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Tuesday June 26, 2012

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TED Talks - Education

E.O. Wilson: Advice to young scientists - Pace of Change

“The world needs you, badly,” begins celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson in his letter to a young scientist. Previewing his upcoming book, he gives advice collected from a lifetime of experience -- reminding us that wonder and creativity are the center of the scientific life.


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Education

Two University of Waterloo-bound students receiving $60,000 Canadian Schulich Leader Scholarships

WATERLOO – The University of Waterloo is pleased to announce that Nicole Pitre, of Burlington, Ontario, and Nicole Shum, of Burnaby, British Columbia, have been chosen to represent their high schools as inaugural Schulich Leaders.

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Summer Pleasures

City council balances needs of entire community through amendments to open-air burning bylaw

KITCHENER – With the goal of striking a fair balance between the needs and wants of the entire community, on Monday night city council took steps to amend Kitchener’s current bylaw on open-air burning to create stricter controls around building backyard fires, while continuing to respect the rights of residents who enjoy this type of activity.

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Award Wininner

Laurier History professor earns prestigious Fulbright award

WATERLOO – The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program has recognized Laurier History Professor David Monod with a prestigious Fulbright Visiting Research Chair award. "The Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs are internationally competitive awards,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier’s vice-president: Academic & Provost. “It is a testament to Dr. Monod's scholarship, and the quality of the work of Laurier faculty, that he was able to achieve such an honour."

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Economy - Manufacturing

North American Auto Production Downshifts for the Summer

Slowdown Reflects Inventory Normalization, but Rebound Expected Before Year-End

TORONTO - Global vehicle sales rebounded in May, with the advance accelerating to 11 per cent year over year (y/y), the strongest gain in more than two years and nearly double the increase reported from January to May, according to a Global Auto Report released today by Scotiabank Economics.

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Trends

Rise of electronic media and readers putting a damper on paper products industry

OTTAWA - The steady shift in consumer preferences toward electronic information sources has gone beyond print media and is now taking its toll on demand for paper to produce books. As a result of this waning demand in North America, combined with ongoing turmoil in the world economy, Canada's paper products industry faces a weak outlook in the next few years, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Spring 2012 outlook for the industry.

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International Era

Work Abroad: Survey Says Canada's Young Workers Want Global Job Prospects

Canada's younger generation of workers are seeking career opportunities that will allow them to work abroad, survey says.

TORONTO - It's the wanderlust of a new generation. The results from a recent study conducted by ICMA International and sponsored by Randstad Canada, the country's leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services, indicates that Canada's young workers want to work abroad and are in search of jobs that will offer them international career opportunities.

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Surviving Global Change

Conventional markets, conventional means are no longer adequate for Canada

OTTAWA - The world's economy is changing dramatically and Canada is not keeping pace. That is the frank assessment of Winning in a Changing World, a timely new report from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University being presented tomorrow to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Leader of the Opposition, premiers, and the business and academic communities.

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Economy

Storm clouds hovering over Canada’s economic horizon

The Americans are spending $1.40 for every $1.00 in tax receipts they bring in. The situation is similar in Europe.
By Bruce Stewart

TORONTO - Should Canadians be worried about the global economy upsetting our national one? At first, Canada looks pretty secure. Resource sales are holding firm. Manufacturing is more solid than you might think. Our banks continue to do wonders for their shareholders.

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Health Care - Understanding

Is there Sexual Intimacy After Menopause? Canadian Women Reveal Greater Need for Physician-Women Dialogue Regarding Vaginal Health

~ 82 per cent of Canadian women agree that vaginal atrophy would have a negative impact on their life, including sexual intimacy, yet only seven per cent are aware of the condition ~

TORONTO - According to new data from the VIVA (Vaginal Health: Insights, Views & Attitudes) survey presented at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Annual Clinical Meeting, seventy-two per cent of Canadian women consider sexual intimacy as being the area of their life most likely to be affected by the symptoms of a chronic condition of menopause called vaginal atrophy.

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Food

Canada’s first centre for training skilled workers in food processing draws multinational companies to join Ontario Food Cluster’s $34 billion industry

The Conestoga College Institute of Food Processing Technology offers incoming agri-food companies state-of-the-art plant floor training using touch-screen computers and robotics

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Economic development executives from the Ontario Food Cluster are attending SIAL Brazil, The Latin American Food Marketplace, and the related Fispal Food Service Trade Show, promoting the new Conestoga College Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) among other strengths to international companies that want to invest in Ontario’s expanding $34 billion agri-food sector – an ­industry that includes $9.9 billion of exports.

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Grant Funding

Carleton Geography and Communications Researchers Receive SSHRC Public Outreach Grants

Ottawa - The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has announced Public Outreach Grants for two Carleton University researchers. Geography Professor Fraser Taylor and Communications Professor André Turcotte have been awarded grants for their research projects. In total, Taylor will receive $97,683, while Turcotte will receive $70,000.

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Building Cities

The Rise of the Creative Class Revisted

Toronto - In the spring of 2002, Richard Florida, then a young professor of economic development, published a pioneering and provocative book about the creative forces reshaping our economy, communities, and lives.

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Survey

51% of Canadians expect continued access to employer health benefits after retirement

Important new results in 15th Annual Survey

LAVAL, QC - The 15th edition of a health care survey reveals new and important findings for employees and employers alike. The 2012 Sanofil Canada Healthcare survey indicates that 51% of Canadians expect they will continue to have access to their healthcare benefits after retirement which may not necessarily be the case. This information will have an important impact on the baby boomers who have just begun to retire.

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Recognition

Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal

KITCHENER – Tonight’s Kitchener city council meeting began on a regal note, as Mayor Carl Zehr was presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, in honour of the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.

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Guest Columnist

Foreign buyer for RIM could create net benefit for Canada

How does Canada restrict investments not in Canada’s interest while avoiding the message that it is unfriendly to investment?
By Laura Dawson, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute

OTTAWA - Research in Motion (RIM) is known around the world for its BlackBerry mobile phones. However, amid mounting troubles, RIM is forced to look at new business models, including putting itself up for sale.

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Latin Festival

THOUSANDS OF LATINFEST FANS TO TAKE OVER WILLIS WAY

Waterloo - On July 14th the City of Waterloo closes Willis Way to traffic to allow organizers of the K-W LatinFest to expand activities beyond the town square. Neruda Productions, Tropical 88.3 Radio and Latin Life magazine are expecting a larger crowd than last year’s LatinFest which attracted more than 3000 visitors and helped establish the Waterloo Town Square as a site of culture and community activity.

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Dissertation

Carleton Alumna May Chazan Wins 2012 CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award

Ottawa - Carleton University alumna May Chazan is the winner of the 2012 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), in collaboration with University Microfilms International (UMI), a division of ProQuest.

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Financial

Financial advisors more optimistic about U.S. capital markets than Canada in the year ahead

Advisors think China poses the greatest economic threat to Canada according to the inaugural Sun Life Advisor Sentiment Index

TORONTO - Canada's financial advisors are more optimistic about the performance of U.S. markets compared to any other major global equity market, including Canada, over the next 12 months according to the Sun Life Advisor Sentiment Index released today by Sun Life Global Investments. The survey, conducted by Ipsos Reid between April 23 to May 4, 2012, measures Canada's financial advisors' sentiments on capital markets and key economic factors.

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Society

The Canadian Public Relations Society Elects New National President

TORONTO - The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is pleased to announce that Richard Truscott, APR, Director of Provincial Affairs, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (Calgary), was elected national president of CPRS during the Society's 2012 Annual General Meeting in Victoria, B.C. on June 10.

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Innovation Park

Ideacia ONE Inc. Opens a New Location within the McMaster Innovation Park

Markham – The Ideacia ONE Inc. group, which includes SR&ED ONE, Strategic Marketing ONE, and M&A ONE continues to grow and expand with the addition of a new office situated within the McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) located in Hamilton, ON. The new office will be open July 2012 serving fellow MIP residents, as well as the greater Hamiltonbusiness community.

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Energy Resources

Manitoba Ranked as Best Canadian Jurisdiction for Oil and Gas Investment Followed by Saskatchewan and Alberta in New Global Survey

CALGARY - Manitoba is the best place in Canada for oil and gas investment, based on the opinions of petroleum executives and managers who participated in the annual Global Petroleum Survey released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

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