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Friday September 10, 2010

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Ted Talks

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

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Labour

Employment increased by 36,000 in August 2010.

Statscan - At the same time, the unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage points to 8.1%, as more people entered the labour force.

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Study

New Sustainability Trends Emerging

GUELPH - Companies considered leaders in sustainability have well-developed understandings of their sustainability risks, opportunities and stakeholder concerns, and are using their influence to advance sustainability progress in society, according to a study released today. Commissioned by The Co-operators and written by Strandberg Consulting, the paper examines the evolving sustainability practices of 13 leading insurers and 4 non-insurance companies.

Common practices among the 17 companies, considered to be among the most progressive


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Transportation

CAW Opens Negotiations with CN Rail

MONTREAL - The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union officially opened collective bargaining negotiations with CN Rail this morning. The union represents 4,300 members at CN Rail across Canada, including shopcraft workers (CAW Local 100) as well as clerical and intermodal workers (CAW National Council 4000).

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Health Care

New Research Partnership between the University of Ottawa and Right To Play

OTTAWA — A new innovative Canadian research initiative was announced yesterday between the School of Human Kinetics at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, and Right To Play, an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in 21 countries around the world.

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Appontment

Skills Canada Announces Recent Staff Additions

Kitchener – Skills Canada - Ontario is pleased to announce that at the head office in Kitchener, Anita Tomins has joined the organization as the new Communications Officer; Emily Waldron is now in charge of Cardboard Boat Races; and long-time registrar Maresa MacAskill has been promoted to the position of Competition Coordinator.

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Pension

Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds)

The market value of employer-sponsored pension funds amounted to $943.4 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2010, up $23.0 billion (+2.5%) from the fourth quarter of 2009.

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Literacy

Literacy Has Empowering Effect On Women, UN Officials Say

World - "Top UN officials on Wednesday called for more funding and advocacy to improve literacy rates among the world's women, who comprise two out of every three adults who cannot read or write.

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Housing

August Housing Starts Lower in Kitchener

TORONTO - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released August preliminary housing starts data for the Kitchener Census Metropolitan Area(1) (CMA) today. Construction began on 190 homes, down from the 236 units started in the same month last year.

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R&D

Prof Awarded Funding to Investigate Gut Bacteria

Guelph - A University of Guelph professor will use new funding from the National Institutes of Health in the United States to study bacterial species in the human gut.

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Appointment

Laurier professor named executive director of Academic Council on the United Nations System

WATERLOO – Laurier political science professor Alistair Edgar has been appointed executive director of the prestigious Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) for a three-year term.

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Housing Starts

Ontario Home Starts Move Higher in August

TORONTO - Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of home starts across urban(i) centres moved higher in August. An estimated 59,400 residential housing units broke ground, up from a revised 51,400 units in July.

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Arts & Culture

Local bands rev up for Band Blast 2010

KITCHENER – Once again young, local talent will be showcased at Band Blast 2010, a free, family-friendly outdoor concert taking place at Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre this Saturday, Sept. 11.


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