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Thursday August 6, 2009

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Ted Talks

Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture



Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability -- to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling.

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Stepping Down

Savvas Chamberlain Announces Future Plans for Transition to Non-Executive Chairman Role at DALSA

Waterloo - DALSA Corporation, announced that Savvas Chamberlain will step down from his role as Chief Technology Officer of the Company on October 12, 2009, at which time he will transition to the role of Chairman, in a non-management status.

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Quarterly Results

Sun Life Financial declares quarterly dividend on Common and Preferred Shares

TORONTO - The Board of Directors of Sun Life Financial Inc. announced a quarterly shareholder dividend of $0.36 per common share, payable September 30, 2009 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 26, 2009. This is the same amount as paid in the previous quarter.

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Infrastructure

Waterloo researchers explore how best to renew Canada's infrastructure, build better cars

WATERLOO - University of Waterloo researchers have received funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to investigate how Canada can make the most of its spending to renew the country's infrastructure such as bridges and highways.

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Health

EPA Seeks Comments on its Reevaluation of the Chemical Perchlorate

Administrator Jackson makes it a priority to evaluate exposure in infants and young children

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced that the agency is taking an important step to ensure children’s health is taken into account when evaluating the chemical perchlorate.

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Media

GlobeNewswire Expands Canadian Services and Distribution

New Services Drive Visibility for TSX-Listed and Canadian Companies

LOS ANGELES - GlobeNewswire, a NASDAQ OMX company, announces several new services specially focused to help Canadian companies reach media, investors and potential customers.

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Real Estate

HIGHER PRICED HOMES DRIVE K-W HOME SALES IN JULY  
 
KITCHENER-WATERLOO –Sales of residential properties in Kitchener‐Waterloo and  area decreased a slight 1.8 percent in July, but the decline was limited to those properties selling below  $300,000.  

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Union Talks

Steelworkers to Premiers: Use Public Procurement to Support Canadian Jobs

REGINA - As provincial Premiers convene their annual Council of the Federation meeting, the United Steelworkers union (USW) is calling on them to reject proposed extensions of "free trade" rules that would prevent the use of provincial and local procurement policy to create jobs in Canada.

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Advisory Board

Senior Executives From Yahoo! Canada and MySpace Music Join MetroLeap Media Advisory Board

VANCOUVER, BC - MetroLeap Media, Inc., producer of one of the top five music destinations in the world, MetroLyrics.com, announced the formation of an advisory board and welcomes former MySpace Music Senior Vice President Jamie Kantrowitz, former General Manager of Yahoo! Canada Kerry Munro, and Entrepreneur and Advisor Charles Seely to board posts.

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Guest Column

Wow Any Audience: Strategies for Being an Effective Emcee
By Jeff Civillico

If you think being a corporate emcee is no different from a regular performance (or that any "funny guy" at work can do it), think again. Being an effective emcee requires a distinct skill set.

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Appointment

Claude Majeau Appointed to the Copyright Board Canada

OTTAWA - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, announced the appointment of Mr. Claude Majeau as the Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Copyright Board Canada.

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Food Options

What you eat depends on who you eat with - Women count calories around men; not so when around other women

Hamilton - If you are a woman who dines with a man, chances are you choose food with fewer calories than if you dine with a woman. That is one of the findings in a study conducted by researchers at McMaster University.

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Economics

July retail sales show some glimmers of hope

CHICAGO - Some U.S. retailers reported sales declines for July that were not as steep as expected, suggesting that more shoppers may be buying discretionary items.

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Guest Column

The Red-Nosed Revolution: Five Ways to Find and Empower the "Rudolphs" Who Can Save Your Company

By Cyndi Laurin

The Age of Innovation is here. Slowly but surely it has dawned on leaders in all industries that our global economy has changed the game forever. Oh, sure, products and processes still matter, but what really keeps a company competitive is its people—more specifically, the ability of said people to innovate.

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Interest Rates

ECB holds rates at 1%, seen in wait-and-see mode

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank kept interest rates on hold at a record low on Thursday as it waits to see the impact of efforts so far to revive the economy and credit flows.


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