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Tuesday December 22, 2009

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Ted Talks

Shaffi Mather: A new way to fight corruption

Shaffi Mather explains why he left his first career to become a social entrepreneur, providing life-saving transportation with his company 1298 for Ambulance. Now, he has a new idea and plans to begin a company to fight the booming business of corruption in public service, eliminating it one bribe at a time.

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Climate Change

Waterloo study shows CFCs, cosmic rays main culprits for global warming

WATERLOO - Cosmic rays and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), both already implicated in depleting the Earth's ozone layer, are also responsible for changes in the global climate, a University of Waterloo scientist reports in a new peer-reviewed paper.


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Consumers

Consumer confidence rises in December

OTTAWA - Following two consecutive monthly declines, consumer confidence rose by 3.7 percentage points in December to 82.8 (2002 = 100), according to the Conference Board's Index of Consumer Confidence-December 2009.

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Pensions

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan closes transaction to increase stake in Bristol International Airport

TORONTO - The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Teachers') has completed the transaction to increase its stake in Bristol International Airport, Britain's ninth busiest airport, and to sell its minority stake in Copenhagen Airports.

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Womens Health

Dr. André Lalonde honoured as champion for women’s health

OTTAWA — Dr. André Lalonde, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Executive Vice-President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), received the FIGO Distinguished Service Award. It is a prestigious honour for his lifetime of work promoting women’s health in Canada and abroad.

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Arts & Culture

Artist Ed Pien’s work appears as if From Thin Air

WATERLOO – The Robert Langen Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of artist Ed Pien in an exhibition titled From Thin Air, which runs January 6 to February 13, 2010.

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Not-For-Profit

Satellite account of non-profit institutions and volunteering

Statscan - Gross domestic product (GDP) of the core non-profit sector accounted for 2.5% of the nation's economic activity in 2007, up from 2.2% in 1997 when the time series begins. GDP in the core non-profit sector amounted to $35.6 billion in 2007.

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Appointment

Intrawest Names Patrice Malo as President and Chief Operating Officer at Mont Tremblant Resort

Industry Veteran to Oversee all Resort Operations at Mont Tremblant in Quebec

VANCOUVER - Intrawest, a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts, announced that Patrice Malo has been promoted to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer at Mont Tremblant in Quebec. In this position, Malo will assume responsibility for all aspects of resort operations, real estate and community relations at Tremblant and he will report directly to Bill Jensen, Chief Executive Officer at Intrawest.

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Retail

Retail sales in current dollars rose 0.8% in October to $35.3 billion

Statscan - This was the eighth gain in 10 months. Excluding the automotive sector, which sales edged down 0.2%.

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Conflicts

Global and regional conflict and insecurities are on the rise at the end of the first decade of the 21st century

Ottawa – Global and regional conflict and insecurities are on the rise at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. That is the conclusion of a major workshop of leading international experts co-hosted by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), a Congressionally-funded think-tank based in Washington, DC.

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Mutual Funds

Manulife Mutual Funds announces completion of fund changes

TORONTO - Manulife Mutual Funds announced that it has streamlined its mutual fund offering by discontinuing the following four funds effective December 18, 2009 (the "Termination Date"):

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New Drivers

Driver Testing Services Could Resume Across Ontario in New Year

United Steelworkers and DriveTest Reach Tentative Agreement in 4-Month Strike

TORONTO - Driver examination services could resume Jan. 4 in Ontario as a result of a tentative agreement reached between the United Steelworkers union and Serco DES Inc. (DriveTest).



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