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Friday May 1, 2009
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Ted Talks

Laurie Garrett: What can we learn from the 1918 flu pandemic?



In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.

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Research and Health

UW scientist receives major award for omega-3 research contributions

WATERLOO - A University of Waterloo nutritional scientist who pioneered a new technique to test omega-3 levels in the body will receive a major award from a leading international research society.

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Leadership

Waterloo Entrepreneur Selected for Elite Ivey Program

London – Companies in Canada and around the world are dealing with unprecedented economic conditions and boosting entrepreneurial talent is critical for our country’s future success. To learn how to take their companies to the next level, successful CEOs and business leaders – entrepreneurs from across Canada will be taking intensive courses next week at the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario.

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Book Prize

UW profs win Donner prize

TORONTO _ A book about the endangered Arctic region has won the $35,000 Donner Prize. "Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North,'' (Thomas Allen Publishers) was named Canada's best public policy book at a gala event in Toronto on Thursday.

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Four Year Contract

City of Waterloo signs labour agreement with its Staff Association

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo has signed a four-year contract with its Staff Association labour group, providing for an average cost of living increase of 2.22% per year.

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Economy

U.S. recession likely over by end of summer: ECRI
By Pedro Nicolaci da Costa

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The longest U.S. recession in more than a half-century will probably end before the summer is out, according to the Economic Cycle Research Institute.

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New Home Buyers

City of Kitchener building division hosts information seminar for new residential homebuyers

KITCHENER - Staff from the city's building division will host a public seminar for new homebuyers next Wednesday, May 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Aud.

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Technology

Loblaw Companies Selects Open Text ECM Suite

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM), a global leader in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), today announced that Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada's largest food distributor, has chosen Open Text's ECM Suite.

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National Youth Week May 1 - 7

Kitchener celebrates National Youth Week

KITCHENER - Every day, young people are involved in meaningful activities in their communities. Kitchener is gearing up to host a number of activities celebrating National Youth Week May 1 to 7, along with the cities of Cambridge and Waterloo.

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Guest Column

Selling: The truth about success
By Douglas Smith

Amazon.com currently lists more than 13,000 books that teach people how to be successful in selling. Most of these books are very good, while others are misleading. Unfortunately, some authors and "sales experts" continue to perpetuate age-old myths about selling that need to be dispelled. Three of these biggest myths are:

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MEDIA

CTV Accepts Shaw Offer to Buy Local Stations

TORONTO - CTV accepted Shaw Communications Inc. CEO Jim Shaw's offer to buy CKX-TV in Brandon and its 'A' stations in Wingham (CKNX-TV) and Windsor (CHWI-TV Wheatley).

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Mining

Ontario Takes Bold Steps To Modernize Mining Act

Government To Introduce Innovative, Balanced Legislation For A Sustainable Mining Future

TORONTO - Proposed changes to Ontario's Mining Act would see significant strides in Aboriginal consultation, provide clear rules for industry and reduce the impact of mineral exploration on the environment.

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Mininig

Ontario takes historic step with reformed mining legislation

TORONTO - The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) applauds the introduction yesterday of the proposed Mining Act by the Ontario government. Once passed, this will enact the first major reforms to mining legislation in Canada in more than 100 years.

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MEDIA

As deadline looms, will NY Times shut The Boston Globe?
By Jason Szep and Ross Kerber - Analysis

BOSTON (Reuters) - Advertisements for The Boston Globe boast that a single news story can "take you away." But after Friday, the newspaper itself may be taken away and shut down after 137 years of publication.

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Infrastructure

Kitchener Councillors hopeful 14 local projects receive support through federal infrastructure stimulus fund

KITCHENER - City council earmarked 14 projects tonight, which they believe are the most deserving of monetary support through the federal infrastructure stimulus fund (ISF); and directed city staff to submit the list to the federal government for consideration.

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5 Secrets

Best-selling author and business visionary Dr. John Izzo to speak at Laurier

WATERLOO—Best-selling author and business visionary Dr. John Izzo will speak at Wilfrid Laurier University on Friday, May 8. Izzo’s presentation is part of Development Day 2009, an annual event coordinated by Laurier’s alumni relations department featuring personal and professional development sessions by industry experts.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Chrysler reaches new low after a very rough ride
By Nick Carey - Analysis

DETROIT (Reuters) - Once an icon of American automotive might, Chrysler has reached a new low in its rocky eight-decade history by filing for bankruptcy and cutting its business to a shadow of its former size.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Ontario Helping To Put Chrysler On Sustainable Footing

Government Providing Loan Of $1.258 Billion To Help Automaker Restructure

TORONTO- Ontario is partnering with the Canadian and American governments to restructure Chrysler and help it become stronger and more sustainable. Ontario's participation will help Ontario families - particularly those in Windsor, Brampton and in communities throughout Ontario where auto parts are made - by strengthening the company's competitiveness during this time of global economic crisis.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

CAW Endorses Chrysler-Fiat Partnership, Commends Government Support for Auto

TORONTO - The Canadian Auto Workers union is optimistic that today's restructuring decisions regarding Chrysler represent the beginning of a brighter future for the new company. "It is shocking that a company with Chrysler's stature and history should be forced into bankruptcy protection," said CAW President Ken Lewenza.

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Quarterly Report

DALSA Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Waterloo - DALSA Corporation, an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors, today reported revenues from continuing operations of $37.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, and net income from continuing operations of $1.3 million or $0.07 per share, diluted. The following table summarizes the key results for the first quarter of 2009 and compares them to the first quarter of 2008.

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Quarterly Report

RDM Corporation reports second quarter results

WATERLOO - RDM Corporation, a leading provider of solutions for the electronic commerce and payment processing markets, today reported its financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2009.

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Scholarship Funding

U Of T Grad Students Win Major National Funding Awards
By April Kemick

TORONTO, ON - World-class graduate research at the University of Toronto received a major boost today as the federal government announced almost three dozen top-tier students will receive funding through their new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

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Creative Cluster

Ontario is Expanding its Support of an Innovative Economy

Ontario's Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund renewed for four years

TORONTO - Ontario is continuing to support the growth of an innovative economy by renewing the Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund with a $12 million investment over the next four years.

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Scholarship Funding

Six Western students bring home $50,000 Vanier scholarships

London - Six students from The University of Western Ontario have been selected to receive one of the newest and most prestigious scholarships in Canada – the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. The scholarship recipients were announced in Ottawa this afternoon at an official recognition ceremony led by Minister of State Gary Goodyear.

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Labour Market

April 2009 Labour Market Report

Ayr - The Workforce Planning Board has released it's "Labour Market" publication for April 2009. Published monthly, WWF provides labour market information on trends and issues of within Waterloo Region, Wellington County and Dufferin County.

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Science Honour

Dr. Paul Corkum elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences

OTTAWA — Dr. Paul Corkum, a professor at the University of Ottawa's Department of Physics and the director of the Attosecond Science Program at the National Research Council Canada (NRC), has just been elected to the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honours a scientist can receive.

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Record Breaker

Ritchie Bros.' Edmonton site conducts Canada's largest equipment auction

Public demand for premium used equipment demonstrated at CA$93 million (US$78 million) auction

EDMONTON - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world's largest industrial auctioneer, conducted the largest equipment auction in Canadian history this week, selling CA$93 million (US$78 million) of trucks, equipment and real estate during a three-day unreserved auction at its Edmonton, Alberta permanent auction site on April 28 - 30, 2009.

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Financial

Manulife Mutual Funds announces Lipper Award Winners

WATERLOO - Manulife Mutual Funds is proud to announce that four of its mutual funds have been recognized for excellence in the investment industry at the 2009 Lipper Fund Awards.

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Appointment

Siemens Canada names Roland Aurich as new chief executive officer

Siemens Canada Limited announced the appointment of Roland Aurich as President and Chief Executive Officer. In his new capacity, Mr. Aurich will be responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and management of all Siemens activities in Canada.

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Education

Technology students prove it’s easy to be green

London - Every year, The University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Education trains 30-40 technology teacher candidates who come back to school after years in the workforce.

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Victim Services

STRENGTHENING VICTIM SERVICES IN WESTERN ONTARIO

Provincial Government Announces Five Victim Safety Projects

Ontario - Several police services and local not-for-profit victim service agencies in western Ontario have received grants to enhance the monitoring and tracking of high-risk offenders and improve victim services in their communities.

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2009 Flu Pandemic

SMALL BUSINESS INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS

Burlington – The recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) increasing the pandemic alert status to the second highest status at level 5 should be viewed by small businesses as a warning to review their pandemic preparedness plans.

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Scholarship Funding

Three Carleton students win inaugural Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Ottawa – Three Carleton University graduate students were awarded prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS). Each will receive $50,000 a year for up to three years.

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Investing

Socially Responsible Investment holds steady at nearly 20 per cent of assets under management in Canada, according to study

TORONTO - Socially responsible investment has consolidated its market share in Canada over the past two years, according to a study released by the Social Investment Organization (SIO).

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Homelessness Awareness

Sleepless Night in Kitchener

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.

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Financial Research

Desjardins Financial Security Launches Foresight, Group Retirement Savings Solution

Selects Morningstar as Independent Provider of Research, Data, and Portfolio Construction

TORONTO - Desjardins Financial Security announced the launch of Foresight(TM), a group retirement savings/investment solution that combines the flexible and tailored group retirement savings solutions with independent expertise in investment research and analysis.

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Tourism

Swine Flu Canceled Trips should Receive Refunds not Travel Credits

VICTORIA - Cheap Tickets Canada.com has contacted Canadian Tour Operators to request that they issue refunds to all people affected by canceled Mexico flights.



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