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Data

Ben Wellington: How we found the worst place to park in New York City — using big data

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don't know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.

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Expansion

Héroux-Devtek Chooses Cambridge for Aerospace Expansion Ontario Supports New Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing

Queens Park - Ontario is helping Héroux-Devtek grow its aerospace landing gear business with a new manufacturing facility in Cambridge that will create 40 jobs. “This new facility will play a pivotal role in executing the most important landing gear contract in Héroux-Devtek’s history and its high level of automation will allow us to supply superior quality products to Boeing at a very competitive cost. We sincerely thank the Government of Ontario for supporting our industry, in which Canada ranks fifth worldwide", said Gilles Labbé, President and Chief Executive Officer, Héroux-Devtek.

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Innovation

Magna to Present Innovative Plug-In Hybrid Sports Car Concept at Geneva Motor Show 2015

Concept offers solutions to industry challenges

VIENNA, Austria - Magna International Inc. is set to debut MILA Plus, an innovative two-seat hybrid sports car at Geneva Motor Show 2015. The concept vehicle, which will be displayed at Magna's booth #6261 in Hall 6, combines a sophisticated, lightweight construction with an intelligent, alternative-drive solution to produce maximum performance as well as eco-friendliness. With an all-electric range of 75km and a vehicle weight of 1,520kg, MILA Plus achieves reduced CO2 emissions of 32g/km.

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Water

Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility Receives First ISI Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Award in Canada

First Envision®-verified Wastewater facility in North America

WASHINGTON, D.C./Grand Bend, ON - The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced yesterday that the Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, located in Ontario on the shoreline of Lake Huron, earned the Envision® sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Platinum award. This project is the first ISI Envision verification in Canada, and first wastewater facility to be ISI Envision-verified in North America.

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Interest Rates

C.D. Howe Institute Monetary Policy Council Urges Bank of Canada to Hold Rate at .75 Percent through Mid-Year; Looks for 1.25 Percent by March 2016

TORONTO - The C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) yesterday recommended that the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate it targets for monetary policy purposes, at 0.75 percent at its next announcement on March 4, 2015. Looking ahead, the Council called for the Bank to hold the target at .75 percent through to September, and called for a target of 1.25 a year from now.

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Energy

Electric power statistics for December 2014

Ottawa - Canada consumed 53.8 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity in December, 5.1% less than the same month in 2013. The decline was driven by above average temperatures in Quebec. In line with demand, electric power generation in Canada fell 3.4% year over year to 58.3 million MWh. Exports to the United States totalled 5.4 million MWh in December, 12.0% higher than the previous year, while imports shed more than a quarter of their volume to total 0.8 million MWh.

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Arts & Culture

Festival & Events Ontario Appoint Kathrin Delutis as New Executive Director

An accomplished leader who will work alongside the Board and staff to take FEO into the future

Toronto – Board President Rosemarie O’Brien is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathrin Delutis to the position of Executive Director of Festival and Events Ontario (FEO). Ms. Delutis will start with FEO on March 16, 2015. “In Kathrin, we have found an accomplished leader who will work alongside the Board and staff to take FEO into the future with vision and confidence. She has extensive experience in the not-for-profit realm, firm roots in events and great competence in strategy development and annual planning.”

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Finances

4 Reasons Why Women Should Cut Their Credit Cards Today

Financial Advisor Calls For Wiser Perspective On Spending - by Erica L. McCain

While women continue to make impressive strides in academics, in the business world and with buying power in general, a significant percentage are vulnerable to retail therapy and other modes of frivolous spending.

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Why Worry?

Half of Canadians admit to lying about finances

Talking openly is only way to mitigate risks facing middle aged people, the group most likely to stretch the truth about their finances

TORONTO - Canadians are not always truthful when discussing their finances. According to a new poll, more than half of Canadians (51 per cent) do not tell family, friends and co-workers the entire truth about their financial situation citing the main reason (36 per cent) as the desire to protect loved ones from worry.

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Expansion

William Liu and Perry Chow open Driver Seat in Markam Ontario

Franchise Owner William Lui to also open Richmond Hill North and Richmond Hill South Territories

Kitchener/Markham – Driverseat services continue to expand to new communities with the recent opening of Markham Ontario, located north east of Toronto. Franchise owner William Lui has also purchased the rights to open Richmond Hill North and Richmond Hill South, with plans to do so later in 2015.

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Cost of Stuff

Consumer Price Index for January 2015

Gasoline prices fell 26.9% in the 12 months to January

Ottawa - The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.0% in the 12 months to January, following a 1.5% increase in December. The slower year-over-year rise in the CPI was mostly attributable to gasoline prices, which fell 26.9% in the 12 months to January, after declining 16.6% in December.

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Stem Cells

Experts warn of stem cell underuse as transplants reach one million worldwide

Leipzig, Germany - Since the first experimental bone marrow transplant over 50 years ago, more than one million hematopoietic stem cell transplantations (HSCT) have been performed in 75 countries, according to new research charting the remarkable growth in the worldwide use of HSCT, published in The Lancet Haematology journal.

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Survey: Fraud

Nearly one in three a financial fraud victim

TORONTO - Almost a third (32 per cent) of those participating in a national survey conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) have been a victim of financial fraud at some point in their life.

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Terrorism Act Bill C-51

Canadian rights groups decry limited Parliamentary Committee hearings for Bill C-51, proposed major national security reforms

Ottawa - Rights groups across Canada reacted with alarm and deep concern to the news that the government has brought forward a motion limiting study of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, by the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to only four sessions of two hours each. With the first session devoted to government witnesses, including the Minister of Public Safety, this would leave only six hours for all other potential experts.

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Earnings

Payroll employment, earnings and hours for December 2014

Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $943 in December, up 0.7% from the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings increased by 2.0%.

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Team Work

A Collaboration Crash Course: How to Join Forces With Other Women (When You're Used to Going It Alone)

Collaboration is an incredibly valuable skill in today's marketplace, and what's more, women are naturals at it. But if you've always been the "lone (she) wolf" type, you may not know how to get started. Dr. Nancy D. O'Reilly offers 10 tactics to kick-start your collaborating career.

Santa Barbara, CA — Fifteen years into the new millennium, we've all heard (and heard some more) that the ability to collaborate is a crucial skill in the global economy. And it's not hard to see why. The problems faced by today's organizations have gotten so incredibly complex that a diverse range of skill sets is needed to solve them. After all, no one can possibly be good at everything. No two people will ever arrive at exactly the same solution. And of course, there's an amazing synergy that arises when we join forces with others.

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Insights

OpenText Adds Analytics for B2B Transactions to Provide Greater Supply Chain Insight

OpenText Trading Grid Analytics Simplifies, Accelerates & Transforms B2B e-Commerce with the Business Insight to Increase Supply Chain Effectiveness

WATERLOO - OpenText announced it has added new analytics capabilities for OpenText Trading Grid, the world's leading B2B Integration network, powering many of the largest global 2000 supply chains. Enhancing Trading Grid's analytics capabilities will provide companies with the business process insights they need to make data-driven decisions that will increase their supply chains' effectiveness.

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Gaming

Nova Scotia Gaming Companies Ready for Game Developers Conference in San Francisco

HALIFAX - Nine Nova Scotia gaming and interactive media companies have been preparing for months and are set to share their latest game releases and virtual reality creations at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CA on March 2-6, 2015.

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