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Thursday June 7, 2012
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Ted Talks

TEDxWaterloo - Mathew Ho - LEGO Man in Space

Mathew Ho, a Grade 12 student at Agincourt Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, has a thing for high places. He and his friend Asad Muhammad became "the teens who sent a Canadian Lego man into space and videotaped it” – just for fun.

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LPGA IN WATERLOO

Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr, Azahara Munoz, Lexi Thompson, and Karrie Webb are headed to Waterloo

Waterloo – Ai Miyazato, Suzanna Pettersen, Cristie Kerr, Azahara Munoz, Lexi Thompson, and Karrie Webb, all players who are ranked in the top 25 in the world, have joined the field for the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Grey Silo Golf Course, June 20-24.

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Recognition

Carleton University Excels in Prestigious Fulbright Program

Ottawa - Carleton University is proud to announce that one of its postdoctoral fellows, along with two students, have been named Fulbright scholars for the 2012-‘13 academic year. At the same time, the University will host two distinguished Fulbright scholars from the United States.

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Philanthropy

Laurier celebrates its generous donors

Waterloo - At a gala reception held June 5, Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw celebrated and recognized the university’s most loyal and generous donors.

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Regional Report

Regional Council Report - June 6, 2012

Waterloo Region - Summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

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Health Care

Radiation exposure from CT scans in childhood could triple the risk of leukaemia and brain cancer

New York - Radiation exposure received from 2 to 3 computed tomography (CT) scans of the head in childhood (aged under 15 years)—giving a cumulative dose of around 60 mGy— can triple the risk of later developing brain cancer, while around 5 to 10 such scans (cumulative dose around 50 mGy) could triple the risk of developing leukaemia (with the differing number of scans related to different absorption rates of the brain versus the bone marrow and age at time of scanning).

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Global Awareness

Turkey’s Stable Democracy and Strong Economic Growth Offer Inspiration to Others

Democracy in Egypt is still a work in progress

Istanbul, Turkey – Government and business leaders lauded Turkey’s stable democracy and strong economic growth as an inspiration to others in the region and beyond, but warned it would be wrong to talk of a Turkish “model” because all must find their own path to progress.

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Voulunteerism

Realtors Revitalize Huron Natural Area

KITCHENER-WATERLOO – As part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR) sponsored a Native Gardening Project at the Huron Natural Area (HNA). Spanning over 250 acres, the HNA is an awe-inspiring destination and one of the most valuable natural areas in Waterloo region.

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Mobiliity Design

Region invites public to FREE forum featuring “SMART” expert in new mobility and strong communities - Susan Zielinski, Harvard Scholar

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is pleased to present Susan Zielinski, Harvard Scholar and leader in mobility innovation and Managing Director of SMART, June 12, 2012, at Galt Little Theatre (47 Water St. S., Cambridge) beginning at 6 p.m.

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100 Year Old City

Kitchener 100 celebrations kick off in style this weekend

KITCHENER – Circle your calendar. On Sunday, June 10, the City of Kitchener celebrates the 100th anniversary of becoming a city. Throughout the day in downtown Kitchener, the King Street Extravaganza will feature activities for everyone, including:

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New Structures

Building permits, April 2012

Statscan - The total value of building permits fell 5.2% to $6.5 billion in April, following two consecutive monthly increases. The decline was largely the result of lower construction intentions for institutional buildings and multi-family dwellings in Ontario.

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Global Concern

Call for Concerted Action to Address Job Emergency

Entrepreneurship has a major role to play in the new economy.

Istanbul, Turkey – Economic leaders called for concerted action to address the jobs emergency that faces countries confronted by demographic shifts and tightening budgets. Speaking at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia, John Evans, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, France, said there is no time to wait for agreement on a medium-term framework and called for immediate action to create jobs and re-establish confidence in the economy.

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Health Care

Blood test could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer

New York - Scientists have discovered that a simple blood test could lead to better diagnosis and treatment for early-stage breast cancer patients, according to an Article published Online First in The Lancet Oncology.

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Aquisition

RSA Canada announces agreement to acquire L'Union Canadienne

GUELPH - Home, car and business insurer RSA Canada has agreed to acquire L'Union Canadienne, a Quebec-based intermediated P&C insurer, from its parent company Co-operators General Insurance Company (CGIC) for $150 million, pending regulatory approval, and other standard closing adjustments and conditions.

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Politics

Leone Introduces Balanced Budget and Debt Limit Legislation

QUEEN’S PARK — Yesterday MPP Rob Leoneintroduced his Private Member’s Bill that he says "will stop the spending crisis that plagues Ontario, as a result of the McGuinty Government."

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Politics

Horwath NDP Bill Will Hike Auto Insurance Rates in Waterloo Region, Reward Dangerous & Drunk Drivers

Waterloo - The Horwath NDP is proposing legislation that will force safe drivers in Waterloo Region to pay more for auto insurance while lowering rates for dangerous drivers, said Liberal MPP John Milloy.

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Energy

Chamber Hosts Imperial Oil to Discuss What the World’s Energy Future Will Look Like

Kitchener – Tomorrow, the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Cindy Christopher, Manager of Environmental Policy and Planning at Imperial Oil, for a very interesting Point of View Luncheon where she will discuss what the world's energy future look like in 30 years.

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Arts & Culture

KWS Announces Expanded Youth Orchestra Program

Kitchener/Waterloo - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony announced an expanded Youth Orchestra Program with the addition of a new ensemble and a new ensemble conductor.

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Financial Transaction

Moneris Solutions Appoints Christine Lee as New President, North American Strategic Partnerships and Emerging Markets

TORONTO - Moneris Solutions,the credit and debit card processor, announced the appointment of Christine Lee as its new President, North American Strategic Partnerships and Emerging Markets, based in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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Healthy Communities

Canadian Urban Institute names two Regional partners award winners

Waterloo Region – The Urban Leadership Awards program is an annual initiative of the Canadian Urban Institute designed to recognize those who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life in Canada’s cities and urban regions. This year, two out of a possible 11 Urban Leadership Awards have been awarded to Region of Waterloo partner projects for improving the quality of life in Canada’s cities and urban regions and making our cities healthier, safer and more dynamic places to live and work.

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