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Technology

Jon Gosier: The problem with "trickle-down techonomics"

Hooray for technology! It makes everything better for everyone!! Right? Well, no. When a new technology, like ebooks or health trackers, is only available to some people, it has unintended consequences for all of us. Jon Gosier, a TED Fellow and tech investor, calls out the idea of "trickle-down techonomics," and shares powerful examples of how new tech can make things actually worse if it's not equally distributed. As he says, "the real innovation is in finding ways to include everyone."

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Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Julie Berg selected as a finalist for the 2015 Mompreneur® Award of Excellence

Julie Berg of Dressed to Deliver is proud to announce that she has been named a finalist for the 2015 Mompreneur® Award of Excellence. The winner will be announced at The 2015 National Mompreneurs® Conference on Saturday, March 7th, 2015.

New Dundee – The Top 12 finalists have been selected and local Mompreneur Julie Berg of Dressed to Deliver 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.

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Home Ownership

Intense buyer competition continued to pressure Ontario's housing affordability in Q4 2014

TORONTO - Ontario's housing market bucked the generally improving housing affordability trend across Canada in Q4 2014, according to the latest Housing Trends and Affordability Report issued by RBC Economics yesterday.

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Education Disruption

U of T Disappointed as CUPE Launches Strike

Agreement raises wage to $45.73 per hour – one of the highest in Canada – and offers improved benefits, more financial assistance for childcare and educational expenses

TORONTO - The University of Toronto is disappointed that CUPE has chosen to take its members out on a strike that threatens to disrupt the studies of thousands of students. The University and the CUPE bargaining team reached a tentative agreement for University of Toronto teaching assistants that increases pay and improves benefits. The other side: Cupe reasons included in this article.

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Health Care

More evidence that protein is the most hunger-satisfying nutrient

Aberdeen, UK - New research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) in London, UK, shows that drinks containing a higher percentage of energy from protein are more hunger-satisfying than those with lower protein content. This appetite-suppressing effect of protein was mostly due to the increase in protein and independent of the changes in other macronutrients (fats and carbohydrates), conclude researchers led by Dr Anestis Dougkas, Food for Health Science Centre, Lund University, Sweden.

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Honey Bee

The Environment May Change, But the Microbiome of Queen Bees Does Not

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University, Indiana University and Wellesley College have characterized the gut microbiome of honey bee queens. This is the first thorough census of the gut microbiome – which consists of all the microorganisms that live in the gut of the organism – in queen bees.

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Education

Laurier receives more than $1M in provincial funding for online learning initiatives

WATERLOO – Over the past two years, Wilfrid Laurier University has received over $1.1M in funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) for initiatives related to online learning and curriculum development. The funding will support efforts to evaluate course and academic program learning outcomes, as well as to develop new fully online courses to be offered through the Ontario Online initiative.

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Homelessness

Poll suggests Ontarians reject "Safe Streets Act"; find it unsuitable for dealing with homelessness.

TORONTO - The results of a recent poll suggest Ontarians broadly reject the use of the "Safe Streets Act" and policing as an effective way of dealing with homelessness.

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Demutualization

Economical provides overview of draft P&C demutualization regulations

Four-phase process with significant policyholder participation

WATERLOO - Economical Insurance provided an overview of the draft regulations for Mutual Property and Casualty Insurance Company with Non-mutual Policyholders Conversion recently released by the federal Department of Finance. If and when implemented, these regulations would allow federally-regulated mutual property and casualty insurance companies such as Economical to demutualize.

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Delgations

Carleton’s United Nations Society Wins Top Awards at Harvard and University of Toronto Competitions

Ottawa - After a record-setting 2014, Carleton’s United Nations Society has started 2015 off with an impressive 22 awards. Among the awards winners is Journalism student Anaïs Voski, who was named Best Delegate at the recent Harvard National Model United Nations conference (HNMUN).

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Water

GRCA holds the line on spending in 2015

Grand River Basin - The Grand River Conservation Authority is holding the line on spending in 2015 with a budget that’s slightly less than last year. The GRCA will spend about $29.5 million this year on programs that protect water quality, reduce flood damages, protect natural areas, support responsible development and provide outdoor recreation and environmental education. The budget is down about $256,000 from last year.

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Media

Why You Shouldn’t Leave Your Social Media to a Niece or Nephew

Or Your Son, Daughter or Even the Kid Down the Street

It’s true that millennials are massive users of social media, but does that mean any young friend or family member has the background to be enlisted to give your business’ social media campaign the attention it needs?

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Global Markets

India's Budget Reaffirms Path to Aggressive, Sustainable Growth

TORONTO- As expected, India's Fiscal 2016 budget reaffirmed the government's commitment to maintain aggressive pro-growth and development policies that places the country on the path to remain the fastest growing economy in the world.

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2015 Festivals

Recognizing Fesival leaders

Ontario - Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) announced the 2015 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario. These Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry. Included in the Top 100 are the Festivals & Events of Distinction (LOD), a select group which represent some of the most well-known and respected celebrations in the province; celebrations which draw both an international and domestic audience.

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Religion

Laurier’s Department of Religion and Culture holds public conference to celebrate 40 years

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Religion and Culture is celebrating 40 years at Laurier with a free public conference, “Public Visions of Religion & Culture,” March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

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