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Wednesday September 23, 2009

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Ted Talks

Evgeny Morozov: How the Net aids dictatorships



TED Fellow and journalist Evgeny Morozov punctures what he calls "iPod liberalism" -- the assumption that tech innovation always promotes freedom, democracy -- with chilling examples of ways the Internet helps oppressive regimes stifle dissent.

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Tangible Portal

Laurier opens Toronto office

Toronto - Wilfrid Laurier University celebrated its growing presence in Toronto yesterday with the official opening of an office in the heart of the city's financial district.

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Carbon Sink

Burying Carbon Dioxide in Underground Saline Aquifers: Political Folly or Climate Change Solution?

New report and expert panel examine multi-billion dollar oil sands emissions remedy

TORONTO - Multi-billion dollar programs backed by the Alberta and Canadian governments to bury carbon dioxide emissions deep underground may cause environmental damage while doing little to fight climate change, according to a paper released at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre today.

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Housing

August new home sales in GTA up 62 per cent

TORONTO - Sales of new high-rise condominium suites stabilized in August while sales of new low-rise (single-detached, semi-detached and town-homes) homes spiked by a dramatic 163 per cent, resulting in a 62 per cent increase in total new home sales, August over August, the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD) revealed yesterday.

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Education

Waterloo awards five honorary degrees at fall convocation

WATERLOO - Prominent civil rights lawyer Alan Borovoy is among five people receiving honorary doctorates during the University of Waterloo's fall convocation to be held next month.

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Economy

G20 must put lofty declarations into action

Upcoming Pittsburgh Summit is a critical test of whether we are moving forward or sliding backward, argues CIGI special report

Waterloo – G20 leaders have delivered in declaratory fashion, but they need to put their ideas into action, argues a special report released by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in advance of the G20 summit taking place in Pittsburgh on September 24-25.

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Education

Premier urged to enact early learning report

TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty should act now to implement a blueprint for major educational reform that will make Ontario the best place there is to raise a child, say the province's leading early learning experts and champions of publicly funded education.

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Report

Moody's accused of issuing inflated ratings

(Reuters) - A former analyst with Moody's Corp has accused the credit ratings agency of issuing inflated ratings, and has taken his concerns to U.S. congressional investigators, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

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Energy Retail

Walmart Canada opening first high-efficiency supercentre

Store will use 30% less energy

MISSISSAUGA - Walmart Canada will open its first high-efficiency (HE) prototype Wednesday, September 23, in the community of Waterdown, Ontario. The Supercentre is expected to use 30 per cent less energy and will integrate industry-leading heating, cooling and refrigeration systems to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Venture Capital

Winners of CVCA’s 2009 ‘Deal of the Year’ Awards

TORONTO - Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association is pleased to announce that BDC Venture Capital, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Le Fonds de solidarité FTQ are the joint recipients of CVCA’s 2009 ‘Deal of the Year Award’ for the venture capital category and Clairvest Group Inc. is the recipient of CVCA's 2009 ‘Deal of the Year Award’ for the private equity category.

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AGM

Dr. Max Blouw, President WLU to speak at KW Chamber of Commerce - AGM

Kitchener - The 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will take place Thursday, September 24, 2009, at which time the new Board of Directors will be installed. The annual meeting will take place at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel and will begin at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow.

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Housing

U.S. mortgage applications jumps to highest since late May
By Julie Haviv

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. mortgage applications jumped last week to their highest since late May as interest rates tumbled below 5 percent, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

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Health Care

The University of Ottawa welcomes three new health networks with funding totalling $8.75 million over five years

OTTAWA - On September 21 the University of Ottawa and the Faculty of Health Sciences officially launched three research networks:

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Global Economy

ADB Sees Asia Leading Global Recovery.

"Asia is set to lead the world out of the global financial crisis in spite of the slow recovery in the US and Europe, according to the latest forecasts by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In a dramatic contrast to its view in March, when it slashed 2009 growth forecasts for Asia, excluding Japan, from 7.2 percent to 3.4 percent, the ADB on Tuesday said the region would grow more strongly than expected both this year and in 2010...." [Financial Times]

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Next Decade

Taking Innovative Action for Sustainable Prosperity

During a speech at the Canadian Club of Montréal, Monique F. Leroux calls upon businesses to create a truly innovative and productive culture.

MONTREAL - With the challenges faced by Québec as well as the conditions necessary to implement sustainable prosperity at home, Monique F. Leroux, President, Chair of the Board and CEO of Desjardins Group, reminded the audience of the Canadian Club of Montréal that in order to become the best in their respective fields, businesses will have to focus their strategies on innovation.

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Academic Honour

Profs Named to Royal Society of Canada

Guelph - Two University of Guelph professors have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, considered Canada's senior academic honour.

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Community Service

RBC donation enhances Western’s commitment to the Community

London - The University of Western Ontario announced the donation of $2 million by RBC Foundation to provide students with the opportunity to experience enhanced learning while responding to community needs through service.

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Survey

TECH AND REAL ESTATE MAY LEAD THE WAY

Firms’ Economic Recovery Spending Could Flow to Information Technology, Real Estate

TORONTO - Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed plan on making investments once the economy improves, and the top areas they are targeting include information technology and real estate.

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Appointment

Carleton professor appointed to prestigious German Institute

Ottawa – Carleton Linguistics Professor Masako Hirotani has been appointed as a research associate in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany.

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Health Study

University of Ottawa study identifies a potential new treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

OTTAWA — A study led by Dr. Bernard Jasmin, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medecine of the University of Ottawa and his colleagues, identified a novel therapeutic approach that could potentially counteract the effects of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a severe and prevalent inherited genetic disorder.

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Retail

Retail sales fell 0.6% to $34.2 billion in July

Statscan - Most of the decline reflected lower prices at gasoline stations. In volume terms, retail sales edged down 0.1%. Retail sales have risen in five of the first seven months of 2009, following large drops at the end of 2008.

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Venture Capital

Canada Must Address Technology Policy Deficit – According to the Venture Capital Association

TORONTO - Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association last night called upon the federal government to commit to a national technology strategy to address the current technology policy deficit.

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Climate Change

FORUM TASK FORCE PRESENTS PLAN FOR "CLEAN REVOLUTION" IN PRIVATE SECTOR TO COMPLEMENT UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS

Forum’s Low-Carbon Prosperity Task Force provides leaders at UN climate talks with plan to accelerate private sector investment and innovation to build a clean, green economy

New York – A World Economic Forum task force presented world leaders with concrete proposals to accelerate private sector investment and innovation in the fight against climate change.




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