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Monday April 11, 2011

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Ted Talks

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits

Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.

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Volunteers

VOLUNTEERS: THE BACKBONE OF ROGERS TV'S LOCAL PROGRAMMING

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, APRIL 10 – 16

WATERLOO – National Volunteer Week, April 10th to 16th, provides a special opportunity to recognize those who give back. At Rogers TV, Cable 20, we are celebrating the volunteers who help the station deliver its distinctive brand of local programming.

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Transportation

TriTAG doesn’t think GRT should eavesdrop on your conversations

WATERLOO - Grand River Transit is poised to conclude less than a week of information sessions and a comment period, which had not been publically announced. The Tri-Cities Transport Action Group is concerned about details of the plan and the haste with which privacy concerns are being pushed to the wayside.

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Safety

Laurier implements text-messaging system to improve campus safety

WATERLOO - Wilfrid Laurier University is introducing a text-messaging system to help improve campus safety. The CampusAssist system allows anyone with a mobile phone to alert Laurier’s Special Constable Service to a safety concern or criminal activity on or near Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses and the Faculty of Social Work site in Kitchener.

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Closure

Salvation Army Home to Close its Doors, Leaving 80 Without a Place to go and 100 Without Jobs

KITCHENER - Workers at the Salvation Army A.R Goudie Eventide long-term care home in Kitchener, Ontario are reeling after management announced it would be closing the facility.

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PSA

City’s Easter egg hunt is online!

KITCHENER -- If you think Easter egg hunts are just for kids, think again! The hunt is online at www.kitchener.ca. Starting at 9 a.m. on April 11, City of Kitchener website visitors will have the chance to search for eight different animated eggs hidden throughout the site.

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Technology Competition

Skills Canada - A message from the Executive Director

Kitchener - Ontario students advancing from the Ontario Technological Skills Competition to the National Skills Competition in Quebec City this June will each receive a financial grant of $250 towards their travel costs, thanks to the proceeds raised at our recent Celebration Gala. Over 300 people enjoyed this year’s event featuring Canadian Tenor Peter McCutcheon, the music of Amplified Midlife Crisis, and the introduction of our first “Take the Cake” contest.

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Privatization

University of Toronto’s Governing Council raises tuition fees, bars access for students, workers and faculty

Toronto - Students, workers, and faculty at the University of Toronto gathered to rally against the privatization of funding and decision-making at the university. The rally began outside of Simcoe Hall, where University’s Governing Council was meeting.

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Science

Scientific solutions to sin?

by Suzanne Morrison

Hamilton - Most people are familiar with the seven deadly sins - pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth - but could there be molecular solutions for this daily struggle between good and evil?

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Pharmacology

A world without antibiotics?
by Chantall Van Raay

Hamilton - Imagine a world without antibiotics. Common infections are life threatening. Pneumonia, urinary tract infections and venereal diseases are incurable. Cancer chemotherapies do not exist. The life expectancy for Canadian men is 47 and 50 for women.

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Industrial Development

Sally Fitzpatrick and Mark Sevenpifer join Avison Young as Principals

Highly regarded industrial sales and leasing team joins Avison Young's Mississauga brokerage operations

MISSISSAUGA - Martin Dockrill, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Mississauga office, announced that leading commercial real estate brokers Sally Fitzpatrick and Mark Sevenpifer have joined Avison Young's brokerage operations in Mississauga.

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Research Fellowship

English professor receives U.S. fellowship

Kingston - A unique interpretation of the civic religious drama of late medieval England has garnered Queen’s professor Margaret Aziza Pappano and her U.S. research partner Nicole Rice a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies collaborative research fellowship.

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Green Chemistry

The Sustainable Chemistry Summit: From Lab to Market

Kingston - Join us September 16-18 in historic Kingston, Ontario for an in-depth look at the emerging field of green chemistry and its potential for impact on research, product innovation and global sustainability.

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Appointment

Kim Devine appointed to the Heritage Canada Foundation Board of Governors

Ottawa - The Heritage Canada Foundation is pleased to announce an important addition to its board of governors: Kim Devine, former City Councillor, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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Building Development

The Toronto and Ottawa Landscape is About to Change With Three New Development Projects from Fortress Real Capital

TORONTO - Fortress Real Capital has announced three new projects in conjunction with Lamb Development Corporation; two in Toronto and another in Ottawa.

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Union

Steelworkers Win Landmark Court Ruling on Pensions

TORONTO - The United Steelworkers union has won a landmark legal decision forcing an insolvent corporation to honour pension obligations to employees.

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Health Care

Expanding the Role of Nurse Practitioners in Hospitals

Ontario Government Helping to Improve Hospital Wait Time

Ottawa - Nurse Practitioners (NPs) may soon be able to admit and discharge patients from hospital, helping to make the health system more efficient and saving time for patients.

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Fundraising

JAPAN: CALL FOR ACTION IS GAINS MOMENTUM

INGERSOLL – Japan: Call for Action is gaining momentum in Oxford County. The concert and fundraising initiative started by Oxford County Warden Don McKay and Town of Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey is slated for Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. to be hosted by the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa.

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Guest Column

Longevity and the General Manager
By Norm Spitzig

Why is it that relatively few general managers can work-and succeed-in the same company for a long period of time, while the majority cannot and do not? Conversely, why is it that a good number of businesses, given their history, tradition, culture and/or governance structure, cannot keep-or choose not to keep-a general manager who has the talent, temperament and desire to successfully manage their operation for a long period of time? This issue is clearly one that, properly understood, can be of significant value to businesses of all types and sizes as well as the many general managers who operate them.


 


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