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Thursday November 12, 2009

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Ted Talks

Canadian Edward Burtynsky photographs the landscape of oil

In stunning large-format photographs, Edward Burtynsky follows the path of oil through modern society, from wellhead to pipeline to car engine -- and then beyond to the projected peak-oil endgame.

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LGBT Study

Laurier professor conducts unique study to engage local LGBT youth

Waterloo - Dr. Robb Travers, assistant professor of community psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, has used the unconventional research method “photovoice” for his latest study of local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth.

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Innovation

Ford teams up to develop wheat straw-Reinforced plastic; new BIOmaterial debuts in 2010 ford Flex

· Ford Motor Company, working with academic researchers and supplier A. Schulman, has become the first automaker to develop and use wheat straw-reinforced plastic in its vehicles. This world-first application, which is on the third-row storage bins of the 2010 Ford Flex, reduces petroleum usage by some 20,000 pounds per year and reduces CO2 emissions by 30,000 pounds per year

DEARBORN – Ford Motor Company, working with academic researchers at the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph and one of its suppliers, is the first automaker to develop and use environmentally friendly wheat straw-reinforced plastic in a vehicle.

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Driven into the Ground

DriveTest Workers Overwhelmingly Reject "Unacceptable Offer"

Strike only affects workers, 16 years olds and the older generation waitng to renew temporary license

TORONTO - At the suggestion of their bargaining committee, the membership of United Steelworkers Local 9511 resoundingly voted no (78%) to their employer's "final offer". This vote also represented an increase in voter turnout from the previous vote on the "original" final offer.

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Xquarterly

ARISE Technologies Reports Third-Quarter 2009 Results

Third quarter sales drop by 58%, year to year sales increase by 17.6%

WATERLOO - ARISE Technologies Corporation reported its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009. Financial results conform to Canadian generally accepted accounting principles and all currency amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. These results are substantially the same as the preliminary results released on November 2, 2009.

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Innovation - BIO Car

'Green' Car Part to Debut in 2010

Guelph - The world's first car to have interior parts made from wheat straw-reinforced plastic - created via technology that has roots at the University of Guelph - is set to roll off the assembly lines in the new year.

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Tax

Recession Hastening Move to Indirect Taxes as Governments Seek More Revenue

Canada bucks the trend with higher corporate income tax, lower indirect tax rates

TORONTO - An urgent need for more revenue is pushing many governments around the world to increase indirect taxes and broaden the tax base for corporate income taxes, KPMG International's latest annual survey of business tax rates has found.

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Appointments/Change

ARISE Technologies Announces Appointment of New Chairman and Changes to Senior Management Team

WATERLOO - ARISE Technologies Corporation announced the appointment of Mr. Peter Harder as Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors, succeeding Mr. Vern Heinrichs, who remains President and CEO.

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Working it Out

Laurier hosts expert panel on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

WATERLOO – Laurier will host a panel discussion on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The panel is one of the first public events featuring people deeply involved in the TRC process on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, the United Church and indigenous and settler communities.

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Energy

Hydro One Releases 2009 Third Quarter Financial Results

TORONTO - Hydro One Inc. released its third quarter results with net income of $359 million and revenues of $3,537 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009.

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New Deal

COM DEV USA Awarded US Government Satellite Contract

EL SEGUNDO, CA - COM DEV USA, LLC, a subsidiary of COM DEV International Ltd., announced that it has been awarded a contract valued in excess of US$7 million to provide passive microwave equipment for a US Government space program.

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Aquisition

Skyline Acquires Another Multi-Residential Portfolio in Kingston

KINGSTON/GUELPH - Skyline Apartment REIT of Guelph, Ontario announced today, the new acquisition of a $26.9 million multi-residential portfolio in Kingston, Ontario. This will compliment Skyline's existing multi-residential and commercial real estate portfolio that is now made up of 89 properties in 33 communities, spread out across four Canadian provinces. This acquisition brings the market value of Skyline Apartment REIT's current portfolio to over $500 million.

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Climate Change

Asia Faces New Risks of Overheating: Zoellick.

"Asia's rapid recovery from the economic crisis carries new risks of overheating, and governments must carefully unwind their huge stimulus injections, the head of the World Bank warned Wednesday.

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Philanthropy

November 15th – National Philanthropy Day

Local Advisors “Ask the Giving Question”

Guelph – Guelph and Wellington County has one of the highest volunteer rates in Canada, earning it the title of ‘Most caring community’ but do residents put their money where their mouth is? The answer appears to be a resounding Yes!

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Emerging Trends

Canadian real estate markets elude US collapse

Toronto - While conservative banking practices and stricter regulation kept lending in check and most Canadian real estate investors were saved from overleveraging, they are still worried about suffering more economic shocks if the US can’t get its financial house in order more quickly.

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Energy

The Canadian Nuclear Industry: Status and Prospects

John Cadham, Nuclear Energy Futures Paper #8

Waterloo - Canada was one of the first countries to adopt nuclear energy. It is the world’s largest supplier of natural uranium and a supplier of nuclear technology and expertise. However, recent announcements such as the Ontario government’s plans to postpone indefinitely the construction of two nuclear reactors at its Darlington facility, and the federal government’s intention to privatize Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), the nuclear science and engineering company, raise questions about nuclear energy in Canada.

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Sustainable Energy

Installation demonstrates economic and environmental potential of vacant rooftop spaces

Toronto - Yesterday, Helios Energy Inc., announced it has donated a 5.32 kilowatt rooftop solar PV system to The York School in downtown Toronto. Helios plans to use The York School’s rooftop solar system as a demonstration project for businesses and commercial enterprises to illustrate how they can use an often underutilized space (their roof) for economic gain with zero capital cost – all while showing their environmental leadership.




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