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Thursday May 16, 2013

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Liu Bolin: The invisible man

Can a person disappear in plain sight? That’s the question Liu Bolin‘s remarkable work seems to ask. The Beijing-based artist is sometimes called “The Invisible Man” because in nearly all his art, Bolin is front and center — and completely unseen.

Work Relations

New Survey Finds 54 Percent of Canadians Admit to Playing Hooky From Work: Feeling Burned or Stressed Out Cited as Key Reason

MISSISSAUGA - A new survey titled "Sick or Tired?" found that 54 per cent of employed Canadians readily admit that they have called into work sick when they actually were not sick. And of those who said that they have faked being under the weather to avoid working, the majority - 65 percent - stated that they have done so because they felt stressed or burned out.


Readying for the Next Wave of Foreign Retailers

Increased amount of retail space awaits new entrants in the years ahead

TORONTO – Next week, the retail world will gather in Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centres’ (ICSC) RECon, a global convention for the shopping centre industry. More than 30,000 attendees, including retailers from around the world, will discuss the latest retail trends and opportunities. For Tom Balkos, Senior Vice President and Canadian Director of CBRE Limited’s Retailer Services Group, RECon is a staple on his calendar each year.



Toronto - Based on data from the CVCA- Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and research partner Thomson Reuters, for the first quarter of 2013, Canadian venture capital and private equity funds (buyout) disclosed $2.56 billion of new investments and $1.48 billion of new capital formation. Sector highlights included the following:


Canadian home sales rise in April

OTTAWA - According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales edged up slightly on a month-over-month basis in April 2013. Activity has generally held to within short reach of current levels for the past nine months.

Cost of Living

Canadians more frugal due to rising food prices

Economic mood darkening, with first decrease in the national index in nearly two years

TORONTO - Most (84 per cent) Canadians believe the food they typically purchase has increased in price over the past year, according to the quarterly RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook Index (RBC CCO). With rising food prices eating into their household budgets, an overwhelming majority of Canadians (91 per cent) say they will tighten their belts and make smarter decisions when purchasing food.


Conestoga achieves first-place finish in provincial skills competition

Kitchener - With a total of 14 medals across a variety of skills categories, Conestoga achieved a top-place finish among Ontario colleges at the 2013 Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) held from May 6 – 8 at RIM Park in Waterloo.


Close to 300,000 jobs remain unfilled in Q1

TORONTO - The percentage of unfilled private sector jobs remained steady at 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, representing approximately 295,000 full- and part-time jobs, according to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).


Eliminating supply management would provide enormous benefits to Canada

Supply management is an antiquated way to sell milk, chickens, eggs and cheese

VANCOUVER - There are few Canadians who understand agricultural supply management and how it affects their daily lives, which is a major reason why this outdated system has survived. It’s receiving greater scrutiny now, though, because it’s impeding trade agreements.


NDI Introduces Optical CMM with the Industry’s Highest Accuracy and Largest Measurement Volume

Waterloo/Stuttgart, Germany – Northern Digital Inc. (NDI), introduced the latest advancement of its optical tracking technology, the PRO CMM, which delivers the highest accuracy and largest measurement volume of any optical CMM (coordinate measurement machine) in its class.

Cause of Death

MRI autopsies could offer alternative to conventional techniques

New York - Minimally invasive autopsies, using a combination of MRI scans and other techniques, such as blood tests, can accurately determine the cause of death in fetuses and babies nearly as well as conventional autopsies, according to new research published in The Lancet. Post-mortem MRI is currently offered by some medical centres in the UK, but until now, evidence for its accuracy compared to conventional autopsies has been scarce.


How to Stay Sane During Financial Peaks & Valleys

Market Analyst Shares 5 Tips for Institutions, Traders & Anyone Else Dealing with Lifestyle Changes & Money Flux

You don’t have to be a trader on the world’s markets to experience the financial roller coaster, says mathematician Lambros Klouvidakis. “The world has struggled in recent years to absorb the many stresses and negative influences on global markets and everyone’s affected. Look at the senior citizens who lost as much as 40 percent of their retirement investments!” he says. “At one point during the crisis, the Dow Jones Industrial lost 50 percent of its value in less than a week; unemployment shop up more than 5 percentage points and consumer spending, at its worst, dropped by 50 percent.”

Green Education

Laurier MBA to offer specialization in golf and resort management

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics, with the support of the Golf Management Institute of Canada (GMIC), is introducing a new field within its MBA program: Management in the Golf and Resort Industry, beginning in fall 2013.

Air Show


Waterloo Region - The summer release of “Disney’s Planes,” the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film “Cars,” has the entire aviation community buzzing. “Disney’s Planes” captures all of the thrill and excitement that flying has to offer—plus a lot of heart and humour.


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