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Wednesday March 10, 2010

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Ted Talks

Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns

Fifty percent of traffic accidents happen at intersections. Gary Lauder shares a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of "Stop" and "Yield" -- and asks drivers to be polite.

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Digital Gaming

Ontario Technology Corridor at GDC 2010 in San Francisco to attract new/expanding gaming companies

San Francisco - Executives from the Ontario Technology Corridor are attending the Game Developers Conference (GDC 2010) in San Francisco to show digital entertainment companies that Ontario is the best place in North America to expand or relocate their businesses. The Canadian province offers a deep talent pool, strong and stable economy, and targeted incentives.

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Buying Power

Loonie could fly above par with U.S. dollar this summer

Interest rate hike expectations, investor demand for Canada are driving dollar higher

TORONTO - Multiple forces are at play that could push the Canadian dollar past parity with the U.S. greenback this summer, according to a new report from CIBC World Markets Inc.

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R&D

Ottawa researcher awarded $1.4M to lead international team developing gene therapy for retinal blindness

Ottawa - Leading vision researchers from Canada and the U.S. are embarking on a five-year, $1.4M collaborative project to develop a new gene therapy to prevent blindness due to retinal diseases. Canada’s largest private charity for vision research, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, is partnering with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to fund the program.

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Global News

G20 Governments Containing Protectionism

World Trade Organization - “The G20 rich and emerging countries have been broadly successful in holding protectionist pressures in check in recent months but must remain vigilant, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said in a report on Monday.

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Philanthropy

COLDWELL BANKER PETER BENNINGER REALTY FUNDRAISING GALA NETS OVER $100,000 FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Kitchener/Waterloo – On February 26th, 2010, Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty celebrated their 25th Anniversary by holding a spectacular Fundraising Gala benefitting Habitat for Humanity that will change the life of a local family, turning their dream of home ownership into a reality.

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Recognition

Local Community Foundations Win Excellence in Communications Award Three Years Running

Waterloo — The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation along with the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation have been named silver award winners for excellence in communications by the 2010 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program.

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Religion Research

Divine intervention? New research looks at beliefs about God's influence in everyday life
By April Kemick

TORONTO - Most Americans believe God is concerned with their personal well-being and is directly involved in their personal affairs, according to new research out of the University of Toronto.

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Education

University of Waterloo holds March break open house for high school students, parents

WATERLOO - The University of Waterloo will open its doors to high school students, as well as their parents and friends, at the annual March break open house next week.

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Technology

Queen's hosts Canada’s first virtual law conference

Queen’s University Faculty of Law will host Canada’s first virtual law conference on March 18.

Kingston - Roughly 20 academics from Canada, the U.S. and around the world will gather at the Queen’s Faculty of Education Island in the virtual world of Second Life to discuss the relationship between law and technology.

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Financial

Co-operators Financial Services Limited completes offering of $150 million of 5.778% Senior Unsecured Debentures due 2020

GUELPH - Co-operators Financial Services Limited (CFSL) announced today that it has completed an offering of $150 million aggregate principal amount 5.778% Senior Unsecured Debentures due 2020 by way of a private placement, pursuant to certain exemptions from the prospectus requirements of applicable securities laws of the provinces of Canada.

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Tax

CRA: Interest Rates for the Second Calendar Quarter

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced the prescribed annual interest rates that will apply to amounts owed to the CRA and to amounts the CRA owes to individuals and corporations.

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