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Thursday April 9, 2009

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Ted Talks

Bonnie Bassler: Discovering bacteria's amazing communication system



Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves.

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Housing

KITCHENER CMA NEW CONSTRUCTION STARTS HIGHEST IN 2009

TORONTO – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released preliminary housing starts data for the Kitchener Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) today. Construction began on 148 homes in March, down nine per cent from the 162 units started in the same month last year.

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Innovation

UW researchers develop world's first flying microrobot for microscale applications

WATERLOO - A University of Waterloo engineering research team has developed the world's first flying microrobot capable of manipulating objects for microscale applications.

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Transportation

New Grand River Transit Route 21 Launched in Elmira

Waterloo Region – Regional Chair Ken Seiling and Mayor Bill Strauss officially launched the new Grand River Transit (GRT) Route 21 in Elmira, Township of Woolwich. Started April 6, 2009, the pilot service will run for a one-year trial period.

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Labour Force Survey

Employment declined by 61,000 in March

Statscan - This was all in full-time work. This decrease pushed the unemployment rate up 0.3 percentage points to 8.0%, the highest rate in seven years.

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Aquisition

Open Text Acquires Vizible Corporation

Adds Vizible's Powerful Rich Media Publishing, Content Syndication and Analytics Tools to its Digital Media Capabilities in the Open Text ECM Suite

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM), a global leader in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), announced that it has acquired Toronto-based Vizible Corporation, a privately held maker of award-winning digital media interface solutions delivered via an innovative publishing platform that enables cutting-edge syndication and analytics.

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Prosperity

Leaders and Laggards of Ontario: How Our Metro Regions Stack Up

Toronto - Which of Ontario’s cities are better prepared for the profound transformation into the creative age?

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Consumer Confidence

U.S. consumer confidence rebounds in April, boosted by solid increase in expectations for the future, according to RBC CASH Index

NEW YORK - Reversing seven months of crumbling confidence, Americans' economic enthusiasm rallied this month, according to the most recent results of the RBC CASH (Consumer Attitudes and Spending by Household) Index, which posted its first significant improvement since September 2008. Overall consumer confidence advanced 30.1 points, bringing the RBC CASH Index to 38.3 in April, compared to 8.2 in March.

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Education

WLU Budget Update from President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Max Blouw

Waterloo - Previous budget communications with the Laurier community indicated that any material changes to the budget-planning environment would be shared with the university. This Update from the President outlines key items within the March 26 provincial budget and describes the impact on Laurier’s projections and plans.

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Family Business

Celebrate and honour family businesses for their successes!

Waterloo - The purpose of the Centre for Family Business Awards is to recognize and applaud business-owning families for their innovation, hard work, commitment, long-range vision and their attention to family.

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Health Care

Children in Need of Treatment Program Expands

Waterloo Region - The Ontario Government is moving forward with its Poverty Reduction Strategy and providing urgent and essential dental care free-of-charge to children in low-income families. The Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) program provides emergency dental care from birth to age 13. As of January 1, 2009, the program has expanded to reach children age 17 and under.

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CFIB Poll

Most credit card holders expect to ultimately pay for higher fees charged to merchants on some new cards

Toronto – Further results from a national public opinion poll reveal 83 per cent of Canadians with credit cards think they as customers will ultimately pay for the higher fees charged to merchants on some of the new premium cards issued to customers by companies such as MasterCard and Visa.

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Municiple Purchase

Kitchener secures more ice time for residents by purchasing the Sportsworld twin-pad arena

KITCHENER - Last night, Kitchener city councillors made a significant investment in the long-term stability and reliability of the city's indoor ice facilities by approving the purchase of the Sportsworld twin-pad arena property, located at 100 Sportsworld Dr.

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Recognition

Laurier professor the second Canadian to win prestigious prize

Waterloo - While Hermes’ fame as the Greek god of language and communication comes with a warning that he “hoodwinks the peoples of the world,” the language skills of Judith Fletcher carry with them only recognition and reward.

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Leadership

CFOs Cite Strong Leadership, Talent as Keys to Staying Ahead of the Competition

TORONTO - Employing good people is a company's best line of defense against the competition, a recent survey of chief financial officers (CFOs) suggests. Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of executives interviewed said that having solid leadership and hiring outstanding talent are the best ways to protect against threats from rival firms. State-of-the-art technology is also viewed as a significant advantage, cited by 12 per cent of respondents.

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Kitchener

City councillors ready to consider land purchase and sale agreement for Centre Block lands

KITCHENER - Kitchener city council underscored its commitment to the Centre Block redevelopment project Monday night by receiving the land purchase and sale agreement between the city and Andrin Investments Limited. The city's finance and corporate services committee will discuss the agreement during its next meeting on April 20.

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Education

Laurier researcher receives $50,000 to study neurological effects of drug abuse

WATERLOO – Laurier psychology professor Dr. Bruce McKay can really get inside your head. With the help of a patch clamp electrophysiology setup, that is. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) awarded $50,422 to Wilfrid Laurier University to purchase equipment that will allow McKay to study neurons and synapses in acute brain slices.

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Latin America

500 LEADERS TO DISCUSS IMPLICATIONS OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS FOR LATIN AMERICA

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The participants and programme of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 14-16 April, were announced today. Co-hosted by the Government of Brazil, with support of the Government of Rio de Janeiro and in partnership with APEX-Brasil Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, the World Economic Forum will bring together over 500 leaders from more than 35 countries, representing business, government, academia, civil society and media.

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Legacy Cost to Taxpayers

Province Has an Obligation to Protect Retirees, CAW Says

TORONTO - Canadian Auto Workers union President Ken Lewenza says the Ontario government has a "moral and legal responsibility" to help protect the pensions of all workers in the province, and should be strengthening the provincial pension backstop, not weakening it.

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Environment

1,000 Kitchener students to see award-winning environmental documentary

KITCHENER - Preceding this month's much-anticipated Earth Week events, on Wednesday, April 8, more than 1,000 local students had the opportunity to participate in a special screening of Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home hosted by the City of Kitchener and presented by Tim Hortons.

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Education

Senate Moves Change Forward

Guelph - Following a marathon meeting, the University's Senate Tuesday night voted to ratify an earlier decision made by its Board of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS) to cancel the women's studies and five other majors and two degree programs.

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Recognition

Local Mortgage Agent Named Commercial Mortgage Broker of the Year

Kitchener man takes home national award for the second year in a row

Kitchener/Waterloo – For the second consecutive year, Kitchener mortgage agent Dale Bilton of Mortgage Intelligence was awarded Commercial Mortgage Broker of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Mortgage Awards presented by Canadian Mortgage Professional magazine on April 3, 2009.

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Fund Raiser

A TASTE FOR LIFE

Waterloo Region - ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area) ACCKWA’s delicious fundraiser takes place Wednesday, April 29th On that day hundreds of people in Waterloo Region will be dining out for a good cause. Our wonderful restaurant owners have pledged to donate 25% of their dinner proceeds to people who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and area.

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Sustainability

Carleton students showcase sustainable projects at the 31st annual Industrial Design exhibition

Ottawa – This year, Carleton’s Industrial Design students are taking a trip towards an imaginary city called Ecoville as the focus for their fourth-year major design projects.

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Investing

Manulife Investor Sentiment Index finds Canadians keep investing amid economic, market turmoil

WATERLOO - Canadians are seeing an upside to investments generally, and for investment real estate in particular, according to a national poll for Manulife Financial, Canada's leading insurance and wealth management company.

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Housing

ONTARIO RESIDENTIAL HOME STARTS MOVE HIGHER IN MARCH

Toronto - Ontario home starts bucked a three month downtrend by moving higher in March. Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of urban* home starts rose to 60,900 unit starts, up from 45,100 starts in February. Ontario residential construction activity was boosted by strength in the apartment construction sector.

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Financial Matters

Show me the money: Liquidity leads to opportunities

Toronto — The lack of confidence in the global financial systems is forcing financial institutions to be more cautious about lending. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in this volatile market, private companies need to be proactive in managing their balance sheets to ensure continued liquidity and access to capital so that they can be in a position to take advantage of opportunities the market presents.

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Guest Column

Increase Your Company's Trust Factor to Enhance the Bottom Line
By Daniel Burrus

With billions of dollars in taxpayer bailout money, how much do you trust the leadership of the banks that, after record losses, gave themselves unprecedented raises? How much do you trust the leaders of Wall Street? How much do you trust our government's ability to manage the money they have given to the banks or the auto industry?

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Government Act

Canada and British Columbia Invest in Research Capacity

VICTORIA - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry of Canada, along with the Honourable Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development of British Columbia, today announced investments totalling more than $455.1 million in 29 projects at post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia.

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Fund Raiser

Support the Grand River Hospital and the Dan Snyder Arena through our Dragon Boating Project.

Waterloo Region - It’s time for the Kiwanis Dragon Boat Festival of Waterloo Region again on Saturday, July 18th, 2009.


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Education

Conestoga Graduates Achieve Best Employment Rate in Ontario

Kitchener - 94.2 per cent of Conestoga College graduates who entered the labour force found employment within six months, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Conestoga’s graduate employment rate is the best of any publicly-funded college in the province.

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Information Management

Filogix launches Exchange 2.0, their next generation in collaborative document management solutions

TORONTO - Filogix Limited Partnership (a subsidiary of the Davis + Henderson group of companies), announced the launch of Filogix Exchange(TM) 2.0, their next generation in collaborative document management solutions for the mortgage industry.

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Tax Tip

Keep Your Records to Support Your Income Tax and Benefit Return

OTTAWA - Canadians who plan to file their income tax and benefit returns electronically, or who do not file information slips and receipts with their paper-filed return, should keep their tax records on hand in case they are contacted by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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Travel

VIA Rail's Departure and Arrival Times now Online at viarail.ca - Follow the Status of Quebec - Windsor Corridor Trains

TORONTO - VIA Rail Canada is pleased to announce that the arrival and departure times for all Quebec City - Windsor Corridor trains are now available online at viarail.ca. Customers can access the real-time status of any Corridor train, giving them the most accurate and up-to-date information about the expected arrival time at their final destination.

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Clean Air

Wisconsin receives economic recovery funding from U.S.EPA to reduce diesel emissions, create jobs

Clean diesel projects reduce early deaths, asthma attacks, other health problems

Chicago, Ill. - In a move that stands to create jobs, boost local economies, reduce diesel emissions and protect human health and the environment for the people in Wisconsin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.73 million to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.



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