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Thursday April 12, 2012
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Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda

Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world's social change issues depend on ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having kids.

Growth in Spending

Canadian Consumer Spending Increases by 5.34 Per Cent in Q1

Moneris Solutions Reports Higher Spending on Food and Apparel

TORONTO - Moneris Solutions, Canada's largest credit and debit card processor, announced today that Canadian spending increased by 5.34 per cent during the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year.

Environment & Business

Employees from 41 organizations working to reduce GHG emissions by more than 40,000 tonnes

Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 2011 Report reveals local people of action are leading environmentally sustainable change

Waterloo Region – Green teams are proving to be the catalyst to creating environmentally sustainable change in organizations across Waterloo Region.

Community Health

Researchers say supervised consumption facilities would improve health of people who use drugs in Ottawa and Toronto

TORONTO – Toronto and Ottawa would both benefit from the creation of supervised injection facilities, according to research released yesterday.

Pledged Gift

Leadership Gift to Fund Scholarships, Engineering Facilities

Guelph - The University of Guelph announced a leadership investment in engineering. Wolf Haessler, a U of G grad and founder of Skyjack Inc., has pledged $1 million to help enhance the University’s engineering facilities and to fund 20 new scholarships.


Major Enhancements in Usability and Personalization with Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10

Kitchener-Waterloo - Desire2Learn announced the upcoming release of Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10, its most advanced, personalized, easy to use, and engaging platform to date.


Ontario Home Starts Grow in March

TORONTO - The Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of home starts across urban(i) centres reached an estimated 85,200(ii) residential housing units in the latest month, up sharply from 65,400 units in February.

Consumer Protection

Shoppers Drug Mart Named in $30M Lawsuit for Selling Homeopathic Product

TORONTO - The Centre for Inquiry (CFI) Canada is lending critical scientific support in a $30 million lawsuit against Shoppers Drug Mart and Boiron Canada.

Credit & Consumers

New Economic Indicator-Credit Seeking IndexTM

TORONTO - According to Equifax Canada's Credit Seeking Index(TM), a new metric in the company's quarterly Consumer Credit Trends Report (for Q1 period ending in March), demand for new credit by Canadian consumers is only 3 per cent less than it was prior to the 24-month financial crisis which began in 2008.


March Starts Higher in Kitchener

TORONTO - New residential construction in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) increased in March compared to the same month of 2011, according to preliminary data released yesterday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Construction began on 316 homes, up significantly from the 165 units started in the same month of 2011.


March 2012 Housing Starts

OTTAWA - The seasonally adjusted annual rate(1) of housing starts was 215,600 units in March, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This is up from 205,300 units in February.

Research Study

Link between health gap and poverty focus of U of S research

Saskatoon - A new study out of the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Health Region shows that children that live in the lower income, core neighbourhoods in Saskatoon are more than twice as likely to be inactive than those from higher income neighbourhoods.

Golf Classic

Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, and Lorie Kane Scheduled to Compete in the Inaugural 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

Waterloo – Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, and Lorie Kane have joined the field for the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Grey Silo Golf Course, June 20-24.

Supporting the Arts

Ontario’s Strong Plan For Economy Includes Support For Strong Film And Television Industry

Industry Contributed $1.26 billion to Ontario economy last year, up 31%

Queens Park - The Ontario government’s strong support for the province’s film and television production industry has helped the industry record its best year ever — contributing $1.26 billion to the provincial economy last year.

Trade Show


Castle Megastore wins trip for two to Hawaii

Cambridge, Ont. April 11, 2012 (Coquette International Inc.) – Coquette is pleased to announce their success at the International Lingerie Show March 26th to 28th at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Coquette has been in attendance showing their collections since the creation of the show in October 1996.

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