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Friday September 17, 2010

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Ted Talks

Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics



After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).

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Double Honour

University of Waterloo names R+T Park and international study award after David Johnston

Campaign Waterloo to wrap up having raised double original goal

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo has bestowed a double honour on its departing president David Johnston, Canada's Governor General Designate, by naming the university's bustling research and technology park and a new international student award after him.

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Municipal Election - Future Needs

Let’s Talk KW

KW - Community-minded individuals from Kitchener and Waterloo have joined together and formed Let’s Talk KW to raise public awareness about the referendum question on the municipal ballot.

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Social Media

Social Media Breakfast arrives in Waterloo Region

Joe Thornley to give overview of social media landscape

Waterloo Region – Social media is revolutionizing communication by changing how people relate to each other and how they interact with information, businesses and a wide range of organizations. A Social Media Breakfast series has been established in Waterloo Region to meet the growing demand for information on how to make use of social media in an individual’s personal or professional life.

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Remarkable Music Maker

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Extends Music Director Edwin Outwater’s Contract to 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo – The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is thrilled to announce a five-year extension of Edwin Outwater’s contract as Music Director. Mr. Outwater began his post as Music Director of the KWS in 2007. The continuation of this partnership will provide continuity of artistic leadership, vision and high performance standards for Waterloo Region’s largest performing arts organization for many years to come.

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Education

University tuition fees 2010/2011

Statscan - Canadian full-time students in undergraduate programs this fall paid 4.0% more on average in tuition fees for the 2010/2011 academic year than they did a year earlier. This increase is slightly higher than the one for 2009/2010, when tuition fees rose 3.6%.

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Passing

Loved by Many, Known by Few”

Kitchener - It is with deep regret that Homer Watson House & Gallery announces that Richard Watson, great-nephew of Homer Watson, passed away in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario on April 27, 2010.

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Financial

'Debt-freedom' is top financial goal, Manulife Bank survey finds

Yet many Canadians struggle to reduce the amount they owe

WATERLOO - More than two-thirds of Canadians in a national survey rank being debt-free among their top financial priorities, yet close to half feel they lost ground or only held steady in the past year in their struggle to reach their goal, according to an online poll of 1,000 Canadians.

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Philanthropy

Sixteen Community Groups Recieve Funding from Financial Group

Waterloo— Libro Financial Group announced the recipients of their 2010 Community Builder grant program. A total of $307,307 has been committed to local community groups this year.

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Energy

Energy industry’s challenges identified, agenda takes shape

MONTRÉAL – “The energy industry will follow a path of sustainable growth, aided by existing technologies and a pledge to improve communication with government and the public at national and international levels.” This was the consensus conclusion drawn from presentations and panel discussions at the World Energy Congress 2010, which ended today. The Congress is held every three years and brings together industry leaders, consultants, government officials and politicians from around the world.

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Adoptions

International experts discuss intercountry adoptions at University of Waterloo summit in Stratford

WATERLOO - International adoption experts and advocates will attend a special University of Waterloo summit in next week in Stratford to discuss the current and future status of intercountry adoptions, a global phenomenon involving more than 38,000 adoptions annuallly and billions of dollars every year.

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Health R&D

Cardiac imaging breakthrough developed at The University of Western Ontario

London –Cardiologists and surgeons may soon have a new tool to improve outcomes for patients requiring pacemakers, bypass surgery or angioplasties.

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Rental Housing Program

“CERTIFIED RENTAL BUILDING PROGRAM” LAUNCHED IN KITCHENER

KITCHENER – The Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) launched its Certified Rental Building Program (CRBP) in Kitchener at Morguard Residential’s 315 Margaret Avenue.

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Energy

Green Jobs Opportunities Dampened by Trade Barriers

MONTRÉAL – There is a general consensus green energy provides opportunities for job creation but that this promising outlook is tempered by concerns of growing trade barriers, according to a round-table discussion at the World Energy Congress Montréal 2010.

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Energy

Q-Cells and ATS Partner to Accelerate Solar Growth in Ontario

Market Leaders Partner to Deliver 10 Percent of the FIT Ground Mounted Solar Projects in Ontario

CAMBRIDGE and SAN FRANCISCO - Q-Cells SE, one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) companies in the world and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., confirmed that they have established a joint venture for the development of large scale renewable energy projects in Ontario.

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Energy

Energy industry must be innovative and creative - delegates told

Montreal – The re-shaping of energy delivery in the coming decades will require the industry to take an innovative and creative approach. We need to continue "thinking about the unthinkable," Henri Proglio, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Group, France, told the World Energy Congress 2010.

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Energy Message

Canadian Provinces United on Transparency and Support Unique Energy Relationship with the United States, WEC Montréal 2010 Told

Montreal – Although Canada's provinces and territories have different resources and energy policies, they all agree there needs to be transparency in government initiatives that affect the energy sector. In addition, Canada's unique energy relationship with the United States must be maintained. That was the message that came across during a round table of Canadian energy ministers at WEC Montréal 2010.

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