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Ted Talks

Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence

This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann:

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Market Shift

Private Investors Displace Pension Funds as Dominant Property Purchasers

Commercial real estate investment volume declined in Q2 2014, while the number of transactions increased

TORONTO - Pension funds drove commercial real estate investment volume to record levels in the first quarter, but private buyers wrestled back control of the market in the second quarter of 2014. CBRE’s Q2 2014 Canadian Investment Statistics reveal that a shift in available product has tilted the commercial real estate market in favour of private buyers.

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Housing Cost

Ontario saw some reprieve from deteriorating housing affordability trend in Q2

Ontario's homebuyers don't appear to be overly concerned by affordability issues at present mainly because of lower mortgage rates - home resales picked up in the second quarter by 13 per cent relative to the first quarter

TORONTO - Ontario's housing affordability improved slightly in the second quarter of 2014, but not enough to reverse mild and ongoing deteriorating affordability trends, according to the latest Housing Trends and Affordability Report issued today by RBC Economics Research.


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Climate Change

Four UWaterloo projects receive SSHRC funding announced

Herstmonceux in East Sussex
Waterloo - Vital information on how civilizations cope with climate change could be hiding under a medieval castle in England, and the professor leading the project to uncover it is among the Waterloo researchers to receive government funding announced yesterday. Professor Steven Bednarski, of St. Jerome's University and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo, leads one of four UWaterloo projects receiving Partnership Development grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) worth approximately $200,000 each over three years.

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Municipal Election

Lorentz seeks re-election representing the City of Kitchener at the Regional level

Kitchener - Kitchener Regional Councillor, Geoff Lorentz is seeking re-election representing the City of Kitchener this fall. Lorentz gained considerable insight into the workings of municipal government during his 22 years on Kitchener City Council and has since added four years of invaluable leadership experience at the regional level.

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Life Cycle

Monarch Butterfly Population Showing Slight Signs of Improvement

Cambridge - Scientists believe Monarch populations are improving slightly over worst year on record. With the lowest ever recorded population of Monarchs over-wintering in Mexico last winter it would appear the Monarch butterfly is poised to make a modest comeback this fall. While it is still early, there is anecdotal evidence that the population size is improving as the Monarch gets ready to make itsflight to Mexico to escape the harsh Canadian winter.

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Fund Raiser

Fighting diabetes one kick at a time

For every tweet or retweet of #SunLifeKickDiabetes, during both the CFL's regular and playoff seasons, Sun Life Financial will donate $1 to JDRF, up to $60,000.

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial is committing up to $100,000 to the fight against diabetes through the second annual Sun Life Financial Kick Diabetes program, launching yesterday. For every tweet or retweet of #SunLifeKickDiabetes, during both the CFL's regular and playoff seasons, Sun Life Financial will donate $1 to JDRF, up to $60,000. This is in addition to a $102 donation, in honour of the 102nd Grey Cup Championship being played in 2014, for each successful field goal kicked during the CFL's regular season, up to $40,000, for a total maximum donation of $100,000 to JDRF.

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Science & Culture

Canadians rank highly when it comes to public science knowledge, attitudes, and engagement, finds Expert Panel

OTTAWA - A new expert panel report, Science Culture: Where Canada Stands, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, helps to paint the clearest picture of Canada's science culture and science culture support system in 25 years. The expert panel who conducted the assessment found Canadians excel in public science knowledge, attitudes, and engagement; however they also determined there is room for improvement in some areas, including skills development.

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Funding

Province announces increased investment to reduce wait times and
enhance services for local children at KidsAbility

Waterloo – On the heels of the Province's announcement of an increased investment in children and youth with special needs across Ontario, KidsAbility celebrates what this will mean for children and families in Waterloo Region and Guelph/Wellington. “At KidsAbility, we are delighted to learn that the Province has chosen to make children and youth with special needs a priority,” says Linda Kenny, chief executive officer of KidsAbility.

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Post Secondary Education

Second Conestoga Engineering degree granted accreditation

Kitchener - A second Engineering degree program at Conestoga has now received accreditation from Engineers Canada following a thorough review by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

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Get Involved

Kitchener seeking volunteers for citizen advisory committees and boards

KITCHENER – The City of Kitchener is seeking volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience for a number of citizen advisory committees and boards.

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Start-Up Insights

Cazoomi Founder Shares 3 Insights On Solving Problems for Customers

Cazoomi Founder and CEO Clint Wilson says, “If you are looking for a problem to solve, you’re probably too late. If you are already solving a problem and you’re good at it, that’s the time to turn your problem solving into a business and scale it.”

San Francisco, California - With less than a week until a major rollout of an upgrade to his company’s website/customer experience, Clint Wilson broke from his typical routine of directing his firm’s international teams, demonstrating software, and fielding customer service requests via email to share the story of his success and three key insights for aspiring start-up entrepreneurs.

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Metal Theft

Hydro One leading change to deter metal theft

Pure copper being phased out of Hydro One stations, new groundings installed will be made of a copper and steel composite

TORONTO - Metal theft is a serious issue for the electricity sector and Hydro One is making changes that will one day eliminate the use of valuable, pure copper at its stations across Ontario.

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Global Relations

Canada seeks to become Renminbi (RMB) trading centre for the Americas

Partnership announced to support initiative that sees stronger ties with Chinese currency

TORONTO - The Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) and AdvantageBC announced yesterday they would work together, with officials from the federal, Ontario and BC governments, and the financial industry, to promote Canada as a trading hub for the Chinese currency, the Renminbi (RMB).

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Natralization

Improvements to improve Filsinger Park soon underway

Kitchener – As part of the City of Kitchener’s on-going efforts to improve stormwater management and water quality, construction will begin at Filsinger Park on Sept. 2, 2014. The project will involve the removal of the 1.3 km of concrete channel in the park (located approximately between Fischer-Hallman Road and Westmount Road, and Highland Road and Victoria Street South) and replacing it with a naturalized channel. The construction is proposed to be completed in three stages between Sept. 2014 and Apr. 2015. The majority of the work, weather permitting, will occur between Sept. 2014 and Jan. 2015.

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