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Food & Technology

Caleb Harper: This computer will grow your food in the future

What if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food, indoors anywhere in the world? Caleb Harper, director of CitiFARM at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper's "food computers" and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look like. Caleb Harper leads a group of engineers, architects, urban planners, economists and plant scientists in the exploration and development of high performance urban agricultural systems.

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Advisory Board

Tesla Co-Founder Joins Clearpath Board of Advisors

Marc Tarpenning joins Clearpath’s Board of Advisors to support self-driving vehicle development

Kitchener - Clearpath Robotics announced Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors, as a member of its advisory board effective yesterday. Tarpenning will provide the Clearpath leadership team with entrepreneurial and technical insight.

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Engagement

ICD Releases Guidance for Director-Shareholder Engagement

ICD recommends director-shareholder engagement, offers six guidelines on
board-investor dialogue Guidance is a result of deliberations by panel of well-known investors, directors

Toronto - The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Canada's national association for boards and directors, today released guidance on director-shareholder engagement. The ICD endorses engagement in a way that complements management-led investor relations as an important means of fostering understanding that can help boards better oversee strong, innovative and growing companies.

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Appointment

New Chief Executive Officer Appointed for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc.

The Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI) Board of Directors has appointed Pankaj Sardana (right) to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc., effective immediately. Day-to-day operations of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. (GHESI) will remain under the leadership of Kazi Marouf, who will continue in his role as GHESI Chief Operating Officer reporting to the new CEO.

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Travel

More Canadians Travellers say they Never Leave Home Without Their Electronics (53%) than Travel Insurance (45%) While on Vacation

Toronto – Canadian travellers are more likely to say they never leave home without their electronics than travel insurance, according to a new Ipsos poll of Canadians who have travelled outside of their province or Canada in the last two years, conducted on behalf of RBC Insurance. In fact, electronics even trump medication for many Canadians.

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Canadian Oil

Energy East pipeline delays unconscionable

There is no justification for continuing to do business with the Saudis or selling our oil to the Americans for cut rates - By Gwyn Morgan

Victoria - What is the relationship between these events? 1) Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion announces the federal government won't stop the controversial $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia despite what he terms the kingdom's "terrible" human rights record because "very surely ... the equipment would be sold to Saudi Arabia by another country and this would not change one iota ... human rights in Saudi Arabia."

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Construction

Building permits for January 2016

Lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in British Columbia and Ontario

Ottawa - Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.4 billion in January, a decline of 9.8% from the previous month. This decline, which followed a 7.7% increase in December, was largely due to lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in British Columbia and Ontario and, to a lesser extent, institutional buildings in Quebec and Alberta.

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Community Health

Enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act For Elementary School Grades in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region - This week Public Health will send 4115 suspension orders to those parents whose children still have immunization records that are not up-to-date with Region of Waterloo Public Health. These suspension orders will take effect April 6, 2016. Parents who receive a suspension order have up until April 6, 2016 to provide proof of immunization or a valid exemption to public health.

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Charitable Giving

What Canadian Donors Want

Canadians looking for clear mission and evidence of impact; trust in the charitable sector is up; fewer donors giving, but amount of gifts is increasing; motivations for giving identify six Canadian donor types

Toronto – The 2015 survey of What Canadian Donors Want conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Association of Fundraising Professionals shows that in challenging economic times, Canadians donate to charities that have a clear purpose and demonstrate corresponding impact and that trust in the charitable sector is growing. The study also finds that though there are fewer donations in 2015, the amount donated has increased. When looking at motivations of donors the study identifies six Canadian donor types.

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WorkPlace

Province Passes Act to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Progress Report Released

Queens Park - Yesterday Ontario passed the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act to help build a province where everyone is free from the threat of sexual violence and harassment, and to strengthen support for survivors.

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Food

Organic Sector Pleased With New and Improved Canada/EU Organic Equivalency

Ottawa - After five years of ongoing negotiations, the European Union Regulatory Committee on Organic Production has voted on March 2nd on the expansion of the current scope of the Canada-EU Organic Equivalency Arrangement. Process products with imported ingredients certified in accordance with Canada's organic legislation will now be cover under the agreement.

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Housing

February 2016 Housing Starts in Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

Waterloo Region - Housing starts in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 3,443 units in February compared to 3,410 units in January, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

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Car Loans

FCAC releases research report highlighting risks of extended-term car loans for Canadian consumers

Ottawa - Lucie Tedesco, Commissioner of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), today released Auto Finance: Market Trends (PDF, 692 KB), a research report highlighting a worrisome growth in long-term car loans. Loans with terms of more than six years have become a trend in Canada, posing risks that Canadian consumers should consider carefully prior to financing a vehicle.

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Digital

Ontario Investing in Interactive Digital Media Sector

Province Increasing Support for Interactive Digital Media Fund

Queens Park - Ontario is investing $6 million through the Interactive Digital Media Fund to support 52 companies focused on building a vibrant digital media industry, creating jobs and growing the economy.

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Commentary

Seizing the moment on Canada-US relations

Paper published in conjunction with the Canada Institute offers a plan for ensuring success on key bilateral issues from the Trudeau-Obama honeymoon to the long term - by Senior Fellows Laura Dawson and Sean Speer

Ottawa – This week’s state dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is an ideal opportunity to advance the economic interests of citizens in Canada and the United States, says a new Macdonald-Laurier Institute commentary.

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Air Ontario

Commercial Air Service Into Muskoka Airport One Step Closer with Hiring of Aviation Experts InterVISTAS selected to help navigate airport readiness

Bracebridge - The effort to establish commercial flights into the Muskoka Airport to foster tourism growth and economic development moved forward with the hiring this week of InterVISTAS by project partners RTO12 and the District of Muskoka to help these organizations obtain aviation security screening designation at the airport.

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Packaging

Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Report 2016-2026

Top Company Analysis, Forecasts By End Use: Food, Beverage, Healthcare, Personal Care, Industrial & Other And By Resin Type PET, PE, PVC, PP & Other; The World Market for Rigid Plastic Packaging Will Reach $189.24 Bn in 2016

Amsterdam - A new report predicts that the world market for rigid plastic packaging will reach $189.24 billion in 2016. This forecast and others appear in The Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Report 2016-2026.

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Digital Future

Helping Africa to Unleash its Digital Potential

High-level meeting held in Morocco to discuss ways to develop Africa’s digital economy; Access to internet, skill development and lower hurdles for entrepreneurship seen as key; Future meetings to boost Africa’s digital economy to be held in Mombasa, Kenya, and Kigali, Rwanda

Geneva, Switzerland – Universal access to and adoption of quality internet can only be a first step for African economies to develop their digital potential to boost growth, create jobs and harness the internet’s power for inclusive social development. In addition to closing these infrastructure-related gaps and greater availability of services, African countries and businesses need to invest more strongly in developing the necessary skills and improving conditions for digital entrepreneurs.

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Travel Security

Safe and seamless travel, technology and sustainability: priorities for tourism

Madrid, Spain - Ensuring safe and seamless travel, enhancing the opportunities brought by technology and accelerating the shift towards a more sustainable sector are the priorities for the sector said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the 50th edition of ITB Berlin.

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Arts & Culture

A Record Breaking Arti Gras Fundraiser for Idea Exchange Art + Design

Cambridge – Adorned in feather boas, flapper dresses, pearls, fedora hats, and other glad rags, arts supporters filled the Queen’s Square location of Idea Exchange on Saturday, March 5 for the annual Arti Gras Jazzed fundraiser. The sold out crowd brought record breaking sales to the silent and live auctions, helping the event to achieve over $40,000 in total revenue.



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