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21 Canadas Recycle My Cell School Challenge Kicks Off Oct. 21 Posted by Cliff Boodoosingh on October 2, 2013 Leave a Comment Recycle My Cell, a program tailored for environment-friendly disposal of mobile devices and accessories, opened up registrations for its national school challenge. The fourth annual Recycle My Cell Student Challenge calls on all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 as well as post-secondary institutions across Canada to collect old wireless devices, including feature phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, pagers, accessories and mobile phone batteries for a chance to win prize money for their school to be used towards environmental initiatives. Recycle My Cell, the national sponsor of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, will run the student competition from October 21 to November 22, 2013. The goal is always to reduce the amount of e-waste that goes into Canadian landfills, and to promote cell phone recycling. The school in each province and territory that collects the most cell phones (based on school population) will be awarded $500 to be used towards a school environmental project. In 2012, more than 4,000 cell phones and more than 270 kilograms of wireless accessories and batteries were collected through the Challenge. Waste Reduction Week in Canada is about building awareness around consumer behaviour, sustainable consumption, and waste reduction, said Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario. With more than 27 million Canadians acquiring a new cell phone every two-and-a-half years, this program provides an important call to action that ensures every device is reused or properly recycled, she adds. Recycle My Cell Partners include: Bell, BlackBerry, Eastlink, GEEP Inc., GREENTEC, LG Electronics Canada, Inc., Lynx Mobility, Motorola Mobility, MTS, Nokia, Rogers Communications, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., SaskTel, Sims Recycling Solutions, Sony Mobile Communications, TBayTel, TELUS, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile Canada.

Canada Stocks Fluctuate as Gold Shares Gain Amid U.S. Shutdown

Economic Growth A partial shutdown lasting one week would probably shave 0.1 percentage point from economic growth, according to the median estimate of economists, with the costs accelerating if the closing persists. A private U.S. payrolls report said employment rose a less-than-forecast 166,000 in September, following a revised 159,000 gain in August that was also smaller than estimated, ADP Research Institute said. BlackBerry was unchanged at C$8.19 after an earlier loss of as much as 5.4 percent. Dow Jones reported that Cerberus Capital Management LP and another investor have expressed interest in the company. Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., the largest shareholder of BlackBerry, (BB) announced Sept. 23 it was leading a group of investors planning a buyout of the money-losing smartphone maker. Restructuring Costs BlackBerry tumbled earlier today after saying it will record costs of about $400 million, four times the amount it originally projected, as it reduces staff by 40 percent and sells off equipment and real estate. Barrick Gold Corp. climbed 2.4 percent to C$19.04 and Semafo increased 7.1 percent to C$2.41 as gold rebounded from an eight-week low. Gold futures for December delivery rose 2.3 percent to $1,315.80 an ounce in New York, snapping two days of losses. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. declined 1.4 percent to C$32.36 and Suncor Energy Inc. slipped 1.2 percent to C$36.72 as energy stocks dropped 0.5 percent as a group.