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Tuesday April 12, 2011

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Ted Talks

Jackson Browne: "If I Could Be Anywhere"

At TEDxGPGP, Jackson Browne plays a song he started writing last April aboard Mission Blue Voyage, the Sylvia Earle-inspired trip to brainstorm ways to save the ocean. "If I could be anywhere," he sings, "anywhere right now, I would be here."

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Community

Celebrating 700 dedicated volunteers

Waterloo - More than 700 volunteers support the small staff at Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More, enabling less than 30 employees to serve 3,000 local seniors and adults with disabilities.

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Business Finances

ASPE – Change is (already) in the Air!

Waterloo - Most of Canada’s private businesses will be adopting Canada’s new Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) for their first fiscal year commencing on or after January 1, 2011. Selecting transition options and accounting policy choices and drafting financial statements that include the retrospective application of these choices will keep accounting managers and chief financial and executive officers busy during 2011.

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Recreation

Rockway and Doon Valley golf courses open for the season later this week

KITCHENER – With milder weather in the forecast, Kitchener Golf plans to open Rockway Golf Course for the season this Friday, April 15, at 8 a.m. and Doon Valley Golf Course this Saturday, April 16, at 8 a.m.

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Environment

GRCA plans three controlled burns in April

Cambridge - The GRCA will conduct three controlled burns near Brantford, Paris and Cambridge later this month The goal is to help re-establish prairie and savanna habitats on two properties and prepare another site to become a prairie habitat. All three properties are owned by the GRCA.

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Donation

OpenText Joins SAP in Supporting UNICEF's Clean Water for Ethiopia Project

Co-Sponsored Philanthropy Demonstrates Strong Partnership and Commitment by Companies to Global Health and Environmental Issues

MANNHEIM, Germany - OpenText announced at the eighth International SAP(R) Utilities Conference 2011 that it has joined SAP AG in co-sponsoring UNICEF's Clean Water for Ethiopia project. The companies committed to donating a total of €20,000 to UNICEF.

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Agriculture

Canada Needs to Get Moving on Food Traceability

Headlines Discussion at OnTraceability 2011 Conference

GUELPH - The main event at last week's OnTraceability 2011 conference in Cambridge, Ontario was a vigorous, interactive discussion about food traceability, between a panel of North America's top agriculture and food traceability experts and a full house reflecting all sectors of the food chain - farmers through to consumers.

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Environment

Local high school leads the way in environmental action

Cambridge - Students and staff of a local high school have been working in partnership with the rare Charitable Research Reserve to promote environmental awareness and conservation within their community, and now they are giving back too.

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Economy

Are there loose links in the food industry chain and what happens to local jobs and economies if one breaks?

Ayr - From the farm, to processing, to end user, and everyone in between, the food industry is a critical economic development driver in SW Ontario but it is way more fragile than we think. This is particularly true in this part of Ontario where there’s lots of efforts being made to focus on local food development.

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Water Study

Corporate Water Use Measured For the First Time

New tool emerging for investors to gage long-term viability of investments

TORONTO – Water is emerging as a long-term investment risk and opportunity for corporations according to a new UK study, Carbon Disclosure Project Water Disclosure. The study measures water-use similar to the way carbon emissions have been measured over recent years. The findings allow investors to compare water data between global corporations to identify risks and opportunities in the marketplace.

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Green Economy

CIELAP’s Call to Action for a Green Economy

New Report Finds Room for Significant Progress and the Need for Federal Action

TORONTO - The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy is releasing its report A Green Economy for Canada: Consulting with Canadians. This CIELAP report is co-authored by Carolyn Webb and Thomas C. Esakin. Resulting from an extensive survey of government and non-governmental organizations and thought leaders from across the country, the report points to gaps in government policy and business practices that have contributed to a loss in productivity that could be achieved in embracing more sustainable practices.

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Employment

The 100 Best Workplaces in Canada 2011

TORONTO - One hundred companies are being recognized as the Best Workplaces in Canada. They represent great diversity in terms of size, sector, industry, and location. The judging panel? More than 50,000 Canadian employees.

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Survey

Survey: Few Companies Are Prepared to Manage a Crisis

Majority of Analysts Say a Poorly Managed Crisis Causes Detraction in a Company's Value

TORONTO - The biggest mistake companies make during a corporate or operational crisis is a lack of communication and transparency with stakeholders and employees, causing a negative impact on valuations, according to a survey jointly released by the Canadian Investor Relations Institute and Fleishman-Hillard Inc.

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Industrial Design

Carleton’s 33rd Industrial Design Graduation Exhibition Showcases Innovative Projects

Ottawa – From Chile to Batawa, this year’s Industrial Design Graduation Exhibition will take you places. The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 to Tuesday, April 19 in the Galleria, fourth floor of the University Centre.

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Contribution Award

Carleton University Professor Wins Outstanding Professional Contribution Award

Ottawa – Gabriel Wainer, an associate professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, has won the Outstanding Professional Contribution Award given by the Society for Modeling and Simulation International. The award was presented at the Spring Simulation Multi-Conference organized by SCS, held last week in Boston.

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Anniversary

Celebrating 50 Years Later

Trent marks the anniversary of offering Professor Tom Symons the Presidency

Peterborough - THB Symons On April 12, 1961, the founding board offered Professor Tom Symons the Trent University presidency, a title he held until 1972. "Trent is an institution anchored in community spirit and Tom Symons was always profoundly in touch with that fact," said Dr. Steven E. Franklin, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. "As founding president, Professor Symons was able to galvanize the will of the community of Peterborough and bring the notion of a university to life. It is because of Prof. Symons' passion, leadership and creativity that Trent University is the highly-respected, ...

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Business Awards

HSBC BANK CANADA ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL FINALISTS OF THE HSBC INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS

VANCOUVER - HSBC Bank Canada is pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the inaugural HSBC International Business Awards, which celebrate the best of Canadian companies doing business abroad.

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Sustainable Leadership Award

High Liner Foods CEO Henry Demone Named Intrafish Media's 2011 "Person of The Year"

Demone recognized for his progressive vision, High Liner's strong operational performance, and sustainability leadership

LUNENBURG -- Henry E. Demone, president and CEO of High Liner Foods Inc., has been named Intrafish Media's 2011 "Person of the Year." Demone was selected for this award for his excellence in guiding High Liner Foods to increased profitability, progressive vision, and innovation in seafood sustainability.

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Prices

New Housing Price Index

Statscan - The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.4% in February, following a 0.2% advance in January.

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Trade

Canadian international merchandise trade

Statscan - Canada's merchandise exports and imports fell in February, led by lower volumes of automotive products and energy products. Exports fell 4.9% to $35.9 billion while imports decreased 4.0% to $35.8 billion. Consequently, Canada's trade surplus went from $382 million in January to $33 million in February.


 


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