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Friday May 6, 2011

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Ted Talks

Carlo Ratti: Architecture that senses and responds

With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT's Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets -- like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away -- to create surprising visualizations of city life.

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Award

Waterloo Business Owner Recognized for Outstanding Business Performance

WATERLOO – Waterloo business owner Maya Khoosal has been recognized for outstanding business performance at the Home Instead Senior Care franchise network’s annual international convention held in Omaha, Nebraska.

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PSA

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean to discuss national, international issues at University of Waterloo public talk

WATERLOO - Canada's former governor general, Right Hon. Michaëlle Jean, will discuss national and international issues during a public talk hosted by St. Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo on May 12. Jean, the UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti, will give the 2011 Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Service Lecture, an annual St. Paul's University College event. The talk will take place on campus in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages building, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and pre-registration is required.

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Immunizations

Ontario’s Immunization Program Getting A Boost

Toronto - Ontario’s babies and children will soon have better protection from serious infectious diseases, while more money stays in the family pocketbook. Starting August 2011, the province will offer two new vaccines as part of its immunization program, and expand the availability of two others.

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PSA

Travelwise Team in UpTown Waterloo

Waterloo - Join the Region of Waterloo’s Travelwise Team May 7, 2011 in the Public Square in UpTown Waterloo to get geared up for summer. This free family event takes place from 1-4 p.m. The Travelwise Team will be offering members of the public everything they need to get ready for another safe summer of cycling, walking, and transit. Bike tune-ups and assessments, helmet adjustments and fittings, trail and transit maps and snacks will all be available.

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PSA

Rediscover your community with Jane’s Walk

Free neighbourhood tours are returning to Waterloo Region this year

Kitchener – Hundreds of people will take to the streets on May 7 and 8 to mark the fifth annual Jane’s Walk, a series of free, urban neighbourhood tours that inspire citizens to get to know their city and each other by getting out and walking. The home grown innovation will stroll through more than 30 cities across Canada and more than 70 cities worldwide in celebration of Jane Jacobs’s birthday (May 4).

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PSA

I heart Video Art Fffour

Kitchener - CAFKA is pleased to announce that the fourth installment of I Heart Video Art will take place at The Communitech Event Space on May 13, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. The program is curated by CAFKA’s Executive Director Gordon Hatt.

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Awarrds

GCC Business Awards Survey

Guelph - The top 3 nominees in each of 4 categories have been chosen for the 2011 President’s Business Recognition Awards. The Chamber invites you to review these submissions and vote for the organizations that you feel are most deserving.

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Awards

Bernice Adams Memorial Awards Update Special Trustees Award’ Goes To Kathryn McGarry

Cambridge - The 29th annual Cambridge Cultural Awards night is just around the corner and tickets are still available for the community to get involved in the event. Committee members are pleased to share the list of finalists for the Bernice Adams Memorial Award.

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Investments

Cambridge Recognized for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy

Cambridge - FDI Magazine, part of Financial Times Ltd., one of the world’s leading business news organizations, has recognized the City of Cambridge in the American Cities of the Future rankings for 2011/12. Cambridge was named eighth in the top 10 ‘Small Cities FDI Strategy’ category recognizing our efforts in attracting foreign direct investment.

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Finances

Canadian Socially Responsible Investment Shows Resilience in the Face of Financial Turbulence

TORONTO - Socially responsible investment in Canada has weathered the turmoil of the international financial crisis, and continues to represent about one-fifth of assets under management in Canada. The most recent survey of assets, the Canadian Socially Responsible Investment Review 2010, shows that for June 2010, assets managed under SRI guidelines in Canada were $530.9 billion.

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Appointment

Google Canada Hires Travel Industry Head

Toronto - With the Canadian Online Travel market expected to grow to an estimated $10B in 2011, Google Canada has hired Nikki Germany as the Head of Industry - Travel. Nikki will be responsible for leading Google's relationships with travel marketers and advertisers in Canada. Nikki joined Google after 8 years experience in the Canadian travel industry, most recently as Managing Director of Expedia’s corporate travel division, Egencia, in Canada. Prior to that she worked in various general management roles at Intrawest, a leading provider of experiential destination resorts.

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Innovation

Go-To Centre Launched to Help Up-and-Coming York Region Businesses

ventureLAB focused on supporting growth and innovation of York Region’s small and medium companies

York - A new Regional Innovation Centre has been launched to help up-and-coming York Region companies reach the next level of growth. Called ventureLAB, the centre – which provides services at no-charge to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises – is the go-to point for entrepreneurs looking to build world-class businesses.

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Appointment

The Globe and Mail appoints Alon Marcovici as Vice President, Marketing and Audience Intelligence

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail has announced that Alon Marcovici is joining the organization on June 20, 2011 in a new role as Vice President, Marketing and Audience Intelligence. Marcovici's primary responsibilities will include overseeing brand and consumer marketing, and sponsorships, as well as spearheading an initiative to deliver enhanced audience intelligence to inform and enable The Globe's business strategies.

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Employment

Labour Force Survey

Statscan - Following two months of little change, employment rose by 58,000 in April, mainly in part time. The unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage points to 7.6%. Compared with April 2010, employment has grown by 283,000 (+1.7%).

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Agriculture

Stocks of principal field crops

Statscan - As of March 31, total stocks of canola and barley fell significantly compared with the same date in 2010. Meanwhile, total stocks of corn for grain rose slightly above March 2010 levels, the result of increased production in 2010.


 


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