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Virtual reality Laurentian University?s Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corp. (MIRARCO) and Materials and Manufacturing Ontario will be hosting a Virtual Reality workshop.
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Virtual reality
Laurentian University?s Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corp. (MIRARCO) and Materials and Manufacturing Ontario will be hosting a Virtual Reality workshop.

The workshop will introduce researchers, manufacturers and business people to new technology that can be accessed to improve procedures.

This new technology offers faster and more effective learning. It can also help avoid expensive prototypes and costly mistakes by producing an on-screen simulation of a product or situation.

The workshop will begin at 9 am on Thursday, May 9 with the presentation of keynote speaker Warren Holmes, former president and CEO of Falconbridge Ltd., and current chair of MIRARCO at 10 am.

Other events include presentations by Niagara College?s Centre for Advanced Visualization Design Institute and Algonquin College?s presentation on ?Hapto Visual Acoustic Applications.?

The workshop is set to run from 9 am to 4 pm.
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Hospital review continues
The Sudbury Regional Hospital steering committee met last week in Sudbury to oversee the operational review of the Sudbury Regional Hospital.

?The consultants presented us with some updated information based on their ongoing analysis of the hospital?s operations,? said Jean-Paul Aube, chair of the operational review steering committee.

Along with operations information the hospital also received information on the hospital?s capital project. In late April the committee drew up new plans of analysis, which involve departmental reviews as well as front-line staff and physician reviews.
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Arenas will get boost
Residents of Sudbury will soon see improvements to 16 community arenas. As part of the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program, the city will receive $1.2 million towards upgrading the facilities in Sudbury. Upgrades include installation of safety equipment that will address health concerns.

Upgrades will also be made to fire alarm equipment, player benches and penalty boxes. With these renovations, this will ensure that Sudbury arenas are up to the standards of the Ontario Hockey Federation and the Canadian Standards Association. Construction is set to be complete by October 2002.
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Business Excellence Awards
The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is set to host its 5th annual Business Excellence Awards. The chamber of commerce will recognize 10 entrepreneurs and businesses in categories ranging from the Bell Canada Start-Up Award to the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Other categories include Service Excellence Award as well as the New Venture Award.

The awards are set to take place on Wednesday, May 8 at the Palladium Dining Room in the Ramada Inn in the City Centre. The ceremony is set to begin at 8:30. For tickets, phone the chamber at 673-7133.
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