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Tuesday April 19, 2011

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Ted Talks

Susan Lim: Transplant cells, not organs

Pioneering surgeon Susan Lim performed the first liver transplant in Asia. But a moral concern with transplants (where do donor livers come from ...) led her to look further, and to ask: Could we be transplanting cells, not whole organs?

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Language Study

New University of Waterloo study charts toddlers' growing language

WATERLOO - A University of Waterloo research team is seeking local families with children who will be turning two this year to participate in the Toddler Language Study, a new project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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Composting

Region’s spring compost giveaway day

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo will once again host a spring compost giveaway day on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the following locations: The Cambridge Landfill, end of Savage Drive and the Waterloo Landfill, 925 Erb Street, West.

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PSA

Waterloo Pharmacy

Waterloo - It is with sadness that I announce the departure of Laura Manning from the School of Pharmacy. Laura is one of the founding members of the School of Pharmacy community and has been instrumental in many aspects of its design and delivery. In particular, her leadership, great personality and communications skills, and knack for professional relationship building with prospective donors has built the School a strong network of “believers” in who we are, what we are doing and where we are going.

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Social Media

UME Golf connects golfers and golf facilities with the power of facebook

A facebook application built for golfers--by golfers

WATERLOO - Although golf's roots go back about 500 years and facebook's less than 10, the mammoth participation sport and the planet's most popular social networking platform are perfectly matched partners for a new service called UME Golf.

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Conference

Desire2Learn Welcomes Renowned Digital Pioneer as Keynote Speaker at FUSION 2011

Kitchener - Desire2Learn Incorporated, a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, announced that Natalie Jeremijenko will be one of the keynote speakers at its 2011 Users' Conference, FUSION.

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Environment

City council honours Earth Week by approving LEAF funding support for a series of green projects

KITCHENER – In honour of Earth Week, city council was in a green mindset last night, approving a series of grant applications through the city’s $5 million Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) -- dollars allocated to stimulate new environmental initiatives across the community.

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Election 2011

CAW Endorses Kitchener and Guelph Liberal Candidates to Stop Harper Majority

KITCHENER - CAW local unions in the Kitchener and Guelph areas are endorsing Liberal candidates Karen Redman (Kitchener Centre), Andrew Telegdi (Kitchener - Waterloo) and Frank Valeriote (Guelph) in the upcoming election, with the hope of stopping the Stephen Harper Conservatives from forming a majority government.

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Achievement Awards

ActionCOACH Canada Ontario hands out Awards to local Businesses

Kitchener - The ActionCOACH Awards for the GrowthCLUB 90 Day planning sessions were recently handed out to several local businesses to acknowledge their achievements in several categories.

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Networking

Celebrate Guelph Women in Networking's 30th Anniversary

Guelph - Guelph Women In Networking is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! We are celebrating this milestone in style by hosting our first Trade Show and Expo on April 29, 2011.

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Art and Culture

9th Annual art on the street Artist Applications now available online

Guelph – Guelph Arts Council and the Downtown Guelph Business Association are continuing their successful partnership to host this year’s art on the street Exhibition & Sale. Elements of this community festival will be shared; The Guelph Arts Council will once again take the lead on managing the artists, while the DGBA will continue to market and promote the event.

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Business Award

ActionCOACH Canada Client wins Business of the Year Award for Under 50 Employees

Cambridge - Xylotek Solutions, a long time client with Tony Roy of ActionCOACH Canada recently won the Business of the Year Award for under 50 employees given by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce at the annual Bell Business Excellence Awards dinner in March.

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Spending

The Moneris Spending Report Shows Positive Growth in Canadian Spending

First Quarter of 2011 Brings Higher Spending on Travel, Entertainment and Food

TORONTO - Moneris Solutions, Canada's largest credit and debit card processor, announced that the Canadian retail economy fared better in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same period last year. The Moneris Spending Report showed an overall increase of two per cent during the first three months of 2011.

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Education

Canadian Higher Education Sector Faces Critical Challenges, as Institutions Around the World Head Into Debt for First Time

Deloitte Unveils Top 10 Most Pressing Issues Facing Post-Secondary Educational Institutions

TORONTO - Spending on Canadian higher education is coming under increasing pressure. As nations around the world work to recover from the global financial crisis, they are tightening their budgets, leaving fewer funds available to the educational sector. As well, market weakness has reduced the value of many of the endowments educational institutions rely on and private donations have declined. Yet at the same time, the costs of doing business are on the rise.

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Employment

Employers Council announces upcoming launch of a Bold Campaign to stimulate private investment and create wealth for the benefit of all Quebecers

MONTREAL - The Quebec Employers Council took advantage of its annual general meeting to announce the launch next fall of a Bold Campaign aimed at promoting private investment in Québec in the coming years to create conditions that would enable Québec society to prosper.

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Trade

Wholesale trade

Statscan - Wholesale sales fell 0.6% in February to $46.9 billion, largely as a result of lower sales in the motor vehicle and parts and the miscellaneous subsectors. This decline followed six months of consecutive increases. In volume terms, wholesale sales declined 1.0% in February.

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Prices

Consumer Price Index

Statscan - Consumer prices rose 3.3% in the 12 months to March, the largest year-over-year increase since September 2008. This advance follows a 2.2% increase in the 12 months to February.

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Leading Indicators

Leading indicators

Statscan - The composite leading index rose 0.8% in March, after a 1.1% gain in February. Among the 10 components, 8 advanced in March, 1 less than in February.

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Guest Column

Where is the ROI on Social Media?

Social media campaigns have quickly become a staple in comprehensive marketing strategies. Across North America, many companies are dedicating growing portions of their marketing budgets to social media because they think they are supposed to, they have to or they need to. But it’s not as simple as getting and maintaining an online presence, says Scott Wilson, CEO of RankHigher.ca and Canada’s leading expert on web sales and online marketing using Search Engine Optimization.


 


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