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Thursday April 2, 2009

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Ted Talks

Ueli Gegenschatz: Fulfilling the dream of flight in a high-tech wingsuit



Wingsuit jumping is the leading edge of extreme sports -- an exhilarating feat of almost unbelievable daring, where skydivers soar through canyons at over 100MPH. Ueli Gegenschatz talks about how (and why) he does it, and shows jawdropping film.

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Association Innovation

CAMBRIDGE CHAMBER LAUNCHES WEB TV

Cambridge, ON –. As part of a sweeping update and expansion of both its image and its member services, The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce has changed it’s corporate look, expanded its online offering and posted the first of many timely Web TV broadcasts on the organization’s website (cambridgechamber.com).


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Regional Flavour

Gala Dinner Celebrates Local Food

Local food in April? Believe it or not it is possible to enjoy a sumptuous feast of local cuisine at this time of year!

Waterloo Region - Once again Foodlink Waterloo Region, in conjunction with the Waterloo Region Chefs’ Association, will be putting the spotlight on local food with its second annual Gala Dinner in celebration of Earth Day. The event takes place Thursday, April 23 at the Walper Terrace Hotel, Crystal Ballroom in downtown Kitchener.

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Economy

U.S. jobless claims rise to 26-year high last week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly rose to its highest level in over 26 years last week and so-called continued claims jumped to a record high in March, according to data that underscored the labor market deterioration.

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G20

G20 puts IMF at centre of crisis response
By David Ljunggren and Lesley Wroughton

LONDON (Reuters) - World leaders will impose new financial rules on Thursday and triple the war chest of the IMF to fight the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, monetary sources at the G20 summit said.

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Technology

In Cash-Is-King Economy, Companies Pursue Better Ways to Manage and Preserve Cash, Lower Costs

Optimizing Accounts Payable is Critical to Improving Cash Management, Experts Say Invoice Management Solutions Deliver Rapid Payback, Boost Stability

WATERLOO - Between declining revenues and uncertain access to credit, today's economy is making cash critically important to business. When cash is king, say experts at Open Text(TM), a global leader in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), companies need to make sure they have complete control over where their cash is going in order to reduce costs. That means it's vital to take a closer look at accounts payable and the strategic value it can bring to an organization.

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New Car Sales

GM Canada March 2009 Sales Results

Cars for 2009 was 8,461 compared to 13,939 in 2008 year to year down 39.3%
Trucks 16,528 16,269 in 2008 year to year up 1.6%
Combined for 2009 was 24,989 compared to 30,208 year to year down 17.3%

Oshawa – In March, GM Canada again sold more vehicles than any competitor in Canada, selling 24,989 vehicles

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New Car sales

Chrysler Canada Celebrates 20 Straight Months of Sales Success

- March sales up 3.5 per cent

WINDSOR - Chrysler Canada announced today a sales increase of 3.5 per cent, reaching 20 months of consecutive sales growth.

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New Car Sales

FORD CANADA INCREASES MARKET SHARE FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH

Sales success fueled by award-winning Ford Fusion

March 2009 was 17,055 compared to March 2008 of 20,083 down 15.1%
January - March 2009 was compared to January -March 2008 39,857 46,870 down 15.0%

OAKVILLE – Market share increased for the fifth consecutive month at Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited.

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Entrepreneurship

Organic fast-food restaurant takes first place in new venture competition

WATERLOO – Local business leaders selected FreshLife, an organic fast-food restaurant developed by Laurier business students, as the winner of the BDO New Venture Competition held March 28 at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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New Car Sales

KIA March vehicle sales

MISSISSAUGA - KIA Canada Inc. announced March 2009 sales of 3,555 units, a 12.6 per cent increase over the March 2008 sales of 3,157 vehicles. On a year-to-date basis, 2009 KIA Canada sales are 6.2 percent ahead of 2008 sales through March. This marks KIA's best March sales month ever recorded.

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Economy

Tech spending may fall more in 2009 than post-dotcom

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON (Reuters) - Global information technology spending will fare worse in 2009 than during the dotcom bubble collapse of 2001, industry researchers Gartner Inc (IT.N) said on Tuesday in cutting earlier projections.

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New Car Sales

Honda Canada reports March sales

TORONTO - Honda Canada Inc. reported combined March sales of 12,570 units by its Honda and Acura divisions, a 23% decrease year-over-year. The Honda Automobile Division reported March sales of 11,359 units, down 20% from last year. The Acura Division reported March sales of 1,211 units, down 42% over last year.

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Education

Carleton students approve student levy for Millennium Villages Project

Ottawa – Carleton students have voted overwhelmingly to add a six-dollar levy to their annual student fees to be given each year to Millennium Promise’s Millennium Villages project. The Millennium Villages project provides people in Africa with the tools they need to overcome poverty, one village at a time.

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Transportation

MOL Logistics Selects Descartes for ISF '10+2' Compliance

WATERLOO- Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that MOL Logistics, a leading global freight forwarder, has selected Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN) to help it comply with the United States Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) new Importer Security Filing (ISF) "10+2" initiative.

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Human Resources

McMaster University 2008 Public Sector Salary Disclosure

Hamilton – McMaster University is releasing a list of salaries of those employees whose 2008 income, as reflected on their T4 slips, met or exceeded $100,000. Corresponding 2008 taxable benefits are also listed. The disclosure of this material is mandated under the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act.


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Education

New UW online Project Leadership program teaches art and science of project management, involving industry experts
By Sheila McConnell

Waterloo - 'Innovative,' 'high quality' and a 'serious alternative to a traditional in-class program' are the words that any new professional development program would love to hear but they sound even better coming from Toyota Canada's Director and Chief Information Officer, Hao Tien.

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New Car Sales

Nissan Canada Inc. Reports Decreased Sales Results for March 2009

MISSISSAUGA, Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) reported sales of 7,605 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles in March, a decrease of 8.8 per cent over the same month last year. For March, the Nissan brand accounted for 7,024 units sold while the Infiniti brand accounted for 581 units. Altima led all models with 1,874 units sold, followed by Versa and Sentra with 1,746 and 1,481 vehicles, respectively.

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New Car Sales

Audi Canada achieves best first quarter ever

- 979 units represent second best March in Audi Canada history
- 25.3% ahead of sales in March 2008
- Year to date sales up by 3%

AJAX - Audi Canada today reported that 979 units were registered for the month of March. The leading models in terms of sales were the A4 and A4 Avants, the all-new Audi Q5, the Audi Q7 and the A3.

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Education

U of G to Host Neuroscience Day

Guelph - One of the most influential neuroscientists in the world will be at the University of Guelph April 6 as part of "Neuroscience Day" on campus.

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Workplace Training

WWTAB Increases Service Area

Ayr - Carol Simpson notified the community that as of April 1, 2009, WWTAB will become the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (WPB).

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New Car Sales

Best-ever March sales for Subaru Canada

MISSISSAUGA - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce that it set an all-time sales record for the month of March. Total vehicle sales were up 14.6 percent over the 1,639 vehicles sold during the same month in 2008. Building on last year's record-breaking sales results, Subaru's Canadian sales are continuing to grow faster than any other Japanese manufacturer in 2009.

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New Car Sales

Canadian-built Toyota RAV4, Lexus RX 350 remain popular choices

TORONTO - Canadians are still in the market for quality, fuel-efficient and versatile vehicles to meet their mobility needs, producing strong March sales of new and recently refreshed Toyota and Lexus models - led by Canadian-built vehicles.

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Attraction Sport

Explore Ontario’s Greenbelt on Wheels

2009 Tour de Greenbelt

Toronto – Dust off your helmet – spring has sprung and it’s time to break out the banana seats and get ready to ride. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to announce the second Tour de Greenbelt cycling extravaganza! An innovative and exciting opportunity for Ontarians and visitors to bicycle their way through Ontario’s Greenbelt, the Tour de Greenbelt is now open for registration.

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New Car Sales

Mercedes-Benz Canada reports best March and strongest first quarter ever

TORONTO - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported that a record-breaking total of 2,393 Mercedes-Benz and smart units were registered for the month. This represents the best ever combined March sales for Mercedes-Benz and smart, and a 16.4% gain over last year.

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Global Economy

PM [Gordon Brown] Woos China with Offer of Greater Voting Powers

G20 - Gordon Brown will entered talks with China to see if it would be willing to commit extra funds to fighting a world recession in return for greater voting powers on multilateral institutions, including the IMF and World Bank....

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Labour

The Government of Canada Announces Three Contribution Agreements Addressing Labour Mobility and Foreign Credential Recognition

OTTAWA - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, after meeting yesterday in Brussels with her ministerial counterparts, announced the signing of three new agreements that will help facilitate international labour mobility between Canada and the EU.

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Global Economy

Job Losses To Top 50 Million, Unions Warn

G20 - "Union leaders Tuesday warned G20 heads of state that job losses in the global economy could vastly exceed the 50 million estimate made four months ago.

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Employer Seminar

'Creating A Diverse Workplace'

Waterloo Region - WRIEN is presenting a seminar designed to provide employers with dynamic information on creating a diverse and welcoming workplace (from both a technical and a lived experience perspective) in order to support employers in attracting and retaining global talent.

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Global Economy

IDB Warns Of Zero Growth In Latin America In The Coming Years

Latin America - "The seven major economies of Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela) could grow, on average, only 0.1 percent between 2009 and 2013 if the economies of the US and EU take longer than expected to recover, according to a report released Tuesday by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)...." [EFE/Factiva]

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Opportunities

Newcomers Web Portal Launch - Huge Success!

Waterloo Region - A crowd gathered at the Region of Waterloo headquarters on March 9 to witness the unveiling of the exciting Newcomers Web Portal for Waterloo Region.

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New Car sales

Volkswagen Canada Announces Its March 2009 Sales

AJAX - Volkswagen Canada has announced that its sales totalled 3,156 new units for March 2009. Despite the difficult economic situation facing the Canadian automotive industry, Volkswagen increased its share of the passenger vehicle market to 2.4% year-to-date versus 2.1% in the same time period in 2008.

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New Car Sales

Record sales for Mitsubishi in Canada

As March proves to be the best month ever

MISSISSAUGA - Mitsubishi Motor Sales Of Canada Inc. (MMSCAN), reported its best month ever with 1,983 vehicles sold in March. This surpasses the previous record set in April of 2007 when 1,953 vehicles were sold.

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Prosperity

Insight: Why You Can't Get a Pizza Delivered in Stockholm

Traditional research on the economic organization of countries and regions has focused only on industry; however, industrial analysis of the past neglects the role of human capital in clusters by focusing only on the demand side of the equation. Researchers Karen King, Charlotta Mellander and Kevin Stolarick instead bring the supply side to life as they dig deeper into occupations within industries.

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New car Sales

BMW Group Canada sales up 7% for March

BMW, MINI, Motorrad and Pre-Owned all post March sales increases

WHITBY- BMW Group Canada (BMW and MINI Brands combined) sales increased 7% for March 2009, representing 2,018 vehicle sales. Year-to-date sales for BMW Group Canada are 4,324 units, down 5% compared to the same period last year.





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