President and Vice-Chancellor
Distinguished scientist and academic leader Deborah MacLatchy named president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo Deborah MacLatchy, a distinguished scientist with extensive experience in research, teaching and senior administration, has been appointed the next president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. A former dean of science who has served as Laurier’s provost and vice-president: academic since 2009, MacLatchy will begin her five-year term as president and vice-chancellor on July 1, 2017. She succeeds Max Blouw, who will complete his second five-year term on June 30, 2017.
Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge House Prices See Double-digit Increases in the Fourth Quarter of 2016
Employment opportunities and affordability increasing competition among buyers migrating from the Greater Toronto Area
Waterloo Region - The aggregate price of a home in the Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge region increased significantly in the fourth quarter of 2016, rising 12.9 per cent year-over-year to $390,715, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today.
Sandvine wins $4 million deal
Waterloo - Sandvine announced that it has received orders totaling over $4 million from a Tier 1 converged mobile/fixed communications service provider (CSP), headquartered in Sandvine's APAC sales region.
New Version of Maple T.A. Offers Enhanced Connectivity, Workflow among Other Features
New enhancements in direct response to customer requests
Waterloo - Maplesoft announced an update to its popular testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A.. Maple T.A. is a powerful online testing and assessment system designed especially for courses involving mathematics, making it ideal for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. This new version includes a wide range of features and improvements that have been requested by customers.
Sortable hires VICE CRO Ryan Fuss to lead Sales and Marketing
Waterloo startup continues explosive growth, bringing on big name CRO to fuel sales
Waterloo Sortable, one of Canada’s fastest-growing businesses, announced the hiring of Ryan Fuss in the newly-created role of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). In a bold move that brings in one of the industry’s biggest talents, Fuss comes to Sortable from VICE Media Canada, where he acted as CRO for the Canadian arm of the world’s preeminent youth media company and content creation studio.
Under-Employed, Under-Inclusive and Under Threat: the World in 2017
Trends such as rising income inequality and societal polarization triggered political change in 2016 and could exacerbate global risks in 2017 if urgent action is not taken, according to the Global Risks Report 2017; Key drivers of risks can be arrested or reversed through building more inclusive societies, for which international cooperation and long-term thinking will be vital
London, United Kingdom Economic inequality, societal polarization and intensifying environmental dangers are the top three trends that will shape global developments over the next 10 years, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2017 found. Collaborative action by world leaders will be urgently needed to avert further hardship and volatility in the coming decade.
How Embracing Germs Can Encourage Good Health
by Susan Bubak
Germs play an important role in our daily lives they can make us ill, but they also work to keep us healthy. Despite a sickly childhood, University of Guelph graduate and visiting scientist Jason Tetro (right) developed an infectious appreciation for microbes. Now a germ expert and the author of two books, The Germ Code and The Germ Files, Tetro (also known as “The Germ Guy”) wants us to develop a healthy appreciation for the germs that live in, on and around us.
Bank of Canada: Business Outlook Survey - Winter 2016-17
The results of the winter Business Outlook Survey indicate that business prospects have improved following two years of overall modest activity. The responses reflect building domestic demand, a supportive export outlook and an expected recovery in energy-related activity.
Pregnant women should increase vitamin D levels - new studies suggest
New studies have shown how important it is for pregnant women to have optimal blood levels of vitamin D to help lower the risk of their babies developing multiple sclerosis and autism. A newly published study in Neurology from Danish researchers has found that babies born within the lowest quintile of vitamin D levels had twice the risk for future multiple sclerosis (MS) as infants born in the highest quintile. This led the researchers to conclude that low concentrations of neonatal vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of MS.
Program connects international students to Conestoga community
Conestoga’s Student Life team reports an increase in volunteerism has supported growth of the college's English Conversation Partner (ECP) program. Popularity of the program has been increasing annually since its inception in 2012 and it just wrapped up its most successful term yet; during Fall 2016 it connected more than 80 students to conversation partners at the college.
Wastewater treatment upgrades result in major reduction of intersex fish
Waterloo - Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario’s Grand River, led to a 70 per cent drop in fish that have both male and female characteristics within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.
December 2016 Housing Starts in Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo and Ontario
Toronto - Housing starts in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending up at 5,218 units in December compared to 4,338 units in November, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
Ontario and Canada are Partnering with Honda to Strengthen Alliston Assembly Operations
The governments of Ontario and Canada are partnering with Honda Canada to help the company modernize its Alliston assembly operations.
Cost of an iPhone Around the World
Countries without VAT for technology top list as most affordable for tech; Venezuela the most expensive due to hyperinflation; Japan and China 2nd and 3rd most affordable for the iPhone; The UK was found to be the 12th most affordable
Berlin, Germany - Rocket Internet Venture and largest online retailer for Latin America, Linio, observing that the price for the same tech items varied significantly from country to country, even in neighbouring states, conducted the 2017 Tech Price Index in order to better understand this worldwide phenomenon. The research took into account the various aspects which alter the cost. They presented their findings, including the wide-ranging costs for iPhone products, in the 2017 Tech Price Index.
Study unveils how stress may increase risk of heart disease and stroke
Heightened activity in the amygdala a region of the brain involved in stress is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in The Lancet that provides new insights into the possible mechanism by which stress can lead to cardiovascular disease in humans.