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Climate Change

Al Gore: The case for optimism on climate change

Al Gore has three questions about climate change and our future. First: Do we have to change? Each day, global-warming pollution traps as much heat energy as would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs. This trapped heat is leading to stronger storms and more extreme floods, he says: "Every night on the TV news now is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation." Second question: Can we change? We've already started. So then, the big question: Will we change? In this challenging, inspiring talk, Gore says yes. "When any great moral challenge is ultimately resolved into a binary choice between what is right and what is wrong, the outcome is foreordained because of who we are as human beings," he says. "That is why we're going to win this."

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High Exit Values

Canadian venture capital and private equity activity way up – CVCA Report

Health and life sciences drive growth in venture capital and IPOs lead increased 2015 Canadian VC exit values. Private Equity investment levels remain strong but decline from record 2014 levels. Private equity volume way up.

Toronto - Canadian private capital continued its climb in 2015: venture capital (VC) activity saw amounts invested and fundraising increase substantially, with exit values reaching historical highs. Private equity (PE) saw solid fundraising numbers and large increases in volume. These are some of the main findings from the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association's (CVCA) private capital market activity reports for 2015.

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R&D

Waterloo vision scientists discover potential treatment for adults with lazy eye

Waterloo - A new treatment for adults with lazy eye, a condition previously thought to be treatable only in childhood, is one step closer as a result of research from the University of Waterloo in Canada and Sun Yat-sen University in China.

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Entrepreneurship

Giving Entrepreneurs a Head Start

Strategic counsel and mentoring enhance grant programs for youth with small business ideas

Brampton - When Jacob Farjou was studying fitness, health promotion and kinesiology at Humber College and York University, like so many other students in a similar situation, he needed a job.

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Workplace Innovation

Ontario Launches Centre for Workforce Innovation at Ryerson University

Province Growing the Economy, Modernizing Employment and Training Services for Jobseekers

Queens Park - Ontario is establishing a new centre of excellence to help grow the province’s economy by ensuring jobseekers and employers benefit from the most evidence-based and effective employment and training services.

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Charitable Gift Giving

Charitable donors in 2014

Trend is less Donors are giving more

Ottawa - The total value of donations reported by Canadian taxfilers rose 2.3% to $8.8 billion in 2014. The largest increases were in Alberta (+5.4%), Manitoba (+4.6%) and Saskatchewan (+3.1%). Quebec (-3.4%) recorded the largest decrease in donations.

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Water

Governments of Canada and the United States Announce Phosphorus Reduction Targets of 40 percent to Improve Lake Erie Water Quality and Reduce Public Health Risk


New targets to reduce toxic and nuisance algae blooms affecting Lake Erie

WASHINGTON.- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna today announced that Canada and the U.S. have adopted targets to reduce phosphorus entering affected areas of Lake Erie by 40 percent. The targets announced today will minimize the extent of low oxygen “dead zones” in the central basin of Lake Erie; maintain algae growth at a level consistent with healthy aquatic ecosystems; and maintain algae biomass at levels that do not produce toxins that pose a threat to human or ecosystem health.

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Climate Change

Ontario Investing in Kitchener’s Sustainability CoLab to Help Fight Climate Change

Kitchener - Ontario continues to put its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $1 million from the Green Investment Fund in Kitchener’s Sustainability CoLab Network.

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Voter Turnout

Reasons for not voting in the federal election on October 19, 2015

Ottawa - A higher proportion of Canadians reported that they had voted in the 2015 federal election (77%) compared with 2011 (70%), with the largest increase among younger voters. Among people aged 18 to 24, the voter turnout rate increased from 55% in 2011 to 67% in 2015, and among those aged 25 to 34, it rose 11 percentage points to 70%.

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Expanding the Range

New international law firm Gowling WLG launches

Toronto - Gowling WLG, a new international law firm created by the combination of Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm, launched yesterday.

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Sports Structure - Video

PCL Raises the Roof on BMO Field

Toronto – In a feat of engineering that has dramatically transformed the skyline surrounding the City of Toronto’s historic Exhibition Place grounds, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) raised the roof on BMO Field’s south concourse the morning of February 21, 2016.

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ORPP

Fact-Based Advocacy by the Canadian Payroll Association Relieves Undue Burden on Employers

Toronto - The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) thanked the Ontario government on their decision to delay the implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). The decision to delay the ORPP until January of 2018 was announced by Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa on February 16, 2016 following a year-long consultation with the CPA.

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Communications

ICA announces second annual Client of the Year Award to Nissan Canada

Silver awarded to CIBC and bronze to Mondelez for exemplary partnerships with their agencies

Toronto - The Institute of Communication Agencies announced the winners of the second annual ICA Client of the Year Award (CoY). Presented by ICA Board Chair, Penny Stevens of Media Experts, Nissan Canada was named the gold award winner recognized as being a true collaborative partner with its agency, Juniper Park\TBWA. The silver was awarded to CIBC, also nominated by Juniper Park\TBWA, and the bronze to Mondelez, nominated by FCB.

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Diversity

Three Crucial Questions for Uncovering Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
By Natalie Holder

Diversity and inclusion have definitely grown up over the past 20 years. Studies have shown that diversity management tops the list of priorities that businesses will have in the coming years. And, within the last 10 years, there has been an explosion of senior-level diversity officer roles in corporations, higher education, and law firms. With all of these resources being put toward increasing diversity, why have most organizations not achieved the change they seek?

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Presence

The Silent Selling Tool We All Have.
By Todd Cohen

Selling is something everyone does each and every day. Every conversation is a selling moment and a perfect opportunity to leave an indelible impression with whom you are speaking. That impression you leave can have other people wanting and clamoring to engage you. But wait - there is another selling tool that everyone uses every day. It is used more than conversation and many people do not have an active realization of how critical this tool is to success. Curious as to what it is?

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Entrepreneur Event

Expert in entrepreneurship to reveal the world’s top business problems

Waterloo - A Waterloo professor whose TED talk has more than 4.7 million views online will speak next week on the top 10 commercial problems around the world.

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Outdoors

Grand River Parks set to take reservations March 1

Hillside Festival campers get advance day to book sites

The camping reservation system for Grand River Parks will open on Monday, February 29 at 9 a.m. for Hillside Festival at Guelph Lake Park. Then, on Tuesday, March 1 at 9 a.m., it will begin accepting reservations for eight Grand River Parks for the entire season, which runs from April 30 until mid-October.

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