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Current Issue: Exchange July/August 2014
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Ted Talks

Ze Frank: Are you human?

Ze Frank rose to fame on a viral video — in 2001! He has been making online comedy, web toys and massively shared experiences (like the addictive Young Me Now Me) ever since.

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Music Festivals

Music festivals and more in Waterloo Region this summer

WATERLOO REGION – With festivals featuring practically every genre of music, the Waterloo Region is bursting with dozens of live entertainment options this summer. The Waterloo Region, located an hour west of Toronto, is quickly becoming known across the country for its live arts scene, specifically the many family friendly and free music festivals that have gained international recognition over the years.

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Entrepreneur Start-Ups

University of Waterloo startups to pitch live for Velocity funding

A Velocity Fund Finalist pitches to a crowd in the University of Waterloo's Student Life Centre.

Waterloo - Ten University of Waterloo startup companies will pitch their businesses for a share of $100,000 in grant funding at the Velocity Fund Finals on Thursday, July 24. The rewards include four $25,000 prizes as well as workspace at Velocity.

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Price increases

Consumer Price Index, June 2014

Ontario, consumer prices rose 3.0% in the 12 months to June, following a 2.8% gain in May. Among the provinces, Ontario recorded the largest year-over-year price increases for natural gas (+38.4%) and gasoline (+9.4%) in June

Ottawa - The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 2.4% in the 12 months to June, following a 2.3% increase in May. Prices increased in all major components in the 12 months to June. Higher prices for shelter, food and transportation contributed the most to the rise in the CPI. Shelter costs rose 2.9% on a year-over-year basis in June, following a 3.4% increase in May. Consumers paid more for natural gas and property taxes in June compared with the same month a year earlier. Prices for electricity rose 4.2% in the 12 months to June, a slower increase than in May (+7.0%).


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Expansion

Online Payroll Provider Wagepoint Processes $120 Million in Canadian Payroll; Announces Expansion to US

Waterloo – Online payroll provider Wagepoint announced it has processed more than $120 million in payroll since the company’s launch to market in 2013, helping small businesses in Canada adopt a simple, and more effective payroll process.

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Fund Raiser

Golf Tournament Raises $17,755 for Safe Haven Shelter

(L-R) Donna Buchan (Lutherwood Executive Director), John Colangeli (Lutherwood CEO) and Kelly Craigmile (Lutherwood Residential Program Supervisor), Andrew Fielding, Director and Chair of KWAR' Golf Tournament, Lynn Bebenek, President of KWAR

KITCHENER-WATERLOO –The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS (KWAR) announced that it has donated $17,755 to benefit Lutherwood’s Safe Haven Shelter. The funds were raised through the Association’s 21st annual charity golf tournament held at Conestoga Golf Club on Tuesday June 17, 2014.

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Education

College- or University-bound? Students and parents need to have "the talk"

Do mom and dad know best? Depends on who you ask

TORONTO - Parents know less about their child's spending during university or college than they may think, according to the latest 2014 RBC Student Finances Poll. While nine out of 10 parents (90 per cent) say they know roughly how much debt their child has, only 78 per cent of students agree. More than half of students (55 per cent) say they've sometimes hidden how much they spend from their parents, but only about one-third (33 per cent) of parents believe their child has sometimes hidden how they are spending.

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Sex Workers

Control of HIV pandemic will not be achieved without radical improvement in support for sex workers

Melbourne, AU - Across the world, in high- and low-income countries, women, men, and transgender people who sell sex are subjected to repressive and discriminatory law, policy, and practice, which in turn fuel human rights violations against them, including violence and discrimination. All of these factors are preventing sex workers from accessing the services which they need in order to effectively prevent and treat HIV infection, according to a major new Series on HIV and sex workers, published in The Lancet.

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Genome

International team sheds new light on biology underlying schizophrenia

Genes, pathways identified could inform new approaches to treatment

TORONTO - As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date. The findings, published online in Nature, point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia, and could lead to new approaches to treating the disorder, which has seen little innovation in drug development in more than 60 years.

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Management

The Three Flavors of Employees

Mike was the CFO of a large manufacturing company in Texas. He was an outstanding executive and he accepted this position because it suited his strengths to a tee. The company was looking for a very strategic Head of Finance who could work in partnership with the company’s CEO to take market share in existing markets, enter new markets and diversify their product line.

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Shift

Causes of death shifting in people with HIV

London, UK - HIV-positive adults in high income countries face a substantially reduced risk of death from AIDS-related causes, cardiovascular disease, and liver disease compared with a decade ago, according to a large international study published in The Lancet.

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Municipal Election

Anthony Piscitelli Declares Candidacy for WCDSB Trustee

Campaign Will Focus on School Board Reform

KITCHENER – Anthony Piscitelli formally declared his candidacy for a second term as a Waterloo Catholic District School Board Trustee representing Kitchener and Wilmot on Monday.

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Tourism

International tourism: strong peak season anticipated

New York - Demand for international tourism remained strong in the first four months of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5%, the same rate as during the full year 2013. Prospects for the current peak tourism season remain very positive with over 460 million tourists expected to travel abroad in the May-August 2014 period.

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Energy

Canada Ranks 9th in World Energy Efficiency Rankings

U.S. Places 13th Out of 16, Behind Australia, India, and South Korea; Germany Wins “World Cup” of Energy Efficiency: 2nd International Scorecard Evaluates 16 Leading World Economies on 31 Categories.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Germany comes in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are four nations: India, Mexico, South Korea, and Spain.

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Water

EPA Solicits Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grant Proposals

Chicago – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a solicitation for a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants. EPA will award grants totaling up to $4.5 million to eligible shoreline cities to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality.

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Mining

Precedent-Setting International Standard for Responsible Mining Released

Draft standard released today backed by members of multiple sectors including mining, labour, NGOs, affected communities and downstream users/businesses

TORONTO - The United Steelworkers (USW) support today's release of a proposed international Standard for Responsible Mining. The draft standard is being released for public comment by the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA). IRMA includes stakeholders from the mining industry, organized labour, nongovernmental organizations, affected communities and businesses. The USW serves on the IRMA steering committee.

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Canada's North

Fighting tuberculosis in Canada’s North with community-based approach

OTTAWA – While the incidence of tuberculosis remains low in Canada overall, it continues to be a significant public health concern in the North. Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital working with community partners have found a novel way to improve detection of the persistent and sometimes deadly respiratory disease tuberculosis in Canada’s North. They published their findings online today in PLOS ONE.


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July 24, 2014

Carleton Hosts Shad Valley Open Day

Ottawa - Carleton University is hosting the Shad Valley open day on July 24. Focused around this year’s theme of living large with a small footprint, the day will showcase the designs created by the program’s teams known as houses.

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