Laurier research centre leads new international partnership to address equity and accessibility within climate action planning
"We rely on our pharmacists for our flu shots, prescriptions, and important health advice for ourselves and our families. It makes sense to engage them as key partners in delivering more COVID-19 testing," said Premier Ford. "I have to thank Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, and the independent pharmacies who have stepped up in a big way to help expand testing to more people in the province. With everyone pitching in, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of 50,000 tests a day and stopping the spread of COVID-19."
Yesterday's Speech from the Throne underscored the importance of Canada’s small businesses, offering a plan to secure our country’s economic future and prioritizing the health and safety of our citizens. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on communities across Canada and has threatened the future of our innovation ecosystem, with additional pressures felt by entrepreneurs from historically underrepresented groups such as women entrepreneurs, Black entrepreneurs and those located in non-urban centres. NACO applauded the government’s efforts to advance diversity and inclusion and to provide support for all entrepreneurs. However, further action is required to ensure that Canada’s innovation ecosystem does not lose momentum. “We are encouraged by today’s speech, particularly the expressions of support for small businesses, entrepreneurs and the additional emphasis on the clean energy sector” said Claudio Rojas (photo), CEO of National Angel Capital Organization (NACO). “Angel investors are well-positioned to help Canada build back better by facilitating early-stage entrepreneurship and supporting emerging innovations that will create local jobs and support the health and safety of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control threw logic out the window with its “ COVID-19 and Sex ” advice. The document reveals contradiction, ignorance and hypocrisy. “If you’re feeling fine and have no symptoms of COVID-19, you can still have sex. If you’re feeling sick, skip sex,” it says. Thanks. “Not tonight, I have a headache,” is something people never would have thought of. And what about the idea that even if someone feels okay, they might still be infected? “Sex can be very important for mental, social and physical well-being; it is a part of everyday life,” the centre says. “People can, will and should continue to have sex during the COVID-19 pandemic. Messages that discourage or shame people from sexual contact can be harmful and may discourage people from seeking essential sexual health services.”
Regional Council approved extending the Face Covering By-law and Code of Use By-law until May 31st, 2021, unless repealed before or extended by Council. Council also approved amending the Face Covering By-law to require a face covering in taxis and ride shares, as well as common areas of apartments and condominiums. The extension was approved as COVID-19 cases rise, and it enables residents of Waterloo Region to continue protecting each other while keeping the community running.
The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) is pleased that today’s Throne Speech laid out four foundations to get Canada back on track. “The metaphor used in the speech is particularly appealing to us as that is literally what our industry does every day,” says RCCAO executive director Andy Manahan (right). “The construction sector is a main driver of the economy and will lay the foundation for a robust economic recovery.” RCCAO views it as a positive step that infrastructure and housing were highlighted in the speech. The government indicated it will make substantial investments in housing for Canadians and enhance the first-time homebuyer program. The government also intends to invest in all types of infrastructure, including public transit, energy-efficient retrofits, and affordable housing.
A new national poll of 4,038 Canadians conducted across Canada by Ipsos on behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) finds strong agreement that Canada’s oil and natural gas industry must be part of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Canadians see the country’s economic recovery as the top issue (44%) the federal government should focus on in the upcoming Speech from the Throne, which kicks off a new session of Parliament later in September. Economic recovery was followed by health care – including COVID-19 (36%), and ensuring we can produce what we need in Canada (29%). Deficit reduction was ranked as the fourth top priority for Canadians (20%), and a reduction in personal taxes rounded out the “top five” at 17%. Of the top five priorities for Canadians all were related to economic issues except health care. Canadians were given a list of possible Speech from the Throne priorities and were asked to pick their top three. As a result, totals exceed 100%.
The COVID-19 crisis has left Ottawa’s finances vulnerable to significant downside risks, meaning little room for initiatives without tax increases across the board, says a new report from a C.D. Howe Institute Working Group. The Institute’s Fiscal and Tax Working Group, co-chaired by John Manley, former federal minister of finance; and Janice MacKinnon, former minister of finance of Saskatchewan, debated the question of whether the federal government’s fiscal trajectory is sustainable, given already announced plans. The discussion took place at the group’s second meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Seneca has taken the next steps in its digital adoption strategy by joining Canada’s official credential wallet and national network led by the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC). Called the ARUCC National Network, it provides students with the ability to access and share official, digitized transcripts, credentials, badges and microcredentials — anytime and anywhere. Pioneered by ARUCC and powered by Digitary’s global digital credentials platform, the Network is unique in scope and moves Canadian higher education to the forefront of innovation by providing a trusted credential engine built for learners. By joining, Seneca will unite with other Canadian colleges and universities that have collaborated to create this national credential wallet and trusted, online document exchange platform.
New technology can quickly and accurately monitor glucose levels in people with diabetes without painful finger pricks to draw blood. A palm-sized device developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo uses radar and artificial intelligence (AI) to non-invasively read blood inside the human body. “The key advantage is simply no pricking,” said George Shaker (right), an engineering professor at Waterloo. “That is extremely important for a lot of people, especially elderly people with very sensitive skin and children who require multiple tests throughout the day.” Researchers test a prototype of a new diabetes device for prick-free glucose monitoring. About the same size as existing glucometers, the rectangular device works by sending radio waves through the skin and into blood vessels when users place the tip of their finger on a touchpad.
The Region of Waterloo’s emergency response time for sudden cardiac arrest calls improved significantly in 2019, which is why Paramedic Services will raise the target for 2021. Calls for sudden cardiac arrest, which now include Cambridge, Waterloo and Kitchener Fire Services data, show a response rate of six minutes or less nearly 75 percent of the time, significantly higher than the existing target of six minutes or less 50 percent of the time. The new target for sudden cardiac arrest will be six minutes or less 70 percent of the time. The Region’s 2021 Response Time Performance Plan will reflect this change.
The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer with an extensive track record of executive leadership and team building. Cheryl Farrow brings more than 20 years of experience in not-for-profit management to OACETT, including governance transformation, amalgamation and credentialling. She began her new role on September 8, 2020. Farrow’s previous leadership roles include CEO of the Canadian Bar Association, President and CEO of the Supply Chain Management Association, Executive Director of the Canadian Grocery Human Resource Council, and President of the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation.
COVID-19 recovery packages that include infrastructure development will influence the relationship between cities, humans and nature for the next 30 to 50 years. With the built environment home to half the world’s population and making up 40% of global GDP, cities are an engine of global growth and crucial to the economic recovery. Research shows that nature-positive solutions can help cities rebuild in a healthier and more resilient way while creating opportunities for social and economic development. The World Economic Forum’s new Future of Nature and Business Report found that following a nature-positive pathway in the urban environment can create $3 trillion in business opportunity and 117 million jobs.
As growing numbers of countries around the world ease restrictions on travel, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new Tourism Recovery Tracker to support global tourism. This represents the latest concrete action undertaken by the United Nations specialized agency as it leads the response of global tourism and guides recovery. The most comprehensive tourism dashboard to date, the Tracker is the result of a partnership between international organizations and the private sector. Available for free, it covers key tourism performance indicators by month, regions and subregions allowing for a real time comparison of the sector recovery across the world and industries.
The UK Government pledged to put climate change at the heart of the global recovery from COVID-19. “We will use the COP26 presidency and our G7 presidency to champion a clean, inclusive and resilient global recovery and put climate change front and centre of the post-COVID debate,” said Lord Callanan, the UK’s Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility, in his address today to the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit. The minister challenged all business leaders to join the Race to Net Zero, launched by the UN and the UK government and the largest global alliance of companies and non-state actors committed to reach net zero by 2050 at the latest. The alliance counts almost 1,000 businesses, 38 investors, and nearly 500 cities and regions among its members, representing 53% of global GDP, $72 trillion in annual revenue and 23% of global emissions, he said.