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Thursday November 26, 2009

Ted Talks

Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

Marketing Education

Conestoga Wins Team Gold, Individual Awards at Ontario Marketing Competition

Kitchener - A team of 14 students from the Business Administration – Marketing program of Conestoga College has just returned from Mohawk College in Hamilton having earned the team championship in the annual Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition (OCMC), a test of multiple skills in marketing involving teams from 13 Ontario colleges. OCMC 2009 took place on November 19-20.

Venture Capital

Celtic House Venture Partners Selected as a Qualified Investor by the Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund

TORONTO - Celtic House Venture Partners has been selected as a qualified investor by the Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund (OETF). OETF is a $250 million fund established by the Province of Ontario in 2009 to co-invest alongside qualified investors in innovative, high-growth, private Ontario companies.


CGA Ontario releases new HST booklet to support local businesses in their successful transition to the new harmonized tax system

TORONTO - The Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA Ontario) has released a comprehensive and easy-to-understand Harmonized Sales Tax booklet. This 23 page booklet offers an all-purpose HST overview, addressing common questions and concerns. An extensive Q&A document has also been developed, in addition to a fact sheet, identifying key benefits to the new HST system taking effect July 1, 2010.

Social Work

Recent Study Does Not Support Screening for Intimate Partner Violence: Health Care Workers Require Education to Recognize Signs of Abuse

TORONTO - Improving Women's Health in Ontario, an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term-Care recognized the first day of the 2009 White Ribbon Campaign by stressing the importance of better education for health care workers in identifying and addressing intimate partner violence.

2009 Auto Restructuring

2011 Buick Regal to be Built at the Oshawa Car Assembly Plant

Second new car built on Oshawa's state-of-the-art flexible manufacturing line; Production to begin in first quarter 2011

OSHAWA - North American production of the all-new 2011 Buick Regal was today confirmed for the Oshawa Car Assembly plant beginning in Q1 2011. The new 2011 Regal is a midsize sport sedan based on the award-winning Opel Insignia - the 2009 "European Car of the Year" - and it brings all of Insignia's award-winning design, technology and European-inspired performance capabilities to the North American market.

Health Care

Eating well boosts your immunity

Toronto – With cold and flu season upon us, certain nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc and selenium are often touted by some to provide protection against seasonal illness. While it's true that these nutrients do boost the immune system, more is not better!

Art and Design


TORONTO - The Design Exchange (DX) announces the 2009 winners of the Design Exchange Awards. This national design competition is open to professional designers across Canada working in a range of disciplines.


Rogers Offers On-Demand Online TV; Hulu Who?
by Christine Persaud

Toronto - On November 30, Canada will be one huge leap closer to offering a vast selection of quality TV content online...and I'm not talking about Hulu. Rogers has realized the blurring lines between TV and Internet, and will be giving its customers (that's all customers, not just cable subscribers) access to TV and movies via the Web.

Book Reading

Laurier Toronto hosts reading by Edna Staebler Award winner Russell Wangersky

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is proud to present a noon-hour reading by author Russell Wangersky, winner of the 2009 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Laurier’s Toronto office, located on the first floor of the Exchange Tower at 130 King St. W. (King and York streets).

Global Economy

Mexico Gets $1.5 Billion World Bank Loan.

"The World Bank has approved a $1.5 billion loan to support Mexico's economic policies implemented in response to the global crisis, the bank said in a statement on Tuesday. The Mexican government's policies focus on developing measures that generate fiscal and financial sustainability

Survival over Sex

Variable Temperatures Leave Insects wtih a Frosty Reception

London – For the first time, scientists at The University of Western Ontario have shown that insects exposed to repeated periods of cold will trade reproduction for immediate survival.

Violation Marketing

Verizon Wireless Voluntarily Discloses Environmental Violations

WASHINGTON – Verizon Wireless has agreed to pay a $468,600 civil penalty to settle self-disclosed violations of federal environmental regulations discovered at 655 facilities in 42 states.


Groundbreaking Ceremony for John M. Harper Branch Library

Waterloo - Dignitaries gathered November 21, 2009 at the site of the Stork Family YMCA and John M. Harper District Library to celebrate the official groundbreaking for this new west-side facility.

Survey Holiday Habits


Workers Shopping Online Will Spend Three Hours a Week On Average Doing So

TORONTO – When it comes to surfing the Web for holiday gifts this season, most workers plan to browse on their own time, a new Accountemps survey shows. More than seven in 10 (71 per cent) professionals surveyed said they are not planning to shop online while at work.

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