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Ted Talks

Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web

Imagine being able to see artwork in the greatest museums around the world without leaving your chair. Driven by his passion for art, Amit Sood tells the story of how he developed Art Project to let people do just that.

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Investments

Canadians' investment optimism jumps in latest quarter

The home remains the castle for investors: Manulife Investor Sentiment Index

WATERLOO - Canadians' optimism towards investing climbed in the first quarter of 2011, with improved sentiment towards a range of investment types, including stocks, fixed income, investment properties and balanced funds, according to the latest Manulife Investor Sentiment Index.

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Leadership

Laurier presents Women and Political Leadership: A Centennial Journey Unfinished

WATERLOO – As part of its centennial celebrations, Wilfrid Laurier University is hosting a plenary panel discussion of women’s progress and inability to truly “break the glass-ceiling” of political representation since gaining the federal franchise nearly 100 years ago. Titled Women and Political Leadership: A Centennial Journey Unfinished, the event takes place Wednesday, May 18 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the university’s Senate and Board Chamber on the Waterloo campus.

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PSA

Kitchener City Council to hold Public Meeting on Region of Waterloo Rapid Transit Proposal

KITCHENER – Kitchener residents and business owners are invited to attend a special public meeting of Kitchener City Council on Thursday, May 26, 6 p.m., at city hall (200 King Street West). This meeting is scheduled to allow discussion on the subject of the Regional rapid transit proposal and its potential impact on the city.

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Community

MPP LEEANNA PENDERGAST OPENS NEW MULTI-USE SPORT FIELDS

Kitchener - The Ontario Government wants to continue helping to build communities. It is doing that through its infrastructure programs. On Thursday, May 12th Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Leeanna Pendergast had the privilege of opening two world class sports fields at RIM Park in Waterloo.

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Health Care

Renovated GRH mental health units to provide better environment for instilling hope and fostering recovery

Kitchener - Adults and children receiving mental health care at Grand River Hospital will now benefit from larger, brighter and more private care spaces through the completed expansion of inpatient psychiatric units at the facility’s KW Site.

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Neuroscience

Practice, not loss of sight, improves sense of touch in the blind

Hamilton - New research from McMaster may answer a controversial question: do the blind have a better sense of touch because the brain compensates for vision loss or because of heavy reliance on their fingertips? The study, published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests daily dependence on touch is the answer.

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Accountability

Manulife Financial's Public Accountability Statement now available online

TORONTO - Manulife Financial Corporation's 2010 Public Accountability Statement is now available for download at www.manulife.com. The report reviews the Company's commitment to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, excellence in business conduct and corporate governance.

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Technology

HONDA BRINGS THE WORLD'S MOST ADVANCED HUMANOID ROBOT TO CANADA

ASIMO visits Toronto and Gatineau to demonstrate the latest in robotics technology

TORONTO - Honda's ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, has arrived in Canada for its first visit since 2007. Designed to someday assist people with mobility challenges, ASIMO is the culmination of more than two decades of research and development by Honda engineers. While in Canada, ASIMO will make two stops in Toronto and one in Gatineau, where Honda will demonstrate its humanoid robotics technology to the public.

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Relocation

Avison Young to relocate global headquarters to PwC Tower at Southcore Financial Centre in Toronto as part of company strategy to reduce carbon footprint

Real estate firm's move to sustainable building underscores company's commitment to social responsibility

TORONTO - Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young, Canada's largest independently-owned commercial real estate services company, announced that the company will be relocating its global corporate headquarters to PwC Tower (18 York Street) at Southcore Financial Centre, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation new development that is being built to target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. SFC is located in Toronto's emerging southcore financial district.

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Awards

Winners and runners-up announced for 2010 National Newspaper Awards

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail emerged with five National Newspaper Awards to lead all newspapers in the 62nd National Newspaper Awards competition The Toronto Star and La Presse of Montreal picked up three each. The Gazette in Montreal, The Canadian Press, and The Hamilton Spectator earned two each.

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Partnership

Newly launched Sun Life Wellness Institute partners with Ivey Business School in ground-breaking study on the impact of workplace wellness programs

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial today announced the launch of the new Sun Life Wellness Institute and a pioneering partnership with the Richard Ivey School of Business to conduct research on the return-on-investment of workplace wellness programs for Canadian employers.

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Research

Carleton Professor Lights up the World of Photonics Research

Ottawa – The Ottawa-Gatineau region is a hotbed of world-class research in optical fibre sensors, making Ottawa a natural site to host the 21st International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors.

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Research and Development

University of Ottawa signs agreement with the Centre for Drug Research and Development

OTTAWA - The University of Ottawa and the Centre for Drug Research and Development announced that they have signed an affiliation agreement that will allow researchers at the University of Ottawa to access CDRD’s drug development infrastructure and expertise.

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Manufacturing

Monthly Survey of Manufacturing

Statscan - Manufacturing sales increased 1.9% (+$877 million) in March to $47.5 billion, following a 1.8% decline in February. The transportation equipment industry (+6.3%) accounted for just over half of the gain. Sales also rose in the machinery and paper industries.


 


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