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Thursday December 6, 2012

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Ted Talks

Jeff Smith: Lessons in business from prison

Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected -- he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don't we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they're back outside?

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Housing Sales

Residential sales up in November

KITCHENER-WATERLOO – Residential real estate sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS (KWAR) were up 7.3 percent last month compared to November of last year.

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Space - VIDEO

COM DEV equipment launched on Eutelsat 70B communications satellite

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. announced that the Eutelsat 70B satellite was successfully launched on December 3rd with COM DEV-built switches and multiplexers on board.

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Xquarterly

Brick Brewing announces third quarter results, including EBITDA* of $0.3 million

KITCHENER - Brick Brewing Co. Limited the largest Canadian-owned brewery in Ontario, released its financial results for the third quarter ended October 28, 2012 for its fiscal year 2013.

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Education

No strikes or job sanctions by Catholic teachers

TORONTO - Responding to confusion caused by recent media attention on proposed job sanctions in the education sector, Kevin O'Dwyer, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) states, "It is important to clarify for the public and the media that teachers in Ontario's Catholic elementary and secondary schools are not in a legal strike position and are not involved in any form of organized job sanctions."

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Agriculture & History

Agricultural Roots New Exhibit Listing

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo Museum’s newest exhibit celebrates the farming way of life and focuses on the settlement of land, its use and the people who have made agriculture one of the province’s greatest assets. Agricultural Roots is presented in collaboration with the Archives of Ontario and Ontario Seed Company.

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Appointment

Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

WHISTLER, BC - Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. announced that Jeremy Black has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective January 14, 2013.

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Transportation

Porter Airlines releases November statistics

TORONTO - Porter Airlines reported a 54.5 per cent load factor for November. This is a decrease from last year of 11.4 points.

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Global News

AlertNet Weekly Digest, a round-up of Thomson Reuters Foundation coverage

Highlights this week include: Typhoon Bopha wreaks havoc in the Philippines. battle rages in Syria, Mali to hold peace talks.

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Health Care

Body mass index may determine which blood pressure treatments work best

New York - According to new research published in The Lancet, body mass index (BMI) may influence which blood pressure medications work best at reducing the major complications of high blood pressure (strokes, heart attacks, and death).

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Partnership

MapleSim Aids in the Design of RoboThespian Robot that Walks and Talks

System-level modeling in MapleSim critical for complex, multibody systems

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced yesterday its collaboration with Engineered Arts Limited, a company that designs and produces the revolutionary RoboThespian robots. The current RoboThespian is a life-sized, programmable humanoid robot designed to be used for entertainment and communication.

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Environment

Climatic warming will increase the size of boreal wildfires

MONTREAL - According to a new study on the website of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), larger spring fires can be expected in boreal regions in the coming years.

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Diversity

Laurier’s new International MBA program immerses students in the business cultures of three countries

WATERLOO – The School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University is launching a new one-year full-time International MBA program that will give students a truly global educational experience, spanning three countries and a diverse range of business environments.

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Arts & Culture

Legendary ensemble Canadian Brass brings Christmas special to Guelph

Guelph – River Run centre presents the canadian Brass with a festive christmas program on Wednesday, December 19 at 8 pm as part of its RBc classical Arts Series.

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Education

Record numbers of students enrol in Ontario's colleges

TORONTO - First-year enrolment in Ontario's colleges hit its highest level ever this year, increasing by 4.9 per cent over the previous year. More than 123,000 students are enrolled in first-year programs at the province's 24 colleges.

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Global Shapers

Young, Gifted and Empowered to Act – World Economic Forum Initiative Led by ‘Millennials’ Reaches 200 Cities Worldwide

More than 1,500 young entrepreneurs, academics and activists have committed to shaping their communities in 200 cities worldwide.
As part of their role in shaping the global agenda, a group of 50 Global Shapers will join a conversation with world leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

Switzerland – The Global Shapers Community, a major initiative launched by the World Economic Forum to engage young people to deliver local and global change, today reached 200 cities worldwide.


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Woman of the Year

Manulife's Chair and Controller Named to Canada's Most Powerful Women List

TORONTO - Each year WXN celebrates a select group of outstanding women leaders for strong contributions to their chosen organizations, fields of endeavour and their communities. The 2012's top achievers were announced yesterday and included Manulife Financial's Gail Cook-Bennett, Board Chair and Lynda Sullivan, Executive Vice President and Controller.

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Fellowship

Carleton Professor Named 2013 IEEE Fellow

Ottawa - Ram Achar, a professor with Carleton’s Department of Engineering and Design, has been named a fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is being recognized for contributions to interconnect and signal integrity analysis in high-speed designs.

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Best Employer

Toronto Management Consulting Firm Named as one of the Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada

TORONTO – OPTIMUS | SBR, a Toronto-based management consulting firm, is proud to announce that it has been named as one of the 2013 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada. The study was conducted by Aon Hewitt and the Queen’s School of Business and the announcement comes shortly after OPTIMUS | SBR was named as the 8th Best Employer in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for 2013.

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Arts & Culture

ARTSBUILD ONTARIO WELCOMES TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS

WATERLOO – ArtsBuild Ontario welcomed Randy Dalton, President, The Dalton Company Ltd., and Christopher Loreto, Senior Consultant with Strategy Corp, to their Board of Directors. Chaired by Steve Mumford, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union, the ArtsBuild Board provides strategic advice and industry expertise critical to fulfilling ArtsBuild’s mandate of supporting the health of Ontario's arts organizations by creating and realizing long-term solutions for their facility challenges.

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Most Powerful Women

Canadian Leader Honoured For Launching 5,100 Businesses and Creating 20,000 Jobs

Vivian Prokop awarded Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ for third year in a row

Toronto – Jive Communications is proud to congratulate Vivian Prokop, founding Chair of the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance and former CEO of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), for being named to the WXN Top 100 list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for the third year in a row.

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Bids & Tenders

City of Cambridge Offers New Options for Bids and Tenders

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge announced it is now offering an option for those interested in the Bids and Tenders process with the City of Cambridge. Effective immediately, all requests for tenders, proposals, quotations and supporting information will be advertised and available for electronic download from the new online portal – www.biddingo.com/Cambridge.

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Best Employer

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union continues to be among Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada

KITCHENER - Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) is thrilled to be named among the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada for the fourth consecutive year, coming in at number 21.

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Municipal Affairs

Waterloo Regional Council Info From the December 5, 2012 Regional Council 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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