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Wednesday April 17, 2013

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Ted Talks

Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness

Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders:

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Environment

Conservation group withdraws from Boreal Forest Agreement with industry

Not one hectare of forest has been protected in three years

VANCOUVER - Canopy announced its withdrawal from the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), endorsed by forest industry and environmental groups to protect Canada's Boreal forest. In a release the group is claiming that "after almost three years since the agreement was announced, not one hectare of Canada's Boreal forest has been protected".

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Health Care

Popular stop-smoking app updated to help more users butt out

WATERLOO – An enhanced version of a smoking cessation app developed at the University of Waterloo was launched yetserday with new features to help keep even more people from smoking.

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Maintenance

Elmira water tank to be taken offline for maintenance

Waterloo Region – The Elmira West tank will be taken offline beginning, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in preparation for maintenance, inspection and painting.

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Debt

Strengthening Rules for Debt Settlement Services

Ontario Government Increasing Protection for Consumers Seeking Financial Help

Queens Park - Ontario is taking steps to provide vulnerable consumers with protection against unfair business practices of some companies that offer debt settlement services.

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Air Travel

Canadian Consumers Support More Competition from International Air Carriers

Lower travel costs and better travel options expected

OTTAWA - Frustrated by years of foot-dragging by successive governments in opening Canada's aviation market to foreign competition, the Consumers' Association of Canada (CAC) released polling information that shows Canadians are strongly in favour of more access for international carriers.

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Technology

Communitech HYPERDRIVE opens Cohort 3 applications; celebrates acquisition of Cohort 1 startup

WATERLOO REGION - Communitech's HYPERDRIVE startup incubator has opened applications for its third cohort amid news that Incentivibe, a first-cohort HYPERDRIVE company, has been acquired by Rebellion Media of Waterloo, Ont.

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Partner Award

OpenText Honored as 2013 SAP Pinnacle Award Recipient

Global Partner Award Recognizes OpenText as a Top SAP Partner in Delivering Outstanding Value to Customers with EIM Solutions

Waterloo – OpenText announced it has received a 2013 SAP Pinnacle award as a Solution Extension Partner of the Year. SAP Pinnacle awards are presented annually to the top SAP partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with SAP and driving customer success.

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Habitat

Pathways to Education staff members are now using a hammer to build community!

Kitchener - Camaraderie and giving back to the community - these are what Kevin Rempel is most looking forward to on Friday, April 19 as he and other volunteers from the staff of Pathways to Education, Kitchener take part in a Habitat for Humanity build.

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Fund Raiser

Tom Cochrane To Headline Two Cambridge Benefits Concerts

Proceeds to benefit Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation and Women’s Crisis Services

Cambridge - Rock the Bear is excited to announce Canadian music icon Tom Cochrane will perform over a two day period the evening of June 8th at The Cambridge Mill and at the second annual “Rock the Bear Concert Series” June 9th at Whistle Bear Golf Club. Proceeds generated from the event will support current capital projects for two respected community organizations, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation and Women's Crisis Services Waterloo Region.

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