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Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are

Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences.


Consumer Price Index Decreases in December 2014

Ottawa - The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.5% in the 12 months to December, following a 2.0% increase in November.

Inified Communications

Mitel CEO Rich McBee to Deliver Keynote Address at ITEXPO

Set to Share Predictions for Unified Communications Industry and What's in Mitel's Playbook

OTTAWA - Mitel president and CEO Richard McBee will deliver a keynote address at ITEXPO in Miami next week where he will share his thoughts on the current state of Unified Communications (UC), where he believes the industry and technology is headed, and what's next for Mitel.

Retail Sales Activity

Retail trade for November 2014

Ontario has seventh gain in eight months.

Ottawa - Retail sales rose 0.4% in November to $43.0 billion. Unseasonably cold weather, the timing of new product releases, as well as promotional events contributed to higher sales.

Philanthropic Initiatives

Bill and Melinda Gates Say Innovation and Technology Will Drive a Sustainable Future

The main reason for optimism is the evidence of the past – tremendous progress has been made; The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – There is optimism for a sustainable future, where poverty is eradicated, disease eliminated and everyone has access to nutritious food and the opportunities presented by education. This message of hope was delivered by Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, Co-Chairs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA. They were speaking at the 45th World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos-Klosters.

Consumer Price Index

Annual review, 2014

Ontario recorded the largest acceleration in consumer price inflation

Ottawa - In 2014, the annual average increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 2.0%. This increase followed gains of 0.9% in 2013 and 1.5% in 2012.

World Wide Web

World Economic Forum Launches Future of the Internet Initiative

Initiative to focus initially on five broad areas that are crucial to the future of the internet and the digital economy

Davos, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum launches a multi-year Future of the Internet Initiative in an effort to help strengthen trust and expand concrete cooperation on internet-related challenges and opportunities. The informal process of strategic dialogue and cooperation will seek to complement formal institutions and existing initiatives. It will do so by leveraging the Forum’s unique inter-ministerial and cross-industry communities, as well as its interdisciplinary intellectual networks and capacity to catalyse multistakeholder partnerships.

Arts & Culture

The KWS Journeys to China for an International Intersections Collaboration

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) welcomes celebrated Chinese pipa virtuoso Lan Weiwei to the Intersections Series for Friendship: A Journey to China on February 6 & 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Downtown Kitchener.

Education to Competitiveness

Closing Latin America’s Competitiveness Gap through Skills and Innovation

Latin America has an urgent need to boost its productivity to sustain and enhance competitiveness; Report responds to concerns about skills mismatch and low innovation in the context of declining commodity prices, global economic slowdown

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Latin America’s lagging competitiveness must be addressed by increasing the level and efficiency of investments and by fostering intra-regional and private public collaborations, recommends a new report, Bridging the Skills and Innovation Gap to Boost Productivity in Latin America, published today by the World Economic Forum.

Developing Global Communities

Leaders Confident that ASEAN Economic Community Will Be Launched By End of Year

Common market will have 600 million people, world’s fastest growth rates; Regulatory harmonization needs to accompany economic integration

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Political and business leaders from ASEAN member states told participants at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting that the ASEAN Economic Community, uniting 10 countries with over 600 million people in a common market, will be a reality by the end of 2015.

Election & Stimulas Spending

Canadian Government Creating Jobs for Southern Ontarians

FedDev Ontario investments support entrepreneurs and growing businesses across the region

Kitchener – FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear recently concluded a productive tour of southern Ontario, during which he announced 11 important investments to create jobs and grow local companies, and met with stakeholders at pre-Budget roundtables.

Global Challenges

45th Annual Meeting Ends, Closing Four Days of Debates on World’s Most Pressing Current Affairs and Long-Term Trends

Inequality, climate change and the future of the internet were among the most discussed long-term challenges

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 24 January 2015 – The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting ended today with a Co-Chairs debate on the Global Agenda 2015. The session closed a week-long meeting on the world’s most pressing issues and long-term challenges, including inequality, climate change and terrorism.

Job Creation & Education

Unlock Trillions to Tackle Global Inequality and Create Jobs, Panel Urges

Artificial intelligence is coming and it will replace your job

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – With the price of oil rock-bottom, now is the perfect opportunity to cut $2 trillion worth of energy subsidies across the world and invest it equally in job creation and education, with a special focus on women, said Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC. She was speaking at a panel debate examining global economic growth, inequality and the role of technology at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

Job Hunting

11 Fatal Errors Not to Make in Your Job Search

If you've been trying to find a job with no success, you may be making mistakes you aren't aware of. Here, Peter K. Studner points out 11 common errors to avoid.

Los Angeles, CA — You have experience and skill in your field (not to mention commitment, drive, and great references), but despite your best efforts, you can't seem to find a job. As you fill out application after application without any results, you wonder, What am I doing wrong? If this scenario sounds all too familiar, Peter K. Studner has some answers.

Expecting Big Things

Scientific Breakthroughs in Big Data, Brain Science and Ebola Possible for 2015

Interactions between big data, life sciences and computational research are transforming the future of sciences; Public action in areas such as climate change and funding basic research still lacking; Scientists hope for breakthroughs in treating Ebola, mapping the brain and understanding physics in 2015

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – In a world of geopolitical unrest and economic sluggishness, developments in science offer needed bright spots on the horizon for 2015. Leaders of scientific institutions and Nobel laureates discussed the global outlook for science in the coming years in a session at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. They identified big data, brain science, physics and epidemiology as some of the fastest changing fields of research.

Climate Change

Leaders Say 2015 is Key Year for Global Action on Climate Change

Growth must be more inclusive and green – spending directed towards low-carbon growth will create carbon-resilient societies

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – This year is the year for global action. If politicians, the private sector and international organizations fail to act on climate change and sustainable development in 2015, the opportunity to create low-carbon growth and reduce poverty will be lost. This was the message from world leaders, delivered at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters.


Civilized World Will Not Bow to Threat of Terrorism, Says US Secretary Kerry

Defeating Daesh is top priority in the global fight against terrorism; Ending conflict requires more than just eliminating the terrorist groups of today; A coordinated approach is required across military, humanitarian, economic and political spheres

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – The civilized world will not bow to the threat of terrorism, said John F. Kerry, US Secretary of State. “The 20th century was defined by the civilized struggle to uphold values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law,” he said. We will not be derailed by criminal anarchists who illegitimately claim a religious cause, he added. Kerry was speaking at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

Host-State Act

World Economic Forum Gains Formal Status in Switzerland

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum, founded in 1971 as a not-for-profit organization, has gained formal status under the Swiss Host-State Act, confirming the role of the Forum as an International Institution for Public-Private Cooperation.

Two Major Spends

Iraq’s Prime Minister Abadi Makes Urgent Appeal for More Military Support to Combat ISIS

Despite progress against ISIS, Abadi pessimistic on Syria; sees no plan to stop the war
Iraq to diversify economy beyond oil to agriculture and petrochemicals, moving away from state-dominated economy

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Haidar Al Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq, made an urgent appeal to the international coalition to provide more arms, air strikes and military training to help his troops combat the “barbarians” of ISIS. Abadi, speaking at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, described ISIS, also known as Daesh, as the best-funded and most organized terrorists the world had ever seen.


New national organization will tackle awareness of Kawasaki disease

Acquired heart disease can result in undetected damage to the coronary arteries

Waterloo - Kawasaki disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in Canadian children. Every year, hundreds of children are diagnosed and treated across Canada and for most children, the story ends there. But for those who miss an early diagnosis, Kawasaki disease can result in undetected damage to the coronary arteries. Kawasaki Disease Canada, which launches today, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting affected individuals and families, educating the health care community and the public, and supporting Kawasaki disease research. Its ultimate goal is to support the eradication of Kawasaki disease.

Global Prospects

Economic Prospects Brightened by ECB Package, Falling Oil Prices, Structural Reforms

Falling oil prices provide a boost to growth; Promising structural reforms in Brazil, China and Japan

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Despite more pessimism at the World Economic Forum this year than last, central bankers and economic leaders were more upbeat about economic prospects for the year ahead. With the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasting 3.5% growth this year, panellists at a session on the global economic outlook pointed to the upside potential of the European Central Bank stimulus package, falling oil prices, structural change in Brazil, China and Japan, and robust growth in the United States.


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