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Tuesday April 30, 2013

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Ted Talks

Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.

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Office Market

Despite less-than-stellar results to start 2013, market fundamentals remain intact in the GTA office market

First Quarter 2013 Greater Toronto Area Office Market Report

Toronto – Canada’s largest office market cooled slightly in the opening quarter of 2013 – understandable, given the market’s resilient pace during and since the recession. Losses outpaced gains in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) office sector, leaving the leasing market’s overall performance in the red. Absorption turned negative, causing a modest rise in vacancy levels in some markets and building classes across the region’s sprawling 170 million square feet (msf).

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Consumer

Canadians struggling to stick to their 'financial diets'

Survey shows that despite a resolve to pay down debt, consumers are not following through

TORONTO - Canadian consumers aren't putting their words into action when it comes to shedding personal debt, according to the 2013 PwC Consumer Lending Survey. While more than half (57%) of Canadians are comfortable with their debt levels, a significant amount (35%) think they have borrowed too much. However, an overall resolve to reduce isn't translating into results.

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Media

CreativeEarners Survey finds salaries rising despite economic pressure

Annual RGD-Creative Niche report notes huge optimism across creative industry, but points to major overtime compensation shortcomings for professionals

TORONTO — Despite persistent economic pressures, salaries for creative communications professionals across Canada continue a steady climb in key categories, while industry insiders report widespread optimism for future career and business opportunities.

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Financial Literacy

Mennonite Organizations are Making Change!

KITCHENER - A group of Mennonite organizations are partnering to produce ‘Making Change’, a financial literacy video series. The series contrasts contemporary perspectives with biblical principles of sharing, saving, and spending. It is intended to spark discussions about how faith influences and informs how money is managed.

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Labour

Labour Campaign, Public Outrage Force Harper's Hand on Temporary Foreign Worker Program

'Partial victory,' but more meaningful reform needed to reverse Conservatives' low-wage economic strategy, Steelworkers Say

TORONTO - Mounting public outrage and a sustained labour movement campaign have forced the Harper Conservatives to announce changes to their scandal-plagued Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

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Models

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM PRESENTS K’NEX: BUILDING THRILL RIDES

London – What’s the angular velocity of the Blender Ride as it spins about the center post? This is just one of many questions that the London Children’s Museum will answer in K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides, a special exhibit that will captivate young visitors and provide them the opportunity to explore the science, math and technology behind hair-raising amusement park thrill rides.

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Manufacturing Event

2nd Annual 2013 Manufacturing Summit Coming to Waterloo Region

Kitchener – The Manufacturing Innovation Network’s (MIN) 2nd Annual Manufacturing Summit is coming to Waterloo Region on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013. This full day event aims at bringing 300+ manufacturers, supply chain partners and manufacturing focused businesses together for a day of collaboration and exploration of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of Ontario’s manufacturing sector.

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Fund Raiser

Annual Steps for Kids Walk Grows

Waterloo – For 5 years, Lutherwood has been holding its annual Steps for Kids walk to raise funds to support specialized children's mental health treatment programs. This year, the organization is seeing a significant increase in participation. This Sunday May 5, starting at 8:30, organizers are anticipating up to 400 people (up from about 80 last year) thanks to increased interest from the community and local businesses entering corporate teams.

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Entrepreneurship

High School Students Make Your Pitch

Competition for Students to Start-up a Business

Waterloo Region - Calling all Young Entrepereneurs to “Make Your Pitch”. High School Students grade 9 – 12 have two minutes to pitch us your winning business idea. We want to know everything about your plan. Tell us who your customer will be, the problems that you will solve and why your business will succeed.

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Arts & Culture

Laurier partners with Tapestry in creation of new opera

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music will work alongside Tapestry, Canada’s premiere company for new operatic work, this spring in the development of a new one-act choral opera titled Ruth.

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