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Thursday January 29, 2009

Ted Talks

Aimee Mullins: Running without legs

In this TED archive video from 1998, paralympic sprinter Aimee Mullins talks about her record-setting career as a runner, and about the amazing carbon-fiber prosthetic legs (then a prototype) that helped her cross the finish line.


50 million federal dollars for IQC

Waterloo - Daily Bulletin - UW got a direct mention in yesterday's federal budget, as the cascade of "infrastructure" funding included an earmarked grant of $50 million to help build the Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.


Panel to Explore Sustainable Community Living

Guelph - The University of Guelph has a key role to play in finding innovative ways to put Guelph on the cutting edge of sustainable communities in North America. Prof. Kevin Hall, U of G's new vice-president (research), will discuss the role of innovation as a driver for sustainable communities in Ontario Feb. 2 at a lunchtime event organized by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

Quarterly Report

Open Text Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2009 Financial Results

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM) Corporation announced unaudited financial results for its second quarter, ending December 31, 2008. (1)

Global Economic Crises


* Prime Minister says his country will not be “isolationist and egotistic” in the face of unprecedented crisis
* Calls for international action to boost global energy security and for the state to stay out of business

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation told the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 that his country will work with the US, Europe and other countries to resolve the global financial crisis.

Investor vs Management

Survey finds Canadian investment firms back corporate management in 2008

Proxy vote records highlight greatly increased deference on key environmental, social and governance issues

VANCOUVER - The Shareholder Association for Research and Education's eighth annual Key Proxy Vote Survey has found a significant increase in investment managers' willingness to support corporate management's recommendations at the ballot box. The survey findings, released today, sit awkwardly with continued revelations about lax corporate oversight and its ramifications for the global economy.


Western and WORLDiscoveries aim to connect industry with research

London - The University of Western Ontario offers a unique opportunity for partnerships and networking between industry and leading academics at the WORLDiscoveries Research Showcase this Friday, January 30 at the London Convention Centre.

Financial Literacy

SEDI is pleased to announce support for Federal budget provisions that aim to assist Canadians to become more financially literate.

TORONTO - "Financial literacy is an important life skill that empowers consumers to make the best financial decisions in their particular circumstances. While a number of initiatives are currently underway to improve financial literacy for Canadians, it is time to better organize efforts". Budget 2009.


Government of Canada Reintroduces Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

OTTAWA - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), reintroduced the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. The bill was introduced in the last session of Parliament but died on the Order Paper when Parliament was prorogued on December 3, 2008.


Volunteer Land Stewards Project is set to Begin at the rare Charitable Research Reserve

North Dumfries/Cambridge - If you have a basic knowledge of flora and fauna and desire to learn more while spending time in a beautiful outdoor environment, you might want to get down to the rare charitable Research Reserve. Thanks to funding from Environment Canada’s Eco Action Community Funding Program and the hiring of a Land Steward, Josh Shea, the Volunteer Land Stewards Project is ready to launch.

Declines Agreement

CAW Members Turn Down Agreement with Air Canada

TORONTO - CAW members employed by Air Canada have turned down an early tentative agreement with Air Canada and Aeroplan by a margin of 78 per cent.

Greener Investments


* Clean energy opportunities have the potential to generate significant economic returns
* Experts warn against complacency in combating climate change, urging the link of the economy and climate agendas in 2009

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland -The World Economic Forum today released the Green Investing: Towards a Clean Energy Infrastructure report. The report outlines the scale of the investments needed to develop a clean energy infrastructure and move to towards a low-carbon economy.

CFO Survey


Survey Identifies Need For Consultants For Financial Systems Upgrades

TORONTO - Just as a great mechanic can extend the life of an older car, a project consultant could be the Mr. Goodwrench of a systems upgrade. More than one-quarter (26 per cent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) recently interviewed said financial systems upgrades top their list of projects for which they are likely to bring in financial consultants over the next three years.

Davos Welcome Address


Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - In his welcome address at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, told participants that “we cannot sidestep our responsibility to work together to rebuild shattered economies and institutions.”

New Position

Former Bank of Canada General Counsel Mark Jewett joins Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

OTTAWA - Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings) is pleased to announce that Mark Jewett, QC, former General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at the Bank of Canada, has joined the firm as a partner in the Financial Services Industry Group. Mr. Jewett will provide clients with strategic regulatory and legal advice both nationally and internationally.

Global Economy

World Tourism To Decline In Economic Crisis: UN.

"World tourism will decline in 2009 with numbers dropping by up to two percent as the economic downturn bites, the UN tourism agency said on Tuesday.

Life Science

New SmartStep(TM) Lower Limb Rehabilitation System helps Canadian health care professionals guide patients toward optimal gait performance

CALGARY - Today Motion Health Inc. commenced sale of SmartStep(TM), a new technology for Canadian physicians and rehabilitation professionals in acute care settings, rehabilitation centers, and outpatient clinics. The SmartStep(TM) lower limb rehabilitation system is an easy-to-use and affordable solution for lower limb feedback training, evaluation and monitoring.


Manulife Investments awarded highest certification for excellence in quality from National Quality Institute

WATERLOO - Manulife Financial's Canadian Individual Wealth Management Operations, which serves Manulife Investments and Manulife Securities International businesses, has been recognized for excellence in leadership, people, customer service and processes with Level Four Certification, the highest certification under the National Quality Institute Progressive Excellence Program (NQI PEP(R)).

Guest Column

Rally Your Employees in Tough Times: Point Toward a Better Future
By Chris Witt

The economy isn't in the best shape. Maybe you've noticed. Your employees certainly have.

Letter to the Editor

In response to the 2009 Federal Budget.


Sustainable Cities

Corporate Knights Magazine announces Canada's most sustainable cities

Toronto - Today, Corporate Knights Magazine unveiled the third-annual Corporate Knights Most Sustainable Cities in Canada list. The comprehensive ranking identifies Canadian cities whose practices leave the smallest environmental footprint possible and create a healthy, thriving population.

Science & Technology

Ocimum Biosolutions Exposes Biotracker, Advanced API now available in Biotracker' 4.1

Hyderabad, India - In an unrivaled move, Ocimum Biosolutions, a leading integrated genomics company, based in Hyderabad, India, is unveiling its Biotracker R&D Life Science LIMS technology to its customers and partners. In the latest Biotracker 4.1 release, all the LIMS methods are now accessible through advanced Web Services based API, as well as a Java based API.

Continuing to Diversify

CAW Applies for Union Vote at Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino

NIAGARA, ON - The CAW announced yesterday that the union has made its official application to the Ontario Labour Relations Board for a vote at Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino, both in Niagara Falls, Ontario. After many months of mobilizing activity in the two locations, well over half of the 2,700 casino workers have already expressed their willingness to join the CAW by signing union cards.

Guest Column

Why Me? So That!
By Dr. Steven Steinberg

Jim is a 45-year-old CEO in downtown Chicago recently diagnosed with skin cancer. Of course, like many of us, his business is going through a rough period. If that isn't enough, his 14-year-old son is getting psychiatric help and Jim is wondering whether he should join his son. Jim keeps asking himself, "Why me, why me, why me?"

Arts & Culture


* LA TRAVIATA (by G.Verdi) - February 15th 2009 – 3pm
* RICHARD MARGISON – Benefit Concert – March 21st 2009 – 7:30pm
* CINDERELLA (by G.Rossini) – April 5th 2009 – 3pm

Kitchener - Opera has returned triumphantly to Centre in the Square! OPERA KITCHENER’s inaugural season opened with a beautifully staged production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” on January 10th 2009 to rave reviews.

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