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Friday March 12, 2010

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Ted Talks - Best of The Web

Richard Feynman: Physics is fun to imagine

In this archival footage from BBC TV, celebrated physicist Richard Feynman explains what fire, magnets, rubber bands (and more) are like at the scale of the jiggling atoms they're made of. This accessible, enchanting conversation in physics reveals a teeming nano-world that's just plain fun to imagine.

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Expansion

Communitech Opens New Office in Cambridge, Ontario

CAMBRIDGE - Communitech, Waterloo Region's tech organization representing more than 700 companies, announced yesterday that it has opened an office to service the growing needs of Cambridge, Guelph and area.

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Human Resources

CIOs Report On Second Quarter Hiring Expectations

Survey Finds Most Executives Optimistic About Their Companies' Growth Prospects

TORONTO - Nine per cent of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed for the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index indicated they plan to add full-time information technology employees during the second quarter, the highest forecast since the second quarter of 2009, while 10 per cent expect staff reductions.

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Money

Surprising new evidence on the impact of dollar volatility

OTTAWA - Manufacturing industries, along with the mining and oil and gas extraction industries, are - contrary to the conventional view - most likely to weather a volatile Canadian dollar because they have more ways to hedge against currency fluctuations. Service industries may be more exposed to currency volatility, since they have fewer means to hedge against the dollar.

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World News

Deforestation Conference To Turn Plans To Action.

“French President Nicolas Sarkozy will open a daylong conference Thursday of some 40 nations to start turning plans into action to save the world's forests and help rein in the noxious gases blamed for climate change.

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Golf

Golf Management Institute of Canada partners with Laurier Continuing Studies

WATERLOO – The Golf Management Institute of Canada (GMIC) is partnering with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Continuing Studies department to offer its golf management courses.

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Human Resources

CFOs Report On Second Quarter Hiring Expectations

Survey Finds Most Executives Confident They Will See Business Growth Next Quarter

TORONTO - Five per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed for the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index indicated they plan to add full-time accounting and finance employees during the second quarter, while 1 per cent expect staff reductions. The net 4 percent increase is up two points from the first quarter projection and is the highest forecast since the second quarter of 2009.

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Speaking Engagement

Western students welcome Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

London - The University Students’ Council is bringing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to The University of Western Ontario on Wednesday, March 24 to speak to students, faculty, staff, and the London community about the role natural resources play in our work, health and identity in an address entitled, “Our Environmental Destiny.”

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Research

Women suffer in silence from vaginal atrophy

Kingston - Millions of women all over the world are living with tremendous and unnecessary vaginal discomfort because they’re too embarrassed to talk about it and too afraid of treatment, says Queen’s obstetrics and gynecology professor Shawna Johnston.

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Education

Wilfrid Laurier University senate approves new academic plan

Waterloo - The senate of Wilfrid Laurier University has approved a new academic plan that will guide the university’s academic planning over the next five years.

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Smart Choices

New council created to improve winter salt management

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is a key partner in the newly formed Smart About Salt Council, which announced its official formation Monday with the intention to spearhead efficient use of winter salt on private roads, parking lots and sidewalks. Excessive salt use has been shown to be a threat to the environment and well-being of people, vegetation, fish and wildlife habitats near lakes and aquifers.

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Education & Budget

Conestoga Applauds Research Recognition of Canada's Polytechnics in Federal Budget 2010

Kitchener - As a member of Polytechnics Canada, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning welcomes the federal government’s recent budget, with its direct recognition of the role that Polytechnics Canada members play in advancing Canadian innovation through applied research and commercialization activities.

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Call for Entries

2010 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

WATERLOO – Entries are being sought for the 2010 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, a $10,000 literary award that recognizes excellence in Canadian creative non-fiction.

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Appointment

Manulife Investments names senior executive to lead Canadian investment growth strategy

WATERLOO - Paul Lorentz has been named Senior Vice President, Investment Products and President, Manulife Investments to lead Manulife's future growth strategy for investment products in Canada.

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Recognition

Rotman pension expert recognized for lifetime contributions to economic security
By Ken McGuffin

Toronto - The director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto has been recognized with an award for his outstanding lifetime contributions to Americans economic security. Keith Ambachtsheer, an adjunct professor of finance at the Rotman School, is the recipient of the 2010 Lillywhite Award from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

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Quarterly Results

COM DEV Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced first quarter financial results for the three month period ended January 31, 2010.

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