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Thursday November 19, 2009

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Ted Talks

Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership's "missing manual"

Leadership doesn't have a user's manual, but Fields Wicker-Miurin says stories of remarkable, local leaders are the next best thing. At a TED salon in London, she shares three.

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Resignation/Appointment

Cathy Brothers Resigns From Mosaic

Assumes the position of Executive Director in Residence for Capacity Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region - On Tuesday, November 17, 2009, the Board of Directors of Mosaic Counselling and Family Services accepted the resignation of Executive Director, Cathy Brothers.

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Trade

Wholesale sales in current dollars edged up 0.2% in September 2009

Statscan - This following a 1.5% decline in August. Higher sales in the machinery and electronic equipment sector, and the food, beverages and tobacco products sector offset weaker sales in the automotive products sector. Sales excluding the automotive products sector rose 0.6%.

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Consumer Survey

Confidence in economy continues to creep downward

Holiday spending expected to fall

TORONTO - The latest results from TNS Canadian Facts' Consumer Confidence Index suggest that Canadians may have finally decided that they are not buying into the economic recovery hype and will most likely put off major purchases for the next little while. The overall index now stands at 95.5. It is down 2.5 points from last month's 98.0 and 3.7 points since August.

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Recovery

Housing remained the fastest-growing component as indicator of rebound

Statscan - The composite leading index increased 0.7% in October, its fourth straight advance. In October, 8 of the 10 components expanded, the same as in September. Housing remained the fastest-growing component. While the US leading indicator continued to recover, this has been slow to translate into higher demand for factories in Canada.

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Quality of Life

Competitive costs and high standard of living woo techies to Canada’s premier technology community

Waterloo Region - Waterloo Region tech companies will be recruiting talent in Mississauga next week. The Region continues to shine as the tech star in Ontario -- offering high quality jobs, and giving residents a better quality of life at significantly less cost than other tech centres.

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Raising Cash

ARISE Completes First Closing of Fully Subscribed $2.0 Million Non-Brokered Offering

WATERLOO - ARISE Technologies Corporation announced the completion of the first closing in connection with its non-brokered offering of up to 6,666,666 Units at a price of $0.30 per Unit for gross proceeds of up to $2.0 million.

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Investing

US STOCKS-Wall St dips as tech outlook and housing take toll

Decline in October housing starts fuels caution; Tech sector hit after worrisome outlooks

By Edward Krudy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks broke three days of gains on Wednesday following worrisome outlooks from two major software makers and a surprising drop in home construction last month.

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Foundations of Recovery

Top financial strategists discuss economic recovery at Laurier event in Toronto

TORONTO – Wilfrid Laurier University is bringing together two top financial strategists — David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff and Hugh Brown of BMO Capital Markets — to discuss the Foundations of Recovery – Credit, Commodities and Financial Markets at Laurier’s annual Economic Outlook event, Thursday, Nov. 26 at the Toronto Board of Trade, starting at 7:30 a.m.

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MEDIA - Wealth Creators

Canada's richest are getting richer

Canadian Business magazine releases its 11th annual ranking of Canada's 100 wealthiest people

TORONTO - Given the tumultuous economy, we might have expected another year of the rich bleeding money, but they are actually making it - a lot of it. While the rich getting richer may be galling for many of us, the RICH 100 provides a rough barometer on the health of our economy. If these titans are recovering what was thought to be lost forever, then maybe soon we all will be, too.

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Human Resources

LET’S HANG ON TO WHAT WE’VE GOT

Career Expert Offers 10 Tips for Staff Retention in the New Year

TORONTO - Employers may have a common resolution in mind as the new year approaches: keeping top performers on board. As we begin to come out of a difficult recession, many companies recognize that their most valued employees will be presented with other opportunities.

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Innovative Community Service

Parking Tickets Turn into Holiday Gifts

Cambridge - Getting a parking ticket takes on a whole new meaning in Cambridge during December 1st – 15th. Cambridge City Council approved the introduction of a pilot program called ‘Toys for Tickets’ which encourages parking ticket holders to pay the fine with a toy that can be distributed by for the Cambridge Professional Fire Fighters’ Association and Salvation Army.

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Recognition

U of G Staff Member Receives Citizenship Medal

Guelph - A University of Guelph staff member has been honoured with an Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. Cyndy McLean, director of the University of Guelph's Health and Performance Centre, was one of 11 Ontarians honoured in a ceremony Monday evening at Queen's Park by David Onley, Ontario's lieutenant-governor.

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Health Care

REMOTE THERAPIES COULD HELP IN FIGHT AGAINST EATING DISORDERS

Eating disorders continue to have a stigma attached to them. As such, remote therapies, based on e-mail, text messaging, or online cognitive behavioural therapy, could increase engagement with health services and improve recovery rates.

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Canadian Labour Market

York professor debunks US criticisms of Canadian labour market

Among Canadian scholars analyzing US Employee Free Choice Act

TORONTO - A group of Canadian scholars, including York University Professor Norene Pupo, has issued a collection of academic research regarding the US Employee Free Choice Act, and the emerging “Canadian connection” to the ongoing US debate over the provisions of that Act.

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Gaming

Carleton University and partners receive funding to create new Aboriginal video games

Ottawa – The Department of Canadian Heritage has provided $375,000 to Carleton University and other partners to fund the next phase of a research project On the Path of the Elders that seeks to strengthen the identity and self-respect of Aboriginal youth.

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Raising Cash

Manulife Financial Fortifies its Capital Position with $ 2.5 Billion Common Equity Raise

TORONTO - Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC) yesterday announced that it will issue $2,500,400,000 in common equity in a bought deal arranged by Scotia Capital Inc. and RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

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Health Innovation

Ontario Presents Awards For Delivering Better Patient Care

Toronto - Ontario recognized six health care organizations from across the province for their innovations in health care. The winners were announced at the Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo, held Nov. 18 in Toronto.

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Sustainability

The Co-operators Says YES to Engaging Youth in Sustainability

REGINA - Co-operators Life Insurance Company today hosted a forum for 35 students from five local high schools to kick off a new Youth Engagement in Sustainability (YES) initiative.

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Human Resources

Korn/Ferry Executive Compensation Index Shows Declining Pay for Newly Placed Senior Executives in 2009

Five-Year Study Focuses on Long-Term Trends in Compensation

LOS ANGELES - Korn/Ferry International, released results of a five-year analysis focused on compensation for newly hired executives. The Korn/Ferry Executive Compensation Index shows declining pay in 2009 for the majority of new senior executives around the world after reaching a peak in 2008.

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Aquisition

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers to Acquire California-based Martella Auction Company

VANCOUVER - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated today announced an agreement to acquire the auction business and certain assets of Martella Auction Company, Inc., a Tipton, California-based auctioneer of agricultural and industrial equipment. Ritchie Bros.


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