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Tuesday April 5, 2011

Ted Talks

Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong

In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052.

Literature Award

Laurier Prof. Kim Rygiel wins distinguished book award for Globalizing Citizenship

Waterloo - Kim Rygiel, an assistant professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Political Science Department and a faculty member at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, is this year’s co-winner of the International Studies Association’s 2011 ENMISA Distinguished Book Award for Globalizing Citizenship.


OpenText Joins Key Industry Group Advancing "Smart Metering," Energy Efficiency in Europe

European Smart Metering Industry Group leads the way in collaboration between leading manufacturers, IT companies and systems integrators in Europe

WATERLOO - OpenText announced that it has joined the European Smart Metering Industry Group. With this membership, OpenText will collaborate with other global companies in sharing thought leadership and expertise in an effort to set industry standards for the European smart metering industry.


Heffner Motors welcomes a new dealership to Kitchener with the arrival of Scion!

Kitchener - On Saturday April 9th, from 9am to 5pm Heffner Motors welcomes the arrival of Scion to Kitchener – the original box vehicle. Heffner Scion will join Heffner’s existing line of dealerships that include Toyota, Lexus and Used Vehicle sales.

Relief Fund

TheMuseum And GRFF Partner To Raise Money For Japan

KITCHENER – THEMUSEUM announced that they will partner with The Grand River Film Festival in support of Japan relief.

Meeting Resources

The Co-operators Releases Guide to Sustainable Meetings

GUELPH - According to the United Nations Environment Program, more than 80 million people around the world attend a meeting, conference or trade show every year. The average meeting produces 20 pounds of garbage per person each day. To help people and organizations reduce the impact on our planet's health, The Co-operators publicly released its Guide to Sustainable Meetings.

Arts and Culture

Tim McGraw and Shania Twain Tribute Concert

Drayton - Two performances only! 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm - Saturday, April 30th, 2011 Drayton Festival Theatre, 33 Wellington St South, Drayton.
Attention country music fans! Friends of the Drayton Festival Theatre and the Mapleton Arena Xpansion committee is proud to present a concert tribute to Tim McGraw and Shania Twain!


Young & Free Ontario Offers the Ultimate Job to Gen Y!

From April 4 to May 11, 2011, young adults between 17 and 25 will have the unique opportunity to apply to be the next Young & Free Ontario spokesperson!

LONDON - The coolest job ever is once again up for grabs for a resident of southwestern Ontario between the ages of 17 and 25. A unique application process - reality TV style - will see the successful applicant get a $25,000 one-year contract with up to a $5,000 bonus, a MacBook Pro notebook computer, an HD Canon digital video camera, an iPhone, and the use of a Dodge Caliber for his or her term as spokesperson for Young & Free Ontario.

Health Study

Got a Hankering for Fast Food? Skip the Coffee, Study Says

Guelph - Eating a fatty fast-food meal is never good for you, but washing that meal down with a coffee is even worse, according to a new University of Guelph study. Researcher Marie-Soleil Beaudoin has discovered not only that a healthy person's blood-sugar levels spike after eating a high-fat meal, but also that the spike doubles after having both a fatty meal and caffeinated coffee

Medical Breakthrough

New Alzheimer's genes identified

Canadians among research team in dementia breakthrough

Toronto - A consortium of Alzheimer's researchers, including a team from Canada, has identified five additional genes that each add to risk of dementia later in life. Until recently, only four genes associated with late-onset Alzheimer's had been confirmed, including SORL1, which was discovered in 2007.

Science and Engineering Fair

Five-second rule: Fact or fiction?

Local elementary and high school students study bacteria on everything from shopping bags to copper coins, by Chantall Van Raay

Hamilton - Are copper coins protected from bacteria? Are certain reusable bags cleaner than others? Can you drop a cookie on the floor and still eat it if it falls within the five- second rule? Three local elementary and high school students tested these hypotheses for the 51st annual Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair and were recognized by the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research.


Future Tech Gadgets to be Showcased at McMaster

HAMILTON - A wheelchair driven by head movement. Another that can follow a nurse or doctor. Touchless computing. A home energy monitoring system that finds the lowest hydro rates. A fridge management system that texts you when you need to buy more milk.


Access to the Exclusive Investors Club

MONTREAL - While not as visible as social and sports clubs, the investment world has its own exclusive club, and it has now been breached. Previously only available to high net worth investors, alternative strategies used by boutique hedge funds were generally offered only on a private basis to accredited investors.

Media Contest

Two Trent University Students Win $1000 in YouTrent Video Contest

Peterborough - Seven entries judged by Trent almunus Stephen Stohn of DeGrassi fame. Two Trent University students – one from Trent University in Peterborough and the other from Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus – walked away with $1000 each after winning in separate categories in the second annual YouTrent Video Contest.

Engineering Challenge

Carleton University Students to Compete in Canada’s First Canadian Satellite Design Challenge

Ottawa – A team of Carleton University engineering students will compete in Canada’s first Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. This Canada-wide university competition, organized by Geocentrix Technologies Ltd., is challenging 13 universities to create new innovative satellite designs that could lead to advancements in the industry.


Residential Telephone Service Survey

Statscan - Wireless cell phones continue to grow in popularity in Canada. More than three-quarters (78%) of Canadian households indicated they had a cell phone in 2010, up from 74% in 2008.


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