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Meetings

David Grady: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings

An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world’s businesses — and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it. David Grady is on a crusade to help you take back your calendar.

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Housing

Canadian home sales edge higher in October

OTTAWA - According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales activity edged higher on a month-over-month basis in October 2014.

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Prestigious Award

Two Waterloo researchers awarded Polanyi Prizes honouring Nobel winner

Drew Bennett’s research has the potential to improve treatment for those with serious diseases such as cancer, HIV, Parkinson’s and bacterial infections; Eduardo Martin-MartineEduardo Martin-Martinez’s research explores a new field that combines the two most fundamental pillars of physics.

Waterloo - Two researchers from the University of Waterloo working on potential ways to target and kill cancer cells and a new understanding of gravity won prestigious Polanyi Prizes yesterday.

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Prize Winners

Five Top Ontario Researchers Awarded Polanyi Prizes honouring Nobel Winner

TORONTO - Five leading Ontario researchers are being awarded prestigious Polanyi Prizes today for breakthroughs in research that have the potential to, among other things, forge a new understanding of gravity, and target and kill cancer cells.

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Doggie Day

International Greyhound Planet Day

Greyhound Race Dog Supporters to Celebrate 10th Annual International Greyhound Planet Day

Ottawa - Despite its cold climate, the Ottawa region is quickly becoming a popular retirement destination for professional athletes from the southern U.S. states and overseas. You may have even seen a few of them walking around the capital city on-leash!

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Taxes

Home Ice Tax Disadvantage?

New CTF Study Examines Impact of Personal Income Taxes on NHL Players, Teams and Salary Caps

Toronto - A new study jointly-released by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) and Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) reveals that Montréal continues to be the least financially attractive location in the NHL for players when it comes to personal income taxes.

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Transactions

Canada's international transactions in securities for September 2014

Ottawa - Canadian acquisitions of foreign securities resumed in September as investors added $8.6 billion worth of these instruments to their holdings. Meanwhile, foreign investment in Canadian securities slowed to $4.4 billion and mainly focused on instruments from the private corporate sector.

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Drug Use

Study shows that alcohol, hard drugs, and cannabis use all substantially raise the risk of death in people with schizophrenia

Copenhagen, Denmark - A study including more than 50 years of data from national registries in Denmark shows that alcohol, hard drug, and cannabis use all substantially raise the risk of death of people with schizophrenia, accounting for between a third and a half of the excess mortality in this population—clearly highlighting the need for increased intervention in this area.

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Employees

Employers see significant ROI when helping their employees deal with personal and emotional issues

Study concludes every $1 invested in an employee and family assistance program provides more than eight times the return on investment

TORONTO - A study conducted by the Morneau Shepell research group found that every $1 invested in an employee and family assistance program (EFAP) translates into a return on investment of $8.70 through a combination of improved productivity at work and less time away from work.

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Economic Outlook

Province Taking a Balanced Path to Achieve a Balanced Budget by 2017–18 In Fair, Fiscally Responsible Manner

Ontario is moving forward with its economic plan to grow the economy and create jobs. The government says it is committed to balancing the budget by 2017-18, and will do so in a way that is both fiscally responsible and fair.

Queens Park - Yesterday Finance Minister Charles Sousa presented the 2014 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, which confirms that the Province is working to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18. The government continues to project deficits of $12.5 billion in 2014-15, $8.9 billion in 2015-16 and $5.3 billion in 2016-17, with a return to balance in 2017-18, consistent with the plan outlined in the 2014 Budget. This will improve the fiscal sustainability of the Province and help protect the critical public services that support the well-being of Ontarians.

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Health Care

St. Mary’s expands visiting hours to encourage family involvement in patient care

Kitchener – Yesterday, St. Mary’s General Hospital has expanded its visiting hours to further encourage families to be involved in the care of their loved ones. The new hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, a change from the previous 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

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Hording

4 Reasons Giving is Good for You

Philanthropist Says Money CAN Buy Happiness – But Only When You Give It Away

Many Americans are choosing to hold onto their money these days, a lesson learned from the 2008-09 financial crash. It’s good to have savings – but not to the point of hoarding, says entrepreneur and philanthropist Tim McCarthy, author of “Empty Abundance”. Americans are saving at a rate of 5.30 percent, well above the record low of 0.80 percent in 2005, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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Expansion

JL's Home Hardware move Location

The new location has allowed for a 30% growth of employees 30,000 square-foot facility

GUELPH – JL’s Home Hardware Building Centre has put the finishing touches on its brand new location at 575 Wellington Street West, the corner of Wellington and Hanlon Parkway. The community is invited to celebrate with a special Grand Opening event from Friday November 14 until Sunday November 16, 2014.

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Markets - Report

Regulation of exempt markets pre-mature says Mintz

Lowering Limits on investment could do more harm than good

TORONTO - We all know about the stock market. Trillions of dollars in a highly regulated, transparent trading environment that fuels corporate growth. But there is another, larger source of corporate funding. The "exempt market". You may know it from the money you invested in your brother's new business, with only a small application form to fill out. You may not know that the exempt market is BIGGER than the traditional stock market. More money is being invested in the largely unregulated market, than in the traditional one.

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Drug Use

People who continue illegal substance use are much less likely to recover from first-episode psychosis

Stavanger, Norway - Research from Norway presented at this year’s International Early Psychosis Conference in Tokyo, Japan, shows that persistent and regular users of illegal substances (mostly cannabis or amphetamines or both) are far less likely to recover from a first episode of psychosis (FEP) than those who have stopped using or never used these drugs. The research, by Dr Melissa Weibell, Stavanger University Hospital and University of Stavanger, Norway, and colleagues, presents a strong argument against the legalisation of cannabis.

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National Housing Day

Realizing New Opportunities

Waterloo Region – Plans for the Region of Waterloo’s 13th National Housing Day celebrations are set. Each year, the event highlights the importance of affordable community housing initiatives and achievements, while acknowledging the dedication and commitment of its housing partners.

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Energy

SolarReserve Ranked #1 Fastest Growing Cleantech Company in North America

Also ranked 20th fastest growing among all technology companies - attributes significant revenue growth to company's proprietary solar energy storage technology and global development activities

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - SolarReserve, a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects and advanced solar thermal technology, today announced it ranked the fastest growing cleantech company on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. SolarReserve was also rated the 20th fastest growing among all technology companies. Rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over five years, from 2009 to 2013.

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House Buying Habits

17 per cent of first-time homebuyers' down payment comes from family

Fall CAAMP survey shows mortgage holders are upbeat, growing their equity

TORONTO - First-time homebuyers on average make a 21 per cent down payment on the purchase of their new home; since the 1990s, about 40 per cent of this has come from personal savings, suggesting Canadians wait to be financially stable before purchasing. But recently, as home prices have risen, 17 per cent of the down-payment has come from family gifts or loans, a higher number than in previous years.

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Drug Use

Audit reveals a third of young people using mental health service had used crystal meth (ice) in the previous 6 months

Melbourne, VIC, Australia - Research presented at this year’s International Early Psychosis Conference in Tokyo, Japan, includes an audit of the 314 young people using the Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, showing that one third (103 patients, 33%) had used the recreational drug crystal methamphetamine (also known as crystal meth or ice) in the previous six months.

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Real Estate Fraud

"Retire Your Home"

What is your home doing during your retirement?

OAKVILLE - FCT, a title insurance company is launching a campaign called "Retire Your Home" to encourage those engaged in retirement planning discussions to think about what their home is doing during their retirement- Is it mortgage free? Vacant? Rented? And then, plan for its long-term security.

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Energy Perspective

TransCanada hired world's largest PR firm to target Council of Canadians' Energy East campaign - Energy East 101

Ottawa - Yesterday, Greenpeace released documents revealing that the Council of Canadians was one of the first groups targeted for U.S.-style opposition research by TransCanada’s public relations firm, Edelman. Edelman is the largest PR firm in the world with links to the Tea Party and Walmart.

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