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Friday October 7, 2011

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Ted Talks

Christoph Adami: Finding life we can't imagine

How do we search for alien life if it's nothing like the life that we know? Christoph Adami shows how he uses his research into artificial life - self-replicating computer programs to find a signature, a 'biomarker,' that is free of our preconceptions of what life is.

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Convocation

Boxing champion Lennox Lewis to receive honorary degree at Laurier’s fall convocation

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin to be installed as university chancellor

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will grant world-renowned boxing champion Lennox Lewis an honorary doctor of laws degree at the university’s fall convocation Oct. 28. The university will also hold an installation ceremony at the convocation for incoming Chancellor Michael Lee-Chin, at which outgoing Chancellor John Pollock will ceremonially hand the chancellor’s robes to his successor.

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PSA

AODA Compliance is MANDATORY – is your company ready?

WATERLOO - The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires all Ontario companies to have policies and practices for providing customer service to persons with disabilities in place by January 1, 2012. It is the law and many companies are neither aware nor prepared. The Making Cent$ of Abilities Coalition is hosting a free seminar to let company executives and managers learn what must be done.

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Community

National Foster Family Week...October 16-22, 2011

Waterloo - October 16-22 ,2011 is National Foster Family Appreciation Week. This week brings attention to and honors foster families who play an essential role in the lives of vulnerable children in our community.

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Election

Provincial Election Results Offer Opportunity for Ontario Municipalities

TORONTO - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario will work with Ontario's re-elected Liberal government to advance key municipal priorities that are in Ontario's best interest.

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Tourism

Minister of State Bernier Launches New Tourism Strategy to Strengthen Canada's Tourism Advantage

OTTAWA - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), launched Canada's Federal Tourism Strategy to help position Canada's tourism sector for long-term growth and global competitiveness.

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Employment

Labour Force Survey

Statscan - Following two months of little change, employment rose by 61,000 in September, all in full time. This increase pushed the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.1%, the lowest rate since December 2008.

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Arts and Culture

Sir Wilfrid Laurier statue to be unveiled Oct. 18

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will unveil a new statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Fred Nichols Campus Centre Quad on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. A bronze statue of a youthful Sir Wilfrid Laurier seated on a granite bench was commissioned by Laurier to celebrate the university’s 100th anniversary.

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PSA

Sunnyside Wellness Expo to educate and support older adults

KITCHENER – On October 22, 2011, 25 health care providers and specialists will come together at the Sunnyside Campus to educate and support older adults in heart health, osteoporosis, day programs, pharmaceuticals, elder abuse, Alzheimer disease, home safety, smoking cessation, influenza, eye health and much more.

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Composting Innovation

State-of-the-Art Organic Waste Processing Facility for the City of Guelph Completed

Guelph - The City of Guelph has been at the forefront of municipal organic waste composting for over two decades. However, five years after the original plant closed due to structural concerns, the Maple Reinders Group put forward the winning proposal to design, build and operate a modern, new organic waste processing facility.

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Trade

Minister Paradis Reintroduces Bill to Remove Barriers to Interprovincial Trade

OTTAWA - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, reintroduced the Improving Trade Within Canada Act, designed to implement enhancements to the resolution process for government-to-government disputes under the Agreement on Internal Trade.

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Lectures

Journalist Gwynne Dyer to discuss “A New Middle East” at Laurier Brantford

BRANTFORD – Journalist, columnist, broadcaster and renowned commentator Gwynne Dyer will visit Laurier Brantford as the fourth and final speaker in Laurier’s “Lives of Leadership and Purpose” centennial speaker series. Dyer’s lecture, “A New Middle East,” takes place Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. in room RCW 002 of the Research and Academic Centre, 150 Dalhousie St.

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Awards

Guelph Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Recipients

Guelph – With the harmonious support of the Brant Community Choir, the Guelph Community Foundation announced $86,650 in grants awarded to 24 organizations throughout Guelph and Wellington.

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Conference

Co-operative Conference on Oct. 19 in Burlington, launches International Year of Co-operatives in Ontario

GUELPH - About 250 Ontario co-operators are celebrating Co-op Week Oct. 19 at the Burlington, Ont. Royal Botanical Gardens and looking forward to worldwide recognition of co-op contributions in 2012.

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Auto

100% Electric Vehicle Delivered to BC Retail Customer

MISSISSAUGA - Coquitlam's Bill and Nicole Clendinning along with four-year old daughter Tara, took delivery of their red Nissan LEAF SL at Morrey Nissan of Port Coquitlam. This groundbreaking moment represents the province's first delivery of a mass market, all-electric car to a retail consumer.

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Education

New business programs at Centennial College tailored to needs of Aboriginal students

TORONTO - Canada's Aboriginal students have long faced formidable barriers to higher education. Responding to this inequity, Centennial College has introduced two business programs that address the native community's desire for training in business foundations coupled with an understanding of Aboriginal needs, as identified by the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business.

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Auto Contest

Interactive mobile gaming app will engage new audiences and offer players the chance to win a 2012 C-Class Coupe

TORONTO - Mercedes-Benz Canada released an interactive, location-based gaming app, called Drive & Seek. By locating as many briefcases as possible within their radius, the top 125 game players will receive additional contest entries to win the grand prize of a 2012 C-Class Coupe, or one of four secondary prizes.

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Politics

Carleton University and Equal Voice Join Forces to Highlight Research on Women and Politics

Ottawa – Equal Voice and Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership have joined forces on a new initiative to make research about women and politics more accessible to those who need it – female candidates, their supporters and those involved in politics and public policy formation.

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Entrepreneurs

Lead to Win for Women Targets Entrepreneurial Equality

Ottawa – According to recent reports, women make up only five per cent of entrepreneurs in the technology industry. Women-owned businesses in other industries tend to grow more slowly and less substantially than their male counterparts. To maintain their competitive edge, the ecosystems that nourish startups in Canada and beyond must focus on gender inclusivity.


 
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