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Interesting article because what many people don't think about is that the grocers - by owning their own labels - "can" reduce consumers' price for merchandise BUT their focus on bottom-line profits may offset so the lack of choice "we" have is actually increasing the cost of what we buy.  So what is a fair way of ensuring that we have choice at the best cost?  I'm just glad we will be able to access French's, Heinz and the PC label together now. :)
Ketchup story shows how food retailing has become intertwined with social media
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With its strong research universities, vibrant immigration and nascent entrepreneurship culture, this region carries the unique potential to develop as Canada’s answer to Silicon Valley
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YES, I know most of you are American but..."our" political opinions are very similar in many areas and I am a very proud Canadian.  

If you wish to support this online petition of mine, I do appreciate it but I would welcome your circulating it to anyone you know who is Canadian, especially the "youth" who might be tuned into Google (yes, we have a very large local Google presence in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON) and Social Media since I am trying my best to motivate these individuals into rising up (makes me remember the anti-war years of when I was growing-up ;) ) against the anti-democratic establishment - those who want to erode our freedoms of expression and voting.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/democracy-not-tyranny-nor-autocracy
I just signed a petition at iPetitions.com. Please join me in supporting this important cause!
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#democracy  I've spoken with people and what I'm hearing is that a vote is absolutely the democratic method we should be using.  

What are your views on this subject?
In a months time the Region of Waterloo will make a decision on how to replace the seat left vacant after the death of Wayne Wettlaufer. Council needs to decide whether to appoint someone or hold a municipal by-election, something that has never been done in the Region of Waterloo. If council chooses to appoint …
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It is so hard 4 me 2 realize my brother's sudden departure but 2 read all the accolades I see from those who always seemed 2 oppose him is almost confirmation that I am dreaming, wishing I and my family would just wake.  Alas, we all loved him very dearly & miss more than the community thinks because Wayne was all of this & more.  I continue 2 say that I'm not convinced St. Mary's Hospital would be open 2day if not 4 his efforts.  He may not have been the sole reason but if he had not fought against his own government's plans then I am sure it would have closed.

2 The Record - I know you opposed Wayne many times but do really appreciate the well-written article earlier this week & this superb editorial.  My entire family thanks you very much.
If you peruse the pages of most history books, you’ll discover it’s the presidents and prime ministers, the acknowledged movers and shakers of any given era who command the most exuberant praise and lavish attention.
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Thanks to my long-time and very dear friend Karl Schmidt of #AdvantageAustria  for this very interesting article!
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I'm always grateful to those who add me to their #Circle  but do appreciate knowing why or what you have found to be so interesting?  Please do send me a message and I will try to continue to appease your interest. :)

Thanks, +Юрий Дорощук 
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A really amazing musician and I thank my friend +Jürgen R. Schreiter for sharing with me.
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Thank you Larry - Great you like her - Indeed very amazing artist!
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I agree with the complaint here but not the logic.  What Council was to decide was if a by-election OR an appointment was to be made but circumvented the process - during the summer when so many voters are at cottages and on vacation - by actually voting to appoint a particular individual who LOST an election last October.

Yes, she was "runner-up" as so many supporters say - #5 of 7 candidates running for 4 positions - but to use excuses (definitely not logic) to bypass hearing from residents through the next 30 days when Council would then have to decide if to appoint 1 person or open to nominations is what really bothers me!  

IF Council had voted to make an appointment then the public has 1 month to offer suggestions on the way to go.  They didn't just avoid calling a by-election but also avoided hearing more from the voters of the City and the Region.

I publicly stated my personal views that a back-room deal had been reached prior and the job offer had been made.  Why else would a definite date be included in the motion and not a date - to be advised or as soon as the councillor-to-be could fill the position?  A date had to be verified and why a date without knowing the motion would carry?

We don't just have federal or provincial politicians circumventing due process but also local politicians who then use "the law" as the reason - it gives them the choice!  YES, it does but we have a dilemma in society with anything being legal and also if it is ethical.  

The ethics demand that a Region the size of Waterloo Region - 1 of the largest in Ontario - with an estimated $5Billion of expenditures during the next 3+ years, have a by-election and voted councilor to make those decisions and NOT someone appointed by Council who will then owe (didn't the vote go 15-0 when it appears that support for an appointment vs by-election was approximately 50/50?) other men and women around Council Table a favour.
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How important is #democracy  2 u?  Can you believe that #WaterlooRegionalCouncil  is even contemplating removing the right of citizens 2 #vote  ?  YES, they're given the legal choice to "appoint" someone 2 replace the recently departed Councillor Wayne Wettlaufer with 3+ years remaining in a 4 year term of office.

Please support this petition & circulate among your friends & family 2 do the same!  This is Canada and not a 3rd world dictatorship.

We must send a message 2 our elected representatives at all levels of #government  in any democratic society that the people will NOT tolerate an erosion of our rights & freedoms.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/democracy-not-tyranny-nor-autocracy
I just signed a petition at iPetitions.com. Please join me in supporting this important cause!
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#lifelessons  or maybe a #legal  lesson from someone young and, by definition, naive?  Let's hope that we all learn from this story my friend posted. +Grace Tang 
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Lauren, what was the date of this interview with Wayne?  Thank you.
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Licensed in Ontario, CANADA as an "Registered Insurance Broker" and own a Professional Manager designation (Canadian Institute of Management), Fellowship and Life Membership in the Guild of Industrial, Commercial & Institutional Accountants AND have a "Canadian Risk Manager" designation.