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Changing Ways

Ivan Coyote: Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms

There are a few things that we all need: fresh air, water, food, shelter, love ... and a safe place to pee. For trans people who don't fit neatly into the gender binary, public restrooms are a major source of anxiety and the place where they are most likely to be questioned or harassed. In this poetically rhythmic talk, Ivan Coyote grapples with complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity and highlights the need for gender-neutral bathrooms in all public places.

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Charitable Giving

FedDev Ontario Announces Support for Innovative Philanthropy-Driven Software Company

Waterloo - Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced up to $730,000 to help a Waterloo-based software developer market its philanthropy-driven technology to financial institutions across North America.

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Money

Investment income in 2014

Ottawa - Both the number of taxfilers reporting investment income and the amount of reported investment income increased in 2014, but at a slower pace than in the previous year. Investment income refers to the sum of dividend income from taxable Canadian corporations and interest income from investments in non-tax-sheltered vehicles.

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BioDiversity

Global Scientific Organization Launches New Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

3-year Study Will Measure Progress as 2020 Deadline Nears for Reaching Biodiversity Goals; Will Be Guided by Newly Adopted Approach for Evaluating Biodiversity-Related Policy Options; IPBES Elects Sir Robert Watson as Chair of New Bureau

Kuala Lumpur - The launch of an ambitious new three-year scientific assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services was announced today at the close of a week-long meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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Ontario Budget

Guelph Chamber Welcomes Commitment to Going Global Strategy in Provincial Budget

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce welcomes the $30 million commitment to the Going Global Strategy in the Ontario Provincial Budget. As one of the fastest growing communities in Canada and noted ‘jobs powerhouse’, Guelph businesses are well positioned to expand into new markets and be active players in the global marketplace.

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Aquisition

Rockwell Collins completes acquisition of Matrix series projector product lines from Christie Digital Systems

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa/Waterloo Region, Ontario - Rockwell Collins has completed the acquisition of the Matrix series projector product lines from Christie Digital Systems (“Christie®”). The transaction, first announced on January 26, will give military and aviation customers a more comprehensive partner for all their current and future simulation and training projector needs.

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Recognition

Gore Mutual Certified as a "Great Place to Work"

Cambridge - Gore Mutual Insurance Company's employees have always known it, but now it's official: Gore Mutual has been certified as a "Great Place to Work" for 2016.

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Infrastructure

Ontario Budget focuses on social policy

Toronto - The Wynne government’s second economic blueprint for Ontario is entitled, “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow” the budget details the government’s next phase in its agenda to create jobs and economic growth. The key pillars of this year’s fiscal plan are: fostering an innovative and dynamic business environment; continuing to invest in infrastructure; emphasizing the importance of education and training; enhancing health care; developing a fair society; strengthening retirement security; and, making life easier.

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Marketing

FedDev Ontario Invests in York Region's Audio Technology Cluster

Schomberg – Deborah Schulte, Member of Parliament for King/Vaughan, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced an important investment that will help a York region–based audio technology company develop new applications of its technology.

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Life Expectancy

Canadian Megatrends for February 2016

Ottawa - For Life expectancy from 1920–1922 to 2009–2011 a variety of factors, including better health care, childhood vaccinations and health awareness campaigns with associated legislation, to name only a few, have helped boost Canadians' life expectancy by more than two decades since 1920–1922.

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Film & Media

The Revenant Is the Frontrunner for Best Picture Oscar, Ipsos Study Finds

Critical Favorites “Spotlight” and “The Big Short” Do Not Rate As Highly with Americans

Los Angeles, CA – The Oscars, one of the entertainment industry’s most prestigious awards ceremonies, takes place this Sunday, and Ipsos has asked Americans to cast their ballot for its biggest prize, Best Picture. The study found that American audiences see The Revenant as the leading contender for the award, while critical favorites such as Spotlight and The Big Short struggle in perception among the American public.

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Education - Ontario Budget

Conestoga applauds provincial budget commitment to applied research

Waterloo Region - The Ontario government’s announcement of $20 million over three years to be invested in applied research at colleges demonstrates an important commitment to innovation and productivity, according to officials at Conestoga College.

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Recognition

United Way’s 4th Annual Community Achievement Night Was A True Celebration of Community

Cambridge - Over 250 people from all walks of life gathered together at the Cambridge Armenian Hall on Thursday, February 25th for United Way’s 4th Annual Community Achievement Night. Hosted by emcee Susan Cook-Sheerer of Rogers Daytime and sponsored by a number of local organizations, including title sponsor Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, the event was a celebration of the people and organizations whose actions over the past year have helped to improve lives in the Cambridge and North Dumfries community.

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RRSP

Registered retirement savings plan contributions for 2014

Ottawa - Contributions to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) totalled $38.6 billion in 2014, up 3.2% from 2013. Data are based on tax returns filed for 2014.

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Sustainability Event

Emerging Sustainability Leaders Converge in Vancouver to Catalyze Change

Pietra Basilij, Sustainability Community Development Manager at the Vancouver Economic Commission, facilitates roundtable discussions with emerging sustainability leaders

Vancouver - GLOBE Series and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) invite media to join VEC leaders, local and international environmental leaders, and Canada's next generation of entrepreneurs and policy thinkers for a panel discussion on "creating and taking new opportunities." The Commission is bringing Shivani Chotalia, the winner of its emerging leaders contest, to GLOBE 2016 as part of a national partnership to catalyze emerging Canadian environmental leaders and sustainability professionals.


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