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Published Thursday January 18, 2018
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COLUMNS

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Energy Options

Forge Hydrocarbons turning low-grade fats into fuel

Forge Hydrocarbons, a University of Alberta spinoff, turns low-grade fats and oils into biodiesel and other hydrocarbon-based products - By Cheryl Croucher

New technology employed by Forge Hydrocarbons Corp., a University of Alberta spinoff company, proves you don't have to dig oil wells to produce fuel. You only have to dig through the muck we send to the landfill. Waste streams like those from rendering plants and restaurants are loaded with low-grade fats and oils that can now be converted into biodiesel and other hydrocarbon-based products.

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Retirement Fodder

The Five Most Affordable Retirement Havens of 2018

In overseas locales where the cost of living is low but the quality if life is high, retirees on a modest budget can afford indulgences like a housekeeper, a home steps from the beach, top-quality healthcare, regular meals out, and more.

At a time when retirement savings among Americans is dangerously low—a recent study put the median retirement account balance at a mere $12,000 for near-retirement households—American retirees are likely to find they can live much better overseas in the world’s most affordable locales, according to International Living’s new Annual Global Retirement Index 2018 . The index ranks and rates the 24 best retirement havens in the world, highlighting the most affordable among them in the “cost of living” category.

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Blueman - Video

The search for "aha!" moments

In 1988, Matt Goldman and a few friends created Blue Man Group, an off-Broadway production that became a sensation known for its humor, blue body paint and wild stunts. The show works on the premise that certain conditions can create "aha moments" -- moments of surprise, learning and exuberance -- frequent and intentional rather than random and occasional. Now Goldman is working to apply the lessons learned from Blue Man Group to education, creating Blue School, a school that balances academic mastery, creative thinking and self and social intelligence. "We need to cultivate safe and conducive conditions for new and innovative ideas to evolve and thrive," Goldman says.

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Economic Development

“Big bounce” work earns cosmology award for Turok and Gielen

by Tenille Bonoguore

With second- and third-prize wins, Perimeter researcsh is recognized at Buchalter Cosmology Prizes for fourth year running. Perimeter Institute Director Neil Turok and former Perimeter postdoc Steffen Gielen have won second prize in the annual Buchalter Cosmology Prize for their work probing the genesis of the universe. It is the fourth win in as many years for Perimeter researchers, whose work has been honoured each year that the awards have existed. The award recognizes Turok and Gielen’s paper, “Perfect Quantum Cosmological Bounce,” which grapples with an hypothesis called the “big bounce.”


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RESEARCH

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Sustainability

Smaller Canadian firms turn to sustainability for growth and profitability

Only one-quarter of smaller Canadian firms are prioritising investment to become a more sustainable business

Two-thirds (66%) of smaller Canadian companies state that having sustainable business practices will improve their growth and profitability, according to data from HSBC. However, only 25% are prioritising investment to become a more sustainable business.

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Head Care

Study with female rugby players shows a regular season of play results in changes in the brain

Researchers at Western University have shown that a regular season of play can cause changes in the brain that are similar to changes caused by concussion, though less severe. Using sophisticated Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy the researchers looked at metabolite levels in the brains of female varsity rugby players at the beginning of their season, after suffering a concussion, and again at the end of the season.

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Study

Math can predict how cancer cells evolve

Applied mathematics can be a powerful tool in helping predict the genesis and evolution of different types of cancers, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. The study used a form of mathematical analysis called evolutionary dynamics to look at how malignant mutations evolve in both stem and non-stem cells in colorectal and intestinal cancers.

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Job Search

36 Per Cent of Canadian Workers Plan to Look for a Job in 2018 - Research Examines Current Job Search Trends

77 per cent of managers prefer a single page for staff-level resumes; 40 per cent of human resources managers eliminated a candidate for being too pushy after an interview

Workers may be thinking "new year, new job," according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps. More than one-third (36 per cent) of Canadian professionals plan to look for a new position in the next 12 months.


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MONITOR

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Business Model Adoption

Marketing Agency Joins t he B Corp Movement

To B or Not to B. There was no question says Curt Hammond

The team at Pearl Street Communications Inc. got a very special holiday present this year when they re ceived notice in December they had officially been recognized as a Certified B Corporation. “This is a big day for our team,” commented Chief Listening Officer and company president , Curt Hammond. “As a Certified B Corporation, we are making a very public statement that we want to grow a great company but not at the expense of our team, community or planet. We believe that business can be a force of good and we want to work with the other 2500 B Corps around the planet to prove it.”

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Healthcare MilkBank

GRH first hospital in Waterloo Region to open donor milk bank for babies in neonatal intensive care

Premature babies in hospital who may not be getting enough breast milk will benefit from a new donor milk bank at Grand River Hospital, a first for Waterloo Region hospitals. Each year more than 700 babies are admitted to GRH that require hospitalization, whether due to illness or prematurity. The nutrients from breast milk have a vital impact on the wellness of a premature infant. However, some mothers are unable to provide enough breast milk for their baby’s needs while in hospital.

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Economic Development

Bank of Canada increases overnight rate target to 1 1/4 per cent

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 1/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Recent data have been strong, inflation is close to target, and the economy is operating roughly at capacity. However, uncertainty surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is clouding the economic outlook.

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Economic Bureaucracy

Food truck bureaucracy and notices about notices: CFIB shines light on over-the-top regulations for 2018

Business owners invited to vote on silly red tape stories in Canada

Ahead of Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2018 (January 22-26) the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is presenting its annual Paperweight Awards —bestowing recognition on the government departments and agencies responsible for egregious examples of excessive regulation hurting small businesses.

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Regional Council - Waterloo

Region of Waterloo Council Info from January 17, 2018

Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at the Region of Waterloo council meetings. Items include tenders and contracts; Regional Council reaffirms support to Children’s Groundwater Festival; Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres; Temporary winter overnight drop-in.

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Climate Change

Trudeau recently announced that Ottawa is preparing to relax carbon-pricing measures to aid industry competitiveness

Professor Jatin Nathwani, Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy and Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy said, “To meet our national obligations – as part of the Paris Treaty – and national aspirational targets, it is absolutely critical that an effective mechanism exists to meet the targets. Given the Federal nature of our government, sufficient flexibility has been introduced to allow different provinces to meet the “floor levels” of pricing but the means to get there are open: cap and trade vs. carbon tax."

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Employment Strategy

Opportunities for Youth Employment in Guelph

Youth everywhere face barriers to employment benefit from job skills training and employment opportunities

Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph announced a new project that will give youth in Guelph job skills training and hands-on work experience. Up to 105 youth will participate in the project, which will be delivered by 2nd Chance Employment. Through the Ways2Work program, 2nd Chance will work with each youth to develop a goal for an employment placement.

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Global Risks

World Enters Critical Period of Intensified Risks in 2018

Structural and interconnected nature of risks in 2018 threaten the very system on which societies, economies and international relations are based, according to The Global Risks Report 2018; The positive economic outlook gives leaders the opportunity to tackle systemic fragility affecting societies, economies, international relations and the environment, according to the report

The prospect of strong economic growth in 2018 presents leaders with a golden opportunity to address signs of severe weakness in many of the complex systems that underpin our world, such as societies, economies, international relations and the environment. That is the message of The Global Risks Report 2018, published by the World Economic Forum.



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WATERCOOLER

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Global Appointment

World Economic Forum Appoints Makiko Eda as New Head of Japan Office

Makiko Eda joins the World Economic Forum as Chief Representative Officer of the World Economic Forum’s Japan office; Ms Eda, who currently serves as President and Representative Director of Intel Japan, will also serve on the Forum’s Executive Committee

Makiko Eda has been appointed the new Chief Representative Officer of the World Economic Forum’s Japan office. Her starting date will be 1 April. Ms Eda will be responsible for coordinating the Forum’s activities in Japan across the public, private and civil society sectors. She joins the Forum from Intel where she served for 18 years, and as President and Representative Director of Intel Japan since 2013.

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Politics

Statement from Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre

“I am honoured and humbled to be asked by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to join her cabinet as the new Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Culture and the arts, tourism, and sports not only help us to celebrate who we are as Ontarians, but these sectors employ thousands of hard working people. I look forward to celebrating and advancing initiatives within this Ministry, while continuing to serve the people of Kitchener Centre.”

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Politics

Statement from Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge

"I'm honoured to be able to be able to continue to serve my community and our province in my new role as Minister of Transportation. Transportation plays a fundamental role in the day to day lives of the people of Ontario and I am eager to get to work making sure our province continues to get the highways, roads and public transit it needs."

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Art & Culture

2018 Youth Video Competition is now accepting entries!

Attention aspiring filmmakers! Each year, the City of Kitchener partners with the Kitchener Public Library, to offer young, budding filmmakers in our community a chance to showcase their talents and win some extra spending money.



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EVENTS

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January 25, 2018

Clearly Spoken Reporting and Transcription services Celebrates 10 years with Open House

Celebrating 10 years of exceptional service and launching Clearly Solved, Arbitration and Mediation services, we invite you to attend our Open House.

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January 26, 2018 - Lunch Event

Centre for Family Business - What can Communitech do for Family Business?

Avvey Peters is Vice President, Partnerships with Communitech. She focuses on strategic communications, advocacy, and partnership development to advance the Waterloo Region tech sector. Avvey is also cross-appointed as Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network – a group of 26 innovation hubs across Canada, which focus on supporting the growth and success of small and mid-sized digital companies across the country.

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February 1, 2018

CELC Employer Recognition Event - EVENT CANCELLED

The Community Employment & Literacy Committee is hosting its second annual CELC Employer Recognition Event. This event recognizes employers who have gone above and beyond to support meaningful employment opportunities including but not limited to offering work experiences, training, and employment opportunities.

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February 13, 2018

Child Witness Centre Host Pancake Lunch

Tuesday, February 13th marks the 20th Anniversary of the Child Witness Centre's Annual Pancake Lunch fundraiser. It's a highly-anticipated event that provides an opportunity to enjoy some networking with your colleagues, get together with friends or take your staff or clients to lunch while knowing that your attendance will make a significant difference in the lives of children and youth who have been victims or witnesses of abuse or crime.

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Thursdays After Hours

Night(s) At THEMUSEUM

Unique Experience Starts… When The Doors Close

MAD (Museum After Dark) is for those looking for something a little different; something that kicks off as night falls and has the exclusivity of an after-hours soiree. Step out of your comfort zone for a truly INTEResting experience this New Year. THEMUSEUM’S multi-model art exhibition INTERACTION features drop-in programming geared toward the Region’s young professionals. And by young professionals, we mean those who are 19+ as INTERmix will have you slinging drinks faster than Tom Cruise in Cocktail.

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