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August 19 - August 25, 2010

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Ted Talks

Seth Priebatsch: The game layer on top of the world



By now, we're used to letting Facebook and Twitter capture our social lives on the web -- building a "social layer" on top of the real world. At TEDxBoston, Seth Priebatsch looks at the next layer in progress: the "game layer," a pervasive net of behavior-steering game dynamics that will reshape education and commerce.

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Pensions

Pension reforms positive but further improvements still needed, CAW President says

TORONTO - The slate of provincial pension reforms released August 24, 2010 by Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan is a positive step in securing retirement income for workers, but falls short of instituting the full package of reforms needed to sufficiently strengthen the province's pension system, said CAW President Ken Lewenza.

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Manufacturing

RECOVERY ON THE WAY FOR KEY MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

Ottawa — Production in several hard-hit Canadian manufacturing industries is expected to improve in 2010. It will, however, take until 2011 for some industries to experience an increase in profits or to emerge from the red, according to the Canadian Industrial Profile-Summer 2010, published by The Conference Board of Canada in collaboration with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

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Health Care

Grand River Hospital makes arrangements for patients to receive care during MRI down-time

Waterloo Region - Grand River Hospital has made arrangements for patients to receive urgent and emergent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans while upgrades to the hospital’s MRI unit and repairs to the area housing the scanner itself continue.

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Literacy

NEW IPSOS REID RESEARCH FINDS 90% OF CANADIANS BELIEVE IMPROVING LITERACY IS KEY TO COMPETITIVE ECONOMY

National report also finds that ‘94% of Canadians agree that literacy skills are critical to their quality of life’; September declared Life Literacy Month

Toronto – During a live press event held last week, Ipsos Reid revealed research results of Canadians’ opinions on literacy and life-long learning. Defining literacy as reading, writing and math skills, the research, conducted on behalf of ABC Life Literacy Canada, showed that nine in 10 (90%) Canadians believe that improving literacy levels in Canada is key to improving the country’s economy.

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Productivity

Employee Output is Weakest Late in the Day

TORONTO - If you're constantly battling the afternoon slowdown at work, take heart: You're not alone. A new survey of senior managers confirms the late afternoon is the most common time for workers to hit a wall. Thirty-two per cent of managers surveyed said 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. is the least productive time of day for employees. Coming in second was 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., as cited by 28 per cent of respondents.

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Expansion

Work to begin soon on KPL expansion and new underground parking garage

KITCHENER – Another step has been taken toward enhancing the Civic District and the quality of life of the community, through the renovation and expansion of the Kitchener public library’s headquarters (KPL) and the construction of a new underground parking structure adjacent to the main library, in preparation for construction work to begin on both projects this fall.

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Health Care

Grand River Hospital highlights new and expanded services for pre-mature babies

Kitchener - Newborn babies and families in the Waterloo Region will benefit from new and expanded services at Grand River Hospital, the region’s largest acute care centre for childbirth and children’s programs.

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Health Research

Minister of State Steven Fletcher announces research funding to improve health of Canadians

TORONTO - The University of Toronto will undertake new research into treatments for cancer and cardiovascular disease thanks to an investment announced by the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

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Recognition

Enermodal named one of fastest growing firms in North America

Kitchener - Enermodal Engineering was named to the ZweigWhite HotFirm 2010 list. This is Enermodal’s second time on the list and one of only a handful of Canadian-owned firms.

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Retirement

Rosemary Trakalo to Step Down as Head of Junior Achievement

Kitchener-Waterloo – Executive Director of Junior Achievement of the Waterloo Region Inc., Rosemary Trakalo announced August 18, 2010 that she will retire as head of Junior Achievement of the Waterloo Region Inc. effective January 31, 2011 after 14 successful years of service.

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Alert - Infestation

Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Waterloo Region in the area of Homer Watson Boulevard/Fountain Street and the 401.

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Education

Laurier to offer certified financial planner designation courses

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University Continuing Studies has partnered with Advocis, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada, to offer courses leading to Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.

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R&D

Two Laurier professors receive prestigious Early Researcher Awards

WATERLOO – Two professors in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Science have been awarded prestigious Early Researcher Awards from Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation.

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Digital Markets

Durham College and Yowza Digital Inc. announce research agreement to create new transmedia production process

Initiative will enable students to gain critical experience in design, animation and production

Oshawa, Ont. – Durham College announced today a research agreement with Yowza Digital Inc. (Yowza), a Toronto-based digital media company that will see the creation of a new transmedia production process that will enable Yowza to become more competitive in the international animation marketplace and give students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the animation process.

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Finance

Centennial College launches Islamic finance course

TORONTO - Toronto's Centennial College is offering a groundbreaking course in Islamic finance for the first time this fall. The UK-based Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment has accredited the college as its first Canadian training provider delivering the Institute's Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) - the first international benchmark in the area of Islamic finance.

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Expansion

New driving range marks next step in expansion of Doon Valley Golf Course

KITCHENER – The next stage in the expansion process for Doon Valley Golf Course is now complete. As of this Saturday, Aug. 21, Doon Valley will open its new driving range to the public.

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New Store

FERGUS COMMUNITY MARKET OPENS ITS DOORS MID-SEPTEMBER

Fergus - F.A.C.E. the Fergus Area Community Enterprise group dedicated to the continued revitalization of a traditional main street, is pleased to announce that the town will very soon be home to FERGUS COMMUNITY MARKET, an exciting new venue that will offer, meats, fish, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, baking and a number of selected craft vendors located in both inside and outdoor booths. And, what an exciting main street location!

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PSA

Ontario's Growth Slows as Levels of Economic Freedom Decline

Alberta has Highest Level of Economic Freedom in Canada and Third Highest in North America

TORONTO - Ontario's declining economic freedom has hobbled the province's growth, which has been among the slowest in the nation in recent years, while strong increases in economic freedom have powered growth in British Colombia, says a new study from the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

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Education

University of Waterloo football review urges better education, testing

WATERLOO - On August 18, 2010 the University of Waterloo released the report produced by a review into its football program in relation to the use of banned substances.

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Home Building Finalist

PROVINCE WIDE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2010 AWARDS OF DISTINCTION

Kitchener - The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) has announced the finalists for its 2010 Awards of Distinction. Pioneer Craftsmen Ltd is a finalist in two categories: Most Outstanding Home Renovation ($100,000 - $500,000) and Most Outstanding Bathroom Renovation.

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Human Resource

Employee Training Top Concern for HR Managers

TORONTO - It's back-to-school time, but teachers aren't the only ones with lesson plans on their minds this fall. Human resources (HR) departments also are focused on continuing education for workers, suggests a new survey. More than four in 10 (41 per cent) HR managers interviewed said their greatest staffing concern is employee training and development. Recruiting new employees came in second, with 27 per cent of the response.

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New Markets

Open Text Expands Solutions for the Global Legal Market

Open Text Adds Social Media Capabilities to its Legal Solution

ILTA 2010, Las Vegas - Open Text Corporation, the preeminent provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software, today announced that it has expanded its solutions in the global legal market including introducing key integrations between Open Text Document Management, eDOCS Edition (eDOCS DM) and Open Text Social Workplace available this fall.

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Two Wheels

New cycling master plan endorsed by development and technical services committee

KITCHENER – The development and technical services committee set the wheels in motion for Kitchener to become a more bicycle-friendly city last night by endorsing the 2010 cycling master plan, entitled Cycling Master Plan for the 21st Century.




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