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Monday June 4, 2012

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Ted Talks

David Birch: Identity without a name

Bartenders needs to know your age, retailers need your PIN, but almost no-one needs your name -- except for identity thieves. At TEDxSussexUniversity, David Birch proposes a safer, fractured and conditional approach to personal identification that would almost never require your real name.


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Study

Laurier researcher studies impact of mobile devices and social media on schools

WATERLOO – The arrival of the Internet in Canadian schools, some two decades ago now, was hailed as a revolution – and of course it was, putting vast amounts of data at students’ and teachers’ fingertips. But as Laurier Education Professor Julie Mueller points out, the arrival of mobile technology – such as smart phones and tablet computers – in the pockets of students is having an even more transformative impact.

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Congress 2012

Congress wraped up with Big numbers, Big Thinking and Big success

More than 7400 delegates attended Congress 2012 in Waterloo

Waterloo — More than 7,400 academics, researchers, students and policy-makers descended upon Waterloo this week for the 2012 Congress of the Sciences and Humanities, bringing $7 million into the local economy. This year’s Congress was heralded as a big success, with hundreds more delegates attending than expected, and standing-room only in many Congress events.

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Entrepreneurship

Top Tech Leaders Appointed Head Coaches for Communitech’s HYPERDRIVE Program

Ted Hastings & Steven Woods to Lead Mentor Network for Startups

Waterloo – It’s game on for HYPERDRIVE as entrepreneurs Ted Hastings and Steven Woods partner as Communitech HYPERDRIVE advisors. Hastings, a serial entrepreneur in online publishing, and Woods, Engineering Director for Google in Canada, are set to take on and share the pivotal role of overall business advisors to companies participating in Communitech’s new $30-million-plus tech incubator program.

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Collaboration

Increased Connectivity Brings Both Opportunity and Risk, Business Leaders Warn

Bangkok, Thailand – For East Asia, deepening and broadening connectivity within the region and with the global economy will be a source of both enormous opportunities as well as greater risk, business and civil society leaders said in the closing session of the 21st World Economic Forum on East Asia. “Being connected brings not just prosperity but it also brings along risk,” warned Pailin Chuchottaworn, President and Chief Executive Officer of PTT Public Company of Thailand, who was a Co-Chair of the meeting.

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Pensions

Steelworkers Defend Worker Pensions at Supreme Court

TORONTO - Pensioners must be treated fairly when companies become insolvent, the United Steelworkers (USW) will argue at the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Politics

Milloy claims "Unconstitutional PC Wage Scheme will Cost Ontarians Billions"

Says "Hudak once agreed unilateral PC wage bill won’t work"

Waterloo - Tim Hudak’s illegal wage scheme will be overturned by the courts and will cost Ontarians billions, said Liberal MPP John Milloy.

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Space the Final Frontier

University of Waterloo hosts rare astronomical event

WATERLOO - Next week, the planet Venus will pass across the face of the sun, and the University of Waterloo is inviting the public to experience it with professors of physics and astronomy, students, and members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

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PSA

Potential for discoloured water in Kitchener and Waterloo

Waterloo Region - Region of Waterloo Water Services is working with the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo on water supply maintenance. The maintenance work requires isolating a critical trunk water main to replace a faulty valve. Water supply will be redirected through the local distribution system which may cause changes in water flow direction. As a result, residents may notice discoloured water.

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Artistic Collaborators

#BCounted by local artist on the Iron Horse Trail during Commuter Challenge

Waterloo Region – Two governments, a high-tech company and an artist are working together on a unique collaboration designed to inspire active transportation during this year’s Commuter Challenge.

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Education

University of Waterloo partnering on project to combat terrorism

WATERLOO – International efforts to fight terrorism are taking a leap forward now that the University of Waterloo and its research partners have launched a major project that will bring together experts from every aspect of the issue.

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Charity Event

2nd Annual Insider Ride Event raises $30, 000

Cambridge - The 2nd annual Ride to Beat Childhood Cancer was held Sunday June 3. The event put on by two groups, the Work For A Cure and The Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation raised over $30,000 during their second annual Inside Ride to Beat Childhood Cancer.

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Tough As Nails

Bellville contractor drives away from Belleville Home Building Centre in new Toyota Tundra

Belleville St. Jacobs – Contractor Matthew Taylor received more than just a hot dog at the Belleville Home Building Centre contractor barbecue this week after winning the Home Hardware Building Centre’s Tough As Nails Toyota Tundra Giveaway.

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FDI

Not all foreign takeovers are good for Canada

Reforms to the Investment Canada Act will sacrifice Canadian jobs and profits
By Gus Van Harten Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

TORONTO - The Harper government is going soft, or should I say softer, on foreign takeovers of Canadian companies. In its latest reforms to the Investment Canada Act, the government will give up powers to safeguard the Canadian economy when foreign firms buy their Canadian competitors.

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