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Monday April 27, 2009

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Ted Talks

Nate Silver: Picking apart the puzzle of racism in elections



Nate Silver has answers to controversial questions about race in politics: Did Obama's race hurt his votes in some places? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight on how town planning can promote tolerance.

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Potential for Pandemic

No confirmed cases of swine flu in Ontario

Chief Medical Officer Of Health Has Asked Health Care Professionals To Increase their Vigilance Regarding Individuals Showing Influenza-like Symptoms

TORONTO - Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, says that there are no confirmed cases of swine flu in Ontario.

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Innovation Research

UW among top universities shortlisted for Canada's new research program

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo is among the top five universities in the first phase of a national competition for innovative research discoveries, with four successful proposals moving forward to the next round.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Chrysler, unions make progress as deadline nears
By Nick Carey and David Bailey

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. automaker Chrysler LLC showed signs of progress with its unionized workers in its battle to stay alive on Sunday with just days left to complete deals to slash labor and debt costs or face bankruptcy.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

CAW Members at Chrysler Ratify Restructuring Agreement

TORONTO - Thousands of CAW members working at Chrysler facilities in Brampton, Windsor and Etobicoke have voted in favour of a new restructuring agreement, ratifying the deal by 87 per cent during a series of meetings held over the past two days.

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Marketing

Global Marketing expert Seth Godin headlines Tech Leadership Conference

Waterloo Region tech cluster bucks the trend of economic uncertainty
Global Marketing expert Seth Godin headlines Tech Leadership Conference

WATERLOO REGION — Seth Godin, marketing expert, entrepreneur and agent of change, will provide a keynote at Communitech’s Tech Leadership Conference, on May 14, 2009. The full-day event will bring more than 500 CEOs and tech professionals together around the idea of “Bucking the Trend” in Canada’s fastest-growing technology cluster.

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Technology Virus

Conficker virus begins to attack PCs: experts
By Jim Finkle

BOSTON (Reuters) - A malicious software program known as Conficker that many feared would wreak havoc on April 1 is slowly being activated, weeks after being dismissed as a false alarm, security experts said.

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Guest Column

YOU and Your Company: Making the Corporate Brand / Personal Brand Connection
By Brenda Bence

You may already know that defining and communicating your unique personal brand on the job is a powerful way to further your career. But have you ever thought about the connection between your personal brand and your company's brand? What role does that "connection" - or lack of a connection - play in your career success? And how do you determine if your personal brand is out of sync with your company's brand?

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Finance

International central banking leaders convene at Laurier for symposium

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics will host a two-day symposium called The Central Bank Communication, Decision-Making and Governance on April 28-29, 2009.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

CAW Reaches Tentative Agreement with Chrysler, Voting this Weekend

TORONTO - The CAW has reached a tentative agreement with Chrysler Canada Ltd. on a new collective agreement, as part of the North American auto industry's restructuring process.

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Privacy Protection

Government of Canada Protects Canadians With the Electronic Commerce Protection Act

OTTAWA - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, announced that the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to protect consumers and businesses from the most dangerous and damaging forms of spam. The government has introduced legislation in Parliament that aims to boost confidence in online commerce by protecting the privacy and personal security concerns that are associated with spam, counterfeit websites and spyware.

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Home Builders - Renovations

ADVANCE \d4Announces RenoMarkTM - The industry’s mark of excellence for Renovators

Waterloo Region - In the last several years, renovation of homes has become quite a common theme on the average persons radar screen. Think of the vast array of television shows centered around renovations.

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R&D

U of T one step closer to attracting new top scholars
By April Kemick

TORONTO, ON - The University of Toronto has been shortlisted for a new Government of Canada research chairs program that aims to bring some of the world's top minds to Canada.

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Global Economy

Economic storm clouds breaking, finance leaders say
By Lesley Wroughton and Emily Kaiser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - World finance leaders on Saturday agreed there was a "break in the clouds" of the economic storm but said more measures were needed to ensure an end to the global recession.

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Protectionist Policies

World Bank President: G20 Nations Continue To Restrict Trade

"World Bank President Robert Zoellick expressed concern Thursday that G20 countries continue to restrict trade flows despite vowing to resist protectionist policies.... 'As the recession deepens, leaders will be under pressure to protect home markets,' said Zoellick. 'Such retreats behind barriers will only make the economic crisis worse.'..." [Dow Jones/Factiva]

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Accrediation

Bodycote Awarded Nadcap Accrediation

Kitchener - Bodycote’s Kitchener facility, part of the Heat Treatment North American division, has been awarded Nadcap accreditation to AC7102 for Aerospace Heat Treating services. 

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Guest Tips

Squirrel Sense: Prevailing in Tough Times

Squirrels are ALWAYS facing intense competition amid threatening socioeconomic conditions. Much of what will equip us to succeed despite these challenging economic times can bse discerned by observing their behaviors.

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R&D

Queen’s competes for new Research Chair in Nuclear Materials

Kingston - Queen’s has won a place in the first phase of a nationwide competition in a new federal research program. The university’s proposal to nominate a Chair in Nuclear Materials is one of 40 proposals now competing for 20 Canada Excellence Research Chairs, who will be granted up to $10 million over seven years to establish ambitious research programs.

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Distinguished Leadership

Roger Lawler Receives Distinguished Leadership Award From Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers Association

Waterloo Region - Waterloo Catholic District School Board Education Director Roger Lawler was last night honoured by the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers Association (OCSOA) with its 2009 Distinguished Leadership Award.

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Human Resources

Study: Hours and earnings of dual-earner couples - 1997 to 2008

The relative contributions of wives and husbands to paid work hours and earnings have become closer over the past 12 years. Wives now work longer hours at their paid jobs and they earn more than in the past.

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Canadian taxes

Quebec, Rest of Canada React Differently to Ignatieff Musings about Taxes

Toronto According to Harris Decima Senior Vice-President Jeff Walker: "Mr. Ignatieff’s comments about potential tax increases appear to have had minimal affect among Quebec residents and core Liberal supporters, but among audiences that lean NDP, Green and Conservative, these comments may do him some harm".

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Appointment

Ricketts named Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Carleton University

Ottawa – Carleton University’s Board of Governors has named Dr. Peter Ricketts, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost. Dr. Ricketts, who is Vice-President Academic and Research and professor of Geography at Nipissing University, will take up his post at Carleton on July 1, 2009.

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Manufacturing

Recommendation on Bombardier Bid Good News for Canadian Workers, CAW says

TORONTO - Choosing to build new low-floor, light-rail transit vehicles in Canada is absolutely wonderful news and will ensure Canadians receive maximum economic benefit for this record government purchase, said CAW President Ken Lewenza following news that Toronto Transit Commission staff have recommended Bombardier as the recipient of a massive $1.3 billion transit project for the city.

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Education

Business Degree Receives Management Accreditation

Kitchener - Conestoga's International Business Management degree has become the first institution in Canada to receive accreditation at the applied degree level from the Canadian Institute of Management.

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Immigration Work

WRIEN UPDATE

Waterloo Region - Last week’s WRIEN activities have generated the following information bites for team member information and consideration.

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R&D

Government of Canada Supports Research to Create a Brighter Future for Children with Disabilities

Toronto - The Government of Canada is supporting research initiatives that will help children with disabilities and their families, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced last week.

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Fund Raiser

Local Hike for Hospice supporters appreciate that funds raised here, stay here

Guelph - Clients, volunteers and friends are lining up their sponsors, lacing up their cross trainers and going hiking to raise money for the ongoing operating costs of Hospice Wellington with Hike for Hospice.

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LGBTQ Festival

tri-Pride announces trio headliner of gay & lesbian live entertainment

Waterloo Region - tri-Pride will feature not one but three headline performers at its annual outdoor festival this year. Levi Kreis, Faith Nolan, and Nancy (Nann) Rancourt will perform on the live entertainment stage on Roos Island, Victoria Park, Kitchener, on Saturday, June 6th. tri-Pride is the only festival in Waterloo Region and area featuring exclusively Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) live entertainment. Last year, more than 4,000 attended.

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Care Givers

Steelworkers join Independent Workers Ass'n in demanding changes to Caregiver Program

TORONTO - The United Steelworkers (USW) has endorsed the call by the Independent Workers Association (IWA) for serious changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program.

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Appointment

John Weissenberger Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation

OTTAWA - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), today appointed Dr. John Weissenberger to the CFI's Board of Directors for a three-year term.

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Transportation

DHL Express upgrades online tracking experience

• DHL is the only major Express company to use enhanced functionality of internet tracking system with state-of-the-art technology
• Greater usability with access to 40 languages

Bonn, Germany – DHL Express, the world’s leading express and logistics provider, is launching an upgraded internet tracking service, which provides customers with enhanced tracking options for their shipments. The tracking results now incorporate numerous usability enhancements and features taken directly from customer feedback captured in extensive online surveys.

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Book Launch

How To Protect Your Kids From The Recession

Expert Touts Financial Literacy for the Whole Family

Whether you’ve been hit hard by the recession or not, kids and families may be reeling from the effects of the troubled times without a frame of reference for how tough it is out there.



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