Thursday November 15, 2018


Eating Habits

Farmers pay a high price for the convenience of consumers

The further food moves from the farm, the more the profit is diluted. Unless farmers can sell directly to consumers, they'll fall back - By Sylvain Charlebois

Canadians are spending more on food prepared and often consumed outside the home, but our pursuit of convenience may be costing farmers. According to some surveys, about 35 per cent of the average Canadian's food budget is spent on food prepared outside the home. This is nowhere near what Americans spend on out-of-household food, which is now estimated at 55 per cent. But some studies suggest that by 2030, Canadians will spend as much on food prepared outside the home as they spend in grocery stores.

Asset Devaluation

Carbon emissions will start to dictate stock prices

Companies that fail to curb their carbon output may eventually face the consequences of asset devaluation and stock price depreciation, according to a new study out of the University of Waterloo. The researchers further determined that the failure of companies within the emission-intensive sector to take carbon reduction actions could start negatively impacting the general stock market in as little as 10 years’ time.


Raw sewage, toxic runoff plague Ontario’s lakes and rivers

Continuing loss of natural areas that filter pollution compounds the problem

The Ontario government continues to allow raw sewage to overflow into Ontario lakes and rivers at an alarming rate, says a new report by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Back to Basics, Saxe’s 2018 Environmental Protection Report, outlines how Ontario’s waters are being poisoned by raw sewage and harmful runoff laden with fertilizer and road salt.


Waterloo Region terminates current RFP process for transit hub

Alternative approaches such as restarting the procurement process or dividing up the transit hub phases through more conventional methods are being considered.

Council has decided to terminate the current request for proposal process with King Victoria Transit Hub Partners Inc. who were bidding to build the transit hub at King and Victoria Streets in Kitchener.

Great Event

Perfect Pitch Event raises $13,000+ for Local Charities

NFP pitch event first of it's kind in Waterloo Region

It’s not just tech companies that need to know how to pitch with power and style. Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region (SVPWR) is proud to announce that Reep Green Solutions (above with coaches) is the recipient of the $8,000 Judges’ Choice Award at the first Perfect Pit ch event held on November 13, 2018. Reep Green Solutions was one of six charities selected to participate in SVPWR’s Perfect Pitch communications workshops earlier this year, and brought their winning pitch to a sold out theater at the Centre For Intern ational Governance Innovation (CIGI) on Tuesday.


Tiff Macklem on the urgent need for Canada to diversify its trade

With the difficult renegotiation of the trade agreement with Canada’s largest trading partner now resolved, it’s time for Canada to get serious about trade diversification. The experience of renegotiating NAFTA – or USMCA as it is now called – has highlighted Canada’s vulnerability to one dominant trading partner that buys roughly 75 per cent of our exports. As a country, we should not be in this position. We need to diversify our trade beyond the United States and increase our links to rapidly growing emerging market economies, particularly in Asia, despite the “anti-China” clause in the USMCA.

Disaster Recovery

Cut off date set for Information supporting claims to the Disaster Recovery Assistance For Ontario (DRAO) Program

Ministry outlines criteria for eligible and ineligible expenses under the DRAO program , with an end date of December 31, 2018.

On Wednesday, November 14 th , the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) advised Township staff that the Ministry will continue to collect infor mation, regarding eligible damage that private properties may have incurred during the flooding experienced in New Hamburg in February, 2018.


Employers and Pension Plans — Meet GST/HST Obligations

Many employers must meet extensive obligations under the GST/HST and QST pension plan rules by December 31, 2018. Employers that offer registered pension plans to their employees, and that have monthly GST/HST and QST reporting periods with a December 31 year-end, are required to remit amounts of GST/HST (and, if applicable, QST) related to these pension plans by January 31, 2019.

Climate Change

World's insurers join together in pilot UNEP FI taskforce to assess intensifying climate change impacts

To better protect communities and economies, and aligned with its core value of being socially responsible the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) pilot was developed. The pilot brings together 16 of the world's largest insurers to better understand the impacts of climate change on their business - integral for the insurance industry in their role as risk managers.

Urban Design

New Study Explores Urbanization, Climate Change, Adaptation

Urban design solutions meant to keep cities cool – such as street trees and cooling evaporative roofs – can mitigate daytime urban warming, but they do little to stop temperatures from rising at night, a new study has found. Published in Nature Climate Change on Nov. 10 and led by U of G’s Prof. Scott Krayenhoff, the study looked at the dynamic interaction of climate change, urban expansion and adaptation strategies in cities across the United States.

Childs Health

Being large for gestational age at birth combined with diabetes in the mother is associated with a near-trebling of a child's risk of obesity

Study also finds breastfeeding associated with reduced risk of obesity in most children

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that children who are larger than average at birth (large for gestational age or LGA) and born to mothers with gestational diabetes are almost three times as likely to be obese as children born a normal size to diabetes-free mothers. The study is by Dr Padma Kaul (Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada) and co-authors.


Half of Canadian Tech Leaders Don't Want Staff to Shop Online at Work, but 43 Per Cent of Employees Plan on "Workshopping" this Holiday Season

Security risks top concern for tech leaders; Over one-quarter of employees plan on "workshopping" a few times per week

"Workshoppers" — employees who shop online from the office using corporate devices — are common in the office, new research shows. According to a recent survey more than two in five professionals in Canada said they plan to shop online from work this holiday season.


Community Involvement Needed in Cultural Tourism’s Digital Transformation, says UNWTO Seminar

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology and 40th Affiliate Members Plenary Session concluded with a renewed call for community participation in development of cultural tourism using cutting-edge technologies (12-14 November 2018, Hamedan, Islamic Republic of Iran).


Laurier student’s recycling solution for people with vision loss takes first place at social entrepreneur competition

Wilfrid Laurier University student Hillary Scanlon (center), who is legally blind, won first place at the MEDAx conference pitch competition in Indianapolis, Indiana Nov. 10 for her floor-tile product that helps make recycling accessible to those with vision loss. The competition awards $5,000 to an early-stage social entrepreneur or community innovator whose business aligns with MEDA’s values of sustainability, scalability, innovation and empowerment. When Scanlon found she could not differentiate between garbage and recycling receptacles on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, she took steps to make sustainability inclusive for all students by developing thin, rubber floor tiles that lay in front of garbage, recycling and compost receptacles. The surface of the signs, different from the rest of the flooring in the area, makes them detectable by cane, foot or sight, alerting passersby that they are near a disposal unit. Scanlon created the tiles and her business, Sustainability Through an Inclusive Lens (STIL), through the Faculty of Arts’ Social Entrepreneurship Option.


Moderate Growth in Underlying Top 100 R&D Spending; Bombardier Skews Results

R&D spending by Canada?s Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders in Fiscal 2017 rose by only 0.7% to $12.47 billion, according to Research Infosource Inc., which today released its annual ranking. However, without heavyweight Bombardier Inc.?s R&D spending included, combined Top 100 R&D spending rose by 4.3%.

Mere Civility

Is civility a sham?

Teresa Bejan writes about political theory, bringing historical perspectives to bear on contemporary questions.

What exactly is civility, and what does it require? In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility has been used as both the foundation of tolerant societies and as a way for political partisans to silence and dismiss opposing views. Bejan suggests that we should instead try for "mere civility": the virtue of being able to disagree fundamentally with others without destroying the possibility of a common life tomorrow. (This talk contains mature language.)



Campaign to end chronic homelessness set to launch on National Housing Day

A campaign led by two community groups set to launch this week could make Waterloo Region one of the first communities in Canada to end chronic homelessness. The ALL IN 2020 campaign to find homes for people who have been homeless the longest and have the most complex needs is a joint partnership between Wellbeing Waterloo Region and the Homelessness Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG).


Conestoga celebrates Fall Convocation 2018

Two major awards will be presented at the evening ceremony.

More than 2,000 new graduates will be recognized at Conestoga’s three Fall 2018 convocation ceremonies to be held on Thursday, November 15 at Bingeman’s Conference Centre in Kitchener. Ceremonies will begin at 10:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Tourism Toronto Announces Executive Appointments

Tourism Toronto announced new executive appointments today, aligned with the organization's strategic priorities. Andrew Weir has been named to the new position of Executive Vice President, Destination Development, and Jon Mamela will join Tourism Toronto as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Both appointments take effect on January 1, 2019.


GRCA to begin forest restoration project near Guelph Lake

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is undertaking a forest restoration project on its property near Victoria Road southwest of Guelph Lake starting in December, 2018.

The public is invited to attend an information session about the project on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Oak Room at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 115 Victoria Road North, in Guelph. The information session will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation by GRCA Watershed Forester Ron Wu-Winter. The presentation will cover the importance of forest restoration and plantation management, as well as an overview of the work taking place on this GRCA property over the next couple of winters, and its impact on local recreational trails.


November 22, 2018

St. Mary’s Annual Community Update

Presented by St. Mary’s General Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation

Please join this one hour informative session to: •Obtain recent updates on research initiatives and physician recruitment •Understand the vision to expand the services of St. Mary’s Cardiac Care Centre •Learn how St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation model has transformed through community partnerships •Hear about TAVI, a newly available cardiac surgical procedure at St. Mary’s. read more ...

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