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Will Potter: The secret US prisons you've never heard of before

Investigative journalist Will Potter is the only reporter who has been inside a Communications Management Unit, or CMU, within a US prison. These units were opened secretly, and radically alter how prisoners are treated — even preventing them from hugging their children. Potter, a TED Fellow, shows us who is imprisoned here, and how the government is trying to keep them hidden. “The message was clear,” he says. “Don’t talk about this place.”


Some pain, big gain: Ontario Trillium Foundation execs share thoughts on evaluation

Evaluation isn’t an epilogue written after a funded project wraps up. It’s a start-to-finish process, essential to the well-being of the strategy - By Christian Aagaard

Waterloo - As a word, evaluation has all the warmth of a driving test. It carries an air of pressure and judgment. But maybe we’re the ones doing the misjudging. Evaluation in the charitable not-for-profit sector has a lot potential for leading change. The Ontario Trillium Foundation certainly thinks so.

Federal Election Reversal

JT's Liberals to form majority government

A total of 88 women were sent to House

Waterloo - Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will form a majority government after capturing 184 seats in the October 19, 2015 "about face" election. The Conservatives will form the Official Opposition. This will be the second time for Canada to be led by a Trudeau, as the 43-year-old Liberal leader follows in the footsteps of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served as prime minister for almost 16 years before retiring in 1984. Stephen Harper will step down as leader of the party, according to a party statement

Canadian Federal Election 2015

Canadian PM's low-energy campaign didn't see depth of voter anger

56-year-old economist was a divisive figure who dominated his government, a man adored by those who liked what they saw as his principled, uncompromising style and detested by opponents who decried his dictatorial style - Reuters By Rod Nickel and David Ljunggren

CALGARY/OTTAWA (Reuters) - When outgoing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the longest Canadian election campaign in more than a century in August, he announced "this isn't a popularity contest."


The Co-operators awards more than $90,000 to young sustainability champions

Guelph - Through the IMPACT! Fund, The Co-operators awarded $93,747 in grants today to 21 young Canadians who demonstrated leadership and ingenuity in sustainability. The IMPACT! Fund, which is part of the IMPACT! Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership, financially supports young sustainability leaders as they implement programs that have a positive impact on Canadian communities.

Award Winner

Laurier professor wins Nelson Educational Excellence Award

Waterloo – Laurier Associate Professor Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts has been awarded the 2015 Nelson Educational Excellence Award for the third edition of her Spanish introductory textbook, iHola, amigos!


Laurier’s Alison Blay-Palmer appointed CIGI Chair in Sustainable Food Systems

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) Director Alison Blay-Palmer has been appointed the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, located at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Aggregated Results

Food services and drinking places, annual, 2013

Ottawa - The food services and drinking places subsector recorded operating revenue of $57.9 billion and operating expenses of $55.4 billion in 2013. This led to an operating profit margin of 4.3%. This industry group is composed of full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, special food services and drinking places.

Mental State

Some patients in a vegetative state retain awareness, despite being unable to move

London - New insight into a vital cerebral pathway has explained how some patients in a vegetative state are aware despite appearing to be unconscious and being behaviourally unresponsive. The findings, published in JAMA Neurology, identify structural damage between the thalamus and primary motor cortex as the obstacle between covert awareness and intentional movement.

Council Matters

City of Waterloo council summary

Waterloo - The October 19, 2015 City of Waterloo council summary has been released. The summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at that evening’s council meeting.


Brad Whitcombe receives posthumous 2015 Honour Roll Award from GRCA

By Janet Baine

Cambridge - Brad Whitcombe is the recipient of a posthumous 2015 Grand River Honour Roll Award, the highest award given out by the Grand River Conservation Authority. Whitcombe died suddenly in November, 2014, leaving a long record of environmental service to the Grand River watershed. He was a long-serving politician in Puslinch Township, and Wellington County. Among his many accomplishments, he was co-founder of two very successful environmental programs.


GRCA Awards, scholarships and grants

Cambridge - The Grand River Special Recognition event took place Oct. 15 to present the 2015 Grand River Watershed Awards, scholarships and Community Conservation Grants. The evening was jointly organized by the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Grand River Conservation Foundation.

Aggregated Results

Specialized design services for 2013

Ottawa - The specialized design services industry group reported $2.9 billion in operating revenue and $2.4 billion in operating expenses in 2013, resulting in an operating profit margin of 18.1%.


Guelph Chamber Brings Local Issues to National Stage

Guelph - Canada is doing more and more business with Asia. Asia makes up 15 percent of Canada’s international trade – up from 10 percent in 2003. It is with this in mind that the Guelph Chamber lent its voice and support on expanding opportunities in Asia at the just concluded Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual Policy Convention, where accelerating international trade opportunities took centre stage.


Canadian Used Vehicle Exports Surge

Toronto - Global auto sales have moderated in recent months, undercut by double-digit declines in South America and Eastern Europe, as well as slowing purchases across Asia, according to the Scotiabank Global Auto Report released yesterday. In contrast, volumes continue to improve in North America and Western Europe.

House & Structure

Top 5 building concerns for Ontario homeowners

Research report examines what Ontarians care about most in their homes

Concord – Home energy costs, noise and mould are some of the top concerns of surveyed Ontario homeowners, according to a recently released report from the Ontario association representing brick, block and stone manufacturers, recently looked into what Ontarians fear most about their homes.

Arts & Culture

Grand River Film Festival Announces Judges for 2015

MCAP SHORT Shorts Film Competition

Cambridge – The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) announced that Carlomagno (Mango) Alvaredo, Gary Cain and Paul Kemp will serve as the awards judging panel for the 2015 MCAP SHORT Shorts Film Screening & Awards. Together, the jury will vote on which of the festival's competing short films will win in the following categories:

Policy Lecture

Laurier professor and former cabinet minister John Milloy to give lecture on reforming Canadian politics

Waterloo – Many people say that politics is broken – is that really the case? If so, what does that mean for Canadians and how do we fix it? What are the starting points for action? John Milloy, Wilfrid Laurier University’s political science practitioner-in-residence and a former provincial cabinet minister, will answer these questions and more in a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Laurier’s Senate Board and Chamber. Members of the Laurier and broader communities are welcome to attend.

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