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Friday November 20, 2009

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Ted Talks (worth a repeat)

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

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Innovation

Physicist pairs with pharmaceutical scientist to design nano-particles for cancer imaging

Scientists partner with MaRS Innovation to advance technology to market

TORONTO - In the drive to improve early detection and treatment of cancer, a pair of Toronto scientists has developed a unique technology that combines contrast agents with targeted, long-lasting nano-particles for use in multiple medical imaging platforms.

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Content Management

Analyst Report Positions Open Text as a Leader in Enterprise Content Management

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM) Corporation announced yesterday that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders Quadrant of its 2009 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management,* based on an evaluation of the company's completeness of vision and ability to execute.

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Think It Say It Do It

Inspiring peace through art and action

200 YMCA World Peace Week: inspire peace—Think it. Say it. Do it.

Kitchener – At its 2009 YMCA Peace Medallion Gala held November 18, the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA celebrated the efforts by individuals and groups who inspire peace. The gala celebrated the impact made by all the nominees for this year’s YMCA Peace Medallions.

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Re-opening

Laurier holds official reopening of 50-metre pool today

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will hold an opening ceremony for its 50-metre pool on Friday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. after completing a major $4.2-million renovation project over the past five months.

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Pension Reform

Canada can lead the world with smart pension reform says Rotman pension expert
By Ken McGuffin

Toronto - The time has come to turn Canada's supplemental pensions jumble into a coherent system with a clear goal and a clear plan to achieve it, according to Keith Ambachtsheer, Director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management and an adjunct professor of finance at the Rotman School Management at the University of Toronto

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Credit Card Fees

Retailers Commend Government Code of Conduct for Debit and Credit Cards

Merchants Establish Watchdog to Monitor the Payments Marketplace

OTTAWA - Retail Council of Canada (RCC), The Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors (CCGD) and the StopStickingItToUs Coalition, representing more than 250,000 businesses commend Finance Minister Flaherty and the Government of Canada for today's introduction of a Code of Conduct to govern the Canadian debit and credit card markets.

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MEDIA

AOL shows worst not over for media job cuts
By Sue Zeidler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If AOL's announcement on Thursday of another 2,500 job cuts is anything to go by, the painful layoffs that have ravaged the media industry over the past year are nowhere near over.

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Credit Card Fees

Retail Grocers Welcome New Rules for Credit and Debit Transactions in Canada

TORONTO - The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) welcomes the announcement today by Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, that sets out a code of conduct by which credit card companies must abide. "The Code of Conduct is a very positive step and we are encouraged that many of the concerns we have raised on behalf of independent retail grocers have been heard by the Government," said John F.T. Scott, President and CEO of CFIG.

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Credit Card Fees

An early Christmas present for small business: CFIB welcomes announcement of Canada's voluntary Code of Conduct for credit and debit card industry

TORONTO - Following a year of rising credit card merchant fees and threats to Canada's debit market, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes today's announcement by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty of a draft voluntary Code of Conduct for the credit and debit card industry.

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Economy

Health care spending in Canada to exceed $180 billion this year

With economic decline, health expenditure as a proportion of GDP grows to all-time high of 11.9%

OTTAWA - Health care spending in Canada is expected to reach $183.1 billion in 2009, an estimated increase of $9.5 billion, or 5.5%, since 2008, according to new figures released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

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Retail

Walmart Canada posts strong social results with plans to improve

Retailer increases charitable donations, green power purchases, community investment, payments to Canadian suppliers, energy efficiency, factory training, and recycling.

MISSISSAUGA - Walmart Canada has released its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, documenting efforts to conduct business in a way that promotes positive outcomes for the environment, company associates, factory workers, and the communities in which Walmart operates.

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Tuition Fees

Students formally submit their call for lower tuition fees to government

TORONTO - Two weeks after student protests in 12 Ontario cities drew attention to underfunding in the post-secondary education sector, students submitted their first suite of recommendations to the post-secondary education secretariat. Established by the Ontario government, the secretariat will recommend a new funding framework for the post-secondary education sector in 2010.

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Recognition

John Baker Named Intrepid Entrepreneur in Waterloo Region

Baker inducted into Hall of Fame with select Waterloo Region entrepreneurs

Kitchener-Waterloo – Desire2Learn is pleased to announce that founder, president and CEO, John Baker has been named the 2009 Intrepid Entrepreneur for Waterloo Region.

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Child Rights

University of Ottawa child rights conference addresses global challenges facing children

OTTAWA — As the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the University of Ottawa is hosting a leading-edge international conference on child rights that will examine contemporary issues and struggles affecting children worldwide.

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Medical Innovation

HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM-CELLS COULD BE USED TO PRODUCE TEMPORARY SKIN WHILE BURNS PATIENTS AWAIT SKIN GRAFTS

A study in this week’s edition of The Lancet shows that it is possible to use human embryonic stem-cells (hESCs) to produce temporary skin substitutes for patients awaiting skin grafts after, for example, serious burn injuries.

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Guest Column

Grow Your Business with Mobile Applications
By Brendan Lim and Chris Selmer

Mobile applications, or apps for short, are the future for today's businesses. While many people associate apps for the iPhone, Blackberry, and Google Android devices as simply fun and games, the fact is that any business can create an app that generates customer interest, garners client loyalty, and positions your company as the industry leader.

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Partner Awards

Successful Open Text Content World Highlights ECM and Business Excellence Near-Record Number of Attendees Gathered in Orlando, Fla., to Explore how to Capitalize on Content

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM) Corporation has commemorated the successful conclusion of its annual user conference Content World by announcing the recipients of its customer and partner awards.

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Fraud

Economic crime in Canada rises to highest level in six years

56% of Canadian companies report being victims of crime in the past 12 months

TORONTO - In the midst of the global economic downturn of the past year, several significant economic crimes have come to light, with large-scale Ponzi schemes in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta under investigation, and alleged financial fraud in the government sector.

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Aquisition

Nestlé Professional to Acquire Vitality Foodservice

GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA - Nestle Professional announced it has agreed to acquire Vitality Foodservice Inc., one of North America's leading beverage solution providers to the foodservice industry.

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Politcal Counter Press

A recent Conference Board of Canada Report gives Canada a “D” on Innovation.

In Ontario however, D stands for determination

Kitchener - Yesterday John Milloy headed to Alberta for a Provincial-Territorial Meeting of ministers responsible for innovation where he is determined, on behalf of the province, to help advance a national innovation agenda.


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