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Thursday December 15, 2011

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Ted Talks

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

A banker by training, Pavan Sukhdev runs the numbers on greening up -- showing that green economies are an effective engine for creating jobs and creating wealth.

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Manufacturing

October Survey of Manufacturing Sales Shows Slight Decline

Statscan - Manufacturing sales fell 0.8% in October to $48.7 billion after rising in each of the three previous months. Despite the decline, October's sales were the second highest of any month in 2011, surpassed only by September.

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Where the Money Goes

Regional Council meeting December 14, 2011

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. You are encouraged to quote from and copy this information. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

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New Car Sales

Number of new motor vehicles sold in October increased 3.3% to 139,549 units.

Statscan - October's growth reflected higher sales of both passenger cars and trucks. Passenger car sales in October were up 3.4% to 57,491 units. Sales of North-American built passenger cars accounted for most of the gain, rising 5.1% to more than offset September's decline. Overseas built passenger car sales increased 0.6%, the second advance in as many months.

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Global Trade

The Canadian Connection to Russia’s Membership in the World Trade Organization

Ottawa – On Friday, Russia will clear the last official hurdle to becoming the 154th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With the stroke of a pen, the global economic village will become more integrated and the WTO will be truly “world” in scope.

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Nano-Tech

2011 Steacie Prize awarded for nanotechnology-enabled disease diagnosis

Toronto – Professor Shana Kelley of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is the winner of the 2011 Steacie Prize, marking the third consecutive year that a University of Toronto professor has received this prestigious award.

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Public Health

New Facility to Advance Public Health, Zoonoses Research

Guelph - The University of Guelph today opened a new research facility to help prevent and control emerging animal-related diseases that threaten public health.

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Climate Change

Discord Between Rich and Poor with Canada’s Quitting Kyoto, China and India’s ambiguity

Peter Kent announced after the Durban conference that Canada is withdrawing from Kyoto Protocol

Durban, South Africa - The deal struck by United Nations envoys this week to fight climate change gives the biggest polluters three options for a wider agreement by 2015, setting the stage for renewed discord between rich and poor countries.

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Employment Issurance

December 31 EI Refund Deadline Looms for Canadians

Those Working for Family Business Likely Qualify

WINNIPEG - There are only days remaining this year for Canadian businesses and individuals to claim a refund on Employment Insurance premiums.

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Social Media

A Number of Organizations Have at Least One Social Media Tool on Their Intranet, With Blogs Being the Most Popular Intranet 2.0 Tool

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Social media tools are now present on most corporate intranets with 61% of companies reporting at least one social media tool available to some or all employees. The most popular Intranet 2.0 tools are blogs (75%), discussion forums (65%), instant messaging (63%), and wikis (61%) while social networking for employees and microblogging are on the rise at 43% and 42% respectively.

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Energy

Electricity Sector Council Launches its Renewable Energy Initiative: Building Bright Green Futures

Ottawa- Canada’s Electricity Sector Council (ESC) officially launched its Building Bright Green Futures (BBGF) project. The ESC will conduct a comprehensive national sector study of the renewable energy industry and identify challenges and opportunities currently faced by the sector in Canada.

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Pensions

Finance Committee for the Government of Canada calls for a pension review.

Burlington - As the federal government prepares for its budget next spring the Finance Committee conducted extensive consultations with widely representative groups including non-profit organizations, business groups. tax payer organizations and pension reform advocates.


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Next Generation

New Foundation pledges US$14.6 million to create “Work4Youth”

New partnership will increase the global awareness of the challenges facing youth as they move from education to the world of work.

GENEVA – The International Labour Office (ILO) and The MasterCard Foundation have forged a unique partnership to promote decent work among young people facing a worsening jobs crisis marked by high unemployment, working poverty and youth discouragement.

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Environment

US Approves Three Alternative Refrigerants to Replace Hydrofluorocarbons in Commercial and Household Freezers

First time that hydrocarbon substitutes will be widely used in the U.S.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added three hydrocarbons as acceptable alternatives in household and small commercial refrigerators and freezers through EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. EPA took action after requests from Ben and Jerry’s and General Electric, as well as A.S. Trust & Holdings, and True Manufacturing, a family-owned small business.

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Great Lakes

U.S. Clean Water Act Settlement in Chicago to Reduce Sewage Overflows

Settlement with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff and protect public health

CHICAGO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the State of Illinois announced a Clean Water Act (CWA) settlement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to resolve claims that untreated sewer discharges were released into Chicago area waterways during flood and wet weather events.

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Cycling

Trans Cuba as fast as possible on a bicycle

Cabo San Antonio - There is no record in Cuba for an E2E (end two end) ride. So a group of cycling enthusiast are heading out tomorrow to create that record. "Ya gotta start some place and set a standard for other crazy cyclists to follow. So here we go." said Peter Marshall in his cycling newsletter.


 
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