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Tuesday October 27, 2009

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Ted Talks

David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation



For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.

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Health Care

Ontario's Hospitals Propose Even Greater Transparency

Proposal would see Freedom of Information legislation extended to hospital sector

TORONTO - Today, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) has taken a major step to promote public sector transparency and accountability by proposing that the Government of Ontario extend the province's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) to the hospital sector. The OHA represents Ontario's 155 public hospitals.

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Entrepreneurship

Chris Hughes and Tim Bray Keynote Speakers at Entrepreneur Week

Waterloo Region - What are two reasons why this year's Entrepreneur Week in Waterloo Region is expected to attract more than 4,000 participants to a series of events? Chris Hughes, co-founder and spokesperson for global success story Facebook, and Tim Bray, The Father of Internet Search and XML and co-founder of Open Text Corporation, are keynote speakers -- with Hughes kicking off Enterpreneur Week on Monday, November 16 and Bray leading the line-up for the November 17 agenda.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Honda nearly triples outlook, more upside seen
By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia autos correspondent

TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor (7267.T) surprised investors with a near tripling of its annual profit forecasts, bumping it further ahead of Japanese rivals thanks to a dominant motorcycle business and line-up heavy in small cars.

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Investment Perspective

Can the U.S. Remain an Attractive Host for FDI in the Auto Industry? New Labor Policy and Flexible Production

by Terutomo Ozawa*

President Obama has been supporting a new bill, the Employee Free Choice Act, designed to promote the labor unions’ drive for unionization.

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Health Care

Kids not getting nutrients they need

TORONTO - Parents want to make sure their children are getting the nutrients they need to grow and thrive but sometimes it's easier said than done.

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Arts & Culture

The Grand River Film Festival is delighted by the dynamic line up of films and programming it presented over the past four days.

Cambridge - People from all over the Waterloo Region came together to watch a lineup of international and Canadian films, participate in workshops, create their own films, see some ‘movie magic’ and even rub shoulders with some stars!

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G-20

G-20 Reforms Will Support Long-Term Economic Prosperity, says Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney

MONTRÉAL - In the wake of a financial crisis that has cost tens of millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in foregone output, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney called on financial institutions to participate fully in the regulatory reforms of the G-20.

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Xquarterly

Rogers Reports Third Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results

TORONTO - Rogers Communications Inc. today announced its consolidated financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009.

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Energy

Queen's solar technology places Ontario company among 'Emerging Cleantech Leaders"

TORONTO/KINGSTON - EnerWorks Inc., a Dorchester, Ontario company founded on solar-thermal technology developed at Queen’s University by Dr. Stephen Harrison, has been named among the Next 10 Emerging Cleantech Leaders by Corporate Knights, an independent Canadian-based media company focused on promoting and reinforcing sustainable development in Canada.

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Housing

2010 Budget Should Contain Key Housing Policies, says co-operative housing association

OTTAWA - The federal government must ensure accountability in how federal dollars are used to protect housing affordability for low-income Canadians, said Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada).

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Human Resource - Opinion

Strategic support for a Living Wage - Front Line Perspective
By Cheryl Ives,
Community Engagement Manager - Opportunities Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region - I haven’t always considered myself a Living Wage advocate. I “grew up” in private enterprise, and achieved a Masters in Business Administration. I am business-minded by nature and nurture. Any external mandate that limits competitiveness, profitability, or operational approaches tends to get my back up.

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Education

KPE research published in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

Waterloo - Last fall, Chad Lebold became the first graduate of Laurier’s master’s of science program in kinesiology and physical education (KPE).

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Distinguished Honour

Kudos for U of G Prof, Cancer Researcher

Guelph - A University of Guelph biomedical scientist has been named the 2009 winner of the prestigious Jennifer Dorrington Award from the Banting Research Foundation, Canada's oldest medical research institute.

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Business of Sports

Impressive Growth of Television Ratings, Corporate Sales and NHL.com Traffic Highlight Continued Business Momentum of the NHL Through First 100 Games of the 2009-10 Regular Season

NEW YORK, NY - The National Hockey League's(R) strong business momentum from last season's record-setting year continued through the first 100 games of the 2009-10 NHL(R) regular season. Fans are experiencing the NHL across League platforms in impressive numbers, with the League on-pace to set records in a number of areas.

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MEDIA

Michael Eisner's Vuguru and Rogers Media Strike Investment and Distribution Deal Studio to Ramp Up Production to 30 Self-Financed Series Per Year

LOS ANGELES - Michael Eisner's new media studio, Vuguru, has secured an investment and distribution partnership with Canada's Rogers Media, the two companies announced today. Vuguru, which previously operated inside of The Tornante Company LLC, will become a stand-alone entity as part of the deal, effective immediately.

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Energy

McMaster team 18th in World Solar Challenge; Montreal teams in 21st, 22nd

HAMILTON - McMaster University's Solar Car team overcame an electrical fire that damaged part of the car's solar array to qualify for the World Solar Challenge, which began October 25 in Darwin, Australia.

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Guest Column

Three Strikes and You're IN! How a Love of Baseball Helps Improve Workplace Productivity and Profit
By John Schaefer

Baseball is a simple game, not easy, but simple if you just understand the basics. Okay, you're wondering what could baseball possibly have to do with recognizing employees and getting high performance in the workplace? Here's a story that will bring this home.

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Tourism

64% of Canadians plan to vacation within 12 months

Canadian Cruise ship travel up 5.18%

TORONTO - While tough economic times are causing Canadians to search for bigger travel bargains, a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted for Tripharbour.ca shows that most (64%) are still planning a vacation within the next year. And according to statistics from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a growing number of these Canadians are choosing vacations at sea.

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Human Resources

What happens When The Education Ends

Toronto - Employee Placement company Careerify recently launched a survey targeted to career counsellors, directors, and managers at various universities and colleges across Canada.

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Sustainable Business

E-Hanger In-Home Media Wins Silver Award for Sustainable Product of 2009

E-Hanger In-Home Media is proud to announce that, on October 22, it won a silver award at the Recycling council of Ontario's Waste Management Awards for most sustainable product of 2009.

CONCORD - The E-Hanger is manufactured from post consumer waste board and is printed with eco vegetable soya based inks. Its durability and eco-friendly properties have made the product an ideal replacement for the millions of non-recyclable wire clothes hangers that are dumped into Canadian landfills each year.

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Global Trade

Asian leaders look to bolster regional ties.

"The 16 countries at the East Asia Summit on Sunday agreed to consider competing Japanese and Australian proposals to expand regional co-operation.... Both plans would be based around East Asia Summit members - Japan, China, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand and the 10 countries that make up the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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Goverment Funding

Canada Launches Call for Proposals to Benefit Charitable Organizations

OTTAWA - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food), is inviting registered charities and not-for-profit organizations that serve the charitable sector to submit project proposals for funding consideration under the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) Charities Partnership and Outreach Program.

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PSA

8th Annual HO HO HO Tour For Hope Tickets Now Available

WATERLOO - Tickets for the 8th Annual HO HO HO Tour For Hope are now on sale! The HO HO HO Tour for Hope takes place Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14. Tickets are $25 this year and may be purchased at the following locations:

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Book Review

New book: Merchants of Deception - An Insider's Chilling look at the worldwide, multi-billion dollar conspiracy of lies that is Amway

Montoursville, PA - Merchants of Deception, a new book released yesterday, offers detailed revelations of a Main Street Ponzi that seems to dwarf Bernard' Madoff's Wall Street fraud in scale and audacity.

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Appointment

Four Nominees Appointed to the National Research Council Canada

OTTAWA - Tony Clement, announced the appointments of Mr. Jacques Beauvais, Dr. Cecil H. Rorabeck, Mr. Leo Steven and Mr. Alexandre Jodoin to the Council.

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Financial

Federal government must remain committed to corporate tax cuts: Canada's CAs

TORONTO - Canada's Chartered Accountants yesterday urged the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to recommend that the federal government stay the course on its commitment to reduce corporate taxes as part of an overall plan to support Canada's long-term economic prosperity.


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