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Pre-conception

Dalia Mogahed: What do you think when you look at me?

When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her faith in the media — and to choose empathy over prejudice. Researcher and pollster Dalia Mogahed is an author, advisor and consultant who studies Muslim communities.

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Funds for Improvments

City of Waterloo unveils financial incentives for uptown businesses and investors

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo launch its Uptown Community Improvement Plan (CIP). Feb. 22, 2016, city council approved the CIP to support and encourage job growth projects, sustainable re-ubanization, affordable housing and heritage conservation within the uptown CIP boundary.

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Milk Sales

Dairy statistics for December 2015

Ottawa - The volume of milk and cream sold declined 3.3% from December 2014 to 248 633 kilolitres in December. Sales of milk fell 2.1% from the same month a year earlier to 216 991 kilolitres in December, while cream sales decreased 10.9% to 31 642 kilolitres.

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Commercial Real Estate

Perception vs Reality: Making Sense of 2016’s Polarized Canadian Commercial Real Estate Market

Toronto – The commercial real estate (‘CRE’) market in Canada is one of stark contradictions, heavy polarization and is extremely difficult to neatly categorize. Paul Morassutti, Executive Managing Director of CBRE Ltd, speaking at CBRE’s Market Outlook Breakfast, told attendees that the market is arguably experiencing the widest ever disparity in the performance of assets based on geography and asset class.

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Concussion Awareness

Parachute teams up with Economical Insurance to educate 'young brains'

Toronto - Parachute, the national charity dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, announced its partnership with Economical Insurance as the first National Gold Sponsor of Brain Waves (formerly Brain Day). The interactive, hands-on program teaches students about concussion awareness, along with brain and spinal cord education.

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Regrouping

87 Per Cent of HR Managers Would Rehire a Former Employee; Only 30 Per Cent Would Come Back

Toronto - The majority (87 per cent) of human resource (HR) managers interviewed said they would roll out the welcome mat for a returning employee who left on good terms, according to a recent survey. But not all workers would feel comfortable returning. In fact, 70 per cent of professionals polled said it's unlikely they would apply for a job with a former employer.

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Digital Content

FedDev Ontario Supports Digital Marketing Innovation through Investment in gShift Labs Inc.

Barrie – Yesterday, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced an investment in an innovative Barrie, Ontario company that will allow businesses around the world to better develop and efficiently monitor their digital content.

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Graduating RPN, PSW War Zone

Nurses visit Queen's Park to discuss health system improvements

Nurses will also call on their elected officials to stop the replacement of RNs with less qualified care providers.

Toronto - At a pivotal moment for the province's health system, 175 registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students will meet with 56 MPPs this week to offer policy changes that will lead to a healthier Ontario.

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xQuarterly

Royal Bank of Canada reports first quarter 2016 results

Toronto - Royal Bank of Canada reported net income of $2,447 million for the first quarter ended January 31, 2016, flat from the prior year. Our results reflect higher earnings in Wealth Management which benefited from the inclusion of our acquisition of City National Bank (City National) which closed on November 2, 2015 and contributed $53 million to earnings; $107 million.

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Investment Survey

More Canadians plan to invest internationally this year

Although the majority of Canadians hold homegrown stocks, more will invest beyond our borders to diversify and boost returns

Toronto - Canadians investing for retirement are increasingly looking to diversify their portfolios with global equities in an attempt to boost returns, a new CIBC poll finds. Despite the lower loonie, as many as 41 per cent of investors say they are looking for opportunities outside of Canada, up sharply from only one third (31 per cent) last year.

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Indegenous Peoples

Ontario Acting to End Violence Against Indigenous Women

Premier Wynne Unveils New Long-Term Strategy

Queens Park - The Ontario government has released Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women. The strategy outlines actions to prevent violence against Indigenous women and reduce its impact on youth, families and communities.

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March 17, 2016

Seagram Drive tent will not go up on St. Patrick's Day

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo will not be supporting a tent along Seagram Drive for St. Patrick’s Day in 2016. This decision was made after close review of the event in 2014 and 2015, taking into consideration community feedback and concern and with support from its collaborative partners:

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Force for Peace

Laurier to host conference on faith as a force for peace

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will host a conference, “Religion and Global Citizenship: Can faith be a force for peace?” from March 11-12 at the university’s Waterloo campus.

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Appointment

J.D. Hupp Named Vice President and General Manager, CDW Canada

International Sales Executive to Lead CDW's Canadian Business

Etobicoke - CDW Canada announced that J.D. Hupp has been promoted to vice president and general manager of CDW Canada. He will report to Christine Leahy, senior vice president, international and chief legal officer, CDW Corp.


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