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Functional Neuro Strategies

Jocelyne Bloch:The brain may be able to repair itself — with help

Through treating everything from strokes to car accident traumas, neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch knows the brain's inability to repair itself all too well. But now, she suggests, she and her colleagues may have found the key to neural repair: Doublecortin-positive cells. Similar to stem cells, they are extremely adaptable and, when extracted from a brain, cultured and then re-injected in a lesioned area of the same brain, they can help repair and rebuild it. "With a little help," Bloch says, "the brain may be able to help itself." Jocelyne Bloch is helping to unlock potential self-healing capacities of the human brain.

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Small Business

Seven ways Canada's federal budget can help small businesses create jobs

Toronto - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is presenting its pre-budget submission to the standing committee on finance today, outlining key measures that will help Canada's small business community navigate a difficult economy in 2016.

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MEDIA

The use of media to follow news and current affairs, 2003 to 2013

Proportion of Canadians who read newspapers was down from 69% in 2003 to 51% in 2013; use of the Internet grew from 30% in 2003 to 59% in 2013

Ottawa - From 2003 to 2013, the proportion of Canadians who said they followed the news and current affairs every day fell from 68% to 60%.

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Business Case Winners

Laurier’s Lazaridis School students win prestigious business competitions

WATERLOO – Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics has a lot to celebrate after a record-number of business case competition wins in January. The Lazaridis School team once again came out on top against 13 other universities at the Canadian Association of Business Students’ (CABS) JDC Central competition, winning the highest distinction — School of the Year — for an unprecedented seventh year in a row. In the seven years since JDC Central began, the Lazaridis School has remained undefeated. Other honours for this 43-member team included second place for the Academic Cup, first place for the Debate Award, second place for the Participation Award, second place for the Social Award and Top Dollars Raised for Charity.

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Investing

Increasing number of Canadians hesitant to invest, even in housing

Investor sentiment at its lowest level since the financial crisis; with eroding investor sentiment is the feeling among Canadians that they are in a worse financial position than they were two years ago

Toronto - Manulife's Investor Sentiment Index has dropped to +16, the lowest point since the financial crisis when the index hit +11; the all-time high was +34 reached in 2006. Along with eroding investor sentiment is the feeling among Canadians that they are in a worse financial position than they were two years ago (26 per cent).

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Expansion

Restaurant Brands International Inc. Continues TIM HORTONS U.S. Expansion with Accelerated Growth in Indiana

Oakville - Restaurant Brands International Inc. and Luke Family of Brands have reached an agreement to further develop the TIM HORTONS brand in Indiana. The agreement will make Luke the exclusive TIM HORTONS Area Representative and Developer in Indianapolis and Lafayette, responsible for owning and operating restaurants, managing the market and sourcing local entrepreneurs to develop restaurants, creating thousands of jobs in the state of Indiana.

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Policing

Province Seeking Public Feedback on its Strategy for a Safer Ontario

Ontario to Modernize the Delivery of Community Safety

Queens Park - Ontario is launching public consultations across the province on the development of its Strategy for a Safer Ontario - a new blueprint for effective, sustainable, and community-based policing.

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Expansion

Driverseat Opens 2 New Territories

Existing Franchise Owners Mike and Patti McMillan open their 2nd market while William Lui opens his third

Kitchener – Driverseat is pleased to announce the official opening of Burlington East and Richmond Hill South. Both markets are located in Ontario Canada. “Having a new market open is exciting.”, states Brian Bazely, co-founder of Driverseat. “However, having two new markets open with existing franchise owners makes the event that much more remarkable.”

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Tour Operators

Travel arrangement services or 2014

Ottawa - The operating revenue for the travel arrangement and reservation services industry group rose 4.9% to $12.2 billion in 2014, and the increase was mainly attributable to the tour operator industry.

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Sociai Housing Retrofit

Ontario Investing $92 Million to Create Jobs and Retrofit Social Housing

Green Investment Fund Fighting Climate Change, Growing Ontario’s Economy

Queens Park - Ontario continues to put its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $92 million from the Green Investment Fund into social housing retrofits to take advantage of the economic opportunities in clean technologies, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Technology Open House

City of Waterloo introduces licence plate recognition vehicle

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo will unveil its licence plate recognition vehicle at an open house later this month. The public is encouraged to attend this open house to speak with a compliance and standards officer and learn more about this vehicle and its benefits.

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Ontario's Tech Corridor

Mayors join forces to step up promotion of Toronto-Waterloo corridor

by John Lorinc

Kitchener/Waterloo - Following a wide-ranging strategy session held at Shopify’s downtown Toronto office, mayors from Toronto and Waterloo Region announced today that the two cities will join forces to promote the area as an international innovation corridor, while stepping up their advocacy for vital infrastructure, including all-day/two-way GO Transit service connecting the two cities.

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Debt Settlement

Consumer Advocate calls on Ontario government to act to protect debt settlement clients

Clients who signed debt settlement contracts and paid their fees were left high and dry by the firms' decisions to cease offering their services to their clients

Kitchener - Consumer advocate Mark Silverthorn is calling upon the Ontario Registrar of Collection Agencies to take immediate action to protect the public from firms offering debt settlement services to Ontarians in contravention of the Ontario Collection and Debt Settlement Services Act.

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Concrete

Cement for December 2015

Ottawa - Cement manufacturers produced 0.82 million tonnes of cement products in December, down 26.1% from November, but up 10.3% from the same month a year earlier.

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Chamber Event

Bank of Canada Top Brass to Address Canada’s Fastest Growing Community

Guelph - On Wednesday February 24, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host Lawrence Schembri, a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, for a constructive discussion with members of Guelph’s business community at the Guelph Economic Leadership Forum. The Forum, hosted in partnership with RBC, will provide the avenue to discuss risks to financial stability and how the private sector and individuals could be impacted.

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Arts & Culture

Raffi Armenian conducts Opera Laurier’s 40th anniversary performance of The Cunning Little Vixen

Waterloo – In celebration of Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Music’s 40th anniversary, Opera Laurier will perform The Cunning Little Vixen by Czech composer Leoš Janáček. The performance will be directed by Brent Krysa and conducted by the legendary Maestro Raffi Armenian. Performances will take place Feb. 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Theatre Auditorium on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

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