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Friday October 26, 2012

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Ted Talks - Very Cool

Doris Kim Sung: Metal that breathes

Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.


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Family Kids

KWS Begins the Family Series with Major Mitchell and Presents Kinderconcerts at the Waterloo Region Museum

Kitchener/Waterloo - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has a weekend of family fun in store with the first Family Concert and a performance of a Kinderconcert at the Waterloo Region Museum. Both concerts will delight families with kids of all ages!

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Foodies Spend More

Canadian consumer spending realizes steady growth in Q3

Moneris Spending Report shows an overall increase of 4.77 per cent in dollars spent over the same period last year

TORONTO - Canada's largest credit and debit card processor, announced that Canadian consumer spending has increased in the third quarter, with an overall growth of 4.77 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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Global Habits

Further delay to revised EU Tobacco Products Directive “will raise serious questions about whose interest the EU Commission is promoting”

New York - The EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive – which was set to place substantial new restrictions on tobacco companies’ promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, including banning “e-cigarettes” – is dangerously close to stalling, and “further delay will raise serious questions about whose interest the EU Commission is promoting”, according to the authors of a Comment, published in The Lancet today.

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Science Open House

Waterloo hosts Science Open House and Gem & Mineral Show

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo will host its annual Science Open House and Gem & Mineral show this weekend to introduce children and their parents to a wide assortment of fun, hands-on activities. This free event offers activities and demonstrations aimed at children aged 5-13.

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Xquarterly

IMAX Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

LOS ANGELES - IMAX Corporation reported strong financial results for the third quarter of 2012 driven by operating leverage and continued theatre network growth globally, with 41 signings and 33 theatre installations in the quarter.

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Work Life Balance

Carleton Releases 2012 National Study on Balancing Work and Caregiving in Canada

Linda Duxbury to talk about findings at Building Healthier Workplaces Conference

Ottawa - A major Canadian study by Carleton University’s Linda Duxbury and Christopher Higgins at Western University, their third on work-life balance in two decades, has found that work demands have risen, flexible work arrangement are rare and career mobility is an issue.

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Phantom Power

What's scarier than ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night?

-That one third of Ontarians don't know that phantom power is costing them money-

TORONTO - As 'fright night' nears, a recent poll by Hydro One indicates Ontarians should be afraid of what is going on inside their homes. According to a survey conducted on behalf of Hydro One, a third of Ontario residents aren't aware that each year, phantom power is costing them approximately the same amount as running a second fridge in their home.

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Retirement

Almost nine out of ten surveyed expect to live to past eighty with one-third to sell real estate investments to support retirement

Sun Life Financial/CARP member poll identifies gaps in retirement planning preparedness

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial and CARP released the results of a poll showing that while the majority of respondents age 45-plus expect to live past age 80, one in three of respondents are relying on selling their investments in real estate for financial support during their retirement years.

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Sector Growth

Canada's restaurant industry adds more than 33,000 jobs

TORONTO - Canadian restaurants, bars and caterers created 33,891 new jobs between January and August 2012 compared to a year earlier. The restaurant industry is the second-fastest job creator so far this year - just behind the construction industry, according to Statistics Canada's Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours.

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Quarterly REsults

Co-operators General Insurance Company reports third quarter 2012 results

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company (Co-operators General) released consolidated financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Consolidated net income was $12.6 million compared to $6.2 million for the same quarter in 2011. This resulted in earnings per common share of $0.46 for the quarter compared to $0.14 in the same period last year.

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McGuinty Mishap

Ontario College of Trades In Full Retreat As Opposition Mounts

Mystery fees, botched ratio reviews & missed deadlines latest proof secretive, disorganized College won't launch January 1st

TORONTO - With just 9 weeks to go before the Ontario College of Trades is scheduled to send tax bills out to tradespeople and small businesses owners across the province, the Ontario College of Trades has gone into full retreat. The College is missing deadlines, refusing to respond to inquiries and leaving Ontario tradespeople in the dark about the cost of the job killing trades tax.

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7th President

Dr. Katherine Bergman Installed as St. Jerome’s University’s 7th President

WATERLOO - St. Jerome’s University celebrates the Installation of Dr. Katherine Bergman as its 7th President and Vice-Chancellor. The board of Governors appointed Dr. Bergman effective August 1, 2012 recognizing her outstanding academic achievements and authentic leadership skills. Dr. Bergman brings significant administrative experience to her role here at St. Jerome’s. She has served as Vice-President Academic and Research at Nipissing University, as Dean of Science at University of Regina, as well as, Special Advisor to the President during which time she was instrumental in establishing a collaborative nursing program.

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Convocation

Laurier to graduate more than 1,200 students at fall convocation

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will be holding two fall convocation ceremonies at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Oct. 26.

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Kids & Parents

Child welfare sector releases recommendations

New report highlights the importance of the right services at the right time, providing for Aboriginal children, and supports for youth in care

TORONTO – The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) released the 2012 Child Welfare Report today presenting recommendations to the government on child welfare priorities. These priorities have come out of in-depth discussion with the child welfare field, community partners, government officials, and families and youth working with Children’s Aid.

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Education

Prospective students invited to experience Laurier at campus open houses

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will open its doors for its annual fall open houses, Friday, Nov. 2 at the Waterloo campus and Friday, Nov. 9 at the Brantford campus. Both open houses take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Recognition

Region's Miovision Continues its Rise, Winning an Ontario Business Achievement Award

Kitchener - Miovision Technologies is one of two recipients of the 2012 Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) in the RBC Royal Bank of Canada Small Business Category. The winners were announced at last night’s award gala in Toronto, as hosted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Miovision was one of three finalists in this competitive category, having been selected from hundreds of nominees.

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Sports & Prestige

PORSCHE BOXSTER AND 911 CARRERA S AWARDED BEST FOR 2013

New generation of Boxster and 911 selected among their competitors as top vehicles by Automotive Journalist Association of Canada

MISSISSAUGA - The Automotive Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) picked the Porsche Boxster and 911 Carrera S as best in their respective “Sports – Performance (over $50k)” and “Prestige – Performance (over $75k)” categories.

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