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Monday December 19, 2011

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Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

Philosopher Thomas Pogge wants to ensure medications get to those who need it most. He has published on a wide range of subjects such as global justice and human rights.


Ontario to hike taxes on small business

CFIB says higher consumer prices and job losses will follow

Toronto - The Ontario government's decision to give the cash strapped Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) power to impose higher payroll taxes on small businesses in construction will hurt consumers and job creation, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).


New Financial Disclosure Document a Technological Bust That Misses the Mark on Educating Canadian Consumers

TORONTO - A new disclosure document Canadian financial regulators require for mutual and segregated funds fails to take advantage of new technologies such as smartphones and tablets and provide little value to consumers making financial decisions, concludes a new report released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

Assistive Technology

Desire2Learn Awarded Another National Federation of the Blind Nonvisual Accessibility Gold Level Web Certification

Kitchener-Waterloo - Desire2Learn Incorporated announced that Desire2Learn Learning Environment 9.4.1 is the first Learning Management System to be recertified with the Gold Level NFB-NVA Certification by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), one of the world's leading advocates for Internet access for blind Americans.


Trade Minister Ed Fast Commends Carleton for its Role in Russia’s Accession to WTO

Ottawa – The Honourable Ed Fast, Canada’s international trade minister, applauded Carleton University and the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL) during a speech at the Eighth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The speech commemorated Russia’s accession to the WTO.

Energy & Environment

Safe, Reliable Energy Part of McGuinty Government's Clean Energy Plan

An expert report has concluded there is no direct health risk from wind turbine sound at Ontario's regulated setback distance.

Ontario - The study analyzed the latest findings on low frequency noise and infrasound from wind turbines. In addition, three experts in the field of noise, vibration and acoustics reviewed and validated the report.


Provincial Governments have opportunity to make PRPPs work for small business owners and their employees

WATERLOO - As Finance Ministers prepare to meet in Vancouver to continue discussions on improving Canada's retirement savings system, provincial governments have an opportunity to help increase access to workplace retirement savings plans for millions of Canadians.


New research identifies changes to the brain in patients with spinal cord compression

London -Spinal degeneration is an unavoidable part of aging. For some, it leads to compression of the spinal cord which can cause problems with dexterity, numbness in the hands, the ability to walk, and in some cases, bladder and bowel function.


Bombardier Doubles Number of Regional Support Office Locations for Business Aircraft Customers

Three more business aircraft RSO locations now operational in Singapore; São Paolo, Brazil; and Sydney, Australia

MONTREAL - Bombardier announced that it has opened new business aircraft Regional Support Offices (RSOs) in Singapore and Sao Paulo, Brazil. It has also expanded capabilities at its Sydney, Australia, commercial aircraft RSO to include business aircraft. Bombardier currently has more field service and support staff than any other Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) worldwide.


CN and United Steelworkers reach tentative agreement to renew labour contract for maintenance-of-way employees in Canada

MONTREAL - CN and the United Steelworkers Local 2004 announced Friday that they have reached a tentative agreement to renew the labour contract for approximately 2,800 maintenance-of-way employees in Canada . The current agreement is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2011.

Energy & Environment

Texas Oil Company Sentenced to Pay $12 Million for Clean Air Act Violations and Obstruction Crimes in Louisiana

Sentence is the largest ever criminal fine in Louisiana for air pollution

WASHINGTON — Pelican Refining Company LLC, was sentenced to pay $12 million for felony violations of the Clean Air Act and to obstruction of justice charges in federal court in Lafayette, La. announced Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.


Magna Receives Ergonomic Innovation Award

North America program promotes increased employee health & safety

AURORA - Magna International Inc. announced it has received the Ergonomic Innovation Award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The award was presented at the Magna Mirrors facility in Newaygo, Michigan, which played an instrumental role as the lead inspection site for MIOSHA's award review and assessment period.

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