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Wednesday June 23, 2010


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Ted Talks

Marian Bantjes: Intricate beauty by design

In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams.

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Pensions

Genuine Improvement to CPP Is Essential, Affordable

Pension reform must provide retirement security for Canadians

TORONTO - Canada's federal and provincial governments must heed the resounding expectations of Canadians for meaningful improvements to public pension plans, the United Steelworkers (USW) union says.

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Technology

LEARN360 and ORION to Bring Ontario Schools Faster Connectivity and HD Content

TORONTO – LEARN360 has joined forces with ORION (Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network) to provide an enhanced user experience when accessing Learn360’s library of over 8,000 videos and interactive educational material to Ontario schools at a lower cost, with higher quality and faster connectivity.

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Guest Column

How to Improve Planning Session Participation
By Hardy Smith

Effective planning is vital to any business’ success. Participation by employees and executives in planning sessions for activities such as mapping out annual action plans, organizing major projects, and developing strategic plans should be a priority.

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Consumer Cost

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

Overall, energy prices rose 6.2% between May 2009 and May 2010, following a 9.8% increase during the 12-month period to April. Excluding energy, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.0% in May, after increasing 1.1% in April.

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R&D

Profs Nab Discovery Accelerator Grants

Guelph - Three University of Guelph professors will each receive $120,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to help them become international leaders in their fields.

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Talent Philanthropy

CREATEATHON EVENT POISED TO HELP NON-PROFITS IN NEED

KITCHENER — Two Blonde Chicks Inc. and Conestoga College School of Media + Design invites Waterloo Region non-profit organizations to submit applications for the 13th annual CreateAthon®, scheduled for the first week of October 2010. CreateAthon is a 24-hour blitz in which Two Blonde Chicks Inc and Conestoga College Media + Design students will provide design and marketing services to non-profit organizations on a pro-bono basis.

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Art & Technology

Waterloo artist writes computer programs to create digital art

KITCHENER - The Rotunda Gallery takes the leap to digital art in July with Interzone 002. Artist Laura De Decker creates abstract digital images using original computer programs she has developed.

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Recognition

Waterloo recognizes HCT Vice Chancellor for commitment to higher education

WATERLOO - Dr Tayeb A. Kamali, the Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, in the United Arab Emirates, received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, during its spring convocation.

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Education

Don Pether Gives McMaster $1-million to Spur Technology Start-Ups

Hamilton - Young technology start-up companies in Canada are getting a major boost. Don Pether, a leading figure in Canada’s steel history, is donating $1-million to McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering to help students transform their inventions into businesses.

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Pensions

ABP and OMERS Launch Investment Program INKEF Capital

Unique Joint Initiative of International Pension Funds

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - Pension funds ABP from the Netherlands and OMERS from Canada ring in the start of a unique joint initiative: the investment program INKEF Capital, which intends to invest in start-ups in the knowledge economies of both countries.

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Appointment

Nora English Appointed Member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

OTTAWA - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, announced the appointment of Nora English as a member of the Council.

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Tourism

Americans willing to spend most on travel while Dutch are number one travelers

International survey by the GfK Association reveals travel/vacation behavior in 16 countries

New York - According to a recent global study, sixty percent of respondents will take a vacation this year. The study further reveals that citizens of the Netherlands travel for the longest periods of time and, correspondingly, spend more money. The travel behavior of Americans more or less corresponds to that of the average world citizen. However, Americans are willing to spend more money than any other country and they visit friends and relatives while the majority of other respondents vacation to relax.

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MEDIA

Road Trips: Canadians Lost without GPS

The Pulse of the Driving Nation - Globe Drive Reveals Insights from Behind the Wheel

TORONTO - Heading into the summer months, many Canadians pack up their cars and hit the road for road trips, family vacations and weekend getaways. Snacks and games for the car are all part of the must-have items. But what is the number one item Canadians cannot live without?

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