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Friday May 3, 2013

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Ted Talks

Juan Enriquez: Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long? In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy. He shares insight from the ancient Greeks to help us deal with our new “digital tattoos.”

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Entrepreneurism

WIST celebrates a decade of success

Kitchener - On May 1, representatives from the Ontario Women's Directorate, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and Skills Canada joined in with students, graduates, faculty, staff and industry partners to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) program in General Carpentry at Conestoga.

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2013 Budget

Ontario's Doctors Respond to Budget

TORONTO - Ontario's doctors were pleased that the 2013 Ontario provincial budget reiterated its commitment to move ahead with the implementation of several key initiatives including children's mental health, reducing childhood obesity rates, the expansion of e-consultations, shifting more routine procedures out of hospital and into clinics, and further investments in home care and long-term care.

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2013 Budget

Ontario Budget Avoids Key Actions Necessary To Sustain Ontario's Health Care System

TORONTO - Ontario Hospital Association President and CEO Pat Campbell released the following statement regarding Ontario's 2013 Budget. "we are disappointed".

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2013 Budget

Budget takes welcome steps to support most vulnerable Ontarians

TORONTO - With the budget, the Wynne government has taken welcome steps to support those Ontarians who are most vulnerable, according to the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

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2013 Budget

Steelworkers say Liberals Cut Services, Fall Short on Jobs and the Economy

TORONTO - Aside from progressive measures that can only be credited to the New Democrats, Ontario's Liberal government has introduced a budget that fails to protect public services or promote job creation and economic development, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.

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2013 Budget

Wynne continues Liberal legacy of tuition fee increases, privatization

TORONTO - Students are disappointed that Premier Kathleen Wynne's first budget continues the Liberal government's record of increasing tuition fees and further privatizes education and training in Ontario. Despite the creation of a new Youth Employment Strategy, the 2013 budget does nothing to make education and training more affordable or address the debt crisis facing Ontario students and their families.

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2013 Budget

Ontario students welcome new youth employment funding in Budget, hoped for stronger focus on post-secondary education

TORONTO - Ontario students are pleased by the 2013 Ontario Budget's commitment of $295 million over two years towards addressing youth employment and are encouraged by the Budget's continued commitment to increasing access to post-secondary education through expanded enrolment. However, students believe that the Budget should have had a stronger focus on improving post-secondary education, recognizing the value of post-secondary education to Ontario's economy.

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2013 Budget

Ontario College Students Respond to the 2013 Ontario Budget

TORONTO - The Ministry of Finance released the 2013 Budget for the Government of Ontario. The release of the 2013 Ontario Budget provided few surprises to Ontario's college students. The 2013 Ontario Budget includes a commitment to introducing a fairer approach to tuition deferral fees, a review of the recently announced post-secondary tuition framework, and funding for a Youth Jobs Strategy to address youth unemployment.

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2013 Budget

Budget disappoints as Liberal cuts and privatization continue unabated

TORONTO - Ontario's first budget with Kathleen Wynne as Premier is a disappointing continuation of the Dalton McGuinty legacy, the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says.

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2013 Budget

CMA Ontario supports the Ontario government's 2013 budget that drives difficult but necessary conversations in advancing Ontario's economy

TORONTO - The Certified Management Accountants of Ontario (CMA Ontario) applauds the Government of Ontario for delivering a budget that tackles tough issues yet continues to stay the course in eliminating Ontario's deficit.

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2013 Budget

Ontario universities welcome Youth Jobs Strategy as complement to their initiatives that help students succeed

TORONTO - Ontario universities are actively engaged in producing a highly skilled workforce that will boost Ontario's knowledge-based economy, and welcome the provincial government's Youth Jobs Strategy as another component in helping students succeed.

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2013 Budget

Ontario budget is mixed bag for business, says Ontario Chamber Of Commerce

TORONTO - The 2013 Ontario Budget is a mixed bag for business, according to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).

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2013 budget

Ontario Budget Should be Approved, say CAW and CEP

TORONTO - The 2013-14 Ontario budget represents an important shift in emphasis by the provincial government, and will make a positive difference in the lives of many Ontarians, according to the leaders of two major unions in the province.

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2013 Budget

Ontario Budget Delivers Infrastructure Investment; Silent on Tools to Manage Costs

TORONTO - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) welcomes the Ontario Budget's proposed investments in infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and public transit. The Province is in a better position to invest in communities because it has controlled costs, including growth in wages and benefits. Municipalities need better tools to do the same.

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2013 Budget

Ontario Home Care Association welcomes budget commitment to home and community care

TORONTO - The Ontario Home Care Association (OHCA) applauds the Government's commitment to more home and community care as outlined in today's budget, A Prosperous & Fair Ontario. Home care is a fundamental component of the health care system. The investment of an additional one percent per year, amounting to $700 million by 2015-16, in home and community care will support access to timely home care for patients, particularly those with complex needs.

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2013 Budget

A promising start, but more needs to done to avoid the "Lost Decade" scenario says HRPA

TORONTO - The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) rated today's provincial budget based on the Association's CanadaWorks 2025 report as a step in the right direction, but noted that more needs to done to address the problem of skills-shortages, apprenticeships and funding to colleges in order to ensure that Ontario is not moving in the direction of the report's "Lost Decade" scenario.

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2013 Budget

CGA Ontario Responds to 2013 Provincial Budget

Ontario government recommits to deficit elimination by 2017-18 - fiscal challenges could be eased further through alternative service delivery

TORONTO - The Certified General Accountants of Ontario commends the government for its recommitment to deficit elimination by 2017-18, although it remains concerning that the $11.7B deficit projected for this year is $2B more than last year's deficit.

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Budget 2013

Fraud Reforms Welcome, Rate Reductions Will Take Time says Ontario Brokers Association

Toronto - Today, Ontario's Minister of Finance introduced the 2013 Ontario Budget at Queen's Park promising to lower auto insurance premiums by 15% on average over time for Ontario drivers.

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2013 Budget

Long Term Care Residents Will Benefit from New Funding

TORONTO - The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) was pleased to see new funding in today's Budget for long term care homes.

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2013 Budget

RPNAO remains cautiously supportive of Ontario government's health care agenda

MISSISSAUGA - The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) remains cautiously supportive of the Ontario government's health care transformation agenda but questions whether the announcements in the 2013 Ontario Budget will be adequate to address challenges associated with shifting demographics and a looming nursing shortage.

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Trade

Exports Increased 5.1% in March

Canada's merchandise exports increased 5.1% in March and imports rose 1.7%. As a result, Canada's trade balance went from a deficit of $1.2 billion in February to a surplus of $24 million in March.

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Education

CSU, EPA Agreement Increases Opportunities for Future Environmental Stewards Creates Stronger Partnership Between Agency and 23 Campuses

LOS ANGELES - The California State University (CSU) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 (EPA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to increase environmental opportunities at all 23 CSU campuses over the next five years.

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Travel

Air Canada Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

Operating loss of $106 million versus an operating loss of $91 million in the first quarter of 2012

MONTREAL - Consistent with the news release issued on April 22, 2013 disclosing preliminary results for the first quarter of 2013, Air Canada today reported an adjusted net loss of $143 million or $0.52 per diluted share compared to an adjusted net loss of $162 million or $0.58 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012. On a GAAP basis, Air Canada's net loss was $260 million or $0.95 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $274 million or $0.99 per diluted share in the same quarter in 2012. First quarter EBITDAR amounted to $145 million compared to EBITDAR of $174 million in the first quarter of 2012.

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Honey Health

USDA and EPA Release New Report on Honey Bee Health

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.

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Literary Honours

Tanis MacDonald book shortlisted for Gabrielle Roy prize

WATERLOO – A book by Tanis MacDonald, associate professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of English and Film Studies, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Gabrielle Roy Prize, which honours the best in Canadian literary criticism. WLU Press published MacDonald’s book, The Daughter’s Way: Canadian Women’s Paternal Elegies, marking the fifth year in a row that the press has had a book on the shortlist, three of which have won.

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Workforce Planning

South Western Ontario Labour Market Snapshot

Waterloo/Wellington/Dufferin - The results of the Local Labour Market Snapshot for Waterloo Wellington Dufferin covering the month of March 2013 are now available. March 2013 Labour Market Snapshot. The report provides timely insight on actual job gains/losses and the occupations and industries which are being impacted.

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Youth

2013 KYAC youth award winners

KITCHENER – This is National Youth Week, a time to recognize the tremendous benefits young people bring to the community. Last night, the Kitchener Youth Action Council (KYAC) held its annual awards ceremony, celebrating the contributions of young people who participate fully as citizens of our city.

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