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Ted Talks

Brian Cox: What went wrong (and what's next) at the Large Hadron Collider



In this short talk from TED U 2009, Brian Cox shares what's new with the CERN supercollider. He covers the repairs now underway and what the future holds for the largest science experiment ever attempted.

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Alliance

HP and RIM Announce Strategic Alliance to Mobilize Business on BlackBerry

PALO ALTO, CA - HP and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced they are establishing a strategic alliance to deliver a portfolio of solutions for business mobility on the BlackBerry(R) platform.

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Economic Transformation

No European recovery till mid-2010: Commission
By Jan Strupczewski

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's economy will not start recovering until the second half of next year, the European Commission said on Monday as it slashed its forecasts to reflect the region's deepest recession since World War Two.

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Common Sense Prevails

Laurier’s Olympic-size swimming pool to undergo significant repairs

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s 50-metre swimming pool will undergo significant repairs this summer thanks to a funding partnership involving the university, students, community aquatic groups and the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener.

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Human Resources

Recession-Stressed Workers Need Employers' Support - New study shows increased anxiety in the workplace

TORONTO - They're stressed, anxious, worried about their jobs. They're losing sleep and they're losing confidence in the economy. Many Canadian employees are showing these and other signs of mental distress.

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Tourism

Children’s Museum success bodes well for Region

Ministry of Tourism statistics show Museum Economic Impact on City of Kitchener and Waterloo Region

Kitchener, ON – The Children’s Museum of Waterloo Region has had much recent success with a blockbuster exhibition strategy and as it turns out, this success translates into much needed funds for the Region.

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Culture & Art

Cinematheque Waterloo Launches Jim Jarmusch Film Series

Waterloo - Cinematheque Waterloo is pleased to announce the first of its three-part series of films by independent American filmmaker, Jim Jarmusch. Mystery Train will be shown at the Original Princess Cinema for two days only:

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Skills Canada

Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Waterloo - On May 4 & 5, 2009 at RIM Park and Manulife Financial Sportsplex in Waterloo Skills Canada will hold The Ontario Technological Skills Competition.

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Digital Future

Canada 3.0 Forum to Shape the Country’s Digital Future

Industry, government and academic leaders to explore digital media, trends -- define leadership strategy for Canada

STRATFORD - Industry, government, education leaders and influencers will gather June 8 and 9 in Stratford, Ontario at the Canada 3.0 forum to map Canada’s digital future and create opportunities for new business and jobs. Hosted by the University of Waterloo Stratford Institute and the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), the forum is the must-attend event for anyone interested in Canada’s place in the world’s digital economy.

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Energy

Queen’s technology to power 1,200-home solar energy project

OTTAWA - Solar hot water technology developed at Queen’s University will soon be powering a new green pilot project by Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Bullfrog Power Inc., EnerWorks Inc. and the Government of Canada.

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Business Conditions Survey

Second quarter 2009 Outlook

Statscan - Canada's hoteliers were not optimistic in their outlook for the second quarter of 2009. Their business expectations were more negative than they were the first quarter.

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Environment

GREENING WATERLOO REGION’S SCHOOLS

McGuinty Government Creates More Than 5,500 Jobs In The Green Economy

Waterloo Region - More than 1000 publicly funded schools across the province will be made more energy efficient to give Ontario students better places to learn and help boards save energy and money. Construction will start as soon as this summer.

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Expansion

Grand River CarShare expands service to Hamilton

KITCHENER – Grand River CarShare is expanding its service area and will be offering carsharing services to Hamilton residents by late summer of this year.

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Health Care

ONTARIO INCREASES ACCESS TO LONG-TERM CARE

McGuinty Government Awards 96 Long-Term Care Beds In Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region - On May 1, 2009 Kitchener MPP’s John Milloy and Leeanna Pendergast welcomed news that 96 new long-term care beds are coming to Waterloo Region.

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Energy

Federal minister announces new funding for Canadian nuclear research

Hamilton –The federal government has announced $6 million in funding for a new grants program to develop the next generation of nuclear energy systems.

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Book Authors Honoured

CIC Fellow wins prestigious Donner prize

TORONTO – CIC Research Fellow Whitney Lackenbauer and CIC-Waterloo Region branch member Ken Coates won the $35,000 Donner Prize for their co-authored book, titled Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North, published by Thomas Allen Publishers.

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Technology Study

Senior technology executives trail peers in focus on non-core expense management

Fewer than one in three tech leaders call non-core expense management important; services and resources industries place greater emphasis on improving cash flow

TORONTO - Just 31 percent of senior executives in the technology industry in North America view non-core expense management as important, significantly trailing other leaders in the services and manufacturing industries, according to a comprehensive three-year study conducted by MGPS, a management consulting firm specializing in expense management.

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April 2009 Car Sales

Mercedes-Benz reports its best month ever

TORONTO - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported that a record-breaking total of 2,267 Mercedes-Benz units were registered to customers in April, representing a 21.3% gain and the best month in history on the Mercedes-Benz side.

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April 2009 Car Sales

Breaking April sales records is Kia's Forte

MISSISSAUGA - Kia Canada retailed 4,276 vehicles this April, up 15 percent from the same month last year, to record the best sales month in the company's ten year history in Canada. On a year-to-date basis, Kia Canada's sales are 9 percent higher than 2008 sales through April.

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Health Investments

Manulife Financial partners with MediResource Inc. for health portal

New 'Health eLinks(R)' site helps plan members identify health risks and take action

WATERLOO - Manulife is launching major enhancements to its Health eLinks(R) online health resource. The web portal is designed to provide group benefits plan members across Canada with access to an innovative online health library and a new health risk assessment, among other online tools. Advancements to the site were made under an agreement with MediResource, Inc.

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40 under 40

Western alumni feted as Canada’s brightest young leaders

London - Praise keeps coming for The University of Western Ontario with another five of its alumni named today to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 list – continuing its record of dominating the charts.

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April 2009 Car Sales

Honda Canada reports April sales

TORONTO - Honda Canada Inc. reported combined April sales of 13,295 units by its Honda and Acura divisions, a 29% decrease year-over-year. The Honda Automobile Division reported April sales of 11,865 units, down 28% from last year. The Acura Division reported April sales of 1,430 units, down 36% over last year.

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Appointment

Tom Mitchell appointed OPG President and CEO

Industry veteran currently heads Nuclear Division

TORONTO - The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Board of Directors has named Tom Mitchell as President and CEO effective July 1, 2009 following the retirement of Jim Hankinson.

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April 2009 Car Sales

BMW Motorrad and BMW Pre-Owned both set all time best monthly sales records.

WHITBY - BMW Group Canada (BMW and MINI Brands combined) sold 2,297 vehicles in April 2009, down 17% compared to April 2008. Year-to-date sales for BMW Group Canada are 6,621 units, down 9% compared to the same period last year.

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April 2009 Car Sales

Subaru Canada: Best monthly sales ever

April is also an all-time monthly sales record for 2009 Forester

MISSISSAUGA - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is delighted to announce that it set an all-time monthly sales record in April. Total sales of its lineup of symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive vehicles reached 2,050 units, up 4.1 percent over last April. Total monthly sales beat the previous record, set in July of 2008, by 2.4 percent.

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Pension Protection

CAW President Calls for Pension Security for Air Canada Workers

TORONTO - CAW President Ken Lewenza is demanding that Air Canada remove workers' pensions from the chopping block as part of its plan to turn around the airline at a press conference this morning - Monday, May 4.
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April 2009 Car Sales

Toyota and Lexus April vehicle sales

Toyota RAV4 and Lexus RX 350 enjoy best-ever sales months

TORONTO - Spring is traditionally the busiest car-buying season in Canada, and as the market showed signs of restored confidence, Canadian drivers turned to Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) for quality, fuel efficiency, and value in April.

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WRIEN Week Review

WRIEN activities have generated the following information bites

Waterloo Region - Focus for Ethnic women extends an invite to all to join them for their May 27 Annual meeting and graduation

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April 2009 Car Sales

Nissan Canada Inc. Reports Sales Results for April

MISSISSAUGA - Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) reported sales of 7,074 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles in April, a decrease of 20.1 per cent over the same month last year.

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Science & Technology

Minister of State Goodyear Delivers Canada's Message at International Science Conference

OTTAWA - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), was warmly received at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Forum on Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., where he gave a keynote address on the importance of investing in science and technology and innovation to create jobs in the short term and to promote scientific discovery and long-term growth.

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April 2009 Car Sales

Audi Canada achieves best month in history

- 1251 units represent best month in Audi Canada history
- 10.9% ahead of sales in April 2008
- Year to date sales up by 6%

AJAX - Audi Canada today reported that 1251 units were registered for the month of April. The leading models in terms of sales were the A4 and A4 Avants, the all-new Audi Q5, the Audi Q7 and the A3.

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Art of Learning

FUSION 2009 Set to Lead the Way in Users' Conferences

Desire2Learn Users' Conference to feature prominent keynotes, activities at renowned landmarks and opportunities to build international networks

Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, Canada, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN, April 30, 2009 – Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, has announced today that Ian Jukes will be a featured keynote at the Sixth Annual Users' Conference, FUSION 2009 - The Art of Learning, July 13-17, 2009 in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota. He will join Michael Wesch, who is providing the opening keynote address.




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