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Monday January 24, 2011
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Ted Talks

Heather Knight: Silicon-based comedy

In this first-of-its-kind demo, Heather Knight introduces Data, a robotic stand-up comedian that does much more than rattle off one-liners -- it gathers audience feedback through advanced sensors and tunes its act as the crowd responds. Is this thing on?

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Charity

Rotary Club of Kitchener-Conestoga’s 2010 Turkey Drive Helps Feed a Community

WATERLOO REGION – It wasn’t supposed to be this way. After all, ‘economic recovery’ had been in the news for many months. But then the requests for Christmas Hampers kept growing and growing, to a record number of 3,875. The Rotary Club of Kitchener Conestoga knew exactly how to respond. They built and ran their biggest ever Turkey Drive in support of House of Friendship’s annual Christmas Hamper program. The Turkey Drive even went viral, with a new web site and on-line giving, which helped boost results.


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Budget

2011 operating budget proposed

KITCHENER – The City of Kitchener continues to balance its commitment to provide valued services and programs to residents, while maintaining a reasonable level of property taxation, and preserving its long-term financial wellbeing.

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Real Estate

SHIRLEY LOHMER, CRA, Broker of Record

Kitchener - Shirley was presented with the distinguished HONORARY LIFETIME MEMBER AWARD by the Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Board, only the 13th presented in the 70+ year history of the Board.

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Poverty

Poverty Free Waterloo Region Welcomes Tony Martin, MP

Kitchener - On January 25th, Tony Martin, a federal New Democrat MP in Canada responsible in his caucus for social policy, poverty elimination and persons with disabilities, has brought forward a private member’s bill, Bill C-545, which would direct the federal government to consultatively develop a federal poverty elimination strategy, create a new, independent Poverty Commissioner to monitor progress of the strategy, and provide a stronger advisory role for the National Council of Welfare, to be renamed the National Council of Poverty and Social Inclusion.

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Research Centre

Minister of State Goodyear Celebrates Official Opening of Research and Academic Centre at Laurier Brantford

BRANTFORD - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), was joined by Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, and Dave Levac, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brant, at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus to officially open the school's Research and Academic Centre. The centre will provide new library, research and advanced teaching space for the campus's growing student population.

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Awards

2011 Employer of Distinction Awards Recognize Local Business

Guelph - The Guelph & District Human Resources Professionals Association is proud to announce the recipient of its third annual Employer of Distinction Awards.

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Construction

Carleton Opens New Canal Building

Ottawa – Carleton became the first university in Canada to complete a major construction project supported by the recent federal and provincial stimulus funding program (Knowledge Infrastructure Program) when it opened its new Canal Building.

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Governance

Hundreds gather to form University of Toronto General Assembly

TORONTO - Over two hundred students, workers, faculty, and community members packed a room to form a General Assembly that challenges the legitimacy of the University of Toronto’s administration and Governing Council. They shared accounts of their attempts to raise serious concerns with the University, only to be met with closed doors.

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Economy

2010 Canadian M&A at five-year high; 2011 a perfect storm: PwC

TORONTO - A total of 3001 Canadian deals worth $155 billion were tracked during 2010, according to a report by PwC. Annual volumes rose by 30% and closed at a five-year high, and annual dollar volumes posted a 65% gain, which was impressive, but still well below the 2007 peak. Gains outpaced the global trend, where the number and dollar volume of deals were both 25% higher than the prior year, the report indicates.

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Trade

Retail Services Price Index

Statscan - The Retail Services Price Index declined marginally by 0.1% in the second quarter as compared to the first quarter.

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Construction Competition

ONLY 60 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TO HOLCIM AWARDS COMPETITION

Final Call for professionals and students to compete for a share of USD 2 million in prize money in prestigious international competition for sustainable construction

TORONTO - The 3rd International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction will close for registration on March 23, 2011. Entries are being accepted until 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The competition recognizes and celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible projects and visions from around the globe and is open to: sustainable building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects; and materials, products and construction technologies.

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Production

Navistar Makes No Move to Re-Open Plant, Governments Must Step in, CAW says

TORONTO - Following months of uncertainty, the bargaining committees from CAW Local 35 and CAW Local 127 met with senior levels of management from Navistar in Windsor, Ontario. The meeting was requested by the union, as part of its ongoing attempt to have Navistar reopen the Chatham truck facility.

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Pain

UOIT’s IT security and chronic pain research projects receive significant boost from CFI

Funding will support new testing facilities and equipment; provide more hands-on training opportunities for students

Oshawa - Information Technology and Health Sciences researchers and students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology will now have new and updated facilities to conduct their cutting-edge research projects thanks to a $105,896 boost from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

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Union

CAW Reaches Tentative Agreement with CN Rail

MONTREAL - The CAW has reached at a tentative agreement with CN Rail following a 48-hour marathon negotiating session.

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