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Tuesday April 24, 2018

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COLUMNS & COMMENTS


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Uncomfortable Learning

Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with

We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial ideas and unfamiliar perspectives. "Tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn't make them go away," Wood says. "To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity. "


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Global Change

New Satellite Animations of Earth Show How Quickly Humans Are Changing the Planet

New website EarthTime, launched on World Earth Day, combines NASA satellite imagery with over 300 free, open-source geospatial datasets to show humanity’s impact on the planet; EarthTime uses experts to track and connect patterns between a range of topics from deforestation to city growth, coral bleaching and rise in sea level

Geneva, Switzerland – A new website that combines dramatic images from space with expert analysis of how humans are changing the planet will launch on World Earth Day (22 April). EarthTime ties together diverse data layers to show the patterns and connections behind some of the major social and political trends of the past two decades – and how they are inscribed into fast-changing landscapes.


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Blockchain

Busting the Blockchain Hype: How to Tell if Distributed Ledger Technology is Right for You

Blockchain hype is damaging to the overall development work required to reap the benefits of this new technology: Companies need to answer, at most, 11 questions to see if blockchain is the right solution for their problems, according to research and analysis of blockchain’s use in a variety of projects worldwide

San Francisco, California – Blockchain has been hailed as the solution for everything, from resolving global financial inequality, providing IDs for refugees, to enabling people to sell their houses without an estate agent. However, the overwhelming hype surrounding this technology over the past year is misleading and untrue.





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MONITOR


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Regulation

Private Members’ Bill Introduced, Organic Products Act, 2018

Bill will initiate organic products regulation in Ontario.

The bill, originally introduced in September 2017, must be introduced again due to the prorogation of legislature in March, which caused all of the bills on the table at that time to die on the order paper. In November, OMAFRA held a series of listening sessions with the organic sector. Members in attendance clearly communicated the need for regulation. Even though there is a federal regulation for organic products labelling, within Ontario the Canada Organic Regime is only enforced for products that carry the Canada Organic Logo. This means that products labelled simply as“organic" and sold within the province face little to no legal repercussion if these claims are inaccurate or even wholly false.


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Licensing

City of Waterloo continues comprehensive business licensing program

City of Waterloo Council approved staff’s plan to continue with the implementation of the city’s comprehensive business licensing program. The current program began in 2015. Over the course of the last couple of years, staff have implemented several business process enhancements and identified areas for further investigation and improvement. The key objective of business licensing is to ensure public safety and consumer protection in a variety of ways.


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Chinese Attraction

China’s Biggest Mobile Payment Service Launches in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region Tourism Marketing Corporation is set to partner with OTT Financial Group to introduce the Chinese mobile payment service, WeChat Pay, into local tourism businesses to increase travel and shopping consumption in Waterloo Region.


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Emission Control

Waterloo's community scope greenhouse gas emission s reduction long - term target is set.

Green building policy to be revised

Waterloo council endorsed a community scope greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 80 per cent below 2010 levels by 2050. Council also supported the City of Waterloo staff involvement in ClimateActionWR to develop our next Community Climate Action Plan. ClimateActionWR is a collective partnership jointly led by two local non - profit organizations, Reep Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region. ClimateActionWR is directly supported and managed by the Regional Municipali ty of Waterloo and the Cities of Waterloo, Cambridge, and Kitchener .


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Pensioners

Seniors’ organizations across Canada support recomendations and have some of their own

The National Pensioners Federation, representing 250 seniors’ organizations across Canada completely supports the report “Pharmacare Now: Prescription Medicine Coverage for all Canadians” and all 18 recommendations of the Standing Committee on Health which was released on April 18, 2018. Indeed, we have long advocated for a single-payer public prescription drug coverage program – a universal pharmacare program.





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RESEARCH & EDUCATION


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Study

Researchers identify brain mechanism linking PTSD and opioid addiction

Researchers at Western University have shown that the recall of traumatic memories enhances the rewarding effects of morphine, shedding light on the neurobiological link between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and opioid addiction. Steven Laviolette (right), PhD, associate professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry says the research was aimed at finding the underlying neural mechanism that might help to explain why almost 60 per cent of those who suffer from PTSD, also struggle with addiction issues. Laviolette and his team demonstrated in a study published online today in JNeurosci that dopamine receptors in the prefrontal cortex of the brain likely play a role because of their involvement in both traumatic memory recall and addiction vulnerability. The researchers focused on two dopamine receptors in the pre-frontal cortex, D1 and D4.


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Study

Risk tolerance

How much you are willing to risk has many effects across day-to-day life. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that brain structure influences a person’s decision-making tendencies. Connections between two areas of the brain—the amygdala and prefrontal cortex—have implications for everything from junk food consumption to the experience of mood disorders such as anxiety. “If you can characterize patterns of risk tolerance and the associated structural and functional neural markers, we could identify individuals who are most susceptible to these conditions and target preventive efforts accordingly,” said researcher Caryn Lerman.


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Food Study

Young athletes interested in healthy protein, not French fries

The greasy food being served at hockey rinks isn’t really what young hockey players want, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. The study of 25 travel team players aged 11-15 found they were more motivated by performance, recovery and marketing when making food choices – values that typically aren’t represented with the unhealthy food currently served at arenas. “The perceptions these players place around the value of healthy food choices for performance and post-exercise recovery could be leveraged to influence change,” said Susan Caswell, a PhD candidate at Waterloo and author of the study. “This has implications for policies and processes relating to player training and food retail and media environments.”


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Afterglow

Researchers find new way of exploring the afterglow from the Big Bang

Researchers have developed a new way to improve our knowledge of the Big Bang by measuring radiation from its afterglow, called the cosmic microwave background radiation. The new results predict the maximum bandwidth of the universe, which is the maximum speed at which any change can occur in the universe.







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WATERCOOLER


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Careers

Heads of Technology (HOT), Skills Ontario and OACETT partner on online course for technology careers

Waterloo – Heads of Technology (HOT), Skills Ontario and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) have launched a brand new interactive online course to educate Ontario youth about the opportunities for amazing careers in technology in Ontario. The course is designed for Grade 10 Career Studies classes as a way to promote technology career awareness using a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course is open to anyone 13 years of age or older.


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First Time Funding

THEMUSEUM receives $110,000 for Digital Dynamics Festival

Federal & Provincial Governments Invest in Local Arts and Culture

Kitchener - THEMUSEUM is the proud recipient of not one, but two substantial grants. For the first time ever, Canada Council for the Arts has given $40,000, in support of an exhibition curated by THEMUSEUM. INTERACTION, part of Digital Dynamics 2018 which runs until May 13, 2018 features 14 Canadian artists and artist collectives, two of which are located at CIGI and Communitech. The new media art festival was created with the Region’s tech community in mind and encourages visitors to explore how interactivity can be used to engage the public. The installations are not complete until visitor interacts with them.


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Job Well Done

MTE Consultants Receives Award of Excellence for Ottawa Street Double Roundabouts Projects

At the annual Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards in Toronto on April 21, 2018, MTE Consultants was honoured with an Award of Excellence for their work on the double roundabout project at the intersections of Ottawa Street and Homer Watson Boulevard, and Ottawa Street and Alpine Road. The Ottawa and Homer Watson intersection had ranked in the top positions of the Region’s most dangerous intersections since 2009 because of the number of collisions that had occurred. This intersection also sees 60,000 vehicles each day and they anticipated that this number would grow as the community expands. As result, the Region needed a solution that would increase its capacity.


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Environment

Citizens and Community Scientists throughout the World Compete in ‘City Nature Challenge’

The rare Charitable Research Reserve is leading the charge as Waterloo Region competes in the first ever international City Nature Challenge by making as many observations of nature as possible. All citizens of Waterloo Region are encouraged to participate by uploading data to iNaturalist, which gives scientists, educators, urban planners and policymakers insight into the biodiversity of urban locales throughout the world to find out – which city has the most nature.


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PSA

Gastrointestinal Outbreak Declared Over on St. Mary’s Cardiology Unit

An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness on the third floor inpatient Cardiology unit at St. Mary’s General Hospital was declared over as of April 23, 2018. The announcement was made in cooperation with Waterloo Region Public Health. The outbreak was first declared on April 18, 2018.


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Gala Event

2018 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala

Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) hosted the 16th annual Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards (OCEA) Gala at Copper Creek Golf Club. CEO presented 11 prestigious awards to deserving consulting engineering firms whose projects improved the quality of life to the world around them.










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EVENTS


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April 24, 2018

St. Mary’s She Shares: David Chilton

Please join the 3rd annual St. Mary's She Shares speaker event!

This year's networking breakfast session will be partnered with the witty and engaging musings of local treasure, David Chilton - former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and Bestselling Author of The Wealthy Barber.


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April 25, 2018

Waterloo Region Communities Spirit Awards

United Way Waterloo Region Communities is celebrating the individuals and organizations who are working together to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in what Waterloo Region has to offer. For tickets go to www.iamtheone.ca



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April 26, 2018

The Developmental Services Sector wants to be heard at an evening of discourse

Kitchener – Waterloo Region Family Network has invited families, volunteers, and passionate individuals to hear and be heard at an evening of discourse. Elected representatives of Waterloo Region will be in attendance for an open conversation on Thursday April 26, 2018 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.


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May 6, 2018

LIFT THE STIGMA. LIFT LIVES

On May 6th, 2018 let's take another big step towards ending the stigma associated with mental health.

Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids is about inspiring conversations, raising awareness, reducing stigma and making a positive impact on the well-being of youth in our Community. Join us on a 3-5 km walk/fun run for Children’s Mental Health.


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May 7, 2018

Kindred Partners with Rockway Mennonite Collegiate for Envirathon Servathon

Kitchener – Kindred Credit Union announced that it has partnered with Rockway Mennonite Collegiate as presenting sponsor of the annual Rockway Envirathon Servathon. Organized by Rockway Mennonite Collegiate students and faculty, this event sees more than 300 Rockway students, faculty, and staff make their way across the region to volunteer their hands and hearts to work for community organizations and environmental projects. On Monday, May 7, the Rockway Envirathon Servathon will help out at more than 15 different sites including MCC Ontario, House of Friendship, The Working Centre, and many more.


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May 9, 2018

Bill 148: Shining the Light on HR Best Practices

Know your rights and obligations as an employer. Join us on May 9th at the Galt Country Club for an informative breakfast session about Human Resources Best Practices directly related to Bill 148. Presenters Hali VanVliet and Lori Wilson from BDO's HR Advisory Services will discuss changes to Ontario's Employment and Labour Laws and how you can ensure your business is in compliance. Register now at: http://event.bdo.ca/d/6gq8z8


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May 16, 2018

Tax on Tap: Success Strategies to Buy or Sell a Business

4 in 10 business owners are planning to exit their business in the next 5 years, according to the BDC, many due to retirement. This means huge opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Learn how to take advantage of these opportunities at BDO Canada’s next Tax on Tap on May 16th in KW. Learn how to create win-win transactions from our tax and valuation experts. Register now: https://event.bdo.ca/d/7gq895/


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May 24, 2018

CFFB GALA AWARDS DINNER & DANCE

Join the CFFB on May24th as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of CFFB by honouring family businesses for their successes! This highly anticipated gala evening recognizes innovation, inspiration and dedication to building strong families and better businesses. Plan your night so you are able to stay for our “After Party” and dancing!


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June 8, 2018

WEAR RED for the heart of the women you love!



Heart Disease is the leading cause of premature death among Canadian women, claiming the life of 25,000 each year. That's more than the five most prevalent cancers COMBINED. It could be you, your sister, your mother, your friend. You can help. St. Mary's RedDAY is an opportunity to come together as a community to raise awareness of this serious health risk and how it can be prevented. On Friday June 8th, WEAR RED for the hearts of the women you love! Register your participation.


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July 12, 2018

OpenText Announces Inaugural Women in Technology Summit at OpenText Enterprise World 2018 in Toronto

Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith Leads an Inspiring Full-Day Lineup of Prominent Speakers and Panel Discussions

Waterloo – OpenText™, the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced its inaugural OpenText Women in Technology Summit at this year’s Enterprise World conference in Toronto, Ontario. In recognition of International Women’s Day and a global call to Press for Progress, OpenText is releasing its lineup of prominent speakers who will focus their talks on the opportunities and challenges of achieving diversity in the technology sector. OpenText Vice Chair, CEO and CTO Mark J. Barrenechea also released a blog on Press for Progress.


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August 20-22, 2018

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Double in Size, Add New Categories in 2018

Popular China Brand Show to make Canadian debut as part of apparel textile event, drawing visitors from wide range of industry categories

Toronto - The Canadian apparel and textile industry got a boost last week with the announcement that the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show will double in size for 2018 and expand to include additional categories such as accessories, giftware, home electronics, footwear, luggage and housewares and general merchandise.






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