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Wednesday November 28, 2012

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Ted Talks

Jonas Eliasson: How to solve traffic jams

It’s an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city—road congestion, especially during rush hours. Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past. (Filmed at TEDxHelvetia.)

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Skills Event

“Skills Work! for Women” Networking Events

How many female electricians, millwright mechanics or carpenters do you know? With women accounting for less than 3% of the major trade groups in Canada, probably not many.

Guelph - For young women who are considering a career in the skilled trades and technologies, Skills Canada – Ontario’s “Skills Work! for Women” Networking Dinners provide the ideal environment to learn and be inspired by women who have chosen the road less travelled. Women currently working in these fields share their career journeys in an informal setting and inspire their audience to think about the possibilities.

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Christmas Celebrations

Holiday Fun Or Ho Hum? Survey: Majority of Companies Holding Holiday Parties, But Only Half of Workers Enjoy Them

TORONTO - Many workers are saying "Bah, humbug!" to company holiday parties, a new survey suggests. Although more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of senior managers interviewed said their employer is holding a holiday celebration this year, only 55 per cent of employees gave the festivities high marks.

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Labour

Payroll employment, earnings and hours increase year over year.

Statscan - In September, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $902.29, down 0.5% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 3.4%.

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Pension Plan

Teachers' acquires Plano Molding Company, leading supplier to the outdoor enthusiast market

TORONTO - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Teachers') announced an agreement for the acquisition of Plano Molding Company, Inc. (Plano), the premier supplier of outdoor sports storage systems.

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Entrepreneurship

ZOOM Career Day Boosts Student Focus on Future Careers and Job Skills

Waterloo Region – Waterloo Region students from Grades 7 through 12 are participating today in a ZOOM Career Day focused on helping them hone their interest in a career path after high school. The event, being held at the Delta Hotel in downtown Kitchener, is the 3rd annual Business and Entrepreneurship ZOOM Career Day sponsored by the Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region (BEP).

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Cycling

Kitchener Cycling Advisory Committee releases annual report

Kitchener – The City of Kitchener’s cycling advisory committee (KCAC) released its first annual update in a presentation to the city’s community and infrastructure services committee today. The report makes recommendations for health and safety, city infrastructure improvements, and for promoting cultural cycling behaviour.

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Removing Barriers

United Nations’ 20th International Day of Persons With Disabilities Takes Aim at Physical, Political, Informational and Attitudinal Barriers

Waterloo Region - In 1992, the United Nations declared December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, this important date continues to be observed around the world, each year focused upon a specific issue facing individuals with disabilities on every continent.

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Recognition

GORE MUTUAL RECOGNIZED AS TOP EMPLOYER FOR FOURTH-CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Cambridge - Gore Mutual Insurance Company announced they have been selected as one of Waterloo Area’s Top 15 Employers. “It is an honour to receive this recognition for the fourth-consecutive year,” said Kevin McNeil, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gore Mutual. “We strive to offer a work environment that is both rewarding and stimulating, whether it is through training and skills development or our workplace atmosphere.”

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Genome Research

Government Highlights Advancements in Genomics

OTTAWA - Gary Goodyear delivered opening remarks at a conference entitled Genomics: The Power and the Promise, emphasizing the Harper Government's commitment to advanced research and innovation in the field of genomics.

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Entrepreneurship

The Upside Foundation Provides Canadian Start Ups with Opportunity to Give Back

Toronto - The Upside Foundation of Canada announced its official launch and foray into the Canadian start-up community to facilitate and support charitable activity across Canada.

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Healthy Living

Combining better physical fitness and statins significantly improves survival in people with unhealthy blood fat or cholesterol levels

New York - Taking statins or being even modestly physically fit markedly improves survival in people with dyslipidaemia (abnormal levels of harmful blood fats/cholesterol)*, according to new research published in The Lancet. But combining statin treatment with better fitness may do more to ward off death than either intervention alone.

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Recognition

Conestoga grad named 2012 Premier’s Award winner for Business

Kitchener - Chameli Naraine, a 1983 graduate of the Business Administration – Materials Management program, joined the ranks of Ontario’s most distinguished college graduates on Monday, November 26, when she was named the 2012 recipient of the Premier’s Award for Business at a gala celebration held in conjunction with College’s Ontario’s Higher Education Summit.

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Infrastructure

KITCHENER AND MUNICIPAL LEADERS FROM ACROSS CANADA MET WITH PARLIAMENTARIANS TO DISCUSS FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

Kitchener – Last week City of Kitchener councillors Kelly Galloway-Sealock and Berry Vrbanovic joined more than 100 other municipal leaders from across the country for meetings in Ottawa with parliamentarians, to talk about Canada’s new long-term infrastructure plan.

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Entrepreneurship

Minister Applauds Startup Canada's Efforts to Support and Celebrate Canadian Entrepreneurship

OTTAWA - Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, welcomed Startup Canada's efforts to support entrepreneurship at an Ottawa event where the grassroots organization unveiled the results of a six-month national tour aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs across the country.

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Attraction

Waterloo Air Show announces 2013 dates

Breslau – Yesterday, the Region of Waterloo Council released its decision in regards to offering financial support to the Waterloo Air Show. Council has decided not to reimburse the air show for the $91,000 in fees it charged the show over the past two years. The show’s two producers, Richard Cooper and David White understand and respect the Council’s decision and have no hard feelings as to its outcome.

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