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Wednesday September 30, 2009

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Ted Talks

Tim Brown urges designers to think big



Tim Brown says the design profession is preoccupied with creating nifty, fashionable objects -- even as pressing questions like clean water access show it has a bigger role to play. He calls for a shift to local, collaborative, participatory "design thinking."

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Appointment

BIOREM appoints new Vice President of Operations

GUELPH - BIOREM Inc. is pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Hawley has been appointed Vice President of Operations and will be joining the senior management team at Biorem's head office in Guelph, Ontario.

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Literacy

Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Programs Save a 'Lost Generation' of Youth

TORONTO - Half of young Canadians feel they are at or beyond their ability to manage personal debt. Junior Achievement of Canada (JA Canada(TM)) today officially announces the implementation of two youth financial literacy programs designed to address this problem.

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Job Hunting

A Majority of Executives Surveyed Prefer Chronological Resumes From Job Seekers

TORONTO - When it comes to crafting the perfect resume, a “top-down” approach is still employers’ favourite, a recent survey confirms. Six out of 10 (61 per cent) hiring managers interviewed said they prefer a chronological resume with the most recent work history first over those organized by job function and skills.

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School Ratings

Sunshine on Schools Ontario Launched

New Interactive Online Tool Puts Spotlight on School Board Data

TORONTO - A new interactive website launched by the Society for Quality Education will give the Ontario public especially taxpayers, policymakers, and parents - for the first time ever - the chance to easily and quickly compare the effectiveness of publicly-funded school boards on education funding, spending, and academic achievement.

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Global Economy

China Faces Big Uncertainties: World Bank Chief.

"China faces major uncertainties even though it rebounded strongly from the latest financial crisis aided by its huge treasure chest, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said in a speech on Monday

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Medical Care

Ontario's doctors support collaboration among health care professionals

TORONTO - At an appearance before the Ontario Legislative Standing Committee on Social Policy, Ontario's doctors will stress the importance of health care professionals working together to enhance and strengthen the delivery of safe and quality care to patients.

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Recognition

COM DEV Wins Ontario Business Achievement Award For Large Business

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that it has been selected by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as a 2009 winner of the Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA).

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Appointment

Dr. Gary Cort Joins ICS as Senior Associate

Guelph - International Certification Services Inc. (ICS) is pleased to welcome Dr. Gary Cort, Chairman, ISO/TC 176 Quality Management and Quality Assurance which is the oversight body responsible for the development of the ISO 9001 standard.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Voluntary Accord on Access to Vehicle Repair Information

OTTAWA - Tony Clement welcomed the news that vehicle manufacturers in Canada have come to a voluntary agreement to equip independent service and repair providers with access to important information and tools for the repair of vehicles.

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Health Care

Canadian Institutes of Health Research experts discuss the impact of poverty on health

OTTAWA – At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day and 25,000 children die each day due to poverty, according to the World Bank and UNICEF.

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Guest Column

The Grass Is Indeed Greener: The Power of Optimism

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” These inspirational words by Martin Luther King, Jr. epitomize what optimism stands for—a positive life view, an unwavering belief that all is going to turn out well in the end.

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Retail

Grand Opening Celebrations at Bridlewood Home Hardware

New store will be largest home improvement store in Kanata area

Kanata – Tomorrow, Dealer-Owner, Chuck Hillock’s Bridlewood Home Hardware will open its doors to customers. On the corner of Eagleson and Michael Cowpland Drive, the new 18,000 square foot store will provide the community of Bridlewood with all their needs from decorating to renovating at one convenient location.

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Education

Donation Will Aid Conestoga Students

Kitchener - Local radio stations in the Rogers Radio Group, owned by Rogers Broadcasting Ltd., have donated an initial $33,000 to Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, to assist deserving students prepare for careers in radio journalism.

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Tourism

Tourism spending in Canada declined 0.8% in real terms in the second quarter of 2009

Outlays by both Canadians and international visitors fell.

Statscan - Tourism spending was down for the fourth consecutive quarter in the second quarter of 2009. Over these four quarters, spending fell 2.9% in real terms. While this was the longest downturn since the early 1990s, it was not the most severe. In the first six-months of 2003, tourism demand fell 5.8% in real terms, largely reflecting the impact of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) episode.

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Community

WATERLOO GROUPS NAMED FINALISTS FOR GREAT GRANTS AWARD

Foodlink Waterloo, Collaborative for Non Profit Enhancement Recognized by Ontario Trillium Foundation

Waterloo - The Ontario Trillium Foundation announced that Foodlink Waterloo and Collaborative for Non Profit Enhancement are two of 19 finalists for its prestigious 2009 Great Grants Awards. The awards recognize Ontario organizations that have demonstrated exceptional results, innovation and a lasting impact on the communities they serve.

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Student Life

York U President acting on task force recommendations

TORONTO- York President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri has issued a formal response to the report of the Presidential Task Force on Student Life, Learning & Community.

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Impact of Crises

Leading international experts convene at CIGI to discuss systemic impacts of global economic crisis

Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman to deliver the keynote address

Waterloo – The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is examining the systemic impacts of the global economic crisis at its annual international conference on October 2-4, 2009. The event aims to define and debate issues of critical global importance, and identify innovative practices that can assist in meeting global challenges.

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Guest Column

How to Manage Your Boss
By Jean Kelley

No matter where you work, you report to someone - maybe even to two or three bosses. And whether you think your boss is brilliant or a bore, the fact is that you have to manage the relationship with your boss if you want to advance your career.



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