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Tuesday September 22, 2009

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Ted Talks

Jonathan Zittrain: The Web as random acts of kindness



Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.

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Health Care

Laurier’s innovative movement disorders research receives $250,000 from Sun Life Financial

WATERLOO - Sun Life Financial has championed this important research through its generous donation of $250,000 to the newly named Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC).



Peter Tiidus, PHD. WLU Acting Dean Faculty of Science, Dean Connor, President Sunlife Financial Canada, Dr. Max Blouw, President WLU and Dr. Quincy Almeida, WLU Director & Associate Professor, Faculty of Science.


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Fund Raising

M&M Meat Shops National Family Dinner Night Unites Canadians and Raises $41,182 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada

TORONTO - This past Thursday, September 17, thousands of families from coast-to-coast enjoyed a meal together at the dinner table to celebrate what really matters most - quality time with family and friends - and helped raise a phenomenal $41,182 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) in support of M&M Meat Shops fifth annual National Family Dinner Night.

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Sterile Thinking / Simple Minded

Councillors support using a numeric system only to identify city's future ward system

Proposal for city council to change names to reflect ward number served and tatoo on forehead still pending.

KITCHENER - In an effort to curb confusion for residents, earlier this week the finance and corporate services committee endorsed a plan to eliminate the process of identifying all city wards by names, in favour of recognizing them only by a number system.

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Climate Change

Carbon Emissions Fall Thanks To Global Downturn

"Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen thanks to the global downturn, handing the world a chance to move away from high-carbon growth, a report said Monday, citing an International Energy Agency (IEA) study.

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Carbon Target

'We Must Seize This Chance for the Planet,' Says British Airways Chief Executive

NEW YORK - The world has a historic opportunity to make real progress on curbing aviation's carbon emissions, Willie Walsh, Chief Executive, British Airways, told a United Nations forum on climate change in New York today (Sept. 22).

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Education

Helping More High School Students Graduate McGuinty Government Prepares Waterloo Region Students For Future Jobs

Waterloo Region - Waterloo Region high school students have more opportunities for hands-on learning thanks to the government’s growing Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program, Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy announced yesterday at St. Mary’s High School in Kitchener.

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Majority has Common Sense

YUFA ratifies settlement for new collective agreement

TORONTO - At a ratification meeting held on September 17, 2009, members of the York University Faculty Association voted overwhelmingly in favour of renewing its collective agreement with York University for a three-year term, for the period of 2009 - 2012.

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Education

Top U.S. journalist and blogger gives University of Waterloo talk on sci-tech literacy

WATERLOO - Pro-science journalist and blogger Chris Mooney, once named one of Wired magazine's ten sexiest geeks, will deliver the University of Waterloo's Science and Technology Matters Lecture this week.

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Public Transit

Large Urban Transit Ridership Declines

Statscan - Combined ridership and revenue levels for 10 of Canada's largest urban transit properties decreased in July 2009 compared with the same month last year.

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Media Survey

Print Publishers Ready to Capitalize on Mobile Market

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - The digital advertising and publishing market is poised for growth, supported by new mobile devices and advances in applications and technology. A new survey from the Audit Bureau of Circulations reveals that print publishers are focusing on the market as a prime opportunity to expand their brands, reach new audiences and generate additional revenue while offering advertisers the chance to reach locally targeted, engaged audiences.

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Transportation

Descartes Announces Global Customs Filing Initiative

CHICAGO -
Descartes Systems Group announced the launch of its Global Filer initiative designed to help logistics operations address their global customs filing requirements for freight.

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Technology Bail Out

Sun Micro losing $100 million a month, Ellison says

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (Reuters) - Oracle Corp (ORCL.O) Chief Executive Larry Ellison said Sun Microsystems Inc (JAVA.O) is losing about $100 million a month as European regulators delay approving his company's $7 billion purchase of the struggling hardware maker.

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LBTG Business Leader Event

Out on Bay Street promotes diversity in Canada's business community
By Ken McGuffin

Toronto - The annual Out on Bay Street conference returns to Toronto for its third time bringing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LBTG) business leaders of tomorrow together with corporate Canada.

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Government Spending

30th edition of Canada’s premier annual review on government spending hits the stands this month

Ottawa – Canada’s turbulent economic and political times over the past year provide a compelling backdrop for this year’s edition of How Ottawa Spends, Carleton University’s premier review of government spending.

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Gene Manipulation

The University of Ottawa hosts important conference on Genetically Modified Organisms

OTTAWA — The University of Ottawa will host an important conference on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), organized by the Royal Society of Canada and the Science Academy of the French Institute, on September 22 and 23, 2009.

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Climate Change

World Bank Chief Urges G20 To Address Global Challenges.

"World Bank President Robert Zoellick urged Monday G20 leaders to set an ambitious agenda of 'responsible globalization' at this week's summit. Zoellick said the summit should include efforts to promote more balanced growth with financial stability, development and climate change, rather than the narrow focus set at the last G20 summit in London in April.

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Media

EU court adviser backs Google on Net ads

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - An adviser to the European Union's top court backed Google in a row with luxury goods maker LVMH over Internet advertising, saying the Web search firm had not infringed trade mark rights.

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Guest Column

Taxpayer’s Ombudsman Tackles SR&ED
Bill Thomson, P.Eng.

Whether it's election fever, or the growing number of SR&ED related Notice of Objections and Tax Court Canada pleadings, Ottawa is showing renewed interest in how well CRA has been administering the SR&ED Tax Credit Program.

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Retail Environment

Retailers from around the world share best green practices

Greening Retail Program tackles environmental issues with new study

TORONTO - The retail industry is a significant part of the Canadian economy with more than 1.2 billion square feet of space and sales of $425 billion in 2008. According to Greening Retail, an initiative lead by the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), Canadian retailers and their suppliers are responsible for more than 40 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually, six million tones of waste, and millions of kilometers travelled by trucks from around the world to every corner in Canada.



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