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Friday December 7, 2012

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Ted Talks

Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?

Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips.

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Environment

Green is more than a colour at SJU

St. Jerome’s is making ‘being green’ a reality on campus

Waterloo - St. Jerome’s University continues to find innovative ways to fulfill its mission and that includes considering their impact on the environment in all they do. Facilities Manager Jim Robson has been working with North American Solar Solutions to complete SJU’s most recent sustainability project by having solar tubes installed on the roof.

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Union Issues

CAW Delegates Converge in Toronto for Weekend Long Council Meeting

TORONTO - CAW members from across Canada will meet in downtown Toronto at the Sheraton Centre this weekend to discuss and debate current issues facing the union, for the CAW Council.

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Guest Column

Kinesiology Lab Days at University of Waterloo helps high school students explore health and movement

WATERLOO - Imagine being able to propel an electric model car around a classroom using only the electrical signals from your muscles. That’s just one of the intriguing health and movement lab applications that more than 1,000 Ontario high school students will experience at the University of Waterloo's Kinesiology Lab Days taking place weekdays until Dec. 14.

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Education

Accounting grad rewarded for hard work

Conestoga College graduate is recognized for outstanding work as an accountant

By Ryan Bowman

Kitchener - Wenqi Zhou, who graduated with High Distinction from the college’s Accounting Co-op program in 2008, received a Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) Top Ten Recognition award on October 26. She ranked fourth in Ontario and seventh in the nation.

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Environment

Canada Invests in Climate Change Solutions in Developing Countries

DOHA, Qatar - Today, Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister, announced a number of key initiatives to support climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing countries.

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Construction plans

Canadian Building permits for October 2012

The total value of building permits rose 15.0% to $7.5 billion in October, following a 12.7% decline in September. The increase was primarily the result of higher construction intentions for non-residential buildings, mostly in Ontario and Quebec.

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Education

Ontario universities lead the country in productivity, research output

TORONTO - The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) welcomes a new report that confirms that Ontario universities are the most productive in Canada.

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Misleading Information

Major flaws in Toronto District School Board work order system exposed

Long-standing issues previously identified by Skilled Trades Council come to the fore with Board's public release of thousands of past work orders

TORONTO - Thousands of work orders released to the media by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) have highlighted long-standing flaws in the system, according to the TDSB Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council (MCSTC).

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Digital Age

Ontario Technology Corridor briefs Brazil’s IT industry advisors on Canada versus U.S. as export gateway into North America

Canada’s financial stability, best educated workforce in North America among reasons to choose Ontario

SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL – When export-oriented Brazilian information technology companies consider expansion into North America, the typical choices are Miami, New York or Silicon Valley. A delegation from Ontario Technology Corridor cities is working to change that perception with an “advise the advisors” tour that takes Ontario’s technology opportunity message this week to Brazilian IT associations and Brazilian-based companies in Florianopolis, Campinas, and Sao Paolo looking to expand outside the country’s $212 billion information technology market that exports only $2.65 billion of products and services, according to Brasscom, the Brazilian Association of Information Technology and Communication Companies.

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Growth and Expansion

New science complex builds on commitment to undergraduate studies

WATERLOO – The new home for undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo is one step closer to reality with the groundbreaking of the new Science Teaching Complex.

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R&D

Pulverized rocks used to strip CO2 from large emitting plants

Research will reduce emissions and increase bottom lines

Quebec City, QC - Researchers in Quebec are developing a process that would see steel, coal and cement plants as well as oil and gas facilities remove most of the carbon dioxide (CO2) from their emissions through chemical reactions with various types of crushed rocks in the stacks.

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Education

Conestoga student tops polytechnic showcase

Kitchener - David Bell, a third-year student in the B.A. Tech, Integrated Telecommunication and Computer Technologies program, was awarded first prize at the Student Showcase event held at Polytechnics Canada’s Applied Research Showcase on November 14 at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.

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Doomsday

Western astronomer and anthropologist debunk Mayan doomsday prediction

London - Researchers from Western University say we can't believe the hype about the Mayan doomsday prediction and will share their views on the hot-button topic at a public event next week.

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Recognition

Summerlee to Receive International Quality of Life Award

Guelph - Humanitarian work in Africa and his contributions to higher education and science have earned a prestigious award for University of Guelph president Alastair Summerlee.

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Agriculture

Canadians to Pay More for Food in 2013, Profs Predict

Guelph - Canadians can expect to pay more at the grocery store in 2013, especially for meat and eggs, according to a forecast by University of Guelph researchers. Price hikes for staples such as meat, bread and cheese are also expected to drive record numbers of people to food banks in the coming year.

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R&D

Happy face tattoo does serious work

TORONTO — A medical sensor that attaches to the skin like a temporary tattoo could make it easier for doctors to detect metabolic problems in patients and for coaches to fine-tune athletes’ training routines. And the entire sensor comes in a thin, flexible package shaped like a smiley face.

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Growth

RECORD ONE-YEAR GROWTH EXPECTED FOR AUTO PARTS INDUSTRY IN 2012

Ottawa – After posting record growth in 2012 Canadian auto parts production is forecast to expand at a more modest but still strong pace in 2013, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Industrial Outlook: Autumn 2012 for the motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry.

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Municipal Affairs

Draft operating budget for 2013 proposed

KITCHENER – The draft operating budget for 2013 was tabled today in the finance and corporate services committee budget deliberations.

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Fund Raising

Guelph Hydro Movember Team Raises $6,000

Guelph Hydro CEO sacrifices handlebar moustache to help fight prostate cancer

GUELPH – Guelph Hydro’s 30-man Movember team raised $6,000 to help fight the battle against prostate cancer and men’s mental health thanks to a challenge issued by long-time mustaioed, Barry Chuddy, CEO of Guelph Hydro Inc. Chuddy, who has sported a handlebar moustache for almost four decades, was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice and shave off his moustache if the team could raise $5,000.

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Seasons Greetings

United Way KW thanks the community

Waterloo - As the holiday season moves into full swing, United Way KW thanks supporters for their continued generosity.

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Appointment

Rogers Media Appoints Steven Goldsmith as President of The Shopping Channel

TORONTO - Keith Pelley, President of Rogers Media Inc., announced the appointment of Steven Goldsmith as President of The Shopping Channel, effective immediately. Goldsmith reports to Pelley and serves as a key member of the Rogers Media Senior Leadership Team.

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Manufacturing

DOE and EPA Release Annual Fuel Economy Guide with 2013 Models

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2013 Fuel Economy Guide, giving consumers clear and easy-to-read information to help them choose the most fuel efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. The 2013 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, but notable this year is the growing availability of hybrids and the increasing number of electric vehicles.

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Arts & Culture

Rant Maggie Rant celebrates joy of season with Celtic Christmas concert

Stratford – Rant Maggie Rant, one of Canada’s most exciting Celtic fusion ensembles, is performing a hometown concert on December 15. The band’s 4th annual Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration! concert takes place at the Stratford City Hall Auditorium at 8:00 pm.

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