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Wednesday June 29, 2011

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Ted Talks

Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence

In this passionate talk from TEDx San Miguelde Allende that's already caused a sensation in Mexico, Emiliano Salinas, son of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, confronts the current climate of violence in Mexico, or rather, how Mexican society responds.

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Award

Lyle S. Hallman Foundation donates $234,100 to enhance Mental Health Education at Grand River Hospital

Kitchener – Patients and staff of the mental health and addictions program at Grand River Hospital will benefit from the largest education grant the hospital has ever received. The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation will present a $234,100 gift to the hospital’s mental health and addictions program at the hospital’s annual meeting.

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PSA

University of Waterloo students celebrate Canada Day with local community

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo and its Federation of Students will hold one of the largest Canada Day celebrations in Ontario this week, presenting live music, children's events and fireworks.

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Alumni

Shad Valley Program Returns to Carleton University

Ottawa and Waterloo – Fifty-two of the brightest high school students from across Canada will converge on Carleton University on July 3 as part of the 2011 Shad Valley Program. This four-week residential program provides a transformative experience, pushing the students to expand their horizons and think in unconventional ways.

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Appointment

Laurier employee elected first president of Learning Specialists Association of Canada

WATERLOO – Michael Lisetto-Smith, manager of the Study Skills and Supplemental Instruction Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, was elected the first president of the Learning Specialists Association of Canada.

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Scholarships

33 local youth triumph over hardship to receive scholarships

Waterloo Region - Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region and its Foundation presented 33 scholarships to crown wards of the Agency on Thursday, June 23th during their Annual General Meetings.

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Growth and Development

Grand River Hospital celebrates year of success and growth at 2011 annual meeting

Kitchener - Grand River Hospital has celebrated projects that have brought new and expanded services, as well as quality developments providing better care for area patients. The hospital held its annual meeting for 2010-2011 at GRH’s Freeport Site, marking the efforts of staff, physicians and volunteers in providing exceptional care with compassion while wisely using available funding.

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PSA

Freedom 55 presents second annual Freedom Ride to End MS
By Rosalind Horne

Kitchener - Despite a lingering uncertainty surrounding the recent economic turbulence seen by businesses both near and far, understanding of the value corporate social responsibility seems to continue to pick up momentum. The MS Society, Waterloo District Chapter responded to the rough times with a new fundraising event reaching out to a different demographic, hoping to gain support along the way.

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PSA

Many city facilities closed for Canada Day

KITCHENER – Offices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on Friday, July 1. Services normally offered by staff will be available again on Monday, July 4 at 8:30 a.m. The building itself will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as it does on all holidays and weekends.

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Research

$600,000 for research will help

Grand River agencies learn more about water quality

Cambridge - The Canadian Water Network is making $600,000 available to the Grand River Conservation Authority and a group of other organizations to get a better understanding of water quality issues in the Grand River watershed. The money will allow researchers to better understand the many factors affecting water quality and predict the impacts on river health of population growth and climate change.

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Funding

Community-based organizations receive $149,700 from The Co-operators

GUELPH - The Co-operators announced $149,700 in grants to support the work of nine community-based organizations that help marginalized Canadians move toward self-reliance. The funding is provided through The Co-operators Foundation's Community Economic Development Fund that supports the charitable and non-profit organizations' efforts to provide work experience and skills development opportunities to the people they serve.

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Awards

Local Company Wins Safest Large Fleet for Fourth Time

St. Jacobs – Home Hardware Stores Limited has been awarded the Safest Large Fleet Award at the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s annual conference. This marks the fourth time that Home Hardware has received this top honour, previously winning in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

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Innovation

Health and wellness of Canadians drives research at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

New researchers round out powerful cross-disciplinary science team

VINELAND - Three new research scientists have joined Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Dr. Bernard Goyette, Post Harvest Technologies, Dr. Valerio Primomo, Vegetable Breeder, and Dr. Anissa Poleatewich, Plant Pathology, bring their respective research expertise and experience to Vineland.

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Disaster Relief

Contribution of Another $50,000 to Flood Relief Efforts

BRANDON - The United Steelworkers union and its members are once again rallying to support flood relief efforts in southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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Technology Report

Minister Paradis and Minister of State Goodyear Welcome State of the Nation Report by Science, Technology and Innovation Council

OTTAWA - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), received Imagination to Innovation: Building Canadian Paths to Prosperity, the second State of the Nation report from the Science, Technology and Innovation Council. The report charts Canada's innovation performance and provides benchmarks to measure innovation on an international scale.

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IT

World’s Data More than Doubling Every Two Years – Driving Big Data Opportunity, New IT Roles

HOPKINTON – EMC Corporation announced results of the EMC-sponsored IDC Digital Universe study, “Extracting Value from Chaos” – which found the world’s information is more than doubling every two years, which is faster growth than Moore’s Law – with a colossal 1.8 zettabytes to be created and replicated in 2011.

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Leadership

Carleton Creates Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership

Ottawa – Carleton University has established a Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership. “The complex policy and political world in which we live requires more creative leadership, particularly by and for women,” says Susan Phillips, one of the co-creators of the centre and director of the School of Public Policy and Administration. “The centre will advance research, host events and offer professional development to enhance the role and influence of women in leadership positions across the public and non-profit sectors in Canada and internationally.”

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Prices

Consumer Price Index

Statscan - Consumer prices rose 3.7% in the 12 months to May, the largest increase since March 2003. This follows a 3.3% increase posted in April. The increase in May was primarily a result of higher gasoline prices.


 
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