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Tuesday November 17, 2009

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Ted Talks

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

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At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

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Disaster Restoration

Exclusive Disaster Planning Recovery Telecommunication Service launched

Waterloo - CatastroPhone™ of Waterloo, Ontario has launched an Emergency Response Telecommunication Service platform, which enables immediate restoration of business’ incoming telephone call handling & distribution when systems or premises are damaged, destroyed or rendered inaccessible.

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Health Care

Health Benefits Plans Key to Talent Attraction and Retention; But Younger Workers Don't Want their Parents' Plans

Younger workers want control and choice over benefits - and that can means savings for employers'

TORONTO - More than two thirds (65 per cent) of working Canadians say that the availability of an employee health benefits plan plays a "very important" role in their decision to accept a new job, according to research conducted for Benecaid. In fact, the vast majority of Canadians (78 per cent) would expect a compensation increase of at least 10 per cent to offset the absence of a benefits plan.

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Product Launch

Desire2Learn Launches New Brand for eLearning in K-12

Sparks By Desire2Learn offers quick to start, affordable solutions for K-12 environments

Kitchener-Waterloo – Desire2Learn Incorporated announced the launch of its new K-12 brand, Sparks By Desire2Learn™ (Sparks).

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Labour Insight

Supersized and Precarious: The Service Class in Canada

Today, more Canadians are employed in service work than any other type of work. While creative workers contribute disproportionately to economic growth, and while blue collar workers were once the largest segment of the labour force, today each group is outnumbered by the service class.

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Fraud

Grant Thornton LLP warns about "D-I-Y" expense fraud

Technology makes expense fraud easier to commit and harder to detect, say forensic accountants who urge comprehensive internal review policies

TORONTO - When it comes to losses through theft, Canadian businesses and organizations are at a greater risk from internal theft by employees than from outsiders.

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Health Discovery

York U researchers identify trigger for blood vessel growth

Findings may aid diabetic patients

TORONTO - York University researchers have identified a cell-signalling process that stimulates blood vessel growth and may help break the cycle of diabetes by making it easier for patients to exercise.

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Horticulture

Plants prefer their kin, but crowd out competition when sharing a pot with strangers

Hamilton — Plants don’t mind sharing space with their kin but when they’re potted with strangers of the same species they start flexing their leaves, a study by McMaster University reveals.

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Manufacturing

Manufacturing sales rose 1.4% in September to $41.7 billion

Statscan - This was largely reflecting increases in the motor vehicle industry. Manufacturing sales have increased in three of the past four months, after dropping to a recent low of $38.5 billion in May. Despite the recent gains, sales remained 18.6% below September 2008 levels.

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Demographics

DIFFERENT GENERATIONS, SAME OBJECTIVES: BOOMERS, GEN-X AND GEN-Y WANT THE SAME THINGS AT WORK

Ottawa — Differences among the generations in the workplace are more about perception than reality. Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y view other generations more harshly than they view their own. But they are more alike than they realize, according to a Conference Board of Canada study released yesterday.

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Maggies Back in Town

United Way of K-W and Area To Welcome Margaret Trudeau

2009 Leadership Donor Thank You Event will feature keynote address by this celebrated Canadian and mental health advocate

Waterloo - On Thursday November 19 at 7 p.m., United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area will welcome Margaret Trudeau as the guest speaker at its annual Leadership Thank You Event. This exclusive, invite-only engagement at the University of Waterloo’s Federation Hall is being held as a special thank you to United Way Leaders - those who annually donate $1000 or more.

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Social Studies

Youth and adults unite to ‘rethink relationships’

It’s time to rethink how we live, work and play with one another.

London- And to get some fresh ideas from some fresh faces, researchers from The University of Western Ontario are reaching out to more than 400 young Canadians from across Ontario to discuss a wide range of topics including mentorship, community activism, leadership and most importantly, fostering healthy and equal relationships.

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Mining

Vale Gives Brazilians Increases but Demands Big Concessions from Canadians

Union calls for Mining Giant to Abandon Unwarranted Concession Demands in Canada

SUDBURY - The United Steelworkers union congratulates mine workers in Brazil for negotiating collective agreements with Vale SA that provide significant improvements and avoid major concessions.

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Innovation

University of Toronto computer science research showcase

TORONTO - An iPhone application that conveys street map patterns to a visually impaired user using audio feedback is just one of more than 50 projects to be featured at the University of Toronto Department of Computer Science's annual Research in Action showcase on Tuesday, November 17, at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George Street, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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Awakening The Spirit

Yoga for Peace added to annual YMCA World Peace Week activities

The Art of Peace Exhibit features visions of peace by local young artists, KW YMCA Peace Medallion Ceremony this Wednesday

Waterloo Region – The YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, together with YMCAs across Canada, are holding YMCA World Peace Week November 21-28, 2009. The YMCA hopes to inspire and empower kids, youth and adults to make a positive impact on the lives of others locally and globally.

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Health Care

Ontario Diabetes strategy announces measures to increase access to Registered Dietitians

Toronto - It’s welcome news to Dietitians of Canada (DC) that new initiatives to prevent and manage diabetes have recently been announced by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and the Ministry of Health and Long Term.

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Global Health Care

Powerful World Alliance of Health Researchers Announces Landmark Pact on Priorities In Fight Against Humanity’s Most Fatal Diseases

Agencies managing 80 percent of global public health research funding set first priorities for common, concerted efforts on heart and lung diseases, other “Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases”

Toronto - An alliance of institutions collectively managing an estimated 80 percent of all public health research funding worldwide today announced their first targets for concerted action in the fight against “chronic non-communicable diseases” (CNCDs).

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H1N1

Waterloo public lecture and panel to explore the science behind H1N1

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo will host a free public lecture and panel discussion next week to explore the science behind the H1N1 flu.

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Book Review

From Civil Strife to Peace Building: Examining Private Sector Involvement in West African Reconstruction
By Hany Besada, CIGI Senior Researcher and Program Leader

Waterloo - This book examines peace-building efforts in the fragile West African states of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, with a focus on the role of the private sector in leading the reconstruction initiatives.

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Union Confusing Issues

CAW blasts government on dismantling gun registry, rallies members to demand action on gendered violence and inequality

TORONTO - Twenty days before the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, the CAW is denouncing the government's attempt to abolish the national gun registry.

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Education Scholarships

International Scholarships Broaden Student Horizons At The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo - Students from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University will learn new languages and skills studying abroad through the Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarship (OIEOS).


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