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Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 2Z5
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Rushes Restaurant Recognized by Wine Spectator
Award for Excellence received for depth and breadth of its wine selection
Fall 2004
Waterloo, ON – The 24th annual Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards has recognized Rushes Restaurant among some of the world’s finest restaurants for its superior wine cellar.

The Wine Spectator awards were published in the August 31st issue of the magazine, a leading international wine authority, as part of its annual worldwide listing of restaurants with knowledgeable, top-quality wine programs. Rushes is listed as a first-time winner of an Award of Excellence.

Other new winners in Canada include The Oban Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake and La Buona Forchetta in Montreal.

“We were thrilled at the news,” said Mary D’Alton, Managing Director of The Waterloo Inn and Conference Centre. “We knew our wine selection was one of the best in the area, which is why we asked for a review by Wine Spectator. Winning an Award of Excellence is just what we had hoped for, an international recognition of our dedication to wine.”

This year’s award list provides a “wine-friendly” guide to restaurants around the world, categorized by country, and includes a feature summary for each restaurant. Rushes is noted for its collection of wines from California, Australia and Canada. Special recognition is made of Rushes’ wine pricing, considered by Wine Spectator to be “inexpensive” when compared to other restaurant wine list prices.

The Wine Spectator’s annual Restaurant Award list is featured in the August issue as a special feature, “Our Award-Winning Wine Lists.”
FibreTech's Next-Generation Wireless Internet Installed at the Waterloo Inn
Region's second installation since Waterloo Regional International Airport
Fall 2004
Kitchener, ON - FibreTech Telecommunications has installed a comprehensive, premium high-speed wireless Internet network at The Waterloo Inn and Conference Centre, only the second of its kind installed in the Region. A similar installation at the Region of Waterloo International Airport has been in full operation since May 2004.

Based on Wi-Fi technology, the FibreTech wireless Internet service (also known as Wi-Fi) allows Waterloo Inn guests to access e-mail and their company’s network, or simply surf the Internet at speeds 30 times faster than a standard dial-up connection.

Most laptops and portable Internet devices are wireless enabled or adaptable. When business travelers are on the road, they’ve come to expect the convenient, ready Internet access that wireless connectivity provides, although the quality of service can vary widely with location and equipment.

“We chose FibreTech for its fully integrated approach, premium-quality reception and speed,” said Mary D’Alton, managing director of the Waterloo Inn. “Our guests depend on us to provide the best services. Our Wi-Fi solution had to be not just ultra-fast, but completely reliable and accessible anywhere in our hotel.”

At the Waterloo Inn site, as with all its Wi-Fi projects, FibreTech uses state-of-the-art transmitters connected to its local telecommunications network - over 700 kilometres of high-load fibre optic cable. This ensures comprehensive on-site coverage and a wired connection to the Internet that is the most robust in the Region. FibreTech Telecommunications Inc. is the community-owned telecom company held indirectly by all of the city and township utilities within the Region of Waterloo. FibreTech is a local technology leader in the development of Wi-Fi Internet access, an increasingly critical component of its mandate to ensure that the Region of Waterloo remains the best-connected area in Canada.