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Friday November 6, 2009

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Ted Talks

Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense

This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some.

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Entrepreneurs

Record Number of Students Taking Part in Entrepreneur Week 2009

Waterloo - The future potential entrepreneurs of Waterloo Region - young people from some of the area's secondary schools -- are gathering for a special day on Wednesday, November 11th to hear what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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ICI Construction

Two Camps Come Together to Work Together
by Martha George

Cambridge - Often times, we find ourselves in opposing camps. On one side we have the buyers of construction services. In the other camp is most of us - the provider of construction services. We don't always see eye to eye. Mostly because we don't know enough about what is going on with the other side.

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Strategic Misrepresentation

Richard Branson challenges Canadian mobile companies to stop making up fees!

Virgin Mobile Founder challenges Rogers to stop misleading consumers

TORONTO - In response to Rogers Communications' recent announcement that they are removing the System Access Fee and replacing it with the Government Regulatory Recovery Fee (GRRF), Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson is once again throwing down a challenge.

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Global Economy

G20 to stay the course on economic stimulus
By Sumeet Desai

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - The Group of 20 leading nations will agree this weekend it is too early to pull the plug on emergency support for the global economy and launch a new system of checks to help rebalance world growth and prevent future crises.

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Ranking

Canada Holds on to Second Place as World's Top 'Country Brand' in Prestigious FutureBrand Country Brand Index

US takes top spot as Australia bumped to third

VANCOUVER - Canada has held on to the number-two spot as the world's most respected country brand for the second year in row. The ranking comes from the fifth annual Country Brand Index (CBI) by FutureBrand of New York, NY.

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MEDIA

Fee-for-carriage requires rebalance of regulatory system, independent broadcasters warn

TORONTO - Small, independent broadcasters are urging the federal regulator not to introduce a fee-for-carriage regime without taking steps to offset the potentially damaging impact on their business.

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Guest Column

Boost Your Income Now! Never Give Up - FOLLOW UP!
By Judy Garmaise

While most business professionals know that follow up is important, the fact is that very few are masterful at the art of it. Sure, they may leave one or two voicemails for people or send a couple of e-mails, but those attempts are only scratching the surface of what follow up is really all about.

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Education Ranking

Maclean’s magazine ranks Laurier first in its category in Ontario

WATERLOO — Wilfrid Laurier University has again earned top marks in the annual Maclean’s ranking of Canadian universities, placing first in Ontario and fourth in the country among primarily undergraduate universities, and improving in a number of other key categories.

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Fundraising

United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo Campaign Update

WATERLOO - As its annual fall campaign enters a second month, United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area is pleased to make the following announcements:

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Education Ranking

U of G Ranked High in Maclean's

Guelph - The University of Guelph continues to be one of Canada's top universities, according to the annual Maclean's rankings released yesterday. U of G placed second in reputation and fourth overall among comprehensive universities.

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Distinguished Honour

Professor John Tsotsos receives President’s Research Excellence Award

TORONTO - John Tsotsos, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Faculty of Science & Engineering, has been named the winner of the York University President’s Research Excellence Award.

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Olympic Training Facility

Laurier to reopen 50-metre pool after completing $4.2 million in renovations

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will reopen its 50-metre pool on Saturday, Nov. 7 after completing a major $4.2-million renovation project over the past five months.

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Canada's Strategy

CIPS and NACCB Announce Strategic Partnership to Strengthen ICT Industry Canada Membership Base of 100,000 Calls for Federal Government to Focus on IT

TORONTO - CIPS and the National Association of Computer Consulting Businesses Canada (NACCB Canada) announced a strategic partnership designed to strengthen the ICT industry in Canada as well as engage senior government officials at all levels on a regular basis.

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Environment

A LIGHTER SHADE OF GREEN

More Than Half of CFOs Don’t Expect to Boost Sustainability Efforts in Next 12 Months; Others See More Urgency

TORONTO - Despite the country’s attention on eco-friendly programs and policies, a new survey suggests most businesses are not planning to step up their efforts in this area — at least not in the next year.

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Wine Awards

Stunning Silvers: InterVin celebrates an international bounty of beautiful wine

Toronto - The mix of silver medallists from the InterVin International Wine Awards features representatives from seven countries, including Canada, Australia, the United States and Israel.

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PSA

Food Summit to Address Food Problems in Waterloo Region

Waterloo – Over 150 residents and leaders in Waterloo Region will come together on November 16th and 17th to share ideas for ensuring that everyone has access to sufficient nutritious food. While local food banks stuggle to keep up with the demand for food assistance in this economy, participants in the Waterloo Region Food Summit will identify ways to move toward a society where no one depends on food handouts.

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Global Entrepreneurs

“SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR” INDIA WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Schwab Foundation announces the winners of the India Social Entrepreneurs 2009 Award ahead of the India Economic Summit in New Delhi, India, 8-10 November 2009

New Delhi, India – The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has selected three social enterprises with significant impact in India as winners of the India Social Entrepreneurs Award for 2009:

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Energy

“Oil at $1000 per barrel in 2030?” asks a recent PwC survey reporting on how transportation and logistics companies will evolve

Energy prices, climate change and regional sourcing will drive fundamental changes in an energy constrained, low carbon world

Toronto - Climate change, rising energy prices and increasing local sourcing are current and future challenges for the transport & logistics (T&L) industry, according to the new global survey: Transportation and Logistics 2030 by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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Transportation

Tri-Cities Transport Action Group Counters T4ST Misinformation With New Website

Waterloo Region - The Tri-Cities Transport Action Group (TriTAG) kicked off its campaign to promote active transportation and transit within Waterloo Region by officially launching its new, revamped website Wednesday morning.

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Education Ranking

Maclean's again recognizes Waterloo's reputation in annual university ranking

WATERLOO - Maclean's magazine has once again confirmed the University of Waterloo's reputation as the most innovative and the best at producing future leaders, and ultimately the best overall.

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PSA

SHOW KIDS YOU CARE HELPS HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP FEED LOCAL CHILDREN

KITCHENER WATERLOO – Hon. Joseph F. Fontana P.C., Chairman of the Board for Trinity Global Support Foundation, is passionate about the national network of breakfast, lunch, and snack programs run by Show Kids You Care (a project of Trinity Global Support Foundation.)

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Magna announces third quarter and year to date results

TORONTO - Magna International Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009.

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Book Re-release

BEAUTIFUL JOE
By Margaret Marshall Saunders

Toronto - Penguin Group (Canada) announced today that it will reissue the bestselling literary classic, BEAUTIFUL JOE, by one of Canada’s most beloved writers, Margaret Marshall Saunders.


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