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Monday April 18, 2011

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Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).


Small foundation dedicated to bringing “Awesome Ideas” to life launches in Waterloo Region

Waterloo– The KW Awesome Foundation has officially launched, bringing the promise of awesome things to come. The KW Awesome Foundation will give away $1,000.00 grants to anyone in the community with an awesome idea for a project or event that needs money to get it off the ground. The Foundation is made up of a board of 12 trustees and 2 non-voting administrators.


Waterloo Earth Day Set for May 7

Waterloo - More than 1,000 trees are expected to be planted at the annual Waterloo Earth Day, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 at the Laurel Creek Conservation Area at 625 Westmount Road in Waterloo.

Communications Award

Local Community Foundations Win Excellence in Communications Award Four Years in a Row!

Waterloo - The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation along with the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation have once again been named silver award winners for excellence in communications by the 2011 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program.

Gold Medal

Laurier to celebrate new funding and unveil CA Gold Medal Wall of Fame

WATERLOO – Laurier’s School of Business & Economics will celebrate $800,000 in new funding support from the Chartered Accountants of Ontario with a cocktail reception April 18 at 4 p.m. in the KPMG Atrium, Schlegel Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University.


Deadline approaching for GRCA Watershed Awards

Cambridge - The deadline is approaching for nominations for the Grand River Conservation Authority’s Watershed Awards. Nominations have to be submitted by May 2 for the annual awards that honour individuals, families, organizations and businesses that have improved the natural environment of the Grand River watershed.

Brain Study

Research Turns the World Upside Down: New Study Examines Brain Processes Behind Facial Recognition

London – When you think you see a face in the clouds or in the moon, you may wonder why it never seems to be upside down. It turns out the answer to this seemingly minor detail is that your brain has been wired not to. Using tests of visual perception and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Lars Strother and colleagues at The University of Western Ontario’s world-renowned Centre for Brain & Mind recently measured activity in two regions of the brain.




TORONTO - Liquidnet Canada, the institutional equities marketplace, announced record quarterly (Q1) performance highlights. The record trading in Canadian equities was driven mainly by Liquidnet Members based outside of Canada, underscoring the importance of Liquidnet's global community.

Charity Auction


"Team Wishful Thinking" Koup is being auctioned on eBay

MISSISSAUGA - The 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX that was driven in the 2010 Targa Newfoundland Rally by Team Wishful Thinking is now being auctioned for charity. The Koup, finished in 'rally red', was donated by Kia Canada Inc. and modified by Sherwood Kia in Edmonton, Alberta to make it 'rally ready' for its specific class.


Experts urge Canadian leadership to ban nuclear weapons

Ottawa -The Canadian government should join a new international effort to construct a global legal ban on all nuclear weapons, concluded disarmament experts meeting in Ottawa.


World Bank Economic Premise Note concludes that FreeBalance Government Resource Planning customers Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone Demonstrate Most Substantial PFM Progress

Ottawa - FreeBalance, a For Profit Social Enterprise software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning technology to accelerate country growth, is pleased to announce that the governments of Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Sierra Leone recently received a rating of “substantial” for public financial management (PFM) rebuilding and reform progress.

Guest Column

Financial Review Process Article

For the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation Submitted by Jennifer King

It’s 8:30 p.m. and in an upper‐floor classroom in Hagey Hall at the University of Waterloo, about 20 fourth‐year accounting students are carefully reviewing a batch of financial statements that show absolutely no profit. The statements are not snapshots of underperforming corporations. They are from non‐profits applying to two local foundations for grants and the students are part of a volunteer team brought together to learn about and analyze their financial health.


Employment Insurance

Statscan - In February, 628,900 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits, down 8,300 (-1.3%) from January and a fifth consecutive monthly decrease. The number of beneficiaries declined in all provinces except Prince Edward Island.


Canada's international transactions in securities

Statscan - Non-resident acquisitions of Canadian securities slowed to $2.5 billion in February. Foreign purchases of Canadian equities were up, but non-residents sold Canadian bonds for the first time in more than two years. Meanwhile, Canadian investment in foreign securities strengthened to $2.6 billion in February, led by acquisitions of US government securities.


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