|Wednesday December 11, 2013
Diébédo Francis Kéré: How to build with clay... and community
||Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education.
Global growth should surprise to the upside in 2014
TORONTO - Rising equity prices are signaling better times ahead for investors but firmer global growth will depend on central banks keeping interest rates steady in 2014, notes a new report from CIBC World Markets Inc.
Engineering innovations help ease the pain of Canadian winter
WATERLOO - Harsh winter conditions may be easier for Canadians to manage with new products invented by two University of Waterloo graduates. "Frost is a major problem for individuals and businesses daily. Not only is it inconvenient but it has an impact on safety and can even hinder economic activity," said Abhinay Kondamreddy, a nanotechnology engineering graduate who developed Neverfrost along with three classmates. Neverfrost is an environmentally-friendly technology that prevents frost, fog, and ice formation. The innovation is the foundation for a new startup, also called Neverfrost.
|"Abhinay Kondamreddy, a nanotechnology engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo.
Bill to Modernize Regulation of Legal Profession Passes Final Vote
Government Passes its 11th Bill in 2013
Queen's Park - Ontario is helping to ensure legal services are more effective and accountable with the Modernizing Regulation of the Legal Profession Act, which yesterday passed it's Third Reading. "Passage of this new law will benefit legal professionals and the public they serve by allowing the Law Society of Upper Canada to develop stronger processes to ensure the delivery of more effective and efficient legal services in Ontario,” said John Gerretsen, Ontario Attorney General.
Welcome to the Banana Republic of Ontario
Hamilton - The Auditor General just released a scathing report on the state of the hydro companies in Ontario. Yes there are many of them, but the ones costing the most are Ontario Hydro and Ontario Power Generation. In addition there is IESO, the ESA, The OEFC the OEB and the OPA. Each have an outrageously paid CEO along with a politically appointed BOD (Board of Directors).
Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. reports fiscal 2013 fourth quarter and year end results
WHISTLER - Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $86.4 million, an increase of 1.4% over 2012 Adjusted EBITDA and a record since the Corporation's initial public offering in 2010. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that is described in more detail below. The Corporation also reported a change in the scheduled filing date of its 2013 audited financial statements and MD&A, as described below. The Corporation holds a 75% interest in the entities that operate Whistler Blackcomb, the largest and most visited mountain resort in North America.
The 7 worst financial habits of holiday shoppers
Bad shopping habits can lead to a post-holiday debt hangover in the new year.
CALGARY - If your holiday shopping habits put you on the naughty list for overspending, impulse buying, and losing track of your purchases, you may be facing a post-holiday debt hangover in the new year.
Canadian Government Encourages Canadians to Take Advantage of the First-Time Donor's Super Credit This Holiday Season
OTTAWA - Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, met with representatives from the United Way Ottawa yesterday to encourage Canadians to take advantage of the first-time donor's super credit and to make a difference in their communities during the holiday season by giving to a registered Canadian charity.
Canadian workers say CPP/QPP hikes are not the answer
Proposals on the table at finance ministers' meeting not supported by the public
TORONTO - As federal and provincial finance ministers prepare to discuss proposals for increasing mandatory CPP and QPP premiums this weekend, new public opinion data reveal that a vast majority of working Canadians prefer other options to help boost retirement savings.
Transition: The Blind Spot for Many Business Owners
Handing Off Your Baby Isn’t Easy Or Simple, Experts Say
Blood, sweat and tears; late nights and weekends spent working; sacrificed vacations and family time indeed, a CEO’s feelings toward his or her business often mirror those of a parent has for a child.
Global Financial Markets Remain Uneven, Yet 2014 Outlook Is Upbeat for Canadian Exporters
TORONTO - The 2014 Scotiabank Economic and Market Outlook Conference (EMOC) offered a measure of optimism to investors. "Global economic activity remains highly uneven, with U.S. consumers getting back in a spending mood and Europe showing signs of crawling out of a lengthy recession just as China and some other new world powerhouses are losing momentum," said Warren Jestin, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank.
Canadian homebuyers remain undaunted in 2013, as housing sales and average price approach five-year high
Major residential real estate markets poised for further growth in 2014
MISSISSAUGA - Canadian consumers remained remarkably steadfast in their determination to achieve homeownership in 2013, fuelling residential real estate sales and average price nationally to a five-year high, despite a spotty regional performance. Improved economic performance on both a national and global stage, combined with historically low interest rates and rising consumer confidence, should spark greater strength in 2014, with housing sales and values expected to further appreciate
124 Countries Ranked by Ability to Deliver Secure, Affordable and Sustainable Energy
Norway, New Zealand, France and Sweden top the rankings; Colombia and Costa Rica are non OECD countries in top ten
Geneva, Switzerland In support of the global transition to a new energy architecture, the World Economic Forum released the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2014. Prepared in collaboration with Accenture and designed to help countries spur their efforts to meet energy challenges and opportunities in innovative ways, the Index assesses regions and 124 countries according to economic growth, environmental sustainability and energy security performance, analysing the complex trade-offs and dependencies that affect country efforts.
Honda Releases 2013 North American Environmental Report
TORRANCE, CA - Honda released its ninth annual North American Environmental Report. Honda's ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products and business operations resulted in a number of significant advancements, including a 9.5% year-over-year increase in the CO2-adjusted fleet average fuel economyi of model year 2012 Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S., to 26.4 miles per gallon (mpg); a 16.2% year-over-year reduction in the CO2 emission intensity of automobile production in North America; and an 8% year-over-year reduction in CO2 emissions resulting from the shipment of finished products from factories to dealers in the U.S.
Carleton to Launch New Entrepreneur Accelerator
Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business is launching a campus-wide venture accelerator called Carleton Entrepreneurs. Media are invited to attend the opening of the facility and learn how Carleton Entrepreneurs can help any student or recent graduate to launch and grow successful ventures.
New ag bill throttles farmers, threatens seed sovereignty, says NFU
Saskatoon, SK Agriculture Minister Ritz is moving with undue haste with Monday's announcement of the Agricultural Growth Act (AGA) which received First Reading in Parliament yesterday. The government is calling the AGA an omnibus bill for agriculture because it proposes amendments to a number of acts dealing with plant breeders’ rights, feed, seed, fertilizer, animal health, plant protection, monetary penalties, ag marketing programs and farm debt mediation.
December 17, 2013
Wayne Vanwyck - "Who's Driving Your Business?" Free Webinar
From 11:00 am to 11:45 am
Waterloo Region - Braking, accelerating, and steering when you want. Going where you want. That’s how you’ve run your business too. Hire more people, change products, buy a building, change direction those are your decisions to make. It may be time to take control of some of the most important decisions of your business life. Perhaps decisions you’ve been putting off.
May 26-28, 2014
Canada 3.0 conference to focus on how digital innovation can enable the energy industry
Calgary and Waterloo Region The 6th annual Canada 3.0 conference will be held May 26th 28th, 2014 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta. TRTech and the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) will co-host the conference, which is being held in Western Canada for the first time.
December 12, 2013
“Table is Set for Langs Annual Community Christmas Dinner”
Cambridge On Thursday, Langs will host their annual ‘Community Christmas Dinner’. This event is about sharing the warmth of the Holiday Season with Langs current patients, program participants and volunteers. The event will be held at the Preston Legion, Branch 126, 334 Westminster Dr. North, Cambridge.