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Friday December 21, 2012

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Ted Talks

Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff

It's the end of 2012, and the US political system is tied in knots over next year's "fiscal cliff" -- a budget impasse that can only be solved with bipartisan agreement. (And the world is watching.) Adam Davidson, cohost of "Planet Money," shares surprising data that shows how it might just be solved.

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Moving On

COM DEV Completes Final Challenging Program

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that the fifth and last of the previously disclosed programs that have had a negative impact on the Company's financial results has been shipped. These programs were executed under fixed-cost contracts and experienced non-recoverable cost escalations.

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Economy

U.S. economy a growing concern for Canadian executive CAs

TORONTO - Canada's executive chartered accountants are increasingly anxious about the U.S. economy heading into a new year, according to the latest CICA Business Monitor (Q4 2012).

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MEDIA

CRTC Approval to Launch New English-Language Station, Citytv Montreal

Citytv Montreal to offer 15.5 hours of original local programming including daily weekday morning show, Breakfast Television, and weekly sports show, Connected Montreal and will launch new channel in 2013, securing expanded national platform for Citytv's original and acquired programming

TORONTO - Rogers Media received approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to acquire Métro14 Montréal. The deal is expected to close in early 2013, with Citytv Montreal launching later that year.

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Education

Ontario Government Announces Locked-Door Policy For Elementary Schools

Queens Park - Ontario is providing renewed funding to elementary schools across the province to support a locked-door policy while students are in class.

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Funding

Getting to know funders better

Waterloo - CEI announced that on February 12th, 2013 they will host the annual Speed Dating with funders event.

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Housing

Nothing is nicer on a cold winter night than curling up beside a warm fire

OTTAWA - A recent survey of household energy use found that 23 per cent of Canadian single- and semi-detached and row-housing reported having a gas fireplace and of those, 22 per cent reported using them every day once the temperatures dip. Depending on the size and location of your fireplace, the added warmth can help ease the heating burden on your furnace, causing it to turn on less frequently. But will that save you money? Not necessarily, according to research undertaken at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (CCHT).

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Strategy

Oracle Purchasing Eloqua

Mike Couch, Chief Executive Officer of Couch & Associates Inc., in response to Oracle buying Eloqua

TORONTO - Oracle Corp agreed to acquire Eloqua, Inc., a maker of marketing automation software for approximately $871 million, net of Eloqua's cash. The Eloqua deal builds upon Oracle's previous acquisitions of Vitrue and RightNow.

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Environment

Christmas tree collection in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo will pick up discarded, natural Christmas trees to be composted. To ensure curbside collection of your Christmas tree:

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Guest Column

How to Reject Bad Ideas- Without People Rejecting You!
By Curt Wang

You're in a meeting when a colleague brings up an idea that you think (or even know) is not so great. For many of us, our first instinct is to shoot the idea down immediately, one way or another, before it gains traction. How often have you suffered through this challenging situation?

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Water

EPA Updates Rule for Pathogens in Drinking Water, Sets Limit for E. Coli

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the rule for pathogens in drinking water, including setting a limit for the bacteria E. coli to better protect public health.

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