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Friday November 13, 2009

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Ted Talks

Arthur Benjamin does "Mathemagic"

In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.

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Entrepreneurship

Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Week Highlights Importance of Innovation

WATERLOO REGION - Entrepreneur Week in Waterloo Region, the largest such event in North America, kicks off Monday with a keynote speech by Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and continues throughout the week with events for audiences ranging from students to CEOs. The week, which corresponds to the timing of Global Entrepreneur Week, celebrates the contribution of innovators to the economy and recognizes their achievements.

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Economy

Warren Buffett: The financial panic is over
By Jonathan Stempel and Clare Baldwin

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett, perhaps the world's most admired investor, said on Thursday the financial panic that gripped the globe last year is a thing of the past, even as the U.S. economy's struggles persist.

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Banking Strategy

Sun Life Financial and National Bank of Canada: strategic partners to give clients more financial options

TORONTO and MONTREAL - Sun Life Financial and National Bank today announced they are forming a strategic partnership that will give Sun Life Financial advisors access to a wide range of National Bank lending products for clients, including National Bank's award-winning "All-In-One" account.

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Venture Capital

CANADA’S BUYOUT INDUSTRY IN Q3 2009 IS STABLE

TORONTO - Canada’s buyout industry is performing in line with its peers globally, according to the industry’s statistical report released yesterday by the CVCA- Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and research partner, Thomson Reuters.

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Education

McMaster offers free tuition to children of fallen soldiers

Hamilton — McMaster University will offer free tuition for four years, and provide residence accommodation and a meal plan in first year, to the children of Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in military action.

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Human Resources

Canada's employment downturn - October 2008 to October 2009

Statscan - Employment declined much faster in the early months of the current economic downturn than it did in the early months of the recessions in 1981 and 1990. However, employment levels in the next seven months of this current downturn were relatively stable, while employment had continued to decline in previous downturns.

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Pensions

What does the Pension Satellite Account tell about Canada's pension system?

Statscan - There were $1.8 trillion in pension assets in Canada at the end of 2008, down from $2.1 trillion in 2007 but nearly four times greater than the holdings of $0.5 trillion in 1990. Of total pension assets at the end of 2008, social security comprised 7.6%, employer-sponsored plans 58.0% and individual registered savings plans 34.4%.

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Housing

Contractors' selling prices rose 0.5% in September following a 0.1% increase in August.

This was the largest month-over-month increase since January 2008 (+0.6%)

Statscan - Between August and September, prices increased the most in Vancouver (+1.4%), followed by Ottawa–Gatineau (+1.0%), Calgary (+0.6%), Toronto and Oshawa (+0.5%) as well as Saskatoon (+0.5%).

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Education

Ontario colleges looking to provoke province-wide strike says OPSEU

TORONTO - The Council representing community colleges in Ontario is refusing to negotiate in good faith in a move that could adversely affect the school year for 200,000 full-time students, says the union representing 9,000 faculty members.

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Survey

Law Firms Focused on Expertise That Can Boost Revenues

TORONTO - While many law offices remain cautious about adding new staff, those firms that are hiring want associates who can help them expand lucrative practice areas and bring in new business, a recent survey confirms.

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Financial

TD Canada Trust holds top honours in Canadian online banking study

TORONTO - For the 2nd consecutive review period, TD Canada Trust leads the charge in consumer online banking services with RBC Royal Bank a very close second, according to the recently released 2nd edition of Surviscor's Online Banking scorCard. Scotiabank takes 3rd spot, followed by west-coast credit union Coast Capital Savings.

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Education & Health

Queen's research links teens' mental health with length of schooling

Kingston - Queen's University researcher Steven Lehrer has won a prestigious international award in recognition of his contributions to health economics.

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Global Education

Schulich School of Business launches new MBA program in India

TORONTO - The Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada today officially launched the Schulich MBA in India – India's newest MBA program.

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Arts & Culture

InterVin Announces its Top-Scoring Value Wines

Toronto - Thirty wines received the Judge’s Award for Best Value at the 2009 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day blind tasting competition staged in September at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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Holding Pattern

MARKHAM SET FOR SECOND YEAR OF ZERO TAX RATE IN 2010

Council approves 2010 budget with no tax rate increase

MARKHAM - Markham Council has approved its 2010 Budget with no tax rate increase for a second consecutive year.

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Hospitality

Kostuch Publications announces 2009 Pinnacle winners

TORONTO - Kostuch Publications Limited, publishers of industry magazines Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier, has announced the 2009 winners of the Pinnacle Awards. Toronto-based McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd. is this year's Company of the Year (National) recipient for Foodservice and Hospitality magazine, while Hotelier magazine has chosen Montreal-based Atlific Hotels as its Company of the Year (National).

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Healthy Living

Shake the salt habit with tips from Dietitians of Canada

Toronto – It's estimated that Canadian adults consume about 3,500 milligrams of sodium per day - that’s over twice the level recommended for good health. Excess sodium intake is one of the major causes of high blood pressure which can damage the blood vessels and lead to heart disease and stroke.

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Philanthropy

Trusted financial and legal advisors can increase charitable giving in Canada

Community foundations launch toolkit to encourage advisors to 'Ask the Giving Question'

OTTAWA - As National Philanthropy Day approaches on November 15, Community Foundations of Canada is launching an online toolkit to encourage financial, investment and legal advisors to 'ask the giving question' in their discussions with clients over the coming year.

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Emerging Economies

Africa Faces $93 Billion Annual Infrastructure Bill.

"Africa needs $93 billion annually over the next decade to transform its weak infrastructure - more than twice previously thought, a new World Bank study said Wednesday....

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Random Acts

MAKING KINDNESS A PRIORITY TWO YEARS STRAIGHT – CELEBRATING RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY IN K-W

Waterloo – Last November, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) embarked on a simple, yet extremely meaningful new initiative called Random Act of Kindness Day.




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