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Gary Haugen: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now

Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world's aid money, there's a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now. As founder of International Justice Mission, Gary Haugen fights the chronically neglected global epidemic of violence against the poor.

Destination - Why? - Video

City of Waterloo explains the buzz

Waterloo, – The City of Waterloo has launched a five-part video series, entitled Why Waterloo, aimed at explaining Waterloo’s growing appeal. “There is a buzz about our city and we all feel it,” said Mayor Jaworsky during this year’s state of the city address. “Whether we are long-time residents, established community leaders, young students or youth about to embark on their post-secondary journey, we all know that Waterloo is the place to be.”

Future Heritage

Kitchener among first in province to complete first steps in conserving cultural heritage landscapes

Kitchener – When you think about conserving the city’s most significant heritage resources, you typically think of designated heritage buildings, but last night, Kitchener became one of the first municipalities in the province to expand how we’ll think about and conserve our heritage in the future.

Engineering Gala

Top engineering projects honoured at the Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala

Toronto – Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) held its 2015 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala on April 18th at the International Centre. CEO’s premier event of the year recognized 12 engineering firms that have applied outstanding professional leadership and engineering innovation to improve the economic, social and environmental quality of life in Ontario and around the globe.


City announces Kelly Yerxa as the new director of legal services/city solicitor

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge is pleased to announce that Kelly Yerxa will serve as the new Director of Legal Services/City Solicitor effective Monday, May 11, 2015. Yerxa comes to Cambridge from the City of Mississauga where she served as the deputy city solicitor – litigation, planning, development and real estate for the past four years. She brings an extensive background in municipal law and litigation and has held positions at various municipalities and at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Fund Raiser

KidsAbility Radiothon Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Waterloo - On Friday, May 1, KidsAbility will be hosting its annual Kids Can’t Wait Radiothon at Conestoga Mall. However, this year will be special. After all, we’ll have been on the air for 10 years!

Global Economy

ASEAN Economic Community 2015 Poised to Surpass EU in the Next Decade

It is not a question of if but when the ASEAN Economic Community will rival the EU

Jakarta, Indonesia – In a planned economic community that will link 10 nations across South-East Asia and account for the seventh-largest economy in the world, regional leaders told participants at the 24th World Economic Forum on East Asia that the ASEAN economic community (AEC) will rival the European Union (EU) in the years to come.

Non-Drug Treatment

Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants for preventing depression relapse

London, UK - Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could provide an alternative non-drug treatment for people who do not wish to continue long-term antidepressant treatment, suggests new research.


Travel between Canada and other countries for February 2015

Ottawa - Travel abroad by Canadian residents declined 3.3% from January to 4.8 million trips in February, the lowest number of trips since October 2010. This decrease was largely attributable to the number of same-day car trips to the United States, which were down 7.1% to 2.0 million trips.


Life satisfaction across census metropolitan areas and economic regions in Canada, 2009 to 2013

Ottawa - From 2009 to 2013, most Canadians were generally satisfied with their life as a whole. Residents of the census metropolitan areas (CMAs) of St. John's, Trois-Rivières and Saguenay were, on average, most satisfied with their life as a whole, while those in the CMAs of Vancouver, Toronto and Windsor were least satisfied.

Health & Wellbeing

Economical Insurance donates $12,500 as key sponsor of the new Start2Finish Running & Reading Club at Oakwood Public School in Oakville

Enhancing literacy and physical activity for 60 children living in poverty

Waterloo — When kids living in poverty participate in Start2Finish Running & Reading Clubs, the results are impressive. After 32 weeks in the program, on average, their cardiovascular fitness improved by 22%, their core and overall strength increased by 62%, and 67% of the children leaped in their reading skills by one to two full grade levels, bringing many of them to the expected reading level for their age group.


Ontario Introduces New Connecting Links Program to Support Municipalities, Improve Infrastructure

Province Committing $15 Million Annually to Connect Municipal Roads to Highways

Queens Park - As part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history, the province is committing $15 million annually to a new Connecting Links program, which will help municipalities pay the construction and repair costs for connecting links – municipal roads that connect communities to provincial highways and border crossings.


Leaders Go First!

by Dov Baron

We have all had the unenviable experience of dealing with leaders who lack integrity and, at the very least, it can be frustrating and more likely demoralizing. There again, great leaders have the ability to inspire us, and nothing is more inspiring than a leader who walks their talk.

Cancer Killing Viruses

Pancreatic cancer loses viral defences when talking with supporting cells

Ottawa - Researchers have unlocked a way to make pancreatic cancer cells more vulnerable to cancer-killing viruses, known as oncolytic viruses. Outlined in a paper published today by Nature Medicine, the scientists have discovered how they can exploit the communication, or cross-talk, between pancreatic cancer and a specific cell type that supports the tumour. They found that this cross-talk weakens the ability of both cell types to fight off cancer-fighting viruses.


Nanobiotechnology reshaping the future

Access to nature's tens of thousands of building blocks turning the impossible into the possible - By Carlo Montemagno, Director, Ingenuity Lab University of Alberta

Edmonton - For more than two million years, mankind has shaped its world through the creative manipulation of a small number of fundamental machines. Throughout the agricultural and mechanical ages, from the printing press to the first airplanes, all were crafted from the six fundamental machines of physics - the screw, the wheel and axle, the incline plane, the lever, the pulley, and the wedge.


FNA reaction to CWB – G3 privatization announcement

Saskatoon - Farmers of North America (FNA) today gave farmers credit for provisions in the recently announced CWB sale that promise to provide a major equity interest to the grain producers who built the CWB.


eSentire Sets Strategy to Increase Visibility into SSL Encrypted Threats

Cambridge, – eSentire Inc., plans to address an increasing risk for its clients by pursuing new partnerships to mitigate potential threats hidden in Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encrypted data.

Job Hunt

"I've Got a Diploma—Now What?" - 10 Job Search Tips for 2015 Graduates

Valuable advice to college graduates on how to conduct a job search campaign that will set them up for lasting career success.

Los Angeles, CA - College seniors, rejoice: According to a new study from Michigan State University's College Employment Institute, employers will be recruiting more college graduates in 2015 than they have in well over a decade.


Waterloo Region Hall of Fame 2015 Inductions

Hall of Fame concept started with Sports and was expanded to include pioneers and community builders.

Waterloo Region – The Region's Hall of Fame will hold its Annual Induction Ceremony at the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener on Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m.

Global Economy

With Launch of ASEAN Economic Community, Region Must Make Integration a Reality

South-East Asian countries should take the opportunity of the launching of the ASEAN Economic Community to deepen integration and bring the region up to the next level of development

Jakarta, Indonesia – With the milestone launching of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), South-East Asian nations have the opportunity to take the region to the next level of development, though there are significant challenges ahead, the Co-Chairs of the 24th World Economic Forum on East Asia agreed in the closing session of the meeting. “There is an eagerness to make this work and put all the elements in action to move forward, have a level playing field, a much bigger market and grow the pie significantly in the next few years,” said Hans-Paul Bürkner, Chairman of The Boston Consulting Group.

Secret Deal

Steelworkers Ask Court to Open Secret Deal Between Feds and U.S. Steel

Hamilton - The United Steelworkers (USW), representing thousands of employees and pensioners, is today asking Ontario Superior Court to open a secret deal between the federal government and U.S. Steel Canada.

Fund Raiser

Earth Day Road Toll – Turn the map green

Get your Toonies Ready! On Wednesday, April 22, the rare Charitable Research Reserve will celebrate Earth Day with two events

Cambridge – On Earth Day rare will hold their annual Volunteer Road Toll to engage the more than 12,000 cars a day that travel through the reserve along Blair Road. Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and then again between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. passing traffic will be invited into rare’s parking lot to learn more about the organization and the importance of our environment. Staff will be collecting donations in change buckets and participants will be offered a hot cup of coffee in the morning and a baked treat in the afternoon.

Global Economy

Asia Needs Long-Term Vision for a Stable Long-Term Energy Supply

Amid the declining price of oil, long-term vision is required to attract long-term energy investment

Jakarta, Indonesia, – Amid declining global oil prices and uncertainty around a possible deal to lift sanctions imposed on Iran, political and industry leaders told the World Economic Forum on East Asia that long-term vision is required to mitigate oscillations in the price and supply of energy in Asia.

Arts & Culture

Star-studded cast announced for Monty Python Musical in Cambridge

Cambridge – Drayton Entertainment announced a star-studded cast for Monty Python’s no-holds-barred, Tony award-winning musical Spamalot. This hotly anticipated production will ensure laughter is centre stage this spring when it gallops into the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge from May 6th to May 24th.

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