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Published Tuesday March 28, 2017
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MONITOR

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Apprenticeships

Investment in pre-apprenticeship training

MPP Liz Sandals visited Conestoga’s Guelph campus on Friday, March 24 to announce an investment of $250,416 from the Government of Ontario to support the delivery of free pre-apprenticeship training.

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Health Care

Survey will reduce rates of malnutrition in hospitals

University of Waterloo researchers have created a tool aimed at decreasing the rate of malnutrition in hospitals. Known as the Mealtime Audit Tool (MAT), it will help dietitians, doctors and nurses identify why a third of patients in acute care settings don’t eat the food on their trays.

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R&D

New Research Sheds Light on Why Some People Are More Sensitive to Stress

Stress is a natural biological process enabling us to deal with the world around us. In short bursts, such as exercise or watching a thrilling film, stress is beneficial to the body. But when stress is too much or lasts too long, the effects can be detrimental to our health.

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The Very Best

UNITED WAY Celebrate Dreamers and Doers with 5th annual communtiy achievement night

Nearly 300 guests filled the room at Grand Valley Golf & Country Club for United Way’s 5th Annual Community Achievement Night on March 21st, 2017. The event, titled a Celebration of Dreamers and Doers, was United Way’s opportunity to recognize the impact of some exceptional individuals and organizations who work alongside United Way to build a stronger Cambridge and North Dumfries.

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Co-op

Top employers and students honoured during National Co-op Week

In recognition of National Co-op Week, Conestoga’s School of Career & Academic Access, Department of Co-operative Education, and Corporate Training Department co-hosted an awards breakfast to recognize some of the college’s outstanding employer-partners and co-op students. The event took place on March 23 at Conestoga’s Doon campus.

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Waste Research

Conestoga awarded grants to support e-waste recycling research

Dr. Hamid Karbasi, Conestoga’s NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Advanced Recycling Technologies for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), and industry partner Greentec International, have received approval for two separate grant applications through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Combined, the research grants awarded total $110,000.

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Survey - Fraud

Canadians believe businesses working to protect personal information yet cybersecurity concerns linger

Toronto - There is a sharp drop in the number of Canadians expressing concern about identity theft, according to a new survey conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).

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Finances

Canadians' financial stress continues to affect their health: Manulife Financial Wellness Index

Almost half of Canadians are financially unwell, stressed, worried and five times less likely to engage regularly in any healthy activities

Waterloo - Two in five Canadians say they are financially unwell, according to the latest Manulife Financial Wellness Index. Those respondents are concerned by debt (82 per cent), not saving for retirement (60 per cent), stressed (67 per cent) due to their financial situation and 83 per cent said they are not financially prepared to protect their loved ones (death, serious illness, disability, having a will, etc).

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Budget

Guelph Chamber Welcomes Globally Focused Skills & Innovation Budget

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Government of Canada’s 2017 Budget commitment to building globally competitive small-and-medium sized enterprise, while making important and strategic investments in skills development and innovation. As one of the fastest growing communities in Canada and noted jobs powerhouse, Guelph businesses are well positioned to expand into new markets and be active players in the global marketplace.

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Innovation

Palihapitiya/Lau Venture Creation Fund provides two $50,000 awards to Waterloo Engineering student projects

Two teams of engineering students at the University of Waterloo have been awarded $50,000 each to turn their fourth-year projects into startup companies after graduation.

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News on Fake News - Video

Beyond 60: Post-truth. Fake news. Alternative facts

Is fake news old news? Are “fake news” and “alternative facts” really any different from timeless phenomena like public hysteria and politicians being “economical with the truth”? A closer look shows much that is the same, but also that recent trends are reason for alarm and for taking action.

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Education -Aboriginal

Conestoga hosts Truth and Reconciliation event

On March 24, students, employees and members of the Conestoga community gathered in the Recreation Centre at the Doon campus to participate in the college’s first Truth and Reconciliation event.

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Trump Effect - Trade - Video

Total Impact Panel Discussion on effects of U.S. Administration

With a new Presidential Administration south of the border, the University of Waterloo held a public panel discussion on the social, cultural, and economic consequences of politics.

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Tourism & Poverty

The role of tourism in reducing poverty discussed at UNWTO Workshop in China

The power of tourism to induce poverty reduction and development constituted the main focus of the UNWTO Workshop held in Guangdong, China. The workshop was conducted under the framework of the agreement signed between UNWTO and the Chimelong Group in 2016 designed to support sustainable tourism and wildlife protection through tourism.

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Community Health

Right Start unit provides new dialysis patients with education, support and guidance

Patients with kidney failure who need dialysis to clean waste products from their blood are benefitting from a new program at Grand River Hospital giving them better support right at the start of their care. Grand River Hospital is helping new dialysis patients who start unexpectedly ease into treatment with a program called the “Right Start unit” (RSU) by providing them with a wealth of information on treatment options available and ensuring they understand every step of their care.

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Food - Urban Farming

Lufa Farms completes 3rd high-tech rooftop greenhouse with support of Quebec investors

Lufa Farms makes a compelling model for sustainable urban agriculture; Justin Trudeau visits to see the first full production from the new 63,000 square foot automated facility.

Montreal - Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production. The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables throughout the year.

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Budget Economy Agriculture

U of G Applauds Federal Budget, Emphasis on Agri-Food

As Canada’s “food university,” the University of Guelph is applauding the federal government for investing in food and agriculture in the 2017 budget to grow Canada’s economy, said president Franco Vaccarino.

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Budget Comment

Federal Budget 2017: Momentum Stalls on Infrastructure Commitments

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented a much more cautious budget on March 22nd than he did in 2016. While the 2016 Budget and 2016 Fall Economic Statement both overflowed with infrastructure funding announcements (totalling $180 billion), 2017`s budget repeated previous announcements and took a targeted approach to new infrastructure investment. New details on the Canada Infrastructure Bank were very limited and no new funding was announced for public transit.

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Water Concerns

NFU-O Calls for More Funding at International Joint Commission on Great Lakes

Sarnia - On Wednesday, March 22, Don Ciparis and Emery Huszka of the National Farmers Union-Ontario brought agricultural concerns to the International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes meeting in Sarnia. They noted that farmers are willing and ready to make improvements to their farm operations. For example, some farmers are implementing the 4R fertilizer stewardship and strategic fertilizer best practices and using precision ag technology, crop rotation, and cover crops in grain production while livestock producers have detailed plans for manure, and organic operations choose non-chemical options. Other initiatives such as Environmental Farm Plans, soil and crop plans, and nutrient management regulations are already being implemented by Ontario farmers in many sectors.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Energy

City of Waterloo Council Directs Waterloo North Hydro to Provide Options

Options to consider include: merger or acquisition with another local distribution company, maintain the status quo or sale of the company

Council approved a recommendation to direct the holding company of Waterloo North Hydro to prepare a comprehensive review of the changes occurring in the local electrical distribution sector, how those changes may impact Waterloo North Hydro and to provide ownership options for the locally-owned utility. Options to consider include: merger or acquisition with another local distribution company, maintain the status quo or sale of the company.

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Criminal Justice System Challenges

Province Making Criminal Justice System Faster and Fairer in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph

Province Appointing a New Judge, Expanding Bail Programs and Providing More Support for Jurors

Ontario is moving forward with its plan to make the criminal justice system faster and fairer by implementing programs to help reduce time-to-trial and improve the bail system in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph.

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Budget 2017 Pensions

Response From an Aging Population

Toronto - The National Pensioners Federation supplied the following comment on Finance Minister Morneau's 2017 Federal Budget; This budget commits large financial resources to many social issues that are in need of resolve. This is certainly appreciated. What it does not do is provide the funding soon enough and it has some how manages to provide uncertainty about what and when we will see real change.

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IoT

World Economic Forum San Francisco Center Opens, Aims to Spread Tech Benefits

The World Economic Forum opened the doors of its Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the Presidio in San Francisco, with Mayor Lee of San Francisco and Governor Inslee of Washington in attendance; The Center will convene start-ups, venture capitalists, the world’s leading companies, experts, academics, NGOs and governments to discuss how science and technology policies can benefit all in society

San Francisco – The World Economic Forum last Friday opened the doors of its new San Francisco-based Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Its mission is to accelerate the deployment of technology and science for positive impact on individuals and society, while minimizing their downside risks. A plenary address by Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco and Governor Jay R. Inslee of Washington will mark the opening of the Center.

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Not Ratified

Region of Waterloo News: An important announcement about UniforLocal 4304 and their ratification vote

An important announcement about UNIFOR Local 4304 and their ratification vote

Waterloo Region - Unifor, Local 4304 members, representing workers employed by Grand River Transit and MobilityPLUS have not ratified the tentative settlement reached by the parties in negotiation.

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Future Work Thinking

Thinking about the Future of Work at the Rotman School of Management

Toronto – More than 150 students with expertise in design thinking from across the United States, Europe and Canada will be competing in the annual Rotman Design Challenge at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on April 1 and 2.

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Retirement

Study: The Effects of Education on Canadians' Retirement Savings Behaviour

Higher levels of educational attainment are estimated to directly increase the savings and wealth accumulation of Canadians—even after taking into account income and other personal characteristics known to indirectly affect savings behaviour.

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Global Health

Global rise of multidrug resistant tuberculosis threatens to derail decades of progress

New antibiotics are becoming available for the first time but without accurate diagnostics, clear treatment guidelines, and improved control efforts, their effectiveness could be rapidly lost. The rise of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB) threatens to derail decades of progress in controlling the disease, according to a new report in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine published on World TB day (24th March).

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Food & Farming

Family Farms Targeted by Activists: Canadian Chicken Farmers Proud to Raise the Chicken that Canadians Trust

Ottawa - Canada's chicken farmers are appalled by the inaccurate and irresponsible portrayal of Canadian chicken production that is being used to target retail and foodservice companies.

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Appointment

Stevens Names Dr. Jean Zu as Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering & Science

University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Chair Will Assume New Leadership Role on May 1

HOBOKEN, NJ – Christophe Pierre, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stevens Institute of Technology announced that Jean Zu, Ph.D., P.Eng., an accomplished scholar of mechanical vibrations and dynamics, and mechatronics, has been named the new dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Science (SES) at the university following an international search.





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TALKS

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Data

Mona Chalabi: 3 ways to spot a bad statistic

Sometimes it's hard to know what statistics are worthy of trust. But we shouldn't count out stats altogether ... instead, we should learn to look behind them. In this delightful, hilarious talk, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares handy tips to help question, interpret and truly understand what the numbers are saying. Mona Chalabi tries to take the numb out of numbers. She's left with lots of "ers."

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Patents Pending

Ashton Cofer: A young inventor's plan to recycle Styrofoam

From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam — none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates developed a heating treatment to break down used Styrofoam into something useful. Check out their original design, which won both the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award and the Scientific American Innovator Award from Google Science Fair.






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COLUMNS

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Chart of the Week

Not Going in the Right Direction

Below is a chart of US Government Receipts - Expenditures - by Mike Hayhoe

This is definitely not going in the right direction. Think of this like your personal income minus your living expenses - what's coming in the door minus what's going out. Currently the US Gov't is short about $600,000,000,000 (Billion) which is a lot better than the $1,200,000,000,000 (Trillion) of a few years ago but nowhere near breakeven. The bigger problem is that the line has been on an accelerating decline down to the right with each "recovery" lower than the last one. The only reason this can continue is through the magic of quantitative easing and ultralow interest rates. If either of those policies end, the game is up.





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EVENTS

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Technology - March 29

Waterloo engineering students put innovative work on display

Engineering projects that push the boundaries of innovation will be on display at the annual Capstone Design symposiums, beginning this week at the University of Waterloo. Senior-year engineering students at Waterloo will exhibit projects ranging from snow-removal machines that use ultrasound technology to decaffeinating coffee filters for household coffee machines.

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Refugee

Laurier’s Up/Rooted conference to explore refugees, resettlement and community

Waterloo – At a time when the world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement ever recorded, a Wilfrid Laurier conference will explore issues facing refugees, migrants, and the communities that host them. The three-day, three-location conference runs from March 30 to April 1. Tima Kurdi, the aunt of Alan Kurdi, the three year-old Syrian boy whose drowned body found on a Turkish beach shocked the world, is the conference keynote speaker.

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Hall of Fame

Call for nominations for the Cambridge Hall of Fame

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge Archives and Records Centre is currently accepting nominations for the Cambridge Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted until Friday, Mar. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

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April 4, 2017

The 44th Annual WATERLOO-WELLINGTON SCIENCE and ENGINEERING FAIR

The competition will feature approximately 220 projects and 275 students from grade seven to twelve in Waterloo Region, the Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington County.

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April 8, 2017

First ION vehicle Open House set for April 8

Waterloo Region – Residents will have an opportunity to see and tour the first ION light rail transit (LRT) vehicle during a community open house on April 8. The event will take place inside the Region of Waterloo’s Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF), located at 518 Dutton Drive in Waterloo, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Skills April 12, 2017

9th Annual Global Skills Conference for Internationally Trained Professionals

Local Conference Helps Internationally-Trained Professionals Navigate Waterloo Region Labour Market

Kitchener – “Leveraging Your Skills” is the theme of the 9th Annual Global Skills Conference being held on Wednesday April 12th 2017 at Kitchener-Waterloo Holiday Inn Conference Centre.

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April 21, 2017

WRFN Presents: Evening of Elegance – 3rd Annual Wine, Cheese, Chocolate and Beer Tasting Event

The Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) was founded by families for families with children with exceptionalities almost eight years ago. Through a strong network of parents and an innovative community partnership model, we are the trusted voice of special needs families, offering lifelong support for families and individuals as they navigate the world of special needs. We continually strive to advocate for an accepting and understanding community in which we Educate, Connect and Empower families and individuals.

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April 22, 2017

Earth Month events kick off with Earth Hour this Saturday

Kitchener – The City of Kitchener is tackling climate change through its corporate climate change action plan. Every spring, Earth Day events are one piece of that puzzle. The city organizes and supports a number of events to observe Earth Day, April 22.

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April 27, 2017

St. Mary’s explores “How to be Miserable” with Dr. Randy Paterson

Kitchener - St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 feature speaker for their second annual “St. Mary’s, She Shares” luncheon event. On Thursday April 27 Psychologist and author Dr. Randy Paterson, will discuss the focus of his latest book titled, How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies you Already Use.

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Shared Space

The Future of Workspace is Near

Venture X to open in the heart of Mississauga

On Friday, April 28, the business community, along with several dignitaries will gather for the official grand opening of the Venture X venue.

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April 27, 2017

Fashion for Life Finds an Elegant New Venue

Cambridge – The Cambridge Memorial Hospital is very pleased to announce that Fashion for Life has found a new location for its April 2017 “White Party” Fundraiser in support of Breast Reconstruction at CMH.

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May 1-3, 2017

Skills Ontario and Magna International Partner On Skill Development Programs

Magna ’s investment will support the expansion of the Skills Ontario Competition and other initiatives

Toronto - Skills Ontario will receive a $100,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps . T he investment from Magna International will help Skills Ontario accommodate a growing number of students who want to participate in the various skill development programs that the organization offers.

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August 21-23, 2017

Canada’s largest apparel and textile sourcing show announces major expansion as Canadian industry imports reach all-time high

Thousands of retailers, manufacturers, designers and industry execs to benefit from 50 percent more exhibit space, new trends showcase and top speaker roster at Apparel Textile Sourcing Show

The apparel and textile industry is alive and well – and thriving – in Canada. That’s the message of organizers of Canada’s largest apparel and textile sourcing show, Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC), which successfully debuted in Toronto in August 2016 with more than 200 booths of merchandise and in excess of 1,800 attendees.






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