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Ted Talks

Erica Frenkel: The universal anesthesia machine

Erica Frenkel helps lead UAM Global, a social enterprise enabling safe surgery through innovative anesthesia technology. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer, managed the Global Media AIDS Initiative for the Kaiser Family Foundation.


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Tech Expansion

Google, Desire2Learn, University of Waterloo VeloCity and The Communitech Hub Expand Jobs, Premises

Waterloo Region – Waterloo Region’s tech sector growth trajectory continued at The Communitech Hub. In a open house event held yesterday Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty joined in on the celebration which marks a growth milestones that includes several Waterloo area expansions.

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Philanthropy/Volunteerism

29leaps's launched by Waterloo Grade 11 Student

Kitchener/Waterloo - Pay it forward, that's the message from Waterloo, Ontario student Madi MacIntyre and her new social movement 29Leaps. The grade 11 student, has been inspired to get involve with the community and launch a brilliant campaign in support of the homeless, needy or lonely. And if everyone would reach out to 29 needy this month, the world would be a better place for all.

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Expansion

Desire2Learn Joined by Premier McGuinty to Celebrate Rapid Growth

Kitchener - Desire2Learn Incorporated announced that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, will join the leaders of Desire2Learn and Communitech in the Communitech Hub to unveil recent expansions for each organization.



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Community

Great Start To February Potato Blitz at the Don Cameron Potato Night!

KITCHENER WATERLOO – Their team jerseys may be The Kitchener Rangers’ red, white and blue, but every sleeve had a heart on it when Rangers fans showed up for the 15th annual Don Cameron Potato Night in support of House of Friendship’s 2012 February Potato Blitz.

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Work Force

Labour Force Survey for January 2012

Employment was virtually unchanged in January, and the unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage points to 7.6% as more people searched for work. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment rose by 129,000 (+0.7%), with most of the growth occurring in the first six months of this period.

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Education

Competition winners pay it forward

Story by Ryan Bowman,
First-year student in Conestoga's Print-Journalism program.

Kitchener - Three Conestoga students who won a robotics race car competition have donated their $1,000 prize to the SickKids Foundation. Scott Twynstra, Aaron Gee and Zeyang Zhang, all second-year students in the college's Robotics and Automation program, beat out 14 other teams to take first place in the fourth annual Line Follower Project on December 9. Held at Conestoga’s new South Campus, the event was open to the public for the first time, and drew a sizeable crowd to cheer on the mini racers.

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Arts & Culture

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony succumbs to Beatlemania with A Classical Mystery Tour

“It’s more than just an incredible simulation...the swelling strings and soaring French horn lines gave the live performance a high goose-bump quotient...the crowd stood and bellowed for more." Los Angeles Times

Kitchener -What would The Beatles have sounded like if they had the chance to perform live in concert with a symphony orchestra? Find out when Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles performs live with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) at the Centre In The Square on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 at 8 pm.

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Recognition

London Economic Development Corporation Takes Top Honours in Provincial Ceremony

London - The Ontario Economic Development Awards took place Thursday February 2nd at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre. The London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) took top honours in Marketing and Workforce Development.

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Education

Laurier Brantford Diversity Week includes reading and gender workshop

BRANTFORD – The Student Life Office and the MyRespect team will host Laurier Brantford’s third annual Diversity Week beginning Monday, February 6. A campus-wide program, the week features many campus groups and partners hosting sessions, presenters and workshops that will increase awareness, share knowledge and develop participants’ skills that will help to strengthen the Laurier Brantford campus and promote mutual respect.

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Health Care

Western professor explores possible “safe and effective” anti-cancer therapy

New findings discovered by an international research team, which includes a professor from Western University, may lead to a safe and effective anti-cancer therapy.

London - A report published online today in the journal Cell Reports, co-authored by Dr. Dean Betts of Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Dr. Lea Harrington of Montreal University's Institut de Recherche en Immunologie et en Cancérologie, provides important evidence that human cancer tumours rely on the maintenance of telomeres – or the protective ends of chromosomes – for growth only when the telomeres shrink in length.

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Ongoing Development

Public input sought for downtown action plan

KITCHENER – As plans for the draft downtown action plan forge ahead, the public


 
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