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Friday March 19, 2010

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Ted Talks

Ken Kamler: Medical miracle on Everest



When the worst disaster in the history of Mount Everest climbs occurred, Ken Kamler was the only doctor on the mountain. At TEDMED, he shares the incredible story of the climbers' battle against extreme conditions and uses brain imaging technology to map the medical miracle of one man who survived roughly 36 hours buried in the snow.

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Technology

Enable U Forum Offers "How-to" Advice to Energize and Enhance High-Tech Sector

Waterloo Region - Organizations working to build strong high-tech sectors in their communities will converge on Waterloo Region next week for Enable U -- a forum to share tactics and tools needed to grow and nurture a strong tech sector.

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Conservation

Canadians' water conservation efforts declining: 2010 Canadian Water Attitudes Study

TORONTO - Canadians' efforts to save water appear to be going down the drain despite their reported concern about its availability, according to the third annual Canadian Water Attitudes Study, commissioned by RBC and Unilever and endorsed by the Canadian Partnership Initiative of the United Nations Water for Life Decade.

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Economy

Canada recovering, but growth to be modest over next two years, TD Bank says

OTTAWA - Canada's strong rebound from recession won't be sustained as headwinds gather to slow growth, according to a new report from the TD Bank.
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Air Pollution

Study Questions Link Between Air Pollution, Serious Health Effects

GULEPH - Challenging accepted wisdom, a University of Guelph professor says claims about the health effects of air pollution are not supported by data from Canadian cities.

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Travel

Author Adrian Raeside speaks about 100-year-old race to the South Pole

WATERLOO - Adrian Raeside, editorial cartoonist and author of Return to Antarctica, recently spoke at Laurier about the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1910 led by Englishman Robert Scott. Scott, who became the second man to reach the South Pole, perished on the return journey with four of his men.

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Consumer Levy

Conservatives launch protest against proposed iPod levy

OTTAWA — Conservatives are Canada's new iPod freedom fighters. Cabinet ministers and MPs are putting up a vigorous defence against the NDP's move to have a levy applied to all new MP3 players, hard drives and laptops.

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Media Levy

Retail Council of Canada applauds Government of Canada's refusal to extend blank media levy to other electronic devices

OTTAWA - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) commends Heritage Canada Minister James Moore and Industry Canada Minister Tony Clement for rejecting an NDP proposal to extend the blank media levy to other electronic devices such as iPods and similar digital audio recorders.

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Health

Kidney failures up 57% over 10 years

TORONTO - The Canadian Institute for Health Information released its report on treatment of end-stage organ failure in Canada, based on data from 1999 through 2009, the most current year available.

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Construction Competition

These Gentlemen build great bridges

HAMILTON - A group of McMaster engineers has shaken the foundations of a bridge-building dynasty. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a team comprised of six suavely-dressed civil engineering students, has won the 26th annual Troitsky Bridge Building Competition, unseating the reigning champions Cégep de Chicoutimi and ending their six-year consecutive win streak.

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Biotechnology

Syngenta Crop Protection Canada Announces Seed Treatment Project With Innovotech

GUELPH - Syngenta Crop Protection Canada, Inc. announced its intent to work with Innovotech, a Canadian biotechnology product development company, clearing the way for continued research trials in North America on the new plant bacterial blight research product, oxysilver nitrate.

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Education

Ontario's Postsecondary Education System Sound But Challenges Ahead

TORONTO - Ontario has made significant advances in postsecondary participation and compares favourably to its peers in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development jurisdictions, according to a report released today by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

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Guest Column

The Root Causes of Low Employee Morale - Focusing on communication can fix them
By John Schaefer

In the movie Multiplicity with Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell, the character of Doug Kinney (Keaton) clones himself so he can get more work done while having more time for his family and to enjoy himself.

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Taxes

Tax Tip: Tax Savings for Tradespersons

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - Did you know that being a tradesperson may make you eligible for certain deductions? Some of these are: - Deduction for tools: If you were a tradesperson in 2009, you may be able to claim a deduction for the cost of eligible tools (to a maximum of $500).

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Health Research

GENE VARIATION LINKED TO HIGHER RISK OF LUNG CANCER IN NEVER SMOKERS

Variations in a gene called GPC5 have been identified which might contribute to a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer in people who have never smoked.

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Digital Media

ABC revises definition of digital editions to include iPad

TORONTO - The board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations has modified its definition of a digital magazine to accommodate new reading devices such as the Apple iPad.

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People's Summit

G8/G20 People’s Summit in Toronto will call for ‘system change, not more of the same’

Toronto – In three months the 2010 People’s Summit will begin in Toronto, and is inviting people from across Canada and around the world to come to Toronto to challenge the policies of the G8 and G20 this June.

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Travel and Tourism

Travel between Canada and other countries

STATSCAN - Canadian residents made 4.2 million trips outside of the country in January, down 1.5% from the previous month. Trips to both the United States and overseas destinations decreased compared with December.

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