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Friday September 25, 2009

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Ted Talks

Taryn Simon photographs secret sites



Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography -- to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit.

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Science Festival

Chris Hadfield, Mike Lazaridis and top scientists part of stellar lineup on The Agenda with Steve Paikin at Quantum to Cosmos festival

TVO's flagship current affairs program broadcasts live from atrium of Perimeter Institute in Waterloo October 19 to 23 at 8 pm; live streaming also available at tvo.org and q2cfestival.com

TORONTO - Is going into space a noble endeavour or a waste of our time and resources? Do advancements in computers and robotics make life easier or are humans getting too dependent on technology?

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Research Chair

New Canada research chairs study cancer detection, social cognition and nervous disorders

WATERLOO - A University of Waterloo professor will study how to improve cancer therapy and another will explore social cognition and nervous system disorders with support from two new Canada research chairs awarded yesterday by the federal government.

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KW Chamber AGM

Mary D’Alton Elected New Chair of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Waterloo – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce announced its 2009-2010 Board of Directors & Executive Committee at its Annual General Meeting held today at Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel, Waterloo.

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G20 Summit

G20 takes helm of world economy
By Emily Kaiser and Darren Ennis

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The Group of 20 will become the forum for global economic management, giving rising powers such as China more clout, and roll out tougher rules on bank capital by the end of 2012, a draft communique said on Friday.

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Milestone

Manulife Financial looks to a bright future as it celebrates 10 years as a public company

TORONTO - Manulife Financial (MFC) is looking forward to a bright future as it celebrates 10 years as a public company, a period that saw its market value, funds under management and premiums & deposits quadruple and its employee and agent numbers double.

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Defense Strategy

Major Helicopter Purchase Lands Important Work In Canada

BURLINGTON - The Boeing Company has signed an agreement with L-3 Wescam Inc. to manufacture mechanical parts in support of Boeing CH-147 Chinook cargo helicopters, including 15 purchased by the Government of Canada for the Canadian Forces.

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Ontario's Wordt Roads

Crunch time for Ontario Worst Roads voting

TORONTO - With less than one week to go in the Worst Roads campaign the CAA and Ontario Road Builder's Association are urging motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and transit users to cast their ballot for the worst road in their community.

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Energy

ARISE Technologies Produces First PV Cells Using Its Own 7N+ Silicon

WATERLOO - ARISE Technologies Corporation, which is dedicated to becoming a leader in high-performance, cost-effective solar technology, announced that it has produced its first PV (photovoltaic) cells at its manufacturing plant in Bischofswerda, Germany using the company's own 7N+ polysilicon.

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In Memory of Ross

Laurier and Community extend sympathy to the family of Ross Dixon

Waterloo - Laurier extends the deepest sympathy to the family of Ross Dixon, a philanthropist and Kitchener-Waterloo businessperson, who passed away September 16 in Kitchener. Alongside his late wife Doris, who passed away in December 2008, Ross supported Laurier for many years.

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HST

Small business concerned about impact of HST; new report highlights need for consumer and merchant wins

TORONTO - According to the results of a survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Ontario's small businesses are concerned about the impact of the harmonized sales tax (HST) on consumers and their bottom line.

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Private Energy Stimulus

ARISE Technologies Says Ontario's FIT Program Will Launch Surge of Clean-Energy Projects

WATERLOO - Yesterday's announcement by the Government of Ontario that it is proceeding with the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program, a critical element of the government's Green Energy and Green Economy Act, is the "green light that clean-technology companies and potential customers across Ontario have been awaiting.



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Agriculture

World Will Need 70 Percent More Food In 2050: FAO.

"World food production must increase by 70 percent by 2050, to nourish a human population then likely to be 9.1 billion, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecast Wednesday. 'FAO is cautiously optimistic about the world's potential to feed itself by 2050,' said FAO Assistant Director-General Hafez Ghanem.

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Research Networks

U of G Hub for Two $5-Million Research Networks

Guelph - The University of Guelph is home to two $5-million federal strategic research networks. Here, world leaders will combine their knowledge and research expertise to help generate sustainable sources of renewable fuels and address the global pollinator shortage.

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World Class Event

Quantum to Cosmos Festival Puts Physics on Centre Stage

Free tickets still available to family fun exhibit centre – but book soon!

Waterloo - Just three weeks from now, Perimeter Institute’s 10th anniversary science celebration, the Quantum to Cosmos: Ideas for the Future Festival, will take a global audience from the strange subatomic world to the outer frontiers of the universe.

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Willpower

Rough day at work? You won’t feel like exercising

Hamilton — Have you ever sat down to work on a crossword puzzle only to find that afterwards you haven’t the energy to exercise? Or have you come home from a rough day at the office with no energy to go for a run?

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Guest Column

Personal Brand Damage Control: 8 Tips to Stay on Top at Work

Every day at work, you run the risk of damaging your personal brand - even if you don't think you have one. How is this possible? Well, your personal brand is the way people perceive, think, and feel about you in relation to others.

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Research

Carleton team researching how to keep people safe during earthquakes

Ottawa – A team of Carleton researchers is participating in a new $5-million Canadian network that will help identify, assess and mitigate urban earthquake risks in Canada.

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Clean Air

Biorem to present at WTO Workshop in Geneva

GUELPH - BIOREM Inc. announced that Peter Bruijns, President and CEO of Biorem, will be a panel participant at the World Trade Organization ("WTO") Workshop on Environmental Goods and Services in Geneva, Switzerland. The panel presentation is titled "Air Pollution Control and Environmental Technologies" and is scheduled for today, September 25, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CEST) at the World Meteorological Organization (7bis Avenue de la Paix, Room A). Mr. Bruijns will be a panel participant with three other industry experts and government officials from around the world.

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Appointment

Sun Life Financial appoints Colm Freyne as Chief Financial Officer

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. announces the appointment of Colm Freyne as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Freyne is responsible for the Company's worldwide finance, planning, taxation and investor relations activities and is a member of the Sun Life executive team. He has been Sun Life's Acting Chief Financial Officer since July 1, 2009.

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Requested Review

Government of Canada to Review the Sale of Nortel Assets to Avaya Under the Investment Canada Act

OTTAWA - Yesterday, Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, issued the following statement regarding the acquisition of Nortel Networks Corporation's Enterprise Solutions Division by Avaya Inc.

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Food Summit

What are we doing about the hidden hunger in our community?

Waterloo Region - On November 16-18, 2009, world leaders will be meeting in Rome for the United Nations Food Summit to address the hunger crisis which affects one-sixth of humanity.

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Private Energy Stimulus

Feed-In Tariff Program a True Stimulus Package

TORONTO - Ontario can now claim to have one of the best Feed-In Tariff (FIT) programs in the world. The FIT program, launched yesterday by the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, provides for a fixed rate 20-year power purchase contract with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) for electricity generated from renewable sources.

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Private Energy Stimulus - Union

Missed Opportunity for Ontario-based Green Jobs

While stimulating some clean energy, this fails to provide a basis for manufacturing of clean energy equipment and products in Ontario or Canada

TORONTO - "[Yesterday's] announcement by the Ontario government outlining the regulations of the Green Energy Act is a real missed opportunity for creating clean energy manufacturing jobs in Ontario," said Ken Neumann, National Director for the United Steelworkers.




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