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Monday January 17, 2011
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Ted Talks

Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning

At TEDxPSU, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.

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Banking

‘Watan’ branchless banking partnership to reach up to 1.6 million Pakistan flood victims with cash transfers, other financial services

Waterloo - Nearly 1.6 million flood victims in Pakistan will soon flash plastic debit cards as a way to get back on their feet following last summer’s heavy monsoon rains which took many lives and left millions homeless.

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Education

Conestoga Program Now Accredited by Canadian Supply Chain Sector

Waterloo - Conestoga’s Business Administration - Materials and Operations Management Program is now accredited by the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council through its National Accreditation Program.

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Election

Jane Mitchell elected GRCA chair

Waterloo - Jane Mitchell, a member of Waterloo Regional Council from the City of Waterloo, has been elected chair of the Grand River Conservation Authority.

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Funding

Students' sustainability projects to have greater IMPACT! thanks to funding boost

GUELPH - Eight Canadian students involved with IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership have received additional funding for projects aimed at bringing about social and environmental change. In 2009, 13 recipients received a total of $49,685.

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Fiscal Results

COM DEV Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End Fiscal 2010 Results

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced fourth quarter and year end financial results for the three- and twelve-month periods ended October 31, 2010.

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Budget

Service Review Shaves $5.4 Million from Proposed Budget

Cambridge - Months of service review activities by City staff have shaved $5.4 million off the City of Cambridge budget which presents a significantly better starting point for the Budget Task Force when talks begin.

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Film

Award-Winning Director to Screen Documentary at Carleton

OTTAWA – Carleton University will host filmmaker and author T.C. McLuhan on Sunday, Jan. 30 as she screens her documentary on the life of freedom fighter, educator, and humanitarian Badshah Khan titled, “The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, A Torch for Peace.”

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Acquisition

The Co-operators expands in Gaspésie with acquisition of local insurance brokerage

MONTREAL - Co-operators announced that it has acquired, along with an investment partner, the personal lines insurance operations of a brokerage based in Caplan, in the Gaspésie region of Quebec. Assurances Claude Paquet's personal lines operations will begin operating as the newest Co-operators office, with Nathalie Paquet as Co-operators representative.

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History

Emeritus professor Marcel Trudel dies

OTTAWA — Marcel Trudel, an eminent historian who specialized in New France, passed away at the age of 93. Author of more than 40 works, he devoted his life to “re-writing” the history of New France without the pious, patriotic and empirical accounts of history presented in the history textbooks.

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Ecology

Carleton Professor Part of Team Investigating Mysterious Fish Infection

Ottawa – The Globe and Mail published the following story. Carleton Professor Steven Cooke was one of the 15 scientists involved in this research. He developed the biopsy technique that enabled the collection of non-lethal tissue samples from fish. His lab was involved with fish tagging and tissue collection in the wild.

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Securities

Canada's international transactions in securities

Statscan - Strong foreign acquisitions of Canadian securities continued in November as non-residents added a further $8.0 billion to their portfolios, again focusing on bonds. Canadian acquisitions of foreign securities reached an eight-month high of $5.8 billion in November, led by the largest investment in foreign bonds since March 2007.

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Economy

Study: Comparing the 2008-2010 recession and recovery with previous cycles

Statscan - By most conventional measures (real gross domestic product, employment or hours worked) the 2008-2009 recession in Canada was less severe than those in 1981-1982 and 1990-1992.


 

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