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Monday December 14, 2009

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Ted Talks

Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world



At TEDGlobal University, Shereen El Feki shows how some Arab cultures are borrowing trademarks of Western pop culture -- music videos, comics, even Barbie -- and adding a culturally appropriate twist. The hybridized media shows how two civilizations, rather than dividing, can dovetail.

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Philanthropy

HONOURING CANADA'S MOST INNOVATIVE CHARITIES

Capacity Waterloo Region in TIDES CANADA'S TOP 10

VANCOUVER, BC - Tides Canada, a national leader in forward-thinking philanthropy, announced the recipients of its prestigious annual Tides Top 10 award today.

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Economy

Canada's economy on track for recovery in 2010: RBC Economics

Strong fundamentals expected to result in Canada leading economic growth among G-7 countries

TORONTO - After a challenging and difficult year, the Canadian economy is set for a nation-wide recovery in 2010, according to a new report by RBC Economics. The report indicated that although the Canadian economy contracted at an average of 2.5 per cent in 2009, the stage is set for a return to positive growth in 2010.

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Labour

Vale Letter Opts for Mischief and Misrepresentation Rather than Unconditional Bargaining

Steelworkers Call for Immediate, Unconditional Return to Negotiations

SUDBURY - In a letter released December 11, Vale Inco has attempted to cause mischief and confusion in the five month-old strike at the Canadian operations.

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International Investment

Canada's international assets were $1,419.8 billion at the end of the third quarter, down 3.3% from the second quarter

Statscan - Meanwhile, international liabilities edged up to $1,504.1 billion. As a result, Canada's net foreign debt position expanded to $84.3 billion at the end of the third quarter, reflecting the continued appreciation of the Canadian dollar as well as a larger current account deficit.

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Economy

Ontario's economy poised for a better year in 2010: RBC Economics

TORONTO - After a difficult year, Ontario's economy is expected to return to growth in 2010, according to a new report by RBC Economics.

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Housing

New Housing Price Index October 2009

Statscan - The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.3% in October following a 0.5% increase in September. The monthly index has been increasing since July.

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Climate Change

Canada Falling Dangerously Behind U.S. Efforts on Climate

COPENHAGEN - Results of a comparative report by PowerUP Canada show that Canada has fallen well behind the United States in fighting climate change and is not keeping up with current efforts by the U.S. federal government.

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Grand Opening

Sun Life Financial celebrates York Central Financial Centre Grand Opening

New financial office in Markham will meet region's diverse needs

MARKHAM - Sun Life Financial celebrated the Grand Opening of the York Central Financial Centre in Markham last Friday, its 93rd financial centre in Canada, located at 110 Copper Creek Drive, just south of Highway 407 at 9th Line.

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Heritage

Public invited to participate in 2010 Heritage Workshop on February 12, 2010

Waterloo Region - The 13th annual Heritage Day Workshop will be held on February 12, 2010 at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts.

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Sports

Blue Jays complete signings

TORONTO - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have agreed to terms with INF/OF JOSE BAUTISTA to a one year deal paying $2.4 million US and P DUSTIN McGOWAN on a $500,000 US deal for 2010. OF JOEY GATHRIGHT and C RAUL CHAVEZ were signed to minor league contracts with an invite to spring training.

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Innovation

Three Laurier scientists receive funding from Ontario Research Fund

WATERLOO – Two psychology researchers and a biology researcher from Laurier’s Faculty of Science received infrastructure funding from the Ontario Research Fund (ORF) at a provincial announcement held December 11, 2009. The funding affects 34 associated researchers at Laurier and matches earlier infrastructure grants received from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

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Life Sciences
Waterloo Researchers Set to Build Stronger Economy

Ontario Government Creates Jobs With Infrastructure Investments

Waterloo - Ontario is helping attract and retain the top researchers who will strengthen the province’s competitiveness in the global innovation-driven economy.

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Appointment

Trent English Professor Elected President of International Shaw Society

Leading Shaw Scholar Dr. Leonard Conolly to Begin Two-Year Term in January

Peterbourough - Trent English Professor Elected Presiden Dr. Leonard Conolly, a professor of English Literature at Trent and a world-renowned Bernard Shaw scholar, has been appointed the new president of the International Shaw Society (ISS).

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Conflicting Messages

Olympic torch avoids crossing picket line at Museum of Civilization

OTTAWA - The Olympic torch relay made good time by avoiding delays as it passed - rather than cross - the picket line of workers on strike at the Museum of Civilization.

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Wireless

Government of Canada Varies CRTC Decision on Globalive

OTTAWA - The Government of Canada has varied a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision regarding Globalive Wireless Management Corp., a Canadian-owned and controlled company.



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