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Friday June 15, 2012

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Ted Talks

Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space

In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.

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Manufacturing

Manufacturing Declines In April 2012

Statscan - Manufacturing sales fell 0.8% in April to $49.1 billion, the third decline in four months. The aerospace product and parts industry and the petroleum and coal product industry posted the largest decreases, while sales of motor vehicles rose to the highest level since November 2007.

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Connectivity

American Eagle Airlines Launches Daily Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport from Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region/Chicago – Yesterday American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, launched a round-trip service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Waterloo Region.

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Our Worth

National balance sheet accounts, first quarter 2012

Statscan - National net worth increased 2.0% to $6.7 trillion in the first quarter, the largest quarterly growth rate since the third quarter of 2008. On a per capita basis, national net worth expanded to $193,500 in the first quarter from $190,200 in the previous quarter.

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Retail

Survey Reveals Significant Increase in Corporate Use of Employee Incentive Programs Across Canada

Respondents cite difficulties in motivating a multi-generational workforce, Millennials present biggest challenge

TORONTO - According to a new study, Canadian companies have considerably increased their use of corporate employee incentive programs over the past two years. And despite continued economic uncertainty, the majority of executives and program managers confirmed that they have no plans to reduce their incentive program budgets in the next 12 months.

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Report

Health Care in Waterloo Wellington

KITCHENER - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) Board of Directors met on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Following are highlights from the meeting.

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Capacity & Productivity

Industrial capacity utilization rates, first quarter 2012

Statscan - Canadian industries operated at 80.7% of their production capacity in the first quarter, up 0.2 percentage points from the previous quarter. An increase in capacity use in manufacturing was partially offset by declines in the resource and energy sectors. The increase of 0.2 percentage points followed an advance of 0.8 percentage points in the third quarter and 0.6 percentage points in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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Housing Index

New Housing Price Index, April 2012

The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.2% in April, following a 0.3% increase in March. The metropolitan regions of Toronto and Oshawa and of Edmonton were the top contributors to the increase in April. In Toronto and Oshawa, the rise in prices was predominantly explained by good market conditions.

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Added Faculty

Carleton University Welcomes Two of Canada’s Most Prominent Pollsters and Analysts as Adjunct Faculty

Ottawa - Two of Canada’s most astute pollsters and political analysts are returning to their alma mater as adjunct faculty. Allan Gregg, the chair of Harris/Decima and host of TVOntario’s Allan Gregg in Conversation With, joins the Clayton Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management and the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs as an adjunct professor. David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data and in-house pollster for Sun News, also joins the Arthur Kroeger College as an adjunct professor. Coletto completed his undergraduate degree with the College in 2004.

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United Nations

Laurier wins unprecedented third term as home of Academic Council on the United Nations System

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has won its bid to remain home to the prestigious Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) for an unprecedented third five-year term.

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Office

Work teams struggle with social sharing

The quest for a software platform to support content "curation" has been a little hit and miss
By Doug Lacombe

I write a lot about social media for external communications, but what about social media for work teams? Turns out there’s a lot of potential for internal communications, but it’s still a patchwork quilt of geekery and confusion.

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Communication By Factor of 2

University of Waterloo engineers unveil two-way wireless breakthrough

WATERLOO - Groundbreaking two-way wireless technology resulting in vastly superior voice and data services has been developed by a University of Waterloo engineering research team led by Amir K. Khandani, the Canada Research Chair in Wireless Systems.

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Housing

Housing Demand Set to Moderate After Growing in Early 2012

TORONTO - Ontario housing activity is set to moderate from early 2012 year levels according to the 2012 Second Quarter CMHC Housing Market Outlook - Canada Edition. Housing starts are expected to ease to 65,200 units in 2013 after growing to 73,700 units in 2012. Ontario housing starts will range between 58,400 and 80,100 units this year and next.

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Immigration

KW Immigrant Support Group Open Doors

Kitchener - In collaboration with K-W Multicultural Centre and K-W Counselling Services, a new counselling service for immigrants and refugees opened yesterday serving the Region of Waterloo and Wellington Area.

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Honouring the Early Startup

New Carleton Student Receives Top 20 Under 20 Award

Ottawa - New Carleton student Dustin Garron has received a Top 20 Under 20 award. The award honours young Canadians who are under the age of 20 years old and have demonstrated leadership, innovation and achievement. The Top 20 program is designed to identify outstanding young Canadian leaders, further develop their skills and aptitudes and fuel their passions.

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Energy

Canadian Solar Modules Secure Top PTC Ratings

SAN RAMON, Calif - Canadian Solar Inc.one of the world's largest solar
companies, announced the Company's photovoltaic (PV) modules continue
to rank among the top for PVUSA Test Conditions (PTC) Ratings.

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Education

U of G Hosts Alumni Weekend 2012

Guelph - The University of Guelph campus will welcome more than 1,000 guests to Alumni Weekend June 15-16. “Students for a short time, alumni for life” is the theme of the event, which will include more than 30 class reunions.

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