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Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater

Damian Palin is developing a way to use bacteria to biologically "mine" minerals from water -- specifically, out of the brine left over from the desalinization process.


Labour Force Survey for May 2012

Statscan - Following two months of large gains, employment was unchanged in May, and the unemployment rate remained at 7.3%.


Canadian international merchandise trade, April 2012

Statscan - Canada's merchandise exports declined 1.2% in April, while imports edged up 0.1%. After five consecutive monthly surpluses, Canada posted a trade deficit of $367 million in April, down from a surplus of $152 million in March.


May Housing Starts in Kitchener

TORONTO - New residential construction in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) increased in May compared to the same month of 2011, according to preliminary data released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Construction began on 208 homes, up slightly from the 190 dwellings started in the same month of 2011.

Private Members Bill

Tip Sharing Bill Could Hurt Restaurant Industry, Profs Say

Guelph - Ontario lawmakers should carefully consider a private member’s bill that would prohibit restaurant owners from requiring servers to share tips, two University of Guelph professors say.


Ontario Centres of Excellence Named Latest Partner in HYPERDRIVE Program

Waterloo Region – As Canadian startups gear up for Communitech’s highly anticipated HYPERDRIVE program, launching mid-June and set to get under way in early July, high-profile partners and funders are following suit to offer their support to the promising tech initiative. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is the latest partner to contribute its resources to what is considered the next generation of funding incubators.

Guest Column

Hiring: How to Attract Top Players
4 criteria to help you attract the best – and avoid the rest!
By Patrick Valtin

Ann is a frustrated business owner who has been trying to hire a Marketing Manager for the last 8 months. Her last attempt was disastrous: over $6,200 spent on recruitment ad placements and 63 resumes screened. After 27 interviews is one week, 4 selected applicants were met for a second meeting. Not one of these finalists was offered the job.

Auto Industry

Jobs and Growth Will Come Through Innovation, Government Tells Industry Leaders at Auto Parts Conference

WINDSOR - Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont, yesterday attended the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, where he delivered remarks on the importance of an innovative parts manufacturing industry in Canada.


Canadian Solar and Horizon Energy Solutions Announce Canadian EPC Turnkey Solutions Agreement

Guelph/Hamilton - Canadian Solar Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. and Horizon Energy Solutions Inc., have entered into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) agreement to construct commercial rooftop solar electricity generating facilities.

Open Data

Treasury Board president consults with Laurier researchers about Open Data pilot initiative

WATERLOO – The Honourable Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board, will visit Wilfrid Laurier University today to participate in a roundtable discussion with university researchers to discuss the federal government’s Open Data pilot initiative (


euroAtlantic airways signs multi-year contract with Navtech
Navtech iCharts for Class 2 EFB on board entire Boeing fleet for Portuguese airline

Toronto/Waterloo - Navtech Inc. has further developed its growing relationship with customer, euroAtlantic airways, through a multi-year agreement for provisioning aeronautical electronic charts for the iPad, in a Class 2 EFB. Navtech iCharts will be supplied to the non-schedule international airline which operates in the most diverse routes in the US, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South Americas, Africa, Middle East, and beyond.


Schell Lumber Home Building Centre – Stouffville celebrates 90th anniversary

Stouffville/St. Jacobs – For 90 years, four generations of the Schell family have offered expert advice to homeowners and contractors in Stouffville. This tradition of service excellence continues as Dealer-Owners Ron and Steve Schell and their family celebrate their longstanding commitment to the community and Schell Lumber Home Building Centre – Stouffville’s grand reopening this week following renovations.

The Co-operators Ranked Among Canada's Best 50 Corporate Citizens

GUELPH - Co-operatives took four of the top six spots in the 2012 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada ranking, announced yesterday by Corporate Knights. The Co-operators was ranked third, with fellow co-operatives Desjardins, Vancity and Mountain Equipment Co-op taking first, second and sixth respectively.


Canadian Business Press and Magazines Canada Announce Winners of the 58th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

TORONTO - The winners of the 58th annual Kenneth R. Wilson (KRW) Awards for business press journalism were announced this evening at a gala at The Carlu in Toronto, presented by CDS Global. Several hundred guests from Canada's magazine publishing industry gathered to see Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards handed out in 20 written, visual and special categories from a field of 152 nominations from 57 business-to-business (B2B) magazines.

Re-naming Civic Centre

City seeks input on renaming Civic Centre Park in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

KITCHENER – The City of Kitchener is seeking input from the community in response to a request from an outside group to see Civic Centre Park renamed after Queen Elizabeth II, in honour of her diamond jubilee this year.


Winners of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards

TORONTO - The winners of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards were announced tonight at a gala at The Carlu in Toronto, presented by CDS Global. More than 650 members of the Canadian magazine industry were in attendance as the National Magazine Awards Foundation presented Gold and Silver awards and Honourable Mention in 45 categories, from a total of 362 nominations representing 81 different Canadian magazines.

Honorary Doctrate

Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. to Receive Honorary Doctor of Theology

Waterloo – Dr. David Perrin, President and Vice-Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University is pleased to announce that Hon. Douglas Roche will be presented with a Doctor of Theology degree, honoris causa, at the university’s Convocation Mass on June 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Siegfried Hall.

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