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Thursday December 27, 2012

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Ted Talks

Alan Kay shares a powerful idea about ideas

With all the intensity and brilliance for which he is known, Alan Kay envisions better techniques for teaching kids by using computers to illustrate experience in ways -– mathematically and scientifically -- that only computers can.


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Growth

Brick Brewing Tops up Volume and Improves Bottom Line

KITCHENER - Brick Brewing Co. Limited announced a new contract manufacturing agreement for an initial term of three years. The projected volume is 80,000 hectolitres ("HL") over the term of this contract with approximately 10,000 HL in the first year. "Prior to achieving this agreement, our facilities had approximately 200,000 HL per year of surplus capacity," remarked George Croft, President and CEO of Brick Brewing. "The additional volume associated with this new contract will improve our productivity and return on capital."

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Auto Sales

Record Global Car Sales Projected For 2013

A reacceleration in China and strengthening U.S. replacement demand will drive gains

TORONTO - The cyclical recovery in global auto sales that began in mid-2009 remains intact, according to the Scotiabank Global Auto Report released today. Gains have averaged 7% over the past three years, including a 13% surge in the first year of recovery.

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Financial

Canadians expecting a Happy Financial New Year - 70 per cent feeling positive about their finances for 2013

Annual poll reveals confidence in achieving future financial goals is higher among Canadians who have met with an advisor in the past year

TORONTO - A new CIBC poll conducted by Harris/Decima shows that as Canadians approach the New Year they are generally positive about their current financial situation, an increase of 6 per cent from a year ago.  Canadians are also confident about achieving their future financial goals - a trend that was most prevalent among those who have met with an advisor in the last year.

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Trends Travel

Top Five RV Trends Revealed for 2012

OTTAWA - 2012 kicked off with outstanding RV show attendance figures that moved into the summer with a jump in RV sales. The industry has undergone a change in user demographics that has contributed to the overall growth in the industry. National sales have rebounded with a increase in outdoor engagement. The RV Coalition continue to report the economic benefits for the RV traveler continues to be relized by travellers.

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Environment

Aboriginal opposition to development is not pre-ordained

Justified caution does not mean First Nations aren’t interested in genuine opportunity
By Brian Lee Crowley and Ken Coates

OTTAWA - The Haisla First Nation, near Kitimat B.C., find themselves on the front lines of one of the most important Canadian environmental and development debates of the 21st century.

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Trends Travel 2013

Survey Reveals Europe Chipping Away at Caribbean’s Popularity

Minneapolis — With increasing demand for Mediterranean cruises, European river voyages and Baltic excursions, Europe has quickly become one of the cruise industry’s premier destinations, according to findings by a recent survey by Cruise Holidays.

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