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Thursday November 7, 2013

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Ted Talks

Grégoire Courtine: The paralyzed rat that walked

A spinal cord injury can sever the communication between your brain and your body, leading to paralysis. Fresh from his lab, Grégoire Courtine shows a new method -- combining drugs, electrical stimulation and a robot -- that could re-awaken the neural pathways and help the body learn again to move on its own.

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Travel - Infographic

Research Study Shows Canadian Travelers Focused on Low Fares and Value

Toronto - A recent research study of travelers conducted confirms that low-cost and value are the most important considerations for consumers shopping for vacation travel, and Canadian leisure travelers are willing to drive a little farther to save a lot on airfare.

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Fundraising

United Way Campaign of the Week: MOKSHA YOGA

Cambridge - Moksha Yoga helps people connect with themselves through Yoga, and a big part of that is being connected to the community. They are determined to give back to our community and raise awareness and funds for local charities. Every Friday at 6 pm they offer a hot yoga “Karma Class” for a minimum donation of $5, compared to the regular $18.

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Health Care

Common diabetes drug fails to fulfil promise of improving cardiovascular risk in people without diabetes

Glasgow, UK - Despite high expectations for the commonly used diabetes drug metformin to improve risk factors for heart disease in people without diabetes, few beneficial effects have been found in a randomised trial of patients with established cardiovascular disease, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

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Conservation

Guelph’s energy footprint getting smaller

Community Energy Initiative report shows lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

GUELPH, ON, November 6, 2013 – The city’s per capita energy use and greenhouse gas emissions have fallen significantly since the introduction of the Guelph Community Energy Initiative (CEI) in 2007.

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Recognition

Humane Society Recognized With Two Awards

Kitchener - "The Urban Animal Program mission is to illuminate successful strategies for urban animals and to provide recognition for those who lead. The Summit Awards are an essential element of delivering on this mission. The Summits are presented annually by the Urban Animal Subscribers using an academy style system of nominations followed with an election by secret ballot."

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Labour

Canada's unemployment rate headed lower

Absence of wage pressures means Bank of Canada will let economy run

TORONTO - Demographic and policy changes mean Canada's unemployment rate has room to drop much further before we'll see pressure on wages that could trigger inflation, finds a new report from CIBC World Markets Inc.

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Growth

BIOREM reports $505,000 in earnings

GUELPH - BIOREM Inc. announced results for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2013. Biorem's complete 2013 third quarter financial statements and MD&A have been filed on SEDAR.

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Workplace

Chronic Disease in the Office: How to Create a Supportive Workplace
By Andrew Deutscher

Around the conference table at one of the world’s most iconic companies sits the CEO, senior executives, and high-level partners. The meeting has high stakes, is long, complex, intense and requires great focus from the participants. While most of the individuals in the room rest their mobile devices on top of their notebooks or journals, Mark adds an extra item.

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Social Causes

“Please Feed Me”: The power of putting a human face on social causes

WATERLOO – Companies often put a personal face on products in an attempt to reach a deeper connection with consumers. Now new research in the upcoming edition of Psychological Science shows the same idea can be applied to social causes. Putting a human face on the campaign for a social cause actually increases support for it, according to the study from team of researchers from the University of Toronto Scarborough, Wilfrid Laurier University and Hanyang University.

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Alert News Weekly

Peace hopes rise in Congo, no Syria peace talks in sight and Vatican says human trafficking is crime against humanity

Thomson/Reuters - The top humanitarian headlines this week include: Peace hopes rise in Congo, no Syria peace talks in sight and Vatican says human trafficking is crime against humanity.

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Water

Canada’s plumbing sector to become greener

Waterloo – Canada’s plumbers will soon be adding green tools and techniques to their toolbox. This week marks the national launch of Green Plumbers®, an international environmental sustainability program for licensed plumbers and apprentices. Full-day workshops are being offered in Waterloo Region, the Greater Toronto Area, and in Vancouver.

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Agriculture

Ending bond security requirements for licensed grain companies will harm farmers, says NFU

Saskatoon – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is recommending against new regulations that would replace the current bond security system that protects farmers in the event of non-payment by licensed grain companies. There are numerous implications to the proposed credit insurance system, which the National Farmers Union has outlined in comments submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC).

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Spiritual Care

GRH celebrates hospital’s spiritual care providers and 10th anniversary of KW Site sanctuary

Kitchener - Grand River Hospital is marking Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week by celebrating the hospital’s highly-valued spiritual care providers and sanctuaries at its two main sites including the KW Site sanctuary which is marking its 10th anniversary.

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xQuaterly

Economical Insurance reports financial results for Third Quarter 2013

WATERLOO — Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurance companies, today announced consolidated financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013.

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R&D

New NRC Program to Reinforce the Quality, Safety, and Effectiveness of Natural Health Products

Strengthening Canada's Natural Health Products Industry

HALIFAX - Canadian companies developing natural health products will be able to get science-proven, competitive new products on shelves faster, with the help of a new program from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) dedicated to supporting this growing industry.

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Recognition

Women in Capital Markets Announces 2013 Rising Star and Awards for Leadership

TORONTO - Women in Capital Markets (WCM) announced the 2013 winners of the WCM Rising Star Award and its Awards for Leadership during a luncheon held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

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xQuarterly

Sun Life Financial Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc.(5) reported operating net income from Continuing Operations of $422 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $459 million in the third quarter of 2012. Our operating EPS from Continuing Operations was $0.69 in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $0.77 in the third quarter of 2012. Reported net income from Continuing Operations was $324 million or $0.53 per share in the third quarter of 2013, compared to reported net income from Continuing Operations of $441 million or $0.74 per share in the same period last year.

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Politics

Liberals Call on PCs and NDP to Stop Stalling Tax Cut for Small Businesses

PCs and NDP block two motions that would fast-track the Supporting Small Businesses Act

Queen’s Park - The PCs and NDP are hurting small businesses across Ontario by stalling passage of Bill 105 – the Supporting Small Businesses Act – in the Ontario Legislature said Ottawa South MPP John Fraser.

Special Events

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February 27, 2014

HEDLEY ANNOUNCES WILD LIVE EXTENSIVE CANADIAN TOUR

KITCHENER - Multiplatinum Canadian pop stars and Juno Award winners, Hedley announce the coast-to-coast Wild Live Tour, in support of their fifth studio album, Wild Life. Kicking off in Prince George. BC.

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To January 5, 2014

THEMUSEUM and the Waterloo Region Museum joint promotion of environmental exhibits

WATERLOO REGION – THEMUSEUM and the Waterloo Region Museum have joined forces in a marketing campaign that promotes environmental exhibits that are taking place at each museum over the fall season this year.

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November 8-9, 2013

Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing comes to Waterloo

WATERLOO — The University of Waterloo will host the fourth-annual Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing this week. The conference brings together female professionals, students and faculty who are interested in, or work in, computing. The conference on November 8 and 9 helps generate excitement about computing while providing attendees with opportunities for networking, sharing and mentoring.

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November 14 - 17, 2013

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo serves up bartending competition

Culinary celebration runs from Nov. 14-17 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

TORONTO – Toronto’s top bartenders will put their best beverage ideas on the table and mix it up in a competition that promises to serve up delicious cocktail ideas for spectators at the annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, which runs Nov. 14-17 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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November 17 - 21, 2013

OpenText to Unveil Project Red Oxygen at Enterprise World 2013

New Advancements to Help CIOs to Drive an Agenda of Innovation and Growth to Accelerate Time to Compete in the Information Economy

WATERLOO - OpenText, will be kicking off its annual OpenText Enterprise World 2013 conference, November 17-21, 2013, in Orlando, Florida where thought leaders from around the world will converge to discuss the future of EIM. OpenText CEO, Mark J. Barrenechea, will deliver the opening keynote address where he will unveil the company's much anticipated Project Red Oxygen - the first choreographed release of software in the company's history that will enable CIOs to transform every line of business by better equipping them to compete in the new information economy.

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November 8, 2013

Local Youth IMPACT Group Hosts a Smoke-Free Family Movie Night at Lester B. Pearson Elementary School

Waterloo - Your family movie night could be both fun and informative this November! Waterloo Region’s own IMPACT youth group – a part of Public Health – is hosting their first smoke-free movie night at a local elementary school, Lester B. Pearson.

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