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Wednesday September 9, 2009

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James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss

Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.


Descartes Global Freight Exchange Enhanced to Support Real- Time Web Services

HONG KONG - Air Freight Asia 2009 -- Descartes Systems Group has enhanced its Global Freight Exchange (GF-X) service to provide tighter, real-time integration with air carriers. The enhancements facilitate access to available capacity, routings and pricing when booking freight electronically.

Art & Science

Hubble 3D to Reveal Unprecedented Views of the Universe in IMAX(R) Theatres Starting March 19, 2010

Audiences to Accompany Spacewalking Astronauts as They Perform the Final Upgrade to the Hubble Space Telescope

LOS ANGELES- IMAX Corporation, and Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Hubble 3D will be released exclusively in IMAX(R) and IMAX(R) 3D theatres worldwide beginning March 19, 2010, with expansion to additional IMAX locations on April 23rd, timed to the Hubble Space Telescope's 20th Anniversary.

US Housing

Mortgage applications surge as rates tumble
By Julie Haviv

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. mortgage applications surged last week, with demand rising to its highest level since late-May as consumers sought to take advantage of the lowest interest rates in months, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.


Ontario housing market surges forward

Attractive affordability levels spur buyers' interest

TORONTO- Surging housing resales in the past few months capped a roller coaster ride in the Ontario housing market over the last year, according to the latest housing report released today by RBC Economics.


Six new faculty added to U of T's Rotman School of Management
By Ken McGuffin

Toronto - Six new faculty members have joined the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto beginning with the 2009/10 academic year. The appointments strengthen the Rotman School's teaching and research components in three academic areas (Finance, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, and Strategic Management), as well as Integrative Thinking.


Peterborough region students plug in to super-fast global networks

PETERBOROUGH – Peterborough area students and teachers will soon have access to the global grid of advanced research and education networks when they return to class next month, as the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board (PVNCCDSB) connects to the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION).

Building Permits

Contractors took out just over $4.6 billion worth of building permits in July 2009

Table: Value of building permits, by census metropolitan area

Statscan - This is a 11.4% decrease from June 2009. An important factor in the decline was a strike by civic workers in the city of Toronto, which shut down municipal offices for most of the month.


Orillia and area to receive Government of Canada stimulus funding for local projects

ORILLIA - Orillia and surrounding areas will benefit from nearly $1.8 million in funding under the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), made the announcement yesterday at City Hall in Orillia.


Manulife Financial receives gold Quality award from National Quality Institute

WATERLOO - Manulife Financial's Canadian Individual Wealth Management Operations has been recognized by the National Quality Institute (NQI) for outstanding achievement in Quality.


Waterloo's school of accounting and finance opens new building

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo's pioneering school of accounting and finance today officially opened its new $12-million teaching and research building, complete with a 200-seat lecture hall and a green roof terrace.

Arts & Culture

Artist Marla Hlady explores the mechanics of sound through kinetic sculpture

WATERLOO – The Robert Langen Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of artist Marla Hlady in an exhibition titled Playing Piano, which runs September 16 to October 24, 2009. This exhibition is in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Forum | Kitchener & Area, which runs from September 18 to October 4.

Human Resource

CFOs Expect Little Change In Hiring Activity In Fourth Quarter

Survey Finds Wholesale Industry Expecting Greatest Growth

TORONTO - Most financial executives plan to maintain their current accounting and finance staff levels in the fourth quarter, according to the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index. Eighty-four per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said they will take no hiring actions before the end of the year.


The Canada Revenue Agency Revokes the Charitable Status of New Hope Ministries Institute

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revoked the charitable registration of New Hope Ministries Institute, a Calgary area charity. This revocation was effective September 5, 2009.


U of Guelph Honours Exemplary Staff

Guelph - Nine outstanding U of G employees received 2009 President's Awards for Exemplary Staff Service at yesterday's community breakfast. More than 1,000 people attended the annual event.


Canada needs new approach for its forestry industry to seize Chinese economic opportunities

Toronto – China’s rapid economic growth has generated a significant increase in Chinese wood consumption, but Canadian wood producers have not met or captured this demand, states a new paper released yesterday by the Canadian International Council (CIC).

Health and Safety

Swine Flu in the Workplace: Top Four Questions and Answers Employers and Employees Need to Know About the H1N1 Virus and the Workplace

Employees with H1N1 may be required to stay away from the workplace, but must an employee disclose they have swine flu? Is it a disability or an infringement of an employee's right to privacy?

TORONTO - As recently as June 2009, the World Health Organization announced a pandemic alert, Phase 6, which now means that the H1N1 virus is a widespread human infection.

World Economy

UNCTAD: Global Econ Won't Grow By More Than 1.6 Percent In 2010.

"The world economy is unlikely to grow by more than 1.6 percent in 2010, and additional monetary and fiscal policy measures may be needed to nurture even that modest recovery, a UN agency said Monday.

2009 Auto Restructuring

CAW Opens Negotiations with Ford Canada

TORONTO - The CAW is entered into negotiations with Ford Canada yesterday in Toronto. A key condition to reaching a new agreement will be a commitment by Ford to maintain its current manufacturing presence in Canada, as a proportion of its overall North American production, said CAW President Ken Lewenza.

Extending Strategies

Open Text Outlines Vignette Strategy and Product Plans

Company Plans Next-Generation Web Solutions

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM) Corporation announced plans to expand its suite of next-generation Web solutions with products and technologies from recently acquired Vignette playing a central role. Open Text's plans are an extension of the company's strategy to maintain its leadership in comprehensive ECM solutions. Offered as part of the Open Text ECM Suite, the solutions will help organizations establish deeper connections to customers and use the Web as a channel for new revenues.

Human Resources

CIOs Report on Fourth-Quarter Hiring Expectations

Survey Finds Large Companies and Construction Firms Most Optimistic About Adding Staff

TORONTO - Technology executives expect to take a conservative approach to hiring in the final months of the year, according to the fourth-quarter Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. Four per cent of chief information officers (CIOs) plan to expand their information technology (IT) teams and 3 per cent anticipate staff reductions, for a net 1 per cent increase.

Guest Column

Make Your Company's Challenges a Thing of the Past
By Jeff Civillico

No matter where you work these days, chances are your company is facing one or more various challenges: a shrinking customer base, increasing competition, lower profits, high turnover, etc. In today's economy, no one is immune from setbacks and obstacles.

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