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Friday September 18, 2009

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Ted Talks

Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds



Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnett syndrome -- when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heartwarming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.

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MEDIA

CRTC to seek views on a compensation regime for the value of local television signals

OTTAWA-GATINEAU - Further to a request from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) yesterday announced that it will consult the public on the implications of implementing a compensation regime for the value of local television signals.

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Economy

The composite leading index rose by 1.1% in August, after a 0.6% gain in July.

Statscan - The increase was the largest since April 2002. Growth in the leading index usually only exceeds 1% early in the recovery from a downturn. In August, 8 of the 10 components contributed to the advance, up from 5 the month before, as the manufacturing sector joined the advance.

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Back Off

Foreign-owned Brewers Anheuser-Busch / Labatt Retreat from Original Statement of Claim as Brick Brewing Stands Firm against Bullying Tactics

Revised Statement of Claim removes claim for depreciation of goodwill of the alleged trademarks, changes claim of punitive damages and narrows the claim in alleged passing off.

WATERLOO - Brick Brewing Co. Limited announced it has received an Amended Statement of Claim from brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated ("AB") and related Canadian company, Labatt Brewing Company ("Labatt") in response to Brick's Motion to Strike portions of the claim.

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Trade

U.S. regulators propose ban on "flash" trading
By Karey Wutkowski

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators proposed on Thursday a ban on flash orders that stock exchanges send to a select group of traders, fractions of a second before revealing them publicly.

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Sustainable Community

Seven Shores Urban Market and Café adopts Living Wage

Waterloo - While the Region of Waterloo considers the idea of adopting a “living wage”, something no other municipal government in Canada has yet to do, Sean and Amy Zister, the owners of Seven Shores Urban Market and Café in Uptown Waterloo, have decided the time to do so is now.

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Economy

Don't Leave Poor Behind, World Bank Chief Tells G20.

"World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Wednesday called on G20 leaders, meeting in Pittsburgh next week, not to leave the poorest countries behind as they focus on ways to keep the global recovery going.

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Consumer

Consumer prices fell 0.8% in the 12 months to August 2009, following a 0.9% decline in July.

The decrease was due primarily to a 12-month drop of 19.1% in prices for energy products, mainly gasoline.

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Union Moment

Ten International Guests from Around the World to Highlight Saturday's Steelworkers Rally in Sudbury

SUDBURY - In the largest gathering of international labour leaders northern Ontario has ever seen, International guests representing over 168 millions of workers from countries around the world will join the citizens of Sudbury in a rally of support for Vale Inco strikers and their families this Saturday.

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Provinial Testing

EQAO Publishes School- and Board-Level Results of Provincial Testing

TORONTO - Yesterday Ontario's Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the school- and board-level results for three of its assessments, as well as Ontario Student Achievement: EQAO's Provincial Report on the Results of the 2008-2009 Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1-3) and Junior Division (Grades 4-6), and the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics.

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MEDIA

MTS Allstream Applauds Government Decision on Fee-For-Carriage

Government Takes a Smart Approach to Regulation

WINNIPEG - MTS Allstream Inc. welcomes an announcement by the Federal Government that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ("CRTC") should consider the views of the public when it comes to the issue of Fee-For-Carriage, which would see service providers pay broadcasters a fee to provide customers with television signals that are currently available free of charge over the airwaves.

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Sun Worshipers

JCTA supports new study challenging "melanoma epidemic"

Scientists question link between UV exposure and melanoma

TORONTO - A British study released this week is casting a dark shadow of doubt over the widespread belief that any ultraviolet (UV) exposure is linked to increased incidences of melanoma.

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Guest Column

To Err is Human, To Make A Mistake is
By Julia M. Rahn, Ph.D.

A debate exists as to whether making an error is the same or different as making a mistake. In baseball, an error is the act of a fielder misplaying a ball in a way that allows a batter or base runner to reach one or more additional bases, when such an advance should have been prevented given ordinary effort by the fielder.

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R&D

Sun Life Financial donates $250,000 to Laurier’s innovative movement disorders research

WATERLOO – For hundreds of patients suffering from the degeneration caused by Parkinson’s disease, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre is a haven of hope.

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Deficit Review

Program Review: The Government of Canada's Experience Eliminating the Deficit, 1994-1999 - A Canadian Case Study
Jocelyne Bourgon, P.C., O.C

Many governments relying on increased spending financed by large deficits to pull their countries out of recession will eventually face the challenge of restoring fiscal stability. Based exclusively on publicly available information, this report looks at the path the Government of Canada followed to improve the health of its public finances in the mid-1990s. Over a three-year period (1994-1997), Canada eliminated a sizable budgetary deficit. By 1998-1999, all Program Review decisions were implemented.

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Education

Test Results for 2008/09 Meet or Exceed Provincial Averages in Seven of Eight Measures

FIVE YEAR TREND SHOWS IMPROVEMENTS AS HIGH AS 8%

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board today released its 2008-09 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessment results for Grade 3, 6 and 9 students.

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Pending Strike

Museum workers set to strike Monday if no agreement reached

OTTAWA - Workers at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the War Museum are set to strike on Monday morning, if the museums' management continues to deny their demands for workplace fairness and job security. The 420 workers are demanding the same protections that are in place for other federal workers in the Ottawa/Gatineau region.

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Art & Culture

McMaster art exhibit recreates centuries-old stellar explosions

Hamilton — A dazzling new exhibit at the McMaster Museum of Art has transformed the art gallery back to a time when two spectacular supernovae explosions, which took place hundreds of years ago, revolutionized the way astronomers viewed the night skies.

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Homecoming

K-W community invited to enjoy Waterloo's Homecoming 2009

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo is inviting the local community to help celebrate Homecoming 2009 with a series of events on Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 26.

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TV GUIDE

Prime-Time on CTV

Kitchener - CTV says their going to sweep viewers off their feet with the official start of the fall television season and the return of 14 prime-time sensations throughout the end of September.

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The Conflict

CJPME and other Organizations make Submission to CPCCA

Montreal - Earlier this month, the deadline arrived for Canadian organizations wishing to provide input to the respond to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA.)

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Appointment

Stephen Peacher Appointed Sun Life Financial's Chief Investment Officer

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. announced the appointment of Stephen C. Peacher as Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer, effective October 13, 2009.

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Aquisition

Co-operators Life Insurance Company and Central 1 Credit Union to acquire The CUMIS Group Limited

BURLINGTON - Co-operators Life Insurance Company (Co-operators Life) and Central 1 Credit Union (Central 1) announced an agreement to acquire The CUMIS Group Limited (CUMIS), subject to regulatory, shareholder and court approvals and other standard closing conditions.

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Innovation

Hydro One introduces first hybrid truck at Georgian College Opening

TORONTO - Hydro One showcased its new hybrid truck today at the opening of Georgian College's Centre for Sustainable Technologies in Barrie.

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Super Conduction

Science star gives University of Waterloo lecture on superconductivity

WATERLOO - A world-leading authority in superconducting materials research will make a special visit to the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN).

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Dining Experience

100-Mile Harvest Dinner at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Celebrating Locally Sourced Gourmet Cuisine on September 26

TORONTO - Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto’s living history museum will celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest with a special 100-Mile Harvest Dinner on Sept. 26. The dinner will be held in the fully renovated restaurant of the new Black Creek Historic Brewery and will feature a selection of local craft beers.




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