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Women Around the World

Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings

Nearly 1000 "honor" killings are reported in Pakistan each year, murders by a family member for behavior deemed "shameful," such as a relationship outside of marriage. When Khalida Brohi lost a close friend to the practice, she resolved to campaign against it. Yet she met resistance from an unlikely source: the very community she hoped to protect. In this powerful, honest talk, Brohi shares how she took a hard look at her own process, and offers sharp insights for other passionate activists.

Mental Disorders

CPA supports the Federal Government’s Supplementary Estimates: Doubling psychological services from $1,000 to $2,000 for Federal Workers and Retirees

Ottawa - The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) applauds the federal government and Treasury Board President, the Honourable Tony Clement, for increasing coverage for psychological services for federal workers, their families, and retirees. The increases were tabled in the Supplementary Estimates 2014–2015 in the House of Commons and the changes came into effect last year.

Turbulent Times

Quarterly financial statistics for enterprises for fourth quarter 2014

Financial sector operating profits fell 9.8%; non-financial sector, operating profits fell 0.2% to $67.5 billion in the fourth quarter, following a 1.9% increase the previous quarter

Ottawa - Canadian corporations earned $89.4 billion in operating profits in the fourth quarter, down 2.8% from the previous quarter. This decrease followed a 5.2% increase in the third quarter. Overall, operating profits increased in 13 of 22 industries.


Second-hand economy in Canada worth $30 billion annually, report finds

Inaugural Kijiji Second-Hand Economy Index Measures Impact on GDP, Jobs and Money in Your Pocket

Toronto - Canadians spend close to $30 billion each year on used cars, hockey equipment and baby furniture, among other items, according to the inaugural Kijiji Second-Hand Economy Index, released today. The study, undertaken for Kijiji on its 10th anniversary in Canada by researchers from the University of Toronto and Montreal's Observatoire de la Consommation Responsable, also reveals that second-hand goods spending by Canadians contributes close to $34 billion to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) in Canada by diverting dollars away from items that would otherwise be imported. Other benefits of the second-hand economy include job creation and a reduction in environmentally harmful waste, the study shows.


Scientists report bionic hand reconstruction in three Austrian men

Vienna - Three Austrian men have become the first in the world to undergo a new technique called “bionic reconstruction”, enabling them to use a robotic prosthetic hand controlled by their mind, according to new research published in The Lancet. All three men suffered for many years with brachial plexus injuries [1] and poor hand function as a result of motor vehicle and climbing accidents.

Healthy Living

High energy breakfast with low energy dinner helps control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes

Israel - A small new study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that, in people with type 2 diabetes, those who consume a high energy breakfast and a low energy dinner have better blood sugar control than those who eat a low energy breakfast and a high energy dinner.


Sears Canada Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results

Year to year (fourth quarter) decrease of 17.7%; year to year (52 weeks) decrease of 14.2%

TORONTO - Sears Canada Inc. today announced its unaudited fourth quarter and full-year results. Total revenues for the 13-week period ended January 31, 2015 ("the fourth quarter of 2014") were $972.5 million compared to $1,182.3 million for the 13-week period ended February 1, 2014 ("the fourth quarter of 2013"), a decrease of 17.7%. Same store sales for the quarter decreased by 9.1%.


Large urban transit for December 2014

Ottawa - In December, total operating revenue (excluding subsidies) for 10 of Canada's largest urban transit systems rose 5.1% from the same month in 2013 to $280.8 million. Over the same period, ridership levels increased 5.1% to 138.8 million passenger trips.


Royal Bank of Canada Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

First quarter up 17% from the prior year, and up 5% from the prior quarter

TORONTO - Royal Bank of Canada today reported record net income of $2,456 million for the first quarter ended January 31, 2015, up $364 million or 17% from the prior year, and up $123 million or 5% from the prior quarter. Net income was up $272 million or 12%(1), excluding specified items in the prior year as noted below.


Canadians Look Forward to Retirement but Wrestle with Savings Concerns

Survey finds more than two-thirds (68 per cent) of Canadians are stressed and anxious when thinking about retirement savings and investments

TORONTO - Franklin Templeton Investments' 2015 Retirement Income Strategies and Expectations (RISE) survey found that 88 per cent of Canadians who haven't retired expressed concerns about paying expenses in retirement, with health care and lifestyle expenses most frequently cited. This concern appears to be well founded, as over one-third (39 per cent) of people who are 11 or more years into retirement said their overall expenses have increased since they retired, according to the January 2015 survey.

Single Parents

Canadian Megatrends for February 2015

Lone-parent families: The new face of an old phenomenon

Ottawa - As much as one might think that the prevalence of lone-parent families in Canada has been steadily increasing over the past 100 years, Statistics Canada's demographic data tell a slightly different story. The February edition of Canadian Megatrends, released yesterday, takes a look at long-term trends in children's living arrangements in Canada and reveals that living in a lone-parent family was almost as common a circumstance for children in 1931 (11.9%) as in 1981 (12.7%).


Jack Welsh, Starbuck’s Howard Schultz, Herman Cain, and Mikkhail Prokhorov Featured in a Graphic Novel Collection

Graphic Novels are on the rise again - with new Superheros in plain sight

Vancouver - Bluewater Productions latest graphic novel collection tells the stories of the innovators that have changed the world of business. “Orbit: Tycoons: Rising to the Top” goes on sale this week in print and on digital platforms.

Transporting People

Civil aviation operating and financial statistics for 2013

Ottawa - Canadian Level I to III air carriers reported 67.3 million enplaned passengers in 2013, up 0.6% from 2012. The domestic sector rose 3.0% to 37.4 million passengers, while the international sector (including between Canada and the United States) decreased 2.1% to 29.9 million passengers. The passenger counts on scheduled flights rose 0.8% to 60.7 million, while the number of passengers flying on chartered flights declined 1.0% to 6.6 million.

Support for Canadian Business

Steelworkers Claim Government Documents Reveal Canadian Embassy Backed Mining Company's Problems in Mexico

OTTAWA and TORONTO - A report based on internal documents obtained from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) concludes that Canadian diplomats in Mexico were complicit in Toronto-based Excellon Resources Inc.'s efforts to avoid redressing a violated land use contract and poor working conditions, and supported repression against a peaceful protest.

Global Governance

Report: Mitigating Political & Regulatory Risk for Successful Infrastructure Projects

The world’s huge infrastructure demand cannot be met by the public sector alone; private investors and operators are needed, but they worry about political and regulatory risk.

New York City – Today, political and regulatory risk takes many forms – from community protests to tightened regulations and corruption – and is relevant in both developing and industrialized countries.


How to Pop the Cork on the Good Life – and the Time to Do It Is When You Retire

3 Simple Tips in 2015 for Improving Retirement Prospects

Imagine a bright, golden vista filled with soothing, warm sunshine – perhaps it is California’s Highway 29. You’re driving this scenic route after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on a Tuesday during working hours. That’s right, you’re going to Napa.


Magna announces fourth quarter and 2014 results, and stock split

AURORA - Magna International Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.

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