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Whistle Blowing

Trevor Timm: How free is our freedom of the press?

In the US, the press has a right to publish secret information the public needs to know, protected by the First Amendment. Government surveillance has made it increasingly more dangerous for whistleblowers, the source of virtually every important story about national security since 9/11, to share information. In this concise, informative talk, Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder and TED Fellow Trevor Timm traces the recent history of government action against individuals who expose crime and injustice and advocates for technology that can help them do it safely and anonymously. Trevor Timm is the co-founder and executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability.

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Quantum Space

Computing a secret, unbreakable key

Waterloo - What once took months by some of the world’s leading scientists can now be done in seconds by undergraduate students thanks to software developed at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, paving the way for fast, secure quantum communication.

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Retail Sales

Retail trade for March 2016

Ottawa - Following gains in January and February, retail sales decreased 1.0% in March to $43.8 billion. Sales were down in 6 of 11 subsectors, representing 74% of total retail trade. In volume terms, retail sales declined 1.3%.

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Cost Index

Consumer Price Index for April 2016

Ottawa - The Consumer Price Index rose 1.7% in the 12 months to April, after increasing 1.3% in March. Excluding gasoline, the CPI rose 2.0% year over year in April, following a 1.9% increase in March. Energy prices declined 3.2% in the 12 months to April, following a 7.8% decrease in March. This smaller year-over-year decline was mainly attributable to a moderation in the year-over-year decrease in gasoline prices, down 5.8% in April, following a 13.6% decline the previous month.

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Food

M&M Food Market commits to 100 per cent of products to be made with no artificial colours, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners and partially hydrogenated oils (added trans fats)

Kitchener - Newly rebranded M&M Food Market is proud to announce the next step of the company's evolution to Helping Canadians Make Real Food for Real Life with a promise to offer no artificial colours, no artificial flavours, no artificial sweeteners and no partially hydrogenated oils (added trans fats) in all of their products by the end of 2017. The organization has already made significant progress towards this goal, with approximately 95 per cent of the current products already free of those ingredients.

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Survey

Canadian homeowners struggling to pay bills as housing costs rise

Average mortgage debt increased to $181,000 since last fall; One in three homeowners "caught short" at least once in the past year; 60 per cent lack confidence they'll have enough savings for retirement

Waterloo - Rising housing costs are making it difficult for homeowners to balance paying down their mortgage, saving for retirement and managing day-to-day expenses, a new Manulife Bank Canada survey shows.

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Trade

Wynne Concludes Successful Mission to the Middle East

Mission Generates 44 Agreements Valued at More Than $180 million

Queens Park - Premier Kathleen Wynne concluded her first mission to the Middle East in Jerusalem and Haifa, where three new agreements valued at $75 million were announced between innovation and postsecondary institutions.

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Climate Action

World Bank Group, International Partners Launch Six Principles for Dialogue on Climate Action

Vienna – The World Bank Group, along with 12 international organizations, on Tuesday launched a new initiative that will make it easier for governments, the private sector and the global community to work together to lessen the impacts of climate change and for the private sector to play a more active role in the design of policies and programs that tackle climate change.

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Housing

Investment in new housing construction for March 2016

Ottawa - Investment in new residential construction totalled $3.8 billion in March, up 9.7% from the same month a year earlier. At the national level, higher spending on apartment and apartment-condominium buildings, which rose 19.9% to $1.4 billion, and single-family dwellings, which increased 5.9% to $1.9 billion, contributed the most to the advance. Investment in row houses also registered an increase, rising 9.2% to $384 million.

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Reform

Three Quarters (73%) of Canadians Say Electoral Reform Shouldn’t Proceed Without National Referendum

Despite Campaign Promise and Majority Mandate, Just Four in Ten (43%) Agree It Gives the Government the Liberty to Change the Electoral System Despite Opposition

Toronto — Most Canadians believe that electoral reform should not proceed without a national referendum, and that the Liberal government’s campaign promises and majority mandate does not give them license to change the electoral system despite opposition, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News.

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Tourism

Ontario Invests $1.6 Million to Boost Tourism

Events and Exhibits will Attract Visitors and Support Local Economies

Queens Park - Ontario is providing more than $1.6 million to 23 arts and culture organizations, helping them market and promote unique events and exhibits this spring and summer. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, made the announcement today in Ottawa at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, one of the sites participating in Doors Open this year. The Ontario Heritage Trust received $175,000 for Doors Open Ontario, a program that enables residents and visitors to discover first-hand some of Ontario’s most intriguing heritage sites.

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Technique

City of Cambridge first in Canada to try innovative sewer siphon cleaning technique

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge became the first city in Canada to utilize an innovative sewer cleaning technique when it employed “ice pigging” to clean several city pipes. Ice pigging is a patented technology used in watermains, siphons, and forcemains that has shown to be significantly more effective than traditional pipe flushing.

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Pay Day Loans

A Bad Solution to a Bigger Problem

83% of payday loan borrowers in Ontario had other debt at the time they took out a payday loan
72% tried another loan source prior to taking out a payday loan

Kitchener - An overwhelming 83% of payday loan borrowers in Ontario had other outstanding loans at the time of their last payday loan, according to a study of Ontario residents commissioned conducted by Harris Poll.

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Governance

World Bank and International Investment Bank: Cooperation on Corporate Governance

Moscow – Moving from intentions to concrete cooperation after signing the Memorandum of Understanding in May last year, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Investment Bank (IIB) have successfully concluded the corporate governance part of the Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) provided by the IBRD to the reformed multilateral lender.

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Self-Discovery

Lidia Yuknavitch: How a misfit found her voice

To those who feel like they don't belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance. "Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful," she says. "You don't know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That's your beauty." In her acclaimed novels and memoir, author Lidia Yuknavitch navigates the intersection of tragedy and violence to draw new roadmaps for self­-discovery.

Events

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May 25, 2016

Inaugural conference reflects on 100 years of health care, looks to its future

Waterloo Region - Leaders in community health care, technology, research and entrepreneurship will gather this week to discuss the ways these areas intersect in medicine now and should in the future, while celebrating a milestone anniversary for one health-care facility in the region.

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Arts & Culture

Organic Codes Opens May 27

Cambridge - Driven by organic and graphic shapes and coding within nature, Organic Codes by Leszek Wyczólkowski, opens at Idea Exchange, Preston Gallery on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 7:00pm.


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