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Wednesday April 6, 2011

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Ted Talks

AnnMarie Thomas: Hands-on science with squishy circuits

In a zippy demo at TED U, AnnMarie Thomas shows how two different flavors of homemade play dough can be used to demonstrate electrical properties -- by lighting up LEDs, spinning motors, and turning little kids into circuit designers.

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Company Ranking

OpenText Ranked Canada’s Top Software Company by Branham300

Waterloo – OpenText has been ranked Canada’s top software company for the third consecutive year by the Branham Group, a leading Canadian industry analyst and strategic consulting firm serving the global information technology marketplace.

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Wellbeing

Canadian Index of Wellbeing Network moves to University of Waterloo

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo will serve as the new headquarters of a leading national index that measures the quality of life for all Canadians - the Canadian Index of Wellbeing Network.

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PSA

Waterloo improves website accessibility

Waterloo -The City of Waterloo launched a new assistive technology tool on its website called BrowseAloud to ensure citizens can easily access information online. BrowseAloud works by reading website content aloud and highlighting each word as it is spoken. This audio- visual reinforcement helps users to track words as they are spoken, improving comprehension and word recognition. It is available in nine international languages including English and French.

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Technology

RIM acquires mobile app tool developer tinyHippos

Waterloo - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion says it has bought Ontario-based startup tinyHippos Inc, creator of Ripple, a cross-platform mobile application development and testing tool.

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Education

Registration Now Open for Mini Pharmacy School for the Public April 26 through May 31

KITCHENER – The University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy is pleased to present an exciting health information program designed for the general public. Beginning April 26 and running for six consecutive weeks uWaterloo’s Mini Pharmacy School is a unique opportunity for members of the public to discover and explore fascinating topics in pharmacy and health.

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Bridal Fashion

Walk Down the Aisle in Style!

Kitchener - Did he put a ring on it? The best place for the pro-active bride-to-be to get started is at our wedding event. Welcome Wagon will host their exciting bi-annual Bridal Showcase on Sunday, April 10, 2011 in Kitchener.

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PSA

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada Hosts Educational Event

KITCHENER - On Saturday, April 9th, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada will host a public Educational Symposium in Kitchener. This interactive forum is part of CCFC’s commitment to educating all Canadians about inflammatory bowel disease.

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Employment

Tech labour crunch looming in Canada

TORONTO — Canada is facing a “systemic” technology labour shortage, a new study has found. Companies will be looking to fill 106,000 new positions in the information and communications technology sector in the next five years, according to the study released Tuesday by the Information and Communications Technology Council. That may be good news for a recovering economy, were it not for a severe lack of qualified candidates to fill those positions.

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Builder Award

Guelph's KMA Contracting Inc. wins prestigious Ontario Builder Award

Guelph - KMA Contracting Inc. has won the 2010 Ontario Builder Award for the 401 Screen Structure & Town of Halton Hills Monument project they completed for Transcanada Energy Ltd.

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PSA

Laurier Brantford hosts filmmaker for documentary screening

BRANTFORD – Gemini Award-nominated director Andrée Cazabon will visit Laurier Brantford April 6 to screen her documentary, Third World Canada. The screening begins at 6 p.m. in the Research and Academic Centre, 150 Dalhousie St. Cazabon’s film examines life in the Northern Ontario community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (the people of the lake).

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Neuroscience Research

Research discovers how marijuana affects the way the brain processes emotional information

London - Drugs like marijuana act on naturally occurring receptors in the brain called cannabinoid receptors. However, the mechanisms by which these drugs produce their sensory and mood altering effects within the brain are largely unknown. Research led by Steven Laviolette at The University of Western Ontario has now identified a critical brain pathway responsible for the effects of cannabinoid drugs on how the brain processes emotional information.

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Plant Closure

Workers Left Reeling from Honeywell North Safety Closure Announcement

TORONTO - Workers at Honeywell North Safety group in Toronto were left in shock by a company announcement their plant would be closing by December.

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Office Communication Study

DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS

OfficeTeam Research Reveals Importance of Understanding Work Styles

TORONTO - Great minds don't always think alike, a new OfficeTeam study suggests. In fact, work styles vary based on individual personality traits, communication preferences and organisational methods. While most (70 per cent) administrative professionals surveyed said it could be challenging to team up with colleagues who don't have styles similar to their own, two-thirds (66 per cent) recognised benefits to collaborating with those who approach things differently.

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Food Sources

Norwegians have lost their appetite for whale meat

New economic study reveals why Norwegian whaling belongs in the past

Toronto - in the first week of the Norwegian whaling season, three animal welfare groups, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, NOAH-for dyrs rettigheter and Dyrebeskyttelsen Norge, released a new economic study on Norwegian whaling, revealing the Norwegian public’s appetite for whale meat is at an all time low and the whaling industry is unlikely to survive without substantial financial support at taxpayers’ expense.

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Communication

Globe Life Reveals Redesigned Online Platform; New Apps Move at the Speed of Life

Globe Life online and the Globe Lifestream Facebook App enhance digital lifestyle content

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail has introduced an exciting and innovative new Facebook app, Globe Lifestream, providing readers with a personalized stream of lifestyle articles, news items, columns and contests that can be shared with friends.

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Energy

REALpac Releases 2010 Energy Benchmarking Report

TORONTO - The Real Property Association of Canada released the REALpac 2010 Energy Benchmarking Report: Performance of the Canadian Office Sector was released which contains the results of the first annual REALpac Energy Benchmarking Survey. The Survey is intended to establish a baseline of building energy use in Canada and to begin to grow a database that has a foundation of accurate and robust data, collected through the use of credible and equitable assumptions and a replicable methodology.

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Securities

Manulife Investments announces securityholder results of Special Meeting to extend termination date of AIC Global Financial Split Corp.

TORONTO - Manulife Asset Management Limited, the manager of AIC Global Financial Split Corp. announced that securityholders of the Corporation did not approve the extension of the termination date of the Class A Shares and Preferred Shares of the Corporation for an additional term of five years from May 31, 2011 to May 31, 2016.

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IT Companies

Maplesoft Group Makes Significant Moves on Branham300 Annual Listing

OTTAWA - Maplesoft Group is excited to announce that they have ranked on five lists in this year's annual Branham300. The Branham300 is Branham Group's ranking of the top 300 Canadian Information Technology companies that reflects the ever-changing, yet ever-present IT Sector.

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Scholarships

Three CGA-Quebec scholarships presented to doctoral, master's and bachelor's students at HEC Montreal

MONTREAL - Paulette Legault, CGA, President and CEO of the Ordre des comptables généraux accrédités du Québec, presented three scholarships to doctoral, master's and bachelor's students at HEC Montreal school of business at a ceremony honouring academic excellence in the winter 2011 semester.

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Experts

Carleton University Shines a Spotlight on Latin America and the Caribbean

Ottawa - Carleton University has 29 specialists working within 14 different disciplines who focus on Latin America and the Caribbean region. For the first time, Carleton will offer classes that reflect this focus.


 


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