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Published Thursday August 17, 2017
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MONITOR

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Creativity

How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas

Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity. Every week on her podcast "Note to Self," Manoush Zomorodi searches for answers to life’s digital quandaries.

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Family Business

New federal tax blueprint raises uncertainty for small firms

Proposed tax changes could have unintended consequences for small businesses

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is raising its concerns about potential tax changes announced July 18 by the Minister of Finance. This series of proposed changes is intended to address tax loopholes, but may alter legitimate ways small firms share income among family members. Close to 70 per cent of CFIB members employ family in their small business. As a result, CFIB is concerned that the proposed reforms could have a much broader and negative impact on these types of businesses than originally intended.

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Expansion

BlueRock Therapeutics Expands Toronto Presence with R&D and Manufacturing Hub, Appoints Key R&D Leadership

Formalizes collaborations with McEwen Center for Regenerative Medicine at University Health Network, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine; Appoints Michael Scott, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President of Product Development and Toronto Operations

BlueRock Therapeutics, which is developing cell-based therapies designed to alter the course of degenerative disease, announced the expansion of the company's presence in Toronto with a research, development and manufacturing site in the MaRS Discovery District. BlueRock has formalized its broad research collaboration with the Toronto-based McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at University Health Network (UHN), as well as its manufacturing partnership with the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM). Additionally, Michael Scott, Ph.D., has been appointed by BlueRock as senior vice president of product development and Toronto operations.

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Skill Development

Local Software Company aims to Close the Skill Gap within the Manufacturing Industry

Two million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled in the next ten years. CAMplete Solutions is helping prepare North American Students to close the skill gap.

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R&D

Leading Researchers Receive $630,000 in Federal Support

University of Guelph projects, ranging from converting agri-food waste into energy to improving health of young children, received more than $630,000 in federal fundson Tuesday. Five U of G projects will receive funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). In total, CFI will contribute more than $52 million for 220 new infrastructure projects at 51 universities. “We are delighted that leading University of Guelph researchers will have the tools they need to solve the complex issues facing society, creating the innovations of tomorrow,” said Malcolm Campbell, U of G vice-president (research).

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Dynamic Shift

Office sector undergoing important shift in dynamics as trends transform both demand and supply

Traditional drivers of demand are being joined by emerging disruptors

Amid varying economic performances and property fundamentals, North American and European office leasing markets are generally performing well as they undergo an important shift in dynamics influenced by trends transforming both occupier demand and the supply of new product. Traditional drivers of demand are being joined by emerging disruptors that will increasingly shape the future of the office-space market and commercial real estate as a whole.


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Entrepreneurs

How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age

It's been a weird 100 years for artists and creators, says musician and entrepreneur Jack Conte. The traditional ways we've turned art into money (like record sales) have been broken by the internet, leaving musicians, writers and artists wondering how to make a living. With Patreon, Conte has created a way for artists on the internet to get paid by their fans. Could payment platforms like this change what it means to be an artist in the digital age?

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NAFTA - Agriculture

Family farm groups from three countries slam NAFTA reboot based on TPP

As the formal talks to renegotiate NAFTA begin in Washington, DC this week, family farm organizations from Canada, the United States and Mexico denounce the direction of the talks. Despite repeated demands by civil society organizations in all three countries, the governments have refused to open the talks to the public or to publish proposed negotiating texts. All signs point to negotiations designed to increase agribusiness exports and corporate control over the food system rather than to support fair and sustainable trade and farming systems.

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Opinion - Tax Changes

The sky is falling on small business - or is it?

Proposed tax changes actually bring more fairness to the system, helping to close loopholes and eliminate back-door strategies to hide income - By Michael Wolfson

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently released a long-and-nervously-awaited discussion paper that was met with near apoplexy in some corners. That reaction is misguided. The paper is aimed at closing a number of loopholes where mainly rich taxpayers use private companies (Canadian-controlled private corporations or CCPCs) to reduce their taxes, compared to most Canadians whose incomes come through paycheques or self-employment.

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PSA

Two mosquito traps test positive for West Nile Virus

Two mosquito traps have tested positive this week for West Nile Virus in Waterloo Region. The traps are located in Cambridge and Kitchener. These are the first positive traps of mosquitoes identified in Waterloo Region this year. The findings of positive mosquito traps are an indicator that West Nile Virus is present in our region and are a reminder that it is important for people to take precautions against West Nile Virus. There have been no human cases of the virus to date in Waterloo Region.

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Health

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015

Latest global estimates illustrate the vast impact of the two most common chronic respiratory diseases, with 3.2 million deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 0.4 million deaths caused by asthma in 2015, according to a new Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.



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MONITOR

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Study

Developing New Cancer Test Focus of Biology Researchers


A new test for diagnosing colorectal cancer is the goal for a University of Guelph researcher who will receive a new grant from the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Molecular and cellular biology professor Emma Allen-Vercoe will receive $439,750 over the next three years for her study intended to develop a new diagnostic test.

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Selling Your Business

How To Sell Their Business For The Highest Possible Price

Most business owners selling their business in Canada are unprepared. Being unprepared results in only two outcomes, the business will not sell or the business will sell for a fraction of what it could be worth. It can equate to a business owner loosing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Corporate Culture

More Than Half of Canadian CFOs Surveyed Say They're Not Involved in Shaping Corporate Culture

CFOs may manage their company's finances, but many don't appear to feel accountable for a less tangible aspect of the business: its corporate culture, only 19 per cent of Canadian CFOs said they are involved in shaping corporate culture. However, those executives who do play a role reported taking several steps, including using their firm's values to guide their actions and helping develop the organization's mission and define the desired environment.

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R&D

Laurier professors receive federal funding for innovative research facilities

Three Wilfrid Laurier University faculty members are receiving federal funding to improve their research infrastructure, which will allow them to carry out research into human appetite regulation, environmental change analytics, and arts-oriented, community-based research.

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xQuarterly

ATS Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. reported financial results for the three months ended July 2, 2017. "Our first quarter operating performance featured year over year growth in Order Bookings and sequential margin improvement," said Andrew Hider, Chief Executive Officer. "While we are focused on running the business, we have made good progress on the implementation of new processes with the goal of taking ATS's performance to the next level. We have a clear strategic framework designed to build on our foundation, grow our core and expand our reach with the goal of creating long-term sustainable shareholder value."

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Beer

Thornbury Village Craft Brewery wins "Best in Country" in two categories at the "Olympics for Beer" - the World Beer Awards

Thornbury Village Craft Brewery was honoured in two categories with "Best of Country" at the prestigious 2017 World Beer Awards. The "Country Winner" awards recognize the Ontario Craft brewery as the best in Canada in two key categories!




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EVENTS

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August 17, 2017 - Refugee

Unique resource aimed at preventing sexual violence tailored to now help thousands more women in Ontario’s refugee and immigrant communities

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) & Le Mouvement Ontarien des Femmes Immigrantes Francophones (MOFIF) with the support of Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre (KWMC) are proud to reveal the next phase of its celebrated and successful graphic novel. The new multilingual editions of "Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience" will be launched in Kitchener Ontario on August 17th, 2017.

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September 10, 2017

Taste Local! Taste Fresh! – A Feast for the Senses!

For everything there is a season and this happens to be the season of local food and harvest events. It is also the season for Foodlink’s Culinary Showcase and Fundraiser Taste Local! Taste Fresh! This year the annual event brings together 17 area chefs and over 20 farmers and producers from Waterloo Region. It all takes place Sunday, September 10, 2-5 pm at Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener.

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September 13-15

Waterloo Innovation Summit hosts forward-thinking conversations on disruptive trends

Some of the world’s foremost thinkers on disruptive technologies will gather at the University of Waterloo this September to discuss Canada’s role in the world’s next economy. Joining Canadian business, government and academic leaders at this year’s Waterloo Innovation Summit will be influential speakers from some of the world’s most cutting-edge companies and innovative schools of thought.

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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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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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