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Monday January 26, 2009

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Ted Talks

Sherwin Nuland: A meditation on hope



Surgeon and writer Sherwin Nuland meditates on the idea of hope -- the desire to become our better selves and make a better world. It's a thoughtful 12 minutes that will help you focus on the road ahead.

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2009 Budget Transparency

National Groups Urge Harper: Follow Obama's Example - Without Transparency, Billions in Stimulus could be Wasted

OTTAWA and VANCOUVER - The Canadian Newspaper Association, Canadian Taxpayers Federation and BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) are urging Prime Minister Harper to follow President Barack Obama's lead and act immediately to remove the shackles on access to information on his government's decisions.

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Canada's Productivity

CAW Study Finds Canadian Auto Assembly Plants Most Productive in North America

TORONTO - A detailed study of productivity levels in the North American auto assembly industry has confirmed that Canadian auto factories are the most efficient in the continent. Moreover, the study shows that unionized auto plants demonstrate higher labour productivity than non-union auto plants.

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Housing Prices

Economic downturn and dampened consumer confidence caused house prices to dip during fourth quarter

Poll indicates tomorrow's federal budget announcement, Obama inauguration anticipated to buoy optimism

TORONTO - During the fourth quarter of 2008, Canada's real estate market posted a decline in both unit sales and house prices, according to a House Price Survey released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. The combination of a global economy in recession and shrinking employment figures did much to dampen consumer confidence, diminish home sales and cause house prices to drop.


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Science Rcognition

U of T team heats up gold to surprising effect: it gets harder not softer
By Kim Luke,

Toronto - Common sense tells us that when you heat something up it gets softer but a team of researchers, led by University of Toronto chemistry and physics professor Dwayne Miller, has demonstrated the exact opposite. Their findings were published online in the prestigious international journal Science Jan. 22.

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New Home Sales

New home sales end year on sour note

TORONTO - New home sales in the Greater Toronto Area ended the year on a decidedly sour note, Leith Moore, Chair of the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD), said today in releasing the final statistics, compiled by RealNet Canada Inc., for 2008.

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2009 Canadian Budget

Gov't should fall if budget neglects forestry workers

OTTAWA - Canada's largest forestry union is urging the opposition parties to vote against Tuesday's budget, unless it includes meaningful measures to address forest sector job losses.

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Human Resources

Survey Indicates Most Canadian Organizations Have No Plans to Lay Off Employees Despite Turbulent Financial Times

Employers Are Focusing on Smart Use of Human Resources Budget

TORONTO — Even though Canada and much of the rest of the world is in the midst of a recession, the majority of Canadian employers are proceeding with caution, avoiding layoffs where possible, according to a recent survey conducted by Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company.

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Education Competition

Fifth annual Apprentice competition kicks off at DeGroote
by Julia Thomson

Hamilton - The DeGroote School of Business' annual MARS Apprentice competition kicked off on January 20. For the next six weeks, 12 undergraduate commerce students will be completing challenges from JAN Kelley Marketing, BlackBerry and Rogers Communications, RBC Royal Bank, Frito Lay and Canadian Tire Financial Services with the goal of winning coveted full-time paid internships at sponsor companies.



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2009 Budget

CTV News Delivers Extensive Coverage of the Throne Speech and the Federal Budget, Jan. 26 & 27

Toronto – As parliament resumes on January 26, the fate of Stephen Harper’s minority government hangs in the balance. CTV, CTV Newsnet, CP24 and CTV.ca deliver complete live coverage of the throne speech on Monday, January, 26 and the new federal budget on Tuesday, January 27.


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Sport & Environment

8th WORLD CONFERENCE ON SPORT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Innovation and Inspiration: Harnessing the Power of Sport for Change March 29 - 31, 2009 Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre

Vancouver, BC – The worlds of sport and environment will gather in Vancouver from March 29 – 31, 2009 at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre to learn more about global innovations that are helping sport reduce its environmental footprint.


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York University

Ontario acts to save academic year

Legislation requires York University to resume operations

TORONTO - The Ontario government has introduced legislation that would require an end to the deadlocked labour dispute and require York University to resume its normal operations. The proposed legislation governs labour disputes between York University and three bargaining units from the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903 (CUPE 3903).


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Union Statement

CUPE slams new round of cuts at Air Canada

OTTAWA - Air Canada has announced it will lay off 345 flight attendants in the airline's latest round of cuts. The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents the flight attendants, and CUPE National President Paul Moist is deeply concerned about service.



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Global Recovery

Commentary: A Stimulus Package for the World

A commentary published in the NYT by World Bank President Robert Zoellick writes: "Within his first 100 days, President Obama will attend his inaugural global summit meeting: an April gathering of the G20 industrialized and developing nations in London.

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Global Understanding

OPEN FORUM 2009 HOSTS PUBLIC DISCUSSION ON GLOBALIZATION AND ITS EFFECTS

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - The Open Forum Davos 2009, which runs in parallel to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009, is hosting a series of high-level discussions from 29-31 January on the issue of globalization and its effects. For the seventh year, the public is invited to debate with key figures from civil society, politics and business at the event in Davos-Klosters.

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Global Reporting

MYSPACE AND YOUTUBE “REPORTERS” CHOSEN TO COVER THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2009

Geneva, Switzerland - Two “citizen reporters” from MySpace and YouTubeTM have been invited to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, following online contests on both sites. These citizen reporters won the opportunity to attend the prestigious Meeting and will report to their respective communities using the MySpace and YouTube platforms.



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Bailout Trading

NASDAQ OMX Begins Options Trading On Its Government Relief Index

NEW YORK-- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. today announced the launch of options trading on the NASDAQ OMX Government Relief Index(sm) (Nasdaq:QGRI), the only existing benchmark that enables investors to track the performance of U.S.-listed securities that are participating in U.S. government sponsored relief programs such as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or other direct government investments.

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Transportation

Trans-Lucent Markets Inc. Launches Newest Version of Breakthrough ARM 3 Freight Rate Management

Upgraded AccuFreight Rate Manager makes routine tasks of shipping even easier and more effective

GUELPH, ON- Trans-Lucent Markets Inc. has launched their newest version of the AccuFreight Rate Manager (ARM). The upgraded ARM 3 includes valuable enhanced features and the new Load Tender function that will allow shippers to submit a pick-up request without leaving the ARM website.


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Global Chaos

Serious Initiatives to Prevent New Holocausts

Lesson of the Holocaust

"The lesson of the Holocaust is clear, but keeping our vow of 'never again' bedevils us to this day," said Warren Allmand, former Solicitor General and current President of the World Federalist Movement--Canada. "If we are to make our resolution a reality, the UN must be given both the authority and the tools to do its job properly."


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Global Communications

Skuku’s Revolutionary Roaming Solution Now Commercially Available in Mexico

PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL and MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Skuku, announced today that their Skuku service is now available throughout Mexico.


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