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Hugh Evans: What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?

Hugh Evans started a movement that mobilizes "global citizens," people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation or tribe but as members of the human race. In this uplifting and personal talk, learn more about how this new understanding of our place in the world is galvanizing people to take action in the fights against extreme poverty, climate change, gender inequality and more. "These are ultimately global issues," Evans says, "and they can only be solved by global citizens demanding global solutions from their leaders." Through the Global Citizen platform, humanitarian Hugh Evans has created an online community of millions of people — all driven to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030.

Global Advisory

The Economic Pulse of the World (March 2016)

Washington, DC - A major analysis of world public opinion was released today by Ipsos— one of the world’s largest market and opinion research companies. The report, titled “Ipsos Global @dvisory: The Economic Pulse of the World” is based on 19,108 recent interviews in 27 countries around the world. The report examines citizens' assessment of current state of their country's economy for a total global perspective.


Loblaw to invest $1.3 billion, create approximately 20,000 jobs in 2016

Brampton – Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada's food and pharmacy retail leader, will invest approximately $1 billion into its Canadian retail business in 2016, with the balance invested by Choice Properties REIT.


2016 EmployerOne Summary Report for Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

Ayr - The 2016 EmployerOne Summary Report for Waterloo Wellington Dufferin was just released. With a completion rate of 38%,184 employers provided valuable insights into the area's labour market.

Sports & Business

Home Hardware Debuts the Ultimate Clean-Up Crew at Blue Jays™ 40th Season Home Opener

St. Jacobs - The World's Fastest Clean-Up Crew has undergone a transformation this year. Revealed at the Blue Jays' 40th Season Home Opener on Friday, April 8 , the Home Hardware Clean-Up Crew has increased in size to accommodate the enhancements to the infield at Rogers Centre™ and has been renamed the Ultimate Clean-Up Crew.

Wage Gap

"Mind the Gap" - Government and industry must fix the gender wage gap, says HRPA

Toronto - The Human Resources Professionals Association ("HRPA") released a white paper today, which called on government and businesses to address the gender wage gap in Ontario. The paper, Closing the Gender Wage Gap, a Review and Recommendations looks at multiple factors, often the result of unconscious biases, that are associated with the gender wage gap at various stages of a woman's life, from childhood education to the workplace.


The impact of annual wages on interprovincial mobility, interprovincial employment and job vacancies, 2001 to 2008

Ottawa - The relatively stronger wage growth observed in Alberta during the 2000s led a significant number of young men to move to that province, thereby filling some of the job vacancies observed during that period.

Digital Wallets

UGO continues to slim Canadians' wallets with innovative receipt-storing functionality

UGO continues to slim Canadians' wallets with innovative receipt-storing functionality

Toronto - As part of its ongoing mission to simplify the lives of Canadians, UGO Mobile Solutions L.P. (UGO) today introduced a new feature to its digital wallet that gives users the ability to scan, store, and easily organize receipts on their mobile devices.


Cement for February 2016

Ottawa - Cement manufacturers produced 0.52 million tonnes of cement products in February, up 5.5% from January and up 5.3% from February 2015.

Lessons To Be Learned

Ontario’s mission to Silicon Valley: Why mayors are talking innovation

John Tory is Mayor of Toronto. Berry Vrbanovic is Mayor of Kitchener, Ont.

Toronto - In a boardroom at the Toronto offices of Shopify in February, our region’s top tech minds were asked what they could do to help government foster innovation. It was at that point that one participant of our co-hosted event stopped us. We don’t need to do something, he said – you do. In order to demonstrate that government is serious about innovation and economic growth along the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, it’s cities that need to take bold action.


Carizon Celebrates its Volunteers

Shout Out to Bharat Patel

Kitchener - Carizon is celebrating their volunteers this week, those who have contributed over 16,000 hours each year to Carizon clients, programs and services. One such volunteer is Bharat Patel.

Bharat has been volunteering in our Pathways Kitchener program since September 2014. A software engineer by profession, Bharat volunteers multiple nights each week as a volunteer tutor. “I have a pretty good life overall,” says Bharat, “but I felt that something was missing. I figured I’d volunteer to try to fill that void. I always had a passion for learning, and I was always good in academics. So I said to myself, ‘Why not tutoring?’ and tutoring with Pathways has been everything I expected, and so much more!”

Tax - Offshore

CPA Canada supports crackdown on tax evasion and avoidance

Toronto – Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) supports the federal government’s crackdown directed against tax evasion and tax avoidance. “The actions unveiled today outline how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will strengthen tax compliance, ensure fairness and better protect the country’s tax base,” says Gabe Hayos, vice-president, tax, CPA Canada. “Tax evasion is an illegal act that is harmful to economies, deprives governments of much needed revenue for vital programs, and unfair to those who comply with the law.”

Growing Older Healthy

New Recipe Resource for Healthy Aging

Waterloo – A new resource is available that offers easy recipes featuring Ontario-grown products to promote healthy aging. The resource was created by a research team at the University of Guelph in collaboration with Agri-food for Healthy Aging (A-HA) and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).


JA Canada Launches Online School for Volunteers

Substantial gift from the Richardson Foundation enables greatly enhanced volunteer experience for JA volunteers across Canada

Toronto - JA Canada ("JA"), the largest provider of youth business education programs in Canada. announced the launch of the Royden Richardson Virtual School for Volunteers ("RRVS"). As JA Canada's first centralized online volunteer training portal, RRVS will enable JA to expand its reach to students across Canada by providing volunteers with a convenient and flexible online platform for training and community engagement.


Woodstock Selected as a Top Community to Invest - 2015 Year in Review

Woodstock - The results are in and 2015 was another successful year for economic development in Woodstock. The City has been selected as one of the Top 100 Neighbourhoods for Investment in 2016, a title backed up by $127 million in residential construction (a value more than double the 10-year average).


New Grants Support Youth Opportunities in Ontario

Youth Opportunities Fund to Help Youth Grow and Thrive

Brampton - Youth facing multiple barriers across Ontario will benefit from $7,751,500 in funding from the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF). A total of 31 grants to youth-led grassroots groups and community-based organizations were announced today in Brampton by the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Hon. Tracy MacCharles. She was joined by representatives from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and Brampton’s LAB B, and Power to Girls Foundation, two of the YOF grant recipients.

Health and Wellbeing

Getting screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test could save your life

It’s always better to catch things early. A Pap test is the only way to find abnormal cell changes that could lead to cervical cancer

Kitchener - Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal results and HPV immunization. In 2015, approximately 640 women in Ontario were diagnosed with cervical cancer and an estimated 150 died from the disease.



Canada examines health devices during 2016 "Internet of Things" global privacy sweep

GATINEAU, QC - The explosion of Internet-connected everyday objects and privacy concerns surrounding our increasingly wired world have prompted the Global Privacy Enforcement Network to focus on the Internet of Things during the 2016 global privacy Sweep.


Kick Off the TD Niagara Jazz Festival with the Best

Some of Canada’s top artists will be performing across the region

St. Catherines — Some the best jazz talent Canada has to offer is Niagara bound for the third-annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival.

Kicking off with a Flagship Event at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines on July 29th, headlined by world-renowned Canadian instrumental jazz orchestra Manteca — debuting brand new material live —and also featuring the Dave Restivo Trio and an “All-Star Jazz Celebration,” Niagara music fans will get a flavour of the talent that will be performing over the rest of the weekend.

Research Competition

Ontario’s top science students compete at Sanofi Biogenius Canada

Waterloo - Twelve of southern Ontario’s elite young high school scientists will compete at the regional edition of Sanofi Biogenius Challenge Canada (SBC), the country’s most prestigious national student science research competition, Tuesday, April 12th at the University of Waterloo.

Award Nomination Deadline

Guelph Awards of Excellence - Final Call for Nominations

Nomination Deadline April 15

Guelph - Nominate Excellence - On June 23rd, our community will come together at the Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala to celebrate the achievements of Guelph's outstanding individuals, businesses, organizations and institutions.


Canada’s Army Surgeon to speak to students about careers in health sciences

Waterloo - Local high school students will get a glimpse into medicine on the front lines as part of the University of Waterloo TD Discovery Day, taking place today. Colonel Jim Kile, the Canadian Army’s top clinical advisor, will give a keynote address at the interactive event, which offers local grade 11 students the chance to explore careers in medicine and other health sciences.

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