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Wednesday November 4, 2009

Ted Talks

Matthew White gives the euphonium a new voice

The euphonium, a tuba-like musical instrument, is rarely heard outside of traditional brass bands. Young euph prodigy Matthew White uses hip-hop rhythms and a wild new vocal technique to bring a fresh sound to this underappreciated horn.

Out Sourcing Jobs to India

Toronto Star, Waterloo Region Record and Hamilton Spectator union denounces plan for largest outsourcing in Canadian newspaper history

Torstar-owned dailies, the Spectator in Hamilton and Waterloo Region Record in Kitchener earlier announced plans to contract out ad building jobs to India. The Star tells employees of massive outsourcing of editing jobs: Local journalism at risk of falling to foreign-owned firm; Move "betrays every principle" the Star stands for, union says

TORONTO - Canada's largest newspaper has told its employees that it is in negotiations to contract out up to 100 union editing jobs, almost a third of its newsroom. The explosive news was contained in a company announcement on November 3, 2009, on the paper's 117th birthday, of a buyout offer to all employees.

Arts & Culture & Philanthropy

Christie Digital SYSTEMS donates Cirque De La Symphonie performance to United Way of kitchener-waterloo and area

Almost 1,700 individuals to enjoy free matinee featuring Cirque-style artists performing to music of K-W Symphony

WATERLOO - Thanks to the exceptional generosity of Kitchener-based technology company Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc., United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area has been able to provide many individuals from the programs and initiatives it supports - and many of its volunteers – with free tickets to an exclusive Saturday November 7th matinee of Cirque de la Symphonie at the Centre in the Square.

New School

Waterloo to launch North America's first environment-enterprise-development school

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo will launch North America's first school focusing on environmentally responsible business and development on Friday.

IT Event

Desire2Learn Provides Insight for Soaring to New Heights at EDUCAUSE 2009

Desire2Learn engages educational leaders across North America in reaching new heights in eLearning

Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, and Denver, CO – Desire2Learn Incorporated is engaging participants and providing answers to their eLearning questions at EDUCAUSE 2009, the premier IT event in Higher Education, being held this year in Denver, Colorado from November 3 - 5, 2009.

Social Study

Increased risk of suicide after separation or divorce, York U prof finds

Treatments must recognize differences between men and women

TORONTO - Separated and divorced people are the most overrepresented group among suicides in Ontario, according to a York University professor who is researching a way to identify and help people most at risk as a result of estrangement.


Survey reveals 53 per cent of Canadians lack the skills needed to build wealth

Insufficient knowledge about investing cited as a top barrier to financial freedom, fueling a movement toward a 'reinvention renaissance'

TORONTO - Less than two years ago, no one would have imagined that banks around the world would collapse overnight. But it happened -- and it happened in our lifetime. Canadians have felt the impact of these events and, as uncertainty about economic recovery lingers, a Tigrent Inc. survey across Canada, the US and the UK has revealed that 52 per cent of Canadians are not comfortable with their current financial situation. Further, the majority of Canadians (53 per cent) feel insufficient knowledge about investing is their top wealth-building barrier.

Award Recognition

National awards show engineers' innovation and environmental concerns

OTTAWA - At a gala dinner at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa last night, the 2009 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards were handed out.

Business Conditions Survey

Traveller accommodation industries for Fourth quarter 2009

Statscan - Canadian hoteliers' continued to be less optimistic about the business outlook in the traveller accommodation industry in the fourth quarter of 2009. However, their outlook is less negative than it was in the previous quarter.

New Car Sales

Best-ever October for Toyota and Lexus sales

TORONTO - Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) sold 18,813 Toyota and Lexus cars, SUVs and trucks in October - up 18.7% from October 2008 to set a best ever October record.

2009 Auto Restructuring

Opel sale process terminated

AURORA - Magna International Inc. late yesterday announced that it has been advised by General Motors ("GM") that the GM Board of Directors has decided to terminate the sale process for Opel. Siegfried Wolf, Magna's Co-Chief Executive Officer stated: "We understand that the Board concluded that it was in GM's best interests to retain Opel, which plays an important role within GM's global organization.


The University of Ottawa Nursing Research Unit receives a prestigious award from an international nursing organization

OTTAWA — Canadian nursing, education and health-care organizations were recognized yesterday for their contribution to nursing excellence at the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) biennial conference in Indianapolis (USA).

Book Review

History Prof's New Book Spotlights Forgotten Heroine

Guelph - When Eglantyne Jebb started Save the Children, the world's first international child-welfare agency in 1919, she inspired a generation of women to use their skills and minds to make a difference as volunteers.

Guest Column

Six Key Drivers of Engaged Employees
By Doug Brown

Successful leaders know that engaged workers are more productive, more loyal, adapt to change easier, are committed and focused on company goals, are more likely to be a high performer, and are great advocates for the company.

Contract Awarded

COM DEV USA awarded contract to provide UHF equipment

EL SEGUNDO, CA – COM DEV USA, LLC, a subsidiary of COM DEV International Ltd. announced that it has been awarded a contract valued in excess of US$7 million to provide UHF equipment for a satellite payload.

Real Estate

Survey shows Canadian commercial real estate markets in far better shape than the U.S.

TORONTO - Overall, Canadian real executives' sentiment on real estate markets has moved up meaningfully over the past quarter, more so than in the U.S. The Canadian Real Estate Sentiment Survey is identical to a survey of real estate executives in the U.S., which allows for a reliable, direct comparison between the two markets.

Guest Column

When Bad Things Happen To Good Leaders
by Gregg Thompson

You’ve done all the right things. You’ve provided crystal clear direction to your organization, rewarded courageous risk-taking, encouraged innovation, honored diversity, demanded personal accountability, put the customer first…but it all just went to hell in a hand basket.


Maximum Pensionable Earnings for 2010

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that the maximum pensionable earnings under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for 2010 will be $47,200-up from $46,300 in 2009. The new ceiling was calculated according to a CPP legislated formula that takes into account the growth in average weekly wages and salaries in Canada.

Guest Column

Is Your Business a Pipeline to Profits?
By Jay Arthur

Is your business a "bucket brigade" or a "pipeline to profits"? A bucket brigade is a business that spends too much time in fighting fires and crisis management. A bucket brigade usually has a backlog of work and customers complain about how long it takes to get what they need. Does this sound like your organization?


International development entrepreneur to show how people can escape poverty

WATERLOO - Paul Polak, a leading international development entrepreneur, will discuss solutions to help millions of people escape poverty during a public talk at the University of Waterloo this week.


Tourism Industry Association of Canada Announces Recipients of the 2009 National Awards for Tourism Excellence

Saint John, N.B. - The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has announced the recipients of the 2009 National Awards for Tourism Excellence presented by The Globe and Mail. The recipients were announced as part of a gala ceremony and dinner at the Delta Brunswick in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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