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Friday February 18, 2011

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Ted Talks

Lisa Gansky: The future of business is the "mesh"

At TED@MotorCity, Lisa Gansky, author of "The Mesh," talks about a future of business that's about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples across industries -- from music to cars -- show how close we are to this meshy future.

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Aquisition

OpenText Completes Acquisition of BPM Leader Metastorm Inc.

Move into the BPM Market Adds to its Microsoft Solutions Portfolio, Brings Business Process Analysis and Enterprise Architecture Capabilities

WATERLOO - OpenText said it has completed its acquisition of global Business Process Management leader Metastorm, adding complementary software solutions in the fast-growing BPM market. Metastorm is a key addition to OpenText's Microsoft partner strategy and will help the company create a new generation of process improvement solutions that demand a combination of content and process management capabilities.

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eLearning

University of Colorado at Boulder Migrates to Desire2Learn Learning Suite

Superior support for flexible, collaborative learning and research environments key to selection of Desire2Learn

Kitchener - Desire2Learn Incorporated and its subsidiary, D2L Ltd., leading providers of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, announced that the University of Colorado at Boulder, one of the top national research institutions in the U.S., has migrated to Desire2Learn Learning Suite.

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Business Excellence Awards

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce announces 2011 Business Excellence Award Recipients

Kitchener – Almost 800 people honoured the exceptional contributions of 63 individuals and organizations who were nominated for Business Excellence Awards at the Chamber’s annual gala and. Nancy Richards from CTV and Mark Paine from KFUN were the evening’s co-hosts. The following eleven winners were announced.

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Psychology

Laurier Prof. Anne Wilson helps young women see their true beauty

WATERLOO – Laurier Associate Psychology Professor Anne Wilson is using science to help students feel good about their body image. She will share her research on how the unrealistic notions of beauty portrayed in the media impact young men and women during a talk at Sir John A. MacDonald Collegiate Institute in Waterloo Feb. 23.

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Health Care

Grand River Hospital scores among top Ontario hospitals for fast access to hip fracture repair surgery

Waterloo - Waterloo Region patients are benefiting from strong access to surgery at Grand River Hospital to repair hip fractures. Data from the Ministry of Health shows in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, 96.83 per cent of GRH patients received hip fracture surgery in less than two days. This rate was well above the provincial average of 86.44 per cent. Fast access to surgery to mend hip fractures is vital for better patient outcomes as well as re-gaining mobility and independence.

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Energy

Inspiring Ingenuity in Energy Solutions - Presenting ‘Equinox Summit: Energy 2030’ from the Waterloo Global Science Initiative

Waterloo – Flash forward 20 years... What if our best efforts to lower carbon emissions, wean off fossil fuels, and plan for a soaring population weren’t enough? Would we ask ourselves why we didn’t take action sooner, transforming the ideas from our greatest innovators into the technologies needed to prepare for a more secure and sustainable future?

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Arts & Culture Awards

Deadline is Feb 28th for Nominations

Bernice Adams Awards Showcase Local Talent

Cambridge - There only about 10 days left for citizens to get their nominations in for the Annual Bernice Adams Memorial Awards.

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Dental Health

Faculty of Dentistry researchers collaborate internationally to reduce one of the most common chronic childhood diseases

TORONTO – An investigation using four interventions concurrently including dental treatment, fluoride applications, anticipatory guidance and motivational interviewing specifically designed for First Nations pregnant women will commence this spring in several communities across Ontario and Manitoba.

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Industrial Development

Iraqi librarians learn tricks of the trade at McMaster

Hamilton - Two Iraqi librarians are at McMaster this week receiving training that will help in the rebuilding of their war-torn country. Suzan Azeez Ali and Sawsan Fawzi Mahdi, librarians with the Specialized Institute for Engineering Industries, are at McMaster to better understand how to run a 21st century engineering library.

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Wine

CANADA'S WINE CONSUMPTION IS GROWING

Canada's Consumption Will Grow Six Times Faster Than the World Average

MONTREAL - The results of VINEXPO's 9th study on Global current and future trends to 2014: consumption, production, distribution and international wine and spirits trade were revealed in Montreal and Toronto. This study, conducted by British firm ISWR for VINEXPO, the international wine and spirits exhibition to be held in Bordeaux from June 19 to 23, 2011, confirms that Canada's wine consumption continues to grow.

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Transportation

PROPOSED US PASSENGER LEVY WOULD DECREASE COMPETITIVENESS OF CANADIAN AIR TRAVEL INDUSTRY WARNS CANADA'S LARGEST AIRLINES

OTTAWA - The National Airlines Council of Canada expressed concern about the proposed passenger inspection fee contained in the 2012 draft U.S. federal budget. While the NACC awaits further details of the proposal, member airlines are fundamentally opposed to any additional fees or taxes that serve as a disincentive to air travel.

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Pharmaceuticals

Greener chemical reaction for pharmaceutical production awarded $50,000 in development funding from GreenCentre Canada

KINGSTON - A key chemical process used by the pharmaceutical industry has the potential to become less expensive and more energy efficient, thanks to a green chemistry discovery at the University of British Columbia.

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Prices

Latest release from the Consumer Price Index

Statscan - Consumer prices rose 2.3% in the 12 months to January 2011, following the 2.4% increase posted in December 2010. Energy prices rose 9.0% during the 12 months to January, following a 10.5% increase in December. Gasoline prices increased 13.0% in January, matching the increase in December. Consumers also paid 6.4% more for electricity in January compared with the same month last year.


 


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