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Friday April 24, 2009

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Ted Talks

Ben Katchor: Comics that tell the little stories of a big city



In this captivating talk from the TED archive, cartoonist Ben Katchor reads from his comic strips. These perceptive, surreal stories find the profound hopes and foibles of history (and modern New York) preserved in objects like light switches and signs.

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Appointment

Home Hardware Stores Limited Elects New Chairman

ST JACOBS - Jim Schaefer Sr. of Bradford, Ontario has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Home Hardware Stores Limited, Canada's largest independent hardware, lumber and building materials and furniture retailer.

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Kitchener Market

New room will expand community programming opportunities at Kitchener Market

KITCHENER - On Monday, the city's finance and corporate services committee endorsed a proposal that is intended raise more awareness around all the Kitchener Market has to offer and attract more customers, through the addition of a new 2,000-square-foot room on the upper level of the building.

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Research & Development

Prof Creates Vaccine to Prevent Food-Borne Illness

Guelph - A new sugar-based vaccine developed at the University of Guelph may eventually prevent "traveller's diarrhea" and other bacterial ailments.

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Global Economy

G7 touts economic hope, takes heat on bank repairs
By Emily Kaiser and Anna Willard

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Finance leaders meeting on Friday see some signs that recession-fighting efforts are finally starting to work, but patience is wearing thin over the slow progress in cleansing bank balance sheets.

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Education

Conestoga Gains $784,000 for Skills Training Programs for Women

“Our government is committed to helping women gain the skills they need to achieve economic independence.”

Waterloo - With those words, Hon. Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, announced a grant totaling $784,000 to Conestoga College. $316,500 will go towards the Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) carpentry program at Conestoga’s campus in Waterloo.

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Stimulus Study (Video)

U.S. stimulus plan yet to boost jobs: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economic recovery act enacted in February has yet to deliver on a key promise made by supporters such as President Barack Obama: creating thousands of jobs through transportation and infrastructure projects.

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Retail Trade

Retail sales edged up 0.2% in February to $33.7 billion (in current dollars)

Statscan - This comes after large declines in retail sales in November and December, followed by a partial recovery in January. February's slight increase was price-driven, as sales were down 0.3% in volume terms.

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Kitchener Signage

New city signage along Highway 401 will be erected later this spring

KITCHENER - City councillors sided with the community last night, selecting the Highway 401 signage design most residents and business owners preferred during a public consultation last summer.

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Global Economy

India, China Drivers Of Global Economic Growth: World Bank

"At a time when the world is reeling under financial crisis, India and China have emerged as drivers of global economic growth, the World Bank said Wednesday.

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Health Care

Active smoking and second-hand smoke linked to breast cancer

Expert Panel on Tobacco Smoke and Breast Cancer Risk releases report

TORONTO - There is now enough scientific evidence to link both active smoking and second-hand smoke to breast cancer, according to an international panel convened by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, an affiliate of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, with support from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Global Economy

World Economy To Shrink 1.3 Percent: IMF

"The global economy will shrink this year for the first time in six decades, at the rate of 1.3 percent, before it makes a slow trudge back to grow by just under 2 percent next year.

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Environment Study

Prof Wins Fulbright Chair to Study 'Green' Motives

Guelph - Why do consumers choose or reject green products and how can businesses and governments use policies and incentives to help shape those choices? Those are the questions that a University of Guelph mathematician will study under a new Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair.

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Book Launch

Perimeter Institute founder gives two public talks next week at UW

WATERLOO - The founding executive director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics will give two public talks next week at the University of Waterloo about his newly published book on the prestigious think tank.

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Ontario's Prosperity

Which of Ontario's cities are better prepared for the profound transformation into the creative age?
By Ken McGuffi

Toronto - Despite the current economic environment, Ontario is well positioned to compete and prosper in the ongoing global economic transformation. While the economic environment has worsened in the past year, the current upheaval only accelerates the longer-term trends - especially the shift from more routine-oriented to creativity-oriented jobs. Yet Ontario can do more to ensure it is a globally competitive jurisdiction, says new research from the University of Toronto.

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Free Trade

NAFTA challenge "A triple whammy" for NFLD

OTTAWA - "Canada's resources belong to the people of Canada and should not be subjected to private-sector pillage," says the president of Canada's largest forest union following yesterdays news of AbitibiBowater's NAFTA challenge.

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Social Wellbeing

Grant will support research on marginalized urban youth

Professor Uzo Anucha awarded $1 million CURA grant

TORONTO - York University Professor Uzo Anucha has been awarded a $1 million Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) grant administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her project “Assets Coming Together for Youth: Linking Research, Policy and Action for Positive Youth Development”.

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Recognition

U of G's Meal Exchange Wins Volunteer Award

Guelph - The University of Guelph chapter of Meal Exchange has received a 2009 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. The awards will be presented Friday in Toronto.

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Credit Crooks

Restaurant industry seeks "truth and transparency" on credit/debit card fees

TORONTO - Despite testimony in the Senate over the past few days, Canadian restaurateurs are still baffled by the skyrocketing credit card fees being charged to restaurants each time a customer pays with Visa or MasterCard.

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Children's Music

Parents’ Choice Awards honors The Bee’s Knees’ “We Share The Earth” CD!

Toronto – “We Share The Earth”, the much-anticipated second album written and produced by The Bee’s Knees, is now a 2009 Parents' Choice Approved award winner! For more than 30 years, Parents' Choice has honored the best in children's books, video, toys, audio, software, television and magazines.

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US Financial Crises

ICBA to Congress: Focus Mortgage Reforms On Market’s Problem Areas

Washington, D.C. —The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) urged Congress to focus mortgage reforms on companies that engaged in imprudent and abusive lending practices, such as less-regulated mortgage brokers and non-bank lenders, and to avoid creating a mortgage finance system that could make it more difficult for credit-worthy consumers to obtain credit if it is too rigid to respond to changing interest rate and lending environments, and customer needs.

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Education

Waterloo Elementary Teachers Sign Tentative Agreement

TORONTO - Elementary public school teachers, members of the Waterloo Region Elementary Teacher Local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), reached a tentative agreement with the Waterloo Region District School Board early this morning after a lengthy bargaining session.

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Resources

Steelworkers support industry association's call for action on forest sector

BURNABY, BC - It's encouraging to see Canada's major forest industry association at last calling for action on the forest-sector crisis, say the United Steelworkers.

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PSA

Sleepless Night Friday, May 1st

Kitchener - Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre’s (KDCHC) Homelessness Advisory Group, in partnership with the Waterloo Regional Labour Council, will be hosting our 5th Annual Sleepless Night event on Friday, May 1st (see attached poster).

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Climate Change

Conference to Tackle Technology Needed for Climate Change

HAMILTON - We have the will but do we have the technology? The second Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2009) is being held May 13 to 15, 2009 at McMaster University to look at developing practical engineering and administrative responses to climate change and global warming.

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Collaboration

VMware and EMC’s RSA Security Division Accelerate Deployment of
Information-centric Security for the Virtual Data Centre

Joint Development between VMware and RSA Leverages Virtual Technologies to Help Reduce Risk and Increase Overall Security Posture

San Francisco - In a joint effort to help customers gain the efficiency and flexibility benefits of virtualization across even their most sensitive information and applications, VMware, Inc., and EMC Corporation, announced an expansion of their strategic alliance

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Energy

New poll shows Ontario's Green Energy Act (Bill 150) is on the right track with home energy efficiency measurement

A majority of Ontarians support mandatory home energy efficiency labeling and expect it to be common across North America soon says poll done this week

Toronto - The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) and North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) Canada, released public opinion polling focused on Ontarians' opinions and support for provisions of the Green Energy Act (Bill 150) on home energy audits and the related labeling.

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OCAA Energy

Closing the nuclear loophole in the Green Energy Act

Toronto - On Monday, April 27th, the Ontario Legislature’s Committee on General Government will be voting on amendments to the Green Energy Act. We are hoping that one or both opposition parties will be putting forward amendments that would truly level the playing field for renewable power by outlawing the practice of allowing nuclear power companies to pass their capital cost overruns onto Ontario’s long-suffering electricity consumers and taxpayers.


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