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Thursday July 28, 2011

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Ted Talks

Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure

Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists -- that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.

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Arts and Culture

Celebrating IMPACT 11

KITCHENER – Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Minister for Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada announced that Multicultural Theatre Space will receive funding for their IMPACT 11 program.

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PSA

City facilities close for Civic Holiday

KITCHENER – Offices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on Monday, Aug. 1. Services normally offered by staff will be available again on Tuesday, Aug. 2 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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Prices

Toronto Gas Prices Dropping 50 cents a Litre Heading Into Long Weekend

FlightNetwork.com 'price-drops' gas in celebration of New Price Drop Protection Plan!

TORONTO - The petroleum industry may deny it, but we all know that gas prices go up right before a long weekend. As Torontonians look to fill up before hitting the road Friday, many of them are expected to fill up at the Tru-Value Gas Bar at 933 Warden Avenue (Eglinton Ave. East and Warden Ave.), where FlightNetwork.com is dropping the price of gas by 50 cents per litre, giving consumers a much needed break on ever-rising fuel costs.

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Funding

Eight Ontario start-ups receive $6 million in funding from the Investment Accelerator Fund

TORONTO - Eight Ontario companies have received more than $6 million in seed and later stage financing from the Investment Accelerator Fund, a program that invests in eligible companies as they develop their technologies and bring their products or services to market.

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Donations

Employees help direct $236,150 to community organizations

GUELPH - The Co-operators announced donations totalling $236,150 to 156 community organizations throughout Canada, which were selected by Co-operators staff members, directors and delegates.

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Donations

12 Guelph-area organizations chosen to share $44,250

GUELPH - The Co-operators announced staff-directed donations of $44,250 to 12 Guelph-area organizations. The contributions are part of the organization's Directed Donations program, in which staff members may each direct $75 of corporate funds to the organization of their choice.

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Community Health

Ontario takes action to help the millions who continue to smoke

Government decision to provide access to smoking cessation medications welcomed

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Academy of Medicine congratulates the Ontario government for its decision to fund smoking cessation medications as part of the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan, effective August 4. This is an essential element of a comprehensive anti-smoking strategy that includes prevention programs, counseling and support, and tough tobacco control measures.

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Unions

Union releases Video on 20-Month Infinity Rubber Strike

One of Toronto's longest-ever strikes highlights need for replacement worker ban, video shows

TORONTO - The United Steelworkers has released a new video on one of the longest strikes in Toronto history. The strike at the Infinity Rubber plant in Toronto's Etobicoke neighbourhood has entered its 20th month. Rather than negotiate a fair settlement, the company has been operating with minimum-wage replacement workers hired through temporary employment agencies.

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Ecosystem

Cod resurgence in Canadian waters

Kingston - Cod and other groundfish populations off the east coast of Canada are showing signs of recovery more than 20 years after the fisheries collapsed in the early 1990s, according to research published in Nature.

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Dairy

Prof's Ice Cream Research Makes Headlines

Guelph - U of G Food Science Prof. Doug Goff is featured in today’s Globe and Mail. The story about Goff’s research appears in a special Life section on ice cream. In the article, Goff talks about his quest to make ice cream a healthy treat. His latest work involves examining ways to create a frozen dessert that’s lower in saturated fats than conventional products.

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Arts and Culture

The Table is Set for Fantastic Comedy

At the Drayton Festival Theatre

DRAYTON – The summer season continues with the best in professional live theatre at the Drayton Festival Theatre. To the delight of theatregoers, the company has chosen to present a delicious comedy as its third production of the season. How the Other Half Loves plays for a limited three week engagement, now through August 13th.

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Heritage

Archaeologists search for lost graves at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site

London - Starting tomorrow, archaeologists from The University of Western Ontario and the Ontario Heritage Trust will begin to search for unmarked graves at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden.

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Pain Control

Yoga boosts stress-busting hormone, reduces pain York U study Shows

TORONTO – A new study by York University researchers finds that practicing yoga reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia.

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Insect Deterrent

Food-based spray to give Canadians mosquito relief

CHARLOTTETOWN - It's a banner year for mosquitoes in Canada, forcing many people to take refuge indoors. But a safe, natural and food-based area spray produced in PEI - and available across the country - could get everyone back to their patios, yards, and campsites.

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Taxes

U.S. taxes removed from fare structure

U.S. budget challenges provide a tax break for travellers

CALGARY - WestJet this week announced that they have removed select U.S. aviation taxes from their fare structure in response to Congress' failure to approve the Federal Aviation Authority's re-authorization extension.

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Anniversary

Minister of State Goodyear Recognizes 90th Anniversary of Banting and Best's Discovery of Insulin

OTTAWA - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), issued the following statement: "I am pleased to join Canadians in celebrating the 90th anniversary of one of our country's most important milestones in research. On July 27, 1921, Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best made one of the biggest breakthroughs in modern medicine: isolating insulin and discovering how to administer it to diabetes patients..."

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Research Award

Carleton Professor Links with Indian Students for Polymer Research

Ottawa - PhD candidate Selladurai Madhiyan has been awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship that will strengthen Carleton’s research ties with India. The $10,000 award will help him travel to Canada to assist Carleton’s P.R. Sundararajan with his research on temperature-tolerant polymers.

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Communications

Award-winning On Campus News launches online news centre at the University of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan - On Campus News, the official newspaper of the University of Saskatchewan, is pleased to announce the launch of the OCN online news centre.

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Guest Column

Everyone said that you and your business needed to be on Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, and every other new social media site or service that has made its debut since then. You linked your webpage and your blog and made sure you had the right apps on your mobile devices to post on the go. You have profiles and pages on multiple services and…. now what? 


 
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