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Ted Talks

David MacKay: A reality check on renewables

How the Laws of Physics Constrain Our Sustainable Energy Options. As an information theorist and computer scientist, David MacKay uses hard math to assess our renewable energy options.

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Energy

Kitchener Utilities to reduce rates for natural gas July 1

KITCHENER – Kitchener Utilities is reducing its residential natural gas rates by a combined overall seven per cent decrease, effective July 1, 2012, saving the average customer approximately $72 a year.

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Strategic Placement

Robotics students get taste of food industry

Kitchener - Thanks to a pair of propitious partnerships, Conestoga’s robotics program has begun to position itself in the rapidly growing food industry.

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Environment

Queens University Professors and Students Protest Cutbacks at Fisheries and Oceans

Kingston - A group of Queen’s University faculty members and students, led by Professor Peter Hodson and PhD student Roxanne Razavi, sent a letter yesterday to Prime Minister Stephen Harper requesting the reversal of all cuts to research in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) related to chemical contamination and toxicity to aquatic species.

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Transportation

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Chevrolet Volt research project designed to provide understanding of how consumer use of electric vehicles will impact grid, local electricity infrastructure

CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. (CNDHI) announced their Electric Vehicle Research Initiative. This research project is designed to gather data on the realities of driving an electric vehicle (EV) in everyday life – including charging needs, driving patterns and recharging habits.

(L to R)President and CEO, Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc., John Grotheer, and
Charles Cipolla, Chair of the Board of Directors.

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Parking

Support shown for Kitchener Rangers’ proposed approach to improve parking at The Aud

KITCHENER – Earlier today, the community and infrastructure services committee endorsed a plan to proceed with a series of parking and transportation approaches proposed by the Kitchener Rangers hockey club to assist with improving the current and future parking for hockey games and other special events once the Aud expansion is complete.

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Guest Column

How Canada can keep up with world-leading internet technology

Canada was once highly touted as a world leader in high-speed Internet and access to online services. No longer

By Roland Renner, Consultant Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Canada can no longer be smug about its international ranking in the telecom sector. Once highly touted as a world leader in high-speed Internet and access to online services, Canada has lost its world-leading position, particularly with respect to the last mile. What we call the last mile connects households to wider infrastructure.

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Taxes

Ontario small businesses fear higher taxes on jobs

Toronto – With Ontario’s small businesses facing the possibility of higher taxes on payroll, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is reminding the province’s elected leaders about their campaign promises to reduce the tax burden on job creators.

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Appointment

Sun Life appoints new leader of Individual Insurance and Investments to drive continued growth in the retirement market

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. announced that Brigitte Parent, currently Senior Vice-President, Client Solutions, Sun Life Financial Canada, will become Senior Vice-President, Individual Insurance and Investments for Canada. Parent succeeds Kevin Strain who has been appointed President of Sun Life's Asian operations.

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Energy

Canadian Solar Supplies Solar Modules for the Biggest Solar Park in Hesse

Kitchener - Canadian Solar Inc., announced that it has delivered solar modules for a 8 MW PV installation built in the German city of Dreieich-Buchschlag. The Federal State of Hesse's biggest solar park was finalized on the premises of a former waste landfill site. The PV system installation supplies electricity for up to 2,000 homes in Dreieich.

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Demolitian

Committee endorses plan to remove grandstand at Centennial Stadium

KITCHENER – In the interest of public safety and fiscal responsibility, the community and infrastructure services committee directed staff to budget the removal of the grandstand seating area from the Centennial Stadium site as part of the 2013 capital budget process.

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Recycling Facilities

Martyrs' Shrine thrilled about agreement to re-locate proposed Midland recycling facility

Midland - An agreement has been reached with Recycling Specialties Inc. to relocate a proposed outdoor recycling facility in Midland, initially slated to be built next to the heritage and religious sites of the Martyrs' Shrine and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons.

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Environment

5th Annual ECOFest promises to help you “emPOWER yourself at work, home and play”

WATERLOO REGION - ECOFest is a family-oriented, fun and free event that will be held at the Waterloo Region Museum on Saturday June 2, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At ECOFest, visitors can experience what this community has to offer in terms of green living, through hands-on activity centres, interactive displays, the newest innovations and children’s musical entertainment.

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Congress 2012

REAP Showcases Latest in Arts-based Innovation at Congress 2012

Waterloo – The University of Waterloo’s newest high-tech accelerator is showcasing interactive digital display technologies from its arts-based ‘sandbox for serious play’ – the FELT Lab – throughout Congress 2012.

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Congress 2012

Waterloo and Laurier researchers at Congress 2012, May 29

WATERLOO – In addition to hosting Congress 2012, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo are showcasing researchers from their institutions who will present their work at Congress.

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