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Monday June 29, 2009

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Ted Talks

Ray Zahab treks to the South Pole



Extreme runner Ray Zahab shares an enthusiastic account of his record-breaking trek on foot to the South Pole -- a 33-day sprint through the snow.

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Happy Canada Day

Canada Day hours for City of Kitchener facilities

KITCHENER - Many City of Kitchener facilities will be closed for Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1. Facilities will operate on the following schedules:


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Social Survey

How social networks help Canadians deal with major change

Statscan - Despite changing family structures, the geographic dispersion of families and increased dependence on the Internet as a source of information, Canadians identified the family as the most helpful resource in an individual's social network during times of major change.

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Recognition

U of G Students Make Top 40 List

Guelph - Eight University of Guelph students are among '40 under 40' Guelph residents recognized for their personal successes and community contributions.

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As We Grow

Light Rail Transit approved by Regional Council

Waterloo Region - Light Rail Transit (LRT) was approved by Regional Council Wednesday June 24, 2009 as the preferred technology for the Region of Waterloo’s rapid transit system.

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Cancer Research

UOttawa researchers receive more than $950,000 from Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

OTTAWA — The University of Ottawa has been awarded $962,588 in research funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).

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Planned Merger

Towers Perrin, Watson Wyatt to merge in $3.5 billion deal
By Jui Chakravorty Das and Aarthi Sivaraman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Consulting firms Towers Perrin Forster & Crosby and Watson Wyatt Worldwide said on Sunday they plan to merge in an all-stock deal valued at about $3.5 billion, as they hope to cut costs amid an economic slump that has caused clients to curb discretionary spending.

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Health Care

Childhood physical abuse linked to cancer
By Joyann Callender

TORONTO - Childhood physical abuse is associated with elevated rates of cancer in adulthood, according to a new study by University of Toronto researchers.

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Wireless

New research highlights deficiencies in Canada's proposed wireless enhanced 9-1-1 services

Canada significantly lags behind the U.S. in implementation of enhanced wireless capabilities

TORONTO - Canadian public safety experts view Canada as "late in the game" in adopting new rules to implement wireless enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) services and there is a definitive need for regulators to play a stronger role in setting national wireless E9-1-1 policies and standards, a new research study conducted by leading IT market research and advisory firm IDC Canada Ltd. reveals.

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Award Recognition

2009 Guelph Awards of Excellence Winners Announced

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the 2009 Guelph Awards of Excellence at last Thursdays Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala event.

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Education

Holly Sagues, Chief Strategist and Policy Officer, Florida Virtual School to Facilitate Desire2Learn and Elluminate Roundtable at NECC

Desire2Learn and Elluminate host roundtable on the economic benefits and viability of online learning.

Kitchener-Waterloo – Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, will co-host a roundtable on The Economic Benefits of Online Learning with Desire2Learn Select ISV Partner Elluminate at the 30th Annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Washington, D.C., June 28 – July 1.

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Philanthropy

Memorial fund provides grants to projects in Laos, Waterloo and St. Catharines

Waterloo - Expanding the Mennonite faith was the theme amongst Schlegel grant winners in 2009. A Mennonite Laotian church conference, a Waterloo-based Mennonite publisher, and a St. Catharines Mennonite church plant are the 2009 recipients of “venture capital” grants from the Wilfred Schlegel Memorial Fund.

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Financial Literacy

New National Task Force on Financial Literacy to be Chaired by Sun Life CEO, Minister of Finance Announces

TORONTO - Donald A. Stewart, Sun Life Financial Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed Chairman of Canada's new, national Task Force on Financial Literacy. The announcement was made Last Thursday by Finance Minister James Flaherty at a news conference in Toronto.

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Basic Letter Rates

Canada Post Proposes Five-Year Pricing Plan

OTTAWA - Canada Post has submitted a regulatory proposal, in accordance with the Canada Post Corporation Act ("the Act"), to set the domestic basic letter rate (BLR) for letters weighing 30g or less for a five-year period starting January 11, 2010.

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New Industrial Research Chair

Waterloo and NSERC to announce new automotive research chair

WATERLOO – The University of Waterloo and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada will announce the creation of a new research chair to explore ways of designing better automobiles more quickly.

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Arts & Culture

Human Bodies Revealed in Waterloo Region

Museum announces next transformative Exhibition

Kitchener – Following the highly successful, original art exhibition, Andy Warhol’s Factory 2009, The Children’s Museum is announcing its next captivating exhibition set to open January 2010.

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Red Tape

Open For Business Strategy and the Green Economy get boost

TORONTO - Business organizations have long said that one of the most common complaints from business owners is the time-consuming task of filling out government paperwork. Through its Paper Burden Reduction Initiative (PBRI), the Ontario government has identified and eliminated 30 per cent of business forms that are no longer necessary for businesses to complete.

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Letter to the Editor

Canadian Government Reveals Plan to Short-Change Workers and Employers on EI

Biggest scam in Canadian history would recognise only 5% of EI surplus

TORONTO—Late on Thursday June 25, The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, issued a press release revealing the Harper government’s plan to start generating renewed surpluses from the EI program as early as 2011, when the new Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board (CEIFB) becomes operational.

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Negotiations

Unacceptable Employer Demands Continue to Slow Progress in Navistar Bargaining

CHATHAM - Negotiations between the CAW and Navistar continued on Sunday with little progress as the June 30 contract expiry date looms. CAW President Ken Lewenza said the company's refusal to move away from a series of unacceptable demands is hampering the union's effort to reach a fair and equitable collective agreement for workers at the Chatham truck plant.

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Ratified

Bombardier Workers in Toronto Ratify New Agreement

TORONTO - Workers at Bombardier Aerospace have ratified a new three year collective agreement by 84 per cent, covering nearly 3,000 workers in the company's Downsview Toronto facility.

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Media

"A" London, Windsor, Wingham Wins National RTNDA Award

London – The Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) held their annual galaon June 27 with "A" London, Windsor, Wingham taking home two regional awards and one national award for Short Feature in a Medium Market. The RTNDA awards are widely regarded as the highest recognition for broadcast journalism in Canada.

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Young Women

FIRST Robotics Team Participates In White House Roundtable on Title IX

Virginia-Based FIRST Robotics Team Cited As Role Model For All Students

MANCHESTER, N.H ― FIRST™ (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, was honored to have one of its FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams participate in the White House Roundtable marking the 37th anniversary of Title IX.




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