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KWCF’s New Impact Amplifier Tool Changes the Way We See Giving
Imagine being able to see in seconds the number of families in need you can feed, or the educational, environmental and support programs you can fund in your community? That’s the idea behind an innovative Impact Amplifier tool being launched today by Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF). “The goal of the Impact Amplifier is to give community members an immediate, specific — and real-world view of how establishing a fund with KWCF impacts local issues and organizations in Waterloo Region,” says Elizabeth Heald (photo), President & CEO, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. “With this tool, you can link your giving to what matters to you, and do it all from the comfort of your own home.” The Impact Amplifier allows you to select from six key areas of focus. These are related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and are linked to six local charitable organizations: The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, Grand River Conservation Foundation (GRCF), Reception House, Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASCWR), Strong Start, and Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW).
On the heels of a recent warning from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that climate change will force millions around the world to relocate away from coastal areas, a new study co-authored by a University of Waterloo researcher offers the first clear tool to predict where these climate migrants could move to, and how this will affect communities. The report is a collaboration between professor Juan Moreno-Cruz, Canada Research Chair in Energy Transitions at the Faculty of Environment, and coauthors Caleb Robinson and Bistra Dilkina, at the University of Southern California. It assesses the broader impacts of climate change on communities displaced by rising sea levels and those receiving an influx of migrants. Their framework is the first to aggregate patterns that could help prepare policy responses by local communities and governments.
Waterloo Region – Region of Waterloo staff, with the assistance of Dr. Jennifer Dean, from the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo were successful in winning the Canadian Institutes for Health grant ‘Implementing Healthy Urban Policy Planning’. This planning grant is a pilot program designed to bring researchers and city decision-makers together to collaborate, design, implement and evaluate healthy cities programs related to active transportation and design of public spaces. The $65,000 grant will cover all costs for the Waterloo Region delegation attending the five-day immersive workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark hosted by 8 80 Cities April 19-23, 2020. An organization that strives to improve the quality of life for people in cities by bringing citizens together to enhance mobility and public space and to create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities.
Regional Council approved the 2020 budget that will help provide citizens the services and infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of our community. Council decided to enhance public transit, paramedic services and seniors’ care in this year’s budget. “This reflects what we’re focusing on based on our community’s priorities,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair. “Services that promote climate action, as well as healthy, safe and inclusive communities, ensure a high quality of life for the people of Waterloo Region.” Major investments in 2020 include enhanced paramedic services and increased transit services as outlined in our long term business plans. This includes the addition of two 12 hour ambulances and 10 paramedics. Council has approved 35,000 additional hours of Transit service in 2020. This will improve service frequency in all three cities and will better align with ION service.
Serving on a board of directors is an excellent way for people to give back to their communities while enhancing their leadership skills. Yet for many individuals who hope to serve on a board, it can be difficult to know where to start. With thousands of non-profits across Canada and new responsibilities to learn in a governance position, the process of finding the right board and learning how to fulfill a director role can be daunting. Capacity Canada’s award-nominated MatchBoard Program will support a TD executive’s search to serve on a non-profit board that suits their passions, personalities, and professional skills – all while building their capacity to serve in governance roles. Through coaching by Capacity Canada Executives in Residence, the availability of in-depth research about potential organizations, and diverse learning opportunities, the MatchBoard Program is focused on providing a positive experience and winning fit for both the TD executive and their selected non-profit board.
For over two decades many Ontario homebuyers have benefited from EnerQuality’s advancement of innovative energy efficiency programs. The new decade starts with the launch of a new program, Net Zero Energy Technology Adoption Program (NZETAP) designed to embed emerging energy saving technology into new homes faster. NZETAP is all about overcoming barriers to net zero energy homes technology adoption. Overcoming barriers such as lack of awareness and incomplete product knowledge is key to accelerating the use of net zero oriented building products and technologies into mainstream housing.
One approach to creating the organization’s strategy is to start by defining its purpose. We often hear about vision, mission and values, but less often about purpose. Sometimes it is promoted as a replacement for one of the other key elements; and that may be your bias, but here’s how some strategic planning experts include purpose as one of the four key elements of strategy: • Vision: A clear, concise description of our organization’s future destination.
More effective public spending can play a key role in helping countries make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Supported by UNOPS, the report, “The future of public spending: Why the way we spend is critical to the Sustainable Development Goals”, highlights how less wasteful, more efficient government spending practices can free up resources to address a critical funding gap in achieving the SDGs. At the same time, the strategic procurement of goods and services can promote social and environmental sustainability.
Rapid Dose Therapeutics Corp. announced their newest research partnership program entitled “Rapid Delivery of Therapeutics via Dissolution of Polymeric Films” with McMaster University, located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. This research program, which was successfully awarded a NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grant, will receive a total funding amount of $540,000 over three years, effective January 1, 2020. The research collaboration will be led by the principal investigator, Dr. Alex Adronov (photo) and co-investigator Dr. Harald Stover, both of whom are full professors in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at McMaster University. The project will focus on developing novel biopolymer compositions that can offer enhanced drug delivery performance when formulated in oral dissolvable thin films.
The share of income tax paid by the top 10 per cent of income-earners in Canada is markedly disproportionate to the share of income earned by this group of Canadians, finds a new essay released by the Fraser Institute. “Despite common misperceptions and misleading rhetoric, our top 10 per cent of income-earners pay more than half of Canada’s income taxes—and this group includes people that few would consider wealthy,” said Philip Cross, former chief economic analyst at Statistics Canada, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and author of Should Upper-Income Canadians Pay More Income Tax? In recent years, many governments in Canada—including the federal government (in 2016) and seven of the 10 provinces—have increased the income tax rate for upper-income-earners. Governments have in part justified these tax increases by implying that Canada’s “rich” don’t pay enough tax.
With the global economy back on a more stable footing, the focus of policy-makers is shifting towards creating a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Indeed, for the future of financial markets to be bright, leaders must embrace structural reforms including social and environmental policies, placing sustainability at the core. This long-term perspective is enabled by a more upbeat short-term outlook – global economic growth has improved dramatically in recent months. First, the completion of phase one of the United States-China trade deal has boosted confidence. Second, global central banks are pursuing accommodative policy in a synchronized way. Third, there has been a bottoming out in the trade and industrial outlook.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is going into marketing. It wants you to buy Canadian. The federal government intends to spend $25 million over five years starting this summer to promote Canadian food products and instill pride in what our country can bring to our tables. This is a great idea. But promoting Canadian products may not be quite so simple. The idea is to tell the story of our food sector and highlight the advantages of Canadian-made food products. The initiative also intends to provide transparency so Canadians can understand how our products are made. The focus is to build public trust in our food sector and promote Canada’s brand, if it can be defined. The government is looking for a marketing firm to promote Canadian food products and honour the mandate put forward by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Research from the University of Waterloo reports the first tentative detection of these echoes, caused by a microscopic quantum “fuzz” that surrounds newly formed black holes. Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time, caused by the collision of massive, compact objects in space, such as black holes or neutron stars. “According to Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, nothing can escape from the gravity of a black hole once it has passed a point of no return, known as the event horizon,” explained Niayesh Afshordi, a physics and astronomy professor at Waterloo. “This was scientists’ understanding for a long time until Stephen Hawking used quantum mechanics to predict that quantum particles will slowly leak out of black holes, which we now call Hawking radiation.
Batteries will be a major driver in reducing the carbon footprint of the transport and power sectors through the use of electric vehicles and renewable energy. To help companies and governments, the Global Battery Alliance designed 10 guiding principles for the creation of a sustainable battery chain by 2030. These principles are intended as the first step in a responsible, sustainable battery value chain as set out in the Global Battery Alliance’s “A Vision for a Sustainable Battery Value Chain in 2030”.Implementing commitments will be based on existing standards such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Due Diligence Guidance and economically viable considerations for a circular and low carbon economy.
The World Economic Forum today launches Reskilling Revolution, a multistakeholder initiative aiming to provide better education, new skills and better work to a billion people around the world by 2030. The Reskilling Revolution platform has been designed to prepare the global workforce with the skills needed to future-proof their careers against the expected displacement of millions of jobs and skills instability as a result of technological change. It is also designed to provide businesses and economies with the skilled labour needed to fulfil the millions of new roles that will be created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, shifts in the global economy and industrial transitions towards sustainability. “The best way to foster a more cohesive and inclusive society is to provide everybody with a decent job and income. Here in Davos, we are creating a public-private platform to give one billion people the skills they need in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The scale and urgency of this transformation calls for nothing short of a reskilling revolution,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum.
On Tuesday, the chief executive officers of many of the world’s largest companies expressed support for aligning on a core set of metrics and disclosures in their annual reports on the non-financial aspects of business performance such as greenhouse gas emissions and strategies, diversity, employee health and well-being and other factors that are generally framed as ESG topics. Though business leaders increasingly see the topics of ESG and the SDGs as important to long-term business value creation, lack of comparable ESG reporting in mainstream reports hinders the meaningful benchmarking of sustainable business performance by investors and society. Additionally, this prevents effective communication about a company’s long-term and sustainable value creation.
The Thunderbird School of Global Management released a new report projecting that the world can realize at least $1trillion - $3trillion dollars in market opportunities and $3trillion - $5trillion dollars in broader economic, social and environmental benefits per year by 2030. Thunderbird’s Director-General and Dean, Dr. Sanjeev Khagram authored the new report and shared it at a cross-sectoral gathering hosted by Thunderbird with the Foundation for Climate Restoration in Davos during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.
What do you suppose would happen if Bell were, now entering its 11th year, to stop saying "there is a stigma" to mental illnesses? One obvious result: Editors would not be repeating it. Readers would not be reading it from them. Who knows, educators might even stop teaching it.
A new report released finds that freeing ourselves of passwords will actually make us safer and businesses more efficient. Cybercrime is set to cost the global economy $2.9 million every minute in 2020 and some 80% of these attacks are password-related. Knowledge-based authentication – whether with PINs, passwords, passphrases, or whatever we need to remember – is not only a major headache for users, it is costly to maintain. For larger businesses, it is estimated that nearly 50% of IT help desk costs are allocated to password resets, with average annual spend for companies now at over $1 million for staffing alone. Passwordless authentication does not mean removing all security barriers to our digitalized society. It means harnessing tools such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to save users time and save company money.
“The Region is extremely disappointed that negotiations have broken down. We understand this strike has seriously impacted the lives of our citizens and we are committed to reaching an agreement that will get buses back on the roads as soon as possible,” said Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer, Region of Waterloo. The Region remains available to negotiate a resolution that is fair to employees and regional taxpayers. While no further negotiation dates have been established, the parties remain in close communication.
Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. Wellbeing Advisory Committee approved; Region responds to Provincial changes to Paramedic Services; Staff support for Sunnyside convalescent care; Design concept for Victoria Street Multi Use Trail (MUT) approved. Tenders/contracts approved.
Nominations are in and the judging is complete! Tonight the GVCA will honour someone born in 1979 or later, in one (or more!) of these categories: Craft Award; Safety Award; Onsite Award; Leadership Award; Spirit Award; Customer Service Excellence Award; Outstanding Apprentice Award. Join us for a Gala evening on January 23rd when the winners are announced and we pay tribute to the next generation of construction professionals!
Waterloo Region is home to a large and diverse community of Arab-Canadians, and this community is still growing. The Arab Women of Waterloo Region wants to recognize the different roles Arab women have taken up within Waterloo Region, and acknowledge the tremendous impact they have made on the community as a whole. These awards are open to all Arab women in Waterloo Region, regardless of religion and immigration status.