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Friday December 11, 2009

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Thulasiraj Ravilla: How low-cost eye care can be world-class

India's revolutionary Aravind Eye Care System has given sight to millions. Thulasiraj Ravilla looks at the ingenious approach that drives its treatment costs down and quality up, and why its methods should trigger a re-think of all human services.



KITCHENER – Pioneer Craftsmen Ltd is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as a Finalist in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s 2009 National SAM Awards for Home Renovation Awards (Addition).

Office Practice


Workplace Expert Offers Tips for Giving Gifts to Bosses

TORONTO - While most workers aren’t planning to give gifts in the workplace this holiday season, more than a quarter are still feeling generous. According to a new survey by OfficeTeam, 26 per cent of employees polled plan to give a present to their bosses for the holidays, and one in five (20 per cent) employees expect to receive one in return.


Brick Brewing reports financial results for the third quarter, with EBITDA improvement of $1.2 million

WATERLOO - Brick Brewing Co. Limited, Ontario's largest Canadian-owned and Canadian-based publicly held brewery, released its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

Christmas Spirit


Photo – Left to Right, Scott Mills, Broker & Residential Sales Manager, Tracey Appleton,
Sales Representative, Peter Benninger, Broker of Record & President, Peter Kritz,
Broker & Operations Manager

Kitchener-Waterloo – On Saturday, December 5th, Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty hosted the Third Annual Trees for Toys, a special by-invitation customer appreciation event and toy drive organized by community minded Sales Representatives.

Health Care

Public Health Influenza Immunization Clinics Wind Down

Waterloo Region - Public Health community H1N1 and seasonal flu clinics will run through December 15th before wrapping up until January.

2009 Auto Restructuring

More Than 100,000 Vehicles Imported From U.S. to Canada in 2009

TORONTO - The number of American vehicles imported into Canada has surpassed 100,000 units for the fourth straight year. 13,604 vehicles were imported in November 2009, bringing the total for the year to date to 112,399.


New study links tar sands to pollution of Athabasca River

Kingston - Queen's University Environmental Studies and Biology Professor Peter Hodson is part of a scientific team whose startling findings directly link pollution of Alberta's Athabasca River to the nearby tar sands operations. For more than a decade, industry/government monitoring programs have attributed this pollution to naturally-occurring sources.


Money changes what we think is fair, Rotman research finds
By Ken McGuffin

Toronto - Thinking of rewarding your sales department for a job well done? You might not want to make cash part of the pay-off.


Study: Investments to reduce energy use in manufacturing

Statscan - Canada's manufacturing sector reported capital spending of nearly $306 million on energy-related processes and technologies in 2006. These either reduced the amount of energy used for a process, or lowered the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants produced through the production and use of energy.

Life Science

Why cancer cells just won’t die
Kathy Wallis

London - When cells experience DNA damage, they’ll try to repair it. But if that fails, the damaged cells are supposed to self-destruct, a process called apoptosis. A cancer researcher at Robarts Research Institute at The University of Western Ontario has identified a protein that regulates apoptosis, a new discovery which has implications for both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Caroline Schild-Poulter’s findings are now published online in the journal Molecular Cancer Research.

Life Science

Carleton Professor Finds Real-world Solution to Nerve Damage

Ottawa – The prominent Journal Neuron published an article by Carleton University Professor, Patrice Smith, which has major implications for regeneration and repair of damaged nerves.

Health Inovation

Better patient referral strategies could boost heart rehab, York researchers say

TORONTO - Innovative strategies to refer people to cardiac rehabilitation services after they have survived a heart attack or undergone a cardiac procedure could significantly increase enrolment in these life-saving programs, York University researchers have concluded.


Chemistry Industry not Immune to Recession

Year-End Survey Reports Sharp Declines-Slow Path to Recovery Projected for 2010

OTTAWA - According to the Year-End Survey prepared by the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA), the chemistry industry fared no better than other manufacturing sectors in 2009. Recessionary forces were primarily responsible for a sharp decline in sales of basic chemicals and resins in 2009 - a decrease of 35% to $16.6 billion from 2008 levels in current dollars.


Study: Differences in Canadian and US income levels - 1961 to 2008

Statscan - In 2008, the purchasing power of Canadian income per capita was 92% of the US level. This was the highest relative income Canadians experienced since the oil shocks of the 1970s and early 1980s.

Human Resources

Few Employers Offer Holiday Gifts or Bonuses, but Majority Will Party

TORONTO - A few months ago, Canadian employers were planning to provide average salary increases of 2.8 per cent in 2010, but that number has now dropped to 2.6 per cent, according to a survey conducted by Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company.


U of G Scientists Find 'Weapon' to Fight Fungal Poison

Guelph - University of Guelph scientists have found a potential weapon against a fungal poison that can decimate crops and sicken humans and livestock.


Rotary Club of Kitchener-Conestoga Gets House of Friendship’s Christmas Hampers Project Off To A Great Start

WATERLOO REGION – With a little help from some friends, the Rotary Club of Kitchener-Conestoga will help kick off House of Friendship’s 2009 annual Christmas Hamper project, one of the Rotary Club’s charitable projects.

We Want You

Canadian Forces Offers Tuition Subsidy Opportunity at Conestoga College

Kitchener - Students in two Conestoga College engineering technology programs have the opportunity to apply for a tuition subsidy offered by the Canadian Forces now and additional programs will soon be eligible for this tuition subsidy in the areas of Health and Automotive trades.

Fraudulent Activity

Survey of Fraud against Businesses - 2008

Statscan - About 57% of retail establishments experienced some type of fraudulent activity in 2007/2008. The vast majority of fraud-related losses for retail establishments did not exceed $20,000. The most commonly experienced fraud among retailers was "return fraud", which refers to the return of stolen merchandise or merchandise using counterfeit receipts to obtain a monetary refund.


Proposal to reform pension system achieves public interest criteria

TORONTO - The introduction of multi-employer pension plans with automatic enrollment, automatic escalation and an opt-out clause would clearly address public interest issues involved in reform of Canada's pension system, according to a senior executive in the financial services industry.

Guest Column

The Art of Resiliency – How great companies and leaders endure uncertain times.

Companies are made great by their ability to surpass their competition in good times and bad. But what do leaders of great companies do in uncertain times? How do they plan for the future, when no one knows if the economy may be going up, down or remaining flat? What do great leaders do when they simply don’t know what to do?


Steelworkers' fears confirmed with Tembec's latest move

BURNABY, BC - In a move that confirms Steelworkers' fear that the company locked out its employees at its Pine Falls newsprint mill because it intends to close the plant anyway, Tembec has now asked its workforce to give up their severance benefits as a condition for lifting the lockout.


First ranking survey of Mexican multinationals finds great diversity of industries

Mexico City and New York — The Institute for Economic Research (IIEc) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC) at Columbia University in New York are releasing the results of their survey of Mexican multinationals yesterday.

Fine Fellows

Sound corporate governance continues to characterize Canadian business landscape

The Institute of Corporate Directors names 2010 ICD Fellows

TORONTO - The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is pleased to announce the following four Canadian business leaders as recipients of the 2010 ICD Fellowship Awards: Mr. Bill Anderson, Director, TransAlta (Toronto, ON); Mr. Claude Fontaine, Q.C., ICD.D, Director (1984-2009), Petro-Canada (Montreal, QC); Mr. S. Barry Jackson, Chairman, TransCanada Corporation (Calgary, AB); and Mr. John Thompson, Chairman, TD Financial Group (Toronto, ON).

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