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Monday October 4, 2010

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Ted Talks

Carne Ross: An independent diplomat



After 15 years in the British diplomatic corps, Carne Ross became a "freelance diplomat," running a bold nonprofit that gives small, developing and yet-unrecognized nations a voice in international relations. At the BIF-5 conference, he calls for a new kind of diplomacy that gives voice to small countries, that works with changing boundaries and that welcomes innovation.

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Appointment

Jeff MacIntyre New Chair at Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Kitchener - The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce announced their 2010-2011 Board of Directors and Executive Committee at last weeks Annual General Meeting conducted at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel.

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Agriculture

Ontario farmland values rise again

Guelph - The average value of farmland in Ontario increased by 4.3 per cent in the first half of 2010, following gains of 3.3 and 2.8 per cent in the two previous reporting periods, according to the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Farmland Values Report released today.

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Insurance - Flawed Design

The Fraser Institute: Public Insurance Schemes Responsible for Runaway Government Health Spending, Not Prescription Drug Costs

TORONTO - Prescription drugs are not to blame for the unsustainable growth of government health spending in Canada, concludes a new study released by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

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Fire Prevention Week PSA

Five Simple Steps to a Safer Home

GUELPH - Fire kills an average of eight people a week in Canada, with residential fires accounting for 73 per cent of fatalities, according to Fire Prevention Canada. The Co-operators, insurer of 847,000 Canadian homes, is reminding Canadians to make proper use of smoke alarms in their homes, and to prepare and practise a family escape plan.

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Agriculture

Canadian farmland values rise again

Regina, Saskatchewan – The average value of farmland in Canada increased by 3.0 per cent in the first half of 2010, following gains of 3.6 and 2.9 per cent in the two previous reporting periods, according to the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Farmland Values Report released today. Published twice a year, the report provides important information about changes in land values across Canada and is available at www.farmlandvalues.ca.

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Transportation

CATHAY PACIFIC AND WESTJET EXPAND SERVICES THROUGH NEW CODE-SHARE AGREEMENT

CALGARY - Cathay Pacific Airways and WestJet today announced they will begin a new code-share arrangement with immediate effect, providing passengers with a wider choice and greater connectivity when travelling between Hong Kong and Canada. Bookings for the code-share are now open for travel from 20 October 2010.


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Right to Die

CCLA Worries About Unwarranted Restrictions On Free Speech And The Right To Information

Toronto - The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is concerned that Exit International, a prominent right-to-die organization, is facing undue restrictions in carrying out its work in Canada.

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Free Public Talk

Eminent theoretical physicist Lee Smolin to speak at Laurier

WATERLOO – Eminent theoretical physicist Lee Smolin will speak about his search for quantum gravity during his lecture at Wilfrid Laurier University Thursday, Oct. 7.

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Transportation

First Phase of Highway 401 Service Centres Complete

Full Complement of Restaurants and Other Amenities Now Open

TORONTO - The driving experience along Highway 401 improves significantly this weekend with the opening of seven service centres. These new ONroute Centres are part of the Province of Ontario's redevelopment program of 23 service centres along Highways 401 and 400.

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Letter to the Editor

To The Editor: I am writing to correct an inaccuracy in the article “Peter Is Broke, So Paul Is On His Own”, by Dennis Grimm, which appeared in the October edition of Exchange Magazine.

Waterloo - Mr. Grimm stated that the stability of the Canada Pension Plan has been an issue for several decades. In fact, federal and provincial policy makers successfully reformed the CPP in the mid-1990’s so that it would be sustainable for generations to come.

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Convocation

Author Lawrence Hill to receive honorary degree at Laurier’s fall convocation

Gerry McGrath to be appointed inaugural member of the Order of Wilfrid Laurier University

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will honour award-winning writer Lawrence Hill with an honorary doctor of letters degree at the university’s fall convocation on Oct. 29. The university will also make its inaugural appointment to the Order of Wilfrid Laurier University. The inaugural appointee is Gerry McGrath, a former long-serving member of Laurier’s Board of Governors.

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Art & Culture

Third time’s the charm for CAFKA

I Heart Video Art III presented at THEMUSEUM

KITCHENER – The Contemporary Art Forum: Kitchener and Area (CAFKA), as a part of the Grand River Film Festival’s The Best of the Best series, is proud to announce I Heart Video Art III, CAFKA’s presentation of the best in contemporary video art, presented at THEMUSEUM on Friday, October 22nd. A hybrid of art gallery and sports pub, I Heart Video Art is meant to create an engaging atmosphere where you can feed your body and soul at the same time.

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Recognition

Two Local Schools To Receive Connected School Awards

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council congratulates the recipients of the 2010 Connected School Awards in conjunction with the annual School Say Hi Day. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Alpine Public School, Kitchener (WRDSB) and St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Elementary School, Cambridge (WCDSB).

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Guest Column

Where We Go From Here - Combine Education and technology for creativity
By Larry Kilham

"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were." - John F. Kennedy


















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