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Wednesday October 24, 2012

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Ted Talks

David Pizarro: The strange politics of disgust

What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote? Equipped with surveys and experiments, psychologist David Pizarro demonstrates a correlation between sensitivity to disgusting cues -- a photo of feces, an unpleasant odor -- and moral and political conservatism.

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Growth

Visafone and RIM launch BlackBerry smartphones and services in Nigeria

Nigeria’s top-rated mobile operator to make BlackBerry services widely available with three new smartphone models

Lagos, Nigeria – Visafone, rated the number one mobile operator for quality of service in 2011 by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Research In Motion (RIM) announced the launch of BlackBerry® services on Visafone’s CDMA mobile network in Nigeria. Visafone is also launching three BlackBerry smartphones, becoming the first carrier to introduce CDMA-enabled BlackBerry smartphones in Africa.

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Change

Change Management Strategies: How to Manage Change In Today's Evolving World of Work

TORONTO - Change is an inherent characteristic of any organization and like it or not, all organizations must change in order to remain relevant. But it is how change is managed that can be the difference between surviving and thriving in business.

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Gender

Slow Progress in Closing Global Economic Gender Gap, New Major Study Finds

Of the top four global economies, USA, Japan and Germany improved their economic gender gap in 2012; China declines slightly; Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden have closed their gender gaps by over 80%, but globally only 60% of the global economic gender gap has been closed

New York – The seventh annual World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2012 ranks Nordic countries in top spots, with Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden having closed over 80% of their gender gaps. At the bottom of the ranking, some countries still need to close gender gaps of almost 50%, while more than half of those countries surveyed have failed to close their economic gender gap by more than 5% in the past seven years.

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Financial

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 per cent

OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada announced yesterday that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent.

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Pensions

OPSEU reaches agreement on public sector pensions

TORONTO - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has reached an agreement with the Government of Ontario to maintain joint control of pension plans and ensure their viability over the coming years.

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Markets

The road to success for Canadian businesses runs through emerging markets

TORONTO - There are opportunities for Canadian businesses in emerging markets and it's critical that we work to seize those opportunities by diversifying the countries we invest in and the sectors we do it in said Rick Waugh, President and CEO of Scotiabank while addressing the Canadian Business Leadership Forum in Toronto yesterday.

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Benefits

Canadian employers get temporary relief from rising benefit costs

TORONTO - Canadian organizations got a modest reprieve from the increase in benefit costs in the past three years, but the relief will be short-lived - making cost containment and absence management the priorities for employers. These findings, based on The Conference Board of Canada's second national survey of benefit programs, were issued today at Benefits Summit 2012.

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Guest Column

8 Ways to Be Memorable at Networking Events
by Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

There is no point going anywhere if people don’t remember you were there! Networking is an important part of building your business and developing good social contacts. However, if you go to business events and no one remembers you afterward, what was the point in attending? Such contacts only work if you make yourself memorable. Happily, this doesn’t mean you have to be bizarrely dressed or loud and boisterous.

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Health Care

Ontario Providing Better Tools For Cancer Screening

Queens Park - Ontario is integrating screening reminders for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer into one co-ordinated system, improving cancer screening outreach for Ontarians.

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Organization

New leadership structure for Economical Insurance

Streamlined and simplified leadership positioned to deliver strong profitable growth

WATERLOO – Karen Gavan, president and CEO of Economical Insurance, yesterday announced a new executive organizational structure for Economical that will better support the company’s drive for sustainable competitive advantage. The new structure streamlines and simplifies Economical’s leadership and decision-making structure in the execution of the company’s strategy for long-term success and prosperity.

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Security

RIM to help manage mobile payment system

TORONTO — Research In Motion has struck an agreement to help manage security technology that will make it possible for many Canadians to pay with their smartphones through “mobile wallets.”

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Recognition

CAMBRIDGE AND NORTH DUMFRIES EMPLOYERS GO” ABOVE AND BEYOND”

Cambridge – The Employment Facilitation Network will be recognizing 12 local employers at their 7th Annual Recognition Breakfast on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am at the Galt County Club, 750 Coronation Boulevard in Cambridge.

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Spooktrainular

Waterloo Railway to Provide Goodie Bags to Children Riding in Costume

Waterloo - The Waterloo Central Railway is again operating its Annual Children's Halloween Special Trains on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from Uptown Waterloo to the Village of St. Jacobs and return. Goodie bags will be given to children in costume as our treat.

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Xquaterly

Rogers Communications Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial and Operating Results

Third Quarter Revenue Grows to $3,176 Million, Adjusted Operating Profit Increases 5% to $1,288 Million, Adjusted Diluted EPS up 7% to 96 cents; Pre-Tax Free Cash Flow up 15% to $589 Million; Cable Operations Total Service with Margins of 48%; Media Revenue Reflects Strong Growth in Sports Broadcasting and Entertainment More Than Offset by Continued Softness in the Ad Market

TORONTO - Rogers Communications Inc., one of Canada's leading diversified communications and media companies, today announced its unaudited consolidated financial and operating results for the three months ended September 30, 2012, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

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