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Kaki King: A musical escape into a world of light and color

A genre unto herself, Kaki King fuses the ancient tradition of working with one's hands with digital technology, projection-mapping imagery onto her guitar in her groundbreaking multimedia work "The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body." Using her guitar's neck like a keyboard, she plays an intricate melody as she takes the audience on a musical journey of light and sound. She calls it "guitar as paintbrush."


People attribute moral obligation and blame, regardless of ability

Waterloo - New research from the University of Waterloo debunks the age-old moral philosophy that if you are unable to do something, then you are not morally obligated to do it.


Collaboration to take centre stage at upcoming TEDxUW

Waterloo - This year's TEDxUW conference will feature a varied roster of speakers, some with a Waterloo connection, but all addressing the common theme of collaboration and the role it plays in their lives.

Labour Trends

Accurately Predicting the Canadian Labour Force Survey

Toronto – The Canadian economy created 44,000 jobs in the month of October 2015, according to the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey which was released earlier last Friday. On a year-to-date basis, Canada has created 144,000 jobs, mostly in full-time work. The unemployment rate for October was 7.0%, down .1% from the prior month of September.

Building intentions

Building permits for September 2015

Municipalities issued $7.1 billion worth of building permits in September, down 6.7% from the previous month. This was the second consecutive monthly decline. Lower construction intentions for residential buildings and commercial structures in Ontario largely explained the decline.


Robust economic growth can no longer be taken for granted - Advice to Canada's New Federal Government to Strengthen Canada's Prosperity

Ottawa - The next federal government will have to address some big economic and social issues affecting Canadians. A new briefing released today by The Conference Board of Canada offers research-based advice on how Canada's economic growth performance and potential can be strengthened through policy reform.

Environment Fund

Region now accepting applications for the 2016 Community Environmental Fund

Waterloo Region – Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Region of Waterloo Community Environmental Fund (CEF). Established in 2011, the Fund provides grants to assist community members and organizations carry out projects that protect, promote, and enhance our natural environment. “Each year since 2011 we’ve seen some great environmental projects completed throughout the Region,” said Regional Chair Ken Seiling. “We’re looking forward to receiving applications for additional innovative projects that will benefit our community.”

Add ons

Offering a radical new product feature? Laurier researchers say add it on, don’t build it in

Waterloo – From automobiles to consumer electronics, today’s products boast new and fancy features in an endless competition for consumers’ attention. But when faced with radical new innovations, how much risk are consumers willing to take? Would they buy a new video game console that offers a mind-control feature already built in, or one that offers mind-control as an accessory attached to the console?


Ontario Invests $27M in Youth Entrepreneurship

Province Extends Youth Jobs Strategy to Help Youth Launch Businesses, Gain Skills

Queens Park - Ontario is helping young people across the province create the next wave of highly skilled jobs and innovative products. The province is building on its support of young innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs by investing more than $27 million over two years in a number of initiatives:


Ontario Adds 29,200 Jobs in October

Province Focused on Record Investments in Infrastructure to Boost Economy

Queens Park - Ontario’s economy continues to create jobs, with 29,200 jobs added in October in the midst of a challenging global economy. This brings the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 559,600.


Local Employers Make Public Commitment To Paying A Living Wage

Guelph – Eleven Guelph and Wellington based employers have been recognized as “Living Wage Employers” after making the commitment to pay over 1250 of their employees at least a living wage.


PCL Toronto Announces Appointments to Leadership Team

Toronto - PCL announced the following appointments to its senior leadership team in Toronto. Mike Wieninger is appointed Senior Vice President and District Manager, Bruce Sonnenberg is appointed Vice President and District Manager and Kelly Wallace is appointed District Manager.

Charitable Non-Profits

Fort McMurray Event Marks Milestone for Capacity Canada

Waterloo Region - Capacity Canada has taken its boot-camp training model out of Ontario for the first time. It has partnered with FuseSocial, a local agency in Fort McMurray, Alta., to host a board governance boot camp today (Nov. 6) and tomorrow for leaders of the city’s charitable non-profits. The event is sponsored by the Suncor Energy Foundation.

Arts & Culture

The Zonta Film Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the most courageous and thought-provoking films we’ve ever shown.

Waterloo Region - New this year is the Zonta Film Festival Directors’ Lunch, where guests will meet the filmmakers of at least three of this year’s lineup. Lunch at Proof Kitchen and Lounge in Waterloo at noon on Nov. 18 will be followed by an engaging and interactive Q&A.


Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics presents Economist-in-Residence Speaker Jeffry Frieden

Waterloo – Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics will host the second event in its Economist-in-Residence speaker series Nov. 10. The school will welcome Jeffry Frieden, professor of government at Harvard University and author of Currency Politics. Frieden will present a keynote on "The Future of International Finance” to Lazaridis School students.

CBL - Hamilton

Hamilton United Basketball Club Announces General Manager and Head Coach

The Hamilton United Basketball Club announces Rob Bowden Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager.

Hamilton - Jeff Young, Team President gave the following statement, “I am ecstatic to announce Rob as Executive Vice President and General Manager.” “Rob has been a fixture in the local basketball community tirelessly working to promote youth basketball within our great city. His combination of basketball knowledge and business savvy coupled with his passion for the game is exactly what we were looking for in a GM.”
After obtaining a business degree from York University in 1980, Mr. Bowden went on to manage several successful businesses establishing his credibility as a successful business executive. Since 2010 Rob has been the president of the Ancaster Magic Minor Basketball organization.

24 Sussex

National Trust Promotes Rehabilitation of 24 Sussex Drive

Ottawa – In an article published in the Ottawa Citizen, the National Trust for Canada lays out its position on the future of the Prime Minister’s residence.


Ontario Protects Home Equity From Creditor Actions

Kitchener - Effective December 1, 2015, Ontario will increase thresholds for items that are protected from actions taken by a person's creditors, even when they file for bankruptcy. Changes to the Execution Act will also see the addition of a new exemption for home equity up to a maximum of $10,000.

First Message

Statement from the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on Communicating Science

Ottawa - Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, made the following statement Friday: "Our government values science and will treat scientists with respect ... That is why government scientists and experts will be able to speak freely about their work to the media and the public ... We are working to make government science fully available to the public and will ensure that scientific analyses are considered in decision making ... Canadians expect us to fulfill our commitments, including a more transparent and open government, and I am confident that we will accomplish great things for all Canadians."

Heavy Handling

Lift Depot chosen by CLARK Equipment as the authorized CLARK Forklift Dealer for Southern Ontario and GTA

London – Lift Depot Ltd announced that they have been appointed the distributor for CLARK Material Handling Company for Southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Rob Daniel, President and CEO of Lift Depot Ltd said “This is an historic time for our company as we add CLARK Forklifts to our current quality equipment offering.

Global Self-Employment Trend

Massive Brain Drain To Hit UK Businesses As Managers Go Freelance

The market for top level freelance consultants will grow dramatically over the next five years to over a million independent professionals.

With an estimated 650,000 more joining the mass exodus away from traditional employment, the impact on business will be profound, warns the on-demand labour specialist MBA & Co. “This is a brain-drain of epic proportions and a huge warning sign that the traditional 9-5 employment has passed its sell-by date, “says the firm’s CEO Daniel Callaghan.

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