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Ted Talks

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod

Rob Reid is a humor author and the founder of the company that created the music subscription service Rhapsody.He's a serial entrepreneur. He founded the company that created the Rhapsody music website, and his latest book, Year Zero, will be published in July.

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Video Awards

Celebrate Our City Event Winners Chosen From Top 10 Videos

Kitchener – The community has spoken. Four winners for the Celebrate Our City video contest have been chosen, thanks to more than 15,000 votes from 50 countries around the world. Using the theme Celebrate the Past, Imagine the Future, the community was invited to submit applications for an event that would celebrate 100 years of cityhood for the City of Kitchener.

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Environmental Trailblazing

Waterloo Expert Leading Unprecedented Project to Rebuild Peatlands in Oil Sands Country

Waterloo - A University of Waterloo geographer is leading a trailblazing effort to reclaim environmentally important peatlands that once covered more than half the Athabasca landscape but have been scraped away by oil sands mining. Jonathan Price, a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, and his group of researchers recently received $6.7 million in funding for the project.

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Governance Blogs

New CIGI Interactive Blogging Platform Offers Expert Commentary on Global Governance Issues

Waterloo - The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invites foreign affairs journalists seeking expert opinions on current global governance issues and trends to visit the new CIGI Blogs interactive platform. CIGI Blogs features a broad cross-section of global expertise and provides unique opportunities for the international affairs community to interact with CIGI’s ideas, research findings and analysis on timely matters of multilateral governance. The platform is open to readers’ comments, and fully integrated with major social media channels.

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Consumer Confidence

Canadians’ Confidence Virtually Unchanged in March

Toronto – Canadians’ consumer confidence is in a holding pattern and remained virtually unchanged in March. According to the latest consumer confidence survey conducted by TNS, the Index measured in at 95.2 this month, almost identical to the 95.1 it posted in February.

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Top Students

University of Waterloo to Honour Top Co-op Students

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo, the world’s leader in co-operative education, will honour six accomplished co-op students during National Co-op Week. As part of the week’s celebrations, which occur March 19 - 23, one co-op student from each of Waterloo’s six faculties will receive the 2011 University of Waterloo Co-op Student of the Year Award. The ceremony will take place at the William M. Tatham Centre on Thursday, March 22 at 11:00 a . m. The university is recognizing these students primarily for exemplary workplace performance on a 2011 work term, along with factors such as community involvement, academic excellence, and contribution to co-operative education.

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The Arts

Have You Seen Harvey?

Pulitzer Prize-winning Comedy at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

Waterloo – With tremendous audience response to 9 to 5: The Musical and hot on the tail of Easter, the St. Jacobs County Playhouse prepares to stage the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Harvey. A thought-provoking play about dignity, self-respect, and the loyalty of friendship, Harvey will entertain audiences for three weeks only from April 11-29.

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Teeing It Up

Rockway and Doon Valley Golf Courses Set to Open Next Week

Kitchener – With continued mild weather in the forecast and drier-than-usual ground conditions, weather permitting, Kitchener Golf will open Rockway Golf Course for the season next Thursday, March 22; and the full-length classic nine course, nine-hole pitch and putt, and driving range at Doon Valley Golf Course next Saturday, March 24.

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Innovation

University of Waterloo Engineering Students Exhibit Innovative Projects

Waterloo - Students in seven University of Waterloo engineering programs, including the first graduating class of management engineering, will display inventive design projects during Engineering Design Symposium Week beginning today. Approximately 750 senior engineering students will present more than 150 design projects, posters and prototypes to the public, industry guests, alumni and the academic community.

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Infrastructure

Construction Industry to McGuinty Government: Stay the Course on Infrastructure

Toronto – The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario today had applauded the commitment made by the Government of Ontario to continue to invest in the province’s roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. RCCAO is calling for increased revenues from higher licensing and vehicle registrations to be dedicated to transportation infrastructure investment, consistent with the goals of the government’s 10-year Building Together infrastructure plan.

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Water Footprint

Canada Water Week Challenges Us to Discover Our Water Footprint

Toronto - Canada Water Week is a celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast, taking place from March 19 to 25, 2012 with special events for UN World Water Day on March 22. This year’s theme is “Discover Your Water Footprint.”

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Community Phalanthropy

Ontario Community-Based Organizations Receive $74,000 from The Co-operators

Guelph - The Co-operators has announced $74,000 in funding for four community-based organizations in Ontario. The grants were among $250,000 disbursed to 14 community enterprises and initiatives across the country.

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Human Rights

Human Rights Groups Protest Draconian Refugee Bill

Toronto - In response to Bill C-31 – an act that would penalize refugees, undermine Canada's refugee claim process, and could lead to the deportation of permanent residents – several prominent human rights organizations have come together to call for the withdrawal of this bill.



 
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