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Tuesday July 17, 2012

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Ted Talks

Mina Bissell: Experiments that point to a new understanding of cancer

For decades, researcher Mina Bissell pursued a revolutionary idea -- that a cancer cell doesn't automatically become a tumor, but rather, depends on surrounding cells (its microenvironment) for cues on how to develop.

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Economic Development

Canadian infrastructure projects receive global recognition

Vancouver, Calgary and Greater Toronto Area projects among the 100 most innovative

TORONTO - The development of sustainable urban infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. With more than half of the global population already squeezed into cities that, collectively, make up less than two percent of the planet's land cover1, the pressure being placed on urban infrastructure is unprecedented.

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Olympics

Sport psychology professor helps Canadian Olympians conquer the mental game of running

WATERLOO – Kim Dawson says she helps elite athletes to run fast

so she doesn’t have to herself. Dawson, a professor of sport psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, works with a group of high-performance runners who train out of the Speed River Track and Field Club in Guelph, Ontario. And with four of her athletes bound for the London Olympics, she can afford to take it easy in her own recreational athletics.

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Manufacturing

Survey of Manufacturing, May 2012

Statistics Canada - Manufacturing sales declined 0.4% to $48.7 billion in May, the fourth decrease in five months. Sales in the petroleum and coal product industry dropped 9.6%, reflecting temporary shutdowns at some refineries. This drop was largely offset by gains in the aerospace product and parts industry. Excluding the petroleum and coal product industry, total manufacturing sales rose 1.2%.

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Education

Users gather in San Diego for FUSION 2012

Over 1,000 clients, partners and other industry leaders convene in San Diego for Desire2Learn's ninth annual users' conference

Kitchener-Waterloo & San Diego - Desire2Learn Incorporated announced that FUSION 2012 - Desire2Learn's ninth annual users' conference - is underway in San Diego, California. A record number of clients, partners and other industry leaders are taking part in the conference, running July 16-20.

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Marketing

Finding the 'Likes' in Social Media Investments: Measuring ROI of Social Media Top Challenge for Marketing and Ad Execs

TORONTO - What's the value of a tweet or Facebook "like"? That's a key question for many marketing executives, according to a new survey from The Creative Group. More than one in four (27 per cent) advertising and marketing executives interviewed said their greatest stumbling block when it comes to social media is measuring the success of their efforts. Finding knowledgeable staff to execute social media programs is problematic for 19 per cent of respondents.

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Pharmaceuticals

Study shows that blood poisoning drug withdrawn by manufacturer may be effective after all

New York - A controversial drug used to treat patients with severe sepsis (a whole-body inflammatory response often bought on by blood poisoning) withdrawn by manufacturer Eli Lilly in October 2011 due to concerns over its efficacy may offer some benefit to patients after all, according to a new systematic review of the evidence published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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Appointments

SickKids Foundation announces new Board appointments

TORONTO - John Francis, Chair of SickKids Foundation's Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the following appointments of five new directors effective June 12, 2012:

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Small Business

CFIB calls for enhancements to credit/debit card Code

Competition Tribunal soon to rule on similar issues in US Visa, MasterCard settlement

TORONTO - In advance of rapidly growing mobile payment options and an important ruling by the Competition Tribunal, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to strengthen the government's landmark Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada. This follows a $7.25 billion US settlement with Visa and MasterCard which will allow US merchants the power to surcharge for accepting credit cards.

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Media

The Globe and Mail Nominated for Emmy Award for Online Series "Inside Hamas"

Multimedia series on militant organization garners The Globe its third Emmy nomination since 2009

TORONTO - The Globe and Mail's multimedia series Inside Hamas, an unprecedented examination of the militant Palestinian organization, has been nominated for a prestigious Emmy award in the category of New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage.

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Selling Assets

Transcontinental Inc. announces the sale of its book printing assets in Louiseville and Sherbrooke

MONTREAL - After reviewing its business plan and long-term strategic objectives, Transcontinental Inc. announced that it is selling its book printing assets, namely Transcontinental Gagné printing plant in Louiseville and Transcontinental Métrolitho printing plant in Sherbrooke, to Marquis Book Printing Inc., in Cap-Saint-Ignace, which specializes in book printing.

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Entrepreneurship Event

Two startups to win $1,000 to kick start their ideas

WATERLOO - Student teams from both the University of Waterloo campus and the VeloCity Residence program will showcase their entrepreneurial ideas as part of VeloCity Demo Day this week. The public are invited and encouraged to attend. Teams will demonstrate their products, and share their ambitious plans. A panel of judges will select one team to win $1,000. A people's choice competition will identify the winner of a second prize of the same amount.

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Hospitality

Canadian restaurateurs cautiously optimistic amidst global economic uncertainty

TORONTO - Guarded optimism prevails as 40% of restaurant operators expect sales to gather speed in the next six months - up slightly from 38% in the first quarter and a subdued 22% in Q4 of 2011. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association's (CRFA's) Restaurant Outlook Survey for Q2 of 2012 also finds many operators are planning to add to their staff roster to keep up with this growth.

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Ethis Grant

Marc-André Gagnon Receives Catalyst Grant in Ethics

Ottawa - Carleton’s Marc-André Gagnon has been awarded the Catalyst Grant in Ethics for an innovative research project that will examine the behaviour of the pharmaceutical industry in Canada. The grant money will be used to discover how the pharmaceutical industry’s drive for profits can be reconciled with public health. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the grant is worth $42,000 per year for two years.

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Real Estate

Canadian home sales edge lower in June

Year-over-year increase was again highest in Greater Toronto (7.9%), followed by Calgary (5.6%), Greater Montreal (2.7%), the Fraser Valley (2.6%), and Greater Vancouver (1.7%)

OTTAWA - According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national resale housing activity edged lower on a month-over-month basis in June 2012. Price gains remained strong in Toronto, continued slowing in Greater Vancouver, and accelerated in Calgary.

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Guest Column

Get smart about the economy

Governments won't be able to fix things. This time, it’s up to you.
By Bruce Stewart

Wouldn’t it be great if our assets always appreciated, prices at the stores fell, our jobs were secure and real pay raises were coming our way?

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Fusion 2012

Desire2Learn announces major advancements across its suite of mobile products

Kitchener-Waterloo, San Diego - Desire2Learn announced major advancements and additions to the Desire2Learn suite of mobile solutions that will further empower the educational experience for learners, instructors, and institutions.

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