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Tuesday May 1, 2012

Ted Talks

Liz Diller: A giant bubble for debate

Liz Diller and her maverick firm DS+R bring a groundbreaking approach to big and small projects in architecture, urban design and art -- playing with new materials, tampering with space and spectacle in ways that make you look twice.

Entrepreneurship Event

Dragons’ Den investor joins judging for LaunchPad $50K start-up competition

Kitchener - High tension and white knuckles will be the order of the day, Friday, May 4, when eight local start-up companies pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The three top companies will receive cash and in-kind investments in their businesses worth more than $100,000 from investors and local companies.


Micheál Kelly named dean of the Laurier School of Business & Economics

WATERLOO – Micheál Kelly, a professor of Strategic and International Management and former dean at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, has been named the dean of the Laurier School of Business & Economics (SBE). Kelly, who will join Laurier in July, is a respected academic who helped transform the Telfer School into a leading centre for management education and research. He is also a highly sought-after consultant in the technology sector, and has extensive experience in government.


Gross domestic declines in February 2012

Statscan - Real gross domestic product declined 0.2% in February. Temporary closures in mining and other goods-producing industries contributed to the decline. Decreases in mining and oil and gas extraction, manufacturing, utilities as well as forestry and logging outpaced advances in construction.

Cost to Produce increase

Industrial product and raw materials edge up in March 2012

Statscan - The Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI) edged up 0.2% in March, led by higher prices for petroleum and coal products. However, the advance of IPPI was moderated by primary metal products (-1.0%). The Raw Materials Price Index (RMPI) declined 1.6%, largely because of mineral fuels.

Food Enterprises

Food services and drinking places left unchanged in February 2012

Statscan - Sales for the food services and drinking places industry were relatively stable in February from January, edging up 0.1% to $4.3 billion. During the same period, the price of food purchased in restaurants edged up 0.1%, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Global Labour Report

No recovery in sight for labour markets, warns ILO

GENEVA (ILO News) –Despite signs that economic growth has resumed in some regions, the global employment situation is alarming and shows no sign of recovery in the near future, says the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Food App

Foodlink Launches 11th Annual Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map and New Local Food App

Waterloo Region - To kick off the season Foodlink will be launching the much-anticipated Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map, a handy year-round guide directing people to over 70 local farms as well as farmers markets and other businesses that produce and sell local foods. Now in its 11th edition, the map makes it easier than ever to buy and eat fresh, healthy local food in Waterloo Region and environs.

Foriegn Investment and Partnerships

Canada Enhances Business and Research Collaboration Opportunities With Brazil

Cambridge - Gary Goodyear wrapped up an official visit to Brazil yesterday, where he was part of the official delegation of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

Economic Development

SCOR EDC Meets with South Central Ontario MPP’s

Tillsonburg - On, April 27th the South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation (SCOR EDC) Board of Directors met with the Members of Provincial Parliament of the South Central Onatrio to discuss issues, proposed solutions and possibilities for economic development across the South Central Ontario.

Growth in Demand

Demand for subsidy puts pressure on fundraiser

Waterloo Region – Local seniors and adults with disabilities need more help now than ever before to pay for community support services to help them stay in their own homes. Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More experienced a 48.6% increase in the amount they covered for meal subsidies for their clients this year over last.

Economic Development

Italian Chamber of Commerce Works Towards a Ground-breaking, New-Generation Trade Agreement with the EU

Comprehensive & Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) - Ambitious Bilateral Initiative Will Benefit Canada from Coast to Coast Reinforcing Its Status as a Globally Significant Trading Nation

VANCOUVER - The European Union, the largest unified market on the planet with 550 million consumers and a GDP of $17 trillion, is Canada's second largest trading partner in goods and services. 12 billion dollars of extra yearly GDP, new jobs and more economic prosperity for Canada are attainable as Canada and the EU reach the final stages before signing an agreement in principle.


Cartleton’s Martha Wiebe Wins the Bessie Touzel Award

Ottawa - Martha Wiebe, an instructor in Carleton’s School of Social Work, has been honoured with the Bessie Touzel Award. The award celebrates her lifelong achievement in the field of social work as recognized by the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).


Grand River Hospital to celebrate achievement of RNAO Best Practice Spotlight Organization designation

Kitchener/Waterloo - The nursing staff members of Grand River Hospital are pleased to invite you to a celebration three years in the making.

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