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Wednesday May 26, 2010

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Ted Talks

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture

Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. At TEDxUSC 2010, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.

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Research

Laurier enters $2-million environmental science research partnership with NWT

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is entering a $2-million partnership agreement with the Government of the Northwest Territories to support environmental science research that will provide important data for effective freshwater-resource management and the sustainability of northern ecosystems.

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Financial

WALK THE 'BOTTOM' LINE - Improving Profitability, Cash Flow Management Among Top CFO Concerns, Finds Robert Half Management Resources Survey

TORONTO - Financial executives have many issues on their minds, but managing expenses and cash flow top the list, a new survey shows. Forty-four per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said controlling costs and improving profitability is one of their three most pressing concerns. Nearly one in four (24 per cent) cited cash flow management and debt equity financing as their chief worry.

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Emerging Entrepreneurs

Waterloo students and graduates sweep Young Entrepreneur Start-up Awards

WATERLOO - Young student entrepreneurs and graduates from the University of Waterloo swept the top awards at Ontario's Next Top Young Entrepreneur Start-Up Pitch Competition. The competition was held recently as part of Discovery 2010, organized by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Education

Seeking Canada’s next top brain researcher Annual contest spawns new generation of scientists

Hamilton - High school students from across Canada will converge on McMaster University next week to compete for the right to be called the best brain in Canada.

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Environment

Coastal birds carry toxic ocean metals inland

Queen’s-led study links metal contamination of Arctic ponds to seabirds’ diets

Kingston - A collaborative research team led by Queen’s University biologists has found that potent metals like mercury and lead, ingested by Arctic seabirds feeding in the ocean, end up in the sediment of polar ponds.

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Financial

Pension plans in Canada

Statscan - Membership in registered pension plans (RPPs) increased 1.7% in 2008 to just over 6.0 million, the first time the number of active participants has surpassed that level.

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Energy

Ontario Technology Corridor at WINDPOWER 2010 to attract new/expanding alternative energy companies

$7 billion Ontario renewable energy project will be largest of its kind in the world

Dallas, TX - Executives from the Ontario Technology Corridor are attending WINDPOWER 2010 in Dallas to show wind energy companies from around the world that Ontario is the best place in North America to expand or relocate their businesses. The Canadian province offers targeted alternative energy and clean technology incentives, a deep talent pool, and strong and stable economy.

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Freedom of Speech

University of Toronto shuts down ‘Shout Out’ forum on campus during the G20

Toronto – The Council of Canadians is deeply disappointed by the University of Toronto’s decision to shut down its St. George campus during the G20 Summit, citing its proximity to the designated protest zone at Queen’s Park. This decision is at odds with what would have been expected from a public institution committed to freedom of expression and the city itself.

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Science

Astronomers discover "defiant" new supernova
By Kim Luke

Toronto - An international team of astronomers has uncovered a supernova whose origin cannot be explained by any previously known mechanism and which promises exciting new insights into stellar explosions.

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Celebration

MTE Announces Two Donations in the Burlington Area

Kitchener - In recognition of its 25th anniversary, MTE Consultants Inc. (MTE) is proud to announce donations to two Burlington area initiatives. The company is donating $5,000 each to the Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG) Aldershot Escarpment Garden (AEG) project and Robert Bateman’s Get To Know Your Wild Neighbours program. These donations will be recognized through a cheque presentation to Burlington Mayor, Cam Jackson, at an open house celebrating MTE’s new Burlington Office location on May 27.

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Education

Catholic Board’s Students Excel at SKILLS

Waterloo Region - Students from Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools have once again come up big at the provincial and national Skills Canada competitions.

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Digital Era

Government of Canada Moves to Enhance Safety and Security in the Online Marketplace

OTTAWA - Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), today announced two steps that the Government of Canada is taking to enhance the safety and security of the online marketplace.

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Guest Column

How to Stop Checking Your Emails and Call the Client:
Unlock Your Potential and Find Happiness and Success
By Adele Landauer

Walls. We all have them. They are what stop us from achieving, from being free, and from living the life we know we deserve. Thomas had them. He was a key account manager at a fast-growing business. He was new at his job and did it well except for one small area: he couldn't phone potential clients. Acquiring new accounts was a small, but important part of his work.

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Arts & Culture

Celebration 22nd Annual Arts Awards

Kitchener – Celebrate artistic achievement and recognize the many individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their art and the cultural life of Waterloo Region.

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