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Water

Thomas Peschak: Dive into an ocean photographer's world

Somersaulting manta rays, dashing dolphins, swarming schools of fish and munching sharks inhabit a world beneath the ocean's surface that few get a chance to see. Conservation photographer Thomas Peschak visits incredible seascapes around the world, and his photos reveal these hidden ecosystems. "You can't love something and become a champion for it if you don't know it exists," he says. Join Peschak in a new, immersive TED Talk format as he shares his stunning work and his dream for a future of respectful coexistence with the ocean. Thomas Peschak strives to merge photojournalism and cutting edge science to create powerful media projects that tackle critical marine conservation issues.

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Advance Manufacturing

ATS announces automation systems Order Booking

Cambridge - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (ATS) announced yesterday it has received an enterprise Order Booking from a North American-based customer that is a global leader in its market. ATS has provided innovative core manufacturing solutions to the customer for a number of years.

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Financial Rating

Moody’s maintains Region’s "Aaa" (Triple A) credit rating

Waterloo Region – Moody’s Investors Service has rated the Region of Waterloo with the highest credit rating possible for the 16th year in a row. The Region’s "Aaa" rating reflects prudent financial management and long-term planning as well as a proven track record for positive operating outcomes.

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Top Priority

Unemployment/Jobs and Taxes Now Top Two Issues in Canada, Healthcare Drops to Third

Unemployment/jobs Breaks From The Pack

Toronto - The national issue agenda among Canadians continues to evolve over the short and long-term. Healthcare, unemployment/jobs, taxes, and poverty/social inequality continue to occupy the top four spots. However, unemployment/jobs has broken from the pack, while taxes has overtaken healthcare in second. Immigration control has now solidified its fifth place standing.

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Moderation

Industrial product and raw materials price indexes for January 2016

Of the three major commodity groups that declined in January, energy and petroleum products (-7.3%) posted the largest decrease

Ottawa - The Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI) rose 0.5% in January, mainly as a result of higher prices for motorized and recreational vehicles. Lower prices for energy and petroleum products largely moderated the increase in the IPPI. The Raw Materials Price Index (RMPI) declined 0.4%, led by lower prices for crude energy products.

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Housing

Guelph-Wellington 20,000 Homes Campaign Sets Local Target For Ending Homelessness

Guelph – The Guelph-Wellington 20,000 Homes Leadership Committee has set an initial local target as part of a nationwide campaign to permanently house 20,000 homeless people by July 1, 2018. The local campaign will kick-°©off during ‘Registry Week’ in late April, which will mobilize volunteers from the community to get to know homeless people by name and address their housing and health care needs through a simple survey. Completed surveys and recorded data will be shared with local staff who will prioritize entry into housing based on urgent need. The Leadership Committee has committed to housing 30 of our most vulnerable homeless community members in the first six months following Registry Week, as a first step toward ending homelessness in Guelph-°©Wellington.

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Building Excellence

Langs Community Health Centre: A model for thoughtful design

Cambridge - Langs in Cambridge, Waterloo Region was recently highlighted as an example provincially for the community hub model. A truly multi-user facility with an emphasis on preventative health solutions, Langs operates a Community Health Centre, a Diabetes Education Program and a variety of programs for preschool, youth and seniors. The Hub@1145 is co-located with 18 different community organizations at the hub including the William E Paultler, 50+ Adult Recreation Centre.

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Aging Population

"New" $345 Million Investment In Hospitals

2016 Budget Includes New Investments in "High-Quality" Health Care

Queens Park - As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is proposing a new investment of more than $345 million to all publicly funded hospitals, including a one per cent increase to base funding, to provide better patient access to high-quality health care services.

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Auditions

Dragons' Den Open Auditions March 9, 2016

Kitchener/Waterloo - Dragons' Den will be holding open auditions in Kitchener-Waterloo on March 9, 2016. We're looking for the next big thing for the hit series on CBC Television. This is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to come down and pitch their business concept for the chance to appear on national television.

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Books

Canada's balance of international payments, fourth quarter 2015

Imports of goods were down $2.6 billion to $136.7 billion. As with exports, the most notable decline was recorded in imports of energy products

Ottawa - Canada's current account deficit (on a seasonally adjusted basis) edged up $0.1 billion in the fourth quarter to $15.4 billion. On an annual basis, the current account deficit increased from $44.9 billion in 2014 to $65.7 billion in 2015.

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Health Care

Zika virus might cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to new evidence from French Polynesia

Western Australia - Analysis of blood samples from 42 patients diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) during the Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia provides the first evidence that Zika virus might cause GBS, a severe neurological disorder, according to new research published in The Lancet today. Based on the analysis of data from French Polynesia, if 100000 people were infected with Zika virus, 24 would develop GBS.

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Arts & Culture

City of Kitchener announces 2016 artist-in-residence

Kitchener – A large life-size “tree troll” marionette, for which community members and students will create thousands of leaves using wool, will be one of the collaborative projects undertaken by Kitchener’s 2016 artist-in-residence, Sarah Granskou for her yearlong project titled, “Our Fibers, Our Forest: adventures in felting and song.”

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Governance

Carleton’s Kamari Clarke Awarded Grant to Study the Potential Impact of New Africa Court

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Kamari Clarke, associate professor in Global and International Studies, and her research associate Charles Jalloh have been awarded US $246,000 to carry out a research project analyzing the potential impact of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

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Statement

Steelworkers Reviewing Options on U.S. Steel Decision

Toronto - The United Steelworkers (USW) disagrees and is disappointed with a judge's decision giving U.S. Steel creditor priority in the insolvency proceedings of the company's former Canadian subsidiary, U.S. Steel Canada.

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Design

Excellence in structural and architectural wood design recognized at 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC

Vancouver - Inspired and innovative designs of wood structures in smaller urban BC centres and åmid-rise construction were in the spotlight tonight at the 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC. Included in the awards were many impressive large public buildings including a museum, visitor centre and a diplomatic property located outside of BC and Canada. More than 350 distinguished design and building professionals, including architects, engineers, designers, project teams, industry sponsors and guests, gathered this evening to honour the nominees and winners of the 2016 Wood Design Awards in BC presented by Wood WORKS! BC. The 12th annual awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) recognized leadership in advancing wood use in design and building while being an opportunity to publicly salute and celebrate structural and architectural achievement using wood.

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