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Tuesday September 27, 2016

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MONITOR

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Tech & Music

FUZEnation, a showcase of the best in tech thought-leadership and music starts Tonight

Tonight - Launch Party with Legendary Turntablist A-Trak; tomorrow - Steve Wozniak

Kitchener – FUZEnation, a technology and music summit taking place between September 27-30 in Waterloo, Ontario. FUZEnation will host keynote speakers including Steve Wozniak (co-founder, Apple Inc.), Biz Stone (co-founder, Twitter; co-founder and CEO, Jelly) and Alexis Ohanian (co-founder, Reddit) with musical acts including Kygo, Keys N Krates, Kaneholler and Adventure Club, over four days.

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Eliminate Inefficiencies

Guelph Chamber Advocates to Remove Agri-Food Export Barriers

Guelph - At the recent Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Convention in Regina, Saskatchewan, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce received strong national support to remove agri-food export barriers. Chambers of Commerce from across Canada supported the Guelph Chamber policy resolution to harmonize agri-food cross-border trade regulations. Specifically, the approved policy seeks to eliminate inefficiencies at the Canada-US border that currently impact the ability for agri-food product to get to market more swiftly.

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Trade

Canadian Businesses Expect Growth in U.S. Trade

New Study Looks at Challenges and Opportunities with Canada's Largest Trading Partner

Toronto - Canadian firms continue to see the U.S. as an intimate trading partner and its market a source of growth, according to a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in partnership with American Express. Although there are some issues to be tackled as regulatory and compliance challenges cause costs to rise, a majority of firms anticipate their trade with the U.S. to increase, in part thanks to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Speed

Computer Engineers Boost App Speeds by More Than 9 Percent

Raleigh, NC -Researchers from North Carolina State University and Samsung Electronics have found a way to boost the speed of computer applications by more than 9 percent. The improvement results from techniques that allow computer processors to retrieve data more efficiently.

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Retirement

Manulife introduces new way to manage the transition into retirement

Retirement Redefined helps plan for a life without employer benefits and a paycheque

Waterloo - Manulife announced last week the introduction of an online retirement planning program for Canadians who participate in workplace retirement plans with Manulife and who are about to retire or are 15 years away from retirement. Retirement Redefined is designed to get these individuals to start thinking about the life they want in retirement, planning for their health to support their retirement lifestyle and the finances to achieve it. It is a personalized solution that includes planning tools and advice for group retirement customers to build a roadmap.

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Strategy

Carrot Rewards Announces Significant Expansion

Sun Life Financial, Fitbit and new rewards for daily steps contribute to app's growth

Toronto - Canada's celebrated wellness incentives app, Carrot Rewards, recently introduced new initiatives and partnerships as part of its long-term growth strategy. A new daily step tracker feature allows users of the popular free app to earn rewards for achieving their personalized walking goals. A large majority of BC users are already earning daily rewards for walking and nearly ten billion steps taken by British Columbians this summer have been tracked and rewarded through the Carrot app.

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Ground Breaking

Flanagan Foodservice To Break Ground At Whitby Distribution Centre

Kitchener – Flanagan Foodservice will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Whitby, Ontario distribution centre on Tuesday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m.

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Council Matters

City of Waterloo Council Summary for September 26, 2016

Approved an amendment to site specific zoning by-law 2013 - 058 to allow an additional four storeys and 36 bedrooms, for a total of 23 storeys and up to 300 bedrooms

Waterloo - The council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at City of Waterloo's September 26 council meeting.

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Recognition

Tammy and Wayne Kemick Honoured with Award from KidsAbility

Waterloo - Tammy and Wayne Kemick, proud supporters of KidsAbility, were presented with the Elaine Ormston Outstanding Supporter Butterfly Award on September 22.

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Housing Report

Fortress Real Developments Release the Results of their 2016 Realtor Survey

Sixth edition of bi-annual report focusses also on foreign home ownership & housing supply; No definitive evidence that Canadians are over-confident about the current housing market

Toronto - Fortress Real Developments (Fortress) released their latest report on the Canadian housing market earlier this month, which includes the results of a survey of Canadian realtors. The opinions of Canadian housing analysts, builders/developers, and mortgage brokers/agents were reported in previous reports.

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Social Mortgage

DUCA Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Launch Canada's First Social Purpose Mortgage

The Community Hero Mortgage supports affordable housing for low-income families in the GTA DUCA Community Hero Mortgage Launch

Toronto - The Toronto-based DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. launched the Community Hero Mortgage, a first-of-its kind mortgage product that aims to help provide affordable housing for working, low-income families in the GTA. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, the Community Hero Mortgage contributes a percentage of the interest portion of every Community Hero Mortgage payment to assist in building houses for local families in need of affordable housing.

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Housing Trends

Market Manuscript Analyses Housing Supply in Canada

Municipalities pushed right against the Greenbelt like Aurora, King City, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville are experiencing a shortage of single-detached homes, and high price growth

Toronto - In the report released earlier this week by Fortress Real Developments (Fortress), Senior Vice-President of Market Research and Analytics, Ben Myers presents findings and relevant statistics on supply's impact on residential house prices. Mr. Myers is an analyst with 15 years experience researching real estate markets across North America. The report includes original research and and surveys compiled by Fortress, supplemented by statistics and data from several independent third-party sources.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
& EDUCATION


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Online Designations

Orbis Communications announces partnership with University of Toronto

Software company to provide new way for students to gain academic experience

Hamilton – Software developer Orbis Communications has announced that it will be working with the University of Toronto on a project designed to link students with university and industry research opportunities in one online destination.

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LMS

Instructure to Recommend Maple T.A as Online Testing and Assessment Platform

Combination to provide powerful course management and digital assessment options for STEM courses

Waterloo - Maplesoft, developer of Maple T.A., announced that it has entered into an alliance partnership with Instructure, makers of Canvas, a modern learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier for educators and students. With this partnership, Instructure will recommend Maple T.A. to its customers.

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"Shovel Ready"

Guelph site to receive designation from Ontario’s Investment Ready: Certified Site Program

Provincial site certification reduces the hassle for global investor s with minimized risk and completed property studies.

Guelph – 1080 Southgate Drive, a 23.47 - acre industrial development site in Guelph’s 300 - acre Southgate Business Park , has received the Certified Site designation from the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) following completion of the Investment Ready: Certified Site Program. 1080 Southgate Drive is the first Certified Site for Guelph, bringing industry attention and opportunity to the regional market.



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TALKS

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Biotech Entrepreneur

Sebastian Kraves: The era of personal DNA testing is here

From improving vaccines to modifying crops to solving crimes, DNA technology has transformed our world. Now, for the first time in history, anyone can experiment with DNA at home, in their kitchen, using a device smaller than a shoebox. We are living in a personal DNA revolution, says biotech entrepreneur Sebastian Kraves, where the secrets buried in DNA are yours to find. Sebastian Kraves wants to bring DNA science to more people in new places.


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Social Ills

J.D. Vance: The struggles of America's forgotten working class

J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country's working-class towns, the author details what the loss of the American Dream feels like and raises an important question that everyone from community leaders to policy makers needs to ask: How can we help kids from America's forgotten places break free from hopelessness and live better lives?


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Activist

Rebecca MacKinnon: We can fight terror without sacrificing our rights

Can we fight terror without destroying democracy? Internet freedom activist Rebecca MacKinnon thinks that we'll lose the battle against extremism and demagoguery if we censor the internet and press. In this critical talk, she calls for a doubling-down on strong encryption and appeals to governments to better protect, not silence, the journalists and activists fighting against extremists. Rebecca MacKinnon looks at issues of free expression, governance and democracy (or lack of) in the digital networks, platforms and services on which we are all more and more dependent.




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QUEEN'S PARK

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Child Care

Ontario Creating 100,000 More Licensed Child Care Spaces

Province Increasing Access to Affordable Child Care to Support Families

Queen's Park - Within the next five years, Ontario will help to create another 100,000 new, licensed child care spaces so that more families in Waterloo Region can find quality, affordable care.

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Growing Problem

Ontario government needs a strategy to face the opioid crisis says NDP

Queen's Park – During Question Period today, France Gélinas, Ontario NDP health critic, demanded the Wynne government take action to stop the rising number of deaths in Ontario as a result of fentanyl and opioid overdoses.



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NATIONAL

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Rivers

Laurier scientists play key role in Canadian Rivers Institute’s solutions for the world’s rivers

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University scientists have been playing a key role in The Canadian Rivers Institute’s (CRI) efforts to answer questions and develop solutions to the issues facing the world’s rivers. The CRI, in honour of its 15th anniversary and World Rivers Day on Sept. 25, has issued a report highlighting its achievements and plans for the next 15 years.

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Economic

Beer-barrel economics: what goes down stimulates the economy

A cut in beer prices in New Brunswick led to an increase in beer sales to Nova Scotia and Quebec residents - By John Williamson

HALIFAX, N.S. - The lesson of lower beer prices in New Brunswick has implications on a broad array of provincial taxes. Not long ago, many New Brunswick consumers living near Quebec routinely crossed the border to purchase less expensive beer. Prices in Quebec are considerably cheaper because taxes are lower.

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Nature Environment

WWF-Canada says - It's 'irresponsible and indefensible' to grant lifetime rights for oil and gas exploration in N.W.T.

Toronto - David Miller, president and CEO of WWF-Canada, is available to comment on news that oil and gas companies could be granted lifetime rights to explore a nearly 4,000-square-kilometre swath of the Canadian Arctic with the goal of developing hydraulic fracking.

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Housing

Foreign Home Ownership Top Focus of Fall Market Manuscript

Manuscript assesses the state of the national market, as well as regional markets including: Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and Edmonton

Toronto - Fortress released their latest report on the Canadian housing market last week. The report authored by Senior Vice-President of Market Research and Analytics, Ben Myers includes original research and and surveys compiled by Fortress, supplemented by statistics and data from several independent third-party sources. Mr. Myers is an analyst with 15 years experience researching real estate markets across North America.




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THE WORLD

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Industrial Revolution

Global Future Councils: A Knowledge Network for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The network will comprise more than 800 innovators from academia, government, business, civil society, the arts and the media, and will support the Forum’s work across 14 global systems as well as prepare governments, businesses and communities for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Geneva, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum announces the launch of a new community, the Network of Global Future Councils, to provide insight and vision to tackle some of the world’s most critical global, regional and industry challenges and help prepare governments, businesses and communities for the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.



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COLUMNS

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Human Resources

5 mistakes people make reading body language at work

To accurately decode body language cues, they need to be understood in context and filtered for cultural influences - By Carol Kinsey Goman

Berleley, Calif. - Human beings are genetically programmed to look for facial and behavioural cues and to quickly understand their meaning. We see someone gesture and automatically make a judgment about the intention of that gesture.

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Tech & Fashion

Snap, Inc. Introduces Spectacles, Sunglasses That Record and Upload Video Memories to SnapChat

by Brian Solis

SnapChat officially changed its name to Snap, Inc. as the company restyles itself from a one-[major] hit app company into a digital lifestyle brand. To mark the occasion, Snap, Inc. introduced Spectacles, fashion and tech-forward sunglasses that record 10-second clips, which can then be uploaded to SnapChat Memories via wifi. Following the Apple playbook, Snap, Inc. also designed a fashionable case that doubles as a charger. Spectacles will be available this Fall and will cost $130.

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Chart of the Week

Japan calling

by Michael Hayhoe

I am sure you heard that this week the Fed again held off raising rates essentially saying the economy still isn't strong enough handle higher rates (we're not talking 7% here, we are talking going from 0.25% to 0.5%!) Below is a chart comparing the path US interest rates are on to the one Japan has been on for years now


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BUSINESS EVENTS
& NETWORKING
ACTIVITIES
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September

FUZEnation, a technology and music summit taking place between September 27-30 in Waterloo, Ontario.

Keynote Address to Explore Customer Experience in the Digital World

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics to honour distinguished alumni

Take Back The Night 2016

Breakfast Seminar:CFFB Women Leaders in Business


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October

Annual fundraiser, the Black and Gold Gala, takes place Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Bingemans!


Roll Out the Barrel:Waterloo’s Oktoberfest is the best Bavarian Festival this side of Munich

Anti-Racism Community Meeting on October 24 to Kitchener-Waterloo

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November

Western welcomes Alan Alda to Robarts’ Leaders in Innovation Dinner

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