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Friday October 19, 2012

Ted Talks

Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption

Our leaders need to be held accountable, says journalist Heather Brooke. And she should know: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009.

Call the Teacher

Teachers providing what's needed on progress reports for students.

Say Teacher-parent interviews still most important communication. Parents encouraged to call their childs teacher for regular updates and verbal progress report.

TORONTO - Public elementary teachers are providing what's needed on progress reports for students - especially for those having difficulties - as well as reporting on student progress through parent-teacher interviews, says the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

Arts & Culture

Artist invites public to share their Maleta Stories at Laurier

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery presents an interactive installation by artist Marissa Largo in an exhibition titled Maleta Stories, running from Oct. 31 to Dec. 8, 2012.


C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council Urges Bank of Canada to Hold Overnight Rate at 1.00 Percent

TORONTO - The C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) recommended that the Bank of Canada maintain its target for the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate it targets for monetary policy purposes, at 1.00 percent at its next announcement on October 23, 2012.

Film Festival

Members of Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO) win
People’s Choice Award at GRFF

The Sugar Bush charms the audience

Waterloo – Waterloo filmmakers and mpGO members Paul Campsall (MetaMedia Productions) and Tom Knowlton (TCK Productions) won the People’s Choice Award at the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) SHORT Shorts Awards Night for their 3-minute film The Sugar Bush is Just Awesome.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Trending down: Volume of Canadian M&A at lowest level since 2009

Foreign acquisitions by Canadian entities continued to be strong

TORONTO - The third quarter of 2012 saw 599 announced Canadian M&A transactions worth $58.6 billion. Volumes were down 17% from Q2 2012 and 21% from the same period last year, according to PwC's Q3 Canadian M&A Deals Quarterly.

Health Care

New data show better quality of life in breast cancer patients is associated with lower BMI, more exercise, responsible alcohol consumption and less loneliness

New York - One of the abstracts at the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life meeting (Brussels, 17-19 October) presents unpublished data from the DietCompLyf study, which aims to assess possible links between plant phytoestrogen consumption and breast cancer recurrence and survival, as well as the analysis of quality of life outcomes.


Bell shocked by CRTC rejection of Astral transaction, requests Cabinet intervention

Claims Decision a breach of the CRTC's Diversity of Voices policy, and protects cable conglomerates and rewards their extraordinary and obstructive lobbying efforts

MONTREAL - BCE Inc. (Bell) announced it will request that the federal Cabinet intervene in the CRTC's decision to reject Bell's acquisition of Astral Media. Bell is appalled that the CRTC would come to a decision that so negatively impacts Canadian consumers and the national broadcast industry, contravenes its own policy and is tainted by behind-the-scenes lobbying by Bell's cable rivals.

Agreemernt Issues

Ontario Reaches Two-Year Deal with AMAPCEO

Queens Park - Highlights of the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario’s (AMAPCEO) new collective agreement include:

Health Care

Cambridge Community Alzheimer Program to open its doors

Waterloo Region – An open house will be held next Tuesday at Sunnyside’s Community Alzheimer Program (CAP) in Cambridge. This program, run by the Region of Waterloo, is the only specialized Alzheimer day program in Cambridge.


Canadian Manufacturers Provide Technology for Innovation

Suppliers to showcase innovative products and solutions at MMI 2012

TORONTO - Canada has the resources to fuel Medical and Dental Device Manufacturing growth and make Canadian businesses successful on a global stage. That's why more companies are turning to Canadian suppliers to provide innovative solutions. OtoSim Inc., a Canadian start-up company running a Canadian-based virtual manufacturing operation sourced from all Canadian suppliers, will be among the featured exhibitors at Medical Manufacturing Innovations 2012 (MMI 2012).


Gift from Foundation Provides Support and Knowledge for Families of Grand River Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program

Kitchener/Waterloo - Patients and families will benefit from a new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resource Centre made possible through a generous donation from the RBC Foundation. The new centre will provide families with access to tools and information that will support their unique mental health journey and recovery.

Union Statement

CRTC decision in the public interest, says Canada's largest media union

OTTAWA - The CRTC's well-reasoned decision to deny Bell's application to acquire Astral addressed concerns of Canadians and canadian consumers about the scope and impact of this transaction , says the country's largest media union, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.


Co-operators among 50 Best Employers for tenth year

GUELPH - For the tenth consecutive year, The Co-operators has been ranked among the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt. The study measures employee engagement levels using confidential surveys completed by staff members of participating employers. The results were announced today, and are published in the October 29th edition of Maclean's magazine, now available on newsstands.


A Lack of Trust and Confidence: Majority of Canadian employees don't believe their senior leaders

Government, retail and transportation industries report lowest levels of confidence

TORONTO - For the first time in Canada, a national survey has looked at how employees feel about trust and confidence in their leaders and their level of engagement in the workplace. The findings reveal what organizations fear: 61 per cent of Canadian employees don't trust their senior leaders.

Science Fiction Music

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony goes Back to the Future for An Evening of Blockbusters

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony takes its cue from some of the world’s best-known films for Sci-Fi Fantasy: An Evening of Blockbusters on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square.

Guest Column

Home Hardware Congratulates the 2012 ‘Communities in Bloom’ Award Winners

St. Jacobs – Everything is coming up roses for ten communities across Canada as Home Hardware Stores Limited congratulates the winning communities of this year’s 18th annual Communities in Bloom Challenge. The national finalists, and international challenge participants, were announced at the National Awards Ceremony hosted in the Edmonton Capital Region on October 13.

Innovation Award

BizGo Receives National Innovation Award

Waterloo/Wellington – Lutherwood is pleased to announce that its innovative BizGo program was recognized in the “Innovations with Special Population” category of the National Youth Employment Innovation Awards at the Futures Youth Employment Conference.


Co-operators General Insurance Company declares quarterly dividend on: Class E, Series C Preference Shares and Class E, Series D Preference Shares

GUELPH - The Board of Directors of Co-operators General Insurance Company ("Co-operators General") today announced a quarterly dividend of $0.3125 per Non-Cumulative Redeemable Class E Preference Shares, Series C, payable December 31, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 1, 2012.


New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.

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