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Tuesday May 18, 2010

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Ted Talks

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.

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PSA

Trek 4 Kids Raises $25,000 To Send Kids To Camp

KITCHENER/WATERLOO – Blue skies, sunshine and 133 Trekkers, biking, hiking and running, made for a great 5th annual Trek 4 Kids hike & bike 2010. Proceeds will benefit House of Friendship’s Summer Camp Sponsorship program, which sends children from low-income families to summer camp for up to a week.

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Education

Top U.S. Auto Hybrid Researcher Moving to Canada, McMaster University

Ali Emadi named Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain

HAMILTON - Hybrid vehicle development in Canada has received a huge jolt of propulsion. Professor Ali Emadi, a leading U.S. developer of electric powertrain technology, has been appointed Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain and will relocate to McMaster University. The appointment will see the construction of a new 15,000 square-foot hybrid vehicle research facility at McMaster Innovation Park.

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Municipal Works

City of Kitchener continues to investigate options for implementing new stormwater management funding

KITCHENER – At a special meeting of the finance and corporate services committee this afternoon, Kitchener City Council continued the discussion regarding the stormwater management user-fee rate schedule and implementation plan tabled at last week’s regularly scheduled meeting. The proposed fee schedule and implementation plan will ensure sustainable funding to cover the cost of stormwater management and environmental protection in the city.

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Education Recognition

Laurier creates new honour to recognize outstanding contributions to the university

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has created a new honour to recognize members of the Laurier community who make outstanding contributions to the university, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a post-secondary institution in 2011.

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Financial

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union selects a new partner for Wealth Management

Kitchener - Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (Ontario) Ltd. (MSCU) announced yesterday that they have selected the Qtrade Financial Group (Qtrade) as their new partner for comprehensive wealth management services, including mutual fund dealer and online brokerage services. The transition will be effective Friday, October 1, 2010.

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Appointment

New Government of Canada Investment Attracts Top Minds to Canadian Universities

Inaugural Canada Excellence Research Chairs Introduced at University of Toronto Ceremony

TORONTO - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, yesterday welcomed some of the world's most renowned researchers, who have chosen to pursue their leading-edge research at universities across Canada. As part of a welcoming ceremony held at the University of Toronto, the Minister announced the 19 inaugural recipients of the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program (CERC).

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Guest Column

No Raises this Year? Secrets to Employee Retention in Difficult Times
by Rhonda R. Savage, DDS

Across the U.S., employers and employees alike are struggling. Businesses are fortunate if they experienced growth in 2009. Many are flat in growth or have declined and employers are faced with these tough choices:

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Technology

Open Text, In Partnership with SAP, Delivers Breakthrough Results for Customers

Customers Embrace SAP(R) Solution Extensions for Enterprise Content Management Delivered by Open Text, Citing Tight Integration and Robust Functionality

WATERLOO - Open Text Corporation, the preeminent provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software, yesterday announced that its strategic relationship with SAP AG has been embraced by a broad cross section of leading enterprises and government agencies around the world.

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Research Chair Appointments

Waterloo earns two of 19 newly created Canada Excellence Research Chairs

CERCs draw international research leaders in water and quantum information processing to Waterloo

WATERLOO - The federal government is recognizing the research strength of the University of Waterloo by awarding two of only 19 Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERCs), each funded at an unparalleled level in Canada – up to $10 million over seven years.

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PSA

Public meeting to review draft cycling master plan

KITCHENER – The City of Kitchener is developing a Cycling Master Plan with the ultimate goal of creating policies, programs, design standards and infrastructure that support and promote both recreational and commuter cycling.

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Education Trades

Trade Skills Excellence Being Celebrated at Conestoga

Outstanding students to receive excellence awards sponsored by industry

Waterloo - On Wednesday, May 19 more than 40 outstanding trades and technology students from Conestoga College will receive a total of more than $30,000 in awards for excellence in their respective programs of study.

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Research Chair Appointment

TOP NEUROSCIENTIST RECRUITED TO WESTERN FROM CAMBRIDGE

New Canada Excellence Research Chair Awarded $10 Million

London – One of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, Adrian Owen, has been recruited to The University of Western Ontario as a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) and will bring his remarkable research program from Cambridge University.

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Venture Capital

VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN Q1 2010: SLOWER DECLINE

TORONTO - Activity in Canada’s venture capital market continued to fall in the first quarter of 2010, suggested continuance of the slower pace of 2009, according to the industry’s statistical report released today by the CVCA-Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and research partner Thomson Reuters.

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Economic Development

Government of Canada helps people with disabilities in Kitchener become self-employed

KITCHENER — People with disabilities will get help starting their own business as a result of the Government of Canada’s support for Lutherwood, an employment services organization. Mr. Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

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Venture Capital

CANADIAN PRIVATE EQUITY BUYOUT INDUSTRY IN Q1 2010: SIGNS OF RECOVERY

TORONTO - Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association together with research partner, Thomson Reuters, today released Q1 2010 data for Canada's buyout industry that revealed investment and fundraising levels that were up as the industry demonstrated signs of recovering from the global economic slowdown. In this regard, the Canadian buyout industry's experience has mirrored that of its counterparts in the US and around the world.



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