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Ted Talks

Michael Green: What the Social Progress Index can reveal about your country

The term Gross Domestic Product is often talked about as if it were “handed down from god on tablets of stone.” But this concept was invented by an economist in the 1930s. We need a more effective measurement tool to match 21st century needs, says Michael Green: the Social Progress Index.

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Study

Canada is a nation of problem solvers according to new survey

Poll finds Millennials increasingly taking charge at work, 35+ taking charge at home

LONDON - When it comes to solving problems at work and at home, Canadians can be categorized into three distinct types of problem solvers; the Take Charge Type who like to solve problems themselves, the Practical Type who call in the professionals and the Trusting Type who ask friends or family for help, according to a survey.

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Content Marketing

5 Ways to Ensure Your Marketing Video Will Suck

Tips from an Online Video Marketing Specialist

Online video marketing has become a staple, with 81 percent of companies producing video content for their websites and 69 percent producing it for social media, according to the 2014 Online Video Production Trends Report.

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Bullyinig

Nearly Half of Workers Feel Bullied On the Job, Finds Study

45 per cent of workers have felt bullied at their job; 1 in 4 who have felt bullied have left a job because of bullying

TORONTO - From the playground to the classroom, bullies are everywhere – even the workplace. A new study reveals that 45 per cent of Canadians feel they have been bullied in the workplace, with bosses being the most frequent tormenters.

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Big Ideas

Universities to explore big ideas for small and medium businesses

Waterloo - Waterloo’s universities will combine this week with the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce to showcase the benefits for small- and medium-sized businesses in working with universities.

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Recognition

CPA Ontario Welcomes 1,976 New Chartered Professional Accountants & Recognizes CPA Awardees

TORONTO - The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario recently celebrated its convocation ceremonies, admitting 1,976 new members into membership during two ceremonies that took place on October 25 and November 8, 2014.

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Policy Maker

Laurier alumna Carolyn Wilkins to share her experience as the Bank of Canada's Senior Deputy Governor

WATERLOO – For Carolyn Wilkins, the No. 2 policymaker at the Bank of Canada, speaking at Wilfrid Laurier University will be a unique homecoming. Wilkins, the first woman to be appointed senior deputy governor for the Bank of Canada, graduated from Laurier with an Economics degree in 1987. On Nov. 13, she will be returning to her alma mater as the university’s inaugural economist-in-residence. Wilkins will deliver a keynote address entitled, “Money in a Digital World” at 3 p.m. in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

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Impact

World’s Biggest Brainstorming Meeting Closes with Focus on the Impact of Technology

The Network of Global Agenda Councils is the world’s largest volunteer network of global experts on the most pressing global challenges

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda 2014, the world’s foremost brainstorming meeting, ended with leaders of the host governments of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai stressing the importance of understanding and using technology to improve the state of the world. “We are in a new phase of human development,” said Mohammed Abdullah Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, in the closing plenary. “Through robots and artificial intelligence, we are approaching a new era in human progress.”

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Bloomberg - Video

What Does the Decline in Oil Prices Signal?

Bloomberg - Grant Interest Rate Observer Founder Jim Grant and JPMorgan Funds Global Market Strategist Anastasia Amoroso discuss the price of oil and the economy on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

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Legal

Lawyer to make case for legal services of the future

Windsor - On Thursday Lawyer and author Mitch Kowalski will discuss his vision for a new style of law firm in a free public address Thursday on the UWindsor campus. Despite incredible innovation and growth in the way legal services can be delivered, most firms continue to practice law the way it has been practiced for centuries: as a labour-intensive endeavour carried out by high-priced lawyers billing by the hour, says Mitch Kowalski.

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Bloomberg - Video

U.S. Reaches Deal With China to Cut $1T in Tech Tariffs

Bloomberg - Riedel Research Group’s David Riedel discusses trade tensions between the U.S. and China. He speaks on "Street Smart.”

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Healing

Laurier to host national Music Care Conference

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will host a national Music Care Conference that explores the healing capacity of singing on Nov. 15. Topics will explore the role of singing in care in the areas of dementia, palliative care, Parkinson’s disease, stroke rehabilitation, special needs, and community health and wellness.

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Latitude

Is Holiday Shopping Online Ok at Work? Survey Shows Less Companies Are 'Buying It'

Company Restrictions to Shopping Sites Climbs 19 Per Cent Since 2012

TORONTO - As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, a new survey suggests Canadian companies are less lenient when it comes to letting employees shop online during business hours. More than half (51 per cent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed said their companies block access to online shopping – an increase of 19 per cent since 2012. Less than one in five (16 per cent) allow unrestricted access to shopping, while 30 per cent said they allow access but monitor activity for excessive use.

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First Event

Experts speak about Rosetta spacecraft deploying lander to comet

TORONTO – Today, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will deploy a lander to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko – the first ever attempt to soft-land on a comet.

In the article Humans Just Got Our Closest Look At A Comet Yet — And It's Mind-Blowing, Jessica Orwig, a science journalsit said that ten years ago the European Space Agency launched Rosetta, a first-of-its-kind spacecraft on a mission to meet a comet.

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Brand Value

Germany Knocks USA Off 'Best Nation' Top Spot After 5 Years

Germany sees large gain in 'sports excellence', which helps in part to drive it to first place; Russia is only nation to suffer a precipitous global reputation drop; their score drop for "peace and security" is the largest for any single attribute

LONDON - After holding the number one place since 2009, the USA has this year been pushed down to second place by Germany, which now takes the lead in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index.

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Strategy

Ontario Child Welfare Report 2014

Toronto - On November 10, OACAS released the 2014 Ontario Child Welfare Report, which calls for a comprehensive strategy for ongoing improvement to the provincial child welfare system.

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Milestone

St. Mary’s Celebrates 10 years of Excellence in Thoracic and Respiratory Care

Kitchener – St. Mary’s General Hospital is celebrating 10 years of providing specialized, innovative, and compassionate care for patients with respiratory and thoracic issues. “Great strides have been made in the past decade to ensure that patients with respiratory and thoracic issues receive top quality care with a focus on maximizing their quality of life, reducing emergency visits and admissions, and offering minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat their illnesses,” says Dr. Eric Hentschel, Chief of Pulmonary Services at St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospitals.

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Merger

Mississauga-based Accounting Firm to Merge with MNP

Marketplace to benefit with enhanced services and more resources

CALGARY - Draganjac Pressman Chartered Professional Accountants, a Mississauga-based accounting and consulting firm, will merge with MNP LLP, one of Canada's largest national accounting and business consulting firms, effective January 1, 2015. Draganjac Pressman was looking for an opportunity to offer more specialty services to its clients, while MNP sought more resources to serve the Mississauga/Etobicoke region.

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Outstanding Work

The Best in Disability Advertising Awarded to Duracell at ANA Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference

Duracell and Creative Team Saatchi & Saatchi Announced as Winner of the First Ever ANA Multicultural Excellence Award in the People with Disabilities category

TORONTO - Monday evening, at its Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference in Miami, FL., the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) introduced a new award category to honor outstanding work in the disability sector. The Multicultural Excellence Award in the People with Disabilities category is the first of its kind in the industry.

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