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Friday May 31, 2013

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Ted Talks

Hendrik Poinar: Bring back the woolly mammoth!

It’s the dream of kids all around the world to see giant beasts walk the Earth again. Could -- and should -- that dream be realized? Hendrik Poinar gives an informative talk on the next -- really -- big thing: The quest to engineer a creature that looks very much like our furry friend, the woolly mammoth.

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Mobile

Research Shows How Fast Mobile Job Search Is Growing, But Majority of Fortune 500 Are Not Mobile-Optimized

CHICAGO – CareerBuilder just launched an exciting new experience for tablet users that is redefining mobile job search. The highly personalized and intuitive experience enables tablet users to not only discover jobs, but insights about other candidates who applied for them and a host of other cool features.

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Energy

Positive Response to Renewable Energy Announcement

Toronto - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario, environmental groups and the renewable energy sector welcomed today’s announcement by MPP Bob Chiarelli to increase local control over the siting of renewable energy projects.

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Patents

Queen's researchers awarded 20 patents in 2012

Kingston - A Queen’s University research breakthrough for producing biodegradable plastics from renewable feedstocks is one of 20 Queen’s University-initiated projects to earn a patent last year.

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Impact

Economic Development Investment Fund reports strong positive impact

KITCHENER – Staff presented the 2012 impact analysis report on the City of Kitchener’s Economic Development Investment Fund (EDIF) to the finance and corporate services committee on Monday. EDIF was created as a $110 million commitment by the city to invest in catalyst projects to strengthen the local economy and stimulate urban development in Downtown Kitchener. The fund has provided dollars for major strategic investment projects including the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, Communitech Hub, and King Street streetscaping.

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Outside

Cottage life close to home

At two GRCA parks, 735 families get the water, the sunsets and the cottage without the long drive north. Cottagers at Belwood Lake near Fergus and Conestogo Lake northwest of Elmira don’t have to face the traffic on Highway 400 to cottage country each Friday and Sunday. For John and Peri Hamilton, the cottage is a mere seven minutes from home.

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Relationships

Healthy Individuals, Communities Theme of Annual Sex Conference

Guelph - The Guelph Sexuality Conference, Canada’s largest and longest-running sexual health forum, will take place June 6 and 7 in the University of Guelph’s Rozanski Hall. The 35th annual conference will bring together more than 200 researchers, health-care workers, therapists, students, social workers and other health professionals from across North America.

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Environment

Global warming caused by CFCs, not carbon dioxide, study says

WATERLOO - Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are to blame for global warming since the 1970s and not carbon dioxide, according to new research from the University of Waterloo published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B this week.

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Trade

Unapproved GE wheat found on Oregon farm raises contamination concerns

Saskatoon – Genetically engineered (GE) winter wheat was found in the USA this spring when an Oregon farmer noticed volunteer wheat that survived after he sprayed with glyphosate (Roundup) in preparation for spring seeding. Yesterday, the USDA confirmed that it is Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Wheat, which has not been approved in the USA or anywhere else in the world. The GE wheat was tested in experimental field plots in 16 states between 1998 and 2005. The last test in Oregon was in 2001.

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Investment

Canadian hotel investment poised for record year, despite broad economic challenges

TORONTO - Canada's hotel investment industry is set for a record year as investors spend up to $2-billion to acquire properties, despite a sluggish global economy and high Canadian dollar that have conspired to reduce the number of foreign visitors to the country and dampened domestic travel.

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Transportation

Government moves to a more efficient rail freight service

OTTAWA- Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, welcomed the passage of the Fair Rail Freight Service Act Bill by the House of Commons yesterday."Our government is pleased to see that another significant step has been reached regarding this important legislation," said Minister Lebel. "Once adopted, this new Act will contribute positively to relations between shippers and railway companies, and enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of the entire rail freight supply".

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Insurance

CMHC Releases First Quarter Results

OTTAWA - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released yesterday its results for the first quarter of 2013. At the end of the first quarter of 2013, CMHC's total insurance-in-force was $562.6 billion; $3.5 billion lower than the insurance-in-force at year end 2012.

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Study

New brain imaging study advances understanding of how humans use tools

London - Using brain imaging, researchers at Western University and Queen's University have revealed new insights into how the human brain supports the use of everyday tools like plastic tongs.

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Arts & Culture

FINALISTS FOR TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD ANNOUNCED

Ontario Authors shortlisted for Prestigious Literary Prize

TORONTO – Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2013 Annual Trillium Book Award, Ontario’s prestigious award for literature. Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language and three titles for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language.

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Energy

Ontario Minister of Energy offers stability to solar industry

OTTAWA – The Canadian Solar Industries Association welcomed the Ontario government’s move to establish a predictable and stable market for the solar energy industry in Ontario.

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Trade

Canada as a World Leader in the Defence and Security Sector

OTTAWA - Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, addressed attendees of CANSEC 2013, the largest Canadian defence technology showcase yesterday. His remarks underlined the Canadian Government's initiatives to help build Canada's competitive advantages as a leading player in the global defence and security industry.

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Innovation

SmartBird, Major Breakthrough in Automation Technology, to Make Canadian Debut at CMTS, September 30-October 3

First-of-its-kind innovation decodes the flight of birds, opens doors to future advances in robotics, aviation and hybrid drive technology

Toronto – Organizers of the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) 2013, which takes place at The International Centre September 30-October 3, will provide show visitors with a bird’s eye view of the latest breakthroughs in automation technology – in more ways than one.

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