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Published Thursday May 25, 2017
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MONITOR

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Advanced Manufacturing

University of Waterloo lab aims to advance Canadian manufacturing

The University of Waterloo is building one of the largest university-based facilities in the world to advance additive manufacturing (AM) and help companies adopt AM processes for innovative and customized products. Backed by nearly $27 million in funding and in-kind support, the lab will enable Canadian companies to tap the enormous potential of AM, commonly known as industrial 3D printing, while also further developing the technology through research.

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Reverse Collision Day

Innovation Guelph's first Reverse Collision Day offers 'look inside' Danby for new business growth

Guelph - Entrepreneurs are invited to "look inside" Danby for new business opportunities during Innovation Guelph's first Reverse Collision Day May 25, 2017. At the event Danby CEO Jim Estill and other local business leaders will share their vision for how entrepreneurs can create or grow businesses by addressing the needs of large companies, and by capitalizing on existing infrastructure, market knowledge and industry contacts.

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Lending Rate

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1/2 per cent

The Bank of Canada maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent.

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Aging

About face: Your smile may be aging you

By Adela Talbot

Want to look younger? Sleep well. Eat right. Exercise. And, just maybe, don’t smile. A new Western co-authored study indicates smiling can make you appear to be one year older than if you wear a poker face. These findings counteract the commonly held view that smiling makes one appear younger.

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Health Care

Sunbeam Centre RNs May be Forced to Strike after Negotiations Break Down

Kitchener - Following conciliation and mediation with the assistance of a provincial mediator, negotiations have broken down between the Ontario Nurses' Association and Sunbeam Centre. The nine Registered Nurses at Sunbeam Centre, who have been working without a collective agreement since April 1, will vote on the employer's final offer on May 25. If that offer is rejected, they will be in a strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on May 27.

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Trust

Global study on trust & tech: Canadians twice as likely to trust a robot to perform open heart surgery than to open a bank account for them

87% of Canadians own a smartphone – the smallest percentage across all 11 markets surveyed; 7% of Canadians believe money transfers via brain signals will be available in the next year

Vancouver - People in Asia and the Middle East are more optimistic about the positive impact of technology and as a result more likely to place trust in new technologies compared to their western counterparts, a multinational survey from HSBC has found. Of note, just over half (56%) of Canadians say they believe that advances in technology will make the world a better place – the second least likely of all markets surveyed – compared 89% of respondents in China, and 85% in India.

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Save The Bees

Grooming Gene Protects Bees from Deadly Mites, Study Finds

A gene linked to grooming could be the key to saving honeybees from the deadly varroa mite, according to new University of Guelph research. Prof. Ernesto Guzman (right) discovered that honeybees with higher expression of a gene linked to vigorous scratching are better at removing mites from their bodies, and more resistant to the bugs, than bees with lower gene expression.

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Stress

'Hello, I'm out of the Office … But Checking Email …'

Gaining peace of mind that things were under control , tops reasons

Are vacations where people completely disconnect from the office a thing of the past? Research shows "workations" may continue to be common for some professionals today. In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, 33 per cent of Canadian workers said they typically check in with the office at least once or twice a week during their vacation, not changing significantly from 36 per cent one year ago.

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Fund Raising

Ayr Charity BBQ the Result of Life Changing Experience at KidsAbility

When looking for an opportunity to create a community based event in Ayr, ON, husband and wife, Chris and Missy Dietrich, quickly decided to return the kindness and support they received from KidsAbility. On June 4, 2009, the Dietrich’s welcomed their second child into their family. Cole Christopher Dietrich (right with mom and dad) was born at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CBH), and it was clear that all was not OK.

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Leadership & Awards

Ike Van Soelen to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Guelph - On June 22, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will join leaders in business, government and community to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations and individuals at the 2017 Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala. In partnership with Timberworx Custom Homes, Ike Van Soelen, an accomplished business and community leader, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce at this gala event.

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Safety of Women

“She Deserves It”….Rebuild Haven House

Waterloo - Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (WCSWR) is excited to thank OpenText who dedicated their spring campaign to help Rebuild Haven House, the shelter supporting abused women and their children located in Cambridge. This type of employee driven campaign in a tech company is ground breaking for WCSWR who hopes that it inspires other companies to reach out and do the same for our community.

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Recognition

2017 Engineers Canada Award Recipients Announced

Eight engineers from across Canada receive highest honours in their profession; Mary A. Wells, PhD, P.Eng., takes the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession Award. As professor and inaugural Associate Dean, Outreach, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo.

Ottawa - Today, eight engineers from across Canada will receive top honours for their contributions to the engineering profession from Engineers Canada, the national organization of the provincial and territorial associations that regulate and license the country's 290,000 professional engineers.

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Education

Conestoga named Education Partner of the Year

Conestoga was named the Career Education Council's Education Partner of the Year at its Annual Business and Education Breakfast last April 7.

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Grand Opening

Laurier celebrates grand opening of Lazaridis Hall

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University celebrated the grand opening of Lazaridis Hall, a signature building on the university’s Waterloo campus yesterday.

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Sale

Financial Horizons Group Announces Sale to Great-West Lifeco subsidiary The Great-West Life Assurance Company

Kitchener - Financial Horizons Group Inc. announced last week that its majority shareholder has entered into an agreement for it to be acquired by The Great-West Life Assurance Company, a subsidiary of Great-West Lifeco Inc. Financial Horizons Group is a premiere participant in the independent Managing General Agency (MGA) sector of the Canadian market.

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Financial Literacy

The debt truth: Unexpected expenses could spell big trouble for Millennial homeowners

A significant percentage of Canadian homeowners lack the financial flexibility to adjust to rising interest rates, unexpected expenses or interruption of income, with Millennials most at risk, according to Manulife Bank survey

Mortgage debt increased by 11 per cent1 to $201,000 last year and more than half (52 per cent) of Canadian mortgage holders lack the financial flexibility to quickly adjust to unexpected costs, per a new Manulife Bank of Canada survey. This despite 78 per cent of Canadians having made debt freedom a top priority.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Technology & Regulation

Canadians Want More Regulatory Review of Emerging Technologies Study Finds

Drones, autonomous vehicles and online user agreements top citizens' list for regulatory review

Toronto - Canadians prioritize regulatory reviews of drones, autonomous vehicles and online user agreements above those of other emerging technologies, according to new research from Accenture that weighs Canadian attitudes on government regulation of emergent technology-enabled products and services.

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Union View

Ontario Labour Law Report Falls Short says Steelworkers

Toronto - In a release sent out May 24, 2017 the Steelworkers Union reported that "after many months of constructive input and consultations, the final report from Ontario's Changing Workplaces Review clearly sets out the critical need for progressive change for employees in Ontario, but some of its key recommendations then fall, well short of the path needed to get there".

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Opiod Strategy

Joint Statement on Opioid Data

The following statement was issued yesterday by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health and Provincial Overdose Coordinator, and Dr. Dirk Huyer, Chief Coroner for Ontario:

"The opioid crisis in Ontario is a growing and evolving problem, and one we are continuing to work diligently to combat. Gathering accurate data on the impact of opioids is a key part of our Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose. As part of our commitment to openness and transparency, Ontario is now launching the Interactive Opioid Tracker, which is a web-based tool that makes available a wide range of data on opioid-related morbidity and mortality. As the data shows, the opioid problem is affecting people of all ages, right across Ontario.

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Next Stage

Manulife CEO Donald Guloien announces his intention to retire as of Sept. 30; Roy Gori to succeed Guloien as CEO on Oct. 1

Toronto - Manulife announced that Donald Guloien, President and Chief Executive Officer, has made the decision to retire as of September 30, and that Roy Gori, who will become Manulife's President on June 5, will succeed Mr. Guloien as CEO and join Manulife's Board of Directors, effective October 1.

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Trade

Russian Economy Moves to Recovery from Recession, says the World Bank

Moscow - The Russian Federation is showing encouraging signs of overcoming the recession it entered in 2014. The economy is projected to grow 1.3% in 2017, and then 1.4% in both 2018 and 2019, according to the World Bank’s latest Russia Economic Report (no. 37 in the series) launched May 23, 2017 in Moscow.




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TALKS

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Democracy

Anthony D. Romero: This is what democracy looks like

In a quest to make sense of the political environment in the United States in 2017, lawyer and ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero turned to a surprising place — a 14th-century fresco by Italian Renaissance master Ambrogio Lorenzetti. What could a 700-year-old painting possibly teach us about life today? Turns out, a lot. Romero explains all in a talk that's as striking as the painting itself. Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).





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COLUMNS

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HR A New Era

The HR Department of the New Millennium

Four Skills to Compete in the New Hiring Landscape - By Magi Graziano

Throughout the last decade it has become painfully apparent that while most CEOs recognize there is a drastic talent optimization problem, they have absolutely no idea how to fix it, nor time to take it on alone. Most CEOs address people and workforce issues like a hot potato—they want it off their plate immediately. This is where the 21st century HR professional steps in.

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Capitalism

China offers a lesson on financing infrastructure

China built 20,000 km of high-speed rail infrastructure without raising taxes or becoming indebted to international bond markets - By Robert McGarvey

As members of a developed western economy, Canadians think we know all about capitalism. And, obviously, we believe our way of doing things is the best - we have nothing to learn from countries like China.

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Unspectacular Economy

Canada's investment recession drags on

The collapse of global oil prices, coupled with weak prices in other commodity markets, a key factor behind Canada's investment slump - By Jock Finlayson

Vancouver - While Canada's economy continues to grind out positive if unspectacular gains in employment and gross domestic product (GDP), below the surface the picture is less encouraging.






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EVENTS

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Reverse Collision Day - May 25, 2017

Innovation Guelph's first Reverse Collision Day offers 'look inside' Danby for new business growth

Guelph - Entrepreneurs are invited to "look inside" Danby for new business opportunities during Innovation Guelph's first Reverse Collision Day May 25, 2017. At the event Danby CEO Jim Estill and other local business leaders will share their vision for how entrepreneurs can create or grow businesses by addressing the needs of large companies, and by capitalizing on existing infrastructure, market knowledge and industry contacts.

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Arts & Culture

Music City Guelph Amplifies Economic Opportunity

Guelph - On Thursday May 25, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Downtown Association, Visit Guelph, Hillside Music Festival, and Regional Tourism Organization 4, presents Royal City Music City: Amplifying our Music Tourism Strength. Music is one of Guelph’s richest potential assets; the size, diversity and vibrancy of the cluster sets the community apart from just about any other jurisdiction in Canada. With Guelph being a leader in this area, we stand to benefit even more from the estimated $455 million in revenues generated every year by the sector for the Canadian economy. The event will focus specifically on how Guelph’s strengths can be leveraged to ensure the community continues to be a leader in music tourism.

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May 27, 2017

Friday is last day to register for spring street hockey tournament, Mandy Bujold, Tanner Pearson join in on the fun

Kitchener – On Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m., Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation will host the 12th annual HOT SHOTS Street Hockey Tournament, sponsored by ACTIVA, at The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. Registration closes tomorrow.

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June 1, 2017

Kimberly Drew - Big Ideas in Art & Culture

CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area and Musagetes are pleased to announce that Kimberly Drew will be the next speaker in the Big Ideas in Art and Culture lecture series. Please join us for her talk in the Rotunda of the Kitchener City Hall on Thursday, June 1 at 7 PM. Admission is free.


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June 5-7, 2017

World’s best circular economy solutions to be presented in Helsinki, 5-7 June 2017

The world is in serious need of solutions to create sustainable growth and jobs. The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 is bringing 1,500 specialists from around the world to Finland to show how this can be done. The groundbreaking event will focus on the world’s best circular economy solutions in which business and the environment go hand in hand.

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June 22, 2017

Ike Van Soelen to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Guelph - On June 22, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will join leaders in business, government and community to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations and individuals at the 2017 Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala. In partnership with Timberworx Custom Homes, Ike Van Soelen, an accomplished business and community leader, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce at this gala event.

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July 7-30

The stage is set for an extraordinary 29th Beaches International Jazz Festival

Toronto’s beloved summer mainstay, the ever-popular Beaches International Jazz Festival will be taking place from July 7 – 30, 2017. In celebration of its 29th year, the Festival will feature an unparalleled musical roster, multiple stages, venues and the return of renowned and adored festival favourites.

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Red Day

Waterloo Region wears red on June 9 th in support of the women they love!

Heart disease is a leading cause of death among Canadian Women; most are unaware.

Waterloo Region - When it originated in partnership with the Manulife LPGA Classic in 2013, Red Day aimed to elevate awareness of the serious risk of heart disease in women by having LPGA players, spectators and volunteers dress in red on sit e on the Friday of the tournament. But in recent years, Red Day has stretched beyond the course, rallying individuals, workplaces and community leaders from across Waterloo Region to celebrate Red Day by wearing red and sharing images on social media whi ch tag #RedDayFriday.

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Transit RFQ for Designers

Region of Waterloo launches RFQ for game changing mixed-use transit hub

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo has launched phase 1 of its bidding process to select the private developer who will build the large mixed-use transit hub on Victoria and King Street in Kitchener. This high profile project is predicted to change the way people think about Waterloo Region.

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Nominations Accepted unitl August 11

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award

Region of Waterloo - Nominations are now open for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award. Nominations will be accepted by the Region up to 4 pm. on Friday, August 11, 2017.

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August 21-23, 2017

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada to Introduce First-in-Canada Artisanal Display of Unique Offerings from Developing Countries

Trending apparel and textiles from more than 20 countries to be unveiled in Canada, as local industry continues to thrive

Toronto –With the steady growth of Canada’s apparel and textile industry, organizers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show have announced that representatives from more than 20 countries will be in Toronto this summer to unveil under one roof all that’s trending in the worldwide industry.

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September 13-15

Hacking the Future — Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017

Canadian futurist Nikolas Badminton will serve as strategic curator for the summit.

The Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017 will bring together some of the world’s top private and public sector leaders to tackle the disruptive and defining trends that are driving innovation in Canada and globally.

Ongoing

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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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