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Friday, January 23, 2009

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Ted Talks

Jamais Cascio: Tools for building a better world



We all want to make the world better -- but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It's a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act.

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Leaders Leading

RIM’s Jim Balsillie receives Laurier’s Outstanding Business Leader Award

BlackBerry executive tells students to follow their own ‘personal narrative’



Waterloo - For a self-described “quant-jock” who excels at math and business strategy, Jim Balsillie struck a literary note Wednesday to convey some personal and career wisdom to a packed room of Laurier business students.


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Economy

Canada Sees Faster Recovery Than in Past Recessions
By Greg Quinn

Ottawa - The Bank of Canada said the economy will recover from a recession this year more quickly than in the past as credit markets and exports rebound, a view that economists said may be too optimistic.


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Education

Halton approves McMaster expansion

Hamilton - Halton Regional Council has endorsed McMaster's plan to expand to the region, approving a $5 million investment in the Burlington campus project and providing the final municipal funding required for the plan to proceed.


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Science and Survival

Researchers close to turning urine into water

Kingston - Queen’s University researchers are one step closer to turning human urine into drinking water. Developed for use in space, this discovery could allow for longer missions and larger crews.


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Distinctive Recognition

Guelph Businesses Recognized Through Employer of Distinction Awards

Guelph - The Guelph & District Human Resources Professionals Association (GDHRPA) is proud to announce the recipients of its inaugural Employer of Distinction Award which recognizes two local companies for being outstanding employers who shape organizational excellence and raise awareness of the human resources profession through their organization's success.

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Coalition Grandstanding

Constitutional experts across Canada advise Governor General to call on the opposition

OTTAWA - Academic constitutional experts are publicly advising the Governor General to call on the leader of the opposition to attempt to form a government if the Conservatives are defeated on a non-confidence vote.



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Digital Media

Ottawa invests $10.7 million in digital media commercialization in Waterloo region and Stratford

'Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media' will be Canada's largest concentration of digital media R&D and commercialization expertise

WATERLOO REGION - Communitech and the Stratford Institute of the University of Waterloo have been awarded $10.7 million from the Minister of State (Science and Technology) to establish the Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media (CACDM), which will focus on commercialization and research.

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Productivity

Canada Falling Behind in Productivity

TORONTO - Canadian companies are falling behind their counterparts in other industrialized nations in terms of productivity gains, and businesses in this country will have to improve their workplace operations in a number of critical areas if they are to remain competitive, says a major new international study.

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Hypocrisy - It's All About Them

Budget should invest in people, not tax cuts: CUPE President

CUPE thinks tax cuts will cripple government but don't strikes cripples infrastructure worse - ask students trying to learn at York University

OTTAWA - The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) wants the Harper government to choose a strong social safety net over tax cuts in next week's federal budget. "The government must carefully consider how they will spend our public revenues," said CUPE National President Paul Moist.


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Budget 2009 - Science and Technology

Stimulus for Science & Technology Released by 7 National Health Organizations

OTTAWA - In response to the federal government's national consultation focusing on short-term economic stimulus options that could be contained in Budget 2009, 7 National Health Organizations - which represent the full continuum of the health discovery process, from discovery research, to health system innovations and commercialization - have released a Brief entitled "A Stimulus for Science & Technology".



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Arts & Culture

Seals of the Magdalen Islands Opens at Museum

Seal Hunt aspect certain to spark debate

Kitchener – Within weeks of opening the acclaimed Andy Warhol’s Factory 2009, the Children’s Museum has opened another exhibition with certain controversial aspects: The Seals of the Magdalen Islands.


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2009 Budget

Sales tax reform aids consumers, government and business: Report

TORONTO - Supporters are rallying behind a comprehensive report on sales tax reform in Ontario, as one of the most effective ways to combat the economic challenges facing the province. Prepared for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the report demonstrates that Ontario households, businesses and government will all benefit from reform of Ontario's sales tax.

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Arts & Culture

Due to Demand Centre In The Square adds New Afternoon Craig Kielburger High School Lecture

KITCHENER - Centre In The Square has added a new afternoon lecture by Craig Kielburger on Tuesday, March 3 at 1 p.m. This lecture is in addition to Craig’s sold out lecture that takes place on the same day at 10 a.m.

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Stock Markets

NASDAQ Announces 2008 New Listings Statistics

An All-Time High Eight NYSE Companies With a Record Market Capitalization of $78 Billion Switch to NASDAQ

NEW YORK - The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. announced that The NASDAQ Stock Market(r) captured a total of 177 new listings in 2008. Included were a record eight transfers from the New York Stock Exchange, a record 51 transfers from NYSE Alternext (formerly the American Stock Exchange, and 26 IPOs.

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Economic Development

Renewal Visionary Storm Cunningham to Speak at McMaster

HAMILTON - Revitalizing communities requires a new breed of public-private partnerships according to Storm Cunningham, CEO of Resolution Fund, LLC and author of reWealth! and The Restoration Economy.


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New car Sales

Canadian car dealers staying put

Toronto — While 52% of car dealers in Canada believe the value of their dealership is decreasing, over three quarters are committed to staying in the industry and are pleased with the products they sell, according to the 2008 PwC Dealer Trendsetter Survey, an annual survey of new car dealers in Canada conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc.

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Philanthropy

CIDO Announces its 60-Day Fundraising Drive for the Children of GAZA through Contributions to Mennonite Central Committee

WATERLOO – You can help the terrified children of GAZA who have been left homeless, injured, without food and water, clothing, and some even, without parents – the real casualties of the recent conflict.

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Guest Column

Your Personal Economic Stimulus Package: 5 Tips to Kick Start Your Revenue Growth
By Kim Marcille

Efforts of the Barack Obama administration aside, what is your plan to grow your own wealth? Whether you're a business owner or professional, the prospect of creating financial success may seem remote or even impossible. If the current economic crisis seems like it's gone on forever and has you trembling inside, you may be hesitating to place your bets.


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Prosperity

Executive Summary: Planning for Prosperity: A blueprint for economic recovery in Canada
David Murrell, Ph.D

Most economists view Canada, like the industrialized world, as being in the midst of a serious economic recession. For Canada, the recession started during the fourth quarter of 2008, and is expected to last at least through the first half of this year. Our country’s constant-dollar exports, domestic business investment and consumer durables spending are all expected to decline during this period.


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Centres of Excellence

Government of Canada stimulates world-class R&D

Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research solve problems, advance innovation and create jobs

STRATFORD - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced the establishment of a new Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR).

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Philanthropy

Molson Canada Devotes $275,000 to Cutting-Edge Mentoring and Employment Program

TORONTO - As other companies are cutting back, Molson is proud to devote $275,000 to the National Mentoring Program. The first program of its kind in North America, the NMP matches top students from university business schools with corporate business mentors and employs them in Canadian charities.


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Intelligent Communities

ICF Announces the Top Seven Communities of 2009

(Honolulu, Hawaii & New York City – The Intelligent Community Forum announced its list of the Top Seven Communities of 2009 during a luncheon ceremony at PTC ‘09.


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Philanthropy

Goodwill needs donations now

LONDON - Because of cold winter months, donations to Goodwill are down, while the demand remains high. Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes is urging people to donate clothing and other household items to their nearest Goodwill retail store or donation centre.

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Top Companies

OCRI Takes Top Canadian Companies to Meet Investors in New York and Boston

OTTAWA - Winners of the Canada's Top 10(TM) Competition head to Boston and New York next week for a series of U.S. investor forums. The companies will take part in one-on-one meetings and formal presentations during their week-long tour which exposes Canada's leading life science, cleantech and technology companies to American venture capital investors, angels, licensing executives and potential strategic partners.

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Global Markets

$6.2 million deal in European market with Canadian company for Emerging Thin Film PV Technologies

Calgary, Alberta – Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd and Salicru S.A have announced a partnership that will bring Sustainable Energy’s revolutionary “parallel” inverter technology to the European rooftop and building integrated solar power market.

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Arts & Culture

TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR NOEL EDISON APPOINTED TO ORDER OF ONTARIO

Toronto - Noel Edison, one of the most versatile and charismatic choral directors in the world today, is among 28 people being appointed to the Order of Ontario this afternoon.

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Asia Pacific

APEC Looks To Help Companies Survive In 2009

"Helping companies survive the economic crisis and making sure member countries resist the temptations of protectionism will be the top 2009 aims of the APEC grouping of 21 Asia-Pacific economies, its Director said.


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Global Markets

Natural Convergence Responds to Increased Demand for Hosted Services by Expanding European Presence

OTTAWA - Natural Convergence Inc. (NCI), a leading supplier of hosted VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) software applications, has expanded its operations in the European Union with the appointment of Terry Meredith as VP Sales for EMEA.


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