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Thursday September 10, 2009

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Ted Talks

Lewis Pugh swims the North Pole



Lewis Pugh talks about his record-breaking swim across the North Pole. He braved the icy waters (in a Speedo) to highlight the melting icecap. Watch for astonishing footage -- and some blunt commentary on the realities of supercold-water swims.

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Global Economy

BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY LEADERS LOOK TO RELAUNCH GROWTH

Over 1,300 business, government and civil society leaders are in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2009

Dalian, People’s Republic of China – The challenge of relaunching growth has brought global business heads together with government, civil society and technology leaders at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2009.

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Energy

Hydro One to Promote All Ages Energy Conservation at Owen Sound Fall Fair

OWEN SOUND - Hydro One will bring its energy conservation message to the Owen Sound Fall Fair, September 10 to 12. In a special educational presentation for kindergarten to Grade 3 children and their families on Friday, September 11, Hydro One representatives will talk about simple ways to reduce energy use and save money - at home and at work.

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New Markets

IMAX Signs Multi-Theatre Deal in China

Leading Chinese Entertainment Developer and Exhibitor Taps Into Expanded IMAX Programming With Four Theatres Planned

TORONTO- IMAX Corporation and Guangzhou Jinyi Film & Television Group, Co., Ltd., a leading entertainment developer and exhibitor in China, today announced an agreement to open four IMAX(R) theatres in China.

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Education

Carleton University shines in prestigious international scholarship competition

Ottawa – Two scholars from Carleton University will be studying and conducting research in the United States this year, while an American professor will be visiting Carleton as part of the world-renowned Fulbright Program.

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Trade

Seminar to Debunk Myths About “Buy American” Policies, Doing Business in the U.S.

There’s Good Business to be had in the U.S. Despite Current Political, Economic Climate, say Market Experts

Markham, Ontario– Regardless of the concern that the U.S. government’s ‘Buy American’ provision of its economic stimulus package has created among Canadians, the United States is a lucrative market for Canada’s small and medium-sized businesses.

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Innovation

Canadian Nanotech Wound Dressing Saves Lives

Alberta Scientist Wins Top Innovation Award

CALGARY - Dr. Robert Burrell, inventor of Acticoat(TM) antimicrobial wound dressings, will receive this year's $100,000 EnCana Principal Award from the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation. The nanocrystalline silver coated dressings are used in clinical practice in over 40 countries around the world to prevent life threatening infections and promote wound healing.

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Bio Engineering

Improving the Petunia, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and the University of Guelph Start First Project Together

VINELAND - Dr. Daryl Somers, Research Director of Applied Genomics at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre with colleagues Dr. Theo Blom from the University of Guelph and Wayne Brown from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will begin work on the development of new traits for one of Ontario's major ornamental species, the petunia.


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Language Rights

The University of Ottawa to manage the new Language Rights Support Program

OTTAWA — The University of Ottawa has been named the managing institution for the new Language Rights Support Program (LRSP). The Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore, made the announcement yesterday morning.

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Distinguished Honour

U of T provost authors one of the 10 best articles in philosophy
By Laurie Stephens

Toronto - UofT's Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Misak balances being UofT's top academic and budget officer with being a top philosopher.

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Emerging Economy

Rwanda Led All Nations in Business 'Reforms,' World Bank Says.

"Rwanda...made more business-friendly changes to its regulations in the past year than any other government, a World Bank [International Finance Corporation (IFC)] report showed. The sub-Saharan country vaulted to the 67th from the 143rd rank in the Bank's Doing Business 2010: Reforming through Difficult Times, ahead of India, Italy and Turkey. The index ranks 183 participants by their rules for setting up, running and closing a business...." [Bloomberg]

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Deal

Sirit Awarded US$6.6 million Renewal RFID Transponder Order

Fifteen month procurement extends long-standing relationship with BATA

TORONTO - Sirit Inc. a global provider of radio frequency identification ("RFID") technology, announced today that the Bay Area Toll Authority ("BATA") has confirmed a toll transponder order valued at $6.6 million over the next fifteen months. The order includes two options to purchase up to $1.7 million in additional toll transponders.

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Health Care

Queen’s $1.8M study to test Canadian exercise guidelines

Kingston - How hard and for how long should you exercise in order to shed excess abdominal fat and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?

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Marketing

Survey Reveals Less Than 10 Per Cent Of Canadians State They Can Live Without Their Mobile Device

TORONTO - A recent survey, conducted by Hotspex(TM), found out that nearly one-half of Canadians (45 per cent) 'can't leave home without their mobile device'. In addition, significantly more Canadians, vs. 2008, agree that mobile media has information that is relevant to them.

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Housing

ONTARIO RESIDENTIAL HOME STARTS MOVE HIGHER IN AUGUST

Toronto - As expected, the Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of home starts across urban* areas increased to an estimated 42,000 units in August, up from 36,900 units in July.

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Housing

AUGUST HOUSING STARTS EDGE LOWER IN KITCHENER

TORONTO – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released August preliminary housing starts data for the Kitchener Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) today. Construction began on 234 homes, down from the 249 units started in the same month last year.

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Patent Infringment

i4i Brief Refutes Microsoft Defenses

TORONTO - In i4i v. Microsoft, Plaintiff i4i filed its Responding Brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday.

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Economic Development

Federal Government Funding Expected to Top Conference Agenda

STRATFORD – FedDev Ontario and the federal government’s economic stimulus funding for Southern Ontario is expected to take centre stage as business leaders, developers, and government representatives gather at the Southwest Economic Alliance (SWEA) 4th Annual Conference on September 17 & 18 at the Wheels Inn in Chatham.

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Trading

NASDAQ OMX Announces INET Next Generation Trading Technology

High Performance Computing Grid Delivers Fastest, Most Scalable Trading Platform

NEW YORK- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. announced the rollout of new enhancements and upgrades to its core trading technology known as INET. Recognized as the most sophisticated trading technology in the world, INET is the common technology utilized across NASDAQ OMX's U.S. and European markets.

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Arts & Culture

82 Years On, Fritz Lang’s vision of the future still dazzles in Metropolis.

Waterloo - Cinematheque Waterloo’s fall programming begins with a special presentation of Fritz Lang’s visionary silent science fiction epic Metropolis.

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Aerospace Investment

Government of Canada Makes Major Investments in Aerospace and Defence

TORONTO - Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, yesterday confirmed $200 million in funding for the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) and announced a $7.6-million repayable investment in support of a research and development (R&D) project being undertaken by PCI Geomatics to develop next-generation earth observation technologies.

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Appointment

Gary Ostoich Named Chair of Alternative Investment Management Association - Canada

New Chair Will Focus on Increasing Transparency, Investor Understanding and Fostering Best Practices

TORONTO - Alternative Investment Management Association - Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Ostoich as Chair. He succeeds Phil Schmitt who is stepping down after serving as Chair for the past three years.

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Distinguished Honour

Descartes CEO to Present At CSCMP Annual Conference

WATERLOO - Arthur Mesher, Chief Executive Officer of Descartes Systems Group and the recipient of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2008 Distinguished Service Award, is scheduled to present "The State of Things United - The Next Big Thing" at the CSCMP's annual conference in Chicago on Tuesday, September 22, 2009.

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Education

Waterloo Catholic Board Looking for School Name Ideas

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is looking for suggestions regarding the name of a new Catholic elementary school currently under construction in Kitchener’s Grand River South neighbourhood.

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Quarterly Results

Descartes Reports Fiscal 2010 Second Quarter Financial Results

35% Increase in Quarterly Income Before Income Taxes Helps Drive Record Operating Results

WATERLOO - Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 second quarter (Q2FY10) ended July 31, 2009.



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