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Sixty new Canadians were sworn in as part of the Canada Day party in Vancouver on July 1.

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It was all about inviting these newly-minted citizens into the fold. 

Welcoming skilled workers from among these new Canadians is what unions must do as well. It's the right thing to do... on so many levels. 

For one thing, it helps address skilled-labour shortages across Canada. With this country's aging population and declining birth rate, this shortage is not going away.

By encouraging union members to create an amicable environment for new Canadians, we become part of the solution. When cultural differences and language issues are met with tolerance, acceptance, and open minds, we all win! It comes down to recognizing people for their skills, and for the value that they bring to the workplace.

It was an emotional day for those newly-minted Canadians in Vancouver, with many saying tearfully how proud they were to call Canada home. And it was a good day for those of us who already call Canada home

Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy

What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."
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Renewables to make up 1/4 of world's energy by 2018

 Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will edge out natural gas as the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016 and will make up a quarter of the global energy mix by 2018.

Tiny sensors let smartphone users monitor their homes

A Toronto-area company named WiMoto is pre-selling a series of stamp-sized sensors that connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth to let you remotely monitor the environment in your home and garden. Technology columnist Jessie Hirsh proposes what you can do with that kind of do-it-yourself environmental surveillance.

OPG freed to bid on renewable energy projects

Ontario Power Generation will be allowed to bid on large renewable energy projects
The Ontario government says Ontario Power Generation will now be allowed to bid for big renewable energy contracts formerly denied them.  But neither OPG nor energy minister Bob Chiarelli will say exactly what OPG might do with its new opportunity.
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Canadian Corporations Hoarding Cash? Federal Memo Says It's "Legitimate"!

Alternative Energy

A new wave of technologies is on the verge of producing energy that's clean, renewable, and most importantly, affordable.

Green light for Cigar Lake Uranium Mine

SASKATOON – Canada’s Nuclear Safety Commission has given Cameco’s Cigar Lake uranium mine the green light.  It’s a significant step for the Saskatoon-based mining giant after eight years constructing the $1.1 billion project. The company says they are pleased to have finally cleared the last hurdle.

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Webinar Recording - Better Member Meetings

Mark Keyes, Chair of the Niagara-Hamilton Unit provided a FANTASTIC presentation on how their Unit is engaging Members and creating meetings that are well attended and fun. But you're in luck because we recorded Mark's presentation and the subsequent group discussion. Check it out at this link:

Presentation Skills Tips

Both the video and content at this link will be of value to anyone who is preparing a presentation:

Alberta's new energy regulator will be headed up by a CEO who has been second-in-command of both the province's energy and environment ministries.

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Discussion Topic for Unit Meeting

Rather than offering the "same old" topics of discussion at your next Unit Member meeting, why not jazz it up a little with some interesting topics of discussion? Not sure where to start? Check out the Labour Leadership Newsroom for a regular does of relevant labour-focused news articles:

Leadership skills may be genetic!!!

For the first time a study was able to identify a specific DNA sequence associated with leadership. The findings estimate that a quarter of the differences in leadership behaviour among individuals can be accredited to the genotype rs4950. Read the full article by following this link:

Looking for Interesting Topics of Discussion for Unit Meetings?

Look no further - just check out these links for some interesting discussion topics:
International Trade Minister Ed Fast and European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht are in ministerial talks today and tomorrow in Brussels, trying to close the deal on a free-trade agreement between Canada and Europe. Here's a quick guide to what's at issue.
A major Ontario industrial operation is making a bet that algae might solve its greenhouse gas emissions problems.
Conference and exhibition on clean energy happening in Ottawa in September. Here is a link to their website with all of the info:

Ten Tips for Managing Conflict, Tension and Anger

To be a safe and predictable person for those around you at work and at home, it is essential that you are able to stay calm when you feel like your 'buttons' are being pushed. This strength will help you to achieve your goals in business as well as your goals for your personal relationships.

Check out this list of tips