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Tuesday January 31, 2012

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Ted Talks

Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun

General Petrus J.M. "Peter" van Uhm is a four-star general in the Royal Netherlands Army and the current Chief of the Netherlands Defence Staff. He has had an outstanding carreer over four decades in the Dutch military.

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Waterloo Wellington Health Care

WWLHIN BOARD HIGHLIGHTS – JANUARY MEETING

KITCHENER - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) Board of Directors met on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Following are highlights from the meeting.

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Global Transformation Underway

Jobs are Top Priority, Business Leaders Say as World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 Closes

The international community should focus on promoting growth and creating jobs, particularly for youth, Capitalism and the free market should be more responsive to social needs, said Professor Klaus Schwab

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – The 42nd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting closed today, with business leaders urging resolute action to promote growth and employment, particularly among young people. “Jobs should be our number one priority,” declared Annual Meeting Co-Chair Vikram Pandit, Chief Executive Officer of Citi, in a session on the global agenda for 2012.

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Domestic Economy

Gross domestic product by industry November 2011

Statscan - Real gross domestic product edged down 0.1% in November, following no growth in October and monthly increases from June to September. Most of the November decline was accounted for by lower output in the energy sector. Decreases were also recorded in wholesale trade, finance and insurance, and construction. Gains were posted in manufacturing, retail trade, accommodation and food services, professional services and real estate agents and brokers.

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College Transfer Students

Working Group to Explore Transfer Student Retention, Accelerated Programs

Guelph - The University of Guelph will be exploring ways to recruit and retain college transfer students and assessing student demand for an accelerated three-year honours undergraduate degree program via a new working group.

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Education

Research shows Laurier student-athletes are winners in the classroom

WATERLOO – An analysis of three decades of research on Laurier student-athletes’ academic performance has revealed a significant improvement over time. The study, conducted by professor William McTeer, shows that student-athletes in the 2000s are on average doing as well or better academically than other students.

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PSA

City of Kitchener offers tips on co-existing with urban coyotes

KITCHENER – With coyotes becoming a common sight in urban areas across southern Ontario, largely due to the expansion of neighbourhoods and newer subdivisions into former farmland and green space that were once coyote habitat. In addition, coyote population levels across the province of Ontario are noted to be at a high level.

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Gearge W. Bush

Scholar to discuss life and decisions of George W. Bush for Hunsberger lecture

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will welcome Dan P. McAdams, a leading expert in personality psychology, as this year’s Hunsberger Memorial Lecturer.

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Education/Child Care

Consequences of school boards’ extended day plans affect entire child care network

Kitchener – At a news conference yesterday, the Waterloo Region Early Learning Coalition (WRELC) stated it supports the implementation of full day kindergarten and the broader accessibility of quality child care including extended day programs to families not currently served.

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Pensions

When Pensions "Go Ponzi"

HAMILTON - Public sector employers faced with escalating pension costs are increasingly closing Defined Benefit (DB) pension plans to new employees, and enrolling them in Defined Contribution (DC) pension plans, cutting off the flow of new money into the DB plans.

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MEDIA

National Newspaper To Build a New Headquarters

The Globe and Mail's new home in Toronto is being designed by award-winning Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB)

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail is pleased to announce that plans are underway for its new headquarters, scheduled to open in late 2015. The 480,000 sq. ft. building will be located at the north-west corner of Front Street and Spadina Avenue. Its design will create an inspiring work environment and help maintain The Globe's lead as a news organization.

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MEDIA

Gabe Gonda appointed new Arts editor; Carol Toller to lead Weekend paper.

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail introduced their new editorial leadership team for its print and online features content, covering Arts, Style, Travel, Real Estate, and Focus, as well as the weekend newspaper.

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PSA

HopeSpring Cancer Looking for Volunteers

Kitchener - HopeSpring CAncer Support Centre is working with a great group of volunteers on there fundraising campaign. The are forming a committee to create a group of people who will help build relationships with new corporate donors.

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Arts & Culture

Commission for 2011 artist-in-residence endorsed

2012 residency underway with local artist, Jefferson Campbell-Cooper

KITCHENER – Yesterday, the community and infrastructure services committee recommended the commissioning and installation of artwork by Sean Puckett, the City of Kitchener’s artist-in-residence for 2011, whose Portrait of Kitchener featured 1,000 portrait photographs taken at numerous locations and events last year. Puckett also conducted a series of workshops and free public lectures throughout the year.

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Tighten the Budget

Ontario Announces Health Care Action Plan

Queens Park - Health Minister Deb Matthews spoke to the Toronto Board of Trade, where she announced that Ontario is launching an Action Plan to transform the health care system and deal with the demographic challenges as well as the province’s deficit.


 
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