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António Guterres: Refugees have the right to be protected

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres thinks that we can solve the global refugee crisis — and he offers compelling, surprising reasons why we must try. In conversation with TED's Bruno Giussani, Guterres discusses the historical causes of the current crisis and outlines the mood of the European countries that are trying to screen, shelter and resettle hundreds of thousands of desperate families. Bigger picture: Guterres calls for a multilateral turn toward acceptance and respect — to defy groups like ISIS's anti-refugee propaganda and recruiting machine. António Guterres is at the forefront of advocating for refugee rights around the world.


Stroke and dementia are on the decline in Ontario

London - Researchers at Western University have published the first study in the world showing a decline in the incidence of dementia at a whole population level, which they believe is connected to the overall decline in strokes.

Government Size - Video

Brian Lee Crowley explains why government in Canada is much larger than previously thought

Ottawa – How big, exactly, is government in Canada? Bigger than we think. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley explains in a new video why we aren’t correctly measuring the size of government and that if we did we'd discover that government in Canada is nearly half again as big as it claims.


Wholesale trade for October 2015

Ottawa - Wholesale sales declined 0.6% to $54.7 billion in October, a fourth consecutive decrease. Declines were recorded in four subsectors, led by lower sales in the food, beverage and tobacco and the motor vehicle and parts subsectors.

Price Index Rose

Consumer Price Index for November 2015

Ottawa - The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.4% in the 12 months to November, after increasing 1.0% in October. Gasoline prices continued to moderate the year-over-year rise in the CPI in November, but to a lesser extent than in October. In November, the gasoline index was down 10.6% year over year compared with a 17.1% decrease the previous month.

Carbon Pricing

Businesses must prepare for upcoming carbon pricing legislation

Most predict government will introduce emissions reduction targets in 1-3 years

Toronto - As the conversation around carbon pricing heats up globally, EY discussed the topic with several financial executives at large emitters1 in Canada. The consensus is that placing a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the best approach to reduce emissions – and most believe the Canadian government will reach an agreement on country wide GHG emissions reduction targets in the next 1 to 3 years.

Health Care Waterloo Wellington

WWLHIN Board of Directors Board Highlights

Kitchener - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting on December 17, 2015. This link has highlights from the meeting.

Holiday Buying

Nearly 70 per cent of Canadians still have holiday shopping to do

Millennials and men most likely to put off making holiday purchases in the fifth annual CIBC holiday shopping poll

Toronto - With the holiday season in full swing, a recent poll completed December 15 - just 10 days before the big day - finds that 69 per cent of Canadians have not yet finished their holiday shopping, including 15 per cent who haven't even started.

Chart of the Week

The Return of the Americans

“This is a chart of overnight cross border traffic flows over the U.S.-Canadian border with the exchange rate overlaid on top. As the loonie rises relative to the U.S. dollar more Canadians flow into the U.S. while fewer Americans visit Canada. As the loonie falls, the converse happens. While the loonie began to decline in earnest in 2013, the number of Canadian visitors to the U.S. minus American visitors to Canada only began to follow in 2015. In 2016, expect increasing visits by Americans to buoy the Canadian tourism industry for the first time in over a decade and domestic retailers to benefit as Canadians stay at home.

2 years overdue - paid

Ontario Has Offered All Final Ice Storm Assistance Payments

Province Providing More Than $131 Million in Financial Assistance

Queens Park - Ontario has now offered final payments to all municipalities and conservation authorities impacted by the December 2013 ice storm through the province’s Ice Storm Assistance Program.

Health Care Reform

OPSEU welcomes community health care reform

Toronto - "The latest phase in the reform of health care in Ontario, announced yesterday, is a welcome step in the right direction," the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says. Under the proposal from Health and Long-Term Care Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, the services that Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) provide will be uploaded to 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).


Ontario Drinking Water Still Among the Best Protected

Province Releases 2014-15 Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report

Queens Park - Ontario’s drinking water remains among the best protected in the world, according to the 2014-15 Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report. The Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s report includes a summary of information and performance results for municipal drinking water systems and notes that, in 2014-2015:

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