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Monday June 17, 2013

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Ted Talks - Waterloo

Quantum Mechanics Manipulate Information

Ray Laflamme is a Canadian physicist who did his Ph.D. with Stephen Hawking, worked at Los Alamos Laboratories and came to Waterloo in 2001 as a founding member of the Perimeter Institute.

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Pensions

The Future Direction of Retirement Income and Pooled Registered Pension Plans

Kitchener – Thomas Reid, Senior Vice-President, Group Retirement Services, Sun Life Financial written opening remarks from the June 14, 2013, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Series.

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Withholding

Employee silence hurts bottom line and staff performance, Laurier researchers find

WATERLOO – Employees are often the best resource for employers to learn about the challenges, opportunities and potential improvements for the organization, but more than 85 per cent of managers and professionals admit to withholding critical information in the workplace.

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Energy

Ballard Launches Next-Generation Fuel Cell System Addressing Telecom Backup Power Needs

VANCOUVER - Ballard Power Systems has announced the launch of the next-generation ElectraGen™-ME backup power system for use in the telecom market. The product is fuelled by methanol and features a number of enhancements that further improve reliability, durability as well as ease of maintenance and servicing, all important benefits for the growing number of telecom operators deploying these systems around the globe.

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R&D Recognition

Research Canadian Academic Award Won by Waterloo Region Student

Waterloo Region - Dustin Little, a resident of the Waterloo Region and a graduate of Waterloo Collegiate Institute 2004 and the University of Waterloo , faculty of Science 2008 and currently in his 4th year of his PhD degree in the faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto working in Research at Sick Kids Hospital, attended the Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) conference in Winnipeg Manitoba last week as a participant in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) poster competition.

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In Question

Steelworkers Call for Ontario Government to Investigate 407 ETR Contract

TORONTO - The United Steelworkers (USW) is asking Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for an investigation into the circumstances under which a $1-billion contract for the eastward extension of the 407 ETR (Express Toll Route) was granted in 2012 to a partnership of SNC-Lavalin and Cintra Infraestructuras.

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R&D

Using math to kill cancer cells

Ottawa - On Friday the Nature Communications published a paper from Ottawa researchers outlining how advanced mathematical modelling can be used in the fight against cancer. The technique predicts how different treatments and genetic modifications might allow cancer-killing, oncolytic viruses to overcome the natural defences that cancer cells use to stave off viral infection.

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Transportation

Margaret Avenue Bridge Closed Until Further Notice

Kitchener– Based on a draft report prepared by a structural engineer, the city’s director of engineering ordered the Margaret Avenue Bridge closed as a precaution, pending additional information. The consultant was hired to carry out a detailed evaluation of the bridge following a routine bridge inspection.

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Accountability

Canadian Organizations Welcome First Step Toward Extractive Industry Transparency

"Further mandatory measures needed for real accountability."

OTTAWA - Canadian civil society organizations that have worked together for the adoption of mandatory corporate accountability measures for almost a decade, join together to welcome Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement in London that Canada will be establishing new mandatory reporting standards for Canadian extractive companies.

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Appointment

Alexander Pollich becomes new CEO of Porsche in Canada

Stuttgart/Mississauga - The supra-regional management reshuffle goes on: Alexander Pollich (46), currently Vice President Sales Network Management and Development of Porsche AG, will take over responsibility as President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Canada Ltd., Mississauga/OT, on September 1st, 2013. He will follow Joe Lawrence, who will become Chief Operating Officer of Porsche Cars North America in Atlanta (GA/USA) at the same point in time as already reported.

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Sales

One-Third of US Companies Have Missed Revenue Goals in the Last Year

CHICAGO – Thirty-five percent of employers reported that their companies have missed revenue goals in the last 12 months. While a tough economy has hindered financial growth for many organizations, new research from CareerBuilder finds a lack of formal training in a key area of business may also be a culprit.

Special Events

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Car Show

Classic Car Show coming to St. Jacobs on July 6

Toronto Triumph Club holding 28th Classic Car Show in Riverside Meadows Park

ST. JACOBS - The Toronto Triumph Club will be holding its annual Canadian Classic Car Show in Riverside Meadows Park in St. Jacobs on Saturday July 6th. The public is invited to drop by to see the line-up of classic Triumph cars which range in age between 30 and 60 years. Judging of entries will take place between 10:00am and noon.

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Shave and Awareness

Retro advertising to send simple message of stroke symptoms and the need to dial 9-1-1

Waterloo Region - Today, Stroke survivors and care providers will mark June as stroke month by using an early form of road-side advertising to show the symptoms of a stroke and the need to dial 9-1-1 for prompt treatment.

Burma-Shave was introduced in 1925 by the Burma-Vita company owned by Clinton Odell. The company's original product was a liniment made of ingredients described as having come "from the Malay Peninsula and Burma." Demand was sparse, and the company sought to expand sales by introducing a product with wider appeal.

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