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Friday April 26, 2013

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Ted Talks

Jennifer Healey: If cars could talk, accidents might be avoidable

When we drive, we get into a glass bubble, lock the doors and press the accelerator, relying on our eyes to guide us -- even though we can only see the few cars ahead of and behind us. But what if cars could share data with each other about their position and velocity, and use predictive models to calculate the safest routes for everyone on the road?

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Economy

Steady-as-she-goes in the year ahead for Canada's economy

VANCOUVER - Even though it has been said that where there are six economists there are seven opinions, we are often called upon to predict the future and sometimes we even get it right.

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Free Read

Laurier's new Common Reading Program invites 1,400 students to read Indian Horse

WATERLOO – Laurier’s new Common Reading Program has chosen the novel Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese, as its inaugural book. Over 50 books were nominated for the Common Reading Program, an initiative which will see Laurier’s 1,400 incoming first-year Faculty of Arts students at the university’s Waterloo campus receive a free copy of the book this summer and participate in related on-line conversations, discussion groups, and campus events in September.

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Quarterly Results

Co-operators General Insurance Company Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company released consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Consolidated net income was $58.1 million compared to $66.5 million for the same quarter in 2012. This resulted in earnings per common share of $2.69 for the quarter compared to $3.11 in the same period last year.

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MEDIA

CHRISTIE Gold Sponsor of Hotdocs.ca

Made in Canada Projection Equipment shows Cutting-Edge films at their Best

KITCHENER– Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 205 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe in categories including politics, popular culture, poverty, religion and spirituality, science and technology, travel and women’s issues. In addition to the screenings, events include a forum for documentary producers and other leaders and outreach to schools.

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Guiness Book Stuff

City of Kitchener captures the Guinness World Record for the longest picnic

KITCHENER – After months of back-and-forth review, Kitchener has finally been recognized on the world stage as having officially set the record for the world’s longest picnic, with a confirmed length of 2,277 meters and nearly 5,000 people in attendance.

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Global Economy

Sustaining Latin America's Middle Class Requires Strong Economic Growth

Lima, Peru – The substantial expansion of the middle class in Latin America, where 70 million people moved out of poverty in the last decade, has been driven principally by economic growth and expansion of employment, said Augusto de la Torre, Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank, at the World Economic Forum on Latin America yesterday.


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Global Economy

Latin America, an Economic Success, Must Now Focus on Education and Social Inclusion

Lima, Peru – The eighth World Economic Forum on Latin America concluded with a call for the region to build on its many economic successes and prepare for the future by focusing on education and social inclusion. Luis A. Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC, said the region is likely to continue to grow at least twice as fast as the developed world for the next three to five years “at a minimum”, and questions of debt overhangs, budget deficits and macroeconomic stability no longer haunt most countries in the region.

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Outside

Grand River Country Events for May and June

Registration is underway for summer camps

Grand River - Registration is now open for the many summer camp programs for kids age six to 16 provided by the Grand River Conservation Authority. These are available at five nature centres throughout the watershed: Guelph Lake Nature Centre (Guelph), Laurel Creek Nature Centre (Waterloo), Apps' Mill Nature Centre (Brantford) Rockwood Nature Centre, Belwood Lake fishing camp.

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Arts & Culture

Suubi Youth Dance and Drum troupe

St. Jacobs - In conjunction with Dream for Uganda, the Suubi Youth Dance and Drum troupe from the Cambridge Secondary School in Eastern Uganda will perform on May 22 at Gallery Momo in St Jacobs, and on May 30 in the Rotunda Gallery at Kitchener City Hall.

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Health Care

Nine cities, nine events, one theme: Human Immunology

London - What do vaccines, allergies and diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis have in common? The answer is a key role for our immune system. This collection of cells and tissues in our bodies not only protect us from infection but also can, under certain circumstances, cause disease.

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Water

World leader in water management challenges widespread belief

Waterloo – One of the world's leading authorities on water management will challenge the widespread belief that there is an impending global water crisis when he gives a free public lecture at the University of Waterloo next week.

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Great Lakes

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Edward Burtynsky Host the Second Annual Waterkeeper Gala on May 23

Works from artists Michael Adamson, Edward Burtynsky, Charles Pachter and Nicolas Ruel to be auctioned for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water

TORONTO - Lake Ontario Waterkeeper announced that its second annual gala and art auction presented by the RBC Blue Water Project will be co-hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance and photographer Edward Burtynsky. The 2013 Waterkeeper Gala will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Corus Quay in Toronto.

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