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Monday March 29, 2010

Ted Talks

Patsy Rodenburg: Why I do theater

Patsy Rodenburg says the world needs actors more than ever. In this talk at Michael Howard Studios, she tells the story of a profound encounter that reveals the deeper role theater can play in people's lives.

Energy Tip

Five Simple Conservation Actions Save Money and the Environment

TORONTO - Fighting phantom power - the power that's wasted by home electronics and appliances even when they are turned off - is one of five simple, meaningful conservation actions suggested by the Ontario Power Authority to save money and the environment all year.

Economic Development

Guelph Chamber To Identify Approaching Human Resource Needs

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is working to identify workforce gaps affecting organizations in the coming years. The results of the survey will help outline the planning and training needs of Guelph Businesses.

Funding Education

$8 million in renewed funding fuels research at Western

London - The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada, was in London today, along with London West Member of Parliament Ed Holder to announce the renewed funding. He was thanked by Western President Amit Chakma.

2010 Auto Renewal

Welcomes the News That GM Is Expanding Production

OTTAWA - On March 26 Tony Clement issued the following statement welcoming the news that General Motors of Canada Limited (GM Canada) is expanding production at its plant in Oshawa, Ontario, adding a third shift that will bring back over 600 workers:


U of G Gets $4.3 Million Via Canada Research Chairs

Guelph - The University of Guelph will receive $4.3 million over the next seven years through two new prestigious Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) and the renewal of three others. Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology), made the national announcement today in Ottawa. In total, there will be 187 new CRCs across the country, worth an estimated $165.5 million.

Education Funding

Bone detective, economist, stroke researcher awarded Canada Research Chairs

Hamilton - Three McMaster University researchers from diverse fields of study have been awarded Canada Research Chairs by the federal government.


Laurier names outstanding teacher award recipients

Waterloo - To receive a teaching award from a university devoted to teaching excellence carries with it not only recognition and prestige, but for the recipients of the Wilfrid Laurier University 2010 Awards for Teaching Excellence it also means accolades from colleagues and students.


37th Annual WATERLOO-WELLINGTON SCIENCE and ENGINEERING FAIR to be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at BINGEMANS Marshall Hall

Kitchener - The competition will feature approximately 239 projects and 329 students from grade six to twelve in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. Student's projects will be judged in the following categories: Biotechnology, Earth and Environmental Science, Engineering, Life Science and Physical & Mathematical Science.


Enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act Elementary and Secondary School Grades

Waterloo - It's that time of year again. Region of Waterloo Public Health is required to collect and maintain the immunization records of all students attending school in Waterloo Region. This is done to ensure the immunization status of all children in the event of a vaccine preventable disease outbreak.

Education Funding

York leads all Canadian universities in SSHRC’s largest awards

York researchers awarded two of SSHRC’s largest grants to study long-term residential healthcare and global suburbanism

TORONTO - Two teams led by York University researchers have received $5 million in research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Their multinational research teams, involving multiple universities and community partners in a large-scale collaboration, have each received $2.5 million to examine long-term residential healthcare and global suburbanization.


Carleton Professor Looking For Innovative Ways to Better Life in Long Term Care Facilities

Ottawa – Hugh Armstrong, professor of social work at Carleton University is part of a new research project that will examine best practices and initiatives to assist residents and workers in long term care facilities.

Recognition of Excellence

2009 Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards Winners Announced Last Night.

Cambridge - 2010 marked the 9th Anniversary for the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Held on March 25th at the Armenian Centre, a sold out house celebrated the achievements of fellow members for the year 2009.


Students recognized for excellence at President’s Awards ceremony

Waterloo - More than 80 students were honoured yesterday at the Laurier President’s Awards ceremony, which recognizes student recipients of the President’s Centennial Scholarship and the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s Millennium Excellence Award.

Social Infrastructure

United Way announces over $3.2 million dollars in community investments

WATERLOO –Community agencies and social services in K-W and area will receive a $3.2 million cash injection from United Way this spring. Facing tighter budgets and increasing demand from residents, these funds come at time when our community social services organizations need it most.


Participation in private retirement savings plans for 2008

Statscan - Just over 8.9 million employed Canadian tax filers participated in a private retirement savings plan in 2008, about 50% of all tax filers. This proportion was down from 54% in 1997.

2010 Auto Renewal

GM Recall of Oshawa Shift Good News, CAW President Ken Lewenza Says

TORONTO - March 26 announcement of the recall of more than 600 laid off auto workers by GM is great news for the hard-hit industrial communities of Oshawa and Ingersoll, Ontario, CAW National President Ken Lewenza says.

International Affairs

University of Ottawa Centre for International Policy Studies publishes report on future of Canada's international policy

OTTAWA — The University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) is releasing a report today that concludes Canada has been too slow to react to seismic changes in international affairs. The document is designed to generate much-needed public debate on the future of Canada’s foreign policy.

Global News

World Bank Oks $1.25 Bln For Mexico Health Insurance

World Bank - “The World Bank approved a $1.25 billion loan on Thursday to help expand health insurance coverage to Mexico's poor. ‘The loan will support Mexico's Social Health Protection System Project promise to achieve universal medical insurance by 2012,’ the World Bank said in a statement.

Connecting Rural Areas

Execulink partners with Oxford County to provide high speed internet to underserved and non-served areas

Kitchener - The County of Oxford has selected Execulink Telecom to develop and build the infrastructure and services that will bring high-speed broadband internet to all corners of the County by the summer of 2011.


Real Property Association of Canada releases recommended best practices in accounting for greenhouse gas emissions in the Canadian commercial real estate sector

TORONTO - The Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac) released its latest Research Report, "Recommended Best Practices in Accounting for GHG Emissions in the Canadian Commercial Real Estate Sector", prepared by ICF International.

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