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Friday May 14, 2010

Ted Talks

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

Today's US math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.


Sun Life Financial creates mutual fund company to expand wealth offerings to Canadians

Bringing top-tier U.S.-based global asset manager MFS to retail investors

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. announced it is expanding its wealth management capabilities by establishing its own mutual fund company and a new family of funds in Canada. The initiative includes bringing the investment capabilities of MFS Investment Management, Sun Life's U.S.-based asset manager, to Canadian retail investors.


IBM and McMaster University Collaborate on "Smarter Transportation" Research

Embedding a "super" microprocessor from video games into cars will provide drivers with traffic management information

HAMILTON/MARKHAM - McMaster and IBM have launched a research project to investigate how the automotive industry can connect a vehicle's multiple microprocessors, which currently work in isolation, to create a "cognitive car" that can predict vehicle failures before they happen, redirect drivers to less congested routes and help reduce traffic accidents.


Hydro One Releases 2010 First Quarter Financial Results

TORONTO - Hydro One Inc. released its 2010 first quarter results with net income for the quarter of $169 million and revenues of $1,319 million.


Chief Actuary of Canada Seeks External Peer Review Panel for Actuarial Report on the Canada Pension Plan

OTTAWA - The Office of the Chief Actuary (OCA) is commissioning an external peer review of its next Actuarial Report on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), expected to be released in December 2010. Actuarial reports on the CPP are conducted every three years and are used by the federal and provincial ministers of Finance when reviewing and making recommendations on the CPP.

Transportation - INPUT

Public invited to comment on two key transportation planning initiatives

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo is hosting two public meetings on May 18, 2010, to hear the public's thoughts on two planning documents that will shape the future of transportation in Waterloo Region: the Draft Regional Transportation Corridor Guidelines and the Regional Transportation Master Plan.


G20 Toronto summit unlikely to achieve major reform, Rotman study suggests.
By Ken McGuffin,

Toronto - Coordination of financial regulations makes sense for countries trying to minimize the effects of global financial uncertainty, says a paper from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.


Polar Mobile Launches BlackBerry Super Apps for Customers Globally

Leading Canadian-Based Mobile Software Business Announces the Launch of Blackberry® Super Apps for Top News Providers in Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Indonesia and the United Kingdom

TORONTO - Polar Mobile announced the global customer launch of BlackBerry® Super Apps for prominent news providers in East Asia and Europe. New to Polar's customer list are MingPao, Shanghai Daily, Kompas News, Yonhap News, Liberal Democratic Party of the UK., and Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Town Hall Meeting


Waterloo – Friends of The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) are invited to attend the Annual Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the City of Waterloo’s Council Chambers.


Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry confers degrees on 139 new doctors

London - Someone can take away your possessions, but they can’t take away your knowledge; it’s a lesson Samir Raza says his parents taught him early in life. On Friday, Raza will graduate with both a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences (BESc) degree from The University of Western Ontario.


Study: The accelerated pace of the 2008-2009 downturn

Statscan - The most remarkable features of the contraction that began in 2008 were its speed and its severity, starting in the financial and commodity markets in August 2008. The steep declines in stock, commodity and exchange markets late in 2008 exceeded those of the previous three cycles in all three markets during 1981-1982, the early 1990s, and 2001. In addition, most of these declines occurred in two or three months at the end of 2008, a much more rapid pace than in previous downturns.

Health Care

Real-time, evidence-based information at clinicians' fingertips to streamline mental health care

New software application simplifies integration of research and best practice at point-of-care

By Tammy Thorne

Toronto - Mental health, the second leading cause of disability and premature death in Canada, impacts the lives of every Canadian, much like technology.

Eat Local

Foodlink Launches Annual Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Campaign:

New Maps Unveiled at Kitchener Market May 22

Waterloo Region - Where can you find delicious fresh produce along with a full array of local meats, preserves, grains and dairy products? It’s all right here in Waterloo Region! And Foodlink’s Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map tells you where to find it. The map is part of a larger campaign that engages the community in an exploration of available local food and creates a connection to our farm roots through a variety of exciting projects and events.


New technology aids in prostate cancer treatment

Kingston - Researchers at Queen’s have developed a new way of performing lab tests that could improve the way doctors manage prostate cancer treatment. It will allow them to identify with unprecedented accuracy losses of a gene called PTEN that is associated with an aggressive group of prostate cancers.

Social Entreprenuers

Ladybug Teknologies Launches New Enforcement-quality Breathalyser For Under $300.00

Cambridge - Social technology expert, Ladybug Teknologies Inc., announced yesterday that it has partnered with one of North America’s renowned enforcement breathalyser manufacturers to private label its own consumer breathalyser. The new BAQ Tracker breathalyser will soon be available to social drinkers worldwide via Ladybug’s BAQ Tracker website and through a growing network of community-based resellers. BAQ Tracker will sell for $269.99 US and will aid in Ladybug’s vision to build “informed consumption” communities everywhere.


U of G to Present Outstanding Leader Award to Dick Pound

Guelph - International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound will receive the Lincoln Alexander Outstanding Leader Award May 13 from the University of Guelph's College of Management and Economics (CME).

Economic Development

Future Transfer Company Expands Presence in Tillsonburg

Tillsonburg - The Town of Tillsonburg welcomes yesterdays announcement by The Future Transfer Company that they have entered into an agreement with Monsanto Canada to operate a Canadian distribution centre for DEKALB(R) brand corn products in Tillsonburg, Ontario.

Free Lecture

Award-winning earth scientist to share eyewitness account of the Iceland volcano eruption

WATERLOO - Award-winning earth scientist Alan Morgan will share his vivid experiences at Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption, which grounded airplanes in Europe, during a public lecture at the University of Waterloo next week.


Miss USA pageant is breaking all the right rules with recent lingerie photo shoot

Cambridge – The controversy surrounding the scantily clad lingerie photo shoot of this year’s Miss USA contestants is not only making headlines, but is also making us revisit the debate on the portrayal of women in society.

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