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Monday May 9, 2011

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Ted Talks

Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes

Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there's still one minor drawback ...) and the potential is simply stunning.

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Transit Survey

Waterloo Region Tech Sector Strongly Favors Light Rail Transit System, New Communitech Survey Shows

‘Option L3’ Endorsed by Communitech for Consideration by Officials

Waterloo – A survey of tech companies in Waterloo Region indicates overwhelming support for Light Rail Transit for the area, a survey released by Communitech shows. As a result, Communitech has formally endorsed option L3 put forward by regional staff for consideration, and plans to convey the survey results to all regional elected officials before the anticipated June vote on rapid transit.

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Community

4-DAY EXPO SHOWCASES COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS ON LOCAL & GLOBAL ISSUES MAY 10-14

600 SOCIAL CHANGE RESEARCHERS & COMMUNITY PRACTITIONERS CONVERGE ON WATERLOO REGION

Waterloo - CU Expo 2011 (May 10-14, 2011) will bring together research and practice to strengthen practical approaches for social change across a range of issues from poverty to public health - that combine the strengths of academia and community in unique partnerships and programs. This event will draw 600 community practitioners, academics, students and policy makers from across North America and the world to Wilfrid Laurier University. Registration remains open for CU Expo, and one-day bursaries are still available for local community members.

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Community

Call 2-1-1: Finding help in Waterloo Region just got easier

211 launches in Waterloo Region

Waterloo - On May 6, 2011 211 service launched in Waterloo Region. 211 is the first number to call to connect people to the services and help they need for more than half a million Ontarians who call every year.

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Health Care

Shorter ER Wait Times For Waterloo Region Residents

Waterloo - Ontario is helping to reduce the time Waterloo Region residents spend in emergency rooms. This year, Grand River Hospital is receiving $935,400, St. Mary’s General Hospital is receiving $764,500 and Cambridge Memorial Hospital is receiving $782,100 to further reduce ER wait times.

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Housing

New Board Elected at SHOW

Volunteers still needed

Waterloo – Supportive Housing of Waterloo, a charitable non-profit organisation operating a residence for the homeless in the City held its Annual General Meeting this past Tuesday and has elected a new Board of Directors for the coming year. Chairing the new Board is Barry Cull, a 59 year-old resident of Waterloo, and a professor at the Conestoga College School of Liberal Studies.

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Greenhouse Gas

Sustainable Waterloo Educational Forum: The Region of Waterloo's GHG Reduction Plan

Waterloo - On Friday , May 27, 2011, 7:30am - 9:30am David Roewade, the Region's Environmental Sustainability Planner, will share the Region's process of using the support provided by Sustainable Waterloo to create a thorough GHG inventory and action plan to reach a practical reduction target that balances environmental and financial responsibility with community need.

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Community

Trekking For Kids To Go To Camp

KITCHENER – Over 100 children are waiting to go to camp this summer courtesy of House of Friendship’s Summer Camp Sponsorship program, which sponsors local children living in low-income families to go to overnight summer camp for up to a week. If Martin Buhr, a former Executive Director of House of Friendship, and John Neufeld, the current Executive Director, have anything to say about it, they’ll get there.

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Conference

Acclaimed Author Jonah Lehrer to Headline at Desire2Learn Users' Conference

27-year-old Oxford University Rhodes Scholar is opening keynote at Desire2Learn Users’ Conference - FUSION 2011

Kitchener - Desire2Learn Incorporated, a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, announced that Jonah Lehrer, Contributing Editor for Wired magazine, will be the opening keynote at the 2011 FUSION Users’ Conference July 11 – 15 in Denver, Colorado.

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PSA

Symphony Pops Series

Kitchener - As part of Heffner Motor's 50th Anniversary Celebrations, the KW Symphony presents the next Pops Series Show "All Classical Music Explained." May 12 at the River Run Centre in Guelph and May 13 & 14 at the Centre In The Square.

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Solar Technology

SANYO and Westburne, Division of Rexel Canada Electrical Inc, Announce Strategic Alliance to Supply Quality Solar PV Modules Across Canada

WOODBRIDGE - SANYO Canada announced a strategic partnership with Westburne, a division of Rexel Canada Electrical Inc, Canada's largest distributor of electrical solutions, to make its solar photovoltaic modules available at Westburne locations across the country in order to facilitate the supply of quality solar components to the growing number of electrical contractors in Canada operating in the solar field.

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Finance

CO-OPERATORS GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2011 RESULTS

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company released consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2011. Consolidated net income was $25.8 million compared to $31.8 million for the same quarter in 2010. This resulted in earnings per common share of $1.11 for the quarter compared to $1.39 in the same period last year.

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Community

Advice, Inspiration & Applications Now on The Guelph Community Foundation’s New Web-site

Guelph – The Guelph Community Foundation invites everyone to visit their new web-site www.guelphcf.ca Thanks to a grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Guelph Community Foundation was able to give their old site more than a new look for spring.

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Management

Ontario Home Starts Edge Lower in April

TORONTO - Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate of home starts across urban(i) centres moderated for the first time in four months in April. An estimated 65,600 residential housing units got started in the latest month, down from 71,300 units in March.

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CMHC

April 2011 Housing Starts

OTTAWA - The seasonally adjusted annual rate(1) of housing starts was 179,000 units in April, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This is down from 184,700 units in March 2011.

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Vacancies

Class A office availability rises above 7% in Ottawa’s downtown core, creating more options for tenants

Avison Young releases its Spring 2011 Greater Ottawa Area Office Market Report

Ottawa – Coming out of the first quarter of 2011, Ottawa commercial office tenants are gaining more options as the traditional low vacancy of the downtown core climbs to more balanced levels. Following suit are increasing options for Ottawa’s suburban office users, including more central and larger vacancies in Ottawa West.

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Appointments

DECIMAL Expands its Canadian and US Sales Force by Adding Derek Sandison and Derek McMahon

Two key appointments to the sales team bring years of successful industry experience to DECIMAL.

MONTREAL - DECIMAL, a leading provider in cost and profitability management solutions and related professional services, announces the appointment of Derek Sandison as Vice President, Strategic Alliances, and Derek McMahon as Senior Manager, Business Development. Sandison and McMahon will be responsible for overseeing DECIMAL activities in Canada and the United States and for maintaining consistent revenue growth.

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Environment

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Environmental Responsibility and Business Conduct Acknowledged by NSF International

LAVAL -Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. announced that Neptune and its marine derived products have successfully completed an extensive and rigorous review of key environmental claims by NSF International.


 


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