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Laurier researchers and Ecology North partner on Twitter bot project to raise awareness about climate change
On Feb. 11, it was 10 degrees warmer than the historic average in Yellowknife. One day of unseasonal warmth may not mean much. But Wilfrid Laurier University researchers, in partnership with Yellowknife-based not-for-profit organization Ecology North, are betting that a new Twitter bot will help track trends and raise awareness about climate change. The automated Twitter account YK Climate Watch (@ykclimatewatch) will tweet anytime the average daily temperature in Yellowknife is a full degree warmer or colder than average. Not only will this provide a regular reminder when weather deviates from the norm, Laurier researchers based in Yellowknife will perform regular analysis to provide a more comprehensive picture of the trends. The analysis will also be shared via Twitter.
“We learned unofficially late this afternoon that Erwin Hymer Group (EHG) North America acquired on February 1, 2019 by THOR filed for receivership and all employees were terminated. This is sad news and our thoughts go to the hundreds of employees and their families impacted by this sudden event, especially as they started their Family Day weekend.
The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) has just released a commentary that provides an updated comparison of Ontario government revenue, spending, deficit and debt with that of other provinces. Ontario program spending per capita was also the lowest compared to other provinces last year. In particular, Ontario health care spending per capita was lowest in Canada and well below the average of other provinces. In 2017-18, the Ontario budget deficit was equal to $271 per person, below the average deficit of other provinces. However, Ontario’s deficit is projected to more than triple to $868 per person in 2018-19.
The Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala is the Chamber’s Premier event and a must-attend night for business owners in the Region! The Gala is a celebration of business excellence, recognizing Chamber members who have made exceptional contributions through their involvement and leadership in the community. It is a time for the business community to come together and show their appreciation towards business and organizations that have helped shape Waterloo Region as one of the strongest professional communities in Canada. This year, our Gala will be attended by over 900 individuals, representing organizations of every size.
Air Canada announced last Friday that it will seek shareholder approval at its 2019 annual and special meeting of shareholders to amend its articles of incorporation to increase the limits of foreign ownership and control of its voting shares to those permitted by amendments made to the Canada Transportation ACT (CTA) in 2018. The amendments to its articles will be undertaken by way of a court supervised and shareholder approved statutory plan of arrangement.
The flu bug has been packing a particularly nasty bite this winter, making thousands of Canadians feel under the weather. But it isn’t just those who are sick and the overall health care system that are bearing the brunt of an intensified flu season. Small and medium-sized business across the country are also taking a significant hit as the illness weakens their workforce and saps productivity. While a large company may have the numbers and bench strength to absorb higher-than-normal illness rates among workers, businesses with a couple of dozen employees or fewer can feel the flu’s strain on their already limited resources far more acutely.
Bunzl Canada announced its continued program of business investment in its operations in Quebec. The company has acquired multiple businesses in the province since 2015 with the aim to grow its business in both the wholesale and direct distribution markets. "Quebec is a very strategic market for Bunzl," said Bunzl Canada President, John Howlett. "We have built a truly national distribution and wholesale platform to serve our customers from coast to coast. Our presence in Quebec is critical to enabling us to provide the consistent, responsive service their businesses rely on, right across the country."
Last Friday marked the 25th anniversary of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). This law, unique in Canada, gives Ontarians the right to participate in environmentally significant decisions of the provincial government. Its tools provide the public with easier access to information about new laws and other proposals that affect the environment. It allows Ontarians to know about and contribute to government decisions, which helps hold the government accountable for those decisions.
Team Ontario is proud to announce the full roster of 350 athletes, coaches, managers and support staff that will make up the Team Ontario contingent at the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games. The Games will take place from February 15 to March 3, 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta. Over the past year, members of Team Ontario have been hard at work preparing for the Canada Games. Through extensive training and competition, they have put an incredible amount of time and effort in to represent Ontario and make the province proud on the national stage. Fans can catch the Games on TSN/RDS and online through Sports Canada TV.
UK organisations are suffering from ‘Non-Starter Syndrome’, with nearly two-thirds (63%) of HR respondents admitting they had new recruits quit before they even start. The survey, which was conducted in January 2019 and polled 250 senior HR practitioners across the UK, also found that a significant 19% of the UK workforce (one in five employees) stays in a job for less than a year. These statistics present a clear picture of the challenges that UK HR teams now face when it comes to onboarding and retaining talent.
Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate new species from scratch, what should we build? Should we redesign humanity as we know it? Juan Enriquez forecasts the possible futures of genetic editing, exploring the immense uncertainty and opportunity of this next frontier.
The Region of Waterloo is asking landlords to take part in a rent supplement program that could help lower the wait list for affordable housing. Landlords are needed to open vacant units up to tenants who can’t afford market rent. The Region helps landlords fill units and funds the gap between the cost of market rent charged and what the tenant can afford. “We are looking for strong community-minded landlords who recognize that it takes a community to make homes affordable for all,” said Jennifer Murdoch-Martin, Manager of Housing Programs and Development. “The more we partner together to help individuals and families find and keep homes, the healthier and stronger our community will be.”
The annual Hearts for H ospice Gala took place Saturday, February 9th and raised an amazing $112,000 to support Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice. Presented by Mercedes Benz Kitchener Waterloo Region, the Gala saw support from local businesses and individuals. In addition to a live and silent auction, the Hearts for Hospice Gala included a heartfelt “ Fund a Need ” where guests had the opportunity to directl y donate towards our Legacy Garden Project at Innisfree House. The Fund a Need appeal raised over $27,000 , surpassing the goal of $20,000 thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended.
As a recognized expert on women’s health, Dr. Vivien Brown tells women what they need to do to stay healthy as they grow older. Spanning the topics of the mind and body, Dr. Brown identifies “Seven Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy & Strong”. Sweeping away the myths and sales tricks that populate the internet, she offers insightful and sensible advice based on the latest scientific evidence. Join us for this invigorating luncheon event on Thursday March 28th, 12pm – 2pm. For more information and to purchase tickets visit ___________________________
Deciding which career path to follow is a difficult decision for many youth. Help them find their fit by showcasing your industry at Explore Your Future, Waterloo Region’s annual career exploration fair for grade 7-12 students and their parents/guardians. Join 60+ local employers and community organizations as an exhibitor, offer an interactive session, or come as a parent/guardian and bring your kids: thanks for the support of local sponsors, this event is free to attend for youth and parents.