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Wednesday November 25, 2009

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Ted Talks

Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil

Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels.

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Knowledge Share

New Series Highlights Importance of Change Agents

Waterloo - On December 7, Capacity Waterloo Region will host the first in a new knowledge share called the Change Agents Series. The series highlights stories and strategies of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are making change. It's part of there Social Ventures initiative to help enable the launch and growth of social ventures by enhancing the networks and skills of social entrepreneurs and organizations with innovative ideas.

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Recognition

University of Ottawa honours four exceptional leaders in Toronto

Waterloo's Lisa LaFlamme is winner of this year’s Meritas Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement

OTTAWA — The University of Ottawa is proud to recognize four exceptional individuals at the 7th edition of its Distinguished Canadian Leadership Awards. These great leaders will be honoured during a special dinner, to be held on November 25, 2009 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

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Housing

Ontario's housing market bounces back but homeownership gets less affordable

TORONTO - Ontario's housing market has recovered its past strength with rising home prices contributing to a decline in affordability for the first time since early 2008, according to the latest third quarter housing report released today by RBC Economics Research.

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Strategic Partnership

Class 1 Inc. and Spirited Investors Join Forces

Kitchener – Spirited Investors Corporation and Class 1 Inc. are pleased to announce the creation of a strategic alliance designed to expand the growth of both companies.

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Tax Tip

Save the Stamp, Save the Time - Pay Online! And Set Your Self Up For Future User Fees

OTTAWA - Quickly and securely send a payment to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) from your bank account

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Feed the World

Leading plant biologist lectures on solving world hunger

TORONTO - Feeding the world has become a pressing concern for a leading plant biologist who is breeding super grains in search of a solution to the growing global food crisis.

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Geriatric Care

University of Waterloo research chair will enhance health care for seniors

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo and three funding partners announced yesterday the appointment of a leading specialist in geriatric medicine to a new research chair that will usher in enhanced health care for seniors in the local area and eventually across Canada.

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Wine Survey

Survey reveals only seven per cent of Canadians feel buying wine is easy

Increased purchases during holiday season spell need for more knowledge

MISSISSAUGA - The holiday season is approaching, bringing with it celebrations, entertaining and gift giving. It also means increased wine purchases for 46 per cent of Canadians according to a recent survey commissioned by E. & J. Gallo Winery and carried out by Angus Reid Strategies. With more Canadians buying wine, but only seven per cent feeling that it's easy, the survey results demonstrate a thirst for more knowledge, according to wine expert Kevin Lefort, Fine Wine Manager at E. & J. Gallo Winery.

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Environment

Troubled Waters: University of Ottawa organizes international conference on water

OTTAWA — The University of Ottawa is presenting the eleventh edition of the Frontiers in Research Lecture Series. Entitled Troubled Waters, the event brings together renowned researchers to present their work and exchange ideas with students, professors and the entire National Capital Region.

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Energy Monitor

Hydro One launches a new website with powerful outage mapping system

TORONTO - Hydro One announced its new interactive user-friendly website that makes it easy to track power outages, manage residential and business accounts and search for electricity-related information.

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Appointment

CIGI appoints Thomas A. Bernes as Vice-President of Programs

Waterloo – The Board of Directors of The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) announced the appointment of Thomas A. Bernes to the position of vice-president of programs. In this newly established role, Mr. Bernes will oversee the development of CIGI’s work program strategy, implementing and coordinating research activities and assisting in the development of networks and partnerships related to the work program.

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Environment

Time of day matters to thirsty trees, U of T researchers discover

TORONTO - The time of day matters to forest trees dealing with drought, according to a new paper produced by a research team led by Professor Malcolm Campbell, University of Toronto Scarborough's vice-principal for research and colleagues in the department of cell and systems biology at the St. George campus.

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Gamers

OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE RECEPTION FROM GAMERS AROUND THE WORLD FOR ASSASSIN’S CREED™ II

Montréal – Yesterday Ubisoft announced record first week sales performance for its Assassin’s Creed™ II video game with 1.6 million units sold through worldwide according to internal estimates.

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Networking

Best of the best: Durham College students top Canadian team in prestigious networking competition

Students claim distinguished title after rigorous three-round contest

OSHAWA – After completing three rounds of intense and challenging networking tests, two Durham College students have emerged as the best in Canada after finishing as the top Canadian team at the international Cisco Networking Academy 2009 NetRiders Skills Challenge.

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Upcycling - Sustainable Business

Kraft Canada & TerraCycle Partner to Bring Sponsored Upcycling Program to Canada

Company Partners With Toronto-Founded Firm to Help Reduce Packaging Waste

TORONTO - Kraft Canada announced a new partnership with TerraCycle Inc., a pioneering upcycling company, started by Toronto-native Tom Szaky, that takes packages and materials that are challenging to recycle and turns them into affordable, high quality merchandise.

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Book Review

Welcome to the wild wild west

KITCHENER – The newest fiction title from Kitchener book publishing company, Loon In Balloon Inc. (LIB), hits stores yesterday. Hawkmoon, by Pennsylvania author Nancy Williams, is now available in Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws stores across Canada.

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Trade

How to make like Harper and Obama and do business with China

Hamilton — U.S. President Barak Obama was there last week, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper is heading there next week. World leaders are making a beeline for China in search of trade opportunities.

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Health Care

U of G Research May Lead to More Effective Avian Influenza Vaccine

Guelph - University of Guelph scientists have made a discovery that may lead to more effective vaccines to protect poultry and humans from the deadly avian influenza virus.

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Sustainable Living

Queen’s Centre helps construct a sustainable future

Kingston - The Queen’s Centre will be the newest hub of campus activity – a legacy from students past and present to future generations. The modern, multi-purpose athletic, social and academic complex implements sustainable design throughout.

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Pension Reform

Sun Life Financial proposes defined contribution pension plan for all working Canadians

A practical and affordable solution for bridging the Canadian retirement savings gap

TORONTO - A multi-employer defined contribution (DC) pension plan that allows every employer - including the self-employed - to automatically participate would greatly increase pension coverage for Canadians, according to a senior executive with Sun Life Financial.

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Women in Business

Silvia de Sousa of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS) Nationally Recognized as a Woman of Influence

WINNIPEG - Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP congratulates Silvia de Sousa on being nationally recognized as a Woman of Influence. Silvia's practice is concentrated in the area of business law with an emphasis on intellectual property law, life sciences law and technology law.

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Sustainable Eating

Easy & Effective Ways to Reduce Food Waste During The Holidays

SAN FRANCISCO – Here are five holiday tips anyone can employ to reduce their impact on the environment this Holiday Season:

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Sports & Leisure

Guelph High School Curlers to Learn From the Pros Through School of Rock Program

GUELPH – On Thursday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m., 48 junior curlers from the Guelph high school curling league will participate in a fun and interactive on-ice clinic with members of Team Dale Matchett (Bradford, Ont.) at the Guelph Curling Club as part of the Capital One School of Rock program.

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Letter to the Editor

Thank you so very much for including the story and photo of Patrick Lefler’s benefit concert for the Guelph Food Bank.

This sort of acknowledgment is fuel for young people to encourage them to continue with philanthropy.


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