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Wednesday May 30, 2012

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Ted Talks

William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes

William Noel is the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum. But for someone who spends the majority of his time analyzing ancient and medieval artifacts, he also embraces social media and stresses its value even for the oldest, most established academic and cultural institutions. Noel believes passionately that institutions should free their digital data.

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Canadian Census - Marketing

2011 Census: Age and sex

Statscan - According to data from the 2011 Census of Population, seniors accounted for 14.8% of the population in 2011, up from 13.7% in 2006. However, the proportion of seniors in Canada remained among the lowest of the G8 countries. A full analysis is available in the report, The Canadian Population in 2011: Age and Sex.

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Pandemic - Congress 2012

Laurier professor critiques pop culture responses to pandemic diseases

Using the principals of advertising and popular culture to market social goals is unsuccessful on several levels

WATERLOO – When the 2011 film Contagion was released, it was billed as an “ultra-realistic” opportunity to build public awareness about pandemics like SARS and bird flu. But as Laurier researcher Penelope Ironstone points out – in a paper she will deliver at Congress 2012 – the film isn’t always helpful as an educational tool.

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Financial

Manulife Mutual Funds Streamlines Fund Lineup with Proposed Mergers

TORONTO - Manulife Mutual Funds announced plans yesterday for fund mergers to occur later this year in an effort to create a stronger fund lineup and reduce administrative costs. Plans call for mergers of 10 funds on or about October 5, 2012, followed by mergers of seven more funds on or about November 23, 2012.

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Health Care

Local Seniors Benefit from Groundbreaking Project

Investment in "behavioural supports" to lead to better care in community, hospitals and long-term care

KITCHENER - Local seniors living in the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) are starting to see changes in how care is provided in long-term care homes, hospitals and the community. Through the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Project new services, programs and training are now being introduced to provide appropriate care and support for an increasing number of seniors across Ontario and their families and caregivers, who live and cope with dementia, mental illness and/or other neurological conditions.

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R&D

McMaster and Banting Legacy Foundation partner to fight diabetes

Hamilton – The Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF), a Canadian charity dedicated to reducing the prevalence of diabetes, and the Department of Pediatrics of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, yesterday announced a partnership to support pediatric diabetes research.

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Heritage Event

Waterloo Region Museum Blacksmith Shop ‘Hammer In’ Event

WATERLOO REGION - On Sunday June 3, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association (OABA) will be on location at the Waterloo Region Museum for their monthly 'hammer in'.

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Document Management

OpenText's New Capture Center Offers Highest Performance and Integration with Virtually Any Backend System

WATERLOO - OpenText announced a new OpenText Capture Center software solution that allows organizations to more quickly and efficiently capture, digitize and fully index paper documents, forms and faxes, and then move them into virtually any back-end system.

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R&D

A game-changer

University of Waterloo professor Neil Randall will lead a $5.8-million study of computer gaming during the next seven years.

WATERLOO — A University of Waterloo professor of English will lead a $5.8-million study of computer gaming over the next seven years.

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Diverse City

Tapestry 2012 celebrates city’s diversity

KITCHENER – Tapestry: Celebrations of Diversity is Kitchener’s month-long festival of music, dance, food, art, storytelling and images from this area and from around the world. Celebrating its 10th year, the series runs from June 2 to 24.

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Immigration

CIC Transfers Metropolis to Carleton University

Carleton Becomes Hub of Immigration Research with Addition of Metropolis

Ottawa - Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Carleton University have signed an agreement to transfer the Metropolis Secretariat to Carleton where it will continue its work in the field of international migration and population diversity.

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Arts Recognition

Arts Group announces Recipients of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Waterloo Region - Arts Awards Waterloo Region announces the recipients of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement and Corporate Arts Supporter Awards. This year the group is celebrating 24 years of artistic achievement with therir celebration to be held June 3, 2012.

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Auto Innovation

Canadian Government Announces Auto Innovation Funding

OTTAWA - The Harper Government is investing $10 million in funding over two years for 40 projects, which AUTO21 will receive from the Networks of Centres of Excellence program. The projects will receive an additional $12 million in support from Canada's automotive sector, including automakers, parts manufacturers and material suppliers.

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Travel

Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand Lead ASEAN in Travel & Tourism Report

New report assesses the competitiveness of the travel and tourism sector in eight ASEAN countries in the context of 139 economies; see the full rankings. Singapore ranked highest among ASEAN, followed by Malaysia and Thailand; Cambodia, Philippines lag behind

Bangkok, Thailand – Singapore offers the most attractive environment among ASEAN countries for developing the travel and tourism (T&T) sector, according to The ASEAN Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2012 released today at the Travel, Trade & Tourism Summit held in Bangkok prior to the World Economic Forum on East Asia.

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Cancelation

GRCA terminates contract with Hockeyfest citing safety as concern

The Grand River Conservation Authority confirmed yesterday that Brant Conservation Area will not be the venue for the Hockeyfest music festival June 1-3.

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