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The Canadian SDG Awards: The Business Case Unveiled

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The Canadian Network of the United Nations Global Compact awarded businesses at the Toronto Stock Exchange to recognize their efforts in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Canada and globally.

By A Correspondent

On June 10, the Market at the Toronto Stock Exchange was opened by "ringing the bell" for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the Global Compact Network Canada and its network of sustainable Canadian businesses.

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Broadbent Institute Launches State-of-the-art Training Program

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Unique course offered in partnership with leading Democratic firm

By A Correspondent

As part of its commitment to supporting the development of a new generation of Canadian campaigners, the Broadbent Institute is launching Camp Progress Plus -- a hands-on, intensive training and campaign placement opportunity for Canadian organizers and activists.

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Deepak Obhrai May Run For Tory Leadership

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But Won't Deny Backing Peter MacKay

By Althia Raj – The Huffington Post

Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai is testing the waters for a possible Conservative leadership run.

"I'm trying to feel my support, what support do I have. I don't want to run if I don't have the base to run," he told The Huffington Post Canada this week.

Obhrai, the dean of the Conservative caucus, declined to further discuss his current plans. But a caucus member approached to sign a form supporting Obhrai's candidacy said his solicitation came with a commitment that when he loses he would throw his support behind another candidate: Peter MacKay.

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Sustaining a Strong Manufacturing Sector

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What other cities can learn from Brampton  

By A Correspondent

Like many North American cities, Brampton, Ontario, built its economic base throughout the 20th century on a thriving and growing manufacturing sector. 

But in the early 2000s, manufacturing across the continent began to decline. As many other cities grappled with crippling job losses, Brampton was able to avoid sliding into a similar slump, showing resilience in its ability to diversify its business sectors and broaden the job base. Leaders and planners understood what modern industry was looking for, and put the city’s best attributes to work. 

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Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program Keeps Farms Viable

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Program provides crucial help for farmers experiencing chronic labour shortages

By A Correspondent

As a chronic shortage of domestic workers on Canadian farms intensifies, demand is continuing to grow for a 50-year old labour program that helps Ontario farmers remain viable.

The internationally acclaimed Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) will supply Ontario fruit and vegetable growers experiencing domestic labour shortages with approximately 17,000 seasonal workers from Mexico and the Caribbean this growing season.

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Overseas Students to Rejuvenate Canada's Ageing Population

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Students viewed by government as welcome immigrants, but questions over capacity and provincial policies remain

By David Matthews - The Times Higher Education

Mohamed Lachemi is the kind of immigrant Canada wants. “I came to Canada as an international student exactly 30 years ago,” he tells Times Higher Education. “Canada attracted me not just to study but to stay.”

He is now the vice-chancellor of industry-focused Ryerson University in downtown Toronto and, in line with federal plans, wants to become “more aggressive” in attracting international students to his institution. Ryerson aims to double its numbers over the next three to five years.

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New Data Reveals Major Slowdown in Canadian Growth

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By Beckie Smith – The PIE News

New international student intake growth in Canada is slowing, standing at 4.5% in 2015 – less than half the year-over-year growth rates reported in 2014 and earlier. The figures mean that universities can no longer to be complacent when it comes to attracting international students, according to the Illuminate Consulting Group, which compiled the figures.

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On NSG, India Rubbed China Wrong Way

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By Pravin Sawhney
The Tribune India

The NSG, for the US, is fundamentally about non-proliferation. Unfortunately, the UPA sold the 2008 agreement as necessary for electricity needs. The Modi government is now selling the NSG as the pathway to great-power status. Both have been less than truthful.

While there are many reasons why India’s strong pitch led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group was doomed to fail, two most important ones have not received attention.

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Strong Team Will Implement Plan to Create Jobs and Growth

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40 Per Cent of Cabinet Members are Women

Premier Kathleen Wynne on June 13 announced changes to her cabinet that will help deliver on her government’s top priority to create economic growth and good jobs.

At the half way mark of the government’s mandate, Premier Wynne has chosen a strong team to  implement her government’s ambitious, activist agenda. The cabinet named today at Queen’s Park represents continuity in several key portfolios, ten ministers taking on new roles and seven new members.

Women now make up 40 per cent of cabinet, reflecting the Premier’s commitment to take steps towards gender parity.

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APRIL 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 9










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