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Friday August 7, 2009

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Ted Talks

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in action



Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.

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Common Share Dividend

Manulife Board of Directors Announces Common Share Dividend Reduction Effective September 2009

TORONTO - The Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation ("MFC") today announced its decision to reduce the Company's quarterly common share dividend by 50% from $0.26 to $0.13 per share, payable on and after September 21, 2009 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 18, 2009.

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Appointment

House of Friendship Welcomes New Executive Director

KITCHENER WATERLOO – House of Friendship didn’t have to go very far to find the right person for the job when recruiting a new Executive Director after the recent departure of long-time Executive Director, Deborah Schlichter. In fact, they had to go no further than Kitchener.

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Innovative Research Support

Government of Canada Supports Innovative Research and Development in Waterloo, Ontario

WATERLOO - Mr. Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced a contribution to Sandvine Incorporated from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

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Lock Out

Workers at U.S. Steel say "We need an employer that will put us back to work - as was promised to the federal government."


HAMILTON - As Lakeside Steel files in court for a chance to purchase the former Stelco, the United Steelworkers employees remind Minister Clement and the Canadian public that in keeping with U.S. Steel's promise to the government of Canada the workers should be brought back to work now.

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Economic Crisis

CIGI hosts conference on global economic crisis – Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman keynote speaker

Waterloo – The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will host its annual international conference October 2-4, 2009 . The purpose of the event is to define and debate issues of critical global importance, and identify innovative practices that can assist in meeting global challenges.

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Small Genome

Hummingbirds Powered by 'Light' DNA, Study Finds

Guelph - Hummingbirds have less DNA in their cells than other birds, allowing them to do all that energy-intensive hovering flight, according to new research by University of Guelph biologists.

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Financials

SunOpta Announces Second Quarter 2009 Results

TORONTO - SunOpta Inc. ("SunOpta" or "the Company"), a leading global company focused on natural, organic and specialty foods and natural health products, announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009.

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Appointment

Raymond Leduc Appointed to the National Research Council Canada

OTTAWA - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the National Research Council Canada (NRC), today announced the appointment of Mr. Raymond Leduc as a member of the NRC.

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Appointment

Anne Arsenault 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 Ms. Anne Arsenault as Private Sector Director of the Board of Directors of the CTC.

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Real Estate Outlook

New Real Property Association of Canada survey shows Canadian commercial real estate markets holding up well compared to the US

TORONTO - The Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac) was pleased to release a new quarterly economic survey which will serve as a gauge of senior real estate executives' confidence in financial and real estate markets in Canada.

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Expansion

RAPPORT LEADERSHIP INTERNATIONAL TO EXPAND BUSINESS OPERATIONS IN CANADA

LAS VEGAS – Rapport Leadership International, a 24-year Nevada-based leadership development company, will expand its corporate business operations in Calgary, Canada to provide Canadian business leaders and professionals with additional support from local executives.

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Appointment

Municipality Hires Director, Economic Development Services

Chatham-Kent has a new Director of Economic Development Services. Kathy Weiss will be joining the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in her new role on September 21.

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Health

RADIOTHERAPY COULD REDUCE COGNITIVE FUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH COMMON BRAIN TUMOURS

Lancet - Even low doses of radiotherapy that are regarded as safe may contribute to progressive cognitive decline in patients with low-grade glioma brain tumours, according to an Article published Online first and in the September edition of The Lancet Neurology.

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Clear Air Inside

Clear the Air! Solving odour transfer problems in your apartment

OTTAWA - From tobacco smoke to cooking smells, the transfer of odours is a common problem experienced by people who live in apartment buildings. There are however a number of simple and practical steps you can take in consultation with your property manager to eliminate, or at least reduce, odour problems in your apartment.

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Bank Security

Global, Top-20 Bank Selects VideoSphere Solution for Advanced Security in $1.5 Million Deal

OTTAWA - March Networks(R), a leading provider of intelligent IP video and business analysis applications, announced that one of Europe's largest financial institutions has selected the Company's VideoSphere(TM) open-platform Video Management System (VMS) software and more than 2,000 CamPX and MegaPX IP cameras for advanced security and monitoring across 150 retail banking branches.

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Credit Delinquency

Equifax Canada data reveals 24% jump in Annualized Delinquency Rate

TORONTO - Equifax Canada released the latest consumer credit delinquency data which shows that Canadians continue to fall behind on their credit payments at an ever-increasing rate.

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Travel

Business Conditions Survey: Traveller accommodation industries

Statscan - Canadian hoteliers' business expectations for the third quarter of 2009 were negative relative to their business performance during the same quarter a year earlier. Their negative outlook was similar to that observed in the previous two quarters.

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