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Wednesday April 8, 2009

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Ted Talks

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: Three predictions on the future of Iran, and the math to back it up



Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada ... After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions on the future of Iran.

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Innovation

Government of Canada Makes Strategic Investment in Institute for Quantum Computing

WATERLOO - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced a strategic investment in the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo.

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Foreign Direct Investment

Canadian direct investment abroad rose by 24% in 2008

Statscan - This was largely the result of the substantially weaker Canadian dollar's effect in the fourth quarter of 2008 on the value of foreign currency-denominated direct investment positions. The depreciation of the Canadian dollar against most foreign currencies added $82.8 billion to the overall Canadian direct investment position abroad.

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World Demand

Metals deal-making goes from steep to deep according to report

Toronto — After forging ahead in previous years, metals industry deal-making fell away sharply in 2008 as world demand fell and prices plummeted according to Metals Deals* 2008, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) annual review of the metals industry.

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US Economy

Congressional Panel Suggests Firing Managers, Liquidating Banks
By Robert Schmidt

(Bloomberg) -- A congressional panel overseeing the U.S. financial rescue suggested that getting rid of top executives and liquidating problem banks may be a better way to solve the economic crisis.

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Human Resources

Sexual behaviour at work still a problem shows new study from U of T's Rotman School

Toronto - Be careful of that raunchy joke that gets all the laughs. As funny as folks at work may find it, it's probably hurting morale.

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Art & Culture

KWS MUSICIAN AND MAESTRO OFF TO CARNEGIE HALL

To take part in Youtube Symphony Orchestra

KITCHENER – Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) principal bass player, Ian Whitman, is one of five Canadians among 90 musicians from around the world selected to play for the Youtube Symphony Orchestra (YTSO) at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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Appointment

World Vision names Canadian as new international president

MISSISSAUGA - Kevin Jenkins, managing director of Canadian investment firm TriWest Capital Partners, and vice-chair of the board of directors of World Vision Canada, has been appointed the new president and chief executive officer of World Vision International (WVI), the world's largest Christian humanitarian aid organization. The appointment is effective October 1, the first day of WVI's next fiscal year.

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Education

Conestoga College Athletes of the Year

Kitchener - Conestoga is proud to announce soccer player Carmen Carnochan and cross country runner David Sharratt as the 2008-2009 athletes of the year.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Fixes for Auto Industry Must Include Harmonizing Cross-Border Rules: C.D. Howe Institute

TORONTO - While the auto industry in Canada faces tough financial and product development challenges, another threat to its sustainability looms - the increasing divergence of Canada-US regulations, according to a study released by the C.D. Howe Institute.

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Innovation

CFI awards Queen’s researchers more than $1 million

Kingston - Six promising young Queen’s researchers – working on projects ranging from the cellular genomics of cancer to slowing today’s allergy epidemic – have received a total of $1,077,034 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leaders Opportunities Fund.

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Art & Culture

Murray McLauchlan at The Gig Music Hall

April 9, 2009 at 8:00 PM EDT (7:00 PM DOORS) - Kitchener, ON CAD25.00

Kitchener - Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada's best songwriting performers. To experience him perform is to enjoy creative storytelling, social commentary and wit with a man who clearly enjoys sharing his music and experiences with an audience.

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Innovation

The University of Ottawa awarded funding by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation

OTTAWA — The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced today that it has awarded $644,453 to the University of Ottawa to support four research projects as part of the Leaders Opportunity Fund.

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Innovation

Queen’s University researchers shed light on more efficient compact fluorescent lightbulb

KINGSTON - Long touted as an energy-saving alternative for home lighting, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) now have the potential to be even more efficient, as well as dimmable, thanks to research at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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Education

CFI Invests in U of G Research

Guelph - The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) was at the University of Guelph today, announcing that it's investing more than $26 million in revolutionary research at 29 Canadian universities. U of G received more than $1.1 million for six projects ranging from biomaterials to childhood injury prevention.

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Forestry Conference

High-Profile Conference Zeroes in on Canada’s Forestry Crisis

Industry experts to make urgent call for collaboration on climate change issues

Gatineau-Ottawa – The message is clear: Canada’s forests are at risk if we don’t prepare for and adjust our response to the climate changes ahead, say industry experts and organizers of SFM 2009, the upcoming research showcase to be hosted by the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Network in Ottawa-Gatineau, April 21-23.

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Education

Carleton University honours 20 of its best and brightest

Ottawa – Carleton University is honouring 20 of its best and brightest with awards for research, teaching and professional achievement.

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Technology

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Extends Use of Open Text

Open Text Digital Media Software to Manage Graphics and Rich Media for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Project

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM), a global leader in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), announced Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Joint-Service Technical Data (JTD) Integrated Product Team (IPT), based in Fort Worth, Texas, extended its use of Open Text's Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution to manage graphics and rich media content for F-35 Lightning II Technical Data. The F-35 Lightning II, or Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is a DoD multi-service/multi-national effort to create a next-generation stealth fighter plane.

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Ignorance is Bliss

Minister Blackburn Announces New Measures to Combat Tobacco Smuggling

Breakthrough government strategy plans to tell smokers that it's illegal to buy smuggled tabacco products

OTTAWA - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced new measures that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is taking to combat tobacco smuggling.

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Human Resources

Show them the recognition - Managers and Support Staff Not in Sync on Top Rewards, Survey Shows

TORONTO - Many managers underestimate the power of a pat on the back, new research suggests. While supervisors surveyed rated job promotions and cash as the two most valued forms of recognition to administrative professionals, support staff favoured a simple thank-you and having their accomplishments passed on to senior management.

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Economy

Fed's Fisher says U.S. economy grim
By Leika Kihara

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is grim, and the Federal Reserve is "duty bound to apply every tool" to clean up the financial system and clear a path for a return to sustainable growth, Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Fed, said on Wednesday.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

CAW Applauds Federal Government Move to Guarantee Warranties, Money for Parts Firms

TORONTO - CAW President Ken Lewenza commended the federal government for its pledge to guarantee the warranties of Chrysler and General Motors vehicles and provide additional funding for auto parts suppliers, as announced earlier today by federal Industry Minister Tony Clement. The move follows a similar announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama last week.

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Biotech

Allergy Therapeutics signs Canada deal

LONDON - Allergy Therapeutics (AGY.L) said on Monday it has signed a distribution deal in Canada for its hayfever jab, and is in talks in the United States and Japan.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Ministers Clement and Day Announce New Measures to Help Boost Consumer Confidence in Auto Industry

OTTAWA - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade, announced a pair of new measures to help boost consumer confidence in the auto industry.

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Research & Development

Government of Canada Provides Support to Canada Research Chairs at 14 Ontario Universities

LONDON - To help further research and development in Canada, Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced 61 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs for 14 universities across the province of Ontario. Scientists and researchers at these universities will be able to conduct more research in the areas of natural sciences, engineering, health sciences, humanities and social sciences thanks to this funding commitment by the Government of Canada.

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Fund Raiser

Come one come all

Walk, jog, run, or bring along a "little one" in a stroller

Waterloo - we need your help to spread awareness and raise funds for lupus together as a community we can conquer lupus.

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Small Business

Canada's Economic Action Plan to Help Small Businesses and Students

CALGARY, ALBERTA - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), announced the launch of a new program to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow in the knowledge economy and to help students get jobs in the field of information and communications technologies (ICT).

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Wine & More Wine

New Wine Club in Canada Officially Launched: Hemispheres Wine Guild

TORONTO - Hemispheres Wine Guild; a new wine club operating in Canada, officially launched import services to members during a luxurious launch party at the Old Mill Inn of Toronto.

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Research Projects

Four McMaster Research Projects Receive Federal Funding

HAMILTON - McMaster University has been awarded $672,021 for four research projects in the areas of multimedia, health, archaeology, and energy by the Canada Foundation for Innovation under the Leaders Opportunity Fund.

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Education

Six Carleton professors named as finalists for Capital Educators’ Awards

Ottawa – Carleton University is pleased to announce that six Carleton professors have been named as finalists for the 2009 Capital Educators’ Awards.

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Public Event

Day of Discovery!

Economic Crisis Resources to assist Unemployed People in Waterloo Region

Cambridge - Public event designed to help all of the people that have been negatively impacted by the Economic Failure that the Country finds it self in.

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Study

Psychologically healthy workplaces demonstrate greater resilience in financially hard times

VANCOUVER - Psychologically healthy organizations demonstrate greater resiliency and benefit from reduced operating costs, less lost time, improved productivity and stronger customer/client relations.

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Africa

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON AFRICA

World leaders gather to discuss Africa’s response to the global economic turmoil

Geneva, Switzerland, The World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in Cape Town, Africa, from 10 to 12 June 2009 with the support of the Government of South Africa. Over 700 of the most prominent leaders from Africa and other parts of the world will gather to deliberate under the theme “Implications of the Global Economic Crisis for Africa”.





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