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Global Goals

Michael Green: How we can make the world a better place by 2030

Can we end hunger and poverty, halt climate change and achieve gender equality in the next 15 years? The governments of the world think we can. Meeting at the UN in September 2015, they agreed to a new set of Global Goals for the development of the world to 2030. Social progress expert Michael Green invites us to imagine how these goals and their vision for a better world can be achieved. Michael Green has created the Social Progress Index, a standard to rank societies based on how they meet the needs of citizens.

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Labour

Labour Force Survey for September 2015

Ottawa - Employment was little changed for the fourth consecutive month in September (+12,000 or +0.1%). The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 7.1% as more people participated in the labour market. Part-time employment rose by 74,000 in September, which was largely offset by a decline of 62,000 in full time.

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Growth Marker

Ontario’s fastest growing construction company lands in the No. 14 spot on the 2015 Profit 500 list.

National Contractor Management Company named as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Cambridge - Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked QuickContractors.com Inc No. 14 on the 27th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. QuickContractors.com Inc made the 2015 list with five-year revenue growth of 4,184%.

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Mechanically Stable Air

Dielectric Film Has Refractive Index Close to Air for Photonics Applications

The paper, “Ordered Three-Dimensional Thin-Shell Nanolattice Materials with Near-Unity Refractive Indices,” is published online in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a dielectric film that has optical and electrical properties similar to air, but is strong enough to be incorporated into electronic and photonic devices – making them both more efficient and more mechanically stable.

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Our Future

Innovation economy demands confidence, not complacency, Premier tells CityAge conference
by Anthony Reinhart

Toronto - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne made an impassioned call for confidence over complacency as the province moves to a knowledge-based economy, urging the private sector to keep pushing alongside governments during the transition.

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Social Media

Why Social Media Gaffes are Ruining Political Candidates

From inappropriate posts to lack of strategy, Prof. Tamara Small says social media is an ineffective tool for communicating with voters - by Susan Bubak

Guelph - Are you Facebook friends with your favourite politician? If you’re like most Canadians, probably not. That’s according to research by political science professor Tamara Small, who found that between four and seven per cent of Canadians use social media to connect with politicians, and less than 20 per cent of Canadians visited a political party’s website in the past year.

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First of its Kind

Laurier signs agreement with the University of Sussex that lets students earn a BA and a law degree in six years

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University has signed an agreement with the University of Sussex in England to offer students an opportunity to earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Laurier and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Sussex. The agreement — which is exclusive to Laurier and one of the first of its kind for a Canadian university — condenses the time required to earn both an Honours BA and LLB to six years rather than the typical seven years.

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Innovative Arts

Innovative and Experimental Series Pushes the Perimeter of Musical Performance

Three leaders in contemporary music and performing arts announce partnership with Perimeter Institute with Pushing the Perimeter Concert Series.

Waterloo - On Saturday October 17 at 8 PM, Inter Arts Matrix presents Objects on a Table, the first of a three performances of new and experimental music at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Objects on a Table is a collaboration between visual artist Isabella Stefanescu and the improvisational duo Stealth (Kathryn Ladano on bass clarinet and Richard Burrows on percussion). Isabella Stefanescu will perform drawings live, using the Euphonopen, a new instrument she helped create, that generates and manipulates sound according to the movements of the drawing hand.

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Arts & Culture

Music Incubator Gets Home in Heart of Downtown Yonge

Heritage Building at 21 Dundas Square hosts launch of Artist Manager Program

Toronto – Toronto’s new Music Incubator will be setting up shop steps away from legendary musical landmarks, the Downtown Yonge BIA announced today. The incubator will start with a 2,000 square foot pop-up space in a heritage building at 21 Dundas Square.

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Second Offering

Hydro One Limited Files an Amended and Restated Preliminary Prospectus in Canada for Secondary Offering of Common Shares by the Province of Ontario

Toronto - Hydro One Limited, on behalf of itself and Hydro One Inc., announced Friday that Hydro One Limited (collectively with Hydro One Inc., "Hydro One"), has filed an amended and restated preliminary prospectus (the "preliminary prospectus") with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories in Canada, and a receipt has been issued by such regulatory authorities, in connection with a proposed secondary offering of its common shares (the "offering") by the Province of Ontario (the "Province").

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Concern for Repeat

Chinese Workers Network Condem Using racism to win votes

Toronto - With ten days left before the 2015 federal election, Chinese Workers Network (CWN) of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council express their deep concern over how the issue of the niqab has been raised repeatedly to incite the politics of fear and division. The Network condemns using racism to win votes. Members of the Network recall with bitterness how the Canadian federal government once discriminated and treated Chinese people and Chinese Canadians with hostility.

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Pensioners

20,000 Pensioners Lose Critical Health and Drug Benefits Due to Harper's U.S. Steel Sellout

Toronto - The federal Conservative government must accept its responsibility for 20,000 pensioners who are immediately losing critical health benefits and prescription drug coverage, the United Steelworkers (USW) says. "There will be 20,000 pensioners waking up tomorrow [October 10, 2015] without health benefits and prescription drug coverage, because of the Harper government's secret deals with U.S. Steel. It's a disgrace," said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.

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Cash Flow

How to improve your cash flow management

Cash flow management can be one of the most complex challenges facing a business owner. That’s because it takes place on several levels at once—everything from accounts receivables and payables to inventory and expense control, to the even bigger questions about your business model. “Good cash flow management starts with making financial projections and then closely monitoring your actual financial results,” says Sophie Gauthier, Director, Business Restructuring Unit at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).


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