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Thursday February 17, 2011
Ted Talks

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.


Sustainable Waterloo 2nd Annual Evening of Recognition

Waterloo - This year Sustainable Waterloo celebrates the achievements and commitments of organizations across Waterloo Region that are taking measurable action to advance our community towards a more environmentally sustainable future.


GRCA Parks suspend winter programs due to weather conditions

The Grand River Conservation Authority will be suspending its winter program at those parks offering ice fishing, skiing, skating, and snowshoeing in advance of the weather conditions that will be occurring over the next few days.

Literature Award

Call for entries: 2011 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

WATERLOO – Entries are being sought for the 2011 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non- Fiction, a $10,000 literary award that recognizes excellence in Canadian creative non-fiction.


Laurier institute’s seat projection shows Conservative majority within reach

WATERLOO – An analysis of current polls projects a seat distribution that places the federal Conservatives within three seats of a majority, according to the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy.


Al Gore, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Stereos and Barenaked Ladies join 6,000 youth for a day of inspiration and social action at We Day

Kitchener - World renowned social activists, leaders and performers come together to encourage students to support social change at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex for Free The Children’s We Day. Together they will inspire students and educators from the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas, addressing some of the world’s most critical problems and teaching them they have the power to be part of the solution.

Arts and Culture

Wilfrid Laurier Concert Series

Bach, Beethoven & Schumann

Cambridge - The fourth concert in the Cambridge Galleries’ Laurier Concert Series takes place on Wednesday February 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Cambridge Galleries, Queen’s Square location; Caleb Mora, piano, and Heidi Wall, piano, both graduating Laurier Music students will perform.

Small Business

uWaterloo president Feridun Hamdullahpur to give talk on small business at Cambridge chamber luncheon

CAMBRIDGE - University of Waterloo president Feridun Hamdullahpur will outline the various ways the university supports the development of small and medium enterprises at a luncheon organized this week by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.


New nature centre planned for Guelph Lake

Guelph - The GRCA has approved a project design to replace the Guelph Lake Nature Centre. The Grand River Conservation Foundation has taken on this project by spearheading a community fundraising campaign.


Greater Toronto Area investment market bounces back strongly in 2010 as buyers and sellers converge on pricing

Avison Young releases Winter 2010-2011 Greater Toronto Area Investment Review

TORONTO - The commercial real estate investment market in the Greater Toronto Area bounced back strongly in 2010 with some sectors of the market at, or close to returning to levels not seen since 2007. After two years of sitting on the sidelines, buyers and sellers finally came together as they transacted nearly $7.4 billion worth of commercial real estate - $3.2 billion more than one year ago. The retail sector had a record year, reversing four straight years of declining sales.


Airport Security Must Not be Left to Lowest Bidder, says CAW President

TORONTO - The CAW is raising concerns about the impact on the front line workers of a new bidding process for screening services at airports across Canada, recently announced by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.


U of T students to participate in “alternative reading week”

Students will go to work in local priority neighbourhood

TORONTO – On top of hitting the books this reading week, hundreds of U of T students will be hitting the streets in one of Toronto’s poorest neighbourhoods to help with key community-building projects. More than 200 student volunteers will team up with agencies in the Weston-Mount Dennis area February 22 to 24, pitching in on a wide range of projects designed to enhance community services in the vibrant, multicultural neighbourhood.

Technology hallenge

Man vs. Machine: Carleton Celebrates IBM Jeopardy Challenge Finale

Ottawa - IBM is celebrating its third and final day of the Watson computer as a Jeopardy contestant. IBM employees will be on hand at Oliver’s Pub at Carleton’s University Centre from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss why the company created Watson and the implications of the system. The multimillion machine is attempting to beat two of Jeopardy’s greatest champions and change forever the way people interact with computers.


Renowned Canadian Architect Douglas Cardinal Awards Collection to Carleton University

Ottawa – Douglas Cardinal, an internationally-renowned architect, has bestowed his entire collection from 1984 onwards of drawings, plans, files, 3D models and other information to Carleton University.

Institution Board

Dr. Brian Underdown Appointed as Chair of the Board at Ontario Genomics Institute

Toronto - The Ontario Genomics Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian Underdown as OGI’s new Chair of the Board of Directors.

Job Hunting

DISAPPEARING ACT - OfficeTeam Survey: Four in 10 Managers Believe Online Profiles Will Replace Resumes

TORONTO - Is the traditional resume going the way of the dinosaur? Some human resources managers interviewed recently by OfficeTeam think so. More than four in 10 respondents (43 per cent) said it's at least somewhat likely resumes will eventually be replaced by profiles on social and business networking sites


Manage your business debt

Toronto - Running your own business is challenging at the best of times – in a slower economy it’s even tougher. Over more than 25 years as a CFO in a variety of industries, Bailey has helped many businesses manage their debt in a slow economy to better position themselves when the economy picks up. That’s because, in tougher times, these businesses turned themselves into nimble, focused organizations that protect their balance sheet.


More Stability in Ontario Housing Markets

TORONTO - Ontario housing activity has stabilized in recent months and housing demand will show a modest recovery through the latter part of 2011 and into 2012, according to the 2011 First Quarter CMHC Housing Market Outlook - Canada Edition just released.


CHMC: Housing Activity to Move in Line with Demographic Fundamentals in 2011

OTTAWA - After trending lower in the second half of 2010, housing starts are forecast to stabilize at levels consistent with demographic fundamentals in 2011 and 2012, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's first quarter Housing Market Outlook, Canada Edition.


Employment Insurance

Statscan - In December, 659,700 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits, down 9,400 (-1.4%) from November and the third consecutive monthly decrease. The number of beneficiaries declined in every province and territory, except the Northwest Territories.


Wholesale trade

Statscan - Wholesale sales increased for a fifth consecutive month in December, rising by 0.8% to $45.9 billion. Overall, six of the seven subsectors reported gains, representing almost all of wholesale sales.


Travel between Canada and other countries

Statscan - Canadian residents took 4.8 million trips abroad in December, up 2.3% from November. The majority of these trips (4.1 million) were to the United States, up 3.3% in December.


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