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Friday April 3, 2009

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Ted Talks

Christopher C. Deam: Restyling the classic Airstream trailer



In this low-key, image-packed talk from 2002, designer Christopher C. Deam talks about his makeover of an American classic: the Airstream travel trailer.

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Quarterly Reports

RIM posts strong results and outlook
By Wojtek Dabrowski

TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion posted surprisingly strong quarterly earnings on Thursday and offered a rosy outlook that signaled further growth despite the global economic slowdown as consumers embrace its newest BlackBerry smartphones.

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Global Economy

G-20 Addresses Key Economic Issues

OTTAWA - The international community has come together to reach an agreement to fight the deepening global economic recession and boost confidence in financial markets. The Group of 20 (G-20) Leaders in a sweeping communiqué pledged an additional $1.1 trillion of support to the world economy.

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Quarterly Report/Environment

OMERS Releases On-Line 2008 Annual Report

Sets Course for the Future

TORONTO - OMERS announced the release of its first-ever web-based Annual Report, providing both a breakdown of the 2008 annual returns which include the returns of three other funds currently managed by OMERS. "2008 was a difficult year," said Michael Nobrega, OMERS President and CEO.

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Global Financial Crises

U.S. CEO pay fell in 2008, first drop in 7 years: report

Reuters - Median cash salaries and bonuses for chief executives of 200 big U.S. companies fell 8.5 percent in 2008 to $2.24 million, the Wall Street Journal said, citing an analysis prepared for it by Hay Group, a management consulting firm.

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Tourism

Toronto wins major convention

97th Annual Lions Clubs International Convention takes place in Toronto in 2014

TORONTO - Tourism Toronto announced today that Toronto has won the 97th Annual Lions Clubs International Convention for 2014. The convention to be held from June 27-July 10, 2014 is expected to draw 15,000 attendees from around the world, representing 35,426 total hotel room night bookings and an estimated visitor spending in Toronto of over $20 million.

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Archives

Celebrating Archives Awareness Week

Waterloo Region - In honour of Archives Awareness Week, the Region of Waterloo Archives is exhibiting records from local sports teams and demonstrating simple archival methods that will help preserve them for the future. This exhibit will be displayed in the lobby of Regional Administrative Headquarters (150 Frederick Street, Kitchener) from April 6 to 30, 2009.

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Partnership

Partnership Aims to Promote Agriculture

Guelph - The University of Guelph's Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) hopes to inform high school students about agriculture-related careers and to increase enrolment through a new agreement signed April 2, 2009.

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Outstanding Woman

Hollie Nicol named Outstanding Woman of Laurier

WATERLOO – Hollie Nicol has been named the 2009 Outstanding Woman of Laurier. Nicol, who balances a busy schedule of curling, academics and community volunteerism, received the awarded yesterday during a luncheon at the Waterloo Inn & Conference Centre.

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Speculation

Google could be in talks to buy Twitter: report

Reuters - Google Inc may be in talks to buy internet start-up Twitter, the free micro-blogging service that allows people to send short text messages to a network of friends, the TechCrunch website said late Thursday

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Inclusion

Forum to promote inclusion in Waterloo

Waterloo – Last year at this time more than 100 members of the community came together to make a difference by participating in the Focus on Inclusion – Waterloo Community Action Forum.

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Human Resources

Ontario's most vulnerable workers getting "bum's rush" with Bill 139 deadline

Hasty deadline to vote endangers hundreds of thousands of Ontario workers and small businesses

TORONTO- Portions of the Employment Standards Act, Bill 139, threaten to severely harm many of Ontario's most vulnerable workers in the staffing services sector.

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Biotech

BASF and AgraQuest Announce Agreement for the Bio-Fungicide Serenade

Serenade Gives Growers New Opportunity for Disease Control; Innovative Product Perfect Complement BASF's Spray Programs

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY and DAVIS, CA - BASF and AgraQuest, Inc have entered into a license, supply and distribution agreement for Serenade(R), a leading bio-fungicide product with highly effective disease control. The deal will allow BASF to distribute existing Serenade products. The parties have agreed not to disclose financial terms.

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Technology

Robot scientists can think for themselves
By Ben Hirschler

LONDON (Reuters) - Watch out scientists -- you may be replaced by a robot. Two teams of researchers said on Thursday they had created machines that could reason, formulate theories and discover scientific knowledge on their own, marking a major advance in the field of artificial intelligence.

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Environment

Clean Air Alliance makes the Green Energy Act the best it can be

Toronto - Ontario’s Green Energy Act (GEA) could change the energy landscape in Ontario. But right now the Act is still missing two important elements:

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Award Winners

Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association announces Awards of Excellence recipients

Waterloo - The Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association (WLUAA) established the Awards of Excellence program to honour Laurier alumni, faculty and staff who, through their actions and accomplishments, have made a difference in the Laurier community and the community at large.

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Global Economy

Canada To Give $10 Billion To IMF Emergency Fund

"Canada is to give an extra $10 billion in emergency aid to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to assist emerging markets and developing countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement Wednesday.... The IMF has said it needs hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet increased demands from its 185 members as the global economy moves toward negative growth...." [Agence France Presse/Factiva]

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Nomination

Innovative Carleton researcher in running for award

Ottawa – Post-doctoral fellow Sonia Chiasson is vying to take top honours in the student researcher category at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Awards on April 8 for her PhD research focused on online security. If she is successful, it would be Carleton’s sixth consecutive win in this category.

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Canadian Federal Taxes

Personal Income Tax Changes Mean More Money for You

OTTAWA - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture), wants Canadians to know that they will see more money in their pockets, thanks to the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

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Manufacturing

Bombardier Cuts Deal Major Blow to Unionized Workforce in Toronto

TORONTO - The announced job cuts at Bombardier's Downsview facility in the north-end of Toronto will deal a heavy blow to the unionized workforce in the plant, said CAW President Ken Lewenza. At a meeting held earlier today, the company informed the union that of the 475 jobs expected to be cut, 420 of those will impact the plant's unionized workforce, Lewenza said.

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Economic Development

City of Waterloo Official Plan Review Update and staff report DS-09-08 "Planit! Waterloo: City Form Discussion Paper".

Waterloo - The Discussion Paper is the first in a series of reports dealing with proposed draft Official Plan policies, and will be received by City of Waterloo Council on Monday April 6, 2009.

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Technology Show

Maximizing Business Success in Toronto at next week’s IT360 Conference & Expo!

New products and developments in the technology marketplace

Toronto - Plum Communications Inc. along with media partner, IT World Canada, provides a preview of the new product announcements expected at next week’s IT360, as well as a first look at the event’s top attractions. This year the event hosts the third Asterisk & Open Telephony Conference, and the CIO Executive Council regional meeting.

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Company Restructuring

NEC Infrontia to Provide and Support Innovative Unified Messaging Solutions

SHELTON, CT — NEC Infrontia, Inc., a leading developer and provider of advanced key systems and point of sale (POS) solutions, announced that Active Voice, LLC has transitioned and is now a division of NECII. The restructuring allows NECII and Active Voice to consolidate their strength while continuing to innovate, develop and provide Active Voice products to its dealer channels and end users, including its Repartee and Kinesis Unified Messaging (UM) brands.

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Guest Column

Turn Your Opinion Into New Biz - How to Get Your Op-Ed Published
By Pam Lontos

While there are many ways to appear in the media, writing an op-ed piece is an excellent way to make yourself known and establish yourself as an authority with the public. Like letters to the editor, op-ed pieces should put forth a point of view - but the op-ed piece is longer than a letter and generally gets better play.

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Global Economy

At Stake Are More Than Banks

G20 - "As world leaders gather in London for the Group of 20 summit meeting, the most wrenching statistic is this: According to World Bank estimates, the global economic crisis will cause an additional 22 children to die per hour, throughout all of 2009.

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Environment

New Englander is First Female Added to EPA’s Fugitives Web Site

Boston, Mass. – – Albania Deleon, former president of Massachusetts’ largest asbestos removal training school, has been added to EPA’s “environmental fugitives” Web site. Deleon failed to appear for her sentencing on March 23 at the Federal District Court, District of Massachusetts, and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.


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