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Climate Change

Alice Bows-Larkin: Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt

Imagine the hottest day you've ever experienced. Now imagine it's six, 10 or 12 degrees hotter. According to climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin, that's the type of future in store for us if we don't significantly cut our greenhouse gas emissions now. She suggests that it's time we do things differently—a whole system change, in fact—and seriously consider trading economic growth for climate stability.

Math at Work

MapleSim Models Aid in the Development of Training Simulator to Improve Labor Induction Techniques

Waterloo - Engineering, midwifery and obstetrics researchers at Ryerson University and McMaster University are developing an electro-mechanical model of a cervix during labor. They are interested in this model to demonstrate the changes that occur in the cervix in the process of normal labor. In particular, they are studying the changes in the cervix in an unassisted delivery versus when labor is induced. Their goal is to better understand the process so they can develop a training simulator that can be used by students and researchers to demonstrate normal cervical changes in labor and to practise labor induction techniques and study the effectiveness of different induction methods.

Local Emmy Winner

Waterloo Engineer wins Emmy Award

Waterloo - Zhou Wang, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of Waterloo, has won an Engineering Emmy® Award for developing computational models that accurately and consistently predict how people view image and video quality. The Television Academy, based in Los Angeles, California announced the award last week.
Professor Wang (right holding glasses), along with co-creators Eero Simoncelli, a professor at New York University, Alan Bovik, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Hamid Sheikh, a director at Samsung’s Mobile Processor Innovation Lab, will receive the award for outstanding achievement in engineering performance on October 28, at ceremony held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

The Future

Technological Innovation Propsers in Waterloo

Waterloo - Shopify, Distillery Labs and TD labs announce they will all locate and expand in the technology city, Mayor Dave Jaworsky declares "This is great news for Waterloo!" and further stating "Waterloo ’s excellence in discovery and entrepreneurship is the driving factor for job creation, and these organizations are perfect examples of these key attributes.”

TPP Viewpoint

Joint Statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership from the Ministers of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Queens Park - Yesterday Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, released the following statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

TPP Excerpts

Three Journalist Take on the TPP

Waterloo - The following article is a overview of three journalist reports on Monday October 5, the day after the historic Trans-Pacific Partenership was signed by Prime Minister Harper opening up 800 million new customers for Canadian businesses.


Quarry Augments Board of Directors, Expands Ownership

Election of Ginny Dybenko and addition of new shareholders primes organization for strategic growth and market advantage; Four senior Quarry leaders become shareholders, fulfilling Board strategy and supporting its long-term vision

St. Jacobs - Quarry Integrated Communications announced yesterday it has elected Ginny Dybenko to its Board of Directors. Dybenko, who is Executive Director, Stratford Campus, Digital Media Centre at the University of Waterloo, has a wealth of public and private sector expertise. She previously held the role of Dean of the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dybenko has also had a successful corporate career including a number of senior executive roles in Bell Canada and was the founding President and CEO of Bell Advanced Communications.


Investment industry explores how to serve investors in the face of transformation

Toronto - John Adams, the new chair of The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) took his keynote remarks at IFIC's 28th leadership conference as an opportunity to celebrate the industry's achievements over the past year and to highlight three significant trends that are transforming the industry.

TPP Viewpoint

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Waterloo – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), established in principle:

TPP Viewpoint

TPP sets stage for 10-year phase-out of Canadian dairy, Harper puts taxpayers on the hook to cover cost, says NFU

Saskatoon - The National Farmers Union (NFU) denounces the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would severely damage Canada’s supply managed sectors – dairy, chicken, turkey and eggs – and provide illusory market gains for other agriculture sectors such as beef, pork, grain and oilseeds. Today, all supply managed farmers earn their livelihood from the marketplace, but the TPP will deny them the ability to fully serve Canadian consumers. The government’s promised compensation to dairy producers for their losses will be borne by the taxpayer.

Assistive Math

Maximizing energy regeneration with MapleSim makes improvements to assistive devices possible

Waterloo - Most research of human, animal and robotic motion has been centered on improving everyday activities such as walking, running, turning, starting, accelerating and decelerating. However, not much attention has been paid to assisting movements such as standing up and sitting down – movements that seem relatively simple but become increasingly difficult with age and reduced health.

Global Change

OpenText Announces New Global Partner Program To Enable the Digital World

New Program Aims to Simplify, Transform and Accelerate Delivery of World-Class EIM Solutions to Global Customers

Waterloo- OpenText announced it has transformed its Global Partner Program, helping partners to simplify, transform, and accelerate the delivery of solutions, services, and support to customers worldwide. The new partner program includes a number of significant investments that OpenText will make to support its global partners, including a marketing development fund, loyalty and referral programs.

First of its Kind

National research network to improve outcomes for venous thromboembolism patients established at Lady Davis Institute and The Ottawa Hospital

Ottawa - In recognition of the seriousness and prevalence of venous thromboembolism (VTE), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Fonds de recherche Québec – Santé (FRQS), and a consortium of public and private funders, including the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and McGill University, and The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa have invested $5.2 million over 5 years to establish the Canadian Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research Network (to be known as CanVECTOR).


Mobile Payment Market Expanding

Waterloo - Last week, a new BBM update became available for BlackBerry, iOS and Android smartphones. With the new BBM update BBM and PayPal are integrating peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers within BBM™. P2P money transfers will initially be available in Canada with additional European countries and the United States launching in the coming weeks.

Global Outlook

PwC FY15 Global Revenues Increase 10% to US$ 35.4 billion

Double-digit growth in Middle East and Africa (16%), North America and the Caribbean (12%) and Australasia and Pacific Islands (11%)

London - The PwC network reported total global gross revenues of US$35.4 billion for the fiscal year ended on 30 June 2015. At constant exchange rates, PwC's total global revenues rose by 10%. This is up markedly from the previous year and the strongest year-on-year growth that the network has seen since FY07. Growth was strong across all lines of business and in all geographic regions.

Warsaw Win

Magna recognized with Mahindra Award

New ladder frame sets the standard across multiple vehicle platforms

AURORA - Magna International Inc. announced that it has received the Best Product Development Performance Award from its customer Mahindra. The award was presented at Mahindra's Supplier Conference in Warsaw, Poland, and recognizes the excellence of Cosma International, Magna's body and chassis operating group, for the design, engineering and development of an innovative ladder frame for Mahindra's Scorpio SUV and other vehicle platforms.


The Co-operators acquires Browning Insurance Ltd.

Guelph - Co-operators General Insurance Company announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary has purchased Browning Insurance Ltd. in Chatham, Ontario. The brokerage's portfolio includes personal and commercial insurance policies.


Ontario Ensuring Workplaces are Accessible by Launching Compliance Audits

Province Takes Another Step Towards an Accessible Ontario by 2025

Queens Park - Ontario is conducting targeted audits of retail companies with 500 or more employees to ensure workplaces and employee practices are accessible during a three-month audit blitz this fall.


Creccal Investments Ltd. Completes Acquisition of the Westmount Square Commercial Component

Westmount's Most Prestigious Office Towers and Concourse Mall, Designed by Mies van der Rohe, Latest Addition to Creccal Investments' Portfolio

Montreal - Creccal Investments Ltd., a Montreal-based real estate investment and property management company, completed the purchase of the Westmount Square commercial component in Montreal on September 30th, 2015.

Council Matters

City of Waterloo council summary from October 5, 2015

Waterloo - The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at last evening’s City of Waterloo council meeting.

Bike Lanes

Kitchener Council endorses bike lanes on Union Street as part of Cycling Master Plan

Kitchener – Kitchener council approved the installation of bike lanes on Union Street as part of its Cycling Master Plan – a long term strategy designed to make Kitchener a bicycle friendly city by installing over 100 kilometres of bikeways on streets throughout the city.


Creative marathon to help 12 area organizations Oct. 22

By Christian Aagaard

Waterloo - It’s getting colder, the colours are out and the air carries the crisp scent of CreateAthon. Twelve organizations in Waterloo Region and the Guelph-Wellington County area are taking part in the local event Oct. 22. Now global in scope, the CreateAthon concept began in South Carolina in 1996 to give charitable non-profits with little money a lot of no-charge, high-quality marketing help.

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