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Monday June 18, 2012
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Ted Talks

LZ Granderson: The myth of the gay agenda

In a humorous talk with an urgent message, LZ Granderson points out the absurdity in the idea that there's a "gay lifestyle," much less a "gay agenda." (Filmed at TEDxGrandRapids.)

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Financial

Income of Canadians, 2010

Statscan - Median after-tax income for families of two or more people amounted to $65,500 in 2010, virtually unchanged from 2009. This was the third consecutive year without significant change in after-tax income.

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Paying it Forward

High School Students Get Green with the Help of Local Business

Property maintenance business supports horticultural career with scholarship

Kitchener/Waterloo - Big business likes to align itself with higher education. In Waterloo Region there is almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the support that successful companies gives to the universities and colleges.

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Health innovation

GRH and Osteoporosis Canada focus on one-stop care for at-risk patients

Waterloo Region - Fast-track screening clinic permits patients at risk of osteoporosis faster and better care, thanks to an innovative partnership between Grand River Hospital and Osteoporosis Canada that fills an important gap in early detection and management of the disease.

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Destinations

Hotwire Unveils Top 10 Destinations Travellers Are Heading To Celebrate Canada's Birthday

Canadian Cities Dominate the List this Year as More Folks Plan to Travel

SAN FRANCISCO - The top 10 most popular Canada Day destinations, based on hotel bookings was released today by Hotwire. Unlike last year, when the list was evenly split between Canadian and U.S. locations, this year Canadians are sticking close to home to celebrate La Fete du Canada with seven of the 10 most booked destinations residing in their own backyard.

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Energy & Transportation

Air Canada to Conduct First Flight with Sustainable Biofuel

Cooking Oil-Powered Flight Expected to Reduce Emissions 40 per cent or more

MONTREAL - Air Canada will operate its first flight with biofuel today to highlight the airline's commitment to the environment. Flight AC991 from Toronto to Mexico City is expected to generate at least 40 per cent fewer emissions by using jet fuel derived from recycled cooking oil and through other fuel-saving measures, making it the most environmentally-friendly flight ever flown by Air Canada.

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Scholars Award

Carleton PhD Candidate Wins Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award

Ottawa - Krystal Kehoe MacLeod, a doctoral candidate with the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, has been awarded a 2012-13 Doctoral Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award.

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Recognition

Sixteen students from Ontario awarded CIBC Youthvision Scholarships

Flagship education program includes tuition for four years and summer internships for six years.

ONTARIO - CIBC announced today that 16 Grade 10 students from Ontario have been awarded CIBC Youthvision Scholarships, valued at up to $38,500 each.

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Redemption

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada redemption of 6.15% Subordinated Debentures due in 2022

Payment of the redemption price will be made by the Company on June 29, 2012, rather than July 3, 2012, as previously indicated, upon surrender of the Debentures.

TORONTO - As announced on May 10, 2012, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, a subsidiary of Sun Life Financial Inc., intends to redeem all of the outstanding $800 million principal amount of 6.15% Subordinated Debentures due June 30, 2022 (the "Debentures") in accordance with the redemption terms attached to the Debentures.

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Feet to the Fire

Canada is delaying progress at Rio+20 conference

Attending: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and French President François Hollande

RIO DE JANEIRO - Over 100 heads of state and high-level government officials including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and French President François Hollande, will attend the final negotiations of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Earth Summit 2012 or Rio+20, held in Rio de Janeiro from June 20 to 22, 2012.

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Politics

Passing the Budget Critical To Ontario’s Economy

Efforts to Be Fair And Reasonable Ignored By Opposition

Waterloo Region — The Office of John Milloy released Premier Dalton McGuinty statement after opposition parties gutted the government’s Budget Bill. “For months, Ontario's MPPs have had before them a budget that will keep our economy on track and keep our deficit going down,” said John Milloy, MPP, Kitchener Centre. “The NDP went back on their word, breaking their agreement and teaming up with the PCs to turn their backs — yet again — on getting this Budget passed.”

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Made in America

Victory for U.S. and Canadian Workers

TORONTO AND PITTSBURGH - The "deal that guarantees Canadian and American steel will be used to build the new Windsor-Detroit bridge is a great victory. Our pressure on the politicians to do the right thing has paid off," says Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers (USW) National Director.

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Guest Column - US

Jobs Expert: Standardized People - Won’t Win America’s Future

Emphasis on Early Testing Leads to a Homogenized Workforce, He Says

Since former President George W. Bush amped up standardized testing throughout the nation in 2002 with the No Child Left Behind Act, critics say results have been negative.

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Guest Column - Pension

New Brunswick leading the way on pension reform

Benefits would be split between base benefits and extra benefits: during bad performance years extra benefits would be adjusted lower
By Will Van't Veld, Economist, ATB Financial

EDMONTON - The last couple years have witnessed a revolution in how Canadians think about saving and paying for retirement. Not only are we rethinking how public sector plans should be funded, but a lot of thought is being put into how to encourage private sector workers to save for retirement. The latest move on pension reform came last week from New Brunswick.

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