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Friday October 2, 2009

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Ted Talks

Garik Israelian: How spectroscopy could reveal alien life



Garik Israelian is a spectroscopist, studying the spectrum emitted by a star to figure out what it's made of and how it might behave. It's a rare and accessible look at this discipline, which may be coming close to finding a planet friendly to life.

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Recognition

MTE Makes 2009 ZweigWhite Hot Firm List

Kitchener - MTE Consultants Inc. (MTE) was named to the 2009 ZweigWhite Hot Firm List in recognition of the firm’s tremendous growth from 2005 to 2008. During that time, MTE increased its revenues by 108 per cent, landing the company in 73rd place. The organization is also one of only four firms with head offices located in Canada.


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Innovation

World-First Bird Wind Tunnel Lifts Off: Official Opening of the Advanced Facility for Avian Research

London - Western celebrated the official opening of the Advanced Facility for Avian Research (AFAR), which includes the world’s first hypobaric bird wind tunnel to allow researchers to study avian flight under simulated altitude conditions by controlling pressure, temperature, and humidity.

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Agriculture

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Leads Project to Assess Consumer Perceptions of Local, Sustainable and Organic Food Quality

VINELAND - Dr. Isabelle Lesschaeve, is leading a study on consumer response to local, sustainable and organic food claims. This work will forge new ground in determining how price, sensory experience, production practices and region of origin claims affect Ontario consumer decisions to buy horticultural products and wines.

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Arts & Culture

GRFF turns Oscar gold Oscar winning director to visit from Japan

Cambridge – The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is honoured to announce they have secured Mr. Yojiro Takita, Director of this year’s Academy Award winning film, Departures, during GRFF’s third season later this month.

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Air Travel

Pearson fees reduced by a significant 10%, marking third year of fee reductions

TORONTO - For the third consecutive year, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has reduced landing fees and terminal charges at Toronto Pearson International Airport. At a time when the aviation industry is struggling with declines in traffic, this reduction will result in estimated savings of $58.4 million to the airline industry at Toronto Pearson next year.

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Knowledge Management

Academic Retiree Centre opens at University of Toronto

TORONTO, ON - The University of Toronto opened a new Academic Retiree Centre - the first time a university in Canada has created a physical space for use by its retirees.

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Technology

DALSA Introduces Next Generation Smart Camera for Single Point Machine Vision Inspection

BOA in handBILLERICA, Mass. - DALSA Corporation announced the availability of the BOA vision system, a highly integrated smart camera that comprises all of the elements of an industrial machine vision system.

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New Car Sales

U.S. September auto sales plunge; GM, Chrysler hit hard
By Kevin Krolicki and David Bailey

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. auto sales tumbled by 23 percent in September as showrooms emptied after the government-funded boom from the "cash for clunkers" program, with General Motors Co and Chrysler hardest-hit.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Car Industry Set to Stay Lean and Mean, but Good Times are Ahead

DETROIT - So-called normal sales of new cars in the USA won't return until 2012, a conference in Detroit heard this week. And tight inventory levels, which have saved Ford alone some $1.5 billion worldwide so far this year, will remain the challenge for logistics providers as well as carmakers.

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Study

Science Students Could Brush Up On Darwin, U of G Study Finds

Guelph - Even students pursuing advanced degrees in science could brush up on their knowledge of evolution, according to a new study by University of Guelph researchers.

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Alliance

Duocom Canada and Evolution Presentation Technologies form a Canada wide strategic alliance

MONTREAL - As part of a strategic initiative and consolidation of the Canadian Audio Visual market space, Duocom Canada Inc. announces the sale of it's Vancouver operation to Evolution Presentation Technologies.

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Environment

Significant failure in reporting tar sands greenhouse gas emissions

FORT MCMURRAY, AB - The extent of greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands operations is much worse than reported due to the failure of oil companies and governments to account for emissions from forest destruction, according to new research by Global Forest Watch Canada.

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Teleportation

Looking At Your Weird & Wired Future: Perimeter Institute & TVO Show How Quantum Physics May Rock Your World

Waterloo – From deep inside the sewers of Vienna, site of groundbreaking quantum teleportation experiments, to cutting-edge quantum computing labs, to voyages into the minds of the world’s brightest thinkers, including renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking, The Quantum Tamers: Revealing Our Weird and Wired Future is a new television documentary that will air October 20th and shares the coming quantum technological revolution.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Toyota chief laments weak dollar as profit-buster
By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia autos correspondent

TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) on Friday called the current dollar-yen rate "very tough," saying the weak U.S. currency made it difficult to return to profit on an unconsolidated level.

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Communications

Ottawa Get's New Area Code

OTTAWA - Starting May 17, 2010, a new area code - 343 - will be introduced in the geographical territory now served by the 613 code. This measure is the result of a ruling by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and is intended to meet the continuously growing demand for new telephone numbers.

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Human Resources

Salary forecasts for 2010: Lower increases than in 2009 according to a paper published by the CPQ

MONTREAL - Wage increases allocated by employers next year will be lower than in 2009, with average increases of 2.5 % in Canada and a slightly lower increase in Quebec.

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Pent Up Demand

Hiring and Increased Compensation Top Post-Recession Employee-Related Priorities for Executives

TORONTO - A recent survey suggests hiring new workers and increasing compensation will be the top priorities for many employers as the economy improves. When asked where they most likely will boost spending when the recovery occurs, nearly one in four senior executives (22 per cent) said he or she plans to hire additional staff and an equal number of respondents (22 per cent) plan to increase salaries for current employees.

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Agriclture

Laurier biology student named a "rising star" in research

Waterloo - Laurier biology student Emily Macdonald was honoured recently as one of 100 undergraduate students from across Canada selected to present her research at the Rising Stars of Research competition at the University of British Columbia.

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Diversity

University of Waterloo celebrates diversity with One Waterloo campaign

WATERLOO - The Federation of Students and the student life office at the University of Waterloo will this Friday celebrate the success of their annual diversity campaign One Waterloo.

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Technology

Open Text Releases New Version of Enterprise Connect

New Version of Open Text Content Service Makes it Easier to Blend Content and Processes in Users' Preferred Work Environments to Improve User Adoption

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM) Corporation announced the latest release of Open Text Enterprise Connect, the revolutionary user experience for the Open Text ECM Suite. The new version furthers Enterprise Connect as a powerful content service that makes it easy to blend content and processes within users' preferred working environments.

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Education

Laurier honours WestJet co-founder Clive Beddoe at fall convocation

WATERLOO – WestJet co-founder and entrepreneur Clive Beddoe will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at Wilfrid Laurier University’s fall convocation on Friday, Oct. 30. Approximately 1,045 students are eligible to convocate, the largest number ever for Laurier’s fall convocation.

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Global Bail Out

World Bank Prepares To Start Buying Troubled Assets.

"The World Bank is to set up a $5.5 billion vehicle to raise funds necessary to buy troubled assets from banks in emerging economies in order to help boost their balance sheets and free resources for crediting.

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PSA

Foster Parent Information Night

Waterloo Region - Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region is in need of more foster families in the community to care for children in crisis. There are over 500 children in care, and only 300 foster homes.

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Media

CBC and National Post announce content sharing agreement

TORONTO - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Post today announced an agreement which will allow both organizations to share content across their respective media platforms.

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Global Economy

IMF Raises 2010 Global Growth Forecast As Asia Leads Recovery.

"The International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its forecast for global growth next year as more than $2 trillion in stimulus packages and demand in Asia pull the world economy out of its recession.

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Philanthropy

Sun Life Financial contributes $100,000 to support flood relief in the Philippines

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial announced it will contribute $100,000 to support relief efforts for those affected by the severe flooding in the Philippines brought on by Tropical Storm Ketsana. The contribution will come from the Sun Life Financial International Response Fund at the Canadian Red Cross, which will allow the emergency support to be deployed rapidly to the area.





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