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Monday May 31, 2010

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Ted Talks

Sophie Hunger plays songs of secrets, city lights

This haunting, intimate performance by European singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger features songs from her breakout debut "Monday's Ghost" and the just-released album "1983."

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Recognition

Home Hardware Dealer Recognized as North American Retail Hardware Association Young Retailer of the Year

Award honours outstanding achievements of young retailers

St. Jacobs Home Hardware Dealer-Owner, Patrick Guilbert of Neepawa Home Hardware in Neepawa, Manitoba was recognized as a Young Retailer of the Year by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA).

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Insurance

The Co-operators takes the LEED: New insurance discount for environmentally-friendly dwellings

GUELPH/MONTREAL - The Co-operators today announced the introduction of a 10 per cent insurance discount for eligible Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified dwellings. The Co-operators is one of the first insurance companies to offer such a discount which, together with its other sustainable products and services, is intended to encourage and reward environmentally responsible behaviour among its clients.

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Human Resources

Study: Layoffs and their consequences - 1993 to 1997 and 2002 to 2006

Statscan - One of the possible consequences of layoffs for workers is wage loss. People who were laid off between 2002 and 2006 and who subsequently found work were nearly 60% more likely to experience a decrease than an increase in their hourly wages. This proportion is similar to that observed from 1993 to 1997.

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Union

Big City Mayors Support Expansion of CPP

CAW's Lewenza Urges Wide Support for Pension Expansion

TORONTO - A group of 22 mayors from Canada's biggest cities are calling for expansion of the Canada Pension Plan, a federal system of pension insurance, and for the federal government to hold a national summit on pension issues.

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R&D

Ontario invests $6.5M in regenerative medicine and cancer research in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Ottawa researchers have been awarded $6.5M from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation for two major projects in regenerative medicine and cancer research. The funding was awarded through the highly competitive Global Leadership Round in Genomics & Life Sciences (GL2).

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Travel

International travel account - First quarter 2010

Statscan - Canada's international travel deficit declined during the first three months to $2.9 billion, largely as the result of an increase in spending by overseas travellers in Canada. Canada recorded the largest decrease in the deficit since the first quarter of 2004.

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Backup

ORION launches Canada’s first R&E backup storage service

TORONTO – The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is launching Canada’s first backup storage service dedicated exclusively to research and education institutions.

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World News

Forum Report Calls for Major, Post-Crisis Overhaul of the International System

Report warns that serious global risks and challenges are accumulating in many areas

Doha, Qatar – The World Economic Forum issued one of the most extensive sets of proposals to strengthen international cooperation and governance ever assembled.

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Education

Waterloo Catholic District School Board receives $1.1 million in Ministry funding to support SHSM expansion.

Waterloo Region - This fall, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will further expand its very successfull Specialist High Skills Major(SHSM) initiative. Nineteen new SHSM programs will be added at the secondary level.

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Commuter Challenge

May 31 is Most Modes Monday and Bike To Work Day

Waterloo Region – Bike To Work Day takes place May 31, 2010 as part of the 11th Annual Commuter Challenge.

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Guest Column

Three Rings of Responsibility
By Danita Johnson-Hughes, Ph.D.

Never before has it been more obvious that the world needs new leaders. In this increasingly global economy, where one's actions, or inaction, can potentially impact people on the other side of the globe, this has never been more apparent. Individuals are needed who have the willingness to make things better for everyone.

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World News

The Global Redesign Summit Is an Unprecedented “Marketplace of Ideas”

The World Economic Forum Global Redesign Summit began today, with the publication of 58 proposals for strengthening international cooperation and governance

Doha, Qatar – The World Economic Forum Global Redesign Summit beganMay 30, 2010, as participants began discussion of nearly 60 proposals put forward by more than 1,500 global experts from business, government and civil society on how to strengthen international cooperation and governance. These proposals are published in a report entitled Everybody’s Business: Strengthening International Cooperation in a More Interdependent World.

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