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Wednesday November 18, 2009

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Ted Talks

Mathieu Lehanneur demos science-inspired design

Naming science as his chief inspiration, Mathieu Lehanneur shows a selection of his ingenious designs -- an interactive noise-neutralizing ball, an antibiotic course in one layered pill, asthma treatment that reminds kids to take it, a living air filter, a living-room fish farm and more.

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Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame

The Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Waterloo Region - Communitechs Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Gala was held last night at Bingeman's Conference Centre. As part of the Entrepreneur Week agenda, the event honoured the following Waterloo Region contributors by inducting them into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame:

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Letter to the Editor

Markham Water Spin?

Hi

Has the fact that Markham gets it's treated water from Toronto (see in bold below in copy) been somewhat ignored in this article?

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PSA - Family

A fun race to build strong kids 19th Annual Jingle Bell Run – Sunday, November 22, 2008

Cambridge – On Sunday, November 22, 2008 the YMCA of Cambridge will host the 19th Annual Jingle Bell Run. The 2.5K family fun run/walk starts at 10 a.m. and the 5K race starts at 10:40 a.m. The event is generously sponsored in part by the Gore Mutual Insurance Company.

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Consumers

Consumer prices rose 0.1% in October compared with October 2008

Statscan - This rise followed a 0.9% decline in September. This was the first 12-month increase since May 2009.

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Retail

Sears Canada Reports Third Quarter Results

TORONTO - Sears Canada Inc. announced its unaudited third quarter results. Total revenues for the 13-week period ended October 31, 2009 were $1.309 billion compared to $1.442 billion for the 13 weeks ended November 1, 2008, a decrease of 9.2%. Same store sales decreased 6.3%. Total expenses for the quarter were reduced by 11.5%.

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Corporate Philanthropy

GORE MUTUAL FOUNDATION DONATES OVER $150,000 TO LOCAL CHARITIES

Cambridge - On Tuesday, November 17th, the Gore Mutual Foundation held a reception at Gore Mutual Insurance Company in Cambridge, to recognize 19 local charities that received over $150,000 in donations from the Foundation, including KidsAbility Foundation, Cambridge Shelter Corporation, Cambridge and District Humane Society, Bereaved Families of Ontario (Midwestern Region) and Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.

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Trade Talks

Canada and Israel to Begin Negotiations on a Mutual Recognition Agreement for Telecommunications Equipment

OTTAWA - Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, announced today an agreement with Israel to begin negotiations on a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) to facilitate the importing and exporting of telecommunications equipment. The announcement followed discussions between Minister Clement and the Honourable Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour.

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Recognition

Local Cambridge Woman Awarded Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship

Ariel Walker Co-Founder of the Huntington Society of Canada Receives Provincial Honour

KITCHENER - Ariel Walker from Cambridge, ON, co-founder of the Huntington Society of Canada was awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship last night at a Queen’s Park Ceremony by David Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

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Non-Financial

Study: Indebtedness and liquidity of non-financial corporations

Statscan - The indebtedness and liquidity position of non-financial corporations remained at historically favourable levels at the end of the second quarter of 2009, despite the economic downturn that started in 2008.

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Travel

Travel to Canada by United States residents increased in September

Statscan - This was compared with August numbers, while travel from Canadian residents to the United States declined.

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Education

Five Conestoga Students Earn Millennium Scholarships

Kitchener - Five Conestoga College students are among the final year’s group to earn National In-Course Awards from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

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Fund Raiser

Guelph Women in Networking: Giving back in Support of Women in Crisis

Guelph - Networking and fun, all in support of Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, will be the order of the night at the December meeting of Guelph Women In Networking (GWIN) on Tuesday, December 1, 2009.

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Strike

Museum workers have been on strike for 58 days: Union asks if the Museum of Civilization is going for a record

OTTAWA - Workers at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and War Museum have been on strike for 58 days - almost a week longer than last year's OC Transpo strike. After eight weeks of picketing, letter-writing, lobbying and protesting outside politicians' offices, there are still no negotiations taking place between the parties.

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Health Innovation

Canada pays tribute to the country’s top health researchers

OTTAWA – A pioneering biochemist, a renowned child health specialist and a brilliant young cancer researcher are among those being honoured yesterday with Canada’s most prestigious health and pharmaceutical research awards. Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, joined Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Dr. Jacques Gagné, President of Prix Galien Canada, to present the 2009 Canadian Health Research Awards and the Prix Galien.

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Financial

Sun Life Financial announces issue of innovative Tier 1 Securities

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. announced that Sun Life Capital Trust II, a trust established by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada ("SLA"), will issue in Canada $500 million principal amount of Sun Life ExchangEable Capital Securities Series 2009-1 due December 31, 2108

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Energy

Going Green Makes Sense for Commercial Real Estate Market

Climate change challenge may provide opportunities

TORONTO - Energy consumption in both old and new buildings can be cut by an estimated 30 to 50 percent while producing a favourable return on investments, according to a KPMG report, Climate Change: Risks & Opportunities in the Canadian Commercial Real Estate Market.

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Youth R&D

York U launches community-university research project for Jane-Finch youth

TORONTO - The Assets Coming Together for Youth (ACT for Youth) project will hold a launch and community forum at York University on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5:30pm.

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Investment Event

Rick Hillier Joins CEOs, Regulatory Experts and Economists in Addressing Canada's Investment Managers at Annual ICAC Meeting

Today's Conference Expected to Attract 200 Financial Professionals to Hear What Went Wrong With the Economy And How Canada Should Adapt To A New World Order

TORONTO - The Investment Counsel Association of Canada (ICAC), the official voice of the country's money management community, announced that Rick Hillier, the former Chief Of Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces is the keynote speaker at its annual meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in Toronto.

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Cost

Third quarter 2009 Non-residential Building Construction Price Index

Statscan - The composite price index for non-residential building construction decreased 1.5% in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter. As was the case in the second quarter, the decline in the third quarter was mostly the result of heightened competitive conditions due to a weaker non-residential building construction market, most notably in Western Canada.

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Tax Reform

BUDGET BILL PUTS IN PLACE WELCOME TAX REFORM

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce are pleased to see legislation introduced in the provincial legislature to put into place the tax reform measures announced in the 2009 Ontario budget.

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History

Rare maps of Gulf region make North American debut

Hamilton — Rare and fascinating maps that chronicle the evolution of human knowledge about the countries in the Gulf region will go on display for the first time in North America at the McMaster Museum of Art.

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Intellectual Lectures

U of G Prof Flexes Intellectual Muscle for 2010 Games

Guelph - A University of Guelph historian is featured in a series of lectures by prominent and up-and-coming Canadian intellectuals speaking on topics related to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

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Energy

Community Power Conference 2009 Blazes a Trail in Ontario

Toronto - The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) wraps up a very successful 1st Annual Community Power Conference with the creation of a new 'International Community Power working group' with OSEA and the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

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Recognition

PwC recognizes 2009 Southwest Ontario Volunteer of the Year

$1,000 donated to winner’s non-profit organization

Ontario - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has recognized staff member Sherry Hempel as the 2009 Southwest Ontario Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding work with New Apostolic Church.

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Bio-marker Innovation

DVS Sciences Unveils First-in-Class Mass Cytometer for Use in Understanding and Diagnosing Disease

Toronto – Marking the culmination of six years of technology development research funded by Genome Canada through the Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI) and others, a Toronto research team unveiled a first-in-class analytical instrument at the recent Great Lakes International Imaging and Flow Cytometry Association annual meeting in Pittsburgh. The CyTOF™ Mass Cytometer, being made and marketed by DVS Sciences (Toronto), was developed by a team led by Dr. Scott Tanner (University of Toronto, and co-founder and CEO of DVS Sciences).

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Restraunt Opening Heritage Building

‘Eat local’ restaurant to open in renovated Pine Grove School House

Kitchener - Sportsworld Crossing announced that they have signed a lease with Borealis Grille and Bar to open an ‘eat local’ restaurant in the 120 year old Pine Grove School House on King Street East in Kitchener.



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