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Wednesday November 21, 2012

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Ted Talks

Amos Winter: The che’ap all-terrain wheelchair

How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that’s cheap and easy to build -- for true accessibility -- and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.

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Philanthropy

MEDA BECOMES A #GIVINGTUESDAY PARTNER

Organization focused on sharing the importance of generosity

WATERLOO - MEDA has become a partner of #GivingTuesday, a philanthropic movement that started in New York City and is focused on spreading the joy of giving. On Tuesday November 27, 2012, individuals, friends, families, communities, organizations, and businesses around the world are joining together to launch the inaugural #GivingTuesday as the start to a season of giving.

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Export Growth

Canada poised to grow exports - If resources can be delivered to emerging markets

OTTAWA - While the United States will remain by far Canada's largest trading partner in 2025, fast-expanding emerging markets offer the greatest potential for export growth, according to a Conference Board of Canada analysis, What Might Canada's Future Exports Look Like?.

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Travel

Travel between Canada and other countries, September 2012

Number of overnight car trips from the United States was down 2.1%, the largest decrease among overnight travel.

Statscan - Canadian travel to destinations abroad increased across the board in September, while travel to Canada from abroad declined.

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Memorandum Signed

CFL Team to Call Guelph Home for 2013 Season

Guelph - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) hope to make the University of Guelph their home for the team’s 2013 season. The team and the University have signed a memorandum of understanding that could see the Tiger-Cats playing their home games next year in U of G’s newly renovated Alumni Stadium. The Tiger-Cats’ regular home venue in Hamilton -- Ivor Wynne Stadium -- is scheduled for demolition this month. A new facility will open in Hamilton in 2014.

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Bag By-law

Retailers frustrated with City of Toronto's plastic shopping bag implementation date

TORONTO - Retailers are deeply frustrated with the City of Toronto's refusal to delay the date of the implementation of the plastic shopping bag ban and allow retailers a reasonable frame of time to develop and apply customer-friendly and bylaw appropriate options.

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Digital World Privacy

Advertising Standards Canada reports Canadians Willing to Make Privacy Trade-Offs

Groundbreaking study uncovers the truth about consumer attitudes towards personal privacy.

TORONTO - Advertising Standards Canada (ASC), in partnership with MacLaren McCann, released The Truth About Privacy: Canada and Beyond, a groundbreaking report on emerging international trends in online engagement and Canadian consumer attitudes towards privacy. The report was produced by McCann Truth Central, McCann's global thought leadership unit. It explores Canadians' perceptions of privacy, personal security and the benefits of sharing information with organizations.

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Labour

Job vacancies, three-month average ending in August 2012

Statscan - In August, there were 270,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses, an increase of 22,000 from August 2011. For every job vacancy, there were 5.2 unemployed people, down from 5.8 in August 2011.

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Gender Equality

Carleton Releases Major Report on Creating Gender Inclusive Leadership in Mining and Resources

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership released a major report today about creating gender inclusive leadership in a Canadian industry that will require more than 75,000 new workers in less than a decade.

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Trade

Wholesale trade fall in September 2012

Statscan - Wholesale sales fell 1.4% to $48.8 billion in September, the third decline in four months. Sales were lower in every subsector.


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Accommodations

PALM HOLDINGS CANADA INC. REBRANDS HOTEL IN WATERLOO

Palm Holdings and Courtyard by Marriott Open the Newest Business-centered Hotel in the Waterloo Region

Waterloo – Palm Holdings Canada Inc. is launching its unique hotel experience in Waterloo, Ontario with the new 118-room Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo-St. Jacobs. Which opened on October 4 with the official grand opening planned for Thursday November 22, the former Best Western Plus St. Jacobs Country Inn will operate as a Marriott franchise owned by St. Jacobs Country Inn Inc. and managed by Palm Holdings Canada Inc.

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Aquisition

Deloitte Acquires Venmyn

Deal establishes a leading capability in mining advisory services among the Big Four

TORONTO - Professional services firm Deloitte has acquired mining services consultancy Venmyn, to create a new technical and economic minerals advisory business. The deal has resulted in Deloitte acquiring 100% of the current Venmyn business for an undisclosed amount and consolidates its existing mining advisory services practice into the new entity.


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Ski PSA

2012-2013 Grade 4 & 5 SnowPasses

Get Kids Winter Active with FREE Skiing & Snowboarding

Collingwood - One of Canada's easiest ways to get kids healthy and active this winter is now available. The Canadian Ski Council's SnowPass is available online. It's an unbeatable offer: free skiing and snowboarding for Canadian kids in Grade 4 and Grade 5.

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Philanthropy

Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $130,800 to Canadian Food Banks

TORONTO - United Steelworkers (USW) Canadian National Director Ken Neumann announced the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $130,800 to 63 different food banks in Canadian communities where USW members live and work.

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