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Wednesday February 20, 2013

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Ted Talks

Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money?

What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioral economist Keith Chen introduces a fascinating pattern from his research: that languages without a concept for the future -- "It rain tomorrow," instead of "It will rain tomorrow" -- correlate strongly with high savings rates.

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Labour Study - Wellington

New project on industry specific language training for immigrants enters first phase

Wellington - A new project that will look at the current availability and the need for development of Industry/occupation specific language training is under way. The project that would support new immigrants and fill the increasing demand for workers by helping to integrate them more easily into local employment opportunities.

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Fourth Year Running

Economical ranks in the Top 20 globally in 2013 Training Top 125 list for excellence in workforce learning and development

Marks fourth consecutive year in the Top 20 outstanding training organizations

WATERLOO — For the fourth consecutive year, Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurers, is once again among the Top 20 of Training magazine’s annual Top 125 list of leading organizations that excel in workforce learning and development. Economical was selected to join the prestigious global Top 125 list from among hundreds of submissions from around the globe.

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Death

Physicians Rise Up Against Euthanasia

Growing numbers of physicians object to inflicting death on their patients.

MONTREAL - At the historic Musée des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the Physicians' Alliance for Total Refusal of Euthanasia called on their colleagues and the population at large today to clearly sensitize them to the dangers of euthanasia and to the frailty of the consensus surrounding the future Quebec draft bill that would create the possibility of "medical aid in dying".

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Recognition

CIDA minister praises MEDA EDGET project

Sees “tangible results” for weavers and designers

WATERLOO – Julian Fantino, Canada’s Minister for International Cooperation, recently recognized MEDA’s sustainable approach to economic development in Ethiopia. During his visit, Minister Fantino met with weavers involved in the EDGET program Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade. The project receives funding from the Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, and is aimed at helping 10,000 farmers and weavers to create more sustainable livelihoods for their families.

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Managing Crises

Even in a State of Crisis, Outstanding Customer Experiences Can Put Companies on Top

The Carnival Cruise Lines incident last week has prompted me to think even more about customer experience. After reading about the more than 4,000 people stranded on a cruise ship in less-than-ideal living conditions, I wondered what small businesses would do in a crisis situation. Providing an exceptional customer experience can make all the difference for your company, brand, and customers, even in a time of crisis. With that in mind, here are some strategies that could help you turn a crisis into a positive situation.

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Invest in Your CPP

Bank CEO calls for additional, voluntary contributions to CPP to reignite culture of savings

Research shows nearly 6 million Canadians are at risk of a significant decline in standard of living when they retire

TORONTO - Canadians should have the choice to make additional, voluntary contributions to the Canada Pension Plan in order to avoid facing a significant decline in living standards when they retire, said Gerry McCaughey, President and CEO of CIBC in a keynote address at the National Summit on Pension Reform.

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Crime

Ontario Police Chiefs Launch Province-wide Crime Prevention Campaign

OAKVILLE - The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) yesterday launched its 2013 Crime Prevention Campaign which seeks to raise public awareness about personal responsibility when it comes to preventing crime.

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Recognition

Diamond Jubille medal presented to YMCA volunters

Kitchener – The YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo are pleased to announce that two long time YMCA volunteers have been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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Pre Tour

National Youth Orchestra finds a new home at Laurier

WATERLOO – Canada’s National Youth Orchestra (NYOC), recognized as one of the best orchestral training institutes in the world, will take up residency at Wilfrid Laurier University in June.

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Study

Canadians expecting to be retired at age 66 declines by almost 50 per cent in five years

Fifth annual Sun Life Financial survey finds only about one quarter of Canadians expect to retire at traditional age as 2008 downturn leaves a lasting impact

TORONTO - Economic uncertainty over the past five years has had an impact on Canadians' retirement plans, as Sun Life Financial's annual Canadian Unretirement Index found that the number of Canadians who expect to be retired at age 66 has dropped to only 27 per cent in this year's study from 51 per cent in 2008, a decline of almost 50 per cent.

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Retirement

Retirees face eight years of hardship after savings run out

New research from HSBC highlights both global and Canadian retirement shortfall

VANCOUVER - Tomorrow's retirees are sleepwalking towards a drastic fall in their standard of living in their final eight years of retirement due to highly inadequate savings plans, according to research from HSBC.

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Fund Raising

Capacity Waterloo Region to help local Charities Raise the Bar

WATERLOO - Capacity Waterloo Region and Engage!KW will host an event for area charities and non-profits to promote a new standards program developed by Imagine Canada.

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Throne Speech

ETFO welcomes respectful, inclusive tone of Throne Speech

TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) welcomes the approach of Ontario's new government toward building respect with its partners and building a society of inclusion as articulated in the Throne Speech.

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Throne Speech

Ontario Municipalities Look Forward to Progress on Infrastructure

TORONTO - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario looks forward to working with the Ontario Government to find solutions to address the province's infrastructure challenges.

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Throne Speech

Ontario Nurses Expect the Value of RN Care to be Recognized as Government Moves to Build a Strong Health Care System

TORONTO - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is pleased to see that yesterday's Speech from the Throne includes promises to build relationships and treat Ontario's labour force fairly and with respect, to build a strong health care system that expands home care, to evaluate corporate tax compliance to ensure corporations are paying their fair share and to explore an increase in the Employer Health Tax exemption threshold.

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Throne Speech

Statement - Ontario Doctors

TORONTO - We are encouraged to see that throne speech renewed the government's commitment to health care initiatives long advocated by Ontario's doctors.

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