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Current Issue: Exchange May 2014

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Ted Talks

Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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Innvoation Summit

Hardware On The Rise

Waterloo - Hardware is making a comeback and is spawning a strong ecosystem for the next generation of technology development, according to leading entrepreneurs at the Waterloo Innovation Summit at the University of Waterloo.

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Union Moves

Premier Wynne Receives 1,100 Requests to Defend Young Workers

TORONTO - More than 1,100 letters have been sent to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in the last week, calling on the premier to stand up for young workers under attack by multinational corporations.

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Leadership

Canadian organizations face serious leadership succession challenges

OTTAWA - As many senior and second-level executives retire or approach retirement, Canadian organizations face serious leadership succession challenges. For every two senior executives, organizations have only one job-ready or near job-ready successor.

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Graduates

More than 83 per cent of college graduates find employment within six months

TORONTO - New data released confirmed that a large majority of college graduates continue to find jobs shortly after they graduate. The results show 83.4 per cent of college graduates found employment within six months of graduation.

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Water

River levels remain high but slowly receding; reservoir discharge increased

Grand River Basin - River levels are elevated throughout the watershed but are expected to recede slowly as rainfall from Sunday and Monday drains from the system. As a result, the GRCA is extending the Flood Warning message issued on April 14th for the Grand, Conestogo and Speed Rivers. The flood watch for other portions of the watershed remains in effect.

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Housing

Canadian home sales edge slightly higher in March

OTTAWA - According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales activity edged up on a month-over-month basis in March 2014.

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Energy

Creating Cleaner Air in Ontario

Province Has Eliminated Coal-Fired Generation

Queens Park - Ontario is now the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. The Thunder Bay Generating Station, Ontario's last remaining coal-fired facility, has burned its last supply of coal. Operated by Ontario Power Generation, Thunder Bay Generating Station was the oldest coal-fired station in the province.

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Guest Column

Why Feedback is Your Key to Winning

There are 5 simple words that can spell doom for a leader – “If I had only known!” These are the words you utter right after a major client cancels a contract, a customer stops ordering or an error occurs that will cost you thousands out of your own pocket. That’s why the best leaders and the most competent managers thrive on employee feedback!

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Education

Think Tank Releases Vision for Redesigning High School

Waterloo - Across the globe there is a growing recognition that 2014 is a watershed year for change in education. To address this need for change, Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030 – a vision for redesigning high school developed by education innovators from six continents.

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MEDIA

Exchange Magazine Has Distributed Exchange May 2014 & Exchange HomeEdition: Spring 2014 issues to Waterloo Region and Wellington County Businesses and Unique Distribution to Waterloo Region's Homes

Exchange Magazine has distributed the May 2014 issue to Waterloo Region and Wellington County businesses and in a separate distribution the new Exchange Home Edition: Spring 2014 issue to Waterloo Region Homes. Both have been mailed out via Canada Post.

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Education

A new roadmap: Equinox Blueprint provides vision for 21st century education. Education innovators working to develop Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030.

Equinox Blueprint urges focus on high school as UN Millennium Development Goals reach deadline

OXFORD, UK - Across the globe there is a growing recognition that 2014 is a watershed year for change in education. To address this need for change, Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030 - a vision for redesigning high school developed by education innovators from six continents - was released today at the World Literacy Summit. It brings together the latest research, knowledge and experience in global approaches to education with a specific focus on rebooting high school for the needs of the 21st century.

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Manufacturing

Magna introduces all-thermoplastic, modular liftgate

A first for N.A. market; 30% weight savings

AURORA - Magna International Inc. announced that its Magna Exteriors operating unit is producing the North American automotive industry's first all-thermoplastic, fully recyclable liftgate module for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover utility vehicle.

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Break-through

Functional brain imaging reliably predicts which vegetative patients have potential to recover consciousness

Liége, Liége, Belgium - A functional brain imaging technique known as positron emission tomography (PET) is a promising tool for determining which severely brain damaged individuals in vegetative states have the potential to recover consciousness, according to new research published in The Lancet.

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Community Health

Gastrointestinal Outbreak Closes Entire Fifth Floor at St. Mary’s

Kitchener – St. Mary’s General Hospital has now closed its entire Fifth Floor General Medicine unit to new admissions and transfers in an effort to contain a gastrointestinal outbreak involving vomiting and/or diarrhea.


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April 22, 2014

An Evening in Recognition of Joan Euler at THEMUSEUM

A fundraiser by Joan Euler, long-time community builder

Kitchener – THEMUSEUM is very proud to host An Evening in Recognition of Joan Euler on Tuesday April 22nd to celebrate Joan’s involvement in helping to build this community.

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April and May 2014

 
Kitchener - What do you get when you combine Anita Sands, Kevin Newman, Geoffrey Moore, Kevin Lynch, Scott Bedbury, Kirstine Stewart, a bunch more special guests and the entire Waterloo Region tech ecosystem?

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May 14, 2014

Stars from Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance join the KWS for Ballroom with a Twist!

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony puts on its dancing shoes and joins forces with stars from Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance to present Ballroom with a Twist at the Centre In The Square on May 14, 2014 at 7 pm.

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