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Thursday October 1, 2009

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Ted Talks

Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule



Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.

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Education

RIM and NSERC invest in Queen’s expertise

Kingston - Queen’s University expertise in systems and software engineering has attracted a $5-million investment from Research In Motion (RIM) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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Pharmacy Lecture Series

University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy Launches Mini-Pharmacy School Lecture Series

Kitchener – The University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy is pleased to present an exciting new program specially designed for the general public. Beginning October 13 and running for 6 consecutive weeks UW’s Mini-Pharmacy School is a unique opportunity for 160 participants to discover and explore fascinating topics in pharmacy and healthcare today.

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Economic Crises

The Future of the International Monetary Fund: A Canadian Perspective

A Special Report from CIGI and the Canadian International Council (CIC)
Edited by Bessma Momani and Eric Santor

Waterloo - The CIGI/CIC Special Report on the future of the International Monetary Fund looks at the IMF’s role in the context of the global economic crisis and the new economic and financial governance architecture that is emerging.

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Health Care

Chronic pain treatments work better together, says Queen's anesthesiologist

Kingston - People who suffer from debilitating neuropathic pain may get more relief and sleep better by combining two commonly-prescribed drugs.

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Vision

Females Baby Boomers at Greatest Risk of Developing Computer Vision Syndrome

Prolonged Use of Digital Screens Causing Havoc on Canadians Eye Health

OTTAWA - Computers, cell phones and Blackberries may provide modern conveniences, however prolonged use of digital screens is affecting the eye and vision health of Canadians. The average user of these technological conveniences is not just children or young adults.

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Health Care

Less than 50% of men and women with depression see a doctor for treatment

Research finds even for those hospitalized for severe depression, many receive little follow-up

TORONTO — Less than half of men and women in Ontario who may be suffering from depression see a doctor to treat their potentially debilitating condition, according to a new women’s health study by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

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Economic Crises

Carleton University participates in new global research project

Ottawa – Carleton University is joining forces to create the Possible Future project, a working group of more than 30 internationally-renowned social scientists, seeking answers to the global economic crisis.

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GDP

Real gross domestic product was unchanged in July

Statscan - This was following a 0.1% increase in June. The strength of the manufacturing and wholesale trade sectors was attributable to a rebound in motor vehicle and parts production. There was also an increase in the accommodation and food service sector.

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Climate Change

World Bank Forecasts $100 Billion Annual Climate Cost.

"Developing countries will need as much as $100 billion per year until 2050 to adapt to climate change, an amount that would nearly double current foreign aid flows from developed nations, the World Bank said.

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Energy

Greenpeace takes action again, blocking Suncor tar sands operations

International activists join Canadians in saying no to tar sands

FORT MCMURRAY, AB- Greenpeace activists are disrupting Suncor operations today in the heart of the tar sands north of Fort McMurray by blocking two bitumen conveyor belts to highlight the climate crime of tar sands operations.

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Chamber Notice

141st Annual General Meeting

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 141st Annual General Meeting on Wednesday October 7, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre.

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Waste Management

MARKHAM RECEIVES PETER J. MARSHALL AWARD

Recognized For Leadership In Zero Waste Initiatives

MARKHAM - Markham has been presented with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) Peter J. Marshall Certificate of Merit for its leadership in waste management, including two key Zero Waste initiatives that are significantly reducing waste at municipal facilities and community events.

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Payroll

Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 74,300 in July, up 0.5% from June.

Statscan - This was the first increase since payroll employment peaked in October 2008. The proportion of industries experiencing job gains rose for the third consecutive month in July to 57%, up from 47% in June.

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Party Guide

Ladybug Teknologies Develops Real-Time Drinking Buddy for Social Drinkers BAQ Tracker™ goes mobile on BlackBerry

Cambridge — Social technology expert, Ladybug Teknologies Inc., announced that it has developed a software application for smart phones that will keep social drinkers aware of their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while they drink.

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Employee Driven

Delta Hotels and Resorts share Kitchener-Waterloo’s best kept hidden gems

Hans Haus named the gem of Kitchener-Waterloo by Delta Recommends

Kitchener-Waterloo – Employees at Delta Kitchener-Waterloo chose Hans Haus as one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s best kept secrets. Over the past year, Delta Kitchener-Waterloo employees have compiled their personal recommendations on the best places to eat, browse, work out, relax and more, as part of Delta Recommends.

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Arts & Culture

English Prof Named Toronto's Poet Laureate

Guelph - University of Guelph English professor Dionne Brand was named Toronto's poet laureate. As the city's literary ambassador, she'll attend events as an advocate for poetry, language and the arts. She'll also create a literary legacy project.

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Emerging Markets

Latin America Needs $400 Billion In Loans Next Year: World Bank.

"Latin American nations will need $350 to $400 billion in 2010 to jumpstart their economies after the global financial crisis, a top World Bank official said Tuesday.

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Appointment

HEICO Corporation Names Eric A. Mendelson and Victor H. Mendelson as Co-Presidents

MIAMI and HOLLYWOOD, Fla.- HEICO Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has elected each of Eric A. Mendelson and Victor H. Mendelson as Co-Presidents of the Company effective October 1, 2009. Laurans A. Mendelson remains the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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Financing

New Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises in Canada Finalized

TORONTO - The Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) approved the final accounting standards for private enterprises in Canada. The new standards will be issued by the end of the year and will be available for 2009 reporting for entities that choose to adopt them early.

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Trade Exemptions

Show us the "Buy American" deal before signing it, demands Council of Canadians

Ottawa - News of an imminent Canada-U.S. procurement agreement that would carve out exemptions from 'Buy American' conditions for Canadian companies bidding on U.S. state contracts should be handled with skepticism, not all-out celebration, warns the Council of Canadians.

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Environment

The Town of Markham Supports Solar Water Heating

Markham – The Town of Markham announced its goal to implement 500 solar water heating systems through the Solar Water Heating Program, launched by Bullfrog Power, together with Enbridge Gas Distribution, EnerWorks, and the Government of Canada. Solar water heaters will enable Markham homeowners to reduce their energy costs and environmental impact by harnessing the sun's energy to heat their water.

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Economic Crises

China and the Financial Crisis

Waterloo - This report, produced by a task force under the aegis of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), assesses the impact of the global financial crisis on China.



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