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Monday September 28, 2009

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Ted Talks

Jacqueline Novogratz: A third way to think about aid



The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust "charity" against those who mistrust reliance on the markets. Jacqueline Novogratz proposes a middle way she calls patient capital, with promising examples of entrepreneurial innovation driving social change.


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Education

Food processing institute will feed a sector hungry for skilled workers

KITCHENER – Ground was broken Friday on a new food processing institute that will go a long way in addressing skilled labour shortages in Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector.

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Study

Canadian nine-year-olds at school in 2006/2007

Statscan - At the age of 9, children varied widely in their school achievement. Some of these variations were linked to their gender, the income level of their household and the province of residence.

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Records Management

Open Text Receives Highest Available Rating in Leading Analyst Firm's Records Management Report

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM) Corporation announced that it has received the highest rating possible, a "Strong Positive," in leading analyst firm Gartner's 2009 "MarketScope* for Records Management," published on Sept. 10, 2009 and authored by Kenneth Chin.

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Disease Research

U of T researchers identify how food-borne disease spreads between cells
By Paul Cantin

TORONTO -- University of Toronto researchers are part of an international team which has uncovered a previously unknown mechanism that plays an important role in the spread of listeria, the trigger behind the food-borne disease listeriosis, which caused a deadly outbreak in Canada in the summer of 2008.

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Great Lakes

Experts to discuss Lake Michigan, Great Lakes issues in Milwaukee next week

CHICAGO, Ill. - Experts will discuss Lake Michigan and Great Lakes issues at three conferences in Milwaukee from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. Topics at the concurrent State of Lake Michigan and Great Lakes Beach Association conferences Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 include Lake Michigan fisheries; invasive species; nuisance and harmful algal blooms; climate change; lake water levels; sustainability; progress in cleanups on contaminated sediment; rapid testing methods for beach management; and beach restoration.

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Family Arts & Culture

Thanksgiving! Fun for the Whole Family

KITCHENER – Celebrate Thanksgiving! as a family with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KW|AG). The KWS Family Concert series includes concerts and activities for children and their parents/caregivers to enjoy together, and is a wonderful way to introduce children (ages 5 and older) to the world of symphonic music and art.

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Crazy Figures and Graphs

July 2009, 787,700 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits

Statscan - Figures are down by 31,500, or 3.8%, from June 2009, the first decrease in 11 months. The largest declines occurred in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

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Trade Show

Comedian Simon Cotter to speak at local Business Event

Paris - The Economic Development Division of The County of Brant will be hosting the 8th annual Salute to Brant Business Networking and Tradeshow Event. The event provides local business owners the opportunity to network with other businesses owners, members of County Council, and County Staff. In addition award winning guest speaker Simon Cotter will speak on the topic of “Recovery to Excellence”.

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Student Message

Liberals Wrong on CÉGEP Tuition Fees

OTTAWA - Students are calling on the Liberal Party of Québec to reconsider a resolution to implement tuition fees for CEGEP students, adopted at a meeting this past weekend.

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Health Care

New initiative led by Western to ease pressure on Ontario’s health care system

London - By creating the Applied Health Research Network Initiative (AHRNI) of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, researchers across the province are striving to find new ways to ease the burden on the health care system and to help make it work more efficiently.

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Distinguished Fellow

Prominent Canadian journalist joins Munk Centre as distinguished senior fellow

Toronto - Former foreign affairs reporter and senior correspondent for CBC TV News Brian Stewart has joined the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto as Distinguished Senior Fellow.

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Aquisition

Xerox to buy Affiliated Computer for $6.4 billion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Xerox Corp said it will buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc in a $6.4 billion cash-and-stock deal that expands the copier company into outsourcing and data management.

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Innovation

RBC in search of the Next Great Innovator

Competition challenges students to get creative about their future work environment

TORONTO - With the new school year underway, most post-secondary students are busy thinking about life on campus rather than life in the working world. But, with the launch of its latest Next Great Innovator competition, RBC is asking students to think beyond the classroom and reflect on the workplace experience they'll face after graduation.

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Book Launch

U of G Presents 2009 Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium

Guelph - A new book examining the wide variety of clubs, societies and institutions established around the world by Scottish migrants was unveiled at the 2009 Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium at the University of Guelph.

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Air Travel

Porter Airlines gaining altitude in New York, Boston

More flights in U.S. cities as economy strengthens

TORONTO - Porter Airlines is enhancing its New York and Boston schedules to better connect these two critical markets with Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA), beginning Nov. 15.

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Health Care

Carleton engineers help solve real-world health care problems

Ottawa – Carleton University will lead a special project to investigate how sensors and computer software can enhance the health care of Canadians.

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Financial

Manulife Financial closes transaction to acquire AIC Canadian retail investment funds

Purchase significantly expands Manulife wealth management business

TORONTO - Manulife Financial Corporation announced that it has closed the transaction to purchase AIC's Canadian retail investment fund business.

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Research Funding

Canadian research network led by University of Toronto computer scientist gets $5 million boost to improve business intelligence

Network is one of two U of T projects to receive NSERC funding injection
By April Kemick

TORONTO - On Thursday a Canadian group of data management researchers received a $5 million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to develop better information management systems for business applications.

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G20 Summit

G20 Nations Debate Voting Power Shift At World Bank.

"Leaders from the G20 nations are discussing a US-backed plan to give emerging markets more power at the World Bank, officials from G20 countries said....A shift toward emerging countries at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank 'is the right thing to do and it's going to happen,' US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told reporters...

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Sector Growth

Manulife-Sinochem Expands Again in China

TORONTO - Manulife Financialy announced that it is expanding again in China, with confirmation that Manulife-Sinochem Life Insurance Co. Ltd. has received approval from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) to operate in the Province of Tianjin, one of China's fastest growing provinces.

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Sustainable Business

Impact!: The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership wraps up with a commitment to bring about change

Guelph - A unique four-day conference that brought 180 Canadian students together with sustainability experts from business, non-governmental organizations and academia wrapped up today with a commitment from participants to implement the ideas they developed.

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Eco Friendly - Changing Product

Socially Conscience Supplier Highlights Industries Eco-Friendly Direction
by Michael Russo CSP, MP Russo & Assoc. Inc

Clinton - In the promotional marketing industry we strive to be as socially consciences as humanly possible. Many of our products are made with organic cotton which is grown without the use of harmful chemicals, synthetic fertilizers or pesticides that negatively impact the health of mankind and our ecosystems.

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G20 Summit

G20 Asks World Bank To Create Agriculture Fund.

"The G20 has called on the World Bank to work with donor agencies to create a multilateral trust fund to increase agricultural investment in poor countries, a draft G20 communique said on Friday.



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