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Virtual Reality

Meron Gribetz: A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset

What if technology could connect us more deeply with our surroundings instead of distracting us from the real world? With the Meta 2, an augmented reality headset that makes it possible for users to see, grab and move holograms just like physical objects, Meron Gribetz hopes to extend our senses through a more natural machine. Join Gribetz as he takes the TED stage to demonstrate the reality-shifting Meta 2 for the first time. (Featuring Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson) At Meta, Meron Gribetz is leading an effort to produce and sell augmented reality glasses with natural gestural hand recognition.

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Sunshine

Top Earners Via your Tax Dollars

The Sunshine List does not include compensation in the form of health and other benefits that taxpayers fund, nor pension contributions.

Toronto - Ontario’s Sunshine List is huge. Since it was first developed in 1996 the list has grown exponentially and now it is published in a format that’s very difficult to use and analyze. SunshineList.ca has developed an innovative tool to study the annual Ontario Sunshine List release of public sector salaries over $100,000. It is easy to use and a great for analyzing trends. Using historical data, it provides insights into trends and identifies outliers in the data that may be worth investigation.

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Announcement

Gary Klassen joins Christie as Director of Solutions Software

Appointment continues Christie’s recruitment drive for software development and engineering positions

Kitchener – Christie announced that Gary Klassen (right) has joined Christie as the director of solutions software. Gary will focus on growing a development team to expand Christie’s software capabilities, which will enable the creation of impactful shared experiences, including large-scale projection mapping projects. Gary will be based in Kitchener, Ontario. Gary is a well-known inventor and technology leader. Most recently, he was director of architecture and innovation at BlackBerry. He has led several system level development efforts spanning multiple software and hardware functional areas as well as exploring and inventing new applications and bringing them to market. He is named as an inventor on over 100 granted US patents.

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Federal Budget 2016

Canadian Federation of Musicians Commends Government's Commitment To Canada's Creative Industries

Toronto - Canadian Federation of Musicians praise the federal government's investment in Canada's cultural organizations. Consistent with the Liberal government's 2015 election platform, the 2016 announced Federal Budget recognizes that entertainment and creative industries are among the most dynamic in the country and require effective policy that will assist the sector to continue to grow.

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Survey

Sink Or Swim: The Six-Month Trial Period

Most New Hires Have Less Than 6 Months to Prove Themselves

Toronto - You never get a second chance to make a first impression, but just how much time does it take to make one when starting a new job? In a new Robert Half Finance & Accounting survey, the majority (92 per cent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) said new hires have less than six months to prove themselves.

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Study

New facts about financial literacy in Canada, 2014

Ottawa - There is a gap in financial knowledge between men and women, especially among older and more educated Canadians. Also, a higher level of financial knowledge is more often associated with a higher degree of retirement preparation among labour market participants.

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Federal Budget 2016

Canadian RV Industry Welcomes Commitments to Canadian Tourism and National Parks in the 2016 Federal Budget

Ottawa - The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada congratulates the Liberal government on key measures outlined in the recent Federal Budget, addressing needs for the RV industry.

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Federal Budget 2016

CPWA Commends Government’s Budget 2016 Infrastructure Spending Plan

Ottawa -- The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) commends the Government of Canada’s 2016 Budget, and in particular the two-phase infrastructure spending plan announced by Finance Minister Morneau yesterday. Budget 2016 will take advantage of historically low interest rates to invest more than $120 billion in infrastructure over the next ten years from coast to coast to coast.

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Federal Budget 2016

Additional $20M to Brain Canada and the Canada Brain Research Fund

To support Canada's world-class brain research

Montreal - The Brain Canada Foundation (Brain Canada) applauded the news in yesterday's federal Budget that the Government of Canada will increase its investment in the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF) – a partnership between Brain Canada and the Government of Canada. Finance Minister Bill Morneau's budget indicated that the Trudeau government's commitments to strengthening Canada's world-class research capacity and excellence will include up to $20M in additional matching funds to Brain Canada starting this year. This will result in up to $40M in new funding.

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Federal Budget 2016

R&T Parks ready to move forward on Innovation Agenda

Ottawa - Canada’s Research & Technology parks (R&T parks) welcome the government’s 2016 budget, Growing the Middle Class, and its commitment to develop a new vision for Canada’s economy with an Innovation Agenda over the course of 2016 and 2017.

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Selling

7 Ways To Improve Your Non-Verbal Selling Skills

Your body language sends wordless cues long before you try to close a sale. - By Bob Phibbs

The more you understand about what your body is saying—oftentimes without our knowledge—the more you can see how often it gets in your way. And that is especially true when you are in a sales situation. That is because oftentimes our bodies communicate fear—and fear makes people look away.

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Association Giving

Cambridge Fire Fighters Supporting Haven House Rebuild

Helping Women’s Crisis Services Waterloo Region (WCSWR) to rebuild Haven House,
Because women and their children deserve it!

Cambridge - 130 members of the Cambridge Professional Fire Fighters Association (CPFFA) place their support behind Women’s Crisis Services Waterloo Region (WCSWR) to rebuild Haven House here in Cambridge. The women and children transitioning from a life of abuse deserve to have the support and resources that this shelter and its programs offer.

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Federal Budget 2016

Canadian Steel Producers Association Welcomes Budget 2016 Commitment to Strengthening Canada's Response to Unfair Trade

Ottawa - The Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA) welcomes the Government of Canada's Budget 2016 commitment to taking steps, including through specific legislative amendments, to improve its ability to effectively remedy dumped and subsidized imports. In light of the increased frequency of market distorting trade in Canada, the CSPA views comprehensive and timely modernization of Canada's trade remedy system as critical to ensure our member companies and their employees are able to compete fairly in the global market. We are encouraged in that regard by the Government's renewed commitment to address unfairly traded goods entering the Canadian market.

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Federal Budget 2016

2016 federal budget pledges to strengthen middle class while extending forecasted deficits until 2020

Federal government focuses spending on job creation, re-energizing the economy and fortifying Canada's social fabric

Toronto - As widely expected,Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented a deficit budget. While promising to grow the middle class through an array of widespread investments in Canada's future economic and social well-being, the federal budget offers hopeful measures within the government's well-known financial constraints. With some of the budget's key deliverables leaked in advance, no real surprises were revealed.

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Federal Budget 2016

New Investments For Places That Matter

National Trust responds to Federal Budget 2016

Ottawa – The National Trust for Canada applauds increased investments in heritage and culture reflected in the federal Budget tabled Tuesday, and welcomes the potential to direct substantial funding for infrastructure to existing and historic assets.

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Ratified

New Contract Benefits Steelworkers, Nordia Kitchener

Kitchener/Waterloo - Approximately 400 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) have ratified a new collective agreement with the Nordia Kitchener call centre that includes significant improvements in wages and job security.

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Research

Investigating the link between probiotics and the health of female astronauts

Two Western University researchers are making the case for the use of probiotics for female astronauts to avoid serious health complications on long space missions. Gregor Reid, PhD, professor, and Camilla Urbaniak, PhD Candidate, at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, are investigating the role of the microbes in the health of female astronauts. Microbes in the human body are known to influence health and disease, from digestive and urinary health to managing anxiety.

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Research

Jarislowsky Foundation Chooses Carleton University to Create $4-Million Chair in Water and Global Health

Focus on global water issues builds on university’s international research profile and interdisciplinary expertise

Ottawa - Carleton University and the Jarislowsky Foundation announced a partnership to create a $4-million endowed research chair that will make significant contributions to the critical challenges of water and public health.

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Generations

Baby Boomers And Millennials May Share

More Similarities On The Job Than They Realize

Baby Boomers and Millennials often are portrayed as two generations that don’t always see eye to eye in the workplace. But they may share something in common that could help bridge the generation gap. Both groups long to find a purpose in their careers beyond a paycheck, say Jackie Dryden and Bethany Andell, co-authors of “Get Your Head Out of Your Bottom Line: And Build Your Brand on Purpose”.

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Intergrated Meaning

Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village Launches New Mobile iPad Lab -- Integrating Advanced Technology into Programs

Cambridge -- Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village staff, student participants, members of the KW Civitan Club and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) will gather at the Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village on Wednesday, March 30th at 10:30 am to celebrate the official launch of the new Mobile iPad Lab.


EVENTS

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Easter Rides

Steaming Ahead in 2016

Waterloo Central Railway set to kick off service for this season

Waterloo - The early arrival of Easter is getting the Waterloo Central Railway off to an early start in 2016. The 2016 Easter Bunny Train will run three return trips between the St. Jacob’s Market and Elmira on Saturday, March 26 to kick off the popular attraction’s 2016 season. The Easter train will be followed by the ninth annual Elmira Maple Sugar Festival train on Saturday, April 2. Regular service for this year will resume May 7.

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April 20, 2016

Mayor Jaworsky to deliver State of the City address

Waterloo - Mayor Dave Jaworsky will deliver his State of the City address next month at a breakfast meeting hosted by Rotary Waterloo, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Time: 7 to 9 a.m. Location: RIM Park, Forbes Room, 2001 University Ave.

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Next week

The Sharing Economy takes Centre Stage at the Guelph Economic Leadership Forum

Guelph - On Wednesday, March 30, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the University of Guelph and Deloitte, will host the ‘Guelph Economic Leadership Forum: On the Sharing Economy’. The sharing economy has an estimated global value of $100 billion and is forecasted to grow to an estimated $335 billion in global revenues by 2025. Municipal governments play an important regulatory role, and can take leadership in establishing an innovative regulatory framework. This luncheon will focus specifically on how Guelph’s strengths can be leveraged so that our community will become a leader in the sharing economy.

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April 13, 2016

Local Conference to Help Immigrants and Refugees Find Employment

Waterloo Region - The K-W Multicultural Centre presents the 8th Annual Global Skills Conference, taking place on Wednesday April 13th 2016 from 8:30-4:30 at Bingemans Conference Centre. This is a one day, free conference for Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs) to obtain resources and information on credential recognition, hiring processes, related professions, regulatory bodies and more!
This year’s conference, themed ‘Leveraging your Skills’, brings together policymakers, employers and ITPs committed to taking action to help Canada’s skilled immigrants transition into meaningful employment.


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