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Wednesday February 4, 2009

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Ted Talks

Malcolm Gladwell: What we can learn from spaghetti sauce



From September 2006 - Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.

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Energy

ARISE Technologies Comments on 2008 Financial Results and Outlook

WATERLOO- ARISE Technologies Corporation which is dedicated to becoming a leader in high-performance, cost-effective solar technology commented on its 2008 financial results and the outlook for 2009. It also announced that it plans to release its year-end and fourth-quarter 2009 financial results after the close of the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday, March 9.

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Financial

RDM Corporation and BankCard Source Announce Agreement

BankCard Source to resell the RDM Image and Transaction Management System (ITMS) suite of electronic check conversion software products

WATERLOO- RDM Corporation, a leading developer of specialized software and hardware products for electronic payment processing, announced today that it had reached an agreement with BankCard Source, headquartered in Apex, North Carolina, to resell RDM's electronic check conversion software and hardware products.

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Growing in 2009

MTE Focused On Growth In Spite Of Economic Slowdown

Kitchener - At the beginning of 2009 MTE Consultants Inc. (MTE) opened the doors to its 2,800 m2 (30,000 sq. ft.) expansion on Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener.

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Education

Engineers to Showcase Sustainable Innovations

Guelph - The University of Guelph will showcase its engineering programs and expertise when it hosts the 30th annual Ontario Engineering Competition Feb. 6 to 8.

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Guest Column

Retain and Motivate the Next Generation:
Seven Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Millennial Workers

By Tip Fallon

Finding and keeping good, young talent can be challenging for any business. And in today's economy, the next generation can hold the key to boosting your bottom line. Most new graduates are eager to showcase their talents in the workplace, have not picked up bad working habits from years of experience at another firm, and are excited to take on new, challenging responsibilities. While there are many benefits to hiring Millennial employees (also called Gen-Y), keeping them motivated and happy requires different techniques compared to past generations.

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Philanthropy

McMaster's United Way campaign exceeds target
by Lorraine Redford

The hard work has paid off.

Hamilton - McMaster's United Way Campaign has exceeded its 2008 target, bringing in $216,870.10 for the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton. In times of economic peril, this is call for a celebration.


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Education

Four of top 10 Best Lecturer nominees hail from U of T Will deliver televised lectures in March
By Elaine Smith

Toronto - It's no secret across University of Toronto campuses that our faculty is topnotch, but TVO has also recognized the quality of teaching at the university by naming four U of T professors among the top 10 finalists for their annual Best Lecturer competition.

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Financial

Protection can be critical - Sun Life Financial introduces enhancements to Critical Illness Insurance

Includes first-in-Canada coverage for Acquired Brain Injury and ground-breaking long-term care conversion option

TORONTO - For Canadians who want to protect their savings from the financial impact of a serious illness, Sun Life Financial has taken a leadership role with innovative enhancements to its Critical Illness Insurance product that are unique to the industry.

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2009 Auto Sales

Mercedes-Benz starts the year with a new sales record

TORONTO - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported that a total of 1,178 Mercedes-Benz vehicles were delivered to customers in January, representing a 10.3% increase compared to January 2008 and the best January ever for the Mercedes-Benz brand.

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2009 Auto Sales

Chrysler Canada Announces January 2009 Sales

Windsor - Chrysler Canada announced January sales. Total sales for the month of January were 11,259 units, compared to 16,952 in the same month last year. Down 33.5 % year to year.

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2009 Auto Sales

FORD JANUARY 2009 SALES

Dearborn, Michigan - Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales were down 39 percent in January versus a year ago, however, Ford Motor Company sales analyst George Pipas says, Ford F-Series Truck and Fusion mid-size sedan, paced Ford to a fourth consecutive month of retail market share increases.

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2009 Auto Sales

GM Canada January 2009 Sales Results

Oshawa – For January 2009, General Motors of Canada dealers delivered 14,254 units. January Combined vehicle sales were -46.6%, cars -60.3%, trucks -34.0%.


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2009 Auto Sales

Volkswagen Canada January 2009 sales

AJAX - Volkswagen Canada has announced that its sales totalled 1,893 new units for January 2009, a slight decrease of 1.6% compared to January 2008. Sales of Volkswagen's compact and fuel-efficient Jetta Sedan and Wagon models were well ahead of January of last year with an increase of 110.6%.

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Appointment

Hydro One appoints new Chief Financial Officer

TORONTO - Laura Formusa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro One Inc. announced today the appointment of Sandy Struthers to the position of Chief Financial Officer effective February 12, 2009. Mr. Struthers joined Hydro One in 2000 as a Director in the Finance area and has held a number of progressive positions in Finance, including Director, Financial Strategy and Director, Merger & Acquisitions Finance.

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Human Resources

University/College Job Fair Promotes Employment Opportunities

Waterloo - In a time of economic uncertainty, students and graduates of local post-secondary institutions can find employment opportunities by meeting with employers who seek their skills. It happens at the annual University/College Job Fair - the largest event of its kind in Canada.

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Education

Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law Launches at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business

New Centre First of its Kind in Canada

TORONTO - On Friday, February 6, 2009, York University's Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business will launch the Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law, a unique interdisciplinary centre of excellence that will promote and develop joint business and law scholarship, education and outreach, and contribute to Canada's success in today's global economy.

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2009 Auto Sales

Canadian-built models dominate Toyota Canada Inc. sales in January

Drivers embrace Toyota's more power, less fuel, made-in-Canada value

TORONTO - Canadians drove away in 9,681 Toyota models, up 0.3 per cent to set a new January record for the brand. This included 3,806 Toyota trucks, up 7.8 per cent to set a new January record for the division.

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Manufacturing

Honda Produces 20- Millionth Automobile in North America

TORONTO - Honda produced its 20-millionth automobile in North America based on January 2009 production totals to be released this week. Of that number, nearly 25 per cent were manufactured in Canada by the Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants in Alliston, Ontario. Honda began local North American auto production in Marysville, Ohio, in 1982, and in Alliston, Ontario, in 1986(1).

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2009 Auto Sales

Honda Canada reports January sales

TORONTO - Honda Canada Inc. reported combined January sales of 7,559 units by its Honda and Acura divisions, a 37% decrease year-over-year. The Honda Automobile Division reported January sales of 6,460 units, down 39% from last year. The Acura Division reported November sales of 1,099 units, down 26% over last year.

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2009 Auto Sales

BMW and MINI Pre-Owned sales surge in January

WHITBY - BMW Group Canada (BMW and MINI Brands combined) reported January sales of 968 vehicles, a decline of 23.1% compared to January 2008.

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2009 Auto Sales

Nissan Canada Inc. Reports Sales Results for January

MISSISSAUGA - Nissan Canada, Inc. (NCI) reported sales of 4,259 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles in January, a decrease of 16 per cent over the same month last year.

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Employee Study

Employees’ Experiences at Work Influence Beliefs Toward Personal Financial Well-Being

Planned Consumer Purchases Also Subject to Employee Sentiment Toward Organization

WAYNE, Pa. – The Kenexa Research Institute (KRI) recently examined employees’ opinions of their employer and current work situation and the impact on their personal financial situation and stated intentions regarding purchasing behaviors.

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Guest Column

Top 10 Survival Tactics in a Tough Economy
By Thomas Houck, CPA, CFP®

Jim is a small business owner who's been watching the economy evaporate in front of his eyes. Stress isn't the word to explain how he feels. With his wife staying at home to raise their youngest child, his business bears the entire financial burden of funding their mortgage and lifestyle.

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Aquisition

Accuity Acquires CB.Net

Acquisition Creates World's Largest Payment Routing Data Provider

LONDON, UK - Accuity, the global leading provider of payment routing data, AML screening software and services, today announced that it has acquired 100% of London-based CB.Net, a reference data provider for the global banking community. The acquisition, which is effective immediately, brings together two of the world's largest payment data providers.



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