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Wednesday October 28, 2009

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Ted Talks

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

Venice, Italy is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.


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Recognition

Laurier PhD student wins international award for hedge fund research paper

WATERLOO – Yunhua Zhu, a PhD student in the Laurier School of Business & Economics, won a best student research paper award at the recent 2009 Northern Finance Association Conference, held in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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Product Release - Beer

Brick Brewing Company Launches NEW Red Baron Light

WATERLOO - Brick Brewing Co. Limited announced that as the summer months come to a close, and fall is upon us, that it's never too late to bring Ontario beer drinkers a refreshing, light full flavoured beer.

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Wireless

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Customer Loyalty and Advocacy for Wireless Phone Providers in Canada Declines Notably Amid Rapidly Evolving Technology and a Changing Competitive Landscape

Virgin Mobile Ranks Highest in Satisfying Prepaid and Postpaid Wireless Service Customers; Apple and Sanyo Rank Highest among Mobile Phone Providers in their Respective Segments

TORONTO - With new wireless providers poised to enter the market and the rapid evolution of wireless technologies, wireless customers in Canada are less likely to recommend and remain loyal to their current service providers, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Canadian Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study(SM) released October 27, 2009.

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Health Care Study

ADDITION OF CHEMOTHERAPY TO RADIOTHERAPY INCREASES SURVIVAL FOR PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED HEAD AND NECK CANCER

Giving chemotherapy at the same time as radiotherapy to patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer (who have not had surgery) more than doubles their event-free survival to 2.2 years, compared with 1.0 years with radiotherapy alone.


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Employment Insurance

The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in August fell 2.4% (-19,100) from July

The decrease represents the second consecutive monthly decline.

Statscan - Decreases occurred in nearly all provinces, with the most notable percentage declines in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Light, Research & Revenue

National Research Council Photonics Expertise Helps Clients Generate $500 Million in Revenue-Impact Analysis Reports

OTTAWA - The National Research Council Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (NRC-CPFC) assists clients to develop and commercialize innovative photonics technologies. Client firms to generate about $500 million in the next five years, according to an Impact Analysis Report released yesterday at a photonics industry event hosted by the Ottawa Photonics Cluster.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Ford Confirms Geely as its Preferred Bidder for Volvo Cars

DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Company announced today that a consortium led by Zhejiang Geely Group Holding Co. Ltd. is its preferred bidder in the ongoing discussions concerning the possible sale of Volvo Car Corporation.

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Health Honour

Top US cardiologist honoured for healing damaged hearts

Edmonton – Dr. Eduardo Marbán, a pioneering American cardiologist, will receive the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH) Distinguished Lecture and Prize Award.

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R&D

UofT ranks No. 1 in annual Canadian research rankings

TORONTO - For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Toronto has earned the highest possible marks from Research Infosource Inc. in its annual rankings for the best Canadian research universities of 2009.

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R&D

U of G Ranks Among Top Research Universities

Guelph - Once again, the University of Guelph is Canada's top comprehensive research institution in the annual "Top 50 Research Universities" list published today by a national consulting firm. This is the eighth year Guelph has retained the coveted spot.

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Human Resources

2010 Salary Guides Reveal Compensation Not Likely to Increase For Most Positions, But Some Areas Offer Encouragement

TORONTO - Starting salaries in the accounting and finance, information technology (IT), and administrative fields are expected to remain relatively flat or see modest declines next year, but some positions will buck this trend, according to the 2010 Salary Guides from Robert Half International.

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Human Reources Trends

Martin Prosperity Institute to Host Summit on Transforming Service Jobs November 16th, 2009

Toronto - On Monday, November 16th, 2009, the Martin Prosperity Institute, in partnership with the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, the Intergovernmental Committee for Economics and Labour Force Development, and the City of Toronto, Economic Development, Culture, and Tourism Division will be hosting a Summit on Transforming Service Jobs called "Strength in Service."

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R & D

New Government Policy And How it Benefits Companies Wanting to Monetize Their SR&ED Claim

The Canadian Government has mandated Export Development Canada (EDC) to begin underwriting bank loans to exporters that receive research and development tax credits through the SR&ED program. The loans will be delivered primarily through chartered banks although other lenders may also participate if they meet EDC criteria.

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Financial

Financial Services Sector in Canada Facing Skills Shortage According to Survey

Businesses concerned about finding senior professionals in highly specialized areas to support business

TORONTO - A survey of senior business and human resources executives released today, found that despite the global financial crises this past year, which has seen unemployment rise, there remains a shortage of high-quality skilled professionals to fill positions in the financial services sector in Canada.

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Life, Living and Choice

Queen’s Philosophy prof to head international end-of-life panel

Kingston - Queen's Philosophy professor Udo Schuklenk has been selected to head a prestigious new international panel on "End-of-Life Decision Making" in Canada.

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Life Long Learning

Waterloo Continuing Education fulfills a growing training need
by Sheila McConnell

Waterloo - There was a time when a degree, some experience, a good work ethic, and a positive attitude could garner you a good job and a series of promotions. Today, our futures are not that clear-cut, and many of us are realizing that if we want to get employed or stay employed, we need to continue our education.

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PSA

Second Annual Random Act of Kindness day Approaches - are you ready?

Waterloo Region - On November 13th our community will be celebrating Random Act of Kindness Day. This day has been earmarked by The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) as a day to recognize kindness and humanity in K-W and surrounding areas.

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Emerginmg Markets

IFC To Issue First Bond For Microfinance Programs.

"The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private-sector lender, said on Tuesday it will seek to raise $300 million through a bond issue targeted at Japanese investors to finance microfinance programs for the poor.

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Union Matters

CAW Reaches Tentative Agreement at Jazz Air

TORONTO - CAW Local 2002 members who work at Jazz Air Inc. in customer service and aircraft services reached a tentative agreement with their employer yesterday.

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Climate Change

UN Lowers Expectations For Copenhagen Climate Deal.

"The UN on Monday lowered expectations for clinching a legally binding agreement at a UN climate change summit in Copenhagen in December, saying it might take longer to secure a final deal.

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Business Tax

Tax Tip: Mandatory Information Returns Electronic Filing-Coming Soon!

OTTAWA - Starting January 2010, if you submit more than 50 original information returns (slips), you will be required to file electronically using the Internet? This means that if you previously filed returns on paper, DVD, CD, or diskette, you must now file over the Internet.

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Xquarterly

Open Text Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Financial Results

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM) Corporation announced unaudited financial results for its first quarter ended September 30, 2009.(1)

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Magazines

28/01/2008: The Day Bay Street Abandoned Leonard Asper; ROB Magazine Traces CanWest's Path to Creditor Protection

TORONTO - On October 6, CanWest Global Communications Corp. - Canada's largest media company, owner of the Global Television network, 13 daily newspapers and more than 20 cable channels - filed for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.



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