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Friday April 12, 2013

Ted Talks

Eric Dishman: Health care should be a team sport

When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. One rectified diagnosis and a transplant later, Dishman puts his personal experience and his expertise as a leading medical tech specialist together to suggest some bold ideas for reinventing healthcare.

Hardware Market

Home Hardware Stores Limited Celebrates Its Centennial Market

“A Good Business Plan Never Goes Out of Style” the theme for this important milestone

St. Jacobs – One of Canada’s Best Managed Company’s proves that ‘a good business plan never goes out of style’ as Home Hardware Stores Limited celebrates its 100th Market from April 14 to 16. Bringing together the massive purchasing power of close to 1,100 stores from across Canada, this year’s Market is built around the strong tradition of supporting independent retailers, which started 49 years ago in St. Jacobs.


High water continues throughout Grand River watershed

Grand River Basin - The heavy rains predicted for early today moved slightly to the south of the Grand River watershed allowing time for river flows to decrease and reservoirs to regain some storage capacity. However, Environment Canada is still predicting that a messy mix of freezing rain and rain will move through the area over the next 24 hours, potentially adding up to 30mm to the already saturated watershed. As a result, the potential still exists for flooding in numerous communities.


CRTC releases 2012 financial results for specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand television services

OTTAWA - Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released statistical and financial summaries for Canadian specialty, pay, pay-per-view (PPV) and video-on-demand (VOD) television services.


Canadian consumer spending up 3.31 per cent in Q1

Despite continued growth, Moneris Solutions reports that spending volumes are down

TORONTO - Moneris Solutions Corporation announced that Canadian spending increased by 3.31 per cent during the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year. Despite this, spending volumes dropped steadily throughout the quarter, with January showing a spending increase of 4.38 per cent, while February and March showed increases of 3.35 per cent and 2.17 per cent, respectively.

Education Mentoring

Laurier connects Haitian and Canadian school principals

WATERLOO – When Laurier professor Steve Sider first went to Haiti about 10 years ago, he remembers seeing street vendors walking around Port-au-Prince with landline phones connected to a nearby store with a long cord. Today, smartphone vendors and cellphone towers are pervasive in Haiti – a change that helped Sider create a Digital Mentoring Project to support school principals in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Dialed In

Registration Open for the 2013 High Performance Computing Symposium in Ottawa June 2-6

"Big Data + Big Compute = Big Insights" is the theme of Canada's foremost supercomputing conference

OTTAWA - The 2013 High Performance Computing Symposium ( is open for registration and technical program submissions. Canada's top supercomputing conference is being held at the University of Ottawa from June 2 to 6. HPCS 2013 will address the role of "big data" and "big computing" - using the largest, most powerful computers available - for breakthroughs and innovation in medicine, industry, government and academia.

Dress Code

Blue Jeans in the Boardroom: When is it Time for a Company Dress Code?

Blue jeans in the office? Sneakers in the boardroom? How much should you tolerate before you start cracking down on your employees’ casual clothing? The answer, I would argue, is a lot.

Women of Aviation

Female-Friendly Flying Event Receives National Recognition

Waterloo Region – On March 9, 2013 the Region of Waterloo International Airport, participated in an event lead by the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre to encourage women to explore opportunities in aviation. Free flights were offered to females of any age who had never flown in a small aircraft.

Outdoor Living

Getting Ready to Grill!

Ontario - With the warm weather finally beginning to show itself, it’s almost time to hit the backyard and grill up a delicious meal. Firing up the barbeque after a long winter can have issues and grease ire could occur.


Calgary named as Top 2012 Canadian Destination City

PHOENIX - U-Haul International, Inc., today released the results of the annual 2012 U-Haul National Migration Trend Report titled "The U-Haul 2012 Top 25 Canadian Destination Cities." According to moving data reflective of nationwide statistics for calendar year 2012, Calgary ranked No. 1 and took first place from Ontario, which ranked No. 1 for 10 years in a row and dropped down to No. 2. Montreal ranked No. 3 and Edmonton took No. 4 for the fourth year in a row. Ottawa, Vancouver, London, Kitchener, Mississauga and Hamilton rounded out the top 10.

Destination Marketing

Calgary's Reputation as a Tourism Destination Is Growing

New Marketing Campaign Seeks to Build on Growing Perceptions of Calgary

CALGARY - A majority of Canadians think Calgary has positively changed over the past five years as a great place to visit. Calgary's image as a tourist destination is growing positively in the minds of most Canadians led by a perceived increase in great food and restaurants, western hospitality and opportunities for shopping.

Arts & Culture

Juno nominee Royal Wood to play River Run’s Main Stage

Guelph – By the time he takes to the Main Stage at Guelph’s River Run Centre on Friday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m., Canadian troubadour Royal Wood may be adding “Juno Award Winner” to his official biography. The singer and songwriter’s We Were Born to Glory is nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. If he wins, it will be yet another accolade for the Canadian artist who has dominated CBC Radio Charts, earned Top Pop Single Picks on iTunes, and is a finalist for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition.

World Food

India: the Future of the Food Industry

India is the new hotspot for sourcing food ingredients and Fi India is creating the driving change in one of the world's most successful economies.

AMSTERDAM - India is the 2nd largest population in the world, has the 3rd largest economy and ranks 2nd in the world in terms of agricultural production. It is no wonder that India is fast becoming an essential player in the global food ingredients market. AC Nielsen has named India as a hotspot for food manufacturers, food producers and food ingredient professionals and the country is now becoming an integral part of the global food ingredient network.

Enfant Mortality

Leading causes of death in children under five could be eliminated in 20 years

Diarrhoea and pneumonia responsible for two million child deaths in 2011, Ending all child deaths from pneumonia and diarrhoea by 2035 is achievable

New York - Diarrhoea and pneumonia – regarded as relatively minor illnesses for most people living in high-income countries – are together the leading causes of death for children worldwide. In 2011, they were responsible for two million deaths of children under five, despite the fact that they can be treated and prevented at relatively low cost.

Building Sold

Landmark Apartment Buildings Sold on Toronto Waterfront

Maple Leaf Quay sells for $150.5 million, as apartment assets remain in high demand

TORONTO – One of Toronto’s most recognizable apartment complexes has a new owner. Maple Leaf Quay, a three-building, mixed-use apartment complex located at the base of the CN Tower on Queens Quay West, sold for $150.5 million. This is only the second time that the buildings have traded hands since they were constructed in 1988 by Huang and Dansky.


The Co-operators ranked #1 on Most Sustainable Co-operatives in the World list

GUELPH - Yesterday, The Co-operators Group Limited was recognized as first on Corporate Knights' new ranking of the Most Sustainable Co-operatives in the World, based on its commitment to sustainable business practices.

Temporary Workers

Steelworkers Pursue Court Challenge of RBC Temporary Worker Plan

TORONTO - The United Steelworkers (USW) is legally challenging the federal government's approval for RBC and/or iGate to hire temporary foreign workers to replace existing employees.


Arts & Culture

Hespeler’s A Day & A Night, Art meets Music

Hespeler - Check out a vibrant and eclectic Art Scene married with an amazing stone setting. A unique part of Waterloo Area. A bubbling art and music scene is evolving in the former industrial town of Hespeler.


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