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Tuesday February 10, 2009

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Ted Talks

Bill Gates: How I'm trying to change the world now




Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them.

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Local Housing Construction

KITCHENER CMA NEW CONSTRUCTION STARTS DECREASE

TORONTO – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released preliminary housing starts data for the Kitchener Census Metropolitan Area

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Housing Construction

ONTARIO HOME STARTS SLOW IN JANUARY

Toronto - Home starts declined in January and were in line with our forecast of slowing residential construction activity in 2009. Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of urban* home starts moderated registering 51,500 unit starts in January, down from 60,300 units in December.

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Open Text Donation

Major Donation from Open Text Corporation Benefits Conestoga College

Waterloo - Open Text Corporation and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning are working together to meet each other’s expansion needs.

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United Way

United Way of Guelph & Wellington Allocates Funds to 47 Local Agencies

Guelph, Ontario – The United Way of Guelph & Wellington is pleased to announce it will allocate funding in 2009 to 47 community based agencies which provide vital local programs in Guelph and Wellington County.

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Engineering Competition

McMaster Engineering Students Invent Collapsible Carrier for Commuter Cyclists

HAMILTON - Getting more commuters to cycle to work was the motivation behind the invention of a collapsible bicycle trailer designed by two fifth-year mechanical engineering and management students at McMaster University.

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Solar-Powered Home

Team North holds receptions to promote innovative solar-powered home

WATERLOO - North House, an advanced solar-powered home being developed by Team North, will hold two receptions this week in Cambridge and Toronto to launch the next phase of this timely project.


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Hockeyville

Woolwich “Shoots and Scores” a top 5 Position in the Kraft Hockeyville 2009 Contest

Saturday night (February 8, 2009) Woolwich, Ontario was awarded one of the Top 5 spots in the Canada Wide Kraft Hockeyville 2009 Contest. This win alone guarantees Woolwich $25,000 towards the new Dan Snyder Memorial Arena.

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Research

Canadian scientists read minds with infrared scan

Toronto - Researchers at U of T and Canada's largest children's rehabilitation hospital have developed a technique that uses infrared light brain imaging to decode preference - with the goal of ultimately opening the world of choice to children who can't speak or move.

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HIV/AiDS Vaccine

Mymetics Corporation Announces Success of Its Preventive
Vaccine Against HIV/AIDS and Commencement of European Phase 1
Human Clinical Trials

NYON, Switzerland - Mymetics Corporation, announced that on February 11, in Montreal, at the 16th world Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), Dr. Sylvain Fleury, Chief Scientific Officer of Mymetics, will present the results of a second series of preclinical trials that confirm the success of its preventive vaccine against HIV/AIDS.

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Research

Pfizer Increases Financial Support for BC-Based Innovation Through the Centre for Drug Research and Development

VANCOUVER - Pfizer Canada has increased its initial commitment of $1 million by an additional $2 million to the "Pfizer-CDRD Innovation Fund" at the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) to fast-track the commercialization of some of B.C.'s most promising research.

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Tracking Tool?

Google Latitude - a free and fabulous tracking service if you aren't paranoid about privacy

Google Latitude offers individuals, as well as small businesses a very handy tracking tool. When I tried to invite my friends to join me on Google Latitude so I could give it a proper test run, most were too creeped out to click on the link.

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The CTC Number

New Method to Monitor Disease Status of Patients with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Survival and response to treatment in patients with advanced prostate cancer can be predicted by assessing changes in the number of circulating tumour cells (CTCs), according to an Article published Online First and in the March issue of The Lancet Oncology.

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Auto Sector

Nissan net loss at 83.2 billion yen in third quarter FY08

TOKYO - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2008, ending March 31, 2009, as well as for the first nine months. In the third quarter, the consolidated net loss after tax came to 83.2 billion yen (US $0.81 billion, euro 0.55 billion), compared to net income of 132.2 billion yen (US $1.28 billion, euro 0.87 billion) from the same period a year ago.

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CAW Layoff

Xstrata Layoffs Violate Take-over Agreement, Devastate Sudbury Workers

TORONTO - Xstrata Nickel's announcement of 578 permanent layoffs of CAW Local 598 members at its Sudbury, Ontario operations is devastating news for workers, their families and the greater Sudbury area, CAW President Ken Lewenza said.

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Robotics

Canada Invests in Space Robotics

SAINT-HUBERT - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), visited CSA headquarters in Saint-Hubert to observe some prototype space explorers and to reaffirm the government's commitment to the CSA.

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Guest Column

A Thousand Resumes: How To Find the "Needle" in the Sales Haystack
By John Haskell, aka Dr. Revenue

The word on the street is "cutbacks," but getting sales is still the name of the game. One small business recently needed a new salesperson for a very good territory. The owner placed ads in all of the electronic vehicles, local papers and industry publications, as well as industry Web sites.

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Financial

Unions at Air Canada Call for ACE to Fund Pension Plan

TORONTO - The five unions representing Air Canada workers are calling on the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) to require ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. to fund Air Canada's pension plan, before being permitted to wind-up the holding company.


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