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Ted Talks

Michael Pritchard turns filthy water drinkable

Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009.

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Acquisition

Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd to acquire Maplesoft in early September 2009

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd., a Tokyo-based major Japanese importer/distributor of CAE (computer aided engineering) software.

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Improving Customer Experience

Sleepy's Improves Customer Experience and Saves Money With
Descartes

WATERLOO - Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service logistics solutions provider, announced that Sleepy's, LLC has improved its customer experience, while reducing operational costs and growing its business, with Descartes Fleet Management Solutions.

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University Name Change

St. Paul's changes its name to St. Paul's University College

WATERLOO - St. Paul's United College at the University of Waterloo now is officially St. Paul's University College, a name change that reflects the growing academic bent and international thrust of the residential teaching institution.

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Assets Purchased

Vollmer Inc. has purchased the assets of Sutherland-Schultz

Cambridge - Vollmer Inc. located in Windsor, Ontario has purchased the assets of Sutherland-Schultz Inc.

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Charitable Giving

Community Support Continues to Grow

Guelph – The Guelph Community Foundation recently announced it’s spring grants. Over $127,000 was disbursed out to charitable organizations this spring, bringing The Foundation to over $1.3 million in grants to community organizations since its inception in 2000.

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Financial Results

Co-operators General Insurance Company reports 2009 second quarter results

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company ("Co-operators General") announced its consolidated financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2009. For the second quarter, Co-operators General reported consolidated net income of $13.9 million, compared to $39.0 million for the same quarter in 2008.

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Tobacco Pictorial Study

Pictorial warnings on tobacco packages are effective: Waterloo researchers

WATERLOO - Shocking pictures of diseased lungs, a brain damaged from a stroke and other disturbing images that appear on cigarette packs in Canada are effective in informing people about the harms of smoking and motivating smokers to quit, says a new University of Waterloo review article.

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Assets Boutique

Newton Wins Canadian TD Asset Management Global Equity Mandate

LONDON, NEW YORK and TORONTO - Newton* has announced that Newton Capital Management Limited, its business offering services in Canada and the U.S., has been awarded a new global equity mandate for TD Asset Management Inc. (TDAM), the manager of TD Mutual Funds.

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Automotive

Nissan unveils "LEAF" - The world's first electric car designed for affordability and real-world requirements

YOKOHAMA, Japan - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled Nissan LEAF, the world's first affordable, zero-emission car. Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 160km (100 miles) to satisfy real-world consumer requirements.

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CRA Statement

Statement by the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food)

OTTAWA - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food), issued the following statement regarding the alleged fraud situation surrounding financial advisor Earl Jones...

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Guest Columnist

How Leaders Earn Brand-Loyalty for Life

The Top 5 Behaviors that can Damage Your Leadership Personal Brand
By Brenda Bence

All you have to do is look around you to know that brands are powerful. In fact, most people are so loyal to certain brands that they stick with them for life. If brand-name products can evoke that kind of loyalty, why can't people? Well, they can!

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National Security Opinion

National Security with a Canadian Twist: The Investment Canada Act and the New National Security Review Test

On March 12, 2009, the Canadian federal government passed significant amendments to the Investment Canada Act ( ICA ), Canada ’s foreign investment law of general application. Though the amendments generally liberalize important aspects of the Canadian foreign investment review regime, they also include a broadly worded national security test that now allows the responsible Minister to review proposed investments in Canada on national security grounds.

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Investing in Heritage

Markham Museum Constructing New Collections Building Investing in our community’s heritage

MARKHAM - Construction has started on the new collections building at the Markham Museum. The Museum will remain open during construction. When completed in 2010, the 17,000 sq. ft. addition will become the new main entry to the Museum.

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Acura Upgrade

Acura RDX Turbocharged CUV Receives Numerous Upgrades for 2010

TORONTO - The 2010 Acura RDX goes on sale across Canada on August 10 with a fresh new exterior look, a more luxurious interior, new technology features and improved fuel economy.

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Income Tax

"eBay sellers must declare all income for tax purposes," States Minister Blackburn

OTTAWA - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food), advises Canadians that the income they earn online is taxable.

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Guest Columnist

Motivating and Inspiring Your People in Difficult Times

by Chris Witt

These days, if you're a leader of any type, you can't simply order people
around and expect them to do what you want. They may follow your directions, if you are watching, but once they're left on their own they'll go back to doing what they think is important.

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Made in Canada

Pledge to Buy Canadian-Made Vessels a Boost to Shipyards, CAW President Says

HALIFAX/TORONTO - The CAW is commending the federal government's commitment to build the next generation of Coast Guard and navy vessels in Canada and is urging the government to continue its dialogue with industry stakeholders to ensure this work goes ahead as soon as possible.

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Tax Incentives

CIPS calls for renewed ICT strategy for Canada

TORONTO - This past budget provided several measures that should help get Canada's ICT industry back on track. Provisions such as the two-year 100 per cent capital cost allowance provide an immediate boost to business through increased productivity through the acquisition of new technology.

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Fraud Prevention

Canada's CAs helping directors manage fraud risk in difficult economic times

TORONTO - A new publication by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) is designed to help boards of directors protect their companies from the increased risk of fraud in today's unsettled economic environment.

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