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Wednesday March 27, 2013

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Ted Talks

Mark Shaw: One very dry demo

Mark Shaw demos Ultra-Ever Dry, a liquid-repellent coating that acts as an astonishingly powerful shield against water and water-based materials. At the nano level, the spray covers a surface with an umbrella of air so that water bounces right off. Watch for an exciting two-minute kicker.

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Citizen of the Year

Jim Erb named K-W Citizen of the Year

Kitchener-Waterloo - Jim Erb, local businessman, philanthropist, community leader, loving father, husband and adoring grandfather, has been selected as the 2012 Citizen of the Year for Kitchener-Waterloo.

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Gambling on Consultation

Council votes in favour of public consultation on casino

Kitchener - Kitchener City Council has voted in favour of asking the community if there is interest in Kitchener hosting a gaming facility within city limits. Staff will now finalize the details to host a public consultation session on April 23, as well as opportunities for members of the community to provide feedback online and in writing. An additional public consultation session could be held on April 30 if there is enough demand. Staff will report back to council on May 13 for a decision on the issue.

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Innovation

New TV Content Partners Launch on BlackBerry 10

Waterloo – BlackBerry has announced the addition of new television content for BlackBerry 10 customers in the U.S. TV shows from PBS, Univision and Viacom are now a part of the robust video catalogue available for sale on the BlackBerry World storefront, bringing such favorites as COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS’s Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey series and Spanish telenovelas.

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Employment Stats

EI recipient totals fall

In January, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits fell for the third consecutive month, down 8,500 (-1.6%) to 531,100, according to Statistics Canada. Compared with January 2012, the number of beneficiaries was down 8.8%.

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Tourism

Tourism spending up in Q4, 2012

Tourism spending in Canada rose 0.8% in the fourth quarter, as both spending by Canadians at home and spending by international visitors in Canada increased, according to Statistics Canada. From the second quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2012, tourism spending in Canada rose 11.4%. Just over half of the increase came from passenger air transport.

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Architecture

UW Alumna Alison Brooks has won the AJ Women Architect of the Year Award

London, UK - University of Waterloo graduate Allison Brooks, a Toronto-born architect, has received the prestigious AJ Women Architect of the Year award at a ceremony in London’s Langham hotel.

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Guest Column

How to spot business opportunity in tomorrow’s economy: five tips for getting organized to innovate

by G. Michael Maddock

Take a moment to consider some of today’s largest, most recognizable companies – some of them may not be around after the next several years.

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Guest Column

The pilot in command

By Moe Glenner

As a professional pilot, I meticulously pre-plan my flight including strong and continuous consideration and planning for the weather. I can’t control the weather, but I can control how I react to it, including choosing to divert or not fly in it at all. However, there are times that, despite the planning, Mother Nature has her own little surprises. Regardless, as Pilot in Command (PIC), I must continue to safely fly the plane.

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Innovation

Canadians now able to pay income tax with a credit card

Toronto - Plastiq Inc., the online payment platform, has announced that Canadians can now charge their personal income tax to the credit card of their choice. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recognized Plastiq as a means to use a credit card for payments.

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Environment

EPA survey finds more than half of U.S. river and stream miles in poor condition

Washington — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half – 55 percent – are in poor condition for aquatic life.

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Arts And Culture

River Run launches its first artist residency program

Guelph – River Run Centre has teamed up with Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, Guelph Dance, Guelph Jazz Festival and Hillside Festival to launch The Guelph Shebang, an artist residency program that focuses on a collaborative approach to creative practices.

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Student Competition

Students compete in first Three-Minute Thesis final

Waterloo – Seventeen graduate students from the University of Waterloo will compete in the university's first-ever Three-Minute Thesis finals today (March 27). At this public event, competitors each have one slide and three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience. They advanced from Faculty heats held previously.


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