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Current Issue: Exchange May 2014

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Ted Talks

Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think)

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.)

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Digital Index

Addressing New Digital Divide Key for Balanced Growth

Nordic countries continue to dominate the Networked Readiness Index; the US improves on the back of ICT infrastructure and innovation capacity

New York – Little progress is being made in bridging the digital divide between technology savvy nations and others, according to the 13th edition of the Global Information Technology Report 2014. The stalling of progress is worrisome for emerging and developing nations, which are at risk of missing out on many positive impacts information and communications technologies (ICT) bring, including increased innovation, economic competitiveness and greater social inclusion.

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MEDIA

Conestoga College broadcast TV student Adrian Baker wins mpGO awardf or Outstanding Achievement

Kitchener – Adrian Baker, a 2nd-year Conestoga College broadcast TV student, is the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Writer/Producer Specialization Award, a $200 honour sponsored by the Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO). Adrian Baker was presented the award on April 16, 2014 at Conestoga College’s Broadcast Television Awards Night, which was held at the Princess Twin Cinemas, where faculty, students and industry sponsors gathered to celebrate and congratulate the graduates. The award was presented by mpGO Chair Carol Ann Whalen, an award-winning alumna of Conestoga College’s Broadcast TV Program and co-proprietor of Kitchener’s C to C Productions.

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Opinion

Calls to expand CPP and create Ontario pension program rely on misguided analysis

by Philip Cross & Charles Lammam

VANCOUVER—Despite Ontario’s upcoming proposal for its own government pension program, there is no retirement income crisis in Canada, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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Education

Waterloo Global Science Initiative invests in young people as a force for change in education

PHOENIX, AZ - Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) launched its Equinox Fellowship, a program that funds projects initiated by young people between the ages of 18 and 30 inspired by the priorities outlined in the Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030 which launched globally last week in Oxford, UK at the World Literacy Summit. Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030's student-centered vision for the future of education was developed at last fall's Equinox Summit: Learning 2030. Half of its collaborators were high school students, student leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists between 18 and 30.

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Education

Laurier launching unique MBA specialization in Management in the Golf and Resort Industry

WATERLOO – Beginning in August, Laurier’s School of Business and Economics will offer a unique specialization within its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program: Management in the Golf and Resort Industry. Launched in partnership with the Golf Management Institute of Canada (GMIC) — which was founded by Laurier alumnus Grant Fraser (BBA ’87) — the specialization offers MBA students an opportunity to develop and apply management skills within the context of the global golf and resort industry.

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Community Health

Progress Towards Cambridge Hospital Redevelopment One Step Closer

CAMBRIDGE – The expansion and redevelopment at Cambridge Memorial Hospital is one step closer to coming to realization as the request for proposals stage has closed for prequalified companies to submit bids to build and finance the project.

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Global Demand

EDC Forecast Says Global Pent-Up Demand to Energize Export Growth in 2014, 2015

OTTAWA - A new forecast by Export Development Canada (EDC), the country's leading financier and insurer of exporting companies, predicts that the global economy is on the verge of a rush of economic growth.

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Trades

Building the Future Labour Pool

Future Building increases awareness about the skilled construction trades

TORONTO — School boards and parents should not overlook the opportunities that await today’s students in the skilled trades. According to apprentices currently working towards their Certificates of Qualification, there is more to the skilled trades than people think. Emily Vickers, second-year welding apprentice from UA Local 67, was at Future Building earlier this month giving students in Grades 7-12 a quick lesson on welding and the pipe trades.

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Energy

Taking the Debt Retirement Charge Off Residents' Bills

Province Helping People With Energy Costs

Queens Park - Ontario intends to take the Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) off residential electricity bills after Dec. 31, 2015. They report that it will generate a savings to the typical homeowner $5.60 per month or $67.20 annually.

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HR

Canadian Businesses Aren't Prepared to Tackle Today's Urgent Business Challenges, Says New Report

The greatest challenge for the human capital management profession is how to manage a rapidly globalizing workforce, while at the same time keeping pace with shifting demographics and ever-evolving technology

TORONTO - Significant uncertainty exists in Human Resources' (HR) ability to address and respond to the challenges of today's multigenerational, borderless and technologically savvy workforce, according to the results of Deloitte's 2014 Human Capital Trends survey of 133 Canadian HR and business leaders. Respondents recognized the need to take action on critical issues including leadership (73 percent), employee retention and engagement (55 percent) and workforce capability (50 percent).

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