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Undersea Mountains

Laura Robinson: The secrets I find on the mysterious ocean floor

Hundreds of meters below the surface of the ocean, Laura Robinson probes the steep slopes of massive undersea mountains. She's on the hunt for thousand-year-old corals that she can test in a nuclear reactor to discover how the ocean changes over time. By studying the history of the earth, Robinson hopes to find clues of what might happen in the future. Dr. Laura Robinson's scientific mission is to document and understand the processes that govern climate.

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Who Cares?

Mr. Trudeau Goes to Washington: While Most (68%) Americans can Identify the Canadian Prime Minister, a Majority (54%) Agrees They Don’t Really Care about Justin Trudeau’s State Visit

Three Quarters (76%) of Americans Say Canada, Not Mexico (24%), is America’s Most Important Neighbor

Toronto – As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Washington D.C. for an official State Visit with U.S. President Barack Obama, a new Ipsos poll of Americans conducted for Global News has revealed that while most Americans can identify the Canadian Prime Minister from a list, a majority doesn’t really care about his State Visit.

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Economy

Deficits won't stimulate the economy

Montreal - Increasing budget deficits in order to boost the economy, which many economists are calling on the federal government to do, is a policy that is doomed to fail, shows an MEI publication released today.

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XQuarterly

Linamar Delivers Fifth Consecutive Year of Record Results on Double Digit Top and Bottom Line Growth

Sales increase 24% over 2014 to reach $5.2 billion; Operating earnings increase 33% over 2014 to reach $597.0 million; Net earnings up 36% and earnings per share up 36% over 2014 reaching $436.7 million and $6.71 respectively

Guelph - Sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 ("Q4 2015") were $1,243.0 million, up $240.0 million from $1,003.0 million in Q4 2014.

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Carbon Counting

David Johnston's Research and Technology Park Announces Ten Year Carbon Initiative

Waterloo - The David Johnston Research + Technology Park (R+T Park) University of Waterloo and its tenants have committed to a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target through Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI). With a goal of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gasses per capita by 2024, the companies in the R+T Park are actively working to successfully achieve their target result.

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Expansion and Renewal

Climate change strategy should include investment in colleges

Kitchener - Ontario’s public colleges are calling on the federal government to invest in expansion and renewal projects at colleges that will support Canada’s fight against climate change.

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Air Quality

Province Releases 2014 Air Quality Report

Air Quality In Ontario Improves Over The Last 10 Years

Queens Park - The people of Ontario are breathing cleaner air today than a decade ago, according to data in the province’s annual report on air quality.

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Pension

Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), third quarter 2015

Ottawa - The market value of employer-sponsored pension funds declined 0.6% in the third quarter, following a 1.0% decline the previous quarter.

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PSA

Flood Watch: Grand River watershed

Warm weather and rain raise risk of flooding

Cambridge - The warm temperatures that moved into the watershed earlier this week have melted much of the remaining snow. Flows in water courses across the watershed have increased in response to runoff from snowmelt.

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Guarded Optimism

Global Uncertainty Driving Canadian CFOs to Focus on Domestic Market

Annual study finds country's financial leaders are approaching 2016 with guarded optimism

Toronto - While the country's businesses remain focused on growth, most plan to tighten their belts, target their spending and focus domestically over the next year, according to Canadian executives participating in the ninth annual American Express/CFO Research Global Business & Spending Monitor.

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Best Managed

Cowan Insurance Group Strikes Gold with Fourth Consecutive Best Managed Companies Win

Cambridge – Yesterday, Cowan Insurance Group, announced that it had reached Gold Standard status as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2015.

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Economic Development

Ontario Records Best Year Ever in Film and TV Production

2015 Production Activity Gives Ontario’s Economy $1.5 Billion Boost

Queesn Park - Ontario’s film and TV industry celebrated its best year ever in 2015, contributing $1.5 billion to the province’s economy and supporting almost 32,500 full-time direct and associated jobs.

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Expansion

Magna grows in China with Geely

Establishing new seating facility

Aurora - Magna International Inc. announced that it will open a new seating manufacturing facility in Taizhou, China, to supply Geely's Volvo Car Group. Construction is already underway in the Jiju District of Taizhou and is set to be completed by mid-2016. The announcement was made at an event for investors and analysts in downtown Toronto.

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Immigration

Next Steps for Canada's Immigration Policy

Toronto - Recent changes to Canadian immigration policy, including the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, are positive overall, but they could have negative consequences that need addressing, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Moving Parts: Immigration Policy, Internal Migration and Natural Resource Shocks," authors Michel Beine, Robin W. Boadway and Serge Coulombe note that changes to the TFW Program have limited the kinds of workers companies can bring in, made the applications more rigorous, and set an employer-specific cap on the use of TFWs.

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Appointment

Manulife Names Nadine Chakar as Global Head of Operations and Data Management, Investment Division

Toronto- Manulife announced that Nadine Chakar has been named Senior Vice President and Global Head of Operations and Data Management, Investment Division. Based in Boston, Ms. Chakar reports to Tim Deacon, Executive Vice President and CFO of Manulife's Investment Division. The appointment is effective March 7. Ms. Chakar will also serve as a member of the Investment Division Executive Committee and of Manulife's Global Operations Council.

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Study

Obese women in Canada make less money than non-obese women

London - According to a study completed at Western University, obese women in the Canadian workforce earn less money than non-obese women. Sisira Sarma, PhD, and his team from Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, analyzed data on adults, 18 to 53 years old, from the National Population Health Survey between 2000 and 2011.

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Public Lecture

The Science Behind The Zika Virus

Waterloo - Researchers from the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo will participate in a panel discussion on the Zika virus this week. The event is open to members of the public.

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Innovative Camera Tech

Magna Supplies Next-Generation Vision System for FCA U.S. Vehicles

Auroroa - Magna International Inc. announced that it is supplying its new EYERIS® Generation 3.0 camera system for the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the first FCA U.S. vehicle to feature this new innovative camera technology, and for the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The announcement was made at an event for investors and analysts in downtown Toronto.

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Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying activist Carol Todd to speak at Laurier Brantford

Brantford - Carol Todd, mother of two and an educator for the Port Coquitlam School Board, lost her daughter, Amanda Todd. Amanda took her own life after a never-ending struggle as a victim of cyberbullying, exploitation and relentless bullying in her everyday life.

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Health Care

Low cost, 25 min TB-test could help reduce tuberculosis death rate among patients with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

Caape Town, South Africa - A low cost, easy to use, urine test to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) among patients with HIV could help reduce the TB death rate of HIV-positive patients in hospital, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

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Newcomers

New group aims to help LGBTQ+ newcomers in Waterloo Region.

Waterloo Region - The Solidarity Alliance, a sub-committee of The Rainbow Community Council, was created in response to stories of LGBTQ+ newcomers experiencing racism, a lack of support for ESL learners or a lack of understanding of the immigration experience and non-Western identities in LGBTQ-identified spaces and events.

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Customer Service

Five Mistakes Organizations (Unknowingly) Make That Drive Customers Away

If your organization is struggling to hold onto customers and you're not sure why, it's time to take a hard look at your practices, processes, and priorities. Here are five big mistakes you might be making (without realizing they are mistakes). - By Joseph Michelli

Loyal customers are hard to come by these days. We all know this. After struggling through years of turmoil and uncertainty, the last thing most leaders would purposely do is take customers for granted. And yet, if your company is like many, all your fervent efforts to attract and retain them are falling curiously flat. It's not that they're storming angrily out the door. It's that their experience with your company is less of an enthusiastic Wow! and more of a tepid Eh. What are you doing wrong?

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Millennials

Let’s Take the Mystery Out of Training Millennials
By Evan Hackel

“What are the most effective ways to train millennials?” is probably the question that training professionals hear more often than any other today. To training professionals who were born before 1980—the year when the first millennials were born—the question can seem mysterious and complex. We look at millennials and see a group of young people who seem addicted to texting on their phones, who sometimes seem skeptical about the lessons we want to teach them, and who are prone to changing jobs frequently.

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Digitization of Paper

Canadian companies ahead of global counterparts in digitizing key business processes

Mississauga - Data is the lifeblood of business today, and it’s not easy digging through it to uncover insightful, actionable intelligence. That’s one takeaway from a survey of 600 IT decision-makers in large US, Canadian and Western European organizations. The “Digitization at Work” report from Xerox shows the move from paper to digital processes is nearly upon us, however, many survey respondents admit they may not be ready for it.

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FinTech

Mogo Named a Finalist at International FinTech Innovation Awards for Groundbreaking Adulting 101 Marketing Campaign

Popular national event series for the financially curious combines learning about "adulting" with a wine-infused party to receive major nod as innovative marketing approach from international judges.

Vancouver - Mogo Finance Technology Inc. is thrilled to be selected as a finalist for the International FinTech Innovation Awards 2016 in the FinTech Marketing Category. Mogo has been recognized for their groundbreaking, national, millennials-and-money event series "Adulting 101."

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IOT

Internet of Things Influencers Gather to Discuss Future

Planon to Host Thought Leadership Conference in Boston

Boston - Planon, the global leader in Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS) software, announced it will be host an Internet of Things day-long conference and discussion geared towards business consultants and industry analysts on Wednesday, April 6, 10:00AM at One Federal Street, Boston. The event, titled "Welcome to the Planon Universe," will take an in-depth look at global changes in technology and how it will revolutionize several industries.

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Next Week Workshop

Facebook and Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce to host free workshop for Kitchener-Waterloo businesses

First Canadian event in Facebook's initiative aimed at women-owned small businesses

Kitchener - On Monday, March 14, Facebook's Boost Your Business will take place in Kitchener, Ontario, a session dedicated to teaching small business owners in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region how to optimize their presence on the world's largest social network. The event will be co-hosted by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce with special guest, Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism.

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