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Tuesday February 8, 2011

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Ted Talks

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

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Communication

OpenText Awarded Framework Agreement for Government Digital Data Management in the UK

The National Archives in the UK Approves OpenText as Provider for Public Sector Digital Continuity Project

Waterloo – OpenText has been awarded a framework agreement for Digital Continuity, developed by Buying Solutions and The National Archives in the UK as part of the government’s project to improve digital information management throughout the public sector.

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Communication

Laurier hosts international scholars for mobile communication workshop

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is bringing together an international group of scholars and researchers for a three-day workshop on mobile and wireless communication. The workshop, titled “Materialities and Imaginaries of the Mobile Internet:

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Transportation

New transportation demand management strategy encourages people to get out of their cars

KITCHENER – A proposal to implement a transportation demand strategy, the principles of which were approved by the city’s planning and strategic initiatives committee, will phase in a number of initiatives that will, in the long run, minimize traffic congestion, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce parking demand, and improve public health.

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Municipal Fees

User fees and charges increase at rate of inflation

KITCHENER – Kitchener’s finance and corporate services committee supported a plan that will increase most municipal user fees and charges by three per cent in 2011. Most fees are increasing at an inflationary amount.

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Safety

Supporting The Waterloo Regional Police Service

Helping Local Police Boost Community Safety

Waterloo - The Waterloo Regional Police Service will soon have new resources to better support crime investigations and protect families throughout the Waterloo region.

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Demonstration

University of Toronto community calls for an end to military recruitment on campus

Toronto - University of Toronto students and allies braved the weather on Wednesday to protest a recruitment session for the Department of National Defence hosted by the University’s Career Centre. A petition in circulation since last Saturday has attracted over 300 signatures, among them dozens belonging to faculty members.

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Union

Steelworkers Create National Council to Challenge Airport Security Changes

TORONTO - The United Steelworkers union is calling on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to uphold the rights of thousands of pre-board screeners at Canada's airports.

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Digital Media

Reversing the game drain: Groundbreaking collaborations give the Greater Toronto Area’s digital media talent made-in-Canada opportunities

TORONTO – The Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance has made the digital media sector a priority for growth and innovation to foster a homegrown industry, and today it is showcasing student-industry collaboration results at the GTMA International Digital Media Forum.

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Vacancies

Greater Toronto Area West office availability and vacancy rates retreat as 2010 finishes strongly

Avison Young releases its Q4 2010 Greater Toronto Area West Office Market Report

TORONTO - The Greater Toronto Area West office market finished 2010 in better shape than it started, with availability and vacancy rates ending their upward trend and, instead, beginning to decline. Although the availability and vacancy rates are still higher than one year ago, they have begun to edge downward thanks to an uptick in leasing activity - positive signs for the recovery taking place in the market.

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Altruism

Carleton Professor Ingela Alger Receives Research Achievement Award for Research on Altruism

Ottawa – Some people are more altruistic than others. Carleton Economics Professor Ingela Alger is launching a new research study to determine whether cross-cultural differences in altruistic behaviour may result from differences in the environments in which populations evolved.

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Banking

Banking On-the-Go: Libro Financial Group Introduces Mobile Banking Service

London, ON — Libro Financial Group is pleased to announce the introduction of convenient mobile banking access. Libro’s 54,000 customer-owners may now use their smartphones to manage their everyday banking needs from anywhere, at any time.

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Housing

January 2011 Housing Starts

OTTAWA - The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 170,400 units in January, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This is up from 169,000 units in December 2010. According to final figures, actual housing starts for 2010 totalled 189,930 units, with activity moderating towards demographic fundamentals by the final quarter of 2010.

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Research

Can We Talk? Carleton Professor Michel Rod Honoured With 2011 Research Achievement Award

Ottawa – Talk, talk, talk. That’s the focus of Michel Rod’s next research project at Carleton University as he explores the different ways that university, industry and government people talk about their collaborative efforts.


 


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