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Friday September 24, 2010

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Ted Talks

Fabian Hemmert: The shape-shifting future of the mobile phone

At TEDxBerlin, Fabian Hemmert demos one future of the mobile phone -- a shape-shifting and weight-shifting handset that "displays" information nonvisually, offering a delightfully intuitive way to communicate.

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Consider Canada

Economic Development Agencies from Canada’s Large “C-11” Cities Agree to Promote International Trade and Investment with New Unified Brand

ConsiderCanada.ca will demonstrate unified value proposition around the world.

QUEBEC, QC – Economic development executives from 11 large Canadian cities across the country agreed today to create a new unified brand called ConsiderCanada.ca after meeting this week in Quebec City with 22 members of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

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Recognition

Waterloo will honour A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former president of India

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo will hold a special convocation next week to honour A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, a highly regarded space engineer and former president of India.

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Arts & Culture

Culture Days in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region - Join the Region of Waterloo in our celebration of Culture Days, a Canadian-wide event designed to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts.

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Home Coming Weekend

uWaterloo’s Homecoming Weekend - Honour our Future Leaders at the 7th Annual Pow Wow

Waterloo – The sound of Pow Wow drums, singing, and jingle dancing will be heard at the University of Waterloo’s Homecoming weekend this Saturday, September 25th at the 7th annual traditional Pow Wow, “Honouring our Future Leaders” on St. Paul’s University College grounds. The Pow Wow is hosted by the Aboriginal Services Department and is one of a number of events happening on campus this coming weekend.

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Frisky

Popular antidepressant found in the environment alters breeding habits in fish

OTTAWA — A study by a team of researchers led by Professors Vance Trudeau and Tom Moon from the University of Ottawa’s Department of Biology has shown that the infiltration of the common antidepressant Prozac into waterways can inhibit sexual activity in fish.

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Community Event

Street barbecue brings college students and neighbourhood residents together for an evening of fun

KITCHENER – The Kitchener Conestoga College Town and Gown Committee will hold its fourth annual street barbecue Sept. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., on Durham Street, near Conestoga College. A rain date of Sept. 29, at the same time and location, has been scheduled, if need be.

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Investing

Institutional investors increasingly seeking environmental, social and governance information: Canada's CAs

TORONTO/ - A new publication from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) finds that mainstream institutional investors are beginning to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their decision making.

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Recognition

2011 Employer of Distinction Awards to Recognize Local Businesses

Guelph – The Guelph & District Human Resources Professionals Association (GDHRPA) is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for its third annual Employer of Distinction Awards.

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Payroll

Between July 2009 and July 2010, the average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose 3.9% to $855.66.

Statscan - This was the fastest year-over-year increase since February 2008.

In recent months, the pace of growth in earnings has increased. July marked the sixth consecutive month for which the year-over-year increase was at or above 2.5%. For most of 2009, year-over-year earnings growth had been below 2.0%.

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Centre of Excellence

Glendon College breaks ground on new facilities for French-language and bilingual education

TORONTO - York University’s Glendon College officially broke ground on new facilities during a ceremony on September 20, 2010.

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Findings

Arctic soil study turns up surprising results

Kingston - Professor Paul Grogan's findings findings have been accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Microbiology.

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Immigration Work

WRIEN Activities for Early September

Waterloo Region - Chambers’ Regional Trade Show held at Bingeman’s – WRIEN was part of a diverse exhibitor base that was exposed to a strong business attendance.

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Social Enterprise

University of Guelph Launches BetterPlanet Project, Aims to Raise $200 Million

Guelph - The University of Guelph has launched The BetterPlanet Project, an ambitious plan to help improve the quality of food, environment, health and communities here and around the world.

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Education

St. Mary's H.S. open as usual on Friday

Kitchener - Early September 23, 2010 St. Mary's High School in Kitchener was closed to facilitate a Waterloo Regional Police investigation of a safety concern. The school is open as usual this morning.

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City Report

City of Cambridge Municipal Operations Service Review Status

Cambridge - The following is a capture of the brief from Jim King, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Cambridge, provided to media representatives at the press conference on September 23, 2010.

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Philanthropy

Sarnia-Lambton Chapter of Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Receives $35,000 from The Co-operators

SARNIA - Local Co-operators agent Fabien Jagoo announced a commitment of $35,000 over five years to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Sarnia-Lambton chapter. Jagoo, whose three young children were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis last year, will present the pledge later today at his second annual Cystic Fibrosis Charity BBQ in Bright's Grove.







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