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Best of the Web

Last-ditch appeal to save the planet

With the planet facing a growing threat from the sun, this passionate speech from the geo-visionary known as Jor-El challenged a packed council chamber to take action before it's too late.

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Interest Rates

Canadian Consumers - Willing but not so able

Bank of Canada needs to take a moderate approach to interest rate hikes

TORONTO - While consumer confidence in Canada has bounced back in the last year, CIBC World Markets Inc.'s new Consumer Capability Index finds that weak consumer fundamentals and an interest rate hike will see Canadians start to put the brakes on spending.

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Guest Column

Rethinking Your Company’s Next Move: What You Could Be Doing Differently
by Kenneth H. Marks

Is your company taking advantage of market churn and chaos to refresh your growth strategy? Regardless of company size, stage or industry everyone has felt some impact from the recent years’ economic turmoil.

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Labour Market

Job anxiety tumbles in Ontario

Most Ontarians getting a good night's sleep, finances not a concern

TORONTO - The March RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook report finds that Ontarians are much more secure in their jobs, with only one-in-five (20 per cent) saying that they or someone in their household is worried about losing their job, down 10 points and now slightly lower than the national average (22 per cent).

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Global Growth

Maplesoft Opens Office in Germany

Local support in Germany will help end-users realize full potential of Maplesoft technology

Waterloo - Maplesoft™ announced the opening of its first office in Germany. The move to localized sales and support in Germany underscores the importance of the German and Austrian market for Maplesoft. With the opening of this office, Scientific Computers will no longer act as Maplesoft’s reseller in Germany and Austria. Maplesoft is working closely with Scientific Computers to ensure a smooth transition for existing users.

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Human Resources

Payroll employment, earnings and hours - January 2010

In January, total hours worked by payroll employees increased by 0.3%. At the same time, non-farm payroll employment was virtually unchanged.

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Innovations

Future Tech Gadgets on Display at McMaster

HAMILTON - 3D YouTube videos and Skype broadcasts. A t-shirt that lets you monitor your heart beat. A detector that wakes sleepy drivers. Brain imaging. A robotic plane. Automated smart blinds. A fall detection and prevention system.

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Innovation

Food Packaging, Muffin Mix Take Top Prizes at Project SOY

Guelph - Biodegradable food packaging made from soybeans and soybean powder muffin mix were among the winners at this year's Project SOY (Soybean Opportunities for Youth) competition. The 14th annual event, was held yesterday at the Peter Clark Hall, showcased 18 projects from 37 University of Guelph students.

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Appointment

COM DEV USA appoints Terry Rector to lead expansion into National Security programs

EL SEGUNDO, CA - COM DEV USA, LLC, a subsidiary of COM DEV International Ltd., announced that Terry Rector has been appointed to the position of Director, Business Development for National Security Space Programs. Mr. Rector will lead in identifying opportunities that leverage COM DEV’s international sensor heritage to provide solutions for US Government applications such as Space Situational Awareness and Space Weather.

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Climate Change

McMaster opens Centre for Climate Change

Hamilton - Climate change and its impact on the Earth presents one of the most important challenges facing both Canada and the world in the coming years.

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Recognition

Privately owned training company achieves highest sales honour for 11th year!

Waterloo Management Education Centre (WATMEC) has been hounored as a 2009 Award Winner!

Waterloo - WATMEC’s commitment to helping clients attain higher levels of learning success through ongoing training and development is reflected in this achievement,” remarked Jeffrey Sugarman, President and CEO of Inscape Publishing. “We are proud to have Dale and Russell Wilcox as leaders in our Inscape Publishing Community.”

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Recognition

Liz Knox named Outstanding Woman of Laurier

WATERLOO – Liz Knox has been named the 2010 Outstanding Woman of Laurier. Knox, a goalie for the Laurier women’s hockey team, received the award today during a luncheon at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel.

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Health Study

Unequal leg length tied to osteoarthritis

Queen's adjunct professor Derek Cooke

Kingston - A new study shows that arthritis in the knee is linked to the common trait of having one leg that is longer than the other. Whether or not leg length differential is a direct cause of osteoarthritis is not clear, but the findings may allow people to take preventive measures before the onset of the chronic and painful condition.

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Health Care

Health Canada licenses first light therapy pain management device for at-home use

Revolutionary technology praised by chiropractic community for accelerated healing

CAMBRIDGE - During a press conference yesterday, doctors and experts unveiled a groundbreaking medical device using the healing properties of light therapy for pain management and improving mobility. For the first time ever, a licensed medical device that delivers clinical levels of light therapy only previously available in a doctor's office, has now been made available for at-home use.

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Economy

Gross domestic product by industry January 2010

Statscan - Real gross domestic product advanced 0.6% in January, a fifth consecutive monthly increase. Goods-producing industries increased 1.3%, largely on the strength of manufacturing and construction.

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Global Labour Market

A “rights-based approach” is required to meet the needs of the world’s 105 million migrant workers

GENEVA – Amid growing challenges due to the global economic crisis, a new ILO study highlights the need to adopt a “rights-based approach” to provide a “fair deal” for the world’s 105 million migrant workers.

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Success Through Trainng

Success within a struggling economy

Tremco realizes major gains during struggling economy

Waterloo - Amidst one of our nation’s most turbulent economies, and within a highly competitive industry lies an organization that made an extremely profitable decision when the Canadian economy started faltering in the fall of 2008.

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MEDIA

Rogers Digital Media Taps Brightcove and Endeca for Re-launch of Citytv Video Theatre

TORONTO - Rogers Digital Media and Brightcove Inc. have partnered to deliver a newly re-designed Citytv.com video theatre, which features a variety of locally-produced Citytv content along with exclusive full-length episodes of popular television shows including 30 Rock, The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser.

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Energy

GreenSaver shocked by sudden cancellation of ecoEnergy Retrofit - Homes program

Toronto - GreenSaver, a not-for-profit energy efficiency organization, was surprised that the Federal government has unexpectedly halted the ecoEnergy program funding. The initiative, scheduled to end on March 31, 2011, has announced they will stop receiving application immediately, one year earlier than anticipated.


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