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Wednesday May 4, 2011

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Ted Talks

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.

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Research

Africa Initiative grant supports 15 students with funding for field-based research in Africa

Waterloo - Two research projects at the University of Toronto were among the 15 projects chosen to receive funding through a program that supports field based research in Africa conducted by graduate students from Canadian universities.

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Communication

Commonwealth and OpenText Announce New Web Initiative

WATERLOO - OpenText and the Commonwealth Secretariat announced an agreement to work together on creating Commonwealth Connects , an innovative Internet gateway or portal designed to connect people, organizations and governments across the Commonwealth. Using the latest OpenText technology, the gateway will allow members of the Commonwealth community to share information, network, and collaborate online.

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Transportation

ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY TRAINS

Waterloo - The Waterloo Central Railway is again operating its Annual Mother's Day trains on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from Uptown Waterloo to the Village of St. Jacobs. Mothers ride free when accompanied by their child or grandchild on any of three round trips from Uptown Waterloo to the Farmer’s Market and ending in the Village of St. Jacobs.

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Award

From downtown Kitchener to the world stage.

Local design studio earns international recognition for recent campaign.

KITCHENER – It isn’t every day that a Kitchener startup captures the attention of the global business community. Thanks to their hard work and eye for design, local studio Hagon Design Inc. succeeded in just that when they earned a Notable Mention in the 2011 REBRAND100 Global Awards. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, the awards are widely regarded as the world’s premier authority for excellence in brand positioning.

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Education

New Partnership Provides International Exchange Opportunity for Students

Kitchener - Students from Conestoga’s Architecture-Project & Facility Management degree program will have the opportunity to study abroad this fall in the historic city of Groningen, located in the Netherlands. The new exchange program has been developed in partnership with Hanze University and will be open to students in the third and fourth years of the program.

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Awards

Deadline approaches for heritage and urban design awards

KITCHENER – The deadline for submissions for two of the city’s most prestigious awards programs, recognizing leaders in heritage and urban design, approaches. The deadline for the City of Kitchener’s Mike Wagner Heritage Awards and Urban Design Awards is Monday, May 9.

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Arts and Culture

Celebrate Latino culture in downtown Kitchener during Cinco de Mayo

KITCHENER – This week marks Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Latino culture. There will be live performances, mariachi bands and Mexican food at city hall on Thursday, May 5, kicking off three days of celebrations of downtown Kitchener’s unique mix of cultural diversity.

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PSA

Blue Jays Academy Honda Instructional Clinic returning to St. Marys

Register now for Saturday, May 7th - 9:00am start on Hall of Fame's Rotary Field

St. Marys - The computer age has led to mandatory on-line registration being required for all interested participants in the upcoming Blue Jays Academy Honda Instructional Clinic slated for 9:00am, Saturday, May 7th on the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Rotary Field.

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Award

York University benefactor Seymour Schulich to be inducted into Canadian Business Hall of Fame

TORONTO - Business leader Seymour Schulich, one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and benefactor of York University’s Schulich School of Business, will be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Mamdouh Shoukri, president and vice-chancellor of York University, congratulated the respected businessman on the rare honour, which will be awarded at the annual gala in support of Junior Achievement of Canada.

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Donation

Orthopaedic surgeons donate $1.5 million to honour their division’s founder

by Kathy Wallis

London - A group of 25 orthopaedic surgeons at The University of Western Ontario’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has committed $1.5 million dollars in honour of Dr. J.C. Kennedy, the first Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Western. The donation will be matched by the university to create a $3 million endowed chair to strengthen research and education in orthopaedic surgery, effective July 1.

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Education

U of T celebrates extraordinary scholars

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto will confer honorary degrees on several outstanding scholars in the fields of medicine, engineering and medieval studies at its Convocation this spring.


 


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