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Procrastination

Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time. With Wait But Why, Tim Urban demonstrates that complex and long-form writing can stand out in an online wilderness choked with listicles and clickbait.

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Federal Budget 2016

Health Care (40%), Tax Cuts (34%), Increasing Taxes on the Wealthy (28%), Cutting the Deficit (28%) and Help for the Middle Class (28%) Top Canadians’ Budget Priorities

Slim Majority (56%) Supports Investing in Corporations to Save Jobs, Spending More to Help the Alberta Economy (53%)

Toronto – Canadians have outlined their priorities for the Liberal government’s inaugural budget, with healthcare, taxes, the deficit and relief for the middle class at the top of the list, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News.

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Innovation Corridor

Toronto Region to Waterloo Region Innovation Corridor Critical to Ontario’s Economic Prosperity

Toronto/Waterloo - The Toronto Region Board of Trade and the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce announce the creation of a working group and a business council to stimulate and promote the economic potential of the Innovation Corridor Region (ICR) between Toronto Region and Waterloo Region.

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Skills

Skills Ontario and Magna International Partner for 2016 Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Magna International will provide monetary awards and job opportunities for top placing competitors in Automation Control, Industrial Mechanic Millwright and Mechatronics contests

Kitchener-Waterloo -- Skills Ontario is thrilled to announce that Magna International has partnered as a Gold Sponsor of the 2016 Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC). Magna International will be extending job opportunity placements* to the Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners in the Automation Control, Industrial Mechanic Millwright and Mechatronics contests at Magna’s body and chassis facilities throughout Ontario -- in addition to also providing generous monetary awards for these top-placing competitors.

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Federal Budget 2016

Slim Majority (55%) of Canadians Support Modest Budget Deficit of $10B, But Support Drops Substantially for Higher Deficit

Six in ten (63%) Say Liberal Deficit Target of $10B During Campaign was Just a Ploy to Get Elected

Toronto – In anticipation of the Trudeau government’s inaugural budget on Tuesday, Canadians appear willing to support a modest budget deficit of $10 billion, but most oppose a deficit greater than what the Liberals pledged during last year’s election, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News.

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Radical Expansion

Bad Axe Throwing Expanding to All Major Cities In Canada!

Burlington/Kitchener - A sharp blade and clean follow-through are key to hitting a target--and also key to a successful Canadian business model. From a backyard hobby to a lucrative company with seven locations in less than two years, Mario Zelaya, founder and owner of Bad Axe Throwing, transformed a niche activity into one with mass appeal.

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Economic Development

Ontario Invests in New Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Parts Manufacturing

Mitsui High-tec’s First North American Plant Will Create Jobs, Increase Exports

Queens Park - Ontario is partnering with Mitsui High-tec to build the company’s first manufacturing facility in North America, and the very first facility in Ontario producing motor cores for electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Comment

Energy layoffs a vast waste of human potential

Canada's best and brightest energy industry personnel are at loose ends and we lack the political will and leadership to do anything about it

By Bill Whitelaw President and CEO, JuneWarren-Nickle's Energy Group

Calgary - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their respective caucuses should know something about Canada's newest energy company.

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Entrepreneurial

Study: Immigration, business ownership and employment in Canada, 2001 to 2010

Ottawa - Immigrants who have been in Canada for more than 10 years have higher rates of private incorporated business ownership than individuals born in Canada. However, the types of businesses owned by immigrants tend to employ fewer paid workers than those owned by individuals born in Canada, according to a new study.

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Conflict

New CIGI book explores the development of African approaches to conflict management

Waterloo – With over 50 states and 1,500 languages, Africa plays host to some of the bloodiest conflicts in the world. A new book, Minding the Gap: African Conflict Management in a Time of Change, released by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), explores the diverse and complex region where a variety of multinational and multi-institutional efforts are emerging to help contain and resolve conflict.

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Council Matters

City of Waterloo council summary from March 21, 2016

Waterloo - The council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at the March 21, 2016 council meeting.

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Leadership

Good Leaders Ask Dumb Questions

6 Leadership Traits in Defense of Asking the Obvious - By Walt Grassl

Paul and Trudy work in a medium size company. Trudy was having lunch with Paul after a particularly grueling meeting.

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Nominations

Two Local Attractions Named as Finalists in Ontario’s Choice Awards

Waterloo Region -The Ontario’s Choice Awards have announced the finalists in a new awards program that showcases the top attractions in Ontario. The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory has been announced as a finalist in the Top Attractions Category and the Waterloo Region Museum has been announced as a finalist in the Top Small Museum/Art Gallery/Historic Sites Category. The Ontario’s Choice Awards, created by Attractions Ontario, celebrate the very best attractions in the province.

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Mega Trends

Changes in causes of death, 1950 to 2012

Ottawa - Although death is a universal reality, the cause of death and the age at which most Canadians die changed markedly from 1950 to 2012. The March issue of Canadian Megatrends examines the causes of death in Canada and how improvements in public health practices and policies have helped Canadians live longer.

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Expansion

Google's Giving Internet to Cuba

Havana - Cuba is one of the least digitally connected nations in the world. But Barack Obama has announced that Google will start providing the island nation with internet service.

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Housing

Investment in new housing construction for January 2016

Ottawa - Investment in new residential building construction increased 3.9% year over year to $3.7 billion in January. Nationally, the increase was driven by higher spending on apartment and apartment-condominium buildings (+19.9%) and row houses (+7.6%) in January. Conversely, investment in single-family dwellings fell 4.0% from January 2015, and spending on semi-detached buildings decreased 16.4%.

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State Corruption

Building Foundations for Transparency – Designing Tools for Transformation at the State Level

A new report from the World Economic Forum, Building Foundations for Transparency, focuses on the second phase of the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) project to address the needs of the infrastructure and urban development industries; The report provides a solutions-based framework, a deep-dive at the state level in India and a diagnostic tool that can be replicated and enhanced.

Geneva – The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Deloitte, has released a new report on increasing transparency, specifically addressing corruption risks in infrastructure, engineering, construction and real estate through a pilot project in India. Building Foundations for Transparency looks at collective action and hands-on solutions to address corruption using technology to tackle two key areas: greater transparency in permits and licences; and land purchase, land title acquisition and registration processes at the state level in Maharashtra.

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Corrections

Ontario To Hire 2000 New Correctional Officers

Hires Will Support Transformation, Help Ensure Staff And Inmate Safety

Queens Park - The province will hire 2,000 correctional officers over the next three years to increase staffing levels at Ontario’s correctional facilities, enhance access to rehabilitation and reintegration programming, strengthen mental health supports and improve staff and inmate safety.

Events

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April 1, 2016

MP Bardish Chagger to speak at Annual Leadership Breakfast

Waterloo - Leadership Waterloo Region announced The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Leadership Breakfast on April 1, 2016. Chagger is Minister of Small Business and Tourism and a graduate of University of Waterloo. Having lived in Waterloo all of her life, Chagger has worked and volunteered with a wide variety of community organizations and is a recipient of the Waterloo Region Record’s “40 under 40” award.

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April 13, 2016

2016 State of the City

by Kitchener's Mayor Berry Vrbanovic

Kitchener - Mayor Berry Vrbanovic invites you to attend the 2016 State of the City Address on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 beginning at 4:30pm at 41 Ardelt Place.

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April 21, 2016

The Confederation Club Proudly Welcomes our April 21, 2016 Guest Speaker Tony LaMantia, CEO WREDC (Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation)

Tony will be speaking on “Economic Development in Waterloo Region”

Kitchener - Tony LaMantia’s career spans more than 25 years of experience in large public sector organizations as well as private sector growth-oriented companies.

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April 5, 2016

The 43rd Annual Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair

Waterloo Region - The competition will feature approximately 220 projects and 275 students from grade seven to twelve in Waterloo Region, the Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington County.


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