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Friday October 30, 2009

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Ted Talks

Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle



The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.

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Business & Art

Absolut Vodka Institutes the Absolut Art Award

- Keren Cytter Receives the First-Ever Absolut Art Award

STOCKHOLM - Through its frequent collaborations with cutting-edge artists, designers and photographers, ABSOLUT VODKA is a proud supporter of the arts. This year, in the tradition of the company's 30 years of creative collaborations, ABSOLUT VODKA decided to fund a yearly award of Euro 15.000 to an international young artist exploring creativity through the integration of art forms.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Rising Used Car Prices Point to Recovery in the New Auto Market, According to Scotia Economics

TORONTO - Used car prices, a key leading indicator of the health of the overall auto market, are strengthening and point to a continuation in the global auto sales recovery, according to the latest Global Auto Report released by Scotia Economics.

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Education Awards

Laurier announces its 2009 MBA Alumni Award recipients

TORONTO – The Laurier School of Business & Economics is proud to announce this year’s winners of the 2009 Laurier MBA Alumni Awards. An invitation-only celebration will be held Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Toronto Board of Trade, beginning at 7 p.m.

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Technology

Google creates roadblock for TomTom, Garmin, Nokia
By Harro ten Wolde - Analysis

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Google's foray into phone-based navigation makes it unlikely that TomTom, Garmin and Nokia will ever recoup their big recent investments in navigation technology.

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Fincancial

Manulife Mutual Funds announces upcoming change in Co-Managers

WATERLOO - Effective March 31, 2010, Gerald Cooper-Key, co-manager of the Manulife Mawer World Investment Class, will withdraw from day-to-day activities as co-manager of the Fund.

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Philanthropy

Waterloo's optometry school recognizes major gift from top donors

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo school of optometry, Canada's only English-speaking optometric training institution, will dedicate the Witer Learning Resource Centre early next week to recognize a $500,000 donation from philanthropists Dr. Marta Witer and Ian Ihnatowycz.

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Economy

Economy still not recovering

OTTAWA - Canada's economy is still mired in recession and a long way from recovery, despite months of 'green shoot' speculation, says a report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

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Survey

The Twice-over

Executives Spend an Average of Seven Minutes Reading Each Resume

TORONTO - It’s usually flattering when someone hangs on your every word. For job seekers, this kind of scrutiny takes on a whole new meaning. According to a new survey by OfficeTeam, executives spend more than seven minutes, on average, screening each resume received.

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Human Resouces

Payroll employment, earnings and hours for August 2009

Statscan - Non-farm payroll employment fell by 110,200 in August (-0.8%), following an increase of 27,300 in July. Half of the overall change in August came from a drop in educational services, as payroll employment in that industry returned from unusually high levels in July.

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TED in Canada

Carleton to host TEDx Event

Ottawa – Carleton University is pleased to announce that it will host a TEDx event in 2010.

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Globalist Award

CIC honours WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy with Globalist of the Year Award

TORONTO – Pascal Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organization, will be honoured with the Globalist of the Year Award at the Canadian International Council’s (CIC) Annual Gala Dinner on November 3 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.

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Research Chair

University of Ottawa professor appointed first research chair in computational science and engineering

OTTAWA — Professor Stavros Tavoularis of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been selected as the first holder of the HPCVL/SUN Microsystems Research Chair in Computational Science and Engineering.

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Psychology of Sport

Dr. Fred Binding Memorial Lecturer to address athletes’ mental preparation for Olympics

Waterloo - This year’s Dr. Fred Binding Memorial Lecture in Sports Psychology will feature Dr. Penny Werthner of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences. A former Olympian, Werthner will speak Monday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. about mental preparation for athletes and coaches for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

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Pricing

Industrial product and raw materials price indexes for September 2009

Statscan - The Industrial Product Price Index (-0.5%) and the Raw Materials Price Index (-1.1%) were both down in September compared with August, mainly as a result of declining petroleum prices.

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Job Fair - Ski Resort

Chicopee Job Fair 
 
Kitchener - Chicopee is holding our 8th Annual Job Fair on Saturday, October 31st, 2009, beginning at 9:00a.m.and to be completed by noon.

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Food & Drink

InterVin Announces its Top Scoring, Gold Medal Winning Wines

Toronto - Twenty-six wines struck gold at the 2009 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day blind tasting competition staged in September at the stunning White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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Arts & Culture

Laurier welcomes renowned British composer and educator, Dr. Peter Wiegold

WATERLOO – The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc) will welcome British composer and educator, Dr. Peter Wiegold, on Saturday, Nov. 7. Wiegold will conduct a public workshop and attend the Laurier choral concert, Images of Light, where his work, Perfume in the Desert, will be given its North American premiere performance.

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Hospitality

Food services and drinking places for August 2009

Statscan - Sales for the food services and drinking places industry increased 0.2% between July and August to just over $4.0 billion in current dollars. During the same period, the price of food purchased in restaurants increased by 0.2% as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

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Global Economy

World Bank Sees Eastern Europe Contracting 4.2 Percent In 2009.

"The EU's 10 ex-communist economies will contract by 4.2 percent as a whole this year and eke out growth of around just 1 percent next year, the World Bank said in [its EU10 Regular Economic Report] on Wednesday.

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Co-Chairs

Communitech Board Elects New Co-chairmen, Adds Five New Members

Waterloo – Communitech, Waterloo Region’s innovation hub, has two new co-chairmen of its Board of Directors for the 2009-2012 term: John Keating, CEO of COM DEV, and Gerry Remers, President and COO of Christie Digital.

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Health Research

New centre creates a hub for national research to improve the health of Canadians

WATERLOO - The Canadian Cancer Society and University of Waterloo are officially launching today a new research centre. The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact will recruit leaders in research, policy and practice from across Canada to join the fight against cancer and chronic disease.

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Xquarterly

DALSA Reports Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Waterloo - DALSA Corporation, an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors, reported revenues from continuing operations of $41.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 and $0.1 million in earnings or $0.00 per share from continuing operations. The following table summarizes the key results for the third quarter of 2009 and compares them to the third quarter of 2008.



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