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Thursday November 22, 2012

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Ted Talks - turn it up

Teenaged boy wonders play bluegrass

Brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a trio of virtuoso bluegrass musicians who play with dazzling vivacity. Did we mention they're all under 16?

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Changing Gender Roles

World Economic Forum Launches Japan Gender Parity Task Force

New Task Force, launched in cooperation with the Japanese government, business and civil society, aims to close Japan’s gender gap by 10% by 2015

Tokyo - The Japan Gender Parity Task Force, a World Economic Forum-led initiative that aims to close Japan’s economic gender gap by 10% in 3 years, was launched in Tokyo today in cooperation with the Japanese government, business and civil society leaders with a number of the Forum’s Japanese Members and Partners.

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Appointment

BSM Technologies appoints David Yach to its Board of Directors

TORONTO - BSM Technologies Inc. a leading provider of remote monitoring, fleet management, fleet diagnostics and automated vehicle security systems, today announced David Yach has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Mr. Yach was the Chief Technology Officer for Software at Research In Motion (RIM) until retiring in March 2012 after almost 30 years in the high tech sector.

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Guidelines for Guinea Pigs

Western-led team delivers world-first ethics guidelines for cluster randomized trials

London - The Ottawa Statement on the Ethical Design and Conduct of Cluster Randomized Trials provides researchers and research ethics committees with detailed guidance on the ethical design, conduct, and review of cluster randomized trials (CRTs). Published in the current edition of PLoS Medicine, this marks the first time dedicated ethical guidelines have been established for CRTs and it is expected that these recommendations will become part of research ethics policies and practice around the world.

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Housing

New home sales fall victim to new lending restrictions

GREATER TORONTO - Stricter lending restrictions have led to a drop in consumer confidence and affordability, causing new home sales to decline for the third consecutive month, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) reported.

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Arts & Culture

Artist-in-residence wraps up year with exhibit in Rotunda Gallery

KITCHENER – For his last instalment of the Kitchener artist-in-residence program, Jefferson Campbell-Cooper continues investigating perception of the landscape around us, in the Rotunda Gallery for the month of December. The Berlin Tower ARTSPACE features RESIGHT, an exhibit by participants in the Meet Joe Art program, a Lake Joe CNIB Camp art program for people experiencing vision loss.

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Architecture

Historic Preston Springs For Sale, Landmark Listed for $1.295M

Preston - The historic “Preston Springs” is now available for sale through A. Farber & Partners Inc., a member of Farber Financial Group, in its capacity as Receiver of Guelph Financial Corporation.

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Energy

Ontario to Enable Cutting Edge Conservation Initiative

QUEENS PARK - Ontario is aiming to provide electricity consumers with greater access to information about their energy consumption and encourage the creation of new, innovative tools for consumers to help conserve energy and save on electricity costs.

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Quality of Life

City warns landlords, adequate heat is mandatory in the City of Kitchener

KITCHENER – As seasonal temperatures begin their chilly decline, the City of Kitchener reminds owners and tenants of residential rental buildings about the adequate-heat bylaw in place to ensure suitable and adequate heat is provided for tenants.

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Innovation

MaRS partners with province to help Ontarians better manage energy use

Ontario Green Button initiative would make energy data accessible to consumers

TORONTO - A new partnership between the Province of Ontario and MaRS Discovery District aims to give Ontarians direct access to energy data, helping consumers manage energy use and providing opportunities for Ontario companies to capitalize on the growing market for energy solutions.

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Recognition for Excellence

St. Mary’s physician receives medical excellence award

KITCHENER - A physician who has spent more than 20 years helping victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse, has been selected by St. Mary’s General Hospital to receive its 2012 Lackner Award for Medical Excellence.

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Alert News

Weekly Digest, a round-up of Thomson Reuters coverage

Highlights this week include: Israel and Gaza agree truce, tens of thousands of children uprooted by DR Congo conflict, new accusations fly between South Sudan and Sudan

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Arts & Culture

Symphony Barenaked comes to Kitchener!

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will perform with Canadian Icons this December when the Barenaked Ladies join the KWS to perform some of their best-loved hits and some holiday favourites in a very special concert. Barenaked Ladies: Greatest Hits and Holiday Songs, conducted by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, will be held at the Centre In The Square on December 16, 2012 at 7pm.

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Council Meeting

From the November 21, 2012 Municipal Meeting

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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