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Friday October 1, 2010

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Ted Talks

Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place

At TEDxChange, Thailand's "Mr. Condom," Mechai Viravaidya, walks us through the country's bold plan to raise its standard of living, starting in the 1970s. First step: population control. And that means a lot of frank, funny -- and very effective -- talk about condoms.

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Guest Column

Fixing the Tendering Process: The GVCA Steps Up to the Plate
by Martha George

Cambridge - Last month, I wrote about the issues that are facing the association and the need for intelligent planning and forward thinking. While the politics of lobbying and courting association loyalty is one thing (and a very big thing at that), the GVCA's mandate is to provide our members, no matter what industry sector they are in, with the tools, education and advocacy they need to succeed.

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Home Coming

“Rawk the Hawk” this weekend at Laurier’s 2010 homecoming

WATERLOO – Calling all Golden Hawks! Come back to campus to “Rawk the Hawk” during homecoming this weekend, from Friday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Oct. 3. Indulge at the ever-popular free pancake breakfast, or cheer on your Golden Hawks football team as they compete against the Guelph Gryphons.

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Tourism

National tourism indicators Second quarter 2010

Statcan - Tourism spending in Canada was up 1.5% in real terms in the second quarter, as increased spending by Canadians more than offset a decline in spending by international visitors to Canada.

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Space

COM DEV’s exactEarth and Spain’s HISDESAT join forces to tackle the Space-Based AIS Market

HISDESAT makes strategic investment in exactEarth – adds global market strength

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that its data services subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., has added a strategic investor that will play an important role in delivering and growing the Company’s exactAIS™ service in the marketplace. HISDESAT Servicios Estratégicos S.A., a major Madrid-based satellite operator and service provider that sells data to more than 25 government customers around the world, has taken a 27% equity interest in exactEarth with a cash investment of CDN $15 million,

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Acquisition

Manulife Financial acquires Market Center Office Complex in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - Manulife Financial has purchased Market Center, a 770,000 square foot, Class-A office complex in downtown San Francisco in a deal that closed yesterday. The newest addition to Manulife's global real estate portfolio marks the Company's first property investment in the Bay Area.

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Content Management

Open Text Receives "Strong Positive" Rating in Leading Analyst Firm's Enterprise Records Management MarketScope Report

Open Text Records Management Delivers Seamless Microsoft SharePoint, SAP
Integration, Full Information Governance as Part of Open Text ECM Suite

WATERLOO - Open Text Corporation, the preeminent provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software, today announced that Open Text Records Management, a fully integrated component of the Open Text ECM Suite, has received the highest possible rating of "Strong Positive" in Gartner's new report entitled "MarketScope for Enterprise Records Management."

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Innovation

Underwater robot swims free thanks to York U-designed wireless controller

TORONTO - A waterproof controller designed and built by York University researchers is allowing an underwater robot to go “wireless” in a unique way.

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Education

Student Project Provides New Solutions for Real-World Training Needs

Kitchener - New staff and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Brantford now have access to specialized training resources thanks to the efforts of a team of Conestoga students in the college's Human Resources Management post-graduate program.

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Water Venture

Greenway Announces Joint Venture

Guelph - Greenway Home Products, under its operating division of Greenway Water Technologies, is proud to announce a new Canada/China joint venture with Ningbo Aquaworld Group Co. Ltd. of Ningbo, Beilun China.

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Making Choices

Ethical dilemmas keep humanitarian workers from returning to the field: McMaster study
by Laura Thompson

A doctor in a rural hospital in northeast Africa works with one oxygen machine, choosing which current patients receive treatment and how to limit care so the generator-run machine is available for future, possibly sicker, patients.

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Economic Development

Harper Government Launches New Private Sector Committee to Advise Government on Small Business Growth

OTTAWA - The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), announced the launch of a private sector committee. This new committee will provide advice to the Government of Canada on a wide range of issues of importance to small and medium-sized businesses, such as reducing red tape and improving access to federal programs and information.

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Wine & Food

InterVin Announces its Top-Scoring Value Wines

Toronto — Twenty-eight wines received the Judges’ Award for Best Value at the 2010 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day competition conducted last month at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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Discovery

Laurier archaeological dig unearths rare “imports” in Iron Age house

Waterloo/Jordan - For two decades, Laurier archaeology professor Michèle Daviau has led international teams of scholars and students abroad to uncover the hidden lives of people who existed thousands of years ago.

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Recognition

Two Carleton Alumni Win Prestigious Trudeau Fellowship Prize

Ottawa – Two former Carleton University PhD students have just won the prestigious $225,000 Trudeau Fellowship Prize. Both Janine Brodie and Alain-G Gagnon graduated from the Department of Political Science. Dr. Gagnon went on to teach at the university.

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Water

Global Study Finds Widespread Threats To World's Rivers.

Earth - "Multiple environmental stressors, such as agricultural runoff, pollution and invasive species, threaten rivers that serve 80 percent of the world's population, around five billion people, according to researchers from The City University of New York, University of Wisconsin and seven other institutions.

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Study

New survey sheds light on students’ post-secondary education decisions and student retention

OTTAWA — Three new research briefs released by the Measuring the Effectiveness of Student Aid (MESA) Project show that policies aimed at increasing post-secondary education student retention may be targeting the wrong people.

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Recognition

Online network for manufacturers wins 2010 economic marketing award

Waterloo Region – On Wednesday, September 21st, at the Economic Developers Association of Canada’s (EDAC) annual conference in Quebec City, the Waterloo Region Manufacturing Innovation Network or MIN was honoured with a 2010 Marketing Canada Award in the Digital Media – Niche/Specialty Microsite category.

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Debt

Manulife Financial confirms exclusive arrangement with distinguished personal finance writer Gail Vaz-Oxlade

WATERLOO - An exclusive alliance with respected financial writer and TV personality Gail Vaz-Oxlade will provide Manulife's Canadian group retirement plan members with insights and suggestions designed to help them manage their personal finances and build an effective retirement plan.

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Youth

The Government of Canada helps Kitchener-Waterloo youth prepare for jobs

Kitchener — Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada’s support for a downtown non-profit restaurant. Mr. Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

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Marketing

Quarry Integrated Communications Brings Marketing Automation Leader to Waterloo Region

ST. JACOBS - Steven Woods, co-founder of Eloqua, a marketing automation company that provides digital tools for marketers looking to better connect with their customers, led a peer-to-peer learning session at Communitech in Kitchener Tuesday morning. Facilitated by Quarry, the session was part of Communitech’s Strategic Marketing series that offers opportunities for local technology professionals to share knowledge and build networks.

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Media

Redesigned Globe and Mail Ushers in New Era of Print and Online Excellence

Bold changes: magazine-quality production, colour on every page, digital enhancements

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail today unveiled a dramatically redesigned newspaper, featuring a new masthead, premium newsprint with a glossy look, colour on every page and a trimmer, 11-inch page format. The new design crosses over to The Globe's Web offering, with a fresh look for the globeandmail.com home page, a re-launched online Life section (globeandmail.com/life) featuring more original video, new blogs and a host of improvements to functionality and navigation.


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