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Wednesday January 28, 2009

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Peter Ward: Earth's mass extinctions

Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but "Medea Hypothesis" author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.

Human Resources

U.S. Companies in Canada: How to Survive the Employment Law Minefield

Companies Turn to Human Resource Outsourcing to Ease Growing Pains

TORONTO - While opening an office in Canada is an exciting way to expand into new markets, companies unfamiliar with the differences between the Canadian and American employment landscape can face many challenges. To ensure the transition into Canada is successful, it is vital that a company understand the legislative differences between Canada and the U.S., and the consequences of overlooking those differences.

Financial Goals

Sun Life Financial study finds nearly half of Canadians will be working past age 65

Unretirement(TM) Index reveals that workers are conflicted about their retirement prospects

TORONTO - According to the country's first ever "Unretirement(TM) Index" released today by Sun Life Financial, many Canadians now expect to work longer for positive reasons, such as remaining mentally active and enjoyment of career, but they are also concerned about their financial readiness for retirement.

Need Change to Union Powers

CUPE 3903’s last offer was more than double University's offer for settlement

Union added back previously dropped items.
CUPE continues to cripple student learning which has the potential to ripple through all future University negotiations

TORONTO - On Wednesday, Jan. 21 Premier McGuinty announced that he would send in his top mediator, Reg Pearson and provide him “with a limited amount of time to explore the possibilities of bringing the sides together” to “give this one more shot.” York welcomed this initiative and looked forward to working with the mediator in an effort to reach a settlement.

2009 Budget Comment

Impact of Federal Budget on Canada's Charities & Nonprofits

Canada's Charities and Nonprofits are extremely disappointed that the Budget fails to acknowledge the role they play in helping vulnerable Canadians

OTTAWA - This Budget made very little mention of Canada's charities and nonprofit organizations as they enter a period of increasing economic difficulty in meeting their mandates to serve vulnerable Canadians - despite the fact that Canada has 161,000 registered charities and nonprofits. These organizations marshal more than 12 million volunteers and 2 billion hours of volunteer time.

2009 Budget Comment

Vehicle and equipment financing industry praises Flaherty budget

Up to $12B to support vehicle and equipment financing Getting Credit to Main Street Canada

TORONTO- The Hon. Jim Flaherty, federal Minister of Finance, announced the creation of the Canadian Secured Credit Facility (CSCF), with an allocation of up to $12 billion to support "the financing of vehicles and equipment for consumers and businesses, large and small."

2009 Budget Comment

Stimulus Budget Supports Independent Producers - Providing stability for future growth

OTTAWA - The Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) is pleased the government has listened and given a two year extension to the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) and the Canada New Media Fund (CNMF).

2009 Budget Comment

Ontario nurses see some hope in federal budget

TORONTO - The professional association that speaks out for registered nurses in Ontario says the federal budget deserves marks for spending on infrastructure projects, social housing and modest measures to help low income families but misses a prime opportunity to build Canada's health infrastructure by ensuring an adequate supply of nurses and other health providers to care for Canadians.

2009 Budget Comment

Students See Holes in Bridge to Knowledge Economy

TORONTO - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced $2 billion dollars in infrastructure spending targeted at Colleges and Universities across Canada as part of the proposed federal budget. Lacking from the budget, however, were student support measures aimed at fostering the knowledge economy that Colleges and Universities can deliver.

2009 Budget Comment

Budget Responds to Global Financial Crisis and Economic Slowdown

OTTAWA - Canada's economic performance has faltered in the wake of a financial crisis that has engulfed global capital markets. The Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) supports the announced budget initiatives that provide short-term support to individual Canadians and businesses, facilitate the flow of credit through the capital markets, and lay the foundation for recovery.

2009 Budget Comment

Highlights of the 2009 Federal Budget

Toronto - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s federal budget, tabled yesterday, features a widely expected package to stimulate economic growth and to help Canada weather the global recession.

2009 Budget Comment

Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association Reacts to Federal Budget

TORONTO - CVCA - Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association today expressed its disappointment at the absence of measures in the federal budget to improve access to venture capital for Canada’s most promising growth companies.

2009 Budget Comment

Federal Budget Infrastructure Lacking for College Enhancements

TORONTO - Ontario's college and college/university students are pleased that Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, has committed $2 billion in new infrastructure funds to repair, improve and expand our postsecondary education institutions in his 2009 Budget, says the College Student Alliance (CSA).

2009 Budget Comment

Western applauds federal infrastructure investment

London - A federal budget that includes $2 billion for university and college infrastructure is great news for The University of Western Ontario.

2009 Budget Comment

Federal Budget Again Fails Workers Hurt By Economic Crisis

TORONTO - The federal government's refusal to address the shortfalls of Employment Insurance in the budget is a slap in the face to hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers, said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "Temporarily extending the benefit period by a mere five weeks is not enough to fix the crisis faced by unemployed workers."

2009 Budget Comment

Stimulus package falls short on key issues, defeat it - Steelworkers

TORONTO - Despite being pushed by the opposition-led coalition to do something to stimulate the economy in recession, the Conservative Government's budget is too small a step, says United Steelworkers' (USW) National Director for Canada, Ken Neumann.

2009 Budget Comment

2009 Federal Budget - Big Spending, Little Tax Relief

Ottawa - Federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty presented the minority government's budget on January 27, 2009, against the backdrop of a deepening global economic crisis. PricewaterhouseCoopers states that the budget provides an economic stimulus of almost $40 billion over two years, resulting in projected deficits of $33.7 billion in 2009-10 and $29.8 billion in 2010-11.

2009 Budget Comment

"Irresponsible" Federal Budget Caters to Special Interests and Leaves Future Taxpayers With a Legacy of Debt

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Canada's federal budget turns back the clock on Canada's past sound fiscal management and sets the nation back down the path of massive deficits and increased debt, said Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute senior economist.

2009 Budget Comment

PwC Budget Highlights: Tax measures in the 2009 federal budget

Toronto - Federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty presented the minority government's budget on January 27, 2009. The budget does not change corporate or personal tax rates.

Health and Science

Bhatia clarifies the hype, science and potential of human stem cells

Science in the City lecture separates science from speculation
by Danelle D'Alvise

Hamilton - For the last ten years, human stem cells have been at the centre of intense public and scientific scrutiny, with an accompanying overload of information and misinformation.

Global Recession

Call For Teamwork On Global Stimulus.

"Governments are not doing enough to co-operate on rebuilding troubled financial systems and fiscal stimulus packages alone will not boost economic growth, according to the heads of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

2009 Budget Comment

Tourism Industry Applauds $800 Million in Tourism and Travel Investments Announced in Budget 2009

Ottawa – The Tourism Industry Association of Canada welcomed the announcement in yesterday's federal budget of a number of key funding initiatives worth more than $800 million to help support the competitiveness of Canada’s tourism and travel sector.


Computer pioneer Richard Stallman gives UW talk on free software

WATERLOO - An American computer software pioneer, Richard Stallman, will discuss the global free software movement during a public lecture this week at the University of Waterloo.

2009 Budget Comment

National Airlines Council of Canada applauds increased funding to aviation security, tourism

OTTAWA - The National Airlines Council of Canada ("NACC"), welcomes the federal government's decision outlined in Canada's Federal Budget to increase funding to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). Aviation security is an essential service in Canada and the announcement that the Government of Canada will assume new security costs directly, rather than through new costs for air travellers, demonstrates the federal government's recognition of its responsibility in this matter. While the government's funding commitment is limited to 2009-10, the NACC advocates for a permanent federal fund dedicated to aviation security.


VER Acquires HD/SD Camera Related Equipment from DALSA

Waterloo - DALSA Corporation, an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors, announced today that Video Equipment Rentals ("VER"), an international AV, audio, broadcast and computer equipment rental company, has purchased DALSA's inventory of High Definition and Standard Definition ("HD/SD") camera related equipment.

Transportation Logistics

Descartes Goes Live With ISF '10+2' Compliance Services

WATERLOO - Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, went live on January 26, 2009 with its Importer Security Filing (ISF) "10+2" service. This service is available to the more than 4,000 members of the Descartes Global Logistics Network to help them comply with this latest United States Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) ISF "10+2" initiative.

Health Care

VibraFlex(R) receives Class II Medical Device License from Health Canada

WHITE PLAINS, NY - ORTHOMETRIX, INC. announced today that its VibraFlex(R) series of whole body vibration technologies and devices received a Class II Medical Device License from Health Canada and may now be sold in the Canadian market as a medical device.

Ratified Agreement

Steelworkers ratify agreement with auto parts company Tenneco

CAMBRIDGE - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser announced Monday that members of USW Local 2894 have ratified a new, three-year agreement with Tenneco Canada Inc. at its Walker Exhaust facility in Cambridge, ON.

Guest Column

Prove You're Worth Every Penny
By Linda Bishop

Greg perched on the edge of his chair, holding his breath. If he made this sale, he'd be sitting pretty for the rest of the quarter.

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