Tuesday June 25, 2019


Health Science

Researchers improve classification of pancreatic cancer to better predict patient outcomes

Sangeetha Kalimuthu, an assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathobiology at U of T and a gastrointestinal pathologist at UHN, is the co-author of a study in the BMJ journal Gut (photo courtesy of University Health Network)

Researchers at the University of Toronto and University Health Network have found that standard pathology grading for the most common type of pancreatic cancer can be improved to better predict patient outcomes. The research shows that conventional, histological analysis of pancreatic tumours – based in part on morphology, or shape and structure – can better predict outcomes by taking into account particular tissue patterns that correlate to molecular analyses. The researchers were able to stratify the tumours into two groups. Those that showed 40 per cent or more aberrant, destructive patterns – such as cells with punched out spaces resembling swiss cheese – matched the molecular profiles of tumours from patients with poorer rates of survival. The BMJ journal Gut recently published the findings online.


Lab-Grown Dairy: The Next Food Frontier

Lab-grown meat is getting a lot of attention along with plant-based meat substitutes, but dairy proteins may be the next product produced in a lab. By Prof. Michael von Massow (right) and Mitchell Gingerich (below), graduate research assistant, Department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics. Lab-grown meat is getting a lot of attention along with plant-based meat substitutes. Technology is driving the industry toward providing alternatives to conventionally produced food products.

ION Launch

Keolis launches its first North American light rail operation in Canada's Region of Waterloo

The first of the two phases of the ION Light Rail Transit (LRT) – Region of Waterloo's new rapid transit system in Ontario, Canada – was launched last Friday at Kitchener's Fairway station. The modern system will serve the residents and visitors of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, as well as surrounding rural municipalities. As part of the GrandLinq Consortium1, Keolis Grand River - Keolis' local subsidiary - is responsible for the 16 km light rail line operations for the next 10 years and maintenance for the next 30 years. The contract, which was awarded in May 2014, is under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). This is Keolis' first light rail operation in North America.

City Strategy

City of Kitchener Council approves the goals and actions of Kitchener’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan

Last night council approved the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan for the City of Kitchener. The strategic plan sets out 5 goals and 25 action statements under the themes of Caring Community, Vibrant Economy, People Friendly Transportation and Great Customer Service. The strategic plan was built on extensive consultation and community’s priorities.


Pizza Pizza Adds Plant-Based Protein Options to the Menu

Starting yesterday, Pizza Pizza customers can order the Super Plant Pizza and customize their orders with two all new plant-based toppings

Canadians looking for more flexibility and plant-based options when it comes to their pizza orders need to look no further. Today, Pizza Pizza announced the launch of their new Super Plant Pizza, the first plant-based protein topping recipe available on the menu. The latest innovation by the iconic Canadian brand is in response to the growing trend and consumer demand for more plant-based and environmentally responsible options. The new menu items will be available in all traditional Pizza Pizza restaurants across Canada.

Cyber Crime

3 technologies that could define the next decade of cybersecurity

In 2018 Canadian companies had more successful cyberattacks than the USA - By William Dixon, Head of Operations, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum and Dmitry Samartsev, Chief Executive Officer, BI.ZONE

In little over a decade, cybercrime has moved from being a specialist and niche-crime type to one of the most significant strategic risks facing the world today, according to the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2019. Nearly every technologically advanced state and emerging economy in the world has made it a priority to mitigate the impact of financially motivated cybercrime.

Timing is Everything

Timing of vaccinations are key to controlling disease outbreaks

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that the most effective way to prevent disease outbreaks is for the majority of the population in a particular region to be vaccinated at the same time. Their study, which builds on an existing mathematical model of epidemics, affirms that the timing of vaccination is critical in controlling outbreaks. “Governments’ messaging on seasonal influenza vaccine should more clearly emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated earlier,” said Kevin Church, a PhD candidate in Waterloo’s Department of Applied Mathematics. “Most provinces’ influenza/vaccine awareness pages do not tend to emphasize the importance of getting the flu vaccine when it becomes available, with some barely mention timing.”

Fake News

Media ethics in the fake news era: Conference at U of T builds on Marshall McLuhan’s legacy

In a world of fake news, hyper-connectivity and rapidly advancing means of communication, the humanistic and critical perspective of famed media theorist – and University of Toronto professor –Marshall McLuhan can feel almost prophetic. So it’s fitting that, this week, hundreds of scholars will converge on U of T’s downtown Toronto campus to address many of the most important and challenging questions about media and society today. From June 27-30, the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto and U of T will co-host the Media Ecology Association (MEA) for its 20th annual convention. This year’s theme is “Media Ethics: Human Ecology in a Connected World,” and the itinerary includes 80 sessions and events that feature 300 speakers from 30 countries.


3 ways to improve the patent system and protect inventors

by David Kappos

For many developing countries, the promise of innovation-fueled economic growth remains unfulfilled. Even with well-established intellectual property systems in place, few local innovators benefit. Instead, patent grants to foreigners far outnumber those to local applicants, despite a strong local innovative culture. Patents drive value creation for individual inventors and small enterprises that can help these countries grow. They attract investment. And they provide protection when small firms need to collaborate with third parties to implement their vision. Without access to patents, innovators find themselves at palpable disadvantage in the market. When these inventors cannot compete, we are all deprived of their innovation.


Ontario to Collect Fees to Pay for Parks, Libraries

Province Consulting on Community Benefits Charge Regulations

On June 6th, our government passed Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 which established a new community benefits approach to ensure that developers pay for community benefits like parks, community centres and libraries. Ontario has launched consultations on the best way to implement this new approach to make sure that vital municipal revenue streams are maintained and to make community benefits more transparent and predictable.

Magnetic Model

Magnetic field model with simpler means

GFZ researcher wins $20,000 prize in ideas competition to improve the global magnetic field model

GFZ scientist Jürgen Matzka is the winner of the MagQuest competition to improve models of the Earth’s magnetic field (World Magnetic Model or WMM). The WMM is the basis for global navigation systems, be it map services on smartphones or applications in global freight traffic, for example with ships, as well as aerospace. Matzka shares the total prize money of 200,000 US dollars equally with nine other winners of the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's ideas competition.


BlackBerry Announces Election Results for the Company's Board of Directors

BlackBerry Limited announced that the eight nominees listed in the company's management information circular dated May 6, 2019 for the Company's annual and special meeting of shareholders held on June 24, 2019, were elected as directors to serve until BlackBerry's next annual shareholder meeting or until their successors are elected or appointed.

LRT Finally Serves Public

ION light rail open for service

ION, the Region of Waterloo’s light rail transit system, opened for service last Friday following an official ceremony at the ION Fairway station.

On hand to open the system were Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Mike Harris, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga on behalf of the Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, as well as Region of Waterloo Chair Karen Redman and members of Regional Council.


Business Valuations: Three Situations When You Might Not Need One

By Patrick Ungashick

Business valuations are an important tool for owners and leaders of privately-held companies. For example, if you are doing sophisticated tax planning, buying-out a business partner, or if an owner is going through a marital divorce, then a valuation may be highly prudent—if not legally required. However, business owners and leaders should avoid rushing to get a valuation in circumstances where the need is not clear. Listed below are three common situations where getting a valuation may seem to make sense, but actually might be unnecessary or counterproductive.

Trending Up

Youth in Canada and U.S. vaping more than ever

A new generation of e-cigarettes with higher levels of nicotine could be the reason that more adolescents in Canada and the U.S. are vaping more than ever before.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo examined rates of vaping and smoking in Canada, the U.S. and England among youth aged 16 to 19. The study found that between 2017 and 2018, the number of adolescents saying they had vaped within the last 30 days jumped by five per cent in the U.S., eight per cent in Canada, while England remained fairly steady.


Employment in Canada Decreased by 16,000 Jobs in May 2019

Employment in Canada decreased by 16,000 jobs from April to May according to the May ADP Canada National Employment Report. "May experienced a sharp decline," said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. "Construction was the primary driver for the weak numbers in May, likely due to the downward trend in housing starts and a slowdown in sales activity. Education also experienced sizable losses, while smaller declines across a number of other industries cancelled out any employment gains."

Gold in dem Circuit Boards

Nigeria’s 300,000 tonne e-waste gold mine drives a new circular economy

With 100 times more gold in a tonne of e-waste than in a tonne of gold ore, e-waste recycling has enormous potential to fuel the economy, create jobs and benefit the environment

The Nigerian government, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Environment launched a new $15 million initiative to turn the tide on e-waste in Nigeria. A global model for a circular electronics system, the project was announced at the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2019 and will kickstart a sustainable electronics economy in Nigeria, protecting the environment while creating safe employment for thousands of people.

Retirement Woes

Certain Canadians Feeling Optimistic About Retirement Despite Challenges

A investment management firm, released Retirement 20/20, an annual survey that examines opportunities and challenges facing Canadians already in and approaching retirement. This year's report showcases how Canadians feel about retirement and includes major trends such as working in retirement, carrying debt into retirement and where they're going for advice.


Canadian Residents — Prepare for New U.S. GILTI Tax Changes

U.S. individuals and corporations who own shares of a Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC), including a Canadian corporation, may be affected by new changes to the U.S. global intangible low tax income (GILTI) rules. The GILTI rules, which applied for the first time in 2018, may affect U.S. individuals or corporations who own (or are deemed to own) controlled foreign corporations (CFCs), such as a Canadian company.


June 26, 2019

GRCA holding first public information session for New Hamburg Flood Mitigation Study

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will be hosting the first Public Information Centre for the New Hamburg Flood Mitigation Study on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the New Hamburg Community Hall (251 Jacob Street, New Hamburg). The information session will follow a drop-in open house format, where information about the study will be available and members of the project team will be present to answer questions.

July 19, 2019

Fairways 'n Friends

July 9th is just around the corner! 18 holes, delicious lunch and dinner, silent and live auctions, tasty samples, great memories, and raising funds for the community, need we say more? Fairways 'n Friends is the region’s premiere ladies golf tournament, reserve your spot on course at Whistle Bear today! www.supportstmarys.ca/fairways

November 13-15, 2019

Sixteenth Annual Ontario Economic Summit to Address Competitiveness Challenges for Ontario Industry

Ontario’s business community to gather in Toronto to drive Ontario’s economic agenda forward

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) announced advance access registration for the sixteenth annual Ontario Economic Summit (OES), “Our Economy. Our Future. Our Ontario.” OES will be hosted in Toronto for the first time in almost a decade at Hotel X and Beanfield Centre from November 13 to 15.

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