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Friday May 21, 2010

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Richard Sears: Planning for the end of oil

As the world's attention focuses on the perils of oil exploration, we present Richard Sears' talk from early February 2010. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Toward ... what?


Psychological technique improves romantic relationships for people with low self-esteem

WATERLOO - Romantic relationships involving low self-esteem individuals can be strengthened by using a psychological intervention technique, says a new University of Waterloo study.


Canadian Digital Media Network Welcomes MaRS As New Node on Cross-Canada Network

Toronto/Waterloo - MaRS, a Toronto-based not-for-profit innovation centre, is the newest addition to the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN). The collaboration will enhance levels of technology commercialization and help develop successful companies in the digital media sector. The announcement follows on the Canada 3.0 2010 digital media forum in Stratford held May 10-11 where Industry Minister Tony Clement emphasized the importance of digital media to Canada's economy.


Consumer prices rose 1.8% in the 12 months to April, following a 1.4% increase in March.

Statscan - Overall, energy prices rose 9.8% between April 2009 and April 2010, following a 5.8% increase during the 12-month period to March. Excluding energy, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.1% compared with a 1.0% increase in March.


Retail trade - March 2010

Statscan - Retail sales increased for a fourth consecutive month in March, rising 2.1% in current dollars to $37.0 billion. Higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers were the main contributor to the gain.

Skills in Trades

Conestoga Students Win 16 Ontario Skills Medals

Waterloo - At the 21st annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), held in Waterloo on May 17-18, Conestoga College enjoyed outstanding success as 16 students earned post-secondary level medals for their knowledge and applied skills in a variety of competition categories.

Great Lakes

Asian Carp Sampling Effort Officially Underway on Section of the Little Calumet River

CHICAGO, IL - A five-mile section of the Little Calumet River in South Chicago is now closed to all traffic for a period of four to six days as sampling efforts for Asian carp get underway.


Students Win International Competition

Guelph - Two University of Guelph students have won the 2010 Alltech Young Scientist Award competition for their animal science research. Undergraduate student Lee-Anne Huber and graduate student Michael Steele were chosen from among 5,000 competitors worldwide. The results were announced Wednesday during the 26th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium in Lexington, Ky.

Boater Safety

Low water levels bring new challenges to boaters

OPG Reminds People to Stay Clear! Stay Safe!

TORONTO - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is reminding people that water levels on many lakes and rivers are much lower than normal for this time of year.

Great Lakes

Great Lakes Legacy Act Ottawa River Cleanup Has Begun

Toledo, Ohio — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Ottawa River Group and the state of Ohio have begun dredging 240,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from a 5.5-mile section of the Ottawa River in Toledo, Ohio. The first phase of the project – removing 10,000 cubic yards of sediment from Sibley Creek – was completed in April. The $49 million cost of the total project will be split between EPA, using Great Lakes Legacy Act funds, and the Ottawa River Group.

Deal Making

exactEarth Signs Two Countries to Paid Trials of Space-Based AIS Data Service

Cambridge – exactEarth Ltd., the data services subsidiary of COM DEV International Ltd. announced that it has entered into agreements with two major government maritime agencies to provide its space-based Automatic Identification System (S-AIS) service, exactAIS™, on a paid trial basis.

Tax Collection

The CRA Takes Action to Enforce Tax Laws

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses a variety of tools and methods to identify non-compliance and take action to address tax cheating, as well as to correct honest mistakes.

Guest Column

Drive the Greatest Revenue Results
Use the 3 Rules in Loyalty Sales Calling

By Don Farrell

Loyalty, vs. any other adjective or adverb you can come up with, is the best way to approach selling your potential clients for immediate and long term results. Here is the first example of loyalty in a known commodity, selling gas at a gas station. Can you use this example in all selling situations?

Health Innovation

Viral therapy shows promise in ground-breaking clinical trial at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre

OTTAWA - A clinical trial conducted in Ottawa, Canada, and three U.S. cities has generated positive results that represent a major step forward in the development of oncolytic viruses for the treatment of cancer.


Consumer demand for personalized, seamless service drives need for ‘converged’ retailing in Canada and the U.S.

Eighty one percent of North American consumers more likely to choose retailers that enable them to shop consistently across multiple channels, including social media and smart phones

Mississauga – Canadian and American consumers are choosing retailers that offer them more control over where, when and how they interact across a range of channels—including social media and smart phones—according to a new study commissioned by NCR Corporation.

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