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Thursday April 5, 2012

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Ted Talks

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs.

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Economy

Canadian Business Owners Remain Optimistic About Domestic Economic Recovery, Sage Survey Shows

But Businesses Remain Pessimistic About the Global Economy

RICHMOND - Sage, a leading provider of business management software and services to more than 6 million small and midsized businesses worldwide including 500,000 in Canada, announced yesterday the results of its annual Sage Business Index survey. The Sage Business Index gathered the opinions of 2,278 Canadian business owners and is part of a multi-country surveyconducted in Canada, the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, South Africa and Malaysia/Singapore.

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Labour Force

Labour Force Survey Shows Increase for March 2012

Statscan - Following four months of little change, employment increased by 82,000 in March 2012, mostly in full-time work. This brought the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%.

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Construction

Building permits, February 2012

Statscan - The total value of permits rose 7.5% to $6.5 billion in February, following an 11.4% decline in January. The advance in February was the result of an increase in the non-residential sector, which offset the decrease in the residential sector.

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Digital Departure

Global Information Technology Report Highlights Emergence of a New Digital Divide

Sweden ranks first among 142 economies, followed by Singapore and Finland; the Nordic countries lead the ICT revolution. The United States, ranked 8th, benefits from strong ICT infrastructure, but weaknesses in the political and regulatory environment hinder its overall performance. Despite recent improvements in overall competitiveness rankings, the BRICS, led by China at 51st, lag behind more advanced economies.

New York – Despite efforts over the past decade to develop information and communications technologies (ICT) infrastructure in developing economies, a new digital divide in terms of ICT impacts persists, according to the latest rankings of The Global Information Technology Report 2012: Living in a Hyperconnected World, released today by the World Economic Forum.

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Natural Resource Impact

Laurier hosts international colloquium on the anthropology of natural resources

WATERLOO – Laurier is hosting an international workshop at the Balsillie School of International Affairs April 12 to 14 that will look at the question of how natural resources are implicated in social life from an anthropological perspective.

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Martin Prosperity

Insight: Focus on the Southwest Ontario Region

Toronto - The Martin Prosperity Institute recently completed a large scale research project for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario, funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, which provided benchmarking and analysis of Ontario’s rural creative economy.

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Guest Columnit

Ditching the penny doesn't go far enough - Can the nickel and quarter be far behind?

by Todd Hirsch, Senior Economist

In Thursday’s federal budget, the government of Canada announced its plan to eliminate the production of the 1-cent coin. It’s an excellent move, but the questions to ask are: what is the optimal coinage system in Canada, and could there be additional savings by revamping the whole system?

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US Economy

Help Wanted - US: Optimistic Small Business Owners Plan Hiring Amid Expectations for More Sales and Capital Spending

Survey Findings Show Brightest Outlook Since Start of Great Recession; Plans for Price Hikes Could Lead to Increased Risk of Inflation

PITTSBURGH - An upbeat outlook on sales will prompt nearly one in three U.S. small business owners to add employees over the next six months as their optimism returns to positive levels unseen since before the 'Great Recession' of 2008-2009, according to the PNC Economic Outlook survey's newest findings.

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Holidays

Kitchener Facilities Close for Easter Holidays

KITCHENER – A number of city facilities have modified hours over the Easter weekend. Offices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9, for the Easter holidays. Services normally offered by staff will be available again on Tuesday, April 10 at 8:30 a.m.

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Community Health

Elective surgeries to take place on today

Extensive consultation on decontamination process well underway

Waterloo Region - Grand River Hospital continues to provide a wide range of health services as preparations take place to clean and decontaminate the facility’s laboratory. Elective surgical procedures scheduled for Thursday April 5th are set to take place.

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Guest Column

Become a Better Leader: Commit to Continuous Learning
by Joelle K. Jay, Ph.D.

In order to excel in your work, in your life, or as a leader, you need to commit to continuous learning. Many leaders know this, but many more are missing the opportunities for powerful learning that could really help them get ahead on their goals.

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Curling

Kitchener to host curling pre-trials

KITCHENER -- The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) announced that the City of Kitchener will host the 2013 Capital One Pre-Trials, presented by Monsanto.

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Arts & Culture

Meet artists David Hoover and Woody Woodfield at the Communitech Hub

Kitchener - On Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 7 pm the newest Art Allies exhibition at Communitech Hub and Accelerator Centre is opening. You are invited to the Artist Reception that features the artwork of David Hoover and Woody Woodfield.

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Prestigous Prize

WLU Press Author Veronica Strong-Boag Wins 2012 Prestigious Canada Prize

Waterloo - Wilfrid Laurier University Press is pleased to announce that Veronica Strong-Boag has won the 2012 Canada Prize (Social Sciences) for her book Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage (WLU Press, 2011).

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Area Home Sales

Kitchener-Waterloo Home Sales Strong in March

KITCHENER-WATERLOO – Residential property sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR), increased 8 percent in March compared to last year. There were 660 residential sales last month, 32.8 percent more than in February.

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Arts & Culture

Neruda Productions Triples the Nights Fantastic

WATERLOO - Neruda Productions presents three nights of World Music guaranteed to satisfy the restless souls of Waterloo.


 
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