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Friday June 1, 2012

Ted Talks

Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you

What does your chair say about what you value? Designer Sebastian Deterding shows how our visions of morality and what the good life is are reflected in the design of objects around us.

Congress 2012

“Grey’s Anatomy” gives young Canadians a favourable impression of Canadian healthcare

Study shows popular TV shows colouring Canadians’ impressions of US vs. Canadian systems

Waterloo—Preliminary results of a study of young Canadians in western Canada shows most perceive the country’s health care system as fairer than the American system.

Door to Door - TIPS

Kitchener Utilities warns customers to beware of door-to-door marketers

KITCHENER – Kitchener Utilities has been advised that several door-to-door marketers have been sharing incorrect information with residents across the city, claiming the publically owned utility is no longer renting water heaters to its customers. These marketers are also claiming to represent Kitchener Utilities and offering to replace the customers’ rental water heaters on the spot.

Congress 2012

Local knowledge saved lives in 2011 Japan quake

Canada can learn from the Japanese response, says UBC professor

Waterloo - Local knowledge and institutionalized responses helped save lives during and after last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, says a University of British Columbia human geography professor.

Global Growth

PVI Holdings (PVI) and Sun Life Financial sign an agreement to form a life insurance joint venture

PVI Sun Life will deliver world-class life insurance products to customers across Vietnam

TORONTO, Ontario, and Hanoi, Vietnam - PVI Holdings and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sun Life Financial Inc., signed an agreement yesterday to form a joint venture life insurance company, PVI Sun Life Insurance Company Limited (PVI Sun Life). The new company is in line with PVI's development strategy, and further expands Sun Life Financial's footprint in Asia.

Commentary CIGI

Perspectives on the G20: The Los Cabos Summit

Waterloo - In advance of the Los Cabos G20 Summit, taking place in Mexico on June 18-19, 2012, CIGI experts offer perspectives and policy analysis on the most pressing issues facing the G20 leaders. Highlighting priorities of the Mexican G20 presidency’s agenda, the series includes commentaries on strengthening the financial system and fostering financial inclusion by Pierre Siklos and Paul Jenkins.

Congress 2012

Schools get an F for keeping girls from smoking

Ottawa professor says gender-based anti-smoking programs needed

Waterloo - A University of Ottawa professor says the education system is not doing enough to prevent young people, and in particular young women, from taking up smoking.

Economic Development

ASEAN Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Common Market by 2015

Physical infrastructure linking ASEAN countries almost complete

Bangkok, Thailand – Leaders of four ASEAN countries reaffirmed the 10-member grouping’s commitment to form the ASEAN Economic Community as scheduled in 2015. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok today, they also raised hopes that the common market will eventually include other countries in East Asia and beyond.

Global Trade

Prime Minister Erdogan to open first ever World Economic Forum on Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia

More than 1,000 participants from business, civil society and government, including heads of state and government, will convene under the theme Bridging Regions in Transformation

Istanbul, Turkey – The World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia will open next week in Istanbul from 4 to 6 June 2012. Under the theme Bridging Regions in Transformation, the meeting will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society from over 70 nations.

Congress 2012

Popular action films play to post-911 anxieties

Waterloo - The Hollywood comic-book-character action films that have become popular in the last decade play off post-911 anxieties, says a Concordia University film expert - Evangelos Tziallas.


Miovision’s Kurtis McBride Wins the 2012 Peter Brojde Award for Canada’s Next Generation of Executive Leadership

Kitchener – Miovision Technologies Inc., announced that its CEO and company co-founder, Kurtis McBride, is the 2012 recipient of the Peter Brojde Award for Canada’s Next Generation of Executive Leadership. The award was presented by the CATA Alliance during their 27th Annual Gold Innovation Awards Gala last night.


ORION adds to their Management Team

Ottawa - ORION announcedthe newest members of their senior management team. ORION welcomes Elizabeth Moyer as Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Lily Chen as Director of Finance and Administration and Catharine Ogilvie as Director of Marketing and Communications.

New Health Program

Carleton University Announces Pioneering Graduate Program in Health

Ottawa - Carleton University has created a unique graduate program that pulls together its extensive academic and research expertise in the health field from various disciplines across the university.

Gender Development

Empowering Women in East Asia Requires Cultural Changes, not just Economic Development

Economic development alone is not enough to improve gender equality in the region

Bangkok, Thailand – Despite a strong record of economic growth in recent years, East Asia still lags as a region in terms of gender equality, a panel discussion on “Asian Women as the Way Forward” concluded at the World Economic Forum on East Asia. Greater economic development alone is not enough to empower women in the region; instead, cultural changes are needed for societies to recognize the contributions that women can make – and want to make – in the region.

Congress 2012

Tattoos not about rebellion, says Newfoundland researcher

Memorial University researcher finds tattoos have become self-expression

Waterloo —Tattoos are no longer about being rebellious. They have become symbols of self-expression, says a researcher at Memorial University, Newfoundland.

Congress 2012

Teach teens to cycle like you’d teach them to drive

The best way to create the cycling habit is to give hands-on lessons, says researcher

Waterloo - A Queen’s University researcher says the best way to encourage teens to take up bicycling as a mode of transportation is to give them dedicated, hands-on lessons – much in the same way they might get lessons on how to drive a car.


Thomas S. Caldwell Supports Maple/TMX Merger

TORONTO - Caldwell Securities Ltd. is an independent, mid-sized, investment brokerage firm based in Toronto and potentially one of the companies most affected by the Maple/TMX merger. As is widely known, our firm originally favoured the London Stock Exchange combination, but as that is long past, we feel strongly the Maple/TMX merger should be supported.

Global Trade

East Asian Economies Must Cooperate to Boost Resilience to Crises

Greater interconnectivity means heightened risk and increased exposure to the impact of sudden shocks

Bangkok, Thailand, 31 May 2012 – With risks to the global economy multiplying and increasingly interconnected, countries in East Asia must work more closely together to deepen their capacity to withstand crises, particularly unexpected shocks, a panel of business, government and civil society leaders agreed in a session on the region’s risk resilience at the 21st World Economic Forum on East Asia.

Newsletter Notable

GVCA President comments on the creation of the College of Trades

Cambridge - On the creation of the College of Trades, and how it will impact the industry. It is my opinion that decisions on ratios and compulsory certification should be done by the MTCU, and not the College of Trades. Promotion of trades is good, increasing skills and accessibility to training for young people is good, however, it appears that the way the College of Trades is going, it is a run-away train.

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