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Tuesday November 24, 2009

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Ted Talks

Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.

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Software Release

Covarity Enhances Commercial Loan Monitoring Software with Improved Analytics and Borrower Electronic Submission Capabilities

Latest software release improves on its early warning capabilities, enabling financial institutions to be more proactive in detecting risky credit situations with commercial clients

Kitchener-Waterloo - Covarity Inc., the leading commercial loan portfolio management software provider, announced the availability of its Fall 2009 Release. Covarity customers, such as RBC Financial, HSBC Canada and BMO Financial will be using the enhanced functionality of the Covarity solution effective immediatley.

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Survey

Canadian companies optimistic about going public

TORONTO - Sixty percent of Canadian executives surveyed expect the Canadian IPO market to increase in the next 6 to 12 months, with one-third expecting it to remain the same, according to a newly-released KPMG survey.

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Call for Applications

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Creative Enterprise Enabling Organization

Waterloo Region - The Prosperity Council of Waterloo Region’s Creative Enterprise Task Force is seeking applications by individuals to serve as candidates for the Creative Enterprise Enabling Organization Board of Directors.

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Art & Culture

The King has Landed at the Art Gallery of Ontario

King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs opens to the public

TORONTO - The wait is over. More than 30 years after the Art Gallery of Ontario first brought the treasures of the Egyptian boy king to Toronto, a new exhibition - King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs - opens to the public at 10 am today and continues through April 18, 2010.

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Quality of Life

Prosperity Council of Waterloo Region: Creative Enterprise Agenda

Simply put: It’s about jobs and the quality of life.

Waterloo Region - The Creative Enterprise Agenda links arts and the creative process to a far wider range of economic activities. It encourages innovative thinking, fosters entrepreneurial business development and builds a community that enhances quality of life while attracting and retaining a young, well-educated, diverse work force that can live anywhere – but choose to live here.

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Health Care

Almost Two-Thirds of Canadians Unprepared to Finance Their Future Health Care Costs, as More Than Half Open to Private Health Care and Give Current System a Poor Grade

Comprehensive Deloitte survey provides most recent snapshot of state of Canadian health consumers' needs, behaviours and interests

TORONTO - Canadians increasingly want to be treated as consumers rather than as patients. They want improved service, personalized programs, greater access to their health records, and more education and options for health self-management. They also want to work collaboratively with industry stakeholders to achieve these goals while keeping costs in check and using existing resources, according to new research by Deloitte.

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Energy

Canada's energy consumption declined 2.1% in 2008 from 2007, the result of lower consumption in the industrial and transportation sectors.

Statscan - Declines in those sectors offset slight increases in the residential, public administration, and commercial and other institutional sectors.

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Expanding Markets

BIOREM expands into new markets with launch of latest product

GUELPH - BIOREM Inc. ("Biorem" or "the Company") announced that it has launched its SK Series of skid mounted, two-stage biofilters ("the Systems"). The Systems come in two sizes, one to treat up to 250 cfm of contaminated air and one to treat up to 450 cfm.

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Working Toward Prosperity

Task Force Releases Eighth Annual Report

The Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress urges the Ontario government and all Ontarians to remain focused on our long-term Prosperity Agenda as we navigate through current challenges toward recovery

Toronto – While the impact of the recent recession has been devastating, the Task Force, like all Ontarians, is hopeful that the worst is behind us and that Ontario is on the road to recovery. Our challenge is to navigate through this recovery, whenever it occurs, ensuring that the recession’s damage is short lived while keeping our eye on a long-term Prosperity Agenda for Ontario.

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MEDIA

Cable must pay, says CEP

OTTAWA - Canada's broadcast regulator should put an end to the tiresome television wars and force cable and satellite companies to pay for the local TV stations they use, says Canada's largest media union, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP).

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Fund Raiser

20th Annual Christmas Dreams Fundraiser Tree Lighting Ceremony

This is the only Christmas project of its kind in Waterloo Region and all proceeds support local charities, the 2009 recipients include:

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Health Research

Minister Goodyear announces investment to expand juvenile diabetes research in Southern Ontario

Investment will create jobs and diversify regional economy

WATERLOO - Southern Ontario will strengthen its position as a hub for international diabetes research thanks to a new partnership that will see hundreds of high-paying, highly skilled new jobs created. Speaking at the University of Waterloo, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, yesterday announced a $30-million partnership with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada that will expand diabetes research in southern Ontario and bring new technologies to market.

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Darwinism

University of Ottawa researchers give Darwin a fresh boost

OTTAWA — As the Origin of Species celebrates its 150th anniversary, a team of evolutionary biologists from the University of Ottawa puts adaptation under the microscope, and once again Darwin comes off looking very good.

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Book Launch

New Book Explores Complexities of Rural Canada

Guelph - Red barns and grazing cattle may make for bucolic photos of the countryside. But they're only part of a diverse, complicated picture explored in a new book on rural Canada edited and co-authored by a retired University of Guelph professor.

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Arts & Culture

Former National Ballet Dancers Come to Cambridge to Teach

Special Ballet Workshop Offers Performance Showcase

Cambridge - Local ballet dancers will have an amazing opportunity at their doorstep when Canada’s most accomplished male dancer, Frank Augustyn, comes to the Cambridge Centre for the Arts. The renowned ‘Augustyn and Artists’ will offer an informative ballet workshop with a new twist that includes an on stage performance option with former principal dancers of the National Ballet of Canada.

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Philanthropy

Youth in Philanthropy - how one young person has leveraged his talent to put on a benefit concert on behalf of the Guelph Food Bank.

Guelph - Patrick Lefler, a Grade 12 student at Bishop Macdonnel Catholic High School raised over $900 for the Guelph Food Bank at a concert Saturday evening November 21st.

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Acquisition

Manulife Financial to Purchase Fund Management Joint Venture in China

TORONTO - Manulife Financial announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Fortis Bank SA/NV's(1) 49 per cent ownership in ABN AMRO TEDA Fund Management Co., Ltd. for cash purchase consideration of (euro)105 million (US$156 million)(2). The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Manulife Financial earnings in the first year and have a negligible impact on capital levels. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2010.

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Opening Soon

TORONTO RESTAURATEURS PETER OLIVER AND MICHAEL BONACINI OPEN OLIVER & BONACINI CAFÉ GRILL IN WATERLOO

Waterloo - Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, the company behind Toronto eateries Canoe, Jump, Auberge du Pommier and Biff’s Bistro, is opening Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill in Conestoga Mall this Friday, November 27th.

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Recognition

Kitchener Design Firm Wins!

Kitchener – On Thursday November 12, 2009 MFX Partners, a Kitchener-based brand design and marketing communications agency was recognized for their excellence in design at the Advertising & Design Club of Canada’s (ADCC) 60th annual awards ceremony.


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