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Monday October 29, 2012

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Ted Talks

Marco Tempest: A cyber-magic card trick like no other

The suits, numbers and colors in a deck of cards correspond to the seasons, moon cycles and calendar. Marco Tempest straps on augmented reality goggles and does a card trick like you’ve never seen before, weaving a lyrical tale as he deals.

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Wind Warning - Power Interruption - Cold - Wet

Red Cross urges Canadians to be prepared for severe storms

OTTAWA - The Canadian Red Cross is urging Canadians take action and ensure they are prepared for emergency situations that may arise from a severe weather system expected to make landfall this week. The Red Cross advocates that families be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours in any emergency that may cause power outages or force evacuations.

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Technology Pricing

Computer and peripherals price indexes, September 2012

Statscan - Prices for commercial computers decreased 0.2% from August to September, while consumer computer prices decreased 1.0%. In the case of computer peripherals, monitor prices decreased 2.5% while printer prices were up 0.7%.


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Recognition

Canada Awards for Excellence Recipients Announced

TORONTO - Excellence Canada is pleased to announce that 29 Canadian organizations will receive the Canada Awards for Excellence for outstanding performance in categories that include Excellence, Innovation & Wellness, Quality, Healthy Workplace®, and Mental Health at Work.

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Literacy

New research shows kids want to talk more, learn more from parents about money management

ABC Life Literacy Canada encouraging parents to initiate discussions with their children and work together to increase financial literacy.

TORONTO - On the eve of Financial Literacy Month, a new opinion research survey found that only one-third of Canadian youth, ages 10 to 17-years, say that their parents regularly talk with them about money and finances. The research, conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of ABC Life Literacy Canada and sponsored by TD Bank Group, found that money is one of the least discussed issues between parents and kids.

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Changing Behaviours

Peer mentoring is a fun and inexpensive way to increase kids’ physical activity levels

Toronto – Using peer mentors to enhance school-day physical activity in elementary aged students has been given an A+ from Nova Scotia researchers. Also, the increased physical activity levels got top grades for significantly improving both academic test scores and cardiovascular fitness levels.

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First Day Ever

ITGA Leads First-Ever World Tobacco Growers' Day to Unite Farmers, Protect 30 Million Jobs

Abrunhosa Calls on Government Leaders to Join Farmers and 'Step Back from the WHO Abyss'

LONDON - To mark the first-ever World Tobacco Growers' Day today, tobacco farmers across the globe are taking part in dozens of events to highlight the disastrous impact World Health Organisation proposals will have on their livelihoods if passed by parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in just two weeks' time.

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Myth Breakers

Research dispels myth that sudden cardiac arrests happens mainly during sports

Toronto - It’s a tragic news story that often makes headlines – a young, healthy, fit athlete suddenly collapses and dies of cardiac arrest while playing sports.

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Discovery

Discovery could improve prevention and treatment of heart disease

Toronto - Canadian scientists have discovered that a protein called resistin, secreted by fat tissue, causes high levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL), increasing the risk of heart disease.

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Acquisition

Manulife Financial Completes Acquisition of Wellington West Financial Services

TORONTO - Manulife Financial announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of independent financial planning firm Wellington West Financial Services Inc., a division of Wellington West Holdings Inc., and a dealership registered with the Mutual Funds Dealers Association (MFDA), from National Bank.

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Anniversary

Sunwing Celebrates 10 Years of Holidays in Cuba with Their Viva Cuba Promotion

Toronto - Sunwing is celebrating 10 years of holidays in Cuba with its Viva Cuba Anniversary Sale. With exceptional savings at a variety of participating hotels, Sunwing travellers can trade in slush and snow for sandy beaches this winter by taking advantage of reduced prices and great deals to this popular vacation destination.

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