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Friday October 23, 2009

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Ted Talks

Marc Koska: 1.3m reasons to re-invent the syringe



Reuse of syringes, all too common in under-funded clinics, kills 1.3 million each year. Marc Koska clues us in to this devastating global problem with facts, photos and hidden-camera footage. He shares his solution: a low-cost syringe that can't be used twice.

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Human Resources

SHAUGHNESSEY HOWELL EARNS 7TH GOLD MEDAL AWARD, UNPRECEDENTED IN CANADIAN TRAINING INDUSTRY

Waterloo - Waterloo-based training and consulting firm ShaughnessyHowell Inc. is one of the leading training companies in Canada, that has earned its 7th gold medal award from The Canadian Society for Training & Development (CSTD). This win is unprecedented, bringing ShaughnessyHowell’s wins to more gold medals than any other Canadian company in the past decade.

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Survey Consumer Confidence

Canadian consumers still pondering the economy's future

TORONTO - The latest results from TNS Canadian Facts' Consumer Confidence Index suggest that Canadians remain in a pondering mood, ever-so-slightly up on some measures and down on others.

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Recognition

Waterloo ranked number one for career preparation, education quality and reputation

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo has finished in several top spots in the annual Globe and Mail Canadian University Report Card.

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Heart Cell Transplant

University of Toronto researchers define barriers to successful heart cell transplants
By Kate Brand

TORONTO - Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a novel cell injection test-bed to evaluate the barriers to transplanted cell integration with cardiac tissue. The results provide insights into the barriers that should be considered during heart cell transplantation studies.

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Launch

Reception marks official launch of O3

R&E community learns how O3 can make collaboration easier

Toronto - Researchers, scientists, educators and VIPs from throughout Ontario's research and education community gathered in Toronto recently to celebrate the official launch of O3, ORION's new collaboration and professional networking service.



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Survey

Canadian CFA charterholders's want more understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards

More than 47% of Canadians surveyed who hold the CFA designation want clarification on IFRS standards and how they will impact investors.

TORONTO - With the January 2011 transition date for International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) looming on the horizon for all publicly accountable enterprises in Canada, a large proportion of Canadians who hold the Chartered Financial Analyst(R) (CFA(R)) designation indicate they favour the transition to IFRS (48%), but also say there is much room to improve their understanding of how IFRS will impact Canadian public companies.

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Economy

Global economy moving from recession into recovery

OTTAWA - Buoyed by resurgent Asian economies-notably China and India-the world is now emerging from the 2008-09 recession, according to the Conference Board's World Outlook-Autumn 2009.

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Convocation

University of Waterloo graduates 1,527 students at fall convocation

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo will graduate 1,527 students as well as award five honorary doctorates at fall convocation on Saturday.

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Education

Western rated best student experience for eighth year

London - The University of Western Ontario continues to provide Canada’s best student experience among its peer universities. In a survey of more than 38,000 undergraduate students, the Globe and Mail Canadian University Report has given Western the only ‘A’ grade among large universities (more than 22,000 students), in the category “most satisfied students.” This is the eighth year in a row that Western received top marks for student satisfaction.

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Retail

Retail sales in current dollars rose 0.8% in August to $34.5 billion

Rise offsetted decline in July.

Statscan - The bulk of the increase came from higher sales at gasoline stations and new car dealers. Excluding these retailers, sales were flat.

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Education

Queen’s gets top marks in national student survey

Kingston - Queen’s continues to receive more A+ marks than any other large, medium or small university in the Globe and Mail’s 2010 Canadian University Report.

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Global Economy

UK still in recession after shock Q3 contraction
By David Milliken and Christina Fincher

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy contracted unexpectedly in the third quarter of this year, official data showed on Friday, quashing hopes the downturn was ending and instead marking the longest recession on record.

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Education

Laurier earns top marks in Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report

Waterloo - Wilfrid Laurier University has again scored top marks in the Globe and Mail’s annual Canadian University Report, earning one A+, six As and an above-average rating in 25 categories.

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Ethics

University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management graduates institute MBA oath

OTTAWA — Picking up on a trend that has gained momentum south of the border, students in this year’s graduating MBA class at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management have created an oath of professional conduct and are asking their fellows graduates to take the oath as part of their graduation proceedings on October 25, 2009. This represents the first collaboratively written oath of its kind.

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Governance

Laurier-based council funds research on governance over the Caribbean Sea

WATERLOO – The Laurier-based Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) is funding a research project on sustainable governance over the Caribbean Sea with a $100,000 donation from the Arsenault Family Foundation. The Caribbean Sea is a distinct ecological feature of economic, social and environmental importance to the more than 20 countries of the Caribbean.

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Education

Students Rank U of G at Top of the Class

Guelph - The report card is out, and the University of Guelph is a straight-A institution when it comes to student satisfaction and quality, according to a national survey published by the Globe and Mail.

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Health Care

Lifestyle Hearing launches first nationwide network; changing the landscape of hearing healthcare across Canada

HAWKESBURY - Lifestyle Hearing Corporation has officially launched Canada's first nationwide hearing healthcare structure called the Lifestyle Hearing Network. This initiative aims to provide Canadians coast to coast with a consistent source of premium medical clinics devoted to audiology.

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Health Care

Competitive Technologies' Pain Therapy Medical Device to Treat Patients at University of Wisconsin-Madison

FAIRFIELD, Conn., Competitive Technologies, Inc. announced that the University of Wisconsin-Madison will use CTT's pain therapy medical device to treat patients at its Carbone Cancer Center in the School of Medicine and Public Health.

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Appointment

MTE Introduces Manager of Building Structures Division for Burlington Office

Kitchener - MTE Consultants Inc. (MTE) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Kooymans as Division Manager responsible for the structural engineering team out of their Burlington office.

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Carbon Market

Industrialized Nations' CO2 Emissions Rose In 2007: UN.

"Carbon emissions by industrialized nations increased one percent in 2007, a 'worrying' rise ahead of a crunch climate summit in Copenhagen in December, the UN climate agency said Wednesday.

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Agriculture

MPP Jones Demands Minister Defend Ontario Farmers

Queen’s Park – Progressive Conservative MPP Sylvia Jones (Dufferin-Caledon) called upon the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to stand up for Ontario farmers.

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Pensions

OSFI Releases Estimated Solvency Ratio (ESR) for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans

OTTAWA - The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has released the results of its latest solvency testing of federally regulated defined benefit private pension plans.

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Literacy

Raising voices and funds for literacy across Canada

Canadians encouraged to Sing for Literacy and celebrate activities for Family Literacy Day 2010

Toronto – ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and founding Family Literacy Day (FLD) sponsor Honda Canada are pleased to announce that an official “singing” theme will be featured as part of this year’s national FLD campaign. Sing for Literacy encourages Canadians from coast to coast to sing at various Family Literacy Day events and help raise funds by pledging online via www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca.

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Investor Risk

Twenty Percent of Large Canadian Companies Present Serious Corporate Governance Risk to Investors

PORTLAND, ME - The Corporate Library's latest annual review of corporate governance risk at TSX 60 companies has found that 20 percent of companies in the index present serious risk to investors, while another 17 percent present moderate concerns.

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Agriculture

MPP Jones Demands Minister Defend Ontario Farmers

Queen’s Park – Progressive Conservative MPP Sylvia Jones (Dufferin-Caledon) called upon the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to stand up for Ontario farmers.

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Xquarterly

EMC Reports Third-Quarter 2009 Financial Results; Revenue Ahead of Company Expectations

HOPKINTON, Mass. - EMC Corporation, reported third-quarter 2009 consolidated revenue that exceeded company expectations for the quarter. The company achieved third-quarter revenue of US$3.52 billion, an increase of 8 per cent compared with the second quarter of 2009.



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