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Monday October 17, 2011

Ted Talks

Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar

On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

Disabilities Act


Waterloo Region - On January 1, 2012 the customer service component of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act takes effect. It requires by law that every Ontario business have written policies and procedures to ensure persons with disabilities are given appropriate customer service in light of their disabilities. Many companies in Ontario are not aware of, nor prepared for this new law.


New ads promote Ontario colleges as the leading-edge choice

Waterloo Region - A new multi-media advertising campaign from Colleges Ontario promotes Ontario college education as the best path to many of the cutting-edge careers in the new knowledge economy.

Arts and Culture

Legendary Canadian Brass to appear with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Waterloo - Canadian Brass take the stage with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the Centre In The Square at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, October 28 & 29 with a matinee performance on October 29 at 2:30 pm. Five tremendous brass musicians each a virtuoso in his own right form the Canadian Brass: Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti and Brandon Ridenour (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Eric Reed (horn).

Engineering and Design

Partnership makes real-time modeling applications more cost and time-effective

Waterloo – A new partnership between Maplesoft and VI-grade brings together the modeling strengths of both companies, enabling users to increase the scope of their solutions and improve the flexibility of their design models. The partnership will see the integration of MapleSim models with the VI-CarRealTime framework.

Business Models

Social Business

Latest Release of OpenText Social Communities Introduces Ready-to-Deploy Social Apps, Web and Social Analytics, Social Compliance and Mobile Access

WATERLOO - A new release of OpenText Social Communities software helps companies promote and drive the shift to a social business model. It accomplishes this by combining a comprehensive social framework with a set of ready-to-deploy applications for quickly building and engaging communities.


Researchers reconstruct genome of the Black Death

Bacteria found to be ancestor of all modern plagues

Hamilton - An international team - led by researchers at McMaster University and the University of Tubingen in Germany - has sequenced the entire genome of the Black Death, one of the most devastating epidemics in human history.


Prof Wins Major Arts Prize

Guelph - A University of Guelph professor has won the prestigious Sobey Award for contemporary art. Prof. Christian Giroux, School of Fine Art and Music, will share the $50,000 prize with his collaborator, Daniel Young.

Green Technology

U of G Gets $4 Million for ‘Green Ag’ Technology

Guelph - Canadian farmers and University of Guelph researchers will benefit from a cross-Canada partnership of government, industry and universities in green agriculture technologies. U of G scientists will receive nearly $4 million to study and develop tools to help farmers mitigate greenhouse gas emissions,


Minister of State Bernier Concludes Successful Visit to China and South Korea

OTTAWA - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), has concluded his visit to China and South Korea, where he promoted Canada as a premier destination for travellers from Asia.


New motor vehicle sales

Statscan - The number of new motor vehicles sold in August slipped 0.4% to 131,840 units. This second monthly decline followed a three-year sales peak in June. Lower sales of trucks and overseas-built passenger cars accounted for the decrease.


Canada's international transactions in securities

Statscan - Foreign investment in Canadian securities slowed to $7.9 billion in August, with most of the investment in the Canadian bond market. Canadians added a further $2.0 billion of foreign securities to their holdings, again this month led by acquisitions of US corporate shares.


Government Housing Policies are Adding to Risks for the Economy

Construction Council calls for changes to land supply restrictions and government-imposed costs to ease economic risk

TORONTO - A report by noted housing economist Will Dunning, entitled Restricted Land Supply and Rising Housing Costs in the GTA, concludes that government-imposed costs and constraints on land supply have caused both the prices of new housing and the level of economic risk to rise. A higher level of house prices means that in the event of a future economic slowdown, there is greater potential for a damaging downturn in the housing market.

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