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Tuesday September 29, 2009

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Ted Talks

Parag Khanna maps the future of countries



Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.

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Career Fair

Local post-secondary institutions host Canada's largest career fair

WATERLOO - Over 180 employers and more than 3,000 students and recent graduates of the region's four post-secondary institutions will explore careers and employment prospects tomorrow at Canada's largest post-secondary Career Fair of its kind.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Roadmap for evolution of electric vehicles is presented to Natural Resources Canada Minister Lisa Raitt

MONTREAL - Electricity as an alternative to traditional transportation energy is becoming a near-term reality for Canada, and a roadmap containing a series of recommendations and strategic initiatives to help its evolution was formally presented to Natural Resources Canada Minister Lisa Raitt on Monday night.

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Recognition

Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work wins award for contribution to immigrant training program

Waterloo - The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work has been recognized by the Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network (WRIEN) for leadership in the development and delivery of bridge training for the social work sector.

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Entrepreneurship

University of Waterloo Students Behind New Startup Boom

Students are behind a boom in new startups

Waterloo - Buddingup, Unsynced, and Findit Off Campus are the newly launched startups. VeloCity, a startup incubator unveiled in 2008, has sparked renewed entrepreneurial spirit at the University of Waterloo.

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Guest Column

Beyond Voice: How your cell phone is evolving into a business productivity tool
By Dan Burrus

In the early days of cell phones, they were used merely for talking. Today, cell phones have a myriad of other applications. For many people, their cell phone is their daily organizer, music player, camera, GPS system, and news and weather device. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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Borderless Conflict

Minister Goodyear's office threatens federal budget funding for SSHRC according to email obtained through ATIP request

OTTAWA - Minister Gary Goodyear's office threatened to withhold federal budget funding for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) over its decision to fund a controversial academic conference, according to an email obtained by CAUT through Access to Information.

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Recognition

University of Ottawa researchers elected to the Royal Society of Canada

OTTAWA — Xiaoyi Bao and Annie Brisset, researchers at the University of Ottawa, have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in recognition of their exceptional achievements in the areas of sciences and arts and humanities, respectively.

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Books

Grad Student in the Running for Giller Prize

Guelph - University of Guelph graduate student Shani Mootoo is on the long list for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her novel Valmiki's Daughter is one of 12 books in the running for the prestigious award.

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Human Resources

Employment Agency Announce Addition of Specialized Recruiting Group

Kitchener – The Kitchener Express Employment Professionals office announces they are now a Specialized Recruiting Group location. The Specialized Recruiting Group provides contract staffing, professional search and consulting services to job seekers looking to further their careers and to businesses looking for highly-qualified employees.

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Distinguished Company

Outstanding Canadian health researchers in the spotlight

First ever CIHR-CMAJ Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards

Ottawa – The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) today honoured eight outstanding Canadian individuals and teams with the first ever CIHR-CMAJ Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards, which recognize and celebrate Canadian health research and innovation excellence.

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Application Games

York and partners introduce Tentacles iPhone App

Interactive gaming experience will premiere at Nuit Blanche

TORONTO - Mobile gamers packing iPhone and iPod touch devices will be able to wrap their hands around Tentacles, a new application and gaming experience, to be premiered at this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival.

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Innovation

U of T researchers create microchip that can detect type and severity of cancer
By April Kemick

TORONTO - UofT researchers have used nanomaterials to develop a microchip sensitive enough to quickly determine the type and severity of a patient's cancer so that the disease can be detected earlier for more effective treatment.

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Power

From Nuclear Energy to the Bomb: The Proliferation Potential of New Nuclear Energy Programs
by Justin Alger

Waterloo - This paper explores the connection between otherwise peaceful nuclear energy programs and nuclear weapons with the objective of clarifying their relationship. Specific attention is paid to the technical aspects of proliferation, particularly regarding scientific knowledge and expertise, nuclear material, technology and infrastructure.

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Currency Market

Zoellick Says US Dollar's Primacy Not A Certainty.

"World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the US shouldn't take for granted the dollar's status as the world's main reserve currency.

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Health Care

Landmark BC study shows value of good primary care to health care system

Promoting greater attachment to family doctors could save millions of health care dollars

BC - People with chronic diseases who are regularly served by the same full-service family practice cost the health care system significantly less money than patients not closely attached to a family doctor, a landmark study in British Columbia has found.

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G20 Summit

Emerging Nations Big Winners At Re-Born G20.

"World leaders returned home on Saturday after backing a new vision for economic governance, with bold plans to fix global imbalances and give more clout to emerging giants such as China and India.

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Health Care

Hospitals around the globe could be faced with this scenario

Hamilton - In a pandemic more than twice as many patients will require intensive care, with less than half the usual staff available to provide it.

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Arts & Culture

Kitchener Teen Wins Top Prize on Nashville TV’s Youth Talent Competition

Gets His Own Show on Nashville TV

Kitchener – Music City is fast becoming a second home to Kitchener’s teen recording artist, Alex Tintinalli. Already this year he’s been to Nashville three times and will be heading back again at the end of October.

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Appointment

General Manager appointed at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo International Airport is pleased to announce the appointment of former Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) Consulting Services Manager Chris Wood to the position of Airport General Manager effective September 28, 2009.

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Western View

Bad economy is worse, Liberals didn't help, say Steelworkers

TORONTO - BC's economic fundamentals were already far from sound before the recession, which made things significantly worse, say United Steelworkers.




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