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Monday May 30, 2011

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Ted Talks

Robert Gupta and Joshua Roman duet on "Passacaglia"

It's a master class in collaboration as violinist Robert Gupta and cellist Joshua Roman perform Halvorsen's "Passacaglia" for violin and viola. Roman takes the viola part on his Stradivarius cello. It's powerful to watch the two musicians connect moment to moment (and recover from a mid-performance hiccup).

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Healthy Living

World’s leading Parkinson’s researchers to speak at Laurier

WATERLOO – Some of the world’s leading researchers on Parkinson’s disease will speak at Wilfrid Laurier University Friday, June 3, for the Laurier 100 Symposium on Parkinson’s disease.

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Peace

International Day of UN Peacekeepers - May 29

UN Peacekeeping needs Canada's help

Washington, DC - "Now is the time for Canada to start re-engaging in UN peacekeeping," says Warren Allmand, former cabinet minister and current President of the World Federalist Movement-Canada. "The announced withdrawal of Canadian combat troops from Afghanistan in 2011 provides an opportunity for us to direct our military leadership and expertise to missions where they are urgently needed by the world community."

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LRT Transportation

ANGUS REID POLL SHOWS MAJORITY SUPPORT LRT AND WOULD VOTE FOR PRO-LRT CANDIDATES IN NEXT ELECTION

Kitchener - Poll results released May 27, 2011 show Waterloo Region residents agree that the community needs an updated public transit system to address population growth (73 percent), and 58 percent believe it would be better for Waterloo Region to pursue a transit option that includes LRT.

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PSA

Investing In Waterloo Region Hospital Upgrades

Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Supports Quality Care For Patients

KITCHENER - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) is investing in upgrades to local hospitals to support their efforts in providing high quality care to local residents. The upgrades will ensure that hospitals comply with health and safety standards, and offer an efficient and safe environment in which to provide patients the best possible care.

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Festival

International stars headline New Hamburg Live! Festival

New Hamburg - The third annual New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts, which runs May 31 through June 5, features a full roster of performers and stars with national and international reputations.

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Union Statement

U.S. Steel Suffers Another Defeat in Federal Court

Foreign Corporations Must Be Held to Account for Breaking Promises to Canada: United Steelworkers

TORONTO - For the second time, a federal court has upheld Canada's right to enforce legislation to ensure Canadians benefit from foreign corporate takeovers.

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Disaster

Co-operators General Insurance Company estimates financial cost of Slave Lake wildfires

GUELPH - The Co-operators Emergency Response Team has been on location in northern Alberta, working to serve clients affected by the devastating wildfires in the region. Staff members from other locations are working in the area, mobile offices have been established, and crisis counsellors are available to support those coping with the tragedy.

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Bill McCaffrey of MEG Energy Awarded CVCA’s 2011 ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award

TORONTO - The CVCA - Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, is pleased to announce that Bill McCaffrey of MEG Energy Corp. is the recipient of CVCA’s 18th Annual ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Award’.

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Financial Markets

IMF’s Ruben Lamdany to deliver signature lecture on role of overconfidence in global economic crisis

Waterloo - How did one of the world’s largest financial institutions fail to predict the global economic crisis?

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Order of Canada

NHL great Howie Meeker was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada

Ottawa -- Harold Albrecht was in attendance May 27 as fellow Waterloo-Oxford Alumnus, former NHL great, and former Conservative MP Howie Meeker was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston, in recognition of the former’s service in a specific community or area of expertise.

Photo (L to R): Dr. James Lunney (MP, Nanaimo-Alberni), Howie Meeker,
Leah Meeker, Harold Albrecht (MP, Kitchener-Conestoga)

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Solar Energy

Solar Power Partners and JCM Capital Sign another 6 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Ontario

Toronto – Solar Power Partners and JCM Capital jointly announced that they have signed an agreement with Rumble Energy, to provide full development, construction and long-term equity financing for a 6 MW portfolio of commercial-scale rooftop installations located throughout Ontario.

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Energy Cost

The Fraser Institute: Barriers to Investment in North American Electricity Infrastructure Will Saddle Consumers With Higher Electricity Costs

CALGARY - North America's electricity infrastructure needs close to $1 trillion in investment over the next decade to meet the growing needs of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, according to a new report from the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

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International Affairs

Former Assistant Deputy Minister Joins Carleton’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Ottawa – Fen Hampson, director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, announced that John Higginbotham has joined NPSIA as a Senior Distinguished Fellow.

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International Payments

Canada's balance of international payments

Statscan - Canada's current account deficit (on a seasonally adjusted basis) with the rest of the world declined for the second consecutive quarter to reach $8.9 billion in the first quarter, led by a larger goods surplus. The $1.4 billion decline in the current account deficit was largely attributable to strong export volumes of energy products.

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Economic Accounts

Canadian economic accounts

Statscan - Real gross domestic product (GDP) advanced 1.0% in the first quarter, following a 0.8% increase in the previous quarter. Final domestic demand rose 0.6%. On a monthly basis, real GDP by industry increased 0.3% in March.

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Communication

BRAMPTON LIBRARY LAUNCHES TALKING COMPUTERS

Brampton - The Brampton Library has introduced a new service to assist customers who have difficulty seeing and reading webpages and other online documents and forms. The library service, called BrowseAloud, uses new technology to read computer content aloud. It also highlights the text on the screen as it is spoken aloud, for library customers with limited vision.

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Communication

BrowseAloud gives a voice to the Township of Muskoka Lakes

Muskoka - The Township of Muskoka Lakes has teamed up with BrowseAloud to provide a website text-to-speech service that will improve the online experience for the many residents and visitors to the Township’s website.



 
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