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Published Tuesday September 19, 2017
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Health

How digital DNA could help you make better health choices

What if you could know exactly how food or medication would impact your health -- before you put it in your body? Genomics researcher Jun Wang is working to develop digital doppelgangers for real people; they start with genetic code, but they'll also factor in other kinds of data as well, from food intake to sleep to data collected by a "smart toilet." With all of this valuable information, Wang hopes to create an engine that will change the way we think about health, both on an individual level and as a collective.

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Technology

Innovative sensor system for the International Space Station will keep astronauts safe

Ontario-based company awarded $11.9-million contract to design space vision system

Canadians working in the space sector will benefit from new jobs and business opportunities as a result of an $11.9-million contract awarded to Neptec Design Group, an Ottawa-based company specializing in the development of intelligent spaceflight sensors and equipment.

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New Research Chair

New research chair in quantum error correction demonstrates continued leadership by IQC and Waterloo in the pursuit of a quantum computer and in the development of other quantum technologies.

The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, has launched a new $8-million research chair to further solidify Waterloo’s leadership in quantum information research.

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Entrepreneurship

Female entrepreneurship continues an upward trend in Canada

Latest research shows that women’s entrepreneurial activity is up 10%, closing the gender gap by 5% since 2014, and more women in Canada are now optimistic about the prospects of starting a business.

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LRT - ION

Event relocation, new traffic patterns are long-term threats

In recent days, the local news media have been full of reports concerning the challenges faced by the merchants of Uptown Waterloo. Local businesspeople are concerned about loss of trade caused by the extended Light Rail Transit construction, as well as the new, streetscape project.

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Appointment

Global Health Expert Janice Kopinak appointed to Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announce the appointment of Janice Kopinak to its Board of Directors. Ms. Kopinak is a sought - after global health expert from Guelph who has worked with Global Affairs Canada, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program, the Canad ian Red Cross, and many others.

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Economy

Boost in Canadian economy is unsustainable

Concerns in the manufacturing and housing sectors forecast long-term problems for the suddenly surging Canadian economy - Quarterly economic report by Philip Cross

The sudden upturn in Canada’s economic fortunes is masking major problems that will drag down growth in the future, writes Philip Cross in his latest quarterly economic update for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

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Aquisition

OpenText Buys Guidance Software

OpenText announced that it has completed the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Guidance Software, the makers of EnCase, the gold standard in forensic security, that includes digital discovery solutions and endpoint information security.

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Agriculture

Jobs Aplenty for Agri-food Grads, Report Finds

It’s a good time to be entering Ontario’s agriculture and food industry because there are jobs galore. In fact, there are currently four jobs for every graduate of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), according to a new report.

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Addiction

Vaping doubles risk of smoking cigarettes for teens

Teenagers who try e-cigarettes double their risk for smoking tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. The study — from the University of Waterloo and the Wake Forest School of Medicine — found that students in grades seven to 12 who had tried an e-cigarette are 2.16 times more likely to be susceptible to cigarette smoking.

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Ethics

What really motivates people to be honest in business

Each year, one in seven large corporations commits fraud. Why? To find out, Alexander Wagner takes us inside the economics, ethics and psychology of doing the right thing. Join him for an introspective journey down the slippery slopes of deception as he helps us understand why people behave the way they do.

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R&D

Laurier’s Northern Research

Wilfrid Laurier University researchers have worked for decades in Canada’s North, with a particular focus on the Northwest Territories (NWT). Ranging from scientists examining the hydrological and ecological impacts of permafrost thaw to researchers focusing on food sustainability, the critical mass of northern-focused research at Laurier has influenced development of evidence-based environmental policy that has translated into practical applications to support ecological integrity and human health.

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Cash infusion

Guelph-based firm RWDI expands and innovates

$4.5 million Government of Canada contribution helps Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. grow and compete

Last Friday, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, announced that internationally-recognized building performance, climate and environmental engineering consulting firm Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. (RWDI)is receiving a repayable contribution of up to $4.5 million, through the Investing in Business Growth and Productivity initiative.

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inclusion

New Program Helps Ontario Business Connect with the Right Talent

The Discover Ability Network will showcase the business advantages of employing persons with disabilities

Last week the Discover Ability Network partners launched a new program and online portal that will connect persons with disabilities seeking employment directly with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements.

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Growth

Ontario Supporting Food Processing Sector in Waterloo Region

Province Partnering with Conestoga Meat Packers to Create 170 New Jobs at Breslau Facility

Ontario is partnering with Conestoga Meat Packers to help boost productivity and expand its pork processing capacity by 86 per cent, creating 170 new jobs at its Breslau facility. Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, made the announcement last Friday.

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Trade

NAFTA negotiations: Canada has it backwards on worker choice

Worker choice laws encourage unions to be more accountable to their members, and contribute to a stronger economy and labour market - By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre

The North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations have put the spotlight on a number of critical issues, including Canada's wrong-headed insistence that the U.S. limit workers' rights to choose to financially support labour unions.

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Sustainable Globe

Through Global Deal, Social Dialogue a Means to Achieving the SDGs

The Global Deal encourages governments, businesses and unions make commitments to enhance social dialogue; it contributes to the success of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; New forms of social dialogue and protection are needed to adapt to growing digitalization

A year after launching the Global Deal, the Prime Minister of Sweden said at the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit that the international initiative for social dialogue and better conditions in the labour market is successfully contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Manufacturing

The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing

We've heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and Vietnam -- and that protectionism is the best way forward. But those jobs haven't disappeared for the reasons you may think, says border and logistics specialist Augie Picado. He gives us a reality check about what global trade really looks like and how shared production and open borders help us make higher quality products at lower costs.

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SDG's via Emerging Tech

With Stakeholder Collaboration, Fourth Industrial Revolution Will Drive Greater Equality

New technologies, if applied appropriately, could be the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; There is a risk of a divide between those with access to cutting-edge technologies and those without it

Powerful emerging technologies could be the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – or they could lead to worsening inequality, business, government and civil society leaders warned in a session on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The session was part of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit, which opened September 18.

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SDG's

Public-Private Cooperation Will Speed Progress towards Sustainable Development Goals

The World Economic Forum’s inaugural Sustainable Development Impact Summit opens in New York; Business, government and civil society must work together to ramp up action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Public-private cooperation needs to be stepped up to accelerate action required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, government and business leaders agreed in the opening session of the World Economic Forum’s inaugural Sustainable Development Impact Summit. “There is no time to waste on this journey,” Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, told participants. “Goals matter. If we are to succeed, we also need business, academia, civil society and trade unions. There will be no progress without public-private cooperation. This is a business case. This will boost our innovation capacity. Innovations are crucial for the transition to a new sustainable society.”




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MONITOR

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Physics

The fascinating physics of everyday life

Physics doesn't just happen in a fancy lab -- it happens when you push a piece of buttered toast off the table or drop a couple of raisins in a fizzy drink or watch a coffee spill dry. Become a more interesting dinner guest as physicist Helen Czerski presents various concepts in physics you can become familiar with using everyday things found in your kitchen.

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Food Delivery

Driverless pizza delivery, at - or near - your doorstep

Driverless home deliveries can't come soon enough for the food service industry. Simplified delivery is a key expansion strategy - By Sylvain Charlebois

Ann Arbor, Mich., residents will soon have food delivered to their doors by driverless cars as part of an intriguing socio-economic experiment.

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Education

Thames Valley District School Board Launches Development Project Using Instructional Guidance System (IGS) Technology Built in Ontario

Southwestern Ontario’s largest school board partners with Ontario-based Knowledgehook to support math teachers in closing student gaps

Two-time award-winning EdTech company, Knowledgehook, is expanding its development project as it announced its new partnership with the Thames Valley District School Board, the fifth-largest school board in the province through the AdvancingEducation Program delivered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

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Official Launch

New Resilience Project Helps Children, Youth and Families ‘Bounce Forward’

At a 6X6 speakers’ event at the Family Centre on September 20, Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region will officially launch ‘The Resilience Project’ to boost Waterloo Region’s capacity to enhance resilience in our children, families, and community.

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Demographics

Global Burden of Disease study provides latest estimates for worldwide causes of death, disease and illness

Poor diet is associated with 1 in 5 deaths, and tobacco caused 7.1 million deaths; In 2016, 1.1 billion people were living with mental health and substance use disorders, and major depressive disorders ranked in the top 10 causes of ill health in all but 4 countries worldwide; Non-communicable diseases caused 72% of all deaths worldwide, with ischaemic heart disease the leading cause of premature mortality in most regions; Deaths from firearms, conflict and terrorism have increased globally; Several exemplar countries – including Ethiopia, the Maldives, Nepal, Niger, Portugal and Peru – had higher life expectancies than would be expected based on their levels of development alone

Last week, the Global Burden of Disease study (GBD) publishes its latest global estimates for the state of the world’s health in The Lancet. The GBD is the only annual, comprehensive, peer-reviewed assessment of global trends in health, providing global and national estimates on more than 330 diseases, causes of death, and injuries in 195 countries and territories worldwide.

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Leadership

Workers Give the Boss High Marks

Survey: Most Canadian Professionals Confident in Company Leaders' Stewardship

Workers in a recent survey cast a vote of confidence for executives leading their firms. Approximately three-quarters of Canadian professionals polled feel at least somewhat confident in the ability of senior management to provide sound financial stewardship and grow the business. Similar numbers of respondents believe their organization's executives drive innovation, support staff members' growth and manage change effectively.

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Transformation

Why Future Favors Smart Nations?

by Naseem Javed

Beyond 2020 a typical $1000 dollar investment in technology will eliminate a $100,000 yearly executive job forever. It’s not the technology to fear; it’s the lack of understanding of the executive mandates not being aware of the pending technocalamity and transformational options.

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Transaction Ease

Canadians are Keen To Support Local Small Business

Will pay more for goods and services in return for convenient payment options and online engagement

From their favourite local coffee shop, to the always reliable neighbourhood handyman, Canadians are passionate about small and local businesses. In fact, according to the 2017 RBC Small Business poll*, 88 per cent of Canadians will choose to support a local business when possible, and 57 per cent say they would pay more for a product or service that is offered by a local business. In addition, today’s consumer is demanding more payment choice and opportunities to engage online and through social media.




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EVENTS

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September 19, 2017

KW Counselling Services, SPECTRUM, and Hospice of Waterloo Region are partnering to present a conference for service providers working with older adults who identify as LGBTQ+.

Aging with Pride 2.0 is a one-day conference that will take place on September 19, 2017. The organizers hope that the 50 participants will come away with insight into the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ seniors, a checklist for making accessible spaces, and practical information from multiple training sessions on a range of related topics.

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September 20, 2017

Proposed Tax Changes and Family Business - Feedback Session

Are you concerned about the Government’s proposed changes to the taxation of private corporations which include family businesses?

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September 24, 2017

Grab your running shoes – your local land trust needs your help to Turn the Map Green one step at a time

Now in its eighth year, the annual Walk & Run for rare is a grassroots community fundraiser for rare Charitable Research Reserve, a land trust and environmental institute which owns and stewards 900+ acres of conservation lands with hiking trails located at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

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September 25, 2017

Impact Investing 101: What's In It For Me?

Impact Investing is having a moment. Earlier this year the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada launched a social impact bond to prevent hypertension, and increasingly we are hearing about Community Foundations across the country investing their community funding with a focus on social and financial return. While this all sounds good - what does it actually mean? How does Impact Investing work?

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September 29, 2017

Succession planning is a critical factor for family businesses and for their employees.

On September 29th, Waterloo Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Centre for Family Business, is hosting a complimentary Creating a Sustainable Saleable Business session.

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October 6, 2017

Save the Date - Manufacturing Day 2017

Across Waterloo Region, Wellington County & Dufferin Coutnty. We are once again celebrating Manufacturing Day by coordinating the events and tours that take place locally on October 6th.

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Vote for Your Oktoberfest Beer

Craft Beers at Bingemans Oktoberfest

Online craft beer contest launches Bingemans’ 49th annual Bavarian celebration!

Kitchener — Summer may be just beginning, but planning is well underway for the most exciting Oktoberfest festhalle experience in Waterloo Region. With the launch of a brand new Oktoberfest website and a call out to have the people choose the beer that will be poured, Bingemans is putting together its most exciting Oktoberfest program in the 49 years it has been celebrating Bavarian culture in Waterloo Region.

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Ontario Food Festivals

Top 12 Food and Food Themed Summer Festivals

Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights

Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is thrilled to announce this year’s mouth-watering top 100 festivals that will delight your taste buds! Tickle your taste buds at any one of the delicious award-wining festivals and events this year!






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