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A Look at Polymer Production through Green-Coloured Glasses
Marc Dubé
The twelve principles of green chemistry are reviewed and applied specifically to polymer production. Examples of how the principles currently relate to polymer reaction engineering and which areas show the greatest potential impact for implementation of these principles are discussed. Examples from the author's work and many others will be provided.
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Biorefinery Environmental and Technology Risk
Tom Browne
The forest sector needs new business opportunities in order to replace declining demand for existing products. The challenge is matching the need for bio-products, within the context of the chemical industry, to products potentially available within the context of the forest sector.
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National Crystal Growing Competition winners announced
CIC
High school students and teachers from across Canada competed to grow the best quality, largest and heaviest single crystal in the annual National Crystal Growing Competition. There were even a few international entries. Although they didn’t qualify for prizes, several students from China submitted their entries, through their Canadian teacher, to get an idea how their crystals compared with other students.
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CSCT Western Student Symposium
CIC
The 12th Western Canadian CSCT Student Symposium will take place Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. The program includes a student mixer, poster competitions and presentations.
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'Working for nothing': Canada joins global minimum wage debate
The Globe and Mail
More than a million people across the country worked for minimum wages or less last year, the fourth year in a row that number has been above the one million mark, according to Statistics Canada data. Since 2000, their numbers have nearly doubled. The debate about the lot of low-wage workers is a global one. American fast-food workers have gone on strike to demand higher pay.

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Graduate diploma in green energy for engineering students
Daily Commercial News
The University of Waterloo's Faculty of Engineering is launching a graduate diploma in green energy to provide professional development for working engineers through real-time online learning. The Green Energy Graduate Diploma is the first of its kind to be offered in Canada. Waterloo's extensive network of private sector partners, utilities, government and the non-profit sector, collaborated on the development of the program.

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No deal yet on Canada Jobs Grant program
The Vancouver Sun
Ottawa's latest effort to retool its contentious Canada Jobs Grant program is a good first step toward solving a dispute with the provinces, but will likely require more concessions before a deal can be reached, says B.C.'s jobs minister.

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Engineering graduates among top-paid majors
The Sacramento Bee
Engineering graduates, take note. Your field is likely among the top-paid majors in your class. A recently released report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, or NACE, shows that engineering majors were seven of the 10 highest-paid majors among 2013 bachelor's degree graduates. The results were featured in the association's January 2014 Salary Survey.
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Professional, scientific jobs hit record high
The Globe and Mail
Grim news of job losses are overshadowing a bright spot in Canada's labour market: Employment in professional services has never been higher. The professional, scientific and technical services sector, which tends to pay above-average wages, quietly hit its highest job level on record in December.
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Ontario employers fret over minimum wage hike
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's employers are unhappy with the sharp increase in the province's minimum wage, but some say the idea of indexing future increases to the cost of living will at least help eliminate these kinds of big jumps in the future. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled the rise, from $10.25 to $11 per hour, to take effect on June 1. Future increases, tied to inflation, will happen each Oct. 1 and be announced six months in advance.
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Skilled immigrants to be matched with vacant jobs in 2015
CBC News
The federal government is looking to match skilled immigrants with unfilled jobs, in what it's calling a new "fast and flexible system of economic immigration" it intends to have in place in January 2015. Under this new system, which the government has compared to "a dating site," Ottawa would act as chief matchmaker between immigrants who want to move to Canada for work and Canadian employers looking to fill job vacancies.
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Questions raised as provinces demand job grant be funded from EI pot
Canada.com
While the provinces have long complained that the signature piece of the federal government's 2013 budget was effectively being "funded on the backs" of vulnerable workers, the solution appears to be to fund the grant on the backs of working Canadians who contribute to the employment insurance fund but will never benefit from the new program should they find themselves jobless and in need of retraining.
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