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Wednesday May 11, 2011

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Ted Talks

Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination

Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee.

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Arts and Culture

Waterloo Region joins national CULTURE DAYS campaign

Communities across the country unveil plans for second annual Canada-wide celebration of arts and culture

Waterloo – The second annual Culture Days campaign is now launched! This grassroots Canada-wide movement aims to raise awareness, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of our communities. More than 300 activity organizers in 122 cities and towns across the country have already pre-registered to take part in this year’s Culture Days weekend on September 30, October 1 and 2, 2011.

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Entrepreneurs

G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Teams With OpenText to Enable Global Entrepreneurial Activity

ISTANBUL - The G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance (G20 YEA) - the global collective of entrepreneurially minded organizations behind the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit - announced the continued support of OpenText, Canada's largest software company.

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Award

Local Coldwell Banker Sales representative wins international award

Kitchener – Eric Reiner, a Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty’s Commercial Division, has earned top honours within the Coldwell Banker Commercial network of companies based on his sales accomplishments in 2010.

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PSA

Construction at KW Site driveway closure due to crane operations

Kitchener - Please be advised of a one-day closure of Grand River Hospital’s KW Site main driveway on Wednesday May 11th for construction. This will take place from 7am to 6pm. Contractors will lift new heating units to the roof of the A wing. Crews will set up a crane on the driveway between the A wing and the canoe garden to complete the job faster.

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PSA

2011 Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival

Guelph – The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival is proud to present its 13th annual festival weekend, June 2 to 5, 2011. This year’s Festival highlights the truly inspiring nature of contemporary dance; the power and possibility that this art form creates for artists and audiences alike to “imagine more.”

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Communications

The Co-operators Selects IP Business Communications Solution from Interactive Intelligence

Canadian insurance co-operative selects Interactive Intelligence all-in-one IP communications software suite to consolidate systems across several locations

GUELPH - Several member companies of The Co-operators Group Ltd., a Canadian-owned, multi-product insurance company, have selected the Interactive Intelligence all-in-one IP communications software suite, Customer Interaction Center.

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Public Works

Update on Water/Wastewater Billing For Cambridge Residents

Canada Post To Deliver Bills

Cambridge - Beginning next Monday, the City of Cambridge will use Canada Post for the delivery of water and wastewater information. The City is tweaking the new billing process as a response to concerns expressed by some members of the public.

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Fuel

NUMBER OF GAS STATIONS IN CANADA CONTINUES TO DECLINE

Annual study also reveals a continued drop in outlets affiliated with integrated refiner-marketers, lack of growth in the "big box" sector

LONDON - The number of retail gasoline outlets in Canada continues to decline, according to a recently released annual survey of retail gasoline facilities by petroleum consultancy MJ Ervin & Associates. It identified a total of 12,710 retail gas stations as of December 31, 2010; a continuation of a downward trend in the number of retail gasoline stations in Canada since 1989, when over 20,000 retail outlets existed. The 2010 outlet count represents 3.7 gas stations for every 10,000 persons in Canada.

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Awards

HSBC BANK CANADA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE HSBC INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS

VANCOUVER - HSBC Bank Canada has announced the four winners of the inaugural HSBC International Business Awards, which celebrate the best of Canadian companies doing business abroad. Finalists and winners were honoured at a gala celebration held May 10, 2011, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto.

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Survey

LET'S MAKE A DEAL - Robert Half Survey: More Than Six in 10 Workers Comfortable Negotiating With New Employer for Higher Salary

TORONTO - Talking about compensation with a potential employer can be a nerve-racking experience, especially in a tight job market. But most professionals aren't shy about asking companies to show them the money, a new Robert Half International survey suggests. More than six in 10 (61 per cent) workers interviewed said they're comfortable negotiating a higher salary or better benefits.

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Market

Recent Influx of American Retailers Opens Floodgates for U.S. Brands in Canadian Market according to Colliers International Report

Exchange rate and untapped market potential create perfect storm for U.S. retail invasion

Vancouver – The Canadian retail landscape is set to experience a dramatic change as American retailers set their sights on the lucrative Canadian market over the next five years, according to Colliers International’s 2011 Canadian Retail Report just released.

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Technology

Lack of venture capital funding holding Canadian tech firms back from competing globally

Second straight year angel investors dominate funding for emerging technology companies: PwC

TORONTO - A report on emerging technology companies released today by PwC shows that for the second straight year, angel investors have taken over as the primary funding source for these companies, with venture capitalist fundraising at a 16-year low. Angels typically invest their own funds, unlike venture capitalists, who manage the pooled money of others in a professionally-managed fund.

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Tourism

New Consumer Brand for Local Wine

Niagara – The Wine Council of Ontario has launched the most sweeping transformation of the industry’s consumer-facing brand since it started promoting Ontario wine and wineries in 1974. The new brand “Wine Country Ontario” allows for consumers to gain an immediate sense that a bottle of Ontario wine is not just a bottle of wine.

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Award

Dr. Duncan Stewart to Receive Biomedical Science Ambassador Award

OTTAWA – Dr. Duncan Stewart, CEO and Scientific Director of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Vice-President of Research at The Ottawa Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, will receive the prestigious Biomedical Science Ambassador Award from Partners in Research on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at The Ottawa Evening Gala.

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Fundraiser

Carleton Students Walk and Roll for MS Society

Ottawa – Twelve Carleton students from Carleton’s Management Development Program for Women will be walking for classmate Yassemin Cohanim at the Ottawa MS Walk on Sunday, May 15, 2011.

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Trade

Canadian international merchandise trade

Statscan - Canada's merchandise exports and imports both rose in March, as most sectors recorded gains. Exports increased 3.5% and imports grew 2.8%. As a result, Canada's trade surplus increased from $356 million in February to $627 million in March.


 


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