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Tuesday December 13, 2011

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Ted Talks

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

Monika Bulaj is a photographer and writer who explores -- in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe -- the dim areas of monotheism, where the sacred can transcend borders: Bonfires, dances, cults of the dead, possession rites. She describes outskirts and deserts, frontiers and megalopolis.

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Cost of Living

Rising Food Prices: U of G Economists Predict Some Relief in 2012

Guelph - Canadians will get a small break at the supermarket in 2012, as food prices will increase only marginally in the coming year, according to a forecast by two University of Guelph professors.

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Expansion

Technology Learning Company Expands to the Tannery's Second Floor

Expansion reflects company's success, growth, and dedication to growing our teams to meet rising client demands

Kitchener-Waterloo - Desire2Learn announced yesterday that renovations are complete and the company has moved into additional office space in The Tannery.

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Economy

School of Business experts predict economy will continue to see low interest rates paired with low consumer confidence

Kingston - Be cautious and continue to prepare for the unexpected – that’s the advice from members of the Business Forecast Lunch, which was recently hosted by the Queen's School of Business.

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Foreign Investments

Canada's international investment position for the Third quarter 2011

Statscan - Canada's net foreign debt was down $31.8 billion to $189.5 billion at the end of the third quarter, led by the depreciation of the Canadian dollar against most major foreign currencies.

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Appointment

Laurier appoints Joyce Parkes Burpee as senior advisor, dispute resolution and support

Waterloo - Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Joyce Parkes Burpee as senior advisor, dispute resolution and support, effective Dec. 5, 2011.

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Health Care

Survival rates increase with chemotherapy alone in patients with limited-stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Kingston - New research led by the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (CTG) at Queen’s University has proven patients with limited stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma have a better chance of long-term survival if they undergo a standard chemotherapy regimen as opposed to radiation-based treatment.

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Recognition

U of T student named Ontario Rhodes Scholar

TORONTO – Steven Wang, a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, has been named an Ontario Rhodes Scholar for 2012. Wang is one of 11 Canadians to earn one of the world’s most celebrated academic honours.

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Recognition

University of Waterloo grad wins gold medals in national accounting competition

WATERLOO - For the second consecutive year, a recent graduate from the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) at the University of Waterloo has won the national and provincial gold medals for the Chartered Accountancy Uniform Final Examination (UFE).

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Study Of What we Already Know

Excess capacity and productivity growth in Canadian manufacturing from 1990 to 2006

Statscan - Growth in labour productivity in the Canadian manufacturing sector slowed substantially in the years after 2000. At least half of this slowdown was because of restructuring resulting from an increase in excess plant capacity during this period.

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Arts & Culture

Renowned Chinese artist gives calligraphy demonstration at Laurier Toronto

Waterloo/Toronto - Laurier hosted a reception and calligraphy exhibit by renowned Chinese artist Hongliang Wang on Friday, Dec. 2 at the university’s Toronto Office.

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Educational Excellence

Conestoga grad excels at international skills competition

Kitchener - Jonathan Sinke, who graduated from Conestoga’s cabinetmaking apprenticeship program in November 2011, was awarded the bronze medal in cabinetmaking at WorldSkills London 2011, the world’s largest international skills competition for young people.

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Vetrinary Chair

Research Chair Focuses on Clinical Nutrition

Guelph - An innovative new faculty position at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College will ensure that dogs and cats receive the best nutritional care in hospital and that student veterinarians have the tools they need to help future clients make healthy choices for their pets.

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Energy

Sales Agreement for Solar Systems at the University of Murcia, Spain

Waterloo - Canadian Solar Inc. announced it has entered into a sales contract with Siemens. Under the agreement, Canadian Solar supplied 2.5 MW of solar modules for two solar projects - a rooftop system and a carport.

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Guest Column

Passion is Required for a Winning Culture
By Nathan Jamail

Passion is one of those words that many people love to use but very rarely do they actually demonstrate it themselves. It easily can be the reason for almost any person or organization’s success. Passion fuels everything good about a person or an organization, so why is it so hard to find people that are passionate about their jobs or the product or service they sell?


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Pensions

Canada Pension Plan Changes for Individuals Aged 60 to 70-January 2012

OTTAWA - Significant changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) will occur in January 2012 to reflect the way Canadians are living, working, and retiring. The changes will affect both employees and self-employed workers aged 60 to 70.

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Guest Column

Resilience: Bend and Bounce -- So You Won’t Break
By Marti MacGibbon

Doug is a manager at a large retail firm. Recently his department reported a significant drop in sales. Doug and his team are working diligently to earn a bigger market share this holiday season, so he wants to find a way to lead and instill confidence in his subordinates, but deep down he wonders if he’s got what it takes to rebound personally, let alone carry others along.

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Steel Manufacturing

Industry Minister Paradis Reaches an Out of-Court Settlement in the U.S. Steel Litigation

OTTAWA - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, today made the following statement related to the ongoing litigation involving United States Steel Corporation Ltd.

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Statement

Canadians Betrayed with U.S. Steel Deal

Canadian government cuts secret deal to renege on job and production commitments

TORONTO - The Harper government has betrayed working families in Hamilton and Nanticoke by dropping its court case against U.S. Steel despite the company's clear violations of federal law.

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Online Learning

98% of Chinese Physicians Use Internet

New Study by Kantar Health China and DXY Shows Chinese Physicians Are More Digitally Savvy Than Previously Thought

BEIJING - Ninety-eight percent of physicians in China use the Internet, and they spend 5.1 hours a week on activities related to their practice and on specialty-related activities, according to a new study by Kantar Health, and DXY, the largest online academic portal for Chinese physicians and life sciences professionals.


 
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