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Why People Cheat

Esther Perel: Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.

Amazing Milestone Philanthropy

The Cowan Foundation Celebrates 20 Years and 20 Million Dollars!

Cambridge - 2015 marks a momentous year for The Cowan Foundation as we celebrate two significant milestones - 20 years of building community and 20 million dollars in donations. “The Cowan Foundation was started in 1995 in honour of Frank Cowan, the founder of Frank Cowan Company and Cowan Insurance Group”, said Maureen Cowan (photo Exchange 2004), Chairman and Co-CEO Princeton Holdings Limited and Chairman of The Cowan Foundation. “Although basking in accolades would have gone against his grain, we would be remiss if we didn’t offer him deserved thanks for placing such importance on building community where we do business. This strong focus on our community is an important part of the culture across the Princeton Holdings group of companies.”

New Housing

Investment in new housing construction, for March 2015

Ontario, investment rose 2.4% to $1.1 billion

Ottawa - Investment in new housing construction increased 4.2% to $3.5 billion in March compared with the same month a year earlier. Investment rose in all dwelling types with apartment and apartment-condominium buildings accounting for much of the national advance.

State of Cambridge - Video

Cambridge Mayor Craig focuses on change at 2015 State of the City address

Cambridge - Mayor Doug Craig addressed a full house of business and civic leaders yesterday morning at his annual State of the City address focusing on the theme of “change.” Mayor Craig highlighted the change that is currently happening in the city, the planned changes for the future, and the opportunities for change still to come.

Public Statement

Waterloo families will pay the price for Liberal sell-off of Hydro One says Fife

Waterloo – Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife met with Waterloo seniors, John and Marian Liliethal, who are concerned about the Liberal plan to sell-off Hydro One. This meeting is part of a series of public consultations that New Democrats are holding in communities across the province.


Employment Insurance for March 2015

Ottawa - In March, 517,900 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, up 5,900 or 1.1% from February. Compared with March 2014, the number of EI beneficiaries rose slightly (+2,600), the first year-over-year increase since February 2010.

Work Relations

Jerks at Work

Don't let jerks at work drag you down - By Terry Kosdrosky

Ann Arbor, MI - New research from Michigan Ross Professor Gretchen Spreitzer (photo) shows toxic co-workers aren’t just annoying — they affect your work quality. Sometimes co-workers can enliven your day and even inspire, while others - well, some can be downright soul-crushing.


Faculty of Arts enhances scholarship funding for promising local students

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts is helping students in Waterloo region get a head start in financing their university studies with a new scholarship that targets incoming undergraduates from local high schools.

Chart of the Week

Wrong Direction

by Michael Hayhoe

Kitchener - Economic equality isn't going in the right direction, especially in our good neighbour to the south. The top 10% of households now earn almost 20 times more on average than the bottom 10%. "We have reached a tipping point. Inequality in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries is at its highest since records began,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria. In most of the 34 countries in the OECD the income gap is at its highest level in three decades, with the richest 10 percent of the population earning 9.6 times the income of the poorest 10 percent.


Toronto Ranked One of the World's Top Retail Destinations

Toronto - Even with Target headed towards its ultimate departure, Canada remained a top destination for global retailers in 2014. The eighth edition of CBRE’s How Global is the Business of Retail? tracks the movement of the world's top 334 retailers in more than 160 cities and indicates that Canada is one of the top 10 destinations for retailers looking to expand and Toronto is the most targeted city in North and South America.


Shopify Inc. jumped in its trading debut, after the company raised a larger than expected $131 million in its initial public offering.

Shopify rose 51 percent to $25.68 in New York Trading, after the shares were sold for $17 each. The stock is also listed in Toronto. Shopify provides software that helps merchants sell their products online. The company was born out of a conundrum for 34-year-old founder Tobias Lutke, who had snowboards to sell over the Internet in 2004. He said in the prospectus that the software options for setting up small businesses online were complex and expensive, and started Shopify in 2006 as a result.


Field Study Shows How a GM Crop Can Have Diminishing Success at Fighting Off Insect Pest

Raleigh, NC - A new study from North Carolina State University and Clemson University finds that the toxin in a widely used genetically modified (GM) crop is having little impact on the crop pest called corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) – which is consistent with predictions made almost 20 years ago that had been largely ignored. The study may be a signal to pay closer attention to warning signs about the development of resistance in agricultural pests to GM crops.

Global Challenges

Egypt’s President Alsisi: Arab Region and International Community Must Work Together

The transformation of the Arab region must be driven through public-private cooperation; President Alsisi of Egypt stressed the importance of engaging young people and addressing extremism

Dead Sea, Jordan – The Arab world is facing severe political, economic and security challenges, which countries have to address together with the international community, said Abdelfattah Said Hussein Alsisi, the President of Egypt, to business, government and civil society leaders participating in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, which opened today. Efforts “can only be successful through close cooperation between governments, the private sector and civil-society organizations so that the root causes of these challenges can be diagnosed and the means of overcoming them determined. In this way the aspirations of the Arab peoples for progress and development will be realized.”

New Currency

Update on Launch of Bitcoin Exchange

Vancouver - - Bit-X Financial Corp. , a crypto-currency exchange and internet financial services company, announced that the test environment for the bitcoin exchange is progressing well and on track to go-live in June 2015.

Personal Growth

Is There A More Direct Path To Confidence?

4 Ways To Positively Reinforce Your Life From Sought-After Speaker

Wesley Chapel, FL - Fear, insecurity, self-doubt and the like can be the biggest obstacles many of us face in life. In order to overcome that negativity, many people turn to unhealthy behaviors, such as overeating or alcohol abuse. “Compulsive or addictive behavior may temporarily numb that negativity, but it won’t put you on a healthy and wholesome path,” says Darlene Hunter, a speaker and author of Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude.


New study assesses 15 Canadian cities' preparedness for flooding

Guelph - A study released yesterday assesses the level of preparedness of 15 major Canadian cities to limit flood damage. Commissioned by The Co-operators and written by Dr. Blair Feltmate from the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, the report aims to motivate cities to increase efforts to build resilience against flooding, and to provide a benchmark against which their progress can be measured.

Global Partnership

Canada Partners with University of Waterloo to Help Establish Indonesia as a Centre of Actuarial Excellence

Canada strengthens actuarial sector in Indonesia to stimulate economic growth and stability

Waterloo - Yesterday, Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo and Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced Canada’s support to the University of Waterloo for an initiative aimed at helping build a stronger insurance and pension industry in Indonesia to stimulate sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty. In making the announcement, PS Braid was joined by Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development. “Canada is proud to partner with the University of Waterloo and Manulife on this important initiative, which will contribute to building a strong foundation for economic growth and stability in Indonesia by strengthening the country’s actuarial profession," said Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo and Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities.

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