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Well.ca, Fongo top FedDev's Q1 fundings in Southwestern Ontario

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Fed Dev has disclosed its contributions for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, covering the April-May-June period. Three companies from Southwestern Ontario are on the list: Guelph's Well.ca, Cambridge's Fongo and Brantford's Systems Logic. FedDev contributions to businesses are repayable.

Q1 fundings in Southwestern Ontario:

Companies:Well.ca, Inc.Guelph$975,000Fongo Inc.Cambridge  $850,000Systems LogicBrantford$366,667Universities/Colleges:Conestoga CollegeKitchener$750,000University of WaterlooWaterloo$750,000University of WindsorWindsor$750,000University of GuelphGuelph$650,000University of Western OntarioLondon$500,000Lambton CollegeSarnia$285,000CFDCs:Essex CFDCEssex$610,000Elgin CFDCSt Thomas$570,000CFDC of Wellington-Waterloo  Elora$570,000Brant CFDCBrantford$570,000
All Community Futures Development Corporations in Southern Ontario receive their funding through FedDev. The funding for universities and colleges is under the applied research program and wil…

Panel says horse racing industry needs public funds to survive

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A few years ago, a couple of my hobbies led me to read over hundreds of sports sections from the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Although I was scanning for particular information, a couple of general trends jumped out.

First, that day-to-day coverage of local women's sports was much stronger in the 1930s than it is today, and second, the huge role of horse racing in mainstream Toronto sporting life. It was everywhere. I wasn't researching horse racing, but it was impossible to avoid reading about it, and it was impressive.

I'd never been to the races, but after immersing myself in these old sports sections and the Toronto sports world of that era, it felt like something I should do. I got as far as taking a look at the website for Mohawk Racetrack—not very far from Waterloo—but I never did go. Nostalgia only goes so far, and whatever horse racing once was as a cultural force, it sure wasn't any more and hadn't been for decades. In…