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Thursday June 13, 2013

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Ted Talks

Daniel Suarez: The kill decision shouldn't belong to a robot

As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war.

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Space

COM DEV Delivers Hardware Early to Northrop Grumman for Fourth Advanced EHF Communications Satellite Payload

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd. today announced that it has completed delivery of a fourth flight set of hardware for the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected military satellite communications program.

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Energy

Obama's Green Agenda and U.S. Oil and Gas Boom Pose Hurdles for Canadian Energy Exports

CALGARY - Key energy and environmental policymakers in U.S. President Barack Obama's second-term cabinet are likely to pursue an agenda that hinders Canada's plans to greatly increase energy production and exports, argues a new study from the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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Health Care - Video

Pharmacy renovation and expansion to support a wide range of specialized programs at Grand River Hospital

Waterloo Region - A renovation and expansion project for Grand River Hospital’s KW Site inpatient pharmacy will provide changes to support medication safety improvements and patient care throughout the hospital’s specialized programs.

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Smart Cities

Intelligent Community Forum partners with Blandin Foundation to close the digital divide for rural Minnesota communities

$6.6 million project monitored 11 communities over two years and tracked increases as high as 60% in the use of broadband to boost their economies

New York City — Connecting rural Minnesotans with the Internet boosts their abilities to do things like find new job opportunities, engage in continuing education and strengthen business performance. The evidence of these significant gains is contained in the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) project. The $6.6 million project spanned from 2010 to 2012. Robert Bell, co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) compiled data on the five key indicators that the ICF knows are crucial to any community’s success in the digital age. Bell’s analysis shows the 11 MIRC test communities made substantial progress.

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Alert News

Top humanitarian headlines this week

Reuter/Thomson - Over $4 bln pledged to tackle malnutrition, U.N. launches record aid appeal for Syria, and fears of soaring child deaths in CAR.

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Education

EcoSchools Program Shows Waterloo Region’s Catholic Students It’s Easy Being Green!

Twelve schools receive Gold, Silver & Bronze certifications

Waterloo Region – Students and staff at twelve of Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools have gone green in a big way, achieving certification as ”Ontario EcoSchools”. The following schools have received the following certifications:

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Development

22-26 Charles St West another Hi-Tech Commercial Development

KITCHENER - Local Developers Bernie Nimer and David Seton are announcing another exciting development in the heart of Downtown Kitchener. The Property at 22-26 Charles St West in Kitchener, is being transformed into a Hi-Tech commercial development that will be the new home of Thalmic Labs; a local Tech Startup.

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Health Care

Antiviral drug protects people who inject drugs from HIV infection

New York - The first trial to assess whether preventative treatment with HIV drugs could affect rates of HIV infection in people who inject drugs has found that daily tablets of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (tenofovir), an anti-retroviral drug, reduced HIV incidence by nearly half (48.9%) compared to placebo, according to new results published Online First in The Lancet.

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Appointment

John Pecman Appointed Commissioner of Competition

OTTAWA - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Minister responsible for the Competition Bureau, today announced the appointment of John Pecman as Commissioner of Competition for a five-year term.

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Philanthropy

The Cowan Foundation Supports Children and Families in the Guelph- Wellington Community

Guelph - Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County (F&CS) has received a $12,500 grant from The Cowan Foundation in support of the Agency’s Prevention and Early Help Program, a program of the Children First Fund.

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Guest Column - Markets

How to Stay Sane During Financial Peaks & Valleys

Market Analyst Shares 5 Tips for Institutions, Traders & Anyone Else Dealing with Lifestyle Changes & Money Flux

You don’t have to be a trader on the world’s markets to experience the financial roller coaster, says mathematician Lambros Klouvidakis. “The world has struggled in recent years to absorb the many stresses and negative influences on global markets and everyone’s affected. Look at the senior citizens who lost as much as 40 percent of their retirement investments!” he says. “At one point during the crisis, the Dow Jones Industrial lost 50 percent of its value in less than a week; unemployment shop up more than 5 percentage points and consumer spending, at its worst, dropped by 50 percent.”

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Insurance

99% of Canadian employer companies lack receivables insurance and “Group of Seven” underwriters provide the fix with new national association

There is misunderstanding among Canada’s CEOs, CFOs, Credit and Enterprise Risk Managers about the role of receivables insurance. Many believe it can only be used to protect export sales

Jasper, AB – Less than 1% of Canadian companies currently utilize receivables insurance as part of their financial planning – or less than 10,000 of Canada’s 1.1 million employer businesses. That compares to market penetration rates of up to 30% in European countries with long trading traditions, and 15% in the U.S. But this under-insured state of affairs is set to change with the creation of a new member-driven organization called the Receivables Insurance Association of Canada.

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Giving

United Way Canada CEO Shares Vision at Cambridge United Way AGM

Cambridge - Jacline Abray-Nyman, CEO of United Way Canada, called on United Ways across Canada to develop a more interdependent network of United Ways across the national movement. Her comments were made at the Annual General Meeting of United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries yesterday evening at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory.

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Investing

Boosting Productivity Starts With Better Information About the Competitiveness of Canadian Business Investments

Deloitte study finds more than a third of companies are unaware they're underinvesting

TORONTO - Canadian businesses that think they're investing enough in their own growth, but are actually underinvesting compared to their peers, are a significant cause of Canada's persistent and growing productivity gap with the rest of the world, according to the latest in Deloitte's series of studies on the future of productivity, released today.

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Migrant Workers

Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program at root of Agri-food industry

Rural Ontario - The winter may have hung on longer than usual in Ontario this year, but farms across Ontario are springing to life as warmer weather gets the growing cycle moving.

Special Events

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Pensions

Chamber to Host Panel on Future Direction of Retirement Income and Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPP)

Kitchener – On Friday, June 14th, 2013 the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce will host a special panel discussion on the “Future Direction of the Retirement Income and Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPP)” as part of our ongoing Economic Development Series.

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Education Forum

Become An Environmental Leader

Is your organization striving to be an environmental leader?

Kitchener - A local financial institution is attempting to do so by building sustainability into its core business strategies, and setting an ambitious GHG reduction target – pledging to reduce per capita CO2e emissions from 3.58 tonnes/person in their 2008 baseline year to 2.58 tonnes/person by 2015.

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