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Thursday October 25, 2012

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Ted Talks

Lemn Sissay: A child of the state

Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story.


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Communication

Telecom complaints rise 35 per cent in 2011-2012

Wireless services topped the list of complaints for fourth straight year

OTTAWA - Canada's Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) reports an increase in telecom consumer complaints in its 2011-2012 Annual Report "We Listen. We Help." "Nearly 11 thousand consumer complaints were filed with us. That represents an increase of 35 per cent over last year," said Commissioner Howard Maker.

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Hall of Fame

Inductees Announced for 2012 Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Waterloo Region – Four entrepreneurial leaders who have helped shape Waterloo Region’s business landscape will be honored at this year’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame gala event November 15th. Recipients of the awards have been selected for showing exceptional leadership and for greatly contributing to the Region.

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Festival

Neighbours celebrate at Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods finale

77 neighbourhood gatherings were registered from 47 neighbourhood areas

KITCHENER – The theme of this year’s Kitchener Festival of Neighbourhoods says it all: “Ignite Community, Rekindle Connection, Spark Hope.” Communities across the city were doing just that, as the neighbourhood-building initiative held its 2012 season finale on the weekend to celebrate achievements, receive the thanks of community leaders, and garner awards, including the draw for the city’s $10,000 capital improvement grant.

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Competition

Better, smarter and more sustainable cities as an integral part of our competitiveness

CALGARY - Yesterday, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce joined forces to present Smart Cities of the Future, a conference that brought together some of Canada's top opinion leaders and decision-makers from the private sector, government and academia to discuss how to design better, smarter and more sustainable cities.

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Growth

Sandvine Secures Additional Business in Asia

over $5 Million in Follow-on Orders from Tier-1 Customer

WATERLOO - Sandvine announced that it has received over $5 million in Network Policy Control expansion orders for a tier-1 customer in its Asia Pacific sales region. Sandvine has now received over $10 million in orders for this customer since August of this year.

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Brand Value

Player Lockout Costs NHL Half A Billion Dollars In Brand Value

· Total NHL brand value has fallen from US$1.6bn to US$1.15bn
· Montreal Canadiens are the NHL’s most valuable brand, at US$108
· The Dallas Cowboys have the most valuable North American sports team brand at $510m

For the first time, the brand values of all major sports teams worldwide have been calculated and compared. The BrandFinance® Sporting Brands 2012 was compiled by Brand Finance plc, the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy. 250 teams are included, from the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, IPL and international football leagues.

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Continental Health Care

High European mortality rates compared to USA raise questions about sepsis care

New York - A new study, published Online First in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, has found substantial disparities between the USA and Europe in the care of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.

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Insurance

Ontario hikes insurance premiums on small employers

Last-minute changes not enough to stop WSIB from increasing rates

TORONTO - Yesterday's decision by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to increase mandatory insurance premiums on employers will hit the already struggling small business sector the hardest, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

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Aquisition

Manulife Financial acquires Benesure Canada Inc.

Becomes Canada's largest provider of creditor insurance solutions for mortgage brokers

WATERLOO - Manulife Financial announced today that it has purchased Benesure Canada Inc., Canada's leading third party administrator and distributor of life and disability creditor insurance solutions to the mortgage broker marketplace.

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Growth

SJ AB Selects OpenText EIM Software

Largest Swedish Train Operator Deploys OpenText EIM Solutions to Enhance Organizational Efficiencies and Reduce Costs

WATERLOO- OpenText™ announced that SJ AB, the largest train operator in Sweden, has signed an agreement to deploy OpenText software to help improve the quality and overall effectiveness of its business processes.

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Global News

185 Million People Exposed To Annual Flooding and Storms in Asia-Pacific

AlertNet Weekly Digest Highlights this week include: 185 million people exposed to annual flooding and storms in Asia-Pacific, Rwanda wins a seat on the U.N. Security Council and new tuberculosis infections dropped 2.2 percent worldwide last year

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International Relations

Carleton Student Receives Australian International Student of the Year Award for Community Engagement

Ottawa - Bruce Smith, a Carleton commerce student with a major in international business who is taking part in an international exchange program with the University of South Australia, received the Governor’s International Student Award for community engagement.

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Guest Column

Berlin Tower exhibit features art created at Grand Valley Institute for Women

KITCHENER – Two very different exhibits grace Kitchener City Hall’s art spaces for the month of November. The Rotunda Gallery features the work of Nik Harron, whose exhibit, Interrupted Horizons, explores the sense of connection felt when contemplating a landscape. Artworks created through the Fresh Start Creations program at the Grand Valley Institute for Women are featured for the month in the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE.

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Education

Laurier celebrates first cohort of the EMTM program

WATERLOO – The first cohort of Laurier’s Executive Masters in Technology Management (EMTM) – a program designed for senior leaders who drive innovation – will take the stage at Wilfrid Laurier University’s convocation ceremonies Oct. 26 to receive their Master of Science degree in Management.

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Protest

Farmers Protest “Industry Spin” Designed to Facilitate Licensing of GM Alfalfa in Ontario

Policy of coexistence of GM alfalfa is “utterly absurd", say local farmers.

Kitchener – Yesterday farmers and consumers protested industry plans to prepare for the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Ontario. The protest, organized by the National Farmers Union (NFU) Grey Local 344 and NFU Region 3 (Ontario), was outside a Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) workshop being held in Kitchener-Waterloo to discuss a framework for 'coexistence' of GM and non-GM alfalfa varieties.


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Municipal Info

Waterloo Regional Council Info From the October 24

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. You are encouraged to quote from and copy this information. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

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