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Friday November 16, 2012

Ted Talks

Leah Buechley: How to “sketch” with electronics

Designing electronics is generally cumbersome and expensive -- or was, until Leah Buechley and her team at MIT developed tools to treat electronics just like paper and pen.


Monthly Survey of Manufacturing, September 2012

Statscan - Manufacturing sales advanced 0.4% to $49.8 billion in September. The gain reflected higher production in the aerospace product and parts industry and increased sales of primary metals. Excluding the aerospace industry, total manufacturing sales decreased 0.7%. The increases were partly offset by a decline in the motor vehicle assembly industry.


‘Under Fire: The Rise of Shareholder Activism in Canada and the Implications for Investors, Boards, and Managers’

Toronto - Shareholder activism is on the rise in Canada. Whether pressing for improved governance, having a “say on pay”, or waging full-fledged proxy fights, shareholders in Canadian public companies are today more active than ever before. In recent years, major Canadian companies such as CP Rail, Maple Leaf Foods, and Magna International have faced pressure not just from traditional activists, such as hedge funds, but also from major institutional investors, including Canadian pension funds.


International transactions in securities focus on Canadian Bonds

Statscan - Foreign investment in Canadian securities advanced to $13.9 billion in September on the strength of purchases of government bonds and corporate equities. Canadian investment in foreign securities reached a six-month high of $6.0 billion, led by the acquisition of US equities.

Physician Recruitment

Physician supply still growing faster than Canadian population - Proportion of doctors practising in rural areas increasing steadily

OTTAWA - Over the past five years, physician supply has increased three times faster than the Canadian population—an increase reminiscent of those seen in the 1980s. According to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the number of physicians rose to more than 72,500 in 2011, representing an increase of 4.1% over 2010.


Manulife Financial announces appointment of Paul Rooney as Chief Operating Officer

TORONTO - Manulife Financial announced that Paul Rooney has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Executive Vice President, effective January 1, 2013. Mr. Rooney will report directly to Manulife President and Chief Executive Officer Donald A. Guloien. Mr. Rooney's successor as General Manager of Canadian Division has been identified and will be announced shortly.

Arts & Culture

Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec Launches the 2012-2013 Competition

TORONTO – Twenty somethings working with a $5 million budget on one of the biggest brands in the world. No, you are not dreaming. On Wednesday, Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec (CNTAE) launched its seventh season challenging students to launch their careers. This year, CNTAE is once again partnering with lead sponsor, Chevrolet Canada who is seeking the most strategic marketing plan for the 2013 Equinox, and awarding the Top Ad Exec with their very own fully loaded 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.


Canadian resale housing activity stable in October

OTTAWA - According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales activity and average price were little changed in October 2012.


CADA: Personal Debt Levels Entirely Manageable

OTTAWA - Yesterday, Michael Hatch, the Chief Economist for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) commented on the media attention that has brought focus to the issue of increasing personal debt levels in Canada.

Gift Giving

New poll shows economy affects Canadian attitudes on giving less than American Ones

There is a difference of more than 10 percentage points in the proportion of adults who strongly agreed they would spend less on holiday gifts as a result of the economic climate (26% of Canadians versus 37% of Americans)

MISSISSAUGA - As we head into the holiday season, a new poll conducted by Harris Interactive for humanitarian organization World Vision indicates that Canadian attitudes towards charity and gift giving could be less linked to the economy compared to our American friends.

Arts & Culture


Expressions showcases work of new and noted artists of Guelph Region

Guelph - Guelph Creative Arts Association (CGAA) is holding their annual juried members show, Expressions, from November 14 until November 24 at the new Guelph Civic Museum on Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON. Awards will be presented on Saturday, November 17 at a reception with the juror, participating artists and guests.


High growth entrepreneurs showing reduced confidence in the Canadian economy

Ivey Entrepreneurs Index dips in Fall 2012

LONDON - The Ivey Entrepreneurs Index reveals that two-thirds of entrepreneurs surveyed believe the Canadian economy will grow over the next year, a sharp 12% decline from only six-months ago. Coupled with a decline in overall economic optimism, high growth entrepreneurs are becoming less likely to hire additional employees. This past spring 84% of those surveyed planned on hiring, however, that figure now stands at 77%, marking a seven percent reduction.

Health Care Cost Savings

Best-available science will allow just 5% relative reduction in high-income countries’ preterm birth rates by 2015

New York - New research, published in The Lancet yesterday has found that if the world’s 39 highest-income countries were to fully implement five interventions to prevent preterm births, including smoking cessation and reducing the number of elective caesareans, around 58 000 premature births could be averted annually, amounting to roughly US$3.0 billion in economic cost savings.

Arts & Culture

The KWS Invites you to spend an Evening with Edwin Outwater and Mahler

Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony spend some quality time with Mahler for Edwin & Gustav: An Invitation, on November 30 and December 1, 2012 at the Centre In The Square. This unique concert includes Franz Schubert’s Entr’acte no. 3 from Rosamunde and features Gustav Mahler’s prolific Symphony No. 5.

Letter from A Reader



Kitchener – Members of the Big City Mayors' Caucus (BCMC) will come together in Ottawa on Thursday morning to talk about what is needed for cities from the Federal Government in the next budget.


Laurier recognized with 16 international marketing and communication awards

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has earned eight platinum and eight gold awards for marketing and communication materials in the 2012 MarCom Awards competition.


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