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Wednesday April 29, 2009

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Michael Merzenich: Exploring the re-wiring of the brain

Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.


First Artificial Turf Multiuse Sports Field At A Waterloo Region High School Officially Opens May 6, 2009

Waterloo Region - The first artificial turf multiuse sports field in a Waterloo Region high school -- located at St. David Catholic Secondary School, Waterloo - will be officially launched on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.


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COM DEV successfully demonstrates advanced space-based AIS technology

Validation satellite achieves one year of on-orbit operations

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that its first experimental satellite, NTS, has successfully completed one year in orbit, validating COM DEV's high-performance detection capability for its advanced space-based AIS (Automatic Identification System) technology.


Ontario environment companies concerned green economic opportunity at risk

Deloitte environment industry report calls for new ways to seize business opportunities

TORONTO - Ontario environment firms are concerned the province may miss a crucial opportunity in the coming years if business and government do not find new ways of working together, according to a new study conducted by Deloitte for the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA).

Consumer Confidence

U.S. consumer confidence rises in April

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence rose in April to its highest this year with some expectations the economic downturn may be reaching a bottom.


Shortfall in business innovation at the root of Canada's lagging productivity, according to Expert Panel

OTTAWA - Canada's persistent weakness in productivity growth is due to business strategy choices. "Too few Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs choose strategies that emphasize innovation", says Robert Brown, Chair of the panel of 18 business, labour and academic authorities appointed by the Council of Canadian Academies to analyze the innovation performance of Canadian businesses. The panel's report, Innovation and Business Strategy: Why Canada Falls Short, presents a fresh look at innovation as an economic process.


Apple using iPhone to play AT&T against Verizon?
By Sinead Carew and Gabriel Madway - Analysis

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc appears to be playing the top two U.S. mobile operators AT&T Inc and Verizon Wireless against each other as it shops for the next distributor for its popular iPhone.


Susan Chilton starts Commnications Consultantcy

Waterloo Region - After 14 years with the Waterloo Region Record, former editor and columnist Susan Chilton has started up her own business as a freelance editor, writer and corporate communications consultant.


University of Ottawa and OHRI study shows automated telephone system can assist chronic disease management

OTTAWA — A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that an automated system is just as effective as a human in communicating with thrombosis patients about frequent dosing adjustments.

2009 Auto Restructuring

GM Exchange Offers Approved in Europe

DETROIT - The United Kingdom Listing Authority has approved a prospectus to be published by General Motors Corporation in certain jurisdictions in the EU for GM's exchange offers and consent solicitations in which GM is offering to exchange 225 shares of its common stock for each 1,000 U.S. dollar equivalent

Co-op Education

Co-op Students for Hire

Kitchener - Although the spring / summer session officially begins May 1st, it's not too late to tap into Conestoga's pool of talented co-op students. Conestoga students from 41 co-op programs are available to assist with special projects and increased work due to seasonal peaks or fill in for summer vacations.


Photowatt France announces temporary shutdown

CAMBRIDGE - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. announced that its Photowatt France operation will halt production for three weeks in response to lower demand for solar modules and systems.


Tim Hortons Inc. Building $30-Million Coffee Roasting Facility in Hamilton, Ontario

State-of-the-art operation extends control from "bean to cup"; Capable of annually producing hundreds of millions of cups of rich, consistent coffee

OAKVILLE - Tim Hortons has built its reputation and customer loyalty on coffee, from harvesting the world's finest grown beans to creating a proprietary blend that delivers a rich, consistent cup every time.

Quarterly Report

Rogers Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results

TORONTO - Rogers Communications Inc. announced its consolidated financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Science Carnival

Second Annual Science Rendezvous Event Comes To U of T

TORONTO, ON - Exciting attractions, cutting edge science and fun activities for the whole family - all for free - highlight the second annual Science Rendezvous at U of T event on May 9, 2009.

Global Health

Swine influenza: how much of a global threat?

London, UK - On April 27, WHO raised its pandemic alert level from phase 3 to phase 4 after human cases of a novel H1N1 swine influenza A virus spread quickly around the world from its origin in Mexico. Concern over the virus—a hybrid of human, pig, and avian influenza—started mounting internationally last week following outbreaks of influenza-like illnesses in Mexico and other countries.


Expert in famous water contamination case to speak at Western

London - A graduate of The University of Western Ontario, who was an expert witness in a complex U.S. legal case involving water contamination, alleged to have caused cancer in children, will return to his alma mater on Friday, May 1 as part of the Faculty of Engineering’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Retreat of the Secular

Conference on secularism and fundamentalism to mark 30th anniversary of Iranian Revolution

Renowned international academics and authors gather at York University

TORONTO - More than 35 international experts on religion, secularism and Iran from Canada, Britain, France, the US, Holland, Iran, Pakistan and Palestine will meet at York University May 1 to 3 for the conference, “Retreat of the Secular? Challenges of Religious Fundamentalism.”

Sustainable Communities

Queen’s research to promote welcoming, sustainable communities

Kingston - Two Queen’s researchers are contributing to a $1-million province-wide study to improve services for new immigrants and to promote positive, inclusive communities in small and medium-sized cities and towns across Ontario.


Invengo Technology Corporation and Can/U.S. Enviro-RFID Announce Distribution Agreement

Orlando, Florida - RFID Distributor Can/U.S. Enviro-RFID, North America’s only dedicated RFID channel distributor, and Invengo Technology Corp. announced today that they have entered into an agreement for the North American distribution of Invengo’s RFID products.


Drew Fagan Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Tourism Commission

OTTAWA - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), announced the appointment of Drew Fagan to the Board of Directors of the CTC.

Guest Column

Are you a Military Friendly Company? Why you should consider it
By Elaine Dumler

Look out your office window, and you may notice many of the cars in the parking lot sporting a "Support the Troops" yellow ribbon magnet. Your HR department asks about military service on job applications. You may even recall the donations canister in the break room for a few months before Christmas. Is that what it means to be a military friendly company?

Health Care

U of G Providing Expertise on Swine Flu

Guelph - Canadians looking to learn more about the swine flu are likely to come across faculty and researchers from the University of Guelph during their search for information. U of G experts are front and centre in the media these days, providing everything from background to insight and commentary on a range of issues related to the outbreak.

Climate Change

Study Says Warming Poses Peril To Asia.

"With diminished rice harvests, seawater seeping into aquifers and islands vanishing into rising oceans, Southeast Asia will be among the region's worst affected by global warming, according to a report released on Monday by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The rise in sea levels may force the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia to redraw its sea boundaries, the report said...." [The New York Times/Factiva]


Susan Vertes Dutton wins 2009 BOMA awards for management of 11 King Street West and 70 University Avenue, Toronto

TORONTO - Peter Leroux, Executive Vice-President, Avison Young Real Estate Management Services, is pleased to announce that Senior Property Manager Susan Vertes Dutton and her property management team have been awarded Certificates of Building Excellence for the management of 11 King Street West and 70 University Avenue (Toronto, ON) by the Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto).


Canada's Economic Action Plan Helps More Canadians Continue Working Through Work-Sharing

OTTAWA - Canada's Economic Action Plan is strengthening benefits for Canadian workers by extending and easing access to Work-Sharing agreements so more Canadians can continue working while companies experience a temporary slowdown.

Working Together

YMCAs held AGMs in one location

Cambridge - The Annual General Meetings for the YMCA of Cambridge & the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA was held together at the Chaplin Family YMCA, 250 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge.

Tort Laws

Tort Laws that Save Americans the Most Money
Attorney-Retention Sunshine and DaubertRule are Most Effective Tort Reforms

San Francisco - The Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a free-market think tank based in California, today released Tort Law Tally, a new report identifying which state tort reforms reduce tort losses and tort insurance premiums the most.

Book Review

Bosses Behaving Badly

Expert says happy workers an endangered species

The author of the scathing new novel, The Boss, a May 2009 release from Greenleaf Book Group Press (, has worked in human resources and understands the impact managers have in the lives of their employees.

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