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Friday November 30, 2012

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Ted Talks

Munir Virani: Why I love vultures

As natural garbage collectors, vultures are vital to our ecosystem -- so why all the bad press? Why are so many in danger of extinction? Raptor biologist Munir Virani says we need to pay more attention to these unique and misunderstood creatures, to change our perception and save the vultures.

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Quarterly Results

CMHC Releases Third Quarter Results

OTTAWA - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its results for the third quarter of 2012. For the nine months ended 30 September 2012, CMHC's net income (after taxes) was $1.16 billion, which is consistent with the net income recognized during the same period in 2011. Over the last decade, CMHC has contributed more than $17 billion to reducing the Government's accumulated deficit through both its net income and income taxes. Of the $17 billion, CMHC's insurance business has contributed more than $14 billion.

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City Life

Kitchener’s "strategy making" now includes a focus on healthy community living

KITCHENER – The 2013 work plan for the city of Kitchener’s safe and healthy community advisory committee will now include matters related to living in a healthy community, in addition to its focus on community safety and crime prevention, it was decided at the November 26 community and infrastructure services committee meeting.

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Housing

38% of condo buyers not confident they could afford a condo fee increase

Not all condo buyers understand the financial obligations of condo ownership

TORONTO - Do condo owners know that their monthly condo fees can increase at any time, and are they prepared for that possibility? Many are not. New research from TD Canada Trust, conducted by surveying condo buyers in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, found that 68% of buyers didn't realize condo fees may increase at any time and more than one-third (38%) say they don't have confidence that they could afford an increase.

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Trade

U.S. demand still strong, say Canadian companies

OTTAWA - Canadian exporters are reporting that demand from U.S. customers has remained strong over the past six months, according to a semi-annual survey of Canadian exporters and investors by Export Development Canada (EDC).

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Events

Christmas and Holiday events in UpTown Waterloo

Twas the weeks before Christmas and all through ...

Waterloo - Visit with the jolly ol man himself! Santa in his sleigh, Waterloo Public Square, tonight Fri. Nov 30th, 6-8pm. FREE

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Transportation

Air Canada and Turkish Airlines enter into Code Share Agreement

MONTREAL - Air Canada and Turkish Airlines announced today a reciprocal code sharing agreement that will make it easy and convenient for customers to connect between the two Star Alliance partner airlines. The agreement, to take effect the beginning of the second quarter of 2013, will leverage Air Canada's planned Toronto-Istanbul route launching this summer pending receipt of government approval.

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Communiaction

CRTC addresses telephone number shortage in Ontario and Alberta

OTTAWA-GATINEAU - Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) began a process to address a predicted telephone number shortage in southern Ontario and all regions of Alberta.

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Expansion

Teachers' plans Asian regional office in Hong Kong

TORONTO - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Teachers') President and CEO Jim Leech announced that the organization is in the preliminary planning stages of opening an Asian regional office in Hong Kong.

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Exporting

Exporter confidence retreats on global growth concerns and European instability

OTTAWA - Exporter confidence retreated from its spring rebound amid renewed concerns about the global economy and Europe's fiscal struggles, according to a semi-annual survey of Canadian exporters and investors by Export Development Canada (EDC).

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Pensions

HUDAK Weighs In on Public Pensions

Says reform to be "sustainable, affordable and fair"

TORONTO – "Ontario's gold-plated government employee pension plans must follow the private sector's lead in becoming sustainable for both employees and taxpayers alike", Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak discussed today with workers at PE Plus Imaging, a local, high quality print shop.

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B20

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce to represent Canada at B20

OTTAWA - The largest national business organizations from the G20 countries recently launched the B20 Coalition in order to ensure the voice of business is heard. The Coalition calls on G20 to live up to its promise to tackle the crisis and is committed to support these efforts.

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Space Launch

COM DEV equipment launched on ChinaSat 12 communications satellite

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that the ChinaSat 12 satellite was successfully launched on November 28 with COM DEV-built switches on board.

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Entrepreneurship

Fred Losani named the Goodman School of Business 2012/13 Distinguished Graduate

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Fred Losani, owner and CEO of Losani Homes has been named the Goodman School of Business Distinguished Graduate for 2012/13. The Distinguished Graduate award is presented to a graduate of the Goodman School of Business (formerly the Faculty of Business) at Brock University for outstanding business or personal achievement.

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Events

It is the most wonderful time of the year to visit Castle Kilbride!

Warm your holiday spirits and visit historic Castle Kilbride in Baden. A tour through Wilmot Township’s National Historic site is truly a magical time. The table is set, the trees are trimmed, and the warmth and charm will kindle your holiday spirit

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Entrepreneurship

Junior Achievement launches online tool to help students build financial literacy knowledge

New "Keep your balance" tool now available at jacan.org

TORONTO - Junior Achievement of Canada announced the launch of the new "Keep your balance" interactive tool for students. The tool was developed in partnership with Accenture and allows students to understand how the financial and environmental decisions they make can impact their life.

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Philanthropy

WRHBA Donates Life Saving Defibrillator to Local Hot Spot

WATERLOO REGION - Each year the Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) donates funds raised at its Annual Fall Charity Golf Classic to a Charity of Choice.

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Trade

Forging a New Strategic Partnership between Canada and Mexico Andres Rozental and Perrin Beatty

Ottawa - The visit to Ottawa by Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto the week of November 26, provides Canada with the opportunity to elevate its bilateral relationship with Mexico to the level of a strategic partnership.

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Carbon

Industrial carbon management research gets $3.75 M boost

CALGARY - Carbon Management Canada (CMC), a national research network specializing in the development of carbon management technology and insights for industrial scale solutions, has awarded a total of $3.75 million to eight new research projects.

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Planning

High Net Worth Family Businesses Are Ill-Prepared for Succession

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Benjamin Franklin once famously said, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." In the case of family businesses, succession and retirement planning is a pressing concern with only one in four families having a business succession plan in place that all family members agree to.

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City Life

A Snapshot in Time: The Root Causes of Crime in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council released a 20-page report earlier this week called “A Snapshot in Time: The Root Causes of Crime in Waterloo Region” (November 2012). Understanding how the root causes of crime impact Waterloo Region creates opportunities for interventions.

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Christmas Events

Experience a KW Holiday Tradition with Yuletide Spectacular!

Kitchener - Join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to celebrate the Holiday Season on Friday, December 14 at 8 pm and Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 and 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by conductor Matt Catingub, the concert will feature holiday favourites with special guests the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir, Classical Dance Conservatory and a side-by-side performance by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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Modeling

Waterloo researchers create world's largest functioning model of the brain

WATERLOO – A team of researchers from the University of Waterloo has built the world's largest simulation of a functioning brain. It can help scientists understand how the complex activity of the brain gives rise to the complex behaviour exhibited by animals, including humans.

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