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Monday November 23, 2009

Ted Talks

Tom Wujec demos the 13th-century astrolabe

Rather than demo another new technology, Tom Wujec reaches back to one of our earliest but most ingenious devices -- the astrolabe. With thousands of uses, from telling time to mapping the night sky, this old tech reminds us that the ancient can be as brilliant as the brand-new.

Knowledge Innovation

Ignite! Waterloo captures the best of geek culture

Waterloo Region - Imagine that you’re on stage in front of hundreds of people, doing a five-minute presentation, using a slide deck that auto-forwards every 15 seconds – whether you’re ready or not. What would you do? What would you say? Could you stand the pressure?

Pension Woes

RBC Dexia poll shows Canadian pension plan sponsors rate the future as poor to average

TORONTO - RBC Dexia Investor Services said today that 89 per cent of defined benefit plan sponsors believe that Canada's pension system is either poorly positioned or average when it comes to Canada's future pension prospects. This is according to a survey conducted by RBC Dexia to gauge the opinions of Canada's defined benefit pension plan sponsors on key issues in the pension industry.

Health Care

Waterloo's new specialist will improve delivery of health care for seniors

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo and funding partners will announce next week an innovative approach involving the appointment of a leading medical specialist that provides better geriatric care for seniors in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

Prosperity Agenda

This is the time to build on Ontario's strengths and stay on track as we navigate through the recovery to achieve our future prosperity potential

The Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress urges the Ontario government and all Ontarians to remain focused on our long-term Prosperity Agenda as we navigate through current challenges toward recovery

TORONTO - While the impact of the recent recession has been devastating, the Task Force, like all Ontarians, is hopeful that the worst is behind us and that Ontario is on the road to recovery.


Quality of employment in the Canadian immigrant labour market

Statscan - In 2008, there were key differences in many indicators of quality of employment between immigrants and non-immigrants.


Insolvency Statistics in Canada — September 2009

Canada - The total number of insolvencies (bankruptcies and proposals) in Canada increased by 28.4 percent in September 2009 from the previous month. Bankruptcies increased 29.1 percent whereas proposals increased 26.6 percent.

Imternational Development

Students to Attend UN Climate Conference

Guelph - Two University of Guelph students have been chosen to represent Canadian youth at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Retail - CDN

Retail sales in current dollars rose 1.0% in September to $34.9 billion

Statscan - This was the seventh increase in nine months. The increases were widespread with six of eight sectors showing gains. In volume terms, retail sales increased 1.2% in September.

Retail - US

"Black Friday" deals may not signal retail comeback
By Jessica Wohl

CHICAGO (Reuters) - When the U.S. holiday shopping season kicks off on the day after Thanksgiving, retailers can expect to see millions of less frightened, but even more bargain-hungry customers cross their thresholds.

Global Economy


While countries around the world are recovering from the crisis, there are growing doubts that the reforms and restructuring needed to balance the global economy are being fully implemented

Despite concerns about its capacity to rebound from the crisis because of its perceived dependence on exports, the Chinese economy is expected to exceed its 8% growth target for this year

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – As countries around the world recover from the crisis, unanswered questions about the necessary restructuring of the global economy require urgent attention, four leaders from business, academia and civil society said on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda.


Polanyi prizes awarded to McMaster researchers

Hamilton — McMaster University has captured three of five Polanyi awards given to young university researchers in Ontario.


Queen’s Chemistry prof receives Polanyi Prize

Kingston - A Queen’s University researcher whose discoveries are revolutionizing the production of motor oil will receive the prestigious John Charles Polanyi Prize for 2009.

Applied Research

Conestoga to Participate in November 27 Polytechnic Showcase

Markham - Polytechnics Canada will present on Friday, November 27 its fourth annual showcase and conference devoted to applied research projects and capabilities involving its nine member institutions. The event is in Markham and will have a strong local aspect, as Conestoga College, Cambridge MP Gary Goodyear and COM DEV International CEO John Keating will all be involved.


University of Ottawa receives more than $15 million in research funding

OTTAWA — The University of Ottawa received more than $15 million in research funding as part of the Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure program.


Ontario Government Celebrates Research Excellence In Ontario

Toronto - Five Ontario university researchers will be awarded the 2009 Polanyi Prize, recognizing their outstanding contributions in the areas of chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature, physics and economics.

Worlds Infrastructure


The second Summit of the Global Agenda closed yesterday with participants putting forward a host of ideas for redesigning the global system

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The World Economic Forum’s second Summit on the Global Agenda ended November 22, 2009, with over 700 experts and thought leaders from business, academia, civil society and government putting forward their ideas.

Air Honour

WestJet named Canadian airline of the year

Airline receives prestigious awards at annual Mazatlan tourism trade show

CALGARY - WestJet announced that it has been named Canadian airline of the year by the tourism industry of Mazatlan, Mexico.


Ontario Power Generation reports 2009 third quarter financial results

TORONTO - Ontario Power Generation Inc. ("OPG" or the "Company") today reported its financial and operating results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2009. Net income for the third quarter of 2009 was $259 million compared to a net loss of $142 million in the third quarter of 2008.

Public Transit

Bus rapid transit opens, improving access to York University

TORONTO - Greater Toronto Area residents, and specifically York University students and commuters, now have a faster and more efficient transit option, thanks to the new York University busway. A ceremony today celebrated the completion of construction and kicked off the official start of rapid transit service from Downsview Station to York University.

Climate Change


The world has reached a point of no return in the fight against climate change, Business, government and civil society leaders call for funding and partnerships to support local projects

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The world has reached a tipping point in the fight against climate change yet leaders are optimistic that incremental victories will ensure the battle is ultimately won. Countries, internal states and companies are increasingly implementing low-carbon initiatives with measurable impact as talks to agree on a global climate framework in Copenhagen continue.

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