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Friday December 17, 2010
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Ted Talks

Let's talk parenting taboos: Rufus Griscom + Alisa Volkman

Babble.com publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit -- and why they should. Funny and honest, for parents and nonparents alike.

Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman co-founded Babble, a website for parents.

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Aquisition

Coreworx Completes Corporate Buyout

Acorn Energy Sells Company to Employee-Led Investor Group

WATERLOO - Coreworx Inc is pleased to announce the completion of its sale by its parent company, Acorn Energy. The company will continue to operate under the Coreworx name on its acquisition led by employees and individual private investors, including strong participation from the Golden Triangle Angelnet.

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Retirement Savings

Proposed Retirement Savings Reforms will help Small and Medium Sized Businesses and their Employees

WATERLOO - The proposed improvements, announced by Minister Flaherty, to the retirement savings system will increase Canadians' access to retirement savings vehicles.

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Conference

Laurier students attend top U.S. foreign policy conference

WATERLOO - Eric Lingen, a student in Laurier’s Masters of International Public Policy program, recently spent four days discussing policy solutions to high-seas piracy, human smuggling and the drug trade as part of a policy conference hosted by the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Research Grants

CIGI announces Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant

WATERLOO - The Centre for International Governance Innovation announced the first call for applications for the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant to support field-based research in Africa conducted by graduate students currently enrolled in a Canadian university.

WATERLOO - Secondary school students in the Waterloo Wellington area have the chance to compete in a province-wide contest to have Down With Webster perform at their spring prom.

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Health Care Facilities

Grand River Hospital becomes the most improved hospital in Canada in 2009-2010 mortality ratio report

KITCHENER - An on-going quality improvement effort at Grand River Hospital is producing better results for patients and their families. GRH is the most improved hospital in the country in the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s annual hospital standardized mortality ratio report, an important indicator for reporting progress in a hospital’s overall quality plan.

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Arts & Culture

Elora Festival and Singers – Grammy Nominee

ELORA - We are thrilled to announce the Grammy nomination of The Elora Festival Singers and Noel Edison for their nomination in “Best Small Ensemble Performance” category, for their music of Eric Whitacre CD recording.

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Pensions

Life and Health Insurance Industry Welcomes Proposal for Pension Innovation

TORONTO - The Canadian life and health insurance industry welcomes the proposal for Pooled Registered Pension Plans discussed recently by Finance Minister Flaherty.

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Economy

Business growth ahead for manufacturers

Survey of plant execs reveals confidence moving forward

TORONTO - Canadian manufacturers see the economy picking up over the next three years and they are preparing for business expansion with plans to hire employees, invest in process improvements, facilities, technology, training and innovation, according to a survey of senior plant executives.

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Literature

Carleton Prof Takes Unique Approach to Teaching About Communism

OTTAWA – Carleton Prof. George Rigakos is taking an “anything but textbook” approach to his teaching and writing. He is creating a four-part comic book series that features the original words of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as expressed in the Communist Manifesto. The first volume is now available.

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Parliament

Harper Government Is Getting Things Done for Canadians

OTTAWA - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, celebrated the occasion of the passing into law of eight bills introduced by the Harper Government, highlighting the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam bill.

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Guest Column

Downsize Your Information: How To Do It and Why
By Barbara Hemphill, CPO

Statistics and experience demonstrate that 80% of what we have we never use. In a time when businesses desperately need to reduce costs and increase productivity, keeping "information clutter" makes no sense.

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