How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas
Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity. Every week on her podcast "Note to Self," Manoush Zomorodi searches for answers to life’s digital quandaries.
New federal tax blueprint raises uncertainty for small firms
Proposed tax changes could have unintended consequences for small businesses
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is raising its concerns about potential tax changes announced July 18 by the Minister of Finance. This series of proposed changes is intended to address tax loopholes, but may alter legitimate ways small firms share income among family members. Close to 70 per cent of CFIB members employ family in their small business. As a result, CFIB is concerned that the proposed reforms could have a much broader and negative impact on these types of businesses than originally intended.
BlueRock Therapeutics Expands Toronto Presence with R&D and Manufacturing Hub, Appoints Key R&D Leadership
Formalizes collaborations with McEwen Center for Regenerative Medicine at University Health Network, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine; Appoints Michael Scott, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President of Product Development and Toronto Operations
BlueRock Therapeutics, which is developing cell-based therapies designed to alter the course of degenerative disease, announced the expansion of the company's presence in Toronto with a research, development and manufacturing site in the MaRS Discovery District. BlueRock has formalized its broad research collaboration with the Toronto-based McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at University Health Network (UHN), as well as its manufacturing partnership with the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM). Additionally, Michael Scott, Ph.D., has been appointed by BlueRock as senior vice president of product development and Toronto operations.
Local Software Company aims to Close the Skill Gap within the Manufacturing Industry
Two million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled in the next ten years. CAMplete Solutions is helping prepare North American Students to close the skill gap.
Leading Researchers Receive $630,000 in Federal Support
University of Guelph projects, ranging from converting agri-food waste into energy to improving health of young children, received more than $630,000 in federal fundson Tuesday. Five U of G projects will receive funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). In total, CFI will contribute more than $52 million for 220 new infrastructure projects at 51 universities. “We are delighted that leading University of Guelph researchers will have the tools they need to solve the complex issues facing society, creating the innovations of tomorrow,” said Malcolm Campbell, U of G vice-president (research).
Office sector undergoing important shift in dynamics as trends transform both demand and supply
Traditional drivers of demand are being joined by emerging disruptors
Amid varying economic performances and property fundamentals, North American and European office leasing markets are generally performing well as they undergo an important shift in dynamics influenced by trends transforming both occupier demand and the supply of new product. Traditional drivers of demand are being joined by emerging disruptors that will increasingly shape the future of the office-space market and commercial real estate as a whole.
How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age
It's been a weird 100 years for artists and creators, says musician and entrepreneur Jack Conte. The traditional ways we've turned art into money (like record sales) have been broken by the internet, leaving musicians, writers and artists wondering how to make a living. With Patreon, Conte has created a way for artists on the internet to get paid by their fans. Could payment platforms like this change what it means to be an artist in the digital age?
NAFTA - Agriculture
Family farm groups from three countries slam NAFTA reboot based on TPP
As the formal talks to renegotiate NAFTA begin in Washington, DC this week, family farm organizations from Canada, the United States and Mexico denounce the direction of the talks. Despite repeated demands by civil society organizations in all three countries, the governments have refused to open the talks to the public or to publish proposed negotiating texts. All signs point to negotiations designed to increase agribusiness exports and corporate control over the food system rather than to support fair and sustainable trade and farming systems.
Opinion - Tax Changes
The sky is falling on small business - or is it?
Proposed tax changes actually bring more fairness to the system, helping to close loopholes and eliminate back-door strategies to hide income - By Michael Wolfson
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently released a long-and-nervously-awaited discussion paper that was met with near apoplexy in some corners. That reaction is misguided. The paper is aimed at closing a number of loopholes where mainly rich taxpayers use private companies (Canadian-controlled private corporations or CCPCs) to reduce their taxes, compared to most Canadians whose incomes come through paycheques or self-employment.
Two mosquito traps test positive for West Nile Virus
Two mosquito traps have tested positive this week for West Nile Virus in Waterloo Region. The traps are located in Cambridge and Kitchener. These are the first positive traps of mosquitoes identified in Waterloo Region this year. The findings of positive mosquito traps are an indicator that West Nile Virus is present in our region and are a reminder that it is important for people to take precautions against West Nile Virus. There have been no human cases of the virus to date in Waterloo Region.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015
Latest global estimates illustrate the vast impact of the two most common chronic respiratory diseases, with 3.2 million deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 0.4 million deaths caused by asthma in 2015, according to a new Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.