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Tuesday October 12, 2010

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Ted Talks

Stefano Mancuso: The roots of plant intelligence

Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities ... But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso presents intriguing evidence.


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Strike Deadline

CAW and University of Windsor Resume Negotiations on Tuesday, Union Backed by High Strike Vote

TORONTO/WINDSOR - The CAW will resume negotiations with the University of Windsor tomorrow, Tuesday October 12, after receiving an overwhelming vote of support from membership to go on strike if necessary - a vote of 96 per cent over all.

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Milestoner

Waterloo's "Crown Jewel" celebrates its 25th Anniversary


John Tutt (White Jacket) and family.
Waterloo - On September 18, 2010 with a SOLD OUT crowd of 190 well-wishers at The Original Princess Cinema on Princess Street for a screening of Casablanca The Princess Cinema celebrated 25 years in the movies. The night featured introductions by professors from Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Paul Tiessen and Phillipa Gates, doors prizes and cake and refreshments were served back at the Princess Twin Cinemas.

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Economic Development

Kitchener senior business development officer named ‘Brownfielder of the Year’

KITCHENER – With extensive experience in brownfield remediation in his portfolio, earlier this week Terry Boutilier, the city’s senior business development officer and brownfield coordinator, was awarded the 2010 Individual Achievement and “Brownfielder of the Year” award by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI).

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Transportation

WestJet sets single-day record for guests flown

Airline gobbles up the good news as Thanksgiving guests flock home for the holiday

CALGARY - WestJetters are giving thanks as a record number of guests chose to fly with WestJet today. The airline set a new single-day record with 49,545 guests travelling on-board flights in WestJet's network leading into the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

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Social Philanthropy

MCAP and Habitat for Humanity Canada give Canadians the Key to Hope

Habitat for Humanity Canada launch innovative giving tool

TORONTO - MCAP together with Habitat for Humanity Canada, have launched the Key to Hope program where consumers can make an ongoing charitable donation to Habitat for Humanity Canada by adding any amount to a MCAP mortgage.

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R&D

Research discovers how the deaf have super vision

Part of the brain normally used for hearing is reorganized to enhance vision

London –Deaf or blind people often report enhanced abilities in their remaining senses, but up until now, no one has explained how and why that could be. Researchers at The University of Western Ontario, led by Stephen Lomber of The Centre for Brain and Mind have discovered there is a causal link between enhanced visual abilities and reorganization of the part of the brain that usually handles auditory input in congenitally deaf cats.

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Housing

September 2010 Housing Starts Lower in Kitchener

TORONTO - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released September preliminary housing starts data for the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area(1) (CMA) today. Construction began on 145 homes, down from the 160 units started in the same month last year.

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Employment Insurance

COALITION SENDS OPEN LETTER TO HARPER CALLING FOR EI FIX

Toronto - Last Thursday, the Good Jobs for All Coalition sent an open letter to Prime Minister Harper demanding the Federal government reform Employment Insurance so laid off workers are not left out in the cold.

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R&D

Top Parkinson’s researcher recruited to Ottawa

Ottawa - Over the last six years, scientists and neurologists in Ottawa have quietly been building a powerhouse Parkinson’s research group, and they have just become even stronger with the recruitment Dr. Tohru Kitada from Harvard University in Boston.

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Agriculture

FRESH - film screening October 13 at the Original Princess

Panel discussion organized by Canadian Organic Growers Perth-Waterloo-Wellington to follow screening.

Waterloo - “In the documentary Fresh Ana Sofia Joanes provides a brisk indictment of industrial farming and its devastating toll on our soil, health and livestock. Making her argument are those committed to bucking the system, the farmers and beekeepers, lawyers and retailers, with alternative visions.

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Municipal Election

Waterloo Regional Labour Council Endorses 23 Candidates for Oct. 25 Municipal Elections

Kitchener – The Waterloo Regional Labour Council will launch its “Better Choices Waterloo Region” campaign on Tuesday, October 12, as its way of promoting the twenty-three candidates it has endorsed for the October 25, 2010 election.

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Social Entrepreneurship

New KidsAbility social enterprise takes flight: Firefly Therapy Services

Waterloo - KidsAbility is proud to announce the launch of our new initiative: Firefly Therapy Services. This new program addresses the growing needs of children and youth who are no longer eligible for government funded therapy. Many families currently require therapy services for their school-aged children, and have expressed a desire to access them through KidsAbility.

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Letter from Ombudsman

Annual Report 2009-2010 - Office of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman

Ottawa - From Kimberly Boyer; I am pleased to announce that my second annual report has just been tabled in Parliament by the Minister of National Revenue. This report highlights the achievements of my office during our second year in operation as we work to ensure taxpayers and benefit recipients receive the professional service and fair treatment they are entitled to from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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Appointment

Joseph Caron appointed to Manulife Board of Directors

TORONTO - Manulife Financial Corporation and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company announced today that Joseph Caron has been appointed to their Boards of Directors, effective October 11, 2010.

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Digital Educaiton

Desire2Learn Expands Mobile Web Offerings

Desire2Learn 2GO product family adds a brand new interface optimized for mobile browsing without downloading or installing an application

Kitchener-Waterloo - Desire2Learn Incorporated13 (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, is expanding the Desire2Learn® 2GO14 suite of applications.

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Guest Column

What Your Customers Really Want (Hint: It's Not Just Price!)
By Walt Zeglinski

Does your business have what it takes to consistently win in today's market? How about keeping your customers loyal? If you think the price of your products or services is the reason you are attracting or not attracting and maintaining customers, think again. Today's customers are savvy and want much more from their relationship with your company than just a low cost.

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Gender Equality

Nordic countries top Gender Gap Index while France slips and US climbs

* The index ranks 134 economies according to the size of the gaps between men and women. US climbs to enter top 20 for first time while France falls to 46th position due to fewer women in ministerial posts Canada moves from 25 to 20 position.

New York - Nordic countries Iceland (1), Norway (2), Finland (3) and Sweden (4) continue to demonstrate the greatest equality between men and women according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2010.







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