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Friday May 25, 2012

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Ted Talks

Shereen El-Feki: How to fight an epidemic of bad laws

Shereen El Feki is based in Cairo, where she works on issues related to health and social welfare in the Arab region. Half-Egyptian, half-Welsh, Shereen was brought up in Canada. She started her professional life in medical science, with a PhD in molecular immunology from the University of Cambridge, and later worked as Healthcare Correspondent at The Economist magazine.

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Pensions

Pension plans in Canada rise in Public Sector.

Statscan - Membership in registered pension plans (RPPs) in Canada amounted to 6,065,750 in 2010, an increase of 42,000 or 0.7% from 2009. Membership increased in public sector plans, but declined in private sector plans.

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Marketing

Marketing Is More Effective When Targeted to Personality Profiles, says new Rotman Study

TORONTO – Advertisers spend enormous amounts of time and money attempting to tailor their advertising campaigns to the needs of different demographic groups. After all, the concerns of first-year college students are going to be different from those of retired professionals.

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Breakthrough

McMaster University researchers discover drug destroys human cancer stem cells but not healthy ones

Hamilton - A team of scientists at McMaster University has discovered a drug, thioridazine, successfully kills cancer stem cells in the human while avoiding the toxic side-effects of conventional cancer treatments.

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Book Review

Reclaiming the American Dream: Expert Calls for ‘Economic Disobedience’

The United States national mood remains anxious and worried. There are millions of Americans out of work, many of them Baby Boomers who’ve seen what they worked for these past 30 years disappear: a predictable career, financial security, home equity, retirement savings. The foundation they’ve worked so hard to build seems to have collapsed before their very eyes.

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R&D

Carleton Faculty And Graduate Students Receive NSERC Awards Totalling Almost $1.3 Million

Ottawa - Thirty-four graduate students and 32 faculty members at Carleton University have been awarded 2012 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grants, fellowships, supplements and scholarships. Many ofthese awards cover multiple years and total nearly $1.3 million. This funding is part of NSERC’s announcement of 3,750 significant new investments in fields such as engineering, botany, zoology, physics, mathematics, and Earth sciences.

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Economic Developement

Open Streets is coming to Uptown

Waterloo - The community loved it, and now the community is running it. Open Streets UpTown Waterloo returns to King Street four times this summer for awesome days of impromptu parks, art alleys, sports demonstrations, community booths, games, and your favourite UpTown businesses and eateries.

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Market

South Asian Market for Veggies an Opportunity for Ontario Farmers, Study Shows

Guelph - A study by University of Guelph researchers shows growing demand in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for okra, Asian eggplant, bitter melon, bitter gourd and other “ethnocultural” vegetables (ECV) – a fresh opportunity now drawing interest from Ontario farmers.

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Announcement

Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association ANNOUNCES ITS 39TH PRESIDENT

WATERLOO REGION – Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) is pleased to announce its 39th President, Mr. Brian Campbell. He succeeds Jamie Adam.

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Health Care

First global target on non-communicable diseases demands a reduction in preventable deaths by 25% by 2025

NGOs applaud government leadership on non-communicable disease death reduction

Geneva - After an intense week of lobbying by NGOs during the 65th World Health Assembly, governments are poised to agree to a historic target to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs - including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases) by 25% by 2025. The target is expected to be endorsed by all 194 of the World Health Organization’s Member States on Saturday, May 26th.

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Financing

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Dealer Financing Satisfaction with Banks in Canada Increases as Captive Share of Auto Financing Business Declines

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Ranks Highest in Dealer Satisfaction in the Retail Leasing and Prime Retail Credit Segments; Ford Credit Canada Ranks Highest in the Floor Planning Segment

TORONTO - Banks in Canada are increasing their penetration in the automotive dealer financing marketplace at the same time as Canadian dealers' satisfaction with banks is improving, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Canadian Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study released May 24, 2012.

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Arts & Culture

City hall art exhibits honour past and future

KITCHENER – The galleries in Kitchener City Hall feature art that reflects on history in their exhibits for the month of June.

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Philanthropy/Voulunteerism

BetterPlanet ‘Donor Wall’ Grows

Guelph - The University of Guelph on Thursday May 24, unveiled seven additions to its dramatic "donor wall" in Rozanski Hall. The donor wall in the lobby of the classroom complex honours supporters and tells the story of the University’s BetterPlanet Project.

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R&D

Ontario government funds Laurier Physics and Computer Science research

WATERLOO – Laurier Physics and Computer Science researcher, Hongbing Fan, received funding for his Smart Grid research project through Phase II of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Special Energy Fund program. The Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, made the announcement May 15 at OCE Discovery 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Philanthropy - Things to Do

Cambridge-Paris trail improved thanks to gift.

Cambridge - New trail signs and benches have been installed on the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail thanks to the support of a Cambridge-based foundation.

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Employment

Tourism Industry Solution to Minister Finley’s EI Problems say TIAO

Toronto - As Ontarians continue to receive pink slips due to budget cuts, one sector that can help alleviate pressures on Canada’s Employment Insurance system is tourism. believes Beth Potter, President of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario or (TIAO).

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Elder Care

Ontario Helping More Seniors Live At Home Longer McGuinty Government Moving Forward With Seniors Care Strategy

Queenspark - Ontario is taking the next step in developing its Seniors Care Strategy, which is designed to help seniors stay healthy and live at home longer.

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