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Tuesday March 30, 2010

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Ted Talks

Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery


In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research -- and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.

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Digital Future

Canada 3.0 2010 Forum Sets Goal for Canada's Digital Economy

Leaders call for 'Moonshot' in digital media achievements by 2017

Stratford - The Canada 3.0 2010 forum slated for May 10-11 will set an ambitious target for Canada's digital media industry - that of making it possible for "anyone to do anything on-line in Canada - by 2017".

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Education

Catholic Board to Hold Budget Consultations Throughout April

Waterloo Region, ON – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has scheduled a series of budget consultation meetings throughout the month of April, 2010.

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Innovation Think Tank

IEEE student branch hosts Rethink: a speaker series on leadership and innovation

WATERLOO - Executives from five international technology companies, including Google and Xerox, will discuss how ideas evolve into products during a speaker series this week at the University of Waterloo.

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Hospitality

Food services and drinking places for January 2010

Statscan - Sales for the food services and drinking places industry increased 0.3% from December to January to nearly $4.1 billion in current dollars. During the same period, the price of food purchased in restaurants rose 0.2%, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

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Study

Self-employment in the downturn from October 2008 to October 2009

Statscan - Self-employment rose substantially during the recent economic downturn, while paid employment declined. Layoffs among paid workers might account for some of the increase in self-employment, but not all of it.

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Research Funding

Trent Professor Granted Second Term as Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies

Dr. Davide Panagia Receives $500,000 to Continue Research into Aesthetics and Cultural Theory

Peterborough - Awarded the position of Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies for a second term, Trent University professor and renowned political and cultural theorist Dr. Davide Panagia will receive $500,000 over five years to continue his research analyzing the visual politics of contemporary media and the effects on modern culture.

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Life Sciences

U of G Researchers First to Identify a Family of Intersex Horses

Guelph - Koko the horse appeared to be a typical mare but when she began acting overly aggressive and trying to mount her female counterparts, her owner became suspicious.

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Innovation

Professor’s chemistry discovery may revolutionize cooking oil production

Kingston - A Queen’s University chemistry professor has invented a special solvent that may make cooking oil production more environmentally friendly.

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Health Research

New index predicts survival for people with severe kidney disease and helps with difficult transplant decisions

Ottawa – Scientists from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa have developed an index that accurately predicts survival in people with end-stage kidney disease.

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Research Funding

Queen’s receives two Canada Research Chairs renewals

Kingston - Two Canada Research Chairs at Queen’s University, working in the areas of protein engineering and cognitive development, have been renewed by the federal government.

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R&D

McMaster researchers discover how cells recognize viral toxin

Hamilton - For many years it's been known that the fever, achiness and other symptoms you feel during the flu are triggered by a viral molecule that travels through the body acting like a toxin.

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Tax

Saving for Retirement to Cost Canadians More Due to New GST/HST Rules

TORONTO - The Investment Counsel Association of Canada ("ICAC"), the voice of the country's portfolio managers and investment counsellors, urged the federal government to reverse its plan to modify the Excise Tax Act to spare Canadians from the burden of paying more tax for professional investment management services.

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Health Research

TYPE 2 DIABETES SCREENING IN US POPULATION IS COST EFFECTIVE WHEN STARTED BETWEEN AGE 30—45 YEARS, WITH SCREENING REPEATED EVERY 3—5 YEARS

Lancet - New research shows that, in the US population, screening for type 2 diabetes is cost effective when started between the ages of 30 years and 45 years, with screening repeated every 3–5 years. The study is written by Dr Richard Kahn, American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, VA, USA, and colleagues.

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