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Benedetta Berti :The surprising way groups like ISIS stay in power

Benedetta Berti aims to understand when and why armed groups get involved in politics — and the implications this has for governments. ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas. These three very different groups are known for violence — but that’s only a portion of what they do, says policy analyst Benedetta Berti. They also attempt to win over populations with social work: setting up schools and hospitals, offering safety and security, and filling the gaps left by weak governments. Understanding the broader work of these groups suggests new strategies for ending the violence.

Hottest In The Province

Housing Market Boosts Waterloo Region Economy

Kitchener – The most wide-reaching provincial economic forecast of the year, the Ontario Economic Update 2016, was released today by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Credit Unions of Ontario, with support from the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. The housing market in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) is forecast to be among the hottest in the province.

JumpStart StartUps

The Accelerator Centre Announces Third AC JumpStart Cohort

Funded through an $8 million commitment from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the AC JumpStart program is delivered in partnership with Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.

Waterloo - The Accelerator Centre announced the third cohort of the AC JumpStart program. Twenty six companies were selected to participate in the program, which provides funding and mentorship aimed at growing their business and accelerating their sales.

Top Prize

Bridgit takes top prize at Google for Entrepreneurs’ inaugural women’s demo day

by Phil Froklage

Waterloo Region - Lauren Hasegawa and Mallorie Brodie, co-founders of Waterloo Region’s Bridgit, took top prize at Google for Entrepreneur’s inaugural Demo Day: Women’s Edition.

Syrian Newcomers

Community Partners Rally to Support Syrian Newcomers to Waterloo Region

Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers established at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

Kitchener-Waterloo - Leaders from around Waterloo Region have been working behind the scenes to plan a thoughtful, but coordinated approach to welcome Syrian newcomers to our community. When it was announced that more than 1,000 government-assisted and privately sponsored refugees will be settling in Waterloo Region starting in December, the community rallied to develop a strategy.

Mood, Behaviour & Mortality

Happiness and unhappiness have no direct effect on mortality

Sydney, AU - A study of a million UK women, published in The Lancet, has shown that happiness itself has no direct effect on mortality, and that the widespread but mistaken belief that unhappiness and stress directly cause ill health came from studies that had simply confused cause and effect.

Selling a Peice of Kitchener's History

CBRE launches program to market former Schneiders Foods Manufacturing facility in Kitchener

Former Schneider’s site focus of redevelopment

Kitchener – A national program to market the former site of Schneider’s historic meat plant in Kitchener is being launched with a goal to redevelop the landmark property, CBRE’s Southwestern Ontario office announced yesterday. CBRE will launch its national marketing campaign and install signs this week at the property as part of a concerted plan to attract bids. No specific sales list price has been set.

Ontario Chamber Economic Report

Unemployment Falls, GDP to Rise, Housing Remains Strong: Ontario Economic Update 2016

Toronto - The most wide-reaching provincial economic forecast of the year, the Ontario Economic Update 2016, was released by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Credit Unions of Ontario. According to the provincewide and regional data, most areas of Ontario will enjoy improving economic conditions in the coming year. Growth will be driven in part by an uptick in exports, the result of a stronger U.S. economy and a low Canadian dollar. Government fiscal policy will also be a key driver, as federal and provincial infrastructure commitments will stimulate growth across a variety of sectors.


Maplesoft Announces Support for STEM Education Initiatives

High school and middle school students explore science and math using Maplesoft technology

Waterloo - Maplesoft has announced its involvement in several exciting initiatives for high school and middle school students. As part of its efforts to encourage interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, Maplesoft supports programs that range from nation-wide high school math competitions to workshops that explore math and science concepts. These programs aid in deepening students’ understanding and encouraging their interest in STEM subjects.

Letter - CTT Farewell

Auf Wiedersehen! Au revoir! Adiós! Zàijiàn! Adeus!

Waterloo Region - In a letter to the community of Waterloo Region John Jung and team share final edition of "Spotlight on CTT Inc.", as CTT Inc. transitions into the new Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation. He's best wishes follow.

Customer Service

Sales Culture and Customer Service: Perfect Together!

By Todd Cohen

Building a sales culture and creating a culture of exceptional customer service are closely linked but they are not the same. In fact, great customer service is a vital subset of a great sales culture—two processes that fuel one another. You cannot truly have one without the other.

Book Review

Rich Habits, Rich Life: Shares The Habits That Can Help Anyone Become A Success And Live Their Dream Life

Los Angeles – Dr. Randall Bell combined his passion for economics with his insights from disaster recovery to reveal the core principles of resilience and peak performance that make up "core intelligence” – considered to be the foundation of all achievement. The ground-breaking survey that was part of his research is considered to be one of the most important sociological studies ever conducted. Dr. Bell shares these findings and much more in his latest book, Rich Habits Rich Life: The Four Cornerstones of All Great Pursuits.

Financial Protection

Ontario Proposing Changes to Payday Loans, Debt Collection

Province Introducing Legislation to Strengthen Consumer Financial Protection

Queens Park - Ontario will introduce legislation to increase protections for consumers who use high-cost alternative financial services, such as payday loans, instalment loans, rent-to-own services and cheque-cashing services, and to better protect those with debts in collection.

Expanding Destination Options

WestJet’s New Non-stop Weekly Orlando Service Takes-off from the Region of Waterloo International Airport

Waterloo Region – This morning, WestJet launches their new weekly non-stop seasonal service between Orlando, Florida (MCO) and the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF). This inaugural flight to Orlando is an exciting milestone for the Airport and is being celebrated by passengers and officials from the Region of Waterloo, WestJet and tourism partner Visit Orlando.


Customer Service That Sells to Boomers Comes From Training Millennials

6 Practical Tips That Drive Sales - By Bob Phibbs

When you are focused on creating a team culture of customer service, it is important to realize how generational differences can impact the selling process. That Generation Gap was on display recently when Graham, a friend of mine walked into a local electronics store to buy a microphone. The young sales associate took him to the microphones and then stood there silently hovering over him.

Syrian Refugee Crises

Latest installment of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's Mandate For Change series calls for a move beyond ad hoc promises to a coherent, systematic plan

Ottawa – The crisis in Syria has catapulted refugee policy to the top of the federal government’s agenda. How can the governing Liberals best balance compassion for victims of conflict with concerns for Canada’s security?


3 Presentation Mistakes That Kill Your Message and Bore Your Audience

“Yea, me too, I caught a bit of a nap duri -g the All Employee meeting… another hour wasted.”- By Mark A. Vickers

Sandra, the CEO of a successful company was shocked when she heard this over a cube wall just minutes after finishing a series of all employee meetings. Her talks had generated applause and positive comments from those she visited with afterwards.

Game ON

Ontario Launches New Sport Hosting Program

Province Increasing Competition Opportunities for Ontario Athletes

Queens Park - Ontario is launching a renewed Sport Hosting Program, which will help bring major sporting events to the province, grow local economies and allow more Ontario athletes to compete at home.

Foreign property investment

Own Foreign Property That Needs to Be Reported to the Canada Revenue Agency?

If So, You May Be Able to Take Advantage of a New Simplified Reporting Method

Ottawa - Taxpayers who own specified foreign property costing more than $100,000 but less than $250,000 throughout the year can now file Form T1135, Foreign Income Verification Statement using a new simplified reporting method.

Provincial Safety Regulations

Ontario Taking Action to Protect Drill Rig Operators

New Training and Safety Requirements to Improve Workplace Safety

Queens Park - Ontario has passed amendments under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to strengthen the health and safety of workers on construction projects, including new requirements for operating rotary foundation drill rigs.

Business Excellence

Nominations for the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards are now open!

Cambridge - The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the achievements of businesses and individuals for 2015 at the Annual Business Excellence Awards.

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