Published Thursday November 16, 2017


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Brokerage Donates Custom Made Fire & Life Inflatable Safety House to Local Fire Departments

Attached Photo “Ribbon Cutting - Fire & Life Inflatable Safety House - Nov 2017” John Percy (Public Education Officer, Waterloo Fire Rescue), Steve LaRochelle (Kitchener Fire Manager, Emergency Management & Business Continuity), Regional Councillor Geoff Lorentz, Peter Benninger (President, Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty), Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Fire Rescue Fire Chief Richard Hepditch, Kevin Schmalz (Public Education Officer, Kitchener Fire Department)

On November 2nd , Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty donated a custom made Fire & Life Inflatable Safety House to the Kitchener & Waterloo Fire Departments. The Inflatable House is a 29’ x 17’ interactive educational tool that includes a kitchen, living area and bedroom with escape window. It will be used by the Kitchener Fire Department and Waterloo Fire Rescue to educate children on how to respond in emergency situations as part of the elementary school fire safety curriculum.

Social Human Changes

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants Laurier over $2 million in research funds

One of the funded projects will study conversations and how they impact client care industries.

Waterloo – How can we improve refugee resettlement? How old is the oldest sign language? How globally disruptive is ridesharing? These are some of the questions researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University are exploring, and for which they have received over $2.2 million in funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2017 Insight Development and Insight Grant programs.

Energy Alliance

Today a diverse group of electricity stakeholders to make announcement on the future of energy planning in Ontario

A diverse group of 19 major energy consumers, producers and distributors from across the province are taking the unprecedented step of coming together in support of an announcement on the future of energy planning in Ontario.

Housing Strategy

New National Housing Strategy should prioritize affordable and responsible homeownership

Authors Sean Speer and Jane Londerville recommend that Ottawa’s pending National Housing Strategy promote and support homeownership by encouraging savings, reducing mortgage insurance fees, and placing a hold on changes to mortgage and financing rules.

Many Canadians are increasingly worried about being able to afford a home, particularly in major centres. The next generation of home-buyers are rightly wondering if they will be able to realize the many benefits of homeownership.


BDC announces details of new $70 million envelope dedicated to women-led tech companies

As part of its continued efforts to support women entrepreneurs, BDC announced today that it will be committing an additional $20 million to its Women in Tech investment program. The news released Wednesday builds on a 2016 commitment to invest $50 million in women-led technology firms, bringing the total size to $70 million, to be invested over five years.


PayPal issues notice to Business Customers and Partners

On Monday, PayPal, notified customers that they have received a Federal Court order requiring us them disclose information to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) about PayPal Business account holders who sent or received a payment between January 1, 2014, and November 10, 2017.


Saïd Business School launches Blockchain Strategy programme to help businesses get to grips with new computing reality

As 30% of bank jobs face elimination due to disruptive technologies by 2025, businesses in all industries warned to prepare for the blockchain revolution. As blockchain technology promises to radically overhaul the nature of business, changing the job landscape and disrupting across industries, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is launching a new digital blockchain strategy short course to prepare executives.

Small Business Tax

Ontario Drops Small Business Tax Rate for 2018

Ontario’s Minister of Finance Charles Sousa announced small business tax relief in the province’s Fall Economic Update. The update, released on November 14, 2017, reduces the small business tax rate to 3.5% (from 4.5%) effective for 2018 and increases the non-eligible dividend tax rate for individuals.

Community Energy Strategy

Region of Waterloo rate payers - Tell them what you think!

Boost the economy by keeping more energy spending local

Waterloo Region – The Region is looking for public input on its Community Energy Investment Strategy. The input aims to solicit feedback from the community of rate payers, the Regional wide investment strategy aims to help residents and employers save on energy, boost the economy by keeping more energy spending local, and identify cleaner, sustainable sources of energy.


Canada's anti-spam legislation: Education still needed!

More than 3 years after coming into force, Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL) remains unclear for more than 1 in 2 of email marketing users indicates a private survey conducted by by Cyberimpact. Troubling is the indicator highlighting that the majority of them have no idea of the consequences if they violate the law.

Climate Change

How the military fights climate change

Military leaders have known for millennia that the time to prepare for a challenge is before it hits you, says scientist and retired US Navy officer David Titley. He takes us from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria to the icy shores of Svalbard to show how the military approaches the threat of climate change, in a refreshingly practical, nonpartisan take on climate preparedness. "The ice doesn't care who's in the White House. It doesn't care which party controls your congress. It doesn't care which party controls your parliament," Titley says. "It just melts.

Deeper Level of AI learning

New technology makes artificial intelligence more private and portable

Technology developed at the University of Waterloo is paving the way for artificial intelligence (AI) to break free of the internet and cloud computing. New deep-learning AI software produced with that technology is compact enough to fit on mobile computer chips for use in everything from smartphones to industrial robots.

Looking Forward

Chamber Welcomes Dynamic New Board at Annual General Meeting

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its incoming 2017-2018 Board of Directors – duly elected at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held Tuesday November 14 at the Holiday Inn Guelph.

Education - Paying For It

Post-Secondary Students Can Apply for Financial Assistance Four Months Earlier This Year, Than Before

OSAP Applications Now Open for 2018-19 School Year

Applications opened on November 8 for the new OSAP for the 2018-19 school year – allowing students from Cambridge and North Dumfries to apply for financial aid at the same time they are submitting their college and university applications.

Workplace Health

New university research study finds mindfulness training reduces bullying amongst employees

Toxic work environment? Online mindfullness may help

Online mindfulness training reduces negative workplace behaviours such as bullying, rudeness, being hurtful to others and trying to embarrass colleagues, helping to create a less toxic work environment according to researchers at UBC's Sauder School of Business. MindWell-U is a HealthTech firm.


Addition to the Team

Economical welcomes Paul MacDonald as Executive Vice-President of Personal Insurance

Strengthening executive team to advance company’s strategy

Economical Insurance announced another significant addition to its executive team. Paul MacDonald will be joining the company in the new role of Executive Vice-President (EVP) of Personal Insurance effective early January 2018 at it's Waterloo Office. “We are pleased to welcome Paul to the executive team as we deepen our capabilities to deliver the most relevant products and experience to our customers and brokers,” said Rowan Saunders, President and CEO of Economical. “Paul brings extensive industry expertise in leading underwriting and claims functions, product and distribution strategy, and business transformation and integration — all critical elements as we drive toward our vision to become one of Canada’s top property and casualty insurers.”


Students Asked University of Waterloo President for Action on Climate Change during Town Hall

Right now world leaders are meeting in Bonn, Germany at COP23 to work urgently to cut greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the worst effects of climate change. In light of this a group of University of Waterloo students from the Fossil Free UWaterloo action group pressed President during his Town Hall meeting today to take the urgent action that is needed and divest its pension and endowment fund holdings in fossil fuel companies. Currently, UW has at least $68 million invested in fossil fuel companies, like BP and Total, through its pension and student endowment funds.

Pitch Contest

Top Canadian startups pitch to one hundred-plus investors during Ontario-California tech tour

At opportunities organized by Canada’s leading entrepreneurship programs, more than 100 U.S. and Canadian financers lined up to evaluate 43 of the most investment-ready tech startups in the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor.The investors were introduced to the companies at an invite-only Demo Day event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View California on November 7, as well as a similar event held for Canadian investors in Toronto on October 19.

Early Stage FBH

District Ventures Accelerator to invest millions in Canadian CPG entrepreneurs

Calgary's District Ventures Accelerator, together with District Ventures Capital, announced that it will invest $3 million into 20 innovative early stage food, beverage and health CPG businesses.

Global Development

Without Regional Collaboration, South-East Asia Will Struggle in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Technological and regulatory challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution must be addressed at the regional level; The World Economic Forum and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today launched a new report, ASEAN 4.0: What Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution Mean for Regional Economic Integration?

To successfully deal with the profound challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) need to improve their collaboration. This is the conclusion of a new joint report launched Wednesday by the World Economic Forum and ADB.


Is the future of NAFTA truly bleak?

By understanding that free-trade agreements benefit consumers, businesses and governments, this deal can be saved - By Constantine Passaris

Rumours about the imminent demise of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are both premature and exaggerated. This week marks the start of another round of trade talks between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Trade negotiations are a long, painstaking, cumbersome and arduous process. It's not uncommon for such talks to go through many lows and a few highs.

Economic Development

It's not easy doing business in Canada

We placed a dismal 18th for ease of doing business, even behind such countries as Georgia and Macedonia - By Ian Madsen

The World Bank recently issued its annual report on the ease of doing business in 190 countries and territories. And, again, Canada isn't near the top - in fact, we sit 18th. That's the bad news. The good news is that there's room for improvement. Small New Zealand was first, Singapore second and Denmark third. Our main trading partner, the United States, was sixth. And we're behind two countries that some Canadians haven't even heard of: Georgia and Macedonia.

Distributed - Decentralized

Canadian-Based Company Launches a Premiere Blockchain Venture Studio

Helps Clients Benefit from the World of Decentralized Ledgers, Applications, and Organizations

With Fortune 500 companies embracing the application of blockchain technology, Coinaccord opens its doors to help individuals and businesses take advantage of the unrivaled technological advances provided by distributed and decentralized digital ledgers. Their premier blockchain venture studio is located in Hamilton, Ontario.

Tax Trends

Quebec Increases Penalties on Aggressive Tax Planning

Quebec has announced new punitive measures to counter aggressive tax planning. Specifically, Quebec says it will raise the existing penalty for a General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR) assessment to 50% (from 25%), effective February 1, 2018.


November 16, 2017

“Relationships First: Restorative Practice ”

39 th Annual Justice Dinner Today

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council presents the 3 9 th Annual Justice Dinner on Thursday, November 16th at 5:30 p.m. at Bing emans Ballroom (42 5 Bingemans Centre Drive) in Kitchener. Making Waterloo Region a Restorative Practice Community - Call to Action . Imagine a future when all members of the community engage in Restorative Practice? Imagine a future when our criminal justice system is a last resort!

November 16, 2017

Building Strength within Our Community

Capacity Canada will be recognizing the valued work of non-profit organization members who make a difference in the lives of those within their communities.

November 17, 2017

Trailblazer and Advocate for Women in the Skilled Trades to Address ‘Inspirational Women’ Luncheon

On November 17, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will kick off this years ‘Inspirational Women’ luncheon series with Jennifer Green, a trailblazer and active advocate for women in the skilled trades and technologies. Interviewed by Leanne Wood-Hulme from the CJOY Newsroom, this event will feature a thought-provoking conversation about Jennifer’s inspirational trailblazing path to influence, leadership, and community building.

November 20, 2017

Celebrating a 20 Year Milestone

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is nearing the end of our 20th year of service to our communities. To mark this celebration they have held a variety of partner events across Waterloo Wellington Dufferin and now it is time to finally wrap up the year with their friends and stakeholders in Waterloo Region.

November 22, 2017

Connecting for Success - Networking for Newcomers to Canada

"Perfect opportunity for super-busy people who want to volunteer"

A national program that connects highly-qualified newcomers to Canada with members of the business and professional community will be launching in Waterloo on November 22, 2017 at the Uptown Waterloo branch of RBC Royal Bank 70-74 King St. South, Waterloo . The launch is co-sponsored by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Communitech and the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre which will manage the program.

November 24, 2017

Breaking Down The Silos/Changing Behaviours

The RHB (REAL HUMAN BEING) philosophy creates a sense of self--awareness that allows people to break through self-imposed barriers and achieve business and personal success. Hundreds of organizations have used this method to help generate a servant leadership culture.

November 24 - December 2, 2017

The Sounds of Christmas 2017 – Celebrating 5 Years of Support for KidsAbility

Guse Productions is proud to present The Sounds of Christmas in support of KidsAbility. Celebrating its 5th year, this multi-performer musical variety show will feature many different styles of Christmas music from traditional favourites to country to gospel. You will hear fabulous harmony singing, enjoy toe-tapping instrumentals and see various styles of dance. There will be something for everyone in the whole family.

To December 14, 2017

Region of Waterloo rate payers - Tell them what you think!

Boost the economy by keeping more energy spending local

Waterloo Region – The Region is looking for public input on its Community Energy Investment Strategy. The input aims to solicit feedback from the community of rate payers, the Regional wide investment strategy aims to help residents and employers save on energy, boost the economy by keeping more energy spending local, and identify cleaner, sustainable sources of energy.


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