Thursday July 19, 2018


Ted Talk

What your smart devices know (and share) about you

Once your "smart" appliances can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out -- so they outfitted Hill's apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often the devices contacted their servers and see what they were reporting back. The results were surprising -- and more than a little bit creepy. Learn more about what the data from your smart devices is telling companies about your sleep schedule, TV binges and even your tooth-brushing habits -- and how tech companies could use it to target and profile you. (This talk contains mature language.)

Trade Wars

Canada's Uranium Industry No Threat to U.S. says Steelworkers

There is no justification for Canada to be included in an investigation by the United States into whether imports of uranium threaten U.S. national security, the United Steelworkers (USW) says. The Trump administration announced yesterday that it has launched an investigation into uranium imports into the U.S., once again invoking the so-called Section 232 clause in American trade law that allows for imposition of tariffs or quotas on foreign imports deemed to threaten U.S. national security.

Cannabis Start-Up

CannTx Obtains License to Cultivate From Health Canada

CannTx Life Sciences Inc. a new Puslinch start-up has announce it has been granted a license to cultivate cannabis from Health Canada under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Obtaining this license marks a significant milestone for CannTx. “This is a major step towards our much bigger goal of providing our quality product to medical patients and to recreational customers in the adult-use market once legalization of cannabis takes place in October 2018. We also look forward to becoming the premium supplier of certifiably clean, disease-free inputs to licensed producers as part of our larger business plan,” said Mike Abbott (right), President and CEO of CannTx.


New Insurtech Partnership to Provide On-Demand Insurance in Canada

The Co-operators taps into innovative partnership with Slice Labs to create solutions that address unmet insurance needs in the fast-evolving digital economy.

The Co-operators, together with award-winning insurtech business partner Slice Labs Inc. (Slice), announced yesterday that they have signed an exclusive agreement to leverage the Slice Insurance Cloud Services™ (ICS) platform to launch The Co-operators new digital insurance brand in Canada.

Talent Attraction

Canada continues to be seen as less competitive

Canada continues to be seen as less competitive when compared with the United States and tax weighs heavily in that viewpoint, according to a survey of business leaders by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). The CPA Canada Business Monitor (Q2 2018) recently surveyed professional accountants in leadership positions. The findings of the quarterly survey show that 68 per cent of the respondents view Canada as a less competitive place to invest and do business versus the United States when compared with a year ago. That viewpoint is basically unchanged from the previous quarter.

Personal Growth

Learning to Trust

by Marc Lacoursière

Trust is an important element of successful strategic planning. Every year, usually in the last fiscal quarter, senior leadership teams book an offsite meeting to set strategic objectives for the coming year. Perhaps part of that day is spent looking in the rear view mirror assessing what did or did not get accomplished from the previous year’s goals. For some participants this will be the first update they’ve seen since the goals were set the previous year. Not an ideal scenario, but at least the organization is meeting to plan: most organizations don’t do any formal strategic planning.


Teachers become pupils at immersive physics camp

by Colin Hunter

Fourty-four teachers from around the world gathered for EinsteinPlus at Perimeter Institute, sharing ways to bring physics to life in their classrooms. The purpose of education, Albert Einstein once wrote, “is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.” Such training requires a high tolerance for being stumped, especially when it comes to mindbending topics like quantum mechanics, general relativity, and the mysteries of black holes.

Politics & Business

Entire Cabinet Has a Role in Making Ontario Open For Business

With the legislative session resuming, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce wrote to each provincial Cabinet minister, outlining a blueprint to execute over the next four years that will help make Ontario open for business. The OCC’s blueprint includes both policy asks where immediate action is required to support business and foundational recommendations for long-term prosperity.

Contribution to Science

Quantum researcher honoured with Knighthood

Perimeter Associate Faculty member Michele Mosca has been honoured by the Government of Italy for his contributions to science. Michele Mosca has earned many awards and distinctions for his pioneering work in quantum computing and cybersecurity, but a knighthood was an unexpected first. Mosca has been appointed as a Knight in the Order of Merit by the Government of Italy. The knighthood recognizes the contributions Mosca, who is of Italian descent, has made to quantum information science and digital security, as well as teaching and outreach.

Apparel Industry

Fashions, Fabrics and Textiles from Around the World to be Showcased in Toronto August 20-22

Latest designs from 20 countries among highlights of upcoming Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada show

Toronto - Want to know what’s trending in the world of fashion across the globe? The Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show will unveil to the Canadian market the latest and greatest in apparel from 20 countries August 20-22, 2018, in Toronto. From a “Made in Ukraine” showcase introducing eight Ukrainian designers and manufacturers, to a display of offerings from China’s top 10 brands and the newest fashion innovations from countries such as Switzerland, Spain, the U.S., the U.K., India, Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal, to Canadian-made futuristic clothing that diagnoses and treats health conditions, ATSC will present a three-day apparel and textile extravaganza at the Toronto International Centre.

Personal Growth

The power of diversity within yourself

Rebeca Hwang has spent a lifetime juggling identities -- Korean heritage, Argentinian upbringing, education in the United States -- and for a long time she had difficulty finding a place in the world to call home. Yet along with these challenges came a pivotal realization: that a diverse background is a distinct advantage in today's globalized world. In this personal talk, Hwang reveals the endless benefits of embracing our complex identities -- and shares her hopes for creating a world where identities aren't used to alienate but to bring people together instead.

Global Tourism

World Tourism Day Places Focus on Innovation & Digital Transformation

The importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the centre of World Tourism Day 2018, to be celebrated in Budapest, Hungary (27 September 2018).

SuperMarket Competition offers grocery delivery service across Southern Ontario

Costco Wholesale announced yesterday the launch of Costco Grocery, the company’s first online grocery site in Canada. Hosted on, the service is available to residents and businesses across Southern Ontario, who will benefit from the convenience and savings provided by a Costco membership at their doorstep.


Water Intelligence

AI technology could help protect water supplies

Progress on new artificial intelligence (AI) technology could make monitoring at water treatment plants cheaper and easier and help safeguard public health. Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed AI software capable of identifying and quantifying different kinds of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, a threat to shut down water systems when it suddenly proliferates.

Future Currencies

Many basic claims of cryptocurrencies are simply not true, says industry provider

Cryptocurrencies represent a classic bubble, in which valuations are purely the result of speculation on the likely behavior of the market rather than a clear-eyed assessment of underlying value

Despite the claims of their proponents, cryptocurrencies fail to meet the basic technical standards necessary for them to function effectively as currencies, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. The company’s latest report: ‘Cryptocurrencies - Thematic Research’ notes that while blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) will play a role in supporting the modernization of many financial systems, the notion that blockchain itself will deliver massive savings is a fantasy.

Licence Agreement

PlantForm, South Africa’s CSIR and BGM Pharmaceuticals announce research collaboration

Research and licence agreement focuses on production of biosimilar trastuzumab for African markets

Guelph - PlantForm Corporation of Canada and South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in collaboration with BGM Pharmaceuticals, announced a research and licence agreement for the production of biosimilar trastuzumab using PlantForm’s vivoXPRESS® manufacturing system.

Oil Markets

Canada must maximize its oil profit potential

Enbridge pipeline approval is good news for Canada's oil profit potential, but our oil still remains largely confined to U.S. market - By Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman

Regulators in Minnesota recently approved Enbridge's $9-billion Line 3 replacement pipeline project. The project will add much-needed export capacity for Canadian oil producers in Alberta who continue to face costly transportation constraints. When it comes on stream in late 2019 or early 2020, the project will add 375,000 barrels per day of export capacity from Canada to the United States. This will likely increase Canadian oil prices, easing the substantial losses imposed on the energy sector due to the lack of adequate pipeline capacity. And more capacity is sorely needed.


Philanthropy Partnership

Local investments to improve food security for seniors

Two local foundations are presenting cheques Thursday, July 19th in support of an innovative initiative that will benefit local seniors, while generating significant net new revenues for the charity that supports them. Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) is leveraging their existing kitchen and garden to expand their successful hot meals program to include frozen meal preparation. “We are so honoured to have both The Cowan Foundation and the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation partnering with us for this important project which will help us make our services available for years to come,” said Will Pace, CSC’s Executive Director.


Local Realtor Named Top Under 30 Real Estate Professional in the World

Mike Bolger honoured in prestigious Coldwell Banker Real Estate 30 Under 30 List

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has announced that Mike Bolger , a Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty in Kitchener, Ontario , was named to the Coldwell Banker 30 Under 30 . This prestigious list encompasses the top young real estate professionals who have achieved success in sales, philanthropy and leadership from amon g the nearly 92,000 independent real estate professionals affiliated with approximately 3,000 offices in 47 countries and territories globally. Bolger is one of just two Canadians to be included.

Local Politcs

McGarry To Enter Race for Mayor of Cambridge

Yesterday Kathryn McGarry, who previously served as Liberal Cambridge MPP and a provincial Cabinet Minister, formally entered the race to be Mayor of Cambridge. Below is a statement from the candidate: Here are her remarks as distributed in the formal announcement.


July 9-20, 2018

Laurier’s BrainWorx summer camp uses fun to teach children about psychology

Crafts, games, sports, outdoor play – and plenty of learning about psychology and the brain. That’s what BrainWorx, a unique summer camp at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus, offers children aged six to nine. BrainWorx is run by Professor Kim Roberts, director of Laurier’s Child Memory Lab and a member of Laurier’s departments of Psychology and Criminology. Campers will have a chance to participate in studies that explore how children learn, remember and differentiate information. In the process, they learn how research works and about the areas being researched – all while having fun.

July 17, 2018

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Unveil Futuristic Clothing

Fashionwear that diagnoses, treats health conditions among products to be featured at Toronto show, August 20-22

Toronto – Canada is leading the way in breakthrough technologies in the rapidly-growing apparel and textile industry, with many innovations set to be unveiled to the public at the upcoming Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show, August 20-22, 2018 in Toronto.

October 24, 2018

Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Southwestern

Bringing the Latest OH&S Updates to Your Community

The Canadian health and safety landscape is constantly changing. Whether it’s new legislation, innovations in technology, quality and safety standards, changing demographics or workplace culture, today’s health and safety community is challenged with staying ahead of the curve.

November 8, 2018

Discover Rockway - Gr. 7-12 Open House

This event is an opportunity to see Rockway in action, meet the faculty, administration, parents and students and see why Rockway might be the right place for your family. Join us! Register at

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