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Monday February 9, 2009

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Ted Talks

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice



Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

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Labour Force Survey

Employment fell by 129,000 in January (-0.8%), almost all in full time Jobs

Statscan - Labour fell pushing the unemployment rate up 0.6 percentage points to 7.2%. This drop in employment exceeds any monthly decline during the previous economic downturns of the 1980s and 1990s.

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Health Care Study

Voluntary Vaccination Programs Effective For Some Diseases, New Study Finds

Guelph - Mandatory vaccination policies may not be necessary to eradicate some infectious diseases, according to new research by University of Guelph mathematics professor Chris Bauch.

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Business & Law

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 – York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business, two world-class professional schools, today marked the beginning of a new era in Canadian business and law education and scholarship with the launch of the Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law.

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Profit

Barclays profit beats forecasts, bonuses halved

By Steve Slater and Myles Neligan

LONDON/Reuters - British bank Barclays Plc (BARC.L) said bonus payments across the bank would almost halve for 2008 as it reported a 14 percent drop in annual profit and said it faces a tough year ahead.

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Biotech

Biosoft International releases version 2.7 of SimGlycan with the ability to draw glycans and annotate spectra with cartoons.

Palo Alto, California - PREMIER Biosoft International today announced the worldwide release of version 2.7 of its MS/MS data analysis and glycopeptide elucidation tool, SimGlycan®.


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Global Auto Sector

Nissan forecasts annual loss, to cut 20,000 jobs

By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia autos correspondent

TOKYO/Reuters - Nissan Motor Co said it would cut 20,000 jobs and joined a growing list of automakers warning of red ink this year in what would mark its first loss since Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn took the reins a decade ago.

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Appointment

Laurier appoints new vice-president to lead development and alumni relations

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Robert Donelson to the senior leadership role of vice-president: development and alumni relations.



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MEDIA

Radio-Canada Ombudsman's Review is highly flawed

Montreal - Radio-Canada issued a Review in late 2008 which is highly flawed, both in its conclusions and its discussion. Issued by the Ombudsman of Radio-Canada on Dec. 8th regarding the documentary Paix, propagande et Terre-promise, aired on October 23 2008, the Review concludes - on faulty grounds - that the documentary should not have been broadcast.

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Protectionism

Steelworkers on both sides of the border celebrate movement on 'Buy America' legislation

TORONTO - The United Steelworkers' union (USW) is pleased that its efforts on both sides of the border have contributed to "Buy America" provisions that serve the interests of Canadian and American Steelworkers, says USW National Director Ken Neumann.

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Energy

Hydro One supports Winter Warmth Program in conjunction with the United Way/Centraide Ottawa

TORONTO - Hydro One announce it will provide funding in Ottawa this winter as part of the Winter Warmth Program. The program provides funding to help low-income households with winter heating bills and is administered by the United Way, with funds from participating utilities.


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Labour Reacts to Closure

Armstrong closure in Montreal - Reclassification committee to be launched

MONTREAL - On Monday, the 150 members of the United Steelworkers (FTQ) employed at Armstrong's Montreal operation learned that the employer would be shutting the plant down indefinitely as of May 1. On February 6, 2009, members of the United Steelworkers (FTQ) are meeting with the Urgence-emploi group of the Conseil regional du Montreal Metropolitain - the FTQ's regional council - in order to launch a reclassification committee as quickly as possible.


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Labour

CAW President Calls for National Summit on the Economy

TORONTO - CAW President Ken Lewenza is urging the Prime Minister to call a national summit of government, business and labour leaders, in response to the mounting number of job losses. Lewenza was responding to the loss of 129,000 jobs in January, released February 6, 2009 by Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey. Notably more than 100,000 of these lost jobs came from the manufacturing sector, but few sectors were untouched by job loss.


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Milestone

Kia Motors Marks its 10th Year in Canada

MISSISSAUGA - Kia Canada Inc. marks its 10th year since first arriving in Canada in 1999. In that time, more than a quarter million vehicles have been sold across the country, and the company has grown to employ hundreds of Canadians through its dealer network, company headquarters in Mississauga and 4 regional offices.



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