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Thursday February 21, 2013

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Afra Raymond: Three myths about corruption

Trinidad and Tobago amassed great wealth in the 1970s thanks to oil. But in 1982, a shocking fact was revealed -- that 2 out of every 3 dollars earmarked for development had been wasted or stolen. This has haunted Afra Raymond for 30 years.


CIBC CEO has his watershed moment
by Bill Tufts

The announcement from a summit on pensions in New Brunswick yesterday on recommendations for the Canada Pension Plan from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce CEO Gerry McCaughey, head of the CIBC was very shocking.


Conference Board Food Strategy Consultation a Smokescreen
by Ann Slater

Guelph - For those of us who care deeply about locally based food systems and who recognize the role food can play in strengthening our communities, ecosystems and economies, it can be tempting to jump at each and every opportunity to get a piece of our vision mentioned in larger discussions about food and agriculture.

Student Statement

"UofT Graduate Students Demand that University of Toronto Divest From Israeli Companies that Violate Human Rights"

TORONTO - At the December 10, 2012 Annual General Meeting of The University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union, the members of the Union voted to support the boycott, divestment and sanction of Israeli companies that violate human rights. The motion passed by members, calls on "the University of Toronto to refrain from investing in all companies complicit in violations of international law.

Social World

AlertNet Weekly Digest

Thomson Reuters - Humanitarian agencies seek more access to rebel-held northern Syria, aid workers threatened in Myanmar, and Red Cross spotlights silent disasters.


Catholic Board Welcomes New Auxiliary Bishop Dan Miehm

Bishop-elect Miehm is a WCDSB Grad

Waterloo Region – Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools proudly congratulate Fr. Dan Miehm – appointed earlier today by Pope Benedict XVI as the new Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton.

Business Investment

Only 53% of companies plan to focus on improving working capital in 2013

Cheapest source of incremental cash flow potentially being overlooked

TORONTO - While 80% of Canada's financial executives remain focused on increasing operational efficiency and reducing costs this year, only 53% are looking at ways to improve working capital. That could be a missed opportunity, according to a new Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation (CFERF) study sponsored by Ernst & Young.


CCRM Introduces CGP-led Ethics Unit to Promote Responsible Research

Toronto and Montreal – In an effort to address ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) as part of its activities to develop new regenerative medicine (RM) products for, and with, academia and industry that will fill specific gaps in the product development pathway, the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) is adding an ethics unit to its core offerings to be at the forefront of responsible governance.

Business Skills

Canadian Chamber offers roadmap to close small business skills gap

OTTAWA - Yesterday, as part of its ongoing skills initiative, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce unveiled the findings of its Symposium on Skills and Small Business held on November 14, 2012.

House Sales

Move-up purchasers set to increase their stake in homeownership in 2013, despite overall trend toward moderation

MISSISSAUGA - Against a backdrop of strong equity gains and lower interest rates, move-up buyers are once again set to ramp up their role in major Canadian housing markets, according to a report released today


New Report Identifies Financial Constraints Facing Next-Generation Companies

Report catalogues key financial services needs and potential strategies for meeting those needs and highlights the challenges facing next-generation companies.

New York, USA – A new breed of innovative, fast-growing next-generation companies (NGCs) – propelled by pioneering business models, groundbreaking products and streamlined customer offerings – is invigorating global competition. However, these NGCs are little understood and often underserved by the world’s financial services industry, according to a new report released yesterday by the World Economic Forum. The report, Closing the Gaps: Financial Services Needs of Next-Generation Companies, lays the groundwork for closing those gaps.

Throne Speech

Collaboration Key to Success in Education

TORONTO - Responding to the government's Throne Speech, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) welcomes the priorities the Premier outlined for Ontario and the need for collaboration across all sectors, including education.


Government Leveraging Investments for Innovative Canadian Small and Medium Sized Businesses

TORONTO - Yesterday, the Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, along with colleagues across the country, announced the final enhancement to the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy. This enhancement will encourage long-term private sector investments in innovative Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in areas related to research, development and commercialization.


Economical Insurance reports financial results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012

WATERLOO — Economical Insurance announced consolidated financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2012.

Advisor Integrity

Protecting Your Wealth

Organization Aims to Raise the professional bar for financial advisors

WATERLOO — Canadian investors need better assurances that the financial advisor they are working with is properly qualified to manage their money, says Advocis, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada.

Economic Development

Woodworth and Zehr announce community infrastructure support in Kitchener

City of Kitchener received funding for two projects: $200,000 for new washrooms in Victoria Park and $250,000 for surfacing some primary trails with asphalt. The city is contributing an additional $200,000 and $250,000, respectively, to these projects from the recreational land reserve.

KITCHENER – Stephen Woodworth, member of parliament for Kitchener Centre and Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr announced support for two projects in the city of Kitchener from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund yesterday.

East Coast

Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Awarded Maintenance Contract for Canadian Submarine Sonars

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA - Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Inc announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide services for the ongoing maintenance of the Royal Canadian Navy's submarine towed array sonars.



VeloCity Startup Recruiting Event

WATERLOO - Members of the public interested in working for a startup are invited to participate in the first-ever VeloCity Startup Recruiting Event taking place at the University of Waterloo next week. Representatives from 24 startup companies will be in attendance.
Arts & Culture

Outwater and the KW Symphony: Truly Exciting 2013/14 Season

Kitchener/Waterloo - Music Director Edwin Outwater and Executive Director Genevieve Twomey announced the 2013/14 Season of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS). The upcoming Season includes vibrant and dynamic programming and a few surprises that will inspire, entertain and transport audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds. In addition to launching the 2013/14 Season, the KWS announced a new mobile website that will allow patrons to access concert information and purchase tickets from their smartphones.


Model NATO Conference 2013 to Take Place at Carleton

Broadening Perspective; Increasing Capacity

Ottawa - The Carleton Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Conference is a simulated conference that demonstrates to students the complexity and dynamics of debating issues within NATO.

Sexual Violence

Carleton’s Doris Buss and Blair Rutherford to Take Part in Sexual Violence and Conflict Workshop in Burundi

Ottawa - Doris Buss, associate professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies, and Blair Rutherford, chair of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton, are part of a team hosting a research meeting on armed conflict and sexual violence on the African continent. The meeting, called Economies of Sexual Violence and Conflict, takes place in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Feb. 22 and 23, 2013.


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