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Wednesday March 31, 2010

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Ted Talks

Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time

Educating the poor is more than just a numbers game, says Shukla Bose. She tells the story of her groundbreaking Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which brings hope to India's slums by looking past the daunting statistics and focusing on treating each child as an individual.


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Education

A new learning management system

McMaster is launching a new learning management system to replace the existing ELM application.

Hamilton - The new system is designed and built by Kitchener-based Desire2Learn and will be launched in time for the start of the September academic term.

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Human Resource

Minimum wage increase to cost Ontario restaurateurs $255 million

TORONTO - As Ontario's eight per cent hike in minimum wage takes effect today, foodservice operators will start paying an extra $255 million in wage costs annually.

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Survey

CFOs Say Greatest Lesson From Recession is Decisive Cost Cuts

TORONTO - The biggest takeaway from the recession for companies could be to move fast with necessary changes, according to a recent survey of chief financial officers (CFOs). When executives were asked to name the greatest lesson learned during the recent downturn, the top response was to take decisive measures to avoid multiple rounds of cost-cutting, cited by nearly three in 10 (29 per cent) of respondents.

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Appointmenrts

The Museum Board adds “stellar” group of community individuals

Kitchener – The Museum in downtown Kitchener is delighted to announce the addition of five members to its Board of Directors.

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Tourism

National tourism indicators for Fourth quarter 2009

Statscan - Tourism spending in Canada increased 0.4% in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2009, as outlays by both international visitors to Canada and Canadians were up. This was the second consecutive increase in tourism spending, following four negative quarters that started in the summer of 2008.

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Recognition

Manulife-Sinochem earns top government honor for excellence in China

SHANGHAI - Manulife-Sinochem Life Insurance Company (MSL or Manulife-Sinochem) was honored with an award for excellence for 2009 by China's top government body. At the recommendation of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC), MSL received an "Excellent Organization" award from the State Council National Economic Census Commission - the only foreign life insurance company to earn this prestigious recognition.

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Finance

Mortgage borrowers should enter ‘risk-management mode’

Kingston - Queen’s University business professor Louis Gagnon says this rise in interest rates by several Canadian banks means people should start looking ahead and be concerned about their financial future.

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Report

Annual wholesale trade for 2008

Operating profits for Canadian wholesalers totalled $33.6 billion in 2008, up 11.7% from 2007 as revenues increased at more than three times the pace of expenses. Overall, operating profits for wholesale as a percentage of total operating revenue increased from 4.3% in 2007 to 4.5% in 2008.

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Politics

MP Ken Dryden to discuss future of Canada with Waterloo students

WATERLOO - Graduating students at the University of Waterloo will hear next week about what's in store for the future of Canada from a federal politician who is one of the country's hockey greats.

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Report

Annual retail trade 2008

Statscan - Canadian retailers' operating profits as a share of operating revenue narrowed slightly to 5.0% in 2008 from 5.2% in 2007. Retailers were affected by changing economic conditions during 2008, especially late in the year.

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Appointment

Syncapse Corp. Appoints Kerry Munro to Executive Team

Former head of Yahoo! Canada joins global leader in social technology as Chief Operating Officer

TORONTO - Syncapse Corp., a global leader in social technology, announced that Mr. Kerry Munro is joining the company as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

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Green Talk

U of G Hosts International Bioplastics and Green Composites Conference

Guelph - Should bioproducts manufacturers receive public subsidies to spur more "green" consumption? Should Canada follow other countries' lead and adopt specific targets for use of renewable resources?

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2010 Auto Recovery

Honda to Resume Second-Shift Production in Canada

More Than 400 New Positions To Be Added

ALLISTON - Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) is scheduled to add a second production shift to its Plant 2 facility in early 2011 that will increase daily output from 400 to 600 units per day, and will allow HCM to add more than 400 new positions.

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Economy

A Surge in New Investments in Ontario - A String of New Projects May Indicate Renewed Business Confidence in Canadian Economy

MONTREAL - E&B (Economic and Business) DATA has observed a surge of announcements in new capital investments in Ontario in February. More than 1 billion $ of new investments were announced in February 2010 as compared to 120 million $ in February 2009.


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