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Thursday February 5, 2009

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Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen

You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."

Custom Manufacturing

COM DEV Awarded Contract to Continue Work on The RADARSAT Constellation

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. today announced that it has been awarded a $5.4 million contract to begin work on Phase B of the Canadian Space Agency's RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM).

KW Home Sales


KITCHENER – Despite deepening economic concerns across the nation, the number of residential properties sold through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January 2009 increased 23.3 percent from the previous month in the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo.

Ontario's Prosperity

Martin Prosperity Institute releases recommendations for Ontario to become world leader in the creative age

Roger Martin and Richard Florida call on Ontarians to embrace the promise of the global economic transformation underway and to harness its potential for building shared prosperity for Ontarians

TORONTO - Despite the current economic environment, Ontario is well positioned to compete and prosper in the ongoing global economic transformation. While the economic environment has worsened in the past year, the current upheaval only accelerates the longer-term trends - especially the shift from more routine-oriented to creativity-oriented jobs. Yet Ontario can do more to ensure it is a globally competitive jurisdiction. That is the key conclusion from the report released today, Ontario in the Creative Age.

Air Travel

Air Canada reports record January traffic

MONTREAL - For the month of January, Air Canada reported a record load factor of 78.1 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz, versus 77.9 per cent in January 2008, an increase of 0.2 percentage points. System traffic decreased 8.5 per cent on a capacity reduction of 8.8 per cent system wide.

Quarterly Report

RDM Corporation Reports First Quarter Results

WATERLOO, ON - RDM Corporation , a leading provider of solutions for the electronic commerce and payment processing markets, today reported its financial results for the three month period ended December 31, 2008.

Exit Strategy

Procter & Gamble looks to exit pharmaceuticals: report

Reuters - Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N) is working with Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N) to identify potential buyers for its pharmaceuticals brands or find other ways to exit the business, people close to the matter said late on Wednesday, the Financial Times reported.

Human Resources

Members of the Canadian Apprenticeship Community meet to discuss Apprenticeship Workplace Practices In Our Current Economic Situation

OTTAWA - How will the current economic situation affect Canadian industries? Will employers need to adjust their strategies for training apprentices? How will the economic situation impact individuals who are employed in these industries? How will we retain our investments in our skilled tradespeople, apprentices and apprenticeship programs to ensure we are ready to address future needs when the economy improves?


3M Canada awards fellowship to top ten Canadian educators

LONDON - To celebrate and reward excellence in teaching and educational leadership at the post-secondary level, 3M Canada, in partnership with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), today announced 2009's 10 recipients of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Canada & USA Trade

Steelworkers tell US lawmakers that coordinated North American approach needed to create and preserve jobs

TORONTO - United Steelworkers Canadian Director Ken Neumann said he is in full agreement with the testimony by International Steelworker President Leo W Gerard about the need to get Canadian and US lawmakers to strengthen manufacturing and jobs in both countries.


Liaison Can/U.S. Courier Inc. Announces New Radio-Frequency Identification Distribution Division

New RFID channel distributor will propel the growth of the RFID industry as the only technology distributor to solely focus on delivering RFID technology to Value-Added Resellers in the United States and in Canada.

Montreal - Liaison Can/U.S. Courier Inc, a provider of transportation and logistics services, made a significant contribution to the RFID industry by launching Can/U.S. Enviro-RFID, North America’s first dedicated value-added distributor of Radio-Frequency Identification solution components and integrated solutions.

Health Care


Guelph - If you live in the area and need a family doctor, the Guelph Family Health Team has recruited a number of highly qualified family doctors and nurse practitioners who are taking new patients. Guelph Family Health Team patients also have access to dietitians, counselors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals as part of their care team.

Payroll Taxes

Employer Provided Parking - A taxable benefit

OTTAWA - Did you know that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) continues to improve its suite of online tools to assist Canadian employers with their payroll obligations?


DeGroote recognizes student achievement
by Julia Thomson

Hamilton - A former member of the Canadian National Gymnastics Team, an international student from China, an exchange student who "found herself" in Europe, a future chartered accountant and a former competitive dancer are just five of the commerce students who will be recognized Wednesday night at the DeGroote School of Business' annual undergraduate awards night.

Life Science

Paradigm shift needed in way chronic pain is managed: McMaster scientist
by Suzanne Morrison

Hamilton - More than 600,000 people in Ontario suffer from chronic pain - back pain, osteoarthritis, painful diabetic neuropathy, persistent pain following shingles, neuropathic pain following accidents and much more. While the pain may be debilitating one moment, gone the next, for most people the pain is constant, never ending.

Climate Change

Green Energy Act the Solution to Environmental and Economic Crises is theme of Kingston Meeting

Kingston - Citizens from Kingston and surrounding areas attended a meeting at the St. Lawrence College last night (February 3), organized by the SWITCH Kingston and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.


Government of Canada Highlights Infrastructure Investment That Will Lead to Economic Growth

OTTAWA - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today joined the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to highlight new Budget 2009 investments in science and technology.

First Nations

Class-Action Law Suit launched by Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish against the British Columbia Government to address the impacts of aquaculture on wild salmon in their territory

Vancouver - Representatives of the Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish (kwik wasoo tea noox & ha kwa meesh) First Nation (KAFN) gathered at the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs' office to launch a Class-Action law suit involving B.C. Government's regulation of open net-cage salmon farms, and the very survival of B.C.'s wild salmon.


David Suzuki to make an Impact! on Students

GUELPH - One of Canada's pre-eminent scientists and leaders in environmental sustainability will share his insights and inspire 180 students who represent the next generation of Canadian leaders in sustainability. Impact!: The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership today announced that Dr. David Suzuki will be the keynote speaker at its inaugural event next fall.


Tough budget talk for UW's board
University of Waterloo Daily Bulletin

Waterloo - Budget cuts of a size that “will cause serious damage to the institution” are a possibility this year unless UW finds creative ways to bring in more money or make some savings, provost Amit Chakma told the board of governors yesterday.


Corus Radio iPhone app features 52 Canadian radio stations

Toronto - Corus Entertainment has launched a new iPhone radio app called Corus Radio, offering all of its 52 radio stations as direct streams. Some of the included radio stations are 102.1 the Edge, Q107, CKOI, 98,5 FM, 630 CHED, CJOB 68 and Country 105.


Juno nominations music to U of T's ears

Numerous nominations for faculty, students and alumni
By Anjum Nayyar

Toronto - U of T's renowned Faculty of Music was recognized this week as Juno nominations were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. A total of fourteen musicians and two ensembles affiliated with the Faculty of Music, including faculty members, students, alumni and staff, are involved in eleven nominated albums in ten different categories.

Recognition Top Performers Honored in Mexico

Don Legere takes home top honors of Franchisee of the Year.

Moncton, NB - 2009 Revvy Winners, Canada's largest private sale marketing company, wrapped up its annual four-day franchise conference at the Grand Palladium Resort in the beautiful Maya Riviera, Mexico, by handing out its coveted Revvy Awards; given to the system's top performers.

Climate Change

DHL’s environmental commitment acknowledged by leading climate protection organization

Climate Counts recognizes GoGreen Program as most efficient tool for climate protection across the business

Bonn - DHL, the global leader in express and logistics, has been recognized for its global environmental commitment by Climate Counts. Climate Counts, a leading nonprofit organization working in collaboration with Clean Air-Cool Planet, placed DHL well ahead of other major players in the logistics industry in their environmental scoreboard.

Tourism & 2009 Budget

Canadian Tourism Commission CEO McKenzie welcomes federal budget news

Increase in funding targets domestic travel and priority international markets

VANCOUVER - Canadians will be encouraged to "Keep exploring" Canada with an increase in funding to the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) outlined in the federal government's budget.

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