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Friday July 3, 2009

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Ted Talks

Daniel Libeskind's 17 words of architectural inspiration


Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture -- raw, risky, emotional, radical -- and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit.


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Competitiveness

Canadian Chamber of Commerce releases report card on Canada's competitiveness

OTTAWA - Together with other leading business organizations, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has compiled a report card for the government's implementation of the Competition Policy Review Panel's final recommendations in a letter dated June 30th to Industry Minister Tony Clement.

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Waterloo Region Women Build

Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region Launches 2009 Women Build Event

Waterloo Region - Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region (HFHWR) extends an invitation to all members of the media to attend the launch of our 2009 From Sawdust to Sparkles Woman Build Event. This initial build day is the premier event launching HFHWR’s first Woman Build project since 2000.

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Immigration

Ambassadors will improve connections to community programs and services

Provincial funding announced for new project to help immigrants and refugees

Cambridge – The province yesterday announced $20,000 in funding for a new project designed to improve connections between newcomers to Canada and the many community programs and services that are available to them.

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Social Media

Virtual competence is vital in the workplace

Online communication tools, such as Facebook, develop important work skills

LONDON - When the Ontario government banned thousands of its employees from using the social networking site Facebook during work a couple of years ago, opponents of the move argued the workers were deprived of a powerful tool.

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Investing Confidence

Manulife Investor Sentiment Index gains as Canadians keep investing

More than four of five expect finances to hold or improve in next six months

WATERLOO - Canadians are seeing an upside to investments amid the current economic news, according to a national poll for Manulife Financial, Canada's leading insurance and wealth management company.

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US Housing Market

Spring U.S. housing market hints at awaited recovery
By Julie Haviv - Analysis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It is a little too early to celebrate new life in the housing market, but Americans should soon have something to party about if the spring housing season is any gauge.

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WSIB Construction Woes

More job losses & business closures expected if McGuinty government proceeds with mandatory WSIB coverage

Toronto – According to the latest results of a survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Ontarians can expect huge ramifications if mandatory Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage is imposed on the struggling construction industry.

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Education

Western's new president on board

The new president of The University of Western Ontario officially begins his first term at the helm yesterday and he has already developed a strong sense of the direction he intends to steer for the university.

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Debit & Credit Cards

Senate Committee report calls for government oversight into Canada’s debit and credit card industry

OTTAWA – The July 2, 2009 report tabled by the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce offers concrete recommendations to improve Canada’s debit and credit card payment systems on behalf of both businesses and consumers, including a call for the creation of an oversight board to improve transparency and fairness in the system, said Liberal Senators Pierrette Ringuette and Céline Hervieux-Payette.

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Entrepreneurship

Laurier students travel to China to lead workshops on business and entrepreneurship

WATERLOO — Senior business students from Wilfrid Laurier University will travel to China beginning July 3 to lead workshops in business and entrepreneurship.

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Philanthropy

Co-operators staff direct $237,000 to Canadian charities

GUELPH - The Co-operators announced that 93 charitable organizations across Canada will benefit from a total of $237,000 as part of this year's Directed Donations program. Through the program, staff members, directors and delegates choose charitable causes to support with corporate funds.

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Education

Queen’s locust study points toward new treatment for stroke and migraine

Kingston - A similarity in brain disturbance between insects and people suffering from migraines, stroke and epilepsy points the way toward new drug therapies to address these conditions.

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Distinguished Honour

DALSA Chairman and Founder Savvas Chamberlain to Receive Order of Canada

Waterloo - DALSA Corporation is proud to announce that its Chairman and Founder, Dr. Savvas Chamberlain, has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. The announcement, made on Canada Day, July 1 2009, recognizes his outstanding achievements as a research scientist, professor, inventor, and entrepreneur.

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Visiting Canada

Carleton is Proud to Host the Emperor and Empress of Japan

Ottawa – Carleton will be hosting Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan on Monday, July 6 as part of their two-week Canadian tour. The visit will take place from 12:55 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and will include a lunch hosted by Carleton and the University of Ottawa.

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Design

Conestoga Student designs winning Pin

Kitchener - Each year high school and college students have the opportunity to design a lapel pin or medal for the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. This year Conestoga’s Sarah Boergers’s design has been selected as the winning pin.

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Global Economy

World Bank Commits $58.9 Billion To Help Crisis-Hit Countries.

"The World Bank said on Wednesday that it committed $58.8 billion dollars in fiscal year 2009 to help countries struggling amid the global economic crisis, a 54 percent increase over the previous fiscal year and a record high for the global development institution.

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Literacy

PROVINCE INVESTS $650,046 IN LOCAL LITERACY NEEDS

Government Action Will Help More Than 13,000 People Across Ontario

Waterloo Region - Ontario is expanding literacy and basic skills programs in Waterloo Region. The province is investing $650,046 in seven organizations providing literacy training in Waterloo Region. The following organizations are receiving additional funding to expand literacy and essential skills training so more Ontarians can train for more high-skill jobs.

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Artic Strategy

New Arctic strategy can generate electoral and international benefits, study argues

TORONTO – The federal political leader who is most effective in placing their personal stamp on an energized Canadian approach to the Arctic should reap substantial domestic political advantage, while also improving Canada’s international position, states a new research paper released today by the Canadian International Council (CIC).

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New Car Sales

Toyota Trucks, Lexus SUVs enjoy best June ever

New Canadian built 2010 RAV4 and Lexus RX 350 set monthly June records; best ever June for Tacoma 4x4

TORONTO - Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) sold 18,600 Toyota and Lexus cars, SUVs and trucks in June (down 17.1% from June 2008). This included 17,198 Toyota models sold during the month (down 17.6%) and 1,402 Lexus models (down 10%).

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New Car Sales

Honda Canada reports June sales decrease from 2008

TORONTO - Honda Canada Inc. reported combined June sales of
13,754 units by its Honda and Acura divisions, a 17% decrease from last year.

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New Car Sales

BMW Canada surpasses 3,000 monthly unit sales for the first time ever

Record sales for BMW and Record June for Motorrad and BMW Pre-Owned.

WHITBY - BMW Group Canada (BMW and MINI Brands combined) sold 3,531 vehicles in June 2009, down slightly by less than 1% compared to June 2008. Year-to-date sales for BMW Group Canada are 13,380 units, down 6% compared to the same period last year.

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Union Negotiations

Navistar Workers Reject Latest Proposal, CAW Urges Navistar to Keep Jobs in Canada

CHATHAM - More than 900 Navistar workers rejected the latest proposal from Navistar in the ongoing negotiations between the CAW and the company, at a membership meeting held yesterday in Chatham, Ontario.

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New Car Sales

Audi Canada achieves best first half ever

AJAX - Audi Canada reported that 1106 units were registered for the month of June. 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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New Car Sales

Mercedes-Benz Canada reports best month ever, best quarter ever and best half year ever

TORONTO - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported that it has shattered multiple all-time sales records by delivering a total of 2,883 units in June. Not only does this represent the best combined month ever, it also propels second quarter results to 7,922 units and year-to-date deliveries to 13,143 vehicles.

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New Car Sales

Nissan Canada Inc. Sales Up 3.5 Per Cent

MISSISSAUGA - Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) reported sales of 7,422 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles in June, up 3.5 per cent over the same month last year. The Nissan brand accounted for 6,743 units sold while the Infiniti brand accounted for 679 units.

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Media

Rogers Publishing acquires Employee Benefit News Canada

TORONTO - Rogers Publishing Limited announced today that it has acquired the assets of Employee Benefit News Canada from SourceMedia in a transaction that closed June 30th, 2009.

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Environment

Obama, Congress, Governors and Journalists Warned on Hazards of Wireless Technologies

Peterborough - A report on the hazards of wireless technologies co-authored by Trent University Assoc. Professor Magda Havas, PhD was mailed this week by The National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (“NISLAPP”) in Washington, D.C. to President Obama and his Administration, the U.S. Congress, state Governors, and to thousands of health and environmental journalists.





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