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Thursday November 29, 2012

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Ted Talks

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn’t a broken person

Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal -- until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

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Use Your Vote - Not Our Kids

Parents to be given 72 hours' notice of ETFO strikes in December

TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will give parents 72 hours' notice of strikes planned for December in school boards by public elementary teachers and education professionals.

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Digital World

Social Media Expert Amber Mac to Be Host For 5th Annual CDMN Canada 3.0 2013 Conference in Toronto

WATERLOO REGION - Amber Mac best-selling author of 'Power Friending' and social media expert, speaker, TV host and entrepreneur, will be the host for the CDMN Canada 3.0 2013 digital media conference when it is held in Toronto May 14 & 15, the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) announced today.

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Guest Column

Find A Successor and Delegate
by Wayne Vanwyck

If you want to free up your time to focus on the bigger issues necessary to transition your business, you need someone who will begin to take on more and more of your current daily workload. Ideally that person will be, or have the potential to become, your successor. For our purposes, we’ll define a successor as someone who can earn the right to take on more and more of your duties and eventually assume your title as owner or president.

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Thursdays Global Report

AlertNet Weekly Digest, a Thomson Reuters round-up of world development news.

Highlights this week include: Congo rebels begin withdrawing from captured towns, MSF medical teams work in Honduras Tegucigalpa slums and Syria s new opposition coalition holds its first full meeting.

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Gates Foundation

U of T Engineers awarded $2.2 million grant for toilet research

TORONTO - A University of Toronto engineering team has received a major grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to continue work on designing for a waterless, hygienic toilet that is safe and affordable for people in the developing world.

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Road Work

Scope of work for Strasburg Road expanded

KITCHENER – The scope of work will be expanded for the extension to Strasburg Road, the planning and strategic initiatives committee decided last night. The decision followed staff’s recommendation, which was based on feedback from the public, other government agencies, interested parties and council on the draft environmental study report (ESR), published in May.

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Environment

BP Temporarily Suspended from New Contracts with the Federal Government

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesreday that it has temporarily suspended BP Exploration and Production, Inc., BP PLC and named affiliated companies (BP) from new contracts with the federal government.

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Brain Development

Carleton Researcher finds that Family’s Economic Situation Influences Brain Function in Children

Mobile neuroscience lab looks at differences in brain activity across social spectrum

Ottawa - Carleton’s Amedeo D'Angiulli, director of Child Studies with the Department of Neuroscience, has published a study showing that children of low socio-economic status work harder to filter out irrelevant environmental information than those from a high-income background because of learned differences in what draws their attention. This new research has been published in the open access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

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Leadership

Cathy Taylor accepts new role with the Ontario Nonprofit Network

Guelph – Cathy Taylor has accepted the position as the first Executive Director of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), a Toronto based organization that has emerged as a convener, communication broker and coordinator for nonprofits in Ontario.

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Appointment

Laurier announces Second Cup President & CEO as inaugural CEO-in-Residence

WATERLOO - Wilfrid Laurier University's School of Business & Economics has appointed Stacey Mowbray (BBA '84), president and CEO of The Second Cup Ltd., as its inaugural CEO-in-residence.

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Philanthropy

Economical and its employees give back more than $550,000 to United Way agencies across Canada

WATERLOO - Economical’s 2012 United Way campaign – tomorrow begins today – was another great success raising funds that will help member agencies across Canada create new possibilities for many Canadians in need.

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Holidays

Toronto City Council votes in favour of maintaining statutory holidays

TORONTO - In a vote closely watched by thousands of retail workers across the city, Toronto City Council voted in favour of keeping stores closed on statutory holidays. City Council voted 36 to 7 in favour of keeping stores closed on statutory holidays yesterday evening.

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Mental Health Workers

Better Access to Mental Health Services for Aboriginal Kids

Queens Park - Ontario is adding more than 80 new mental health and addictions workers across the province to help almost 4,000 Aboriginal children and young people get better access to culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services.

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Intelligence & Premiums

Gore Mutual Implements Outside Intelligence Risk Discovery for “Big Data” Commercial Underwriting

Cambridge - Gore Mutual has now fully implemented the Outside Intelligence (OIQ) Risk Discovery for Commercial Underwriting. Outside Intelligence is a Search-Based Application (SBA) whose platform and applications compile data from a number of internal and external sources.

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Recognition

U of G Named First Fair-Trade Campus in Ontario

Guelph - The University of Guelph has been named as the first fair-trade campus in Ontario, thanks to the efforts of the University’s fair trade campus committee.

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Employment

Tech Jobs Connex Action Centre Officially Opened Yesterday

Needed help for displaced RIM workers in finding job opportunities

Waterloo Region – Tech Jobs Connex, a new job action centre hosted by Communitech at Waterloo City Hall, officially had it's opening ceremony yesterday. The employment facility is already off to a great start helping displaced RIM workers find their next opportunities.

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Historical Lester B. Pearson

Geoffrey Pearson Documents Donated to Carleton University

The Geoffrey Pearson documents have been donated to Carleton’s MacOdrum Library. This considerable collection includes records created and accumulated by Pearson during his diplomatic career and as the executive director of the Canadian Institute of International Peace and Security.

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Energy & Environment

Propane Industry Supports Private Sector Solutions for Recycling

OTTAWA - The Canadian Propane Association (CPA), representing members of the Ontario propane industry, welcomed the proposal by MPP, Michael Harris, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Environment Critic, to review hazardous waste management processes in the province.

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Community Maps

Street View Imagery of Canada’s Arctic comes to Google Maps

Cambridge Bay - When we visited Canada’s far north in August we worked with the residents of Cambridge Bay to help them improve the map of Canada’s north using Google Map Maker. We also collected Street View imagery of this isolated Nunavut hamlet. A Cambridge Bay elder, Anna Nahogaloak, told us that it was important for the Inuit people to contribute to Google’s map of the Arctic. “The land is everybody’s land,” she told us. “And we all share it.”

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Next Years Line

Coquette Releases 2013 Main Collection

Colour geared, classic silhouettes & babydolls

Cambridge - Coquette International released their 2013 Main Collection yesterday in anticipation of the new year. “In this collection we wanted showcase pieces geared toward colour,” explained senior designer Elaine Carson. “There is an increased amount of stretch lace prints and patterns which we have paired with solid tones to bring out textures, creating definition to those pieces. This is a fun and vibrant collection that we expect will pop in-stores and do well for our retailers.”

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Energy

Largest Wind Farm in Canada Commissioned in Quebec

GASPÉ, QC. - Cartier Wind Energy announced the operation of its Gros-Morne Phase II wind project, powered by 74 GE 1.5-77 wind turbines and located in the Gaspésie region of Quebec. The amount of energy generated by the Gros-Morne wind farm can power approximately 20,000 homes in the province of Quebec. Gros-Morne I and II combined is the largest wind farm in Canada with a total output of 211.5 megawatts (MW).

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