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Wednesday April 13, 2011

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Ted Talks

David Christian: Big history

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

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Health Sciences

Enthusiastic students explore health sciences at the University of Waterloo's Discovery Day

WATERLOO - More than 250 high school students from Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Brantford and the Greater Toronto Area will participate in hands-on activities and discover intriguing opportunities in the health sciences and related disciplines at the University of Waterloo on Tuesday, April 19.

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Military

May events honouring Afghan returnees and other veterans

WATERLOO - Major public celebrations to honour veterans and welcome returned soldiers from Afghanistan will take place in Kitchener during the May 28-29 weekend. Included is a Hero’s Welcome Home Gala dinner at Bingeman Park Saturday evening and a rousing musical tribute Sunday afternoon at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium complex.

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Innovation Award

Laurier Library receives national award for technical services innovation

WATERLOO – The Wilfrid Laurier University Library was awarded the 2011 Canadian Library Association/3M Canada Award for Achievement in Technical Services. The award acknowledges the Library’s efforts to streamline workflow, reduce manual tasks and improve accuracy and accountability by automating the transfer of invoice data from the Library’s Voyager system to the Banner financial system.

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Employer

One of Canada’s Best Workplaces, Again

Waterloo – For the second consecutive year, Lutherwood has been identified as one of Canada’s Best Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute of Canada. The results identify Lutherwood as one of the top 10 best workplaces for women and 13th overall in best workplaces across Canada.

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Transportation

Special Annual Easter Bunny Train

Waterloo - This year Mr. Bunny makes 3 round trips on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Mr. Bunny will pass out Easter candy to all his friends as the train makes its way through Waterloo, past the Farmers Market and to its final destination of St. Jacobs.

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Real Estate

Estate Bequeathed to Homer Watson House & Gallery

“Loved by Many, Known by Few”

Kitchener - Richard Watson became a recluse in his later years but never stopped thinking of others. His relatives from the Watson and Bingeman families express that he was a generous, selfless and gentle man who cared for others more than himself. He immersed himself in culture and heritage: collecting books, stamps, coins and art among many other things.

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Employers

Enermodal Engineering Named Top Consulting Engineering Employer in Canada

Kitchener - Enermodal Engineering was named one of the Top 10 Best Workplaces in Canada. At an awards ceremony on April 11, 2011 at the Four Seasons in Toronto, the Great Place to Work Institute recognized the 100 best places to work from across the country. Of the seven consulting engineering firms on this annual list published in a 16-page Globe and Mail section, Enermodal was the only firm to place in the Top 10. Enermodal was also the only Waterloo Region firm to make it into the Top 10.

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Transportation

Grand River CarShare launches “Living With Less Car” course at Conestoga College

KITCHENER – Grand River CarShare, Ontario's first carsharing co-operative, is going down a new road to spread its message of responsible car use. A sign of a dynamic new phase for Grand River CarShare and for car users in general, “Living with Less Car” will be offered as a continuing education course about how to survive in our society’s fast-changing transportation universe. The course will start at Conestoga College - Doon Campus, on Tuesday, April 19. The course will run Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm.

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Environment

YOUTH LEADERS HOST EARTH DAY CLEAN UP IN CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge – On Saturday April 16, 2011 from 10am to 12 pm youth leaders from the Cambridge Youth Leadership Development Centre (Z Beside the Y) will be hosting an Earth Day clean up around the Chaplin Family YMCA grounds. Together with Volunteer Cambridge and the province – wide Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, the Z Beside the Y youth leaders are gathering volunteers in an effort to clean our community and raise awareness of environmental issues.

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Commemoration

A commemoration of a thousand cranes

WOODSTOCK – In the wake of Japan’s Tohoku tragic earthquake and tsunami March 11, the Woodstock and District Chamber of Commerce is extending an invitation for all to join together in Museum Square Thursday, April 14 at 7:00p.m. for a special commemoration. Jeff Culp, president and founder of Oxford Media Group – a Woodstock company with strong business ties to Japan – will emcee the event.

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Dividends

CO-OPERATORS GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND ON: CLASS E, SERIES C PREFERENCE SHARES and CLASS E, SERIES D PREFERENCE SHARES

GUELPH - The Board of Directors of Co-operators General Insurance Company announced a quarterly dividend of $0.3125 per Non-Cumulative Redeemable Class E Preference Shares, Series C, payable June 30, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 1, 2011.

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Union

CAW Prepares for Strike Vote at Air Canada as Negotiations Lag

TORONTO - Representatives of more than 3,800 CAW members at Air Canada met in Toronto to prepare for a coming strike vote, should negotiations continue to lag with the airline.

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Cummunications Conference

Toronto Hosts Advertising Rock Stars from Around the World at the 2011 ICOM International World Management Conference

Toronto, - ICOM, the world’s largest independent advertising and marketing communications network and Quarry Integrated Communications, Canadian partner and host, will welcome 50 of advertising’s brightest from over 17 countries to the 2011 ICOM International World Management Conference on Sunday April 17 to Wednesday April 20, 2011.

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Entrepreneurs

Young Canadians gain rare insights from Canada’s most respected entrepreneurs – Youth in Motion presents, “Entrepreneurship Has It All!”

TORONTO - National charitable organization Youth in Motion, innovator of the Top 20 Under 20 Award program and career learning days for students is raising awareness among young people, who represent Canada’s future entrepreneurial talent.

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Insurance

THE CBC REPORTS THE DOMINION'S AUTO RATES ARE UNDER REVIEW

TORONTO - The 2009 rate filing of The Dominion is caught in the middle of a dispute involving the New Brunswick Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs, which includes the Attorney General and the Insurance Branch, and the New Brunswick Insurance Board which is an independent quasi-judicial administrative tribunal that supervises auto rates.

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Security

Symantec’s Internet security expert presents industry-leading report at UOIT

Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 16 finds cyber threats skyrocket in volume and sophistication

OSHAWA – Calling 2010 the year of the targeted attack, Marc Fossi, the author and executive editor of Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report Volume 16, outlined key report findings during a presentation at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Biochemistry

Hunting for deadly bacteria

You can't see them, or smell them or taste them.

HAMILTON - They can be in our water and in our food, multiplying so rapidly that conventional testing methods for detecting pathogens such as E.coli, salmonella and listeria come too late for the tens of thousands of Canadians who suffer the ill effects of these deadly bacteria.

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Technology

Renewal project underway, aging and dated technology to be replaced by one integrated system

Hamilton - A collaborative cross-campus process is underway to replace a number of aging and inefficient information systems that are critical to the day-to-day operations of the University.

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Contest

McMaster sweeps international case study contest

Hamilton - Three students from the DeGroote School of Business' Masters of Communications Management program swept the business school category at the 2011 A.W. Page Society International Case Study Competition in New York City. Colleen Killingsworth, Rebecca Edgar and Kim Morris placed first, second and third respectively.

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Guest Column

50 years of smooth sailing at Conestoga Sailing Club
By Allen Nichols, Jan d'Ailly and Pat Aplevich

Imagine a sunny day at Conestogo Lake with a summer breeze rippling the surface of the water. Sail boats move across the reservoir as sailors from the Conestoga Sailing Club enjoy their 50th year. Some members participate in regattas with the best sailors from the province. Others prefer club races, or a leisurely cruise. All work with the wind and the water to enjoy an environmentally-sustainable activity away from everyday cares.


 


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