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Friday June 3, 2011

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Ted Talks

Aaron O'Connell: Making sense of a visible quantum object

Physicists are used to the idea that subatomic particles behave according to the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, completely different to human-scale objects. In a breakthrough experiment, Aaron O'Connell has blurred that distinction by creating an object that is visible to the unaided eye, but provably in two places at the same time.

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Charity

Strong Start Selected as First Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region Investment

Waterloo - The partnership of Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region voted to select Strong Start to reading, a Kitchener-based charity, as its first ever investee organization. Strong Start will receive grants totalling $100,000 over the next three years, plus the time and professional expertise of more than 50 SVPWR partners.

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Transportation

Grand River CarShare supports light rail transit for Waterloo Region

KITCHENER – Grand River CarShare, Waterloo Region’s non-profit carsharing co-operative, is joining the growing list of local businesses and organizations in support of light rail transit.

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Taxes

The Fraser Institute: Tax Freedom Day Falls on June 6 as Canadians Work an Extra Two Days in 2011 to Pay Taxes

VANCOUVER - Tax Freedom Day, the day when Canadians start working for themselves after paying off the total tax bill imposed on them by all levels of government, falls on Monday, June 6, two days later than in 2010, according to the Fraser Institute's annual Tax Freedom Day calculations.

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PSA

4th Annual ECOFest challenges you to “reduce your environmental footprint one step at a time”

Waterloo - ECOFest is a family-oriented, fun and free event that will be held at the Waterloo Region Museum on Saturday June 4, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At ECOFest, visitors can experience what this community has to offer in terms of green living, through hands-on activity centres, interactive displays, the newest innovations and children’s musical entertainment.

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Economy

Green Economy in Ontario

Waterloo - The green economy is a rapidly growing sector affecting a wide array of industries and occupations. The introduction of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, 2009, has served as a catalyst for building a stronger, more sustainable economy. In its first three years, the GEA is expected to create 50,000 clean energy jobs across the province. As the province transitions to a greener economy, one of the most critical issues facing “green” industries is the shortage of skilled labour.

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Renaming

Waterloo renames R&T park after Governor General David Johnston

WATERLOO - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Sharon Johnston will attend the official renaming of the University of Waterloo research and technology park this weekend. The Governor General will unveil the new sign at the entrance of the David Johnston Research and Technology Park on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

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Fundraising Goal

Laurier Golf Classic raises record-breaking amount for students

Waterloo - The high temperature on May 31 wasn’t the only record broken at Laurier’s 14th Annual Golf Classic, presented by RBC Royal Bank and hosted at the Brantford Golf and Country Club. Golfers surpassed the record in total funds raised at this event, with $92,000 in donations toward student support. Once the final numbers have been calculated, the organizing committee is confident it will be very close to its $100,000 goal in honour of Laurier’s centennial anniversary.

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Contest Fundraiser

RE/MAX BELIZE CREATES DRAMA AT WESTMOUNT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

WATERLOO - RE/MAX Belize Property Center makes the cut at Westmount Golf & Country Club on June 6, 2011 by sponsoring “The Hole” contest. For a touch of drama and fun on the links at the 11th Annual President’s Golf Tournament, RE/MAX Property Center is sponsoring a “Hole-in-One” contest. Any golfer skilled enough to ace the hole-in-one will be the lucky winner of a residential lot in a private rainforest hideaway at Better in Belize, one of the most sensational eco-communities in the Caribbean - a value of over $21,000.

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Food Research

U of G Scientist Expanding Research on E. coli

Guelph - A University of Guelph food scientist wants to learn more about deadly E. coli bacteria, including a strain linked to organically grown vegetables that has killed at least five people and sickened hundreds more in Europe.

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Grief

Kitchener Cemeteries to hold workshop on pet loss

KITCHENER – Kitchener Cemeteries is introducing a workshop to assist people in finding comfort and gaining insight into mourning the loss of a beloved animal companion, the workshops will be held on Monday, June 6 - World Pet Memorial Day, and again on Sept. 15, at Williamsburg Dedication Centre, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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PSA

Guelph Young Professionals Network

Guelph - The Guelph Young Professionals Network has been designed to showcase the talent of young professionals throughout the community. The goal of the organization is to build connections among likeminded individuals, create visibility for those involved and develop the group professionally.

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Donations

GORE MUTUAL FOUNDATION DONATES $10,000 TO GRAND RIVER CONSERVATION FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT OUTDOOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Cambridge - The Gore Mutual Insurance Company Foundation is pleased to announce that they have donated $10,000 to the Grand River Conservation Foundation, the charitable partner organization of the Grand River Conservation Authority. Funds will support the expansion of outdoor education programs for elementary students throughout the Grand River watershed.

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Study of Apparel Industry

THE APPAREL HUMAN RESOURCES COUNCIL UNVEILS RESULTS OF A MAJOR STUDY DONE ON THE CANADIAN APPAREL INDUSTRY

Canadian apparel industry looking to the future with optimism, yet major labour force hurdles must be overcome according to an important Labour Market Study conducted for the AHRC

Toronto - Mrs Judy Lackner Co-Chairperson of the AHRC Board of Directors and Regional representative of Workers United Ontario Council, accompanied by Mr Jean G. Rivard, Executive Director of the AHRC, by Mr Roy Nicholls Senior AHRC Project Manager for Ontario and by Board of Directors' member and Lethbridge College Media Program Leader, Mrs Vicki Charge unveiled findings and recommendations of one of the most important studies done on the Canadian apparel industry in the last ten years.

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PSA

Cambridge Centre for the Arts Launches 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Cambridge - It has been a decade this month that the Cambridge Centre for the Arts at 60 Dickson Street first opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by then Mayor Jane Brewer. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary milestone, the centre will be hosting a series of free arts events and programs for the community throughout the year.

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Science Conference

University of Calgary to host Canada’s top scientists and science communicators

Calgary - International energy expert John Hofmeister, University of Calgary climate scientist David Keith and Discovery Channel host Jay Ingram will headline the Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference taking place June 9-12 at the University of Calgary.

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Education and Communication

University of Toronto supports students’ success with Microsoft Live@edu web-based tools

TORONTO – Microsoft Canada and the University of Toronto are pleased to announce that UofT is the latest higher education institution to deliver Microsoft’s Live@edu e-mail and document management service. This joint initiative enables UofT’s 77,000 students to join a rapidly growing community of 11 million peers in more than 10,000 schools worldwide who are benefiting from the power of Live@edu.

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Tariffs

Agency launches new tool to help air carriers provide clear, simplified and understandable tariffs for passengers

OTTAWA - In its ongoing efforts to encourage air carriers to clarify their contractual commitments to passengers, the Canadian Transportation Agency has created a "Sample Tariff" to help air carriers provide the clearest possible language in their tariffs. A tariff is the contract of carriage between an air carrier and its passengers.


 
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