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Thursday May 20, 2010

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Dee Boersma: Pay attention to penguins

Think of penguins as ocean sentinels, says Dee Boersma -- they're on the frontlines of sea change. Sharing stories of penguin life and culture, she suggests that we start listening to what penguins are telling us.

Skills Competition


“Where the Future Performs”

Waterloo - Students from across Ontario competed in various contests at the 21st Ontario Technological Skills Competition at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 17 and 18. Students from the Kitchener-Waterloo Area, took home 26 medals.

Exemplified Character

Waterloo students win prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

WATERLOO - Six University of Waterloo graduate students, including two international scholars, have received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, prestigious awards that recognize a high standard of academic achievement and leaderships skills.


Life Really Begins at 50!

Welcome Wagon hosts Cambridge’s inaugural Fifty Plus Showcase

Cambridge - Welcome Wagon proudly presents its Fifty Plus Changing Lifestyles Showcase on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 1:00 PM – 5:00PM at the Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre located in Cambridge at 700 Hespeler Road (Hespeler Road and Highway 401).


CAW to Picket London Extendicare Facility

LONDON - CAW members and supporters will be picketing outside the London Extendicare long-term care facility located at 860 Waterloo Street tomorrow afternoon, in response to the company's refusal to negotiate a fair deal with its workers. The company broke off talks with the union on April 26.


Wilfrid Laurier University appoints new dean of Arts and new dean of Science

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed sociologist Michael Carroll as the new dean of the Faculty of Arts and physicist Paul Jessop as the university’s new dean of the Faculty of Science, effective July 1.


Waterloo Region Leads the Way in Brownfields Redevelopment

Waterloo Region - In June of 2005, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and the Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association co-sponsored a major conference on “Reurbanization: Seizing Opportunity in Urban Development”.

World Policy

Intellectual property rights, human capital and the incidence of R&D expenditures
by Bravo-Ortega, Claudio; Lederman, Daniel

World Bank - Numerous studies predict that developing countries with low human capital may not benefit from the strengthening of intellectual property rights. The authors extend an influential theoretical framework to highlight the role of intellectual property rights in the process of innovation and structural change.

Distinguished Honour

COM DEV wins Premier’s Innovation Award

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that it has won a Premier’s Innovation Award from the Government of Ontario. COM DEV won the “Company with the Best Innovation” award, in the Premier’s Catalyst Awards category, for its development of a signal processing algorithm that enables the highly accurate detection of ships from microsatellites.


Desire2Learn Leads the Way with Certification for IMS Basic Learning Tools Interoperability

First LMS to attain certification for IMS Basic Learning Tools Interoperability as a Tool Consumer

Kitchener-Waterloo – Desire2Learn Incorporated announced its certification for IMS Basic Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) as a Tool Consumer, becoming the first Learning Management System (LMS) provider to do so.


Higher Housing Demand in the Kitchener and Guelph CMAs

TORONTO - The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its Spring Housing Market Outlook report for the Kitchener and Guelph Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAS) yesterday. Demand for both new and resale homes will increase in 2010. Resale home price growth will resume in 2010.


Ontario Housing Demand Will Moderate in 2011

TORONTO - The robust pace in housing demand will moderate later this year and into 2011 but demand will be supported by firming employment conditions in Ontario according to the 2010 Second Quarter CMHC Housing Market Outlook - Canada Edition released yesterday.


William D. Anderson is elected to the Sun Life Financial Board of Directors

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial pleased to announce that William D. Anderson was elected to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Common Shareholders held this morning.


Community Foundations Seeks Applications

The Guelph Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we are now receiving grant applications for Arts and Culture projects and initiatives. This funding is made possible from the Musagetes Fund, held and managed by the Foundation


CMHC: Housing Activity to Stabilize in 2010 and 2011

OTTAWA - Housing starts rebounded in the second half of 2009 and early 2010 and will stabilize over the next two years, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) second quarter Housing Market Outlook, Canada Edition.(i)


Laurier celebrates 45 years of science milestones with lab tours and awards gala

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will celebrate its Faculty of Science with a fascinating glimpse inside science research labs and by honouring outstanding alumni at the university’s inaugural Celebrating Milestones in Science gala, May 29.

Guest Columnist

Six Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Starting a New Business

Expert Reveals How To Know You’re Ready to Launch

As the US job market continues to lag behind, inspiring terms in the media like “jobless recovery,” many disenfranchised professionals are thinking of starting their own businesses. While the rewards could be greater than their old salary, so are the risks, begging the question “Am I ready for this?”


Ministers Promote Canadian Tourism and Trade Opportunities to G8/G20 Media

TORONTO - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), yesterday showcased Toronto's historic Distillery District and the future site of the G8/G20 Media Centre to journalists from the G20 countries as part of an orientation session for international media.



Ottawa — Following a strong post-recession rebound, growth in Canadian corporate profitability is expected to moderate in the second half of the year, based on a new Conference Board of Canada indicator released for the first time yesterday.

Gotta Love It

‘I Love Science’ Contest Winners to See Stephen Hawking at Perimeter Institute

Waterloo - Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) today announced the winners of its “I Love Science” youth video contest. The two grand prize winners will receive an all-expenses paid round trip to PI and be part of the “Hawking at the Perimeter” television special on June 20, 2010.


Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser dies

Montreal – Late during the evening of 17 May 2010, only a few days after his 98th birthday, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Sennheiser, audio pioneer and founder of today’s Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, passed away. The audio industry has lost a huge figure, not only in terms of his technical expertise but also in terms of his humanity.

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