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Live bulls to run on Toronto’s Bay Street – Business – CBC News

Bull Rider Down 2012

Toronto‘s Bay Street will soon be overrun by more bulls than usual — and not just the financial variety.

At least, that’s what the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair hopes will happen, as the festival plans to kick off its 90th year with a launch unlike anything tried before.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the group plans to release six 900-kilogram bulls at the intersection of Bay Street and Wellington in Toronto’s financial centre. The plan is to coax the animals north toward King Street before being corralled.

“While spectators will be able to marvel at these magnificent animals, the streets will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic during the running of the bulls,” the fair’s organizers said in a press release announcing the stunt.

via Live bulls to run on Toronto’s Bay Street – Business – CBC News.

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What would Walt Disney do? – The Globe and Mail

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It’s a code red for the parents of small children everywhere: The tears that flow after a scoop of melting ice cream falls off its waffle cone and plops onto the hot pavement.

But Walt Disney Co. has perfected the solution, which it teaches to all of its theme-park staff, from janitors to senior managers, on their first day of training.

The procedure goes like this: Drop whatever you’re doing, run over, find out the flavour the child had, run to the front of the line, put fresh ice cream in a bowl and stick a cone on top along with two cookies that look like Mickey Mouse’s ears. In minutes, a tantrum turns into a story the child’s parents will tell everyone they know.

“We call them ‘magical moments,’” says Jeff Williford of the company’s Disney Institute consulting arm, speaking to a seminar for business people near Toronto where that word “magical” keeps on coming up.

This kind of common sense “magic” is typical of the advice offered by the Disney Institute, which has seen demand for its customer service and staff-training secrets from big companies – including a growing number of Canadian ones – skyrocket.

It’s very much a sweat-the-details approach that started with Walt Disney himself. And its appeal is growing as service industries face a tight economy, tighter competition, and cranky customers who now take to Twitter to broadcast their complaints.

Even Tim Hortons Inc. has sent senior staff to Florida and held a recent symposium for its franchisees there, with content from the Disney Institute.

The doughnut chain says it “shares the same values” as Disney, but offered few details about its relationship with the institute or how it has used its advice.

via What would Walt Disney do? – The Globe and Mail.

Strange Random Disney Quote:

“She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him.” – Walt Disney, speaking of Cinderella in 1949.

Portrait of a day trader – BNN News

English: A Forex trader executing an orderPractice makes perfect. And that’s especially true for potential day traders, says the author of Day Trading for Canadians For Dummies.

Toronto-based writer and blogger Bryan Borzykowski tells BNN that prospective day traders need to fully understand what trading is — it’s a lot different from investing. He advises using practice accounts that trading sites and banks offer.

“This is a mistake that a lot of traders make where they don’t practice. They think they can go right into it on day one and make money. That’s not how it works.” Borzykowski recommends spending a month practicing before diving into day trading. “Practice, because you need to get your skills to a level where you will make money.”

via Portrait of a day trader – BNN News.

Strange Random Day Trading Quote:

“The market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent” – John Maynard Keynes

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As stock plunges, could RIM be sold in whole or in parts? – The Globe and Mail

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RIM in the crosshairs? Shares of Research In Motion Ltd. have fallen so far so fast that some are wondering again if Canada’s pride could soon become a takeover target.

We’ve heard this before, of course, but the talk appears to have picked up at a speed equal to the stock‘s decline. “Given how significant the deterioration of the stock price has been, that alone will cause interest,” said Paul Taylor, the chief investment officer at BMO Harris Private Banking in Toronto, according to Bloomberg News.” RIM still has meaningful market share in the U.S. and meaningful market share internationally, and RIM has an iconic brand. “Mr. Taylor said “it’s not hard to envision” a takeover bid of between $40 and $50 a share for the BlackBerry maker.

via As stock plunges, could RIM be sold in whole or in parts? – The Globe and Mail.

Strange Random Stock Quote:

“I’ve just done a commercial in the U.S. in which I talk about stocks, shares and bonds. Everyone is amazed. They ask me: ‘You really know about that stuff or did you just learn it for the commercial?’ I tell them I wouldn’t do it unless I understood and had an interest.” – Anna Kournikova (Russian Professional Tennis Player and Model, b.1981)

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Youth rule digital workplace – Business – CBC News

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TORONTO — The face of Silicon Valley North is a 28-year-old male graduate of a Canadian university, who makes between $40,000 and $80,000 per year and has been employed by a digital, advertising or marketing agency for between one and three years.

Canada’s digital industries are mainly small businesses, most of which are less than eight years old, have eschewed government financing and expect revenue to increase in the next year, according to the Pixel to Product research study, a new survey that attempts to paint an accurate portrait of Canada’s digital media industry.

The results of the survey, which polled more than 200 Canadian companies and 1,050 individuals during the past seven months, will be presented Wednesday at the annual Mesh technology conference in Toronto. Last year, Pixel to Product was awarded a $40,000 research grant from digital experience agency Teehan Lax to conduct the survey.

Fuelled by the growth of the mobile application, digital marketing and social media industries, Canada has quickly evolved into a hotbed of technology innovation, and the report represents the most complete snapshot to date of the country’s emerging digital economy.

Youth rule digital workplace – Business – CBC News.

Strange Random Technology Quote:
Information and communications technology unlocks the value of time, allowing and enabling multi-tasking, multi-channels, multi-this and multi-that. – Li Ka Shing

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