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Tuesday November 27, 2012

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Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit.

Industry Trends

Quarterly financial statistics for enterprises, third quarter 2012

Manufacturing industries led the overall increase

Statscan - Canadian corporations earned $72.2 billion in operating profits in the third quarter, up 3.7% from the previous quarter. This increase follows a 7.0% decrease in the second quarter.


Jim Cooper receives award for friendhsip

Waterloo - Maplesoft has been awarded the “Friend of the Faculty” award by Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Maplesoft CEO, Jim Cooper received the award at the 2012 Waterloo Engineering Awards Dinner last week.

Personal Financial Trends 2013


TORONTO - More (37 per cent) Canadian consumers feel their personal financial situation will improve than they did at this same time last year (32 per cent) and they are taking steps to be in better financial shape. Here are some tips.


Characteristics of international overnight travellers, second quarter 2012

Canadian overnight business travel to the United States rose 6.6%; China, recorded a 21.9% increase in overnight trips to Canada.

Statscan - Among main trips categories, overnight business travel to Canada by overseas travellers recorded the largest year-over-year decrease with an 8.2% decline in the second quarter, while pleasure travel was down 3.9%.


Laurier statement in response to CAUT withdrawal of motion relating to censureship

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased that, after careful consideration, the CAUT chose not to support a motion of censure. We welcome the scrutiny and discussion that has been generated by the Balsillie School of International Affairs’ governance model, which we believe is a truly innovative and sound approach to governance that others can learn from and follow.


Decision by Canadian Association of University Teachers to drop censure threat vindicates governance of Balsillie School of International Affairs

Waterloo – A decision by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) to withdraw its threat of censure against two universities is a vindication of the governance of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA).


Which Destinations Became Cool In 2012?

TORONTO - Popularity also comes and goes so using a index which tracks bookings by Canadians have uncovered which international cities made the travel 'It' list this year.

Health Care

The truth about Canadian health care: it is in need of transformation

OTTAWA - Health care in Canada is running a deficit in more ways than just the fiscal side. The deficit in performance comes from a 1960s model of system management, ill-defined goals, and an ideological, values-driven debate dominated by vested interests, rather than a dialogue - that includes patients - about the best ways to provide health services.

Autonomy upgrade

OpenText Offers Software Trade-in for Autonomy Customers

Autonomy Customers Have Another Path to Protect Their Software Investment

WATERLOO - OpenText announced a compelling and complimentary offer to Autonomy customers interested in protecting their software investments. Existing Autonomy customers now have the option to trade in valid Autonomy licenses for OpenText licenses.

Egg Production

Putrescine water may be Fountain of Youth for eggs

Discovery provides promising solution to revitalize aging egg cells

Ottawa — An Ottawa scientist has discovered a critical reason why women experience fertility problems as they get older. The breakthrough by Dr. Johné Liu, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and professor at the University of Ottawa, also points to a simple solution that could increase the viability of egg cells for women in their late 30s and older — putrescine water.


Canadians resolve to better manage their finances in 2013: RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook

Resolutions for New Year include spending less, saving/investing more
National overall index rises 12 basis points from 2011

TORONTO - Heading into 2013, more (37 per cent) Canadian consumers feel their personal financial situation will improve than they did at this same time last year (32 per cent) and they are taking steps to be in better financial shape, according to the quarterly RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook (RBC CCO).


Manulife Financial appoints Marianne Harrison head of Canadian Division

TORONTO - Manulife Financial announced that, effective January 1, 2013, Marianne Harrison has been promoted to Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, Canadian Division. Ms. Harrison will report directly to Manulife President and Chief Executive Officer Donald A. Guloien, and will also become a member of the Company's Executive Committee.

Virtual Work

New Wave of Virtual Employees Working Smarter but Risking Burnout, According to Workplace Survey

60 percent would consider telecommuting -- working mainly from home or away from the office

TROY, MI - Mobile technologies are transforming the workplace and are helping to lift productivity and efficiency, but these technologies are also contributing to increased fatigue and burnout among workers who are putting a lot of the pressure on themselves.


BioNova and BioTalent Canada Announce Strategic Partnership

OTTAWA - BioNova and BioTalent Canada announced the creation of a new partnership providing access to new and valuable services for life sciences businesses throughout Nova-Scotia.


Miovision Named a Top Employer in Waterloo Area for 2013

Kitchener – Miovision announced their pleasure to have been named one of Waterloo Area’s Top 15 Employers for 2013. The annual list, compiled by Mediacorp Canada Inc. a Torstar affiliate and recognizes employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph region who offer an exceptional place to work.


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Removed from Office

Toronto - The Ontario Superior Court found Rob Ford guilty of improperly participating in a debate over whether he should repay $3,150 in questionable donations he collected for a personal football charity using city hall letterhead. As a result of the finding, Ford has also been removed from office.

Community Health

Grand River Hospital expands influenza A outbreak on Union Terrace Two at Freeport Site

Kitchener - Grand River Hospital is still limiting visitors on UT2 at its Freeport Site as the influenza A outbreak declared on Thursday, November 22 has been expanded to include a new affected patient from the UT2 west court. The three affected patients are stable, isolated from other patients and receiving treatment.


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