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Friday May 7, 2010

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Ted Talks

Anil Gupta: India's hidden hotbeds of invention

Anil Gupta is on the hunt for the developing world's unsung inventors -- indigenous entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hidden by poverty, could change many people's lives. He shows how the Honey Bee Network helps them build the connections they need -- and gain the recognition they deserve.

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Digital Future

Canada 3.0 2010 Attendees to Stay Connected Using Open Text Mobility and Social Media Solutions

BlackBerry and iPhone Users to Take Advantage of Industry-leading Mobile Offering

STRATFORD - Attendees at next week's Canada 3.0 2010 digital media forum will be living proof of the benefits of going digital when they tap into the power of Open Text Corporation's latest mobile and social workplace solutions using their BlackBerry and iPhone devices.


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BioTech

U of T researchers crack "splicing code," solve a mystery underlying biological complexity

TORONTO, ON - Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered a fundamentally new view of how living cells use a limited number of genes to generate enormously complex organs such as the brain.

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Digital Future

Agfa HealthCare and Open Text Drive eHealth Forward at Canada 3.0

eHealth experts come together to discuss healthcare innovation and how to make Canada a digital nation

Stratford - Driving the discussion around health information and communications technologies (ICT) will be the main focus for the Revolutionizing Stream at the upcoming Canada 3.0 2010 forum.

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Survey

HEIR UNAPPARENT - Most CFOs Have Not Identified a Successor

TORONTO -- If their chief financial officer (CFO) left unexpectedly, many companies might have to scramble to find a replacement, a new survey suggests. Seven in 10 financial executives interviewed said they have not identified a successor for their position. Of those, 72 per cent said their primary reason for not doing so was that they have no plans to leave their present companies in the near future.

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Arts & Culture

Mill Race Folk Society presents Debra Cowen

Cambridge - On May 14th Folk @ the Cafe with Debra Cowen, one of America's foremost interpreters of contemporary and traditional folk songs. She has 2 acclaimed solo recordings "The Long Gray Line" and Dad's Dinner Pail".

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Recall

Toyota Canada reaches 84% completion rate for sticking pedal recall remedy

83% of ABS software updates completed on 2010 Prius and Lexus HS 250h vehicles

TORONTO - Toyota Canada Inc. provided an update on the significant progress that has been made to remedy Lexus and Toyota vehicles affected by the sticking pedal and ABS software update recalls. Remedies have been performed on more than 230,000 Canadian vehicles included in the following recalls:

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Nominate

Less Than a Month to Go to Be Considered for Provincial Business and Export Awards

TORONTO - Time is running out to take advantage of the premiere Ontario business and export awards - the Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) and the Ontario Global Traders Awards (OGTA).

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Retirement

Canada's CAs provide input on ways to strengthen retirement income system

TORONTO - Canada's Chartered Accountants believe it is prudent for the federal government to more closely examine the country's retirement income system even though it is recognized as one of the best in the world.

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Climate

York U scientists monitoring pollution from space win Canadian aeronautics award

TORONTO - York University researchers who designed and built a miniature space-borne pollution monitor are part of a team of Canadians being honoured with a 2010 Alouette Award from the Canadian Aeronautics & Space Institute (CASI).

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Increase Building

Building permits - March 2010

Statscan - Following four months of decline, the value of building permits increased 12.2% in March to $6.3 billion. This was 38.9% higher than the level in March 2009. The increase came mainly from multi-family and industrial building permits.

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Recognition

Finalists Announced for the Bernice Adams Memorial Awards Celebrating Arts & Culture in Cambridge

Cambridge - The Cambridge Cultural Awards Committee unveiled the finalists for the Bernice Adams Memorial Award. There’s a mix dynamic of talent that represent five categories: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Communications/Literary Arts, Music, and Outstanding Youth.

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Award Gala

22nd Annual School of Business & Hospitality Awards Gala

Kitchener - On April 14th, over $70,000 in awards and scholarships were presented to students in the School of Business and Hospitality during the 22nd annual Awards Gala – "An evening of S.T.A.R.S" – Striving To Achieve Recognition & Success.

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Climate Change

North America Collaborates to Reduce and Replace Potent Greenhouse Gases

Canada, Mexico work with U.S. to strengthen measures to fight climate change

WASHINGTON - Canada and Mexico have joined the United States in proposing to expand the scope of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to fight climate change. The proposal would phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are a significant and rapidly growing contributor to climate change.

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Recognition

K-W CITIZEN OF THE YEAR GALA IN HONOUR OF ROSEMARY SMITH BROADCAST ON ROGERS TV

WATERLOO REGION - Rogers TV presents exclusive coverage of tonight’s K-W Citizen of the Year Gala, in honour of Rosemary Smith, CEO of the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. The gala will air Saturday, May 8 at 12 Noon on Rogers TV, Cable 20, with encore presentations Monday, May 10 at 7PM, Wednesday, May 12 at 1PM and Sunday, May 16 at 12:30PM.

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Canada 3.0 Panel Agenda

Canada 3.0 learning stream nurtures young talent for digital media

STRATFORD - The learning stream of the Canada 3.0 2010 forum will develop a transformative plan to enable the education system to equip young talent for the competitive digital media industry in the country and ensure that Canada is a world research leader in digital media research.

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Woman in the Workplace

Working Moms Benefit From Job Flexibility, Says Researcher

Guelph - What to give a working mom this Mother's Day? Flexibility, says a University of Guelph researcher.

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Arts And Culture

Honouring the past by celebrating the future - Schneider Male Chorus recognizes its Schneider Family Roots

WATERLOO REGION – A special day of recognition to the family that both led to the creation of, and supported the existence of the Schneider Male Chorus takes place on Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 248 Westmount Road East in Kitchener.

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Xquarterly

Manulife Financial Corporation Reports First Quarter Results

- Net income in excess of $1.1 billion
- Strong capital levels - MLI MCCSR ratio of 250 per cent at quarter
end
- Solid growth in high return businesses - continued focus on strong
margin products and services
- Strong year over year sales growth along with a change in mix to
higher margin products resulted in a substantial increase in new
business embedded value
- Asia insurance sales increased 35 per cent, mutual fund sales in U.S.
and Canada increased 105 per cent and 267 per cent respectively
- Continued to improve equity risk profile through expanded hedging of
variable product guarantees
- Strong investment credit experience relative to market conditions

TORONTO - Manulife Financial Corporation ("MFC") reported net income attributed to shareholders of $1,140 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010, equating to fully diluted earnings per share of $0.64 and a return on common shareholders' equity(1) of 16.8 per cent. In the first quarter of 2009, MFC reported a net loss of $1,068 million or $0.67 per share.

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