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Friday February 22, 2013

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Ted Talks

Michael Dickinson: How a fly flies

An insect's ability to fly is perhaps one of the greatest feats of evolution. Michael Dickinson looks at how a common housefly takes flight with such delicate wings, thanks to a clever flapping motion and flight muscles that are both powerful and nimble.

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Consumer Activity

Retail trade for December 2012

Statscan - Following five consecutive monthly gains, retail sales declined 2.1% to $38.6 billion in December. Excluding sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers, retail sales decreased 0.9%.

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Arts & Culture

A tale of two writers-in-residence

Andrew Westoll (L) and Alissa York

Authors Alissa York and Andrew Westoll host public events as part of Laurier residency

WATERLOO – The tale of these two writers-in-residence may not have much in common with Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, but the tales of authors Alissa York and Andrew Westoll – both writers-in-residence at Laurier – do have the human-animal connection theme in common with each other. They will discuss this theme and share their award-winning work at public events in Waterloo and Brantford.

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Biology

New study shows how seals sleep with only half their brain at a time

TORONTO – A new study led by an international team of biologists has identified some of the brain chemicals that allow seals to sleep with half of their brain at a time.

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Consumers

Prices rise in 75% of all major components

Statscan - Consumer prices rose in six of the eight major components in the 12 months to January. The exceptions were transportation as well as clothing and footwear.

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Water

Forecast shows moderate risk of flooding during spring melt in Grand River watershed

Grand River - There is a moderate risk of flooding in the Grand River watershed this spring, according to Stephanie Shifflett, a water resources engineer with the Grand River Conservation Authority.

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Whole Sale Trade

Wholesale trade for December 2012

Statscan - Wholesale sales fell 0.9% in December to $49.0 billion, after rising 0.7% in November. The decrease was largely a result of lower sales in the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry. The same industry was behind November's increase.

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Deepest Secrets

COLLIDERS COLLIDING: ILC and CLIC unite in the Linear Collider

Collaboration, a new global organisation to advance the global development work for next-generation particle collider

Vancouver - The two most mature future particle physics projects, the International Linear Collider (ILC) and the Compact Linear Collider study (CLIC), have formed an official organisational partnership today. As the newly founded Linear Collider Collaboration, they will coordinate and advance the global development work for the linear collider, a global project to complement the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and ultimately understand the deepest secrets of the universe.

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EIR

Tim Hortons President Named Executive-in-Residence

Roland Walton
Roland Walton, president of Tim Hortons Canada, has been named the executive-in-residence in the University of Guelph’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) for the winter semester.

Walton will share his three decades of food service experience with students Feb. 26 to 28 during classes and special events.

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Discovery

OMEGA-3s Inhibit Breast Cancer Tumour Growth, U of G Study Finds

Guelph - A lifelong diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can inhibit growth of breast cancer tumours by 30 per cent, according to new research from the University of Guelph. The study, published recently in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, is believed to be the first to provide unequivocal evidence that omega-3s reduce cancer risk.

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US Mortgages

$1.8 BILLION IN RELIEF FOR NYS HOMEOWNERS FROM NATIONAL MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT

More Than $1.2 Billion In Principal Reductions For NYS Homeowners In First Ten Months Of Program

NEW YORK – Following the release of the second official report on the implementation of the National Mortgage Settlement yesterday, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman noted encouraging progress on behalf of New York State homeowners. The report, which was issued today by the settlement’s national monitor showed that over $1.8 billion in consumer relief has been delivered to New York homeowners since March of 2012.

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Travel Ontario

New Study Shows RVing in Canada Contributes $14.5 Billion

Ottawa – The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada released a groundbreaking study that showcases the economic impact of the Canadian recreation vehicle (RV) industry.

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Human Resources

Talent On Demand - Survey Shows Temporary Staff Filling Multiple Needs

Five Tips for Working With Interim Professionals

TORONTO - Companies are using temporary professionals for a range of roles, from ensuring productivity remains on track to assessing potential full-time staff, a new Accountemps survey finds. Nine in 10 (90 per cent) chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed find it very or somewhat beneficial to use temporary workers when maintaining productivity. Eighty-nine per cent of survey respondents said hiring contingent staff is an effective way to evaluate prospective first-time employees firsthand.

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Award Recognition

KW Chamber of Commerce announces 2013 Business Excellence Award Recipients

Kitchener – Yesterday almost 800 people honoured the exceptional contributions of over 80 individuals and organizations who were nominated for a Business Excellence Award at the Chamber’s annual gala.

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Fundraising

United Way says thank you KW

Community support ensures $5 million goal achieved

Waterloo – United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area was thrilled to announce the achievement of $5 million dollars in cash and pledges for 2012. With final preparations underway for their February 28th Community Spirit Awards which is a celebration of the individuals and organizations who help make a lasting difference in our community, this fundraising achievement is a nice addition to the current celebration plans!

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Property Value

Commercial Real Estate Leaders Slightly More Optimistic

REALpac's sentiment survey reveals Canada's commercial real estate leaders slightly more optimistic than in Q4 2012

TORONTO - In the face of strong fundamentals, Canada's commercial real estate leaders felt more positive about the health of the sector in the first quarter of 2013, but lingering uncertainties continued to temper their optimism, according to The First Quarter 2013 Canadian Real Estate Sentiment Survey released yesterday by The Real Property Association (REALpac) and FPL Advisory Group.

Events

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Heritage Event

Township of Wilmot Heritage Day is this Saturday

Baden - For the past two decades, Heritage Wilmot has been proud to present an annual Heritage Day in Wilmot Township. The Heritage Day event offers an opportunity for the public to learn about this wonderful Township. Wilmot residents, organizations, business owners as well as area heritage groups, have an opportunity to showcase the unique heritage and culture on this day.

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Peace Conference

Laurier to host Peace and Justice Studies Conference in October

Waterloo - Laurier will welcome between 300 and 500 visitors from North America and around the world to its Waterloo campus October 17-19 as co-hosts of the 2013 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Conference.

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