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Religion and Women

Chelsea Shields: How I'm working for change inside my church

How do we respect someone's religious beliefs, while also holding religion accountable for the damage those beliefs may cause? Chelsea Shields has a bold answer to this question. She was raised in the orthodox Mormon tradition, and she spent the early part of her life watching women be excluded from positions of importance within the LDS Church. Now, this anthropologist, activist and TED Fellow is working to reform her church's institutionalized gender inequality. "Religions can liberate or subjugate, they can empower or exploit, they can comfort or destroy," she says. "What is taught on the Sabbath leaks into our politics, our health policy, violence around the world."

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Economic Development

Wellington County Warden Elected Chair of Western Ontario Economic Development Strategy

Among the committee’s first priorities will be the development of a Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Strategy.

Wellington County - The Chair of the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus (WOWC), Mayor Randy Hope of Chatham-Kent, is happy to announce that Wellington County Warden George Bridge has been elected as the Chair of the Warden’s Caucus Economic Development Committee.

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Woodies

Ontario Wood WORKS! 2015 Wood Design Award Winners Announced

Among the winning projects were the new St. Jacobs Farmers' Market (photo), Pointe Cabin, the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, and the inimitable Bar Raval.

Toronto - A select group of Ontario's leading architects, engineers, and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 15th annual Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto tonight. The awards program recognizes people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction.

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Maple Ambassador

Maplesoft Announces the Maple Ambassador Program

Ambassadors to share experiences, influence product development

Waterloo - Maplesoft has announced the Maple Ambassador program, designed to provide increased influence and visibility for enthusiasts of its product Maple. An official Maple Ambassador will inspire and educate others on their own campuses, and beyond, about the benefits that Maple brings to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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Transit

Ontario Allocating Over $332 Million in Gas Tax Funding

Earmarked for Transit Growth in Local Communities

Queens Park - Ontario is providing $332.9 million in gas tax funding to 95 municipalities this year to help expand and improve public transit—an increase of $11.4 million from last year.

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Entrepreneurship

JA Canada Students Open the Markets

Toronto - Yesterday morning students from JA Canada, the country's largest provider of youth business education programs, were thrilled to celebrate Financial Literacy Month by ringing the opening bell at the TMX. During Financial Literacy Month, organizations and individuals across Canada have been rallying to support the national Count Me In campaign, to empower Canadians, to manage money and debt wisely, while teaching them to plan and save for their future. As a key member of the Financial Literacy Action Group and a leading provider of Financial Literacy programs to Canadian youth, JA is proud to participate in these efforts.

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To Watch

TrustPoint named one of Canada’s Companies-to-watch in the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards

Waterloo – TrustPoint Innovation Technologies Ltd has been selected as a recipient of the Deloitte “Companies to Watch” award for 2015. TrustPoint provides innovative security solutions for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market, including connected car, vehicle to vehicle communications and Near Field Communications (NFC) applications.

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Housing

New Housing Price Index for September 2015

This was the eighth straight monthly price increase in Toronto and Oshawa, and the largest gain in Vancouver since April

Ottawa - The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) edged up 0.1% in September, following a 0.3% increase in August. The census metropolitan area (CMA) of Vancouver (+0.4%) and the combined region of Toronto and Oshawa (+0.2%) were the top contributors to the national increase. Builders in both areas reported market conditions as the main reason for the advance. This was the eighth straight monthly price increase in Toronto and Oshawa, and the largest gain in Vancouver since April.

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Chart of the Week

We are almost there

That is an 85% fall - Wow

Kitchener - The Bloomberg Commodity Index fell to a 16-year low this week. This global commodities rout has been nothing short of spectacular. We are almost there, back to the lows of the late nineties which was at the height of the last big tech bubble (anyone remember Pet.com and Nortel?). This time it is the Fabulous 4 - FANG - Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google.

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City Partner

City in partnership with Idea Exchange announces restaurant partner for digital library

Cambridge - The Idea Exchange Library Board of Trustees announced Monigram Coffee Roasters as the restaurant partner for the future digital library at the former Galt Post Office. “We’re thrilled to welcome Monigram as our restaurant partner,” said Helen Kelly, CEO of Idea Exchange. “As a local business that supports many community events and arts and cultural programs, Monigram demonstrates a shared service vision with Idea Exchange that makes them an exciting addition to the new space.”

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Broadcast

mpGO members give 1st-year Conestoga College Broadcast TV students a candid look at career options

On-board Video Manager with a cruise ship one of several potentially unexpected career paths

Kitchener – Members of the Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO) and special guests will give 1st-year students, who are enrolled in Conestoga College’s Business of Television course, a candid look at career options through a panel discussion on November 17, 2015.

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Audit Report

New technologies and techniques set to transform audit delivery

Innovative approaches to audit will help Canadian companies better manage risk while strengthening their business

Toronto - KPMG released a new report yesterday, Future thought: the audit is changing, which discusses how audit delivery will be transformed by new technologies and techniques. The report specifically highlights the role that Data & Analytics (D&A) and Lean in Audit™ (Lean) methodologies will play in helping to evolve the practice of audit.

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Hydro One

Ontario Raises $1.83 Billion for Infrastructure Investments

Government Completes Initial Public Offering of Hydro One Shares

Queens Park - The first phase of Hydro One’s initial public offering (IPO) has now been completed, generating $1.83 billion in gross proceeds that will now be dedicated to critical investments in transit and infrastructure throughout Ontario and pay down debt.

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Innovative Building

University of Waterloo breaks ground on innovative engineering building

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo broke ground on an innovative engineering building that will feature facilities designed to expand student-driven innovation and advanced research labs to develop emerging technologies that will help to boost Canada’s global competitiveness. The new $88-million building, Engineering 7, will provide students with enhanced learning experiences as well as researchers and graduate students with state-of-the-art facilities to advance their work on emerging and disruptive technologies including machine intelligence, automation of knowledge work and wearable biomedical devices to monitor human health.

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Mortality

UN report shows that despite substantial progress, the world fell short of the maternal mortality target in the Millennium Development Goals

Geneva - New research shows that, despite reducing maternal mortality by an impressive 44% between 1990 and 2015, the world fell well short of the target of a 75% reduction that appeared in the Millennium Development Goals. The study is led by Drs Leontine Alkema of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA and Doris Chou, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, with colleagues from the UN Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group and academia.

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Home Buyer

CMHC Releases 2015 First-Time Home Buyers Survey

Ottawa - Buying your first home is an exciting time but it also comes with many questions, concerns and in some cases, nerves. With that in mind, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released today its 2015 First-Time Homebuyers Survey (#FirstTimeBuyers) coinciding with the fifth anniversary of Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2015).

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AGM

The KWS Reflects on 2014/15 Highlights and Start of New Era at Annual General Meeting

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony held its Annual General Meeting this evening, November 12, 2015 at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. The KWS reported on the results of the 2014/15 Season and highlighted some of the many accomplishments of the season, in addition to looking forward to a new era of the organization. The overall tenor of the meeting reflected a renewed confidence in the Symphony’s financial trajectory to match its continuing artistic prowess.

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Intergration

OpenText and DocuSign Transform Electronic Signature Process for Enterprise Content

Waterloo - OpenText announced new integrations to help OpenText enterprise customers securely create and route documents for electronic signature. With the DocuSign integration, OpenText users will have a court-admissible audit trail to help comply with information governance needs.

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Giving Back

What Workers Get From Giving Back

Nearly Four in 10 Professionals Volunteer Time Outside of Work

Toronto - With the holidays approaching, many people may be looking for opportunities to give back. What they may not realize is how their community service also could be helping their careers. In a Robert Half survey, nearly four in 10 (37 per cent) Canadian professionals said they volunteer outside of work. Respondents said their philanthropic activities help them improve their sense of well-being and effectiveness at the office (58 per cent), develop new skills (48 per cent), expand their network (47 per cent), and enhance their company's visibility (14 per cent).

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Film

Zonta Film Festival premieres diverse line-up of empowering films

Waterloo Region – From November 17th-19th, Zonta Film Festival (ZFF) is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the most courageous and thought-provoking line-up of films to date. Nowhere else will audiences find such an unique, diverse line-up of empowering films directed by female filmmakers.

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Mental Health Care

GRH to build better connections to medical community through Day in Psychiatry on Wednesday November 18th

Waterloo Region - Grand River Hospital’s second annual Day In Psychiatry will bring family doctors and hospital staff together to discuss the latest in mental health care. The day-long conference will take place on Wednesday November 18th at the Waterloo Inn.



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