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Monday December 3, 2012

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Ted Talks

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

People aren’t just cooking anymore -- they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for -- gasp -- "monotasking."

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Philanthropy

A living legacy: Marina Barnstijn recognized for her outstanding commitment to children

Waterloo - At a private ceremony held last Thursday, KidsAbility Foundation recognized a dedicated supporter and champion of children and youth with special needs: Marina Barnstijn.

The highest award that KidsAbility Foundation presents once a year, Mrs. Barnstijn received The Elaine Ormston Outstanding Supporter Butterfly Award at the President’s Reception, an event that has become an annual tradition that celebrates the incredible contributions made by members of the community to KidsAbility and recognizes outstanding support through the presentation of this Award.

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Technology

Canadian Startup Bufferbox Acquired by Google for Reported $17 Million
by Knowlton Thomas, Techvibes

Waterloo - based BufferBox has been acquired by search engine giant Google for an undisclosed sum (reportedly north of $17 million, see update below). Google made the announcement today that it acquired the Canadian startup, which is less than two years old and is housed in the VeloCity Garage.

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Digital 3.0

Brazil-Canada 3.0 Conference to Address Brazil's Digital Economy and Enhance Digital Media Collaboration Between Canada and Brazil

"Following the Brazilian delegation to the CDMN Canada 3.0 digital media forum in Stratford, Ontario last spring, Canadian thought leaders are now invited to participate in an equivalent forum in South America"

WATERLOO REGION - When the first Brazil-Canada 3.0 Conference opens today in the Brazilian northeastern city of João Pessoa, it will be the culmination of a dream shared by two world leaders from two continents. In August 2011, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, pledged their commitment to increased collaboration and enhanced business opportunities between their two countries.

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Appointment

KITCHENER-WATERLOO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ELECTS NEW LEADERS

KITCHENER-WATERLOO - A new board of directors has been elected to govern the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS (KWAR) and Dietmar Sommerfeld, a Broker with CBRE Limited has been appointed president.

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Mental Health

Lutherwood Aviva Community Project Makes Final Round

Only Project in Waterloo Region to Advance; 9 Days of Voting Will Help Our Children

Waterloo – Lutherwood announced that its submission to the AVIVA Community Funds on-line voting competition propelled it to the semi-final round of 100 projects across Canada.

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Martin Insight

Working Poor

Toronto - Of the numerous issues facing the City of Toronto, transit accessibility and growing income inequality are of primary importance. In previous Martin Prosperity Institute Insights, we looked at the relationship between transit, geography, and income in Toronto. Although lower income city residents are often the most transit dependent, this relationship is traditionally understudied.

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Transportation

Winter parking regulations come into effect tomorrow

Kitchener – Kitchener residents are reminded that winter parking regulations are in effect beginning tomorrow, Dec. 1 through March 31 every year, and that no parking is permitted on streets from 2:30 a.m. until 6 a.m.

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Appointment

Manulife Announces Chair Transition and Succession

TORONTO - Gail Cook-Bennett, Chair of Manulife Financial Corporation and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company announced Friday, on behalf of the Board of Directors, the appointment of Richard DeWolfe as Vice-Chair, effective December 1, 2012.

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Co-op

Special United Nations International Year of Co-operatives Spirit Award Recipients Announced for Ontario

Guelph - Billions marked 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC), and four in Ontario are being recognized for letting their communities know.

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Planning

Ontario Moves Forward on Cycling Strategy

Queens Park - Ontario is looking for public input on how to encourage and improve cycling safety across the province.

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Energy

Canadian Solar Receives C$139 Million Non-Recourse Construction Financing Agreement

GUELPH - Canadian Solar Inc. announced that it has signed a financing agreement pursuant to which Deutsche Bank has agreed to provide C$139 million (US$139 million) in non-recourse, short-term construction financing to Canadian Solar for the construction of solar power projects in Ontario, Canada. The loans are expected to be repaid with the proceeds of the sale of the respective financed projects.

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immigration

New Asylum System Comes into Force December 15, 2012

Ottawa — Canada’s new asylum system, which was included in the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, will come into force on December 15, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced Friday.

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Health Care

Study shows that HIV transmission can be effectively reduced through protective antiretroviral therapy for serodiscordant couples

New York - Researchers in China have shown for the first time that a large-scale public health programme providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the HIV-positive partners in serodiscordant couples (where only one partner is HIV-positive) has markedly reduced HIV transmission rates, according to an Article published Online First in The Lancet.

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