including helping families, children and seniors, ensuring the quality of our drinking water, getting people to the hospital in emergencies, ensuring the availability of affordable housing, providing public transit, garbage and recycling collection, planning for growth, and supporting other vital community interests.

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Communication

If You Can't Listen, You Will Become Irrelevant: Nine Career-Damaging Bad Listening Habits and What You Can Do About Them

Listening is the single most important job skill you can have in the 21st century. by Ed Hess

New York, NY - Today, it seems "busyness" is the measure of success. We power through our emails, conference calls, and business lunches at breakneck speed. Unfortunately, all this frantic activity has taken a toll on our patience. The result is that we no longer stop to listen to one another—how can we when we're all so busy and important? The trouble, says Ed Hess, is that the ability that's getting lost in the shuffle is the very one MUST HAVE to be a viable player in today's workforce—the ability to truly listen.

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Council Info

From Waterloo Region Council meeting

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting.; Regional Council approves ION Construction/ transit detour plan; Region requests LHIN funding for seniors; Request for homelessness funding; Funding for social assistance technology; Public art to enhance Cambridge Centre transit terminal; Review of Bridge and Queen Street Intersection in Wilmot reinstates yield sign; Council approves Habitat for Humanity Grant; Tenders/Contracts.

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Quality Study

Canadian job quality sinks to record low - low-paying jobs becoming the norm

Further interest rate cuts not likely the cure

TORONTO - Job quality in Canada is now at a record low and showing little sign it will turn around in the near future, finds a Canadian Employment Quality Index. The index, which measures the quality of employment from a compensation perspective, shows declines in all measures and indicates the drop in Canadian job quality is more structural than cyclical in nature and likely can't be reversed by monetary policy.

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Entrepreneurship

University Undertakes New Study on Women Entrepreneurs

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership is embarking on a national study examining how women entrepreneurs evaluate risk differently from men and the impact of those differences on business and the Canadian economy.

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New Guidlines

Canadian Beverage Association Statement on the WHO Guideline: "Sugars Intake for adults and children"

Toronto - In response to the World Health Organization's (WHO) announcement regarding their guideline on "Sugars intake for adults and children" earlier today, the Canadian Beverages Association (CBA) issued the following statement: The Canadian Beverage Association (CBA) fully supports efforts by the WHO to reduce non-communicable diseases and promote active and healthy lifestyles in communities worldwide. The CBA believes it is critical that policymakers ensure dietary recommendations are founded on the totality of evidence-based science to address important health challenges such as obesity.

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Value Add

Indispensable, Irreplaceable You

6 Tips to Creating Peerless Value at Work - By DeEtta Jones

Given the rapid pace of change in most organizations, it is likely that you have—at least on occasion—considered the value you add (and what you have invested in it). Value is the return on investment benefit that your company enjoys because of your unique contribution to clients, colleagues and work product. It also includes things like how you enhance the company brand, introduce innovative approaches or facilitate breakthrough solutions that impact the bottom-line. The degree of value you uniquely bring to your company is directly correlated with your irreplaceability.

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Construction Investment

Residential construction investment for the fourth quarter 2014

Ottawa - Residential construction investment rose 6.8% to $28.5 billion in the fourth quarter compared with the same quarter in 2013. Renovation spending accounted for most of the increase at the national level, rising 10.3% to $12.9 billion. Single-family dwellings (+5.1% to $6.8 billion), row houses (+13.6% to $1.2 billion) and apartments (+3.5% to $3.8 billion) also contributed to the gain.

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Campaign

BBB Serving Central Ontario Launches "Look for the Seal" Advertising Campaign

Kitchener - Look for the SealYour BBB serving Central Ontario is excited to announce the launch of a new advertising campaign on March 3rd, designed specifically to support over 4,100 Accredited Businesses within our service area.

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Finance

EDC awarded the Deal of the Year for the America's by Trade Finance Magazine

Ottawa - Export Development Canada (EDC) has been awarded the Deal of the Year, by Trade Finance Magazine, for their issuing of a 5-year USD 1 B bond in November, 2014. EDC is Canada's trade finance agency, and the leading provider of financing, insurance and bonding for Canadian companies of all sizes that do business outside of Canada.

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Beer Poll

Significant majority of Ontarians support proposal to have large convenience stores and grocery stores sell beer under the LCBO banner

Significant majority of Ontarians support proposal to have large convenience stores and grocery stores sell beer under the LCBO banner (CNW Group/Ontario Convenience Stores Association)

OAKVILLE, - A new poll of Ontarians, conducted by Abacus Data Inc., revealed that 72% support a proposal that would see an expansion of the LCBO's Agency Store program to allow for more private retailers, like chain convenience stores, to sell beer and compete with The Beer Store. The survey showed that only 15% opposed the idea and 13% had no opinion.

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Road Toll

North America's first road usage charge program begins in the state of Oregon in collaboration with IMS and Sanef ITS

Powered by IMS' DriveSync connected car platform with Sanef ITS road charging infrastructure

WATERLOO - Sanef ITS, the operator of intelligent transportation solutions, and Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS), a leading connected car company, today announced that they have been awarded a road usage charge contract by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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Entrepreneurship

Want meaningful innovation? Start kids early

Kitchener - A man whose grandfather had Parkinson’s disease becomes a doctor – a neuromuscular specialist. A woman whose mother had breast cancer becomes a post-doctoral cancer researcher. These are only two people, and their relatives’ diseases might not have had any influence on their career choices. Or perhaps they did. I know both of them, but have never actually asked.

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Global Resettlement

World Bank Acknowledges Shortcomings in Resettlement Projects, Announces Action Plan to Fix Problems

WASHINGTON —Acting on internal World Bank reports that identified serious shortcomings in the implementation of its resettlement policies, the World Bank today released a plan that will improve the oversight and management of resettlement practices to ensure better protection of people and businesses affected by Bank-funded projects.

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PSA

Enteric outbreak declared in CMH’s 5B Medicine Unit

Cambridge – Cambridge Memorial Hospital, in consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health, has declared an enteric outbreak in its Wing B, Level 5, Medicine Unit.

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Bill C-18

Seed companies, not farmers, will gain with Bill C-18 Royal Assent, says NFU

Saskatoon - On Tuesday, February 25, Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, became law when it received royal assent. The new law, which brings Canada under the UPOV ’91 plant breeders’ rights regime, will come into force by Cabinet order. From now on, seed companies’ exclusive rights to control new varieties of seed have been expanded, they have gained new ways to collect royalty revenue from farmers and a longer, twenty-year royalty collection period (twenty-five years for tree and vine varieties).

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Software

Maple 2015 includes powerful tools for access, analysis, and visualization of data

New release enhances application development and Clickable Math™ tools

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced a major new release of its flagship product, Maple, the mathematical computing software for education, research, and development involving mathematics, engineering, and the sciences. With Maple 2015, Maplesoft offers important new abilities to both educators and researchers in the areas of data analysis, application development, statistics education, and more.

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MEDIA

Sportsnet Acquires Exclusive Canadian English-Language Multimedia Rights to 2016 World Cup of Hockey

– Agreement with NHL and NHLPA includes coverage of all tournament games across television, online and mobile –

Toronto - The greatest hockey players in the game today will be descending on Toronto in 2016, and Sportsnet will be providing Canadians with some of the best seats in the house. Announced today in partnership with the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association, Sportsnet has acquired the exclusive Canadian English-language multimedia rights for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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