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Thursday September 23, 2010

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Ted Talks

Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist

For the last eight years, pop singer Annie Lennox has devoted the majority of her time to her SING campaign, raising awareness and money to combat HIV/AIDS. She shares the experiences that have inspired her, from working with Nelson Mandela to meeting a little African girl in a desperate situation.

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Municipal Planning

2010 ‘Who Are You, Kitchener?’ campaign results presented to city council

KITCHENER – Compass Kitchener presented the results of the 2010 ‘Who are you, Kitchener?’ (WAYK) campaign to city council earlier this week, confirming our residents’ top six community priorities over the next four years, as well as the vision statements for each priority.

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Oktoberfest

Are You the Next Oktoberfest Idol?

Kitchener/Waterloo - Sing your way to the top of the charts at this year’s Oktoberfest Idol event, sponsored by Downtown Kitchener BIA, Stockie Mitsubishi & 91.5 The Beat! The search for the next Oktoberfest Idol gets underway at 10:30 am on Sunday, October 10 at The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener.

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Weather

Thunderstorms knock out power to more than 45,000 Hydro One customers; 38,000 customers remain without power

TORONTO - On September 22, 2010 severe thunderstorms last night knocked over trees and downed power lines, resulting in approximately 45,000 Hydro One customers without power.

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Air Quality

Wanted: One billion more trees for southern Ontario

Toronto - The Ontario government needs to give more direction as to where, what and how many trees should be planted to restore our woodlands in Southern Ontario, says Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller in his 2009/2010 Annual Report released yesterday.

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Award Recognition

GRCA presents Watershed Awards and Community Conservation Grants

Cambridge - On Thursday, Sept.16, the 2010 Grand River Watershed Awards were presented to groups and individuals who have undertaken projects to enhance the natural environment in the Grand River watershed.

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Education

Conestoga Partners with Solar Living Institute to Launch Energy Training Program

Kitchener - Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning has recently launched a customized, online program to meet the training needs for solar energy professionals working in the Canadian market.

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Youth & Culture

Launch of Roots in Stone – an immigrant youth video project

Guelph – Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington – launches an initiative that invites immigrant youth from across the city to create short videos about immigrating to Canada and settling in Guelph.

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Major Transformation

Asset and fund management firms undergoing major transformation, requiring changes to their business models

TORONTO - A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reveals a number of factors that point to a major transformation in the asset management industry over the next few years.

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Venture Capital

CVCA SUPPORTS THE GLOBAL VENTURE CAPITAL CONGRESS FIGHT AGAINST PENDING AIFM DIRECTIVE

TORONTO - Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, announced that it supports the concerns of venture capital leaders from around the world regarding the proposed European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) set to be voted on in early October.

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Agriculture Innovation

Signature Rose Series and Ornamental Breeding Program Transferred to Industry

Canadian Nursery Landscape Association in partnership with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre lead the way in developing new plant varieties for industry

MILTON - Yesterday the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association (CNLA) announced that it has acquired the rights to a wide range of genetics from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) ornamental breeding programs at Morden Research Station in Manitoba and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research Station in Quebec.

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Prosperity

New research by the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity shows how international trade can raise Ontario's and Canada's innovation capabilities to strengthen their competitiveness and future prosperity.

Toronto - Canada and Ontario should continue expanding international trade as part of their efforts to enhance our innovation performance, which will lead to higher prosperity. This applies to trade with advanced economies like the European Union and developing economies like China and the other BRICs.

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Philanthropy

DALSA founder donates $3 million to the faculty of engineering at Waterloo

WATERLOO - The founder of DALSA Corp., an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors, has donated $3 million to the faculty of engineering's Vision 2010 Campaign at the University of Waterloo.

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Arts & Culture

Old factories inspire October Rotunda Gallery exhibit

KITCHENER – Brian Douglas moved to Kitchener-Waterloo and immediately found himself inspired by the old factories and warehouses that shape the downtown Kitchener landscape.

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Best of Series

Akran Marketing Receives Prestigious ASI 2010 Best Places to Work Award

OTTAWA – Akran Marketing announced that it won the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) 2010 Best Places to Work Award. Recognized as an industry leader and a preferred employer, Akran ranked number one in Canada as the best mid-sized company to work for and fifth in North America.

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Graphics Education

NVIDIA Establish First CUDA Teaching Centre in Canada

Computer graphics cards hold potential to boost multimedia speeds up to 100 times

HAMILTON - Students looking for the next big trend in computer technology will want to keep an eye on a new initiative starting at McMaster University supported by NVIDIA®, the world’s leading developer of graphics processing units.

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Politics

Liberals and NDP defeat Bill C-391

TORONTO - CAW President Ken Lewenza is congratulating both the Liberal and NDP leaders for ensuring their parties preserved the national long gun registry in this evening's critical vote in the House of Commons.

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Investinhg in Technology

80 Per Cent of Tech CEOs Fear That Domestic VCs Will Become Irrelevant, Affecting Future Tech Companies' Prospects

TORONTO - The winners of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50(TM) set a record pace in 2010, with an average five-year revenue growth rate of 5,638 per cent, an all time high. Some of this was due to the economic rebound and exciting new technology niches, but some was also due to the small size of these companies five years ago.



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