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A free world needs political cartoons
We need humor like we need the air we breathe, says editorial cartoonist Patrick Chappatte. In a talk illustrated with highlights from a career spent skewering everything from dictators and ideologues to selfies and social media mobs, Chappatte makes a resounding, often hilarious case for the necessity of satire. "Political cartoons were born with democracy, and they are challenged when freedom is," he says. Born in Pakistan to a Lebanese mother and a Swiss father and raised in Singapore, Patrick Chappatte has lived in New York, Los Angeles and Geneva, Switzerland -- a cosmopolitan life that explains his way of looking at world events.
Vidyard announced an expanded partnership with Adobe to bring the power of video content and video engagement analytics to B2B marketing teams around the world. The new partnership enables businesses to easily add video hosting, publishing, optimization, and analytics to their Marketo Engage deployments, and to integrate video with their lead and account-based marketing automation programs. Through this partnership, Marketo Engage customers can now work directly with a Marketo Engage sales representative to add Vidyard to their Marketo Engage contracts. This means working with one trusted advisor to build a holistic marketing solution that includes video.
Conestoga recently appointed Tony Thoma to the role of executive dean to the Schools of Engineering & Technology, Trades & Apprenticeship and the Institute of Food Processing Technology. The announcement was made in July following Dr. Julia Biedermann’s retirement after more than two decades at the college and nearly six years as executive dean.
Boomers – specifically empty-nesters – are leading the way when it comes to entrepreneurship, challenging the traditional notion of 'sliding into retirement'. Nearly half (42 per cent) of small business owners are boomers compared with 24 per cent who are millennials. Among Canadians who have thought about starting a business, empty nesters are the most likely (46 per cent) to actually have started or purchased one, according to the 2019 RBC Small Business poll.
On Tuesday Maplesoft announced the release of the Maple™ Companion, a free mobile app that complements the mathematical software product Maple. The Maple Companion app enables users to easily bring mathematical expressions into Maple simply by taking a picture. Once in Maple, the user has the full power of Maple available to solve, visualize, analyze, and explore these expressions, and incorporate them into other work. Students can use the Maple Companion to check their homework, visualize a problem they are working on, explore variations of the problem, and more, all without having to enter the equations into Maple manually. The expressions can be handwritten, such as in the student’s own notes, or typeset, such as in a textbook.
Many business owners consider at some point sharing ownership of their company with one or more key employees. Sharing ownership can create powerful advantages—retaining employees for the long-term and incentivizing them to increase business value are usually top motives. Sharing ownership appears to elevate top employees into true partnership with the owners in the ongoing effort to sustain company growth.
Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are forecasting slower revenue and profit growth this year, according to the third annual American Express Global SME Pulse Survey. When asked about revenue projections, only 6 per cent of SMEs forecasted a 5.1-10 per cent growth rate, a significant decline from 2018 where 28 per cent of respondents forecasted the same rate. Similarly, SMEs are forecasting lower profit margins. Last year, 22 per cent of SMEs reported a 5.1-10 per cent net profit margin and in 2019 that number dropped to only 5 per cent.
Waterloo Brewing, officially opened the doors of its brand-new Waterloo Brewing Taphouse and expanded Beer Store. "The Taphouse represents the crown jewel of our hometown brewery and the culmination of a 5-year transformation of our facility from a distribution centre to a "must see craft brewing destination," declared George Croft, President and CEO, Waterloo Brewing. "We are Ontario's first craft brewer and our new Taphouse is an outstanding tribute to that legacy of craft brewing leadership."
On Thursday, September 19, 2019, an audience of 250 including volunteers, community partners, and staff, will celebrate the impact of a three year partnership between two local charities, Community Support Connections and the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo. “As a result of this partnership we are better equipped to handle increasing demand for our programs and services as a result of an aging population,” said Will Pace, Executive Director of Community Support Connections. “We are able to help even more of our vulnerable clients live at home with independence and dignity thanks to their generous commitment.”
Cities are likely to get hotter under global warming. But by countering the intense radiant heat given off by sidewalks, buildings and other infrastructure, urban landscaping and construction can make pedestrian spaces feel 10 degrees Celsius cooler or more, said a University of Guelph atmospheric scientist and co-author of a pioneering study. Published recently in Science of the Total Environment, the study provides the first urban micrometeorological measurements of pedestrian “thermal exposure” during extreme heat in a dry climate, said Prof. Scott Krayenhoff, School of Environmental Sciences.
SAN DIEGO - Radicle Growth, an acceleration platform for early-stage ag and food technologies, revealed today the eight Canadian-based entrepreneurs who will compete at the first-ever Nutrien-Radicle Challenge Pitch Day Competition in Saskatoon on October 1-2, 2019. One growth-stage company will receive US$1 million in funding and an early-stage company will receive US$250,000.
Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) across Europe are digitising their time-consuming invoice verification and claims management processes. A recent analysis by Frost & Sullivan reveals that owing to this development, the region's freight cost management (FCM) market is poised to register a CAGR of 17.4%, with gross market revenues predicted to rise from €484 million in 2018 to approximately €1.49 billion by 2025.
Three fun facts: (1) Studies show that resumes with “white” sounding names (like “Greg”) were 50% more likely to get a callback for an interview by potential employers than a more stereotypically African-American sounding names (like “Jamal”), even when the resumes were identical aside from the name. (2) Brunette and redhead women’s salaries are approximately 7% less than their blonde counterparts. And (3) almost 60% of corporate CEOs are over six-foot-tall; a large disproportion compared to the fact that less than 15% of American men are over this height. In a popular political television show, one character says, “Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln. Tall men make great presidents.”
Based on the results of the Affordable Transit Study and an environmental scan of other Canadian transit systems and fare products, Waterloo Regional Council has endorsed a new Low-Income Transit (LIT) program. This program would offer discounted monthly passes and stored value to Region residents whose household income is considered below the Market Basket Measure. It is estimated that the LIT program would include approximately 8,600 customers.
Canada's real estate sector is carefully monitoring government policy changes, housing affordability and technology disruption and what that may mean for the industry. Developers, investors, lenders and other leading experts are cautiously optimistic according to the 2020 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report published today by PwC Canada and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The best bets for 2020 are mainly about "beds and sheds," with a focus on mid-priced apartments, transit-oriented development, as well as warehousing and fulfillment.
Observations by Grand River Conservation Authority staff this week have identified the presence of blue-green algae in the reservoir at Belwood Lake.Park visitors, recreational users and cottagers should be aware.
A new study, VERIFY (Vildagliptin Efficacy in combination with metfoRmIn For earlY treatment of type 2 diabetes) presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona, Spain (16-20 Sept, 2019), and published simultaneously in The Lancet, is the first to show that early combination therapy using vildagliptin and metformin in patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) leads to better long-term blood sugar control and a reduced rate of treatment failure than metformin alone (the current standard-of-care treatment for patients newly diagnosed with T2D).
The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that it is partnering with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre to host the 13th Annual Inspiring Women Event on September 19th, 2019. The Inspiring Women Event is a full-day designed to motivate, inspire, connect and celebrate professional women and entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2006, over 8,000 women have participated in this unique day of sharing of experiences and information, acquiring new connections, and education. This years theme surrounds the topic of health, wellness and the art of resiliency.
United Way Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) is inviting community members to join them on Friday, September 20th, 2019 for a vibrant and boisterous march along King Street celebrating the launch of the organization's 2019 fundraising campaign. Starting at Waterloo Public Square in Waterloo, Ontario and ending at Carl Zehr Square in Kitchener, Ontario, the 3km march - titled ‘March of 1,000 Umbrellas’ - aims to raise awareness and funds for a critical network of local services supported by United Way.
Kitchener – Kindred has joined with Hospice of Waterloo Region for the third year as presenting partner of the Kindred Credit Union Hike for Hospice. This annual five kilometre walk or run raises funds for the programs and services offered by Hospice of Waterloo Region, including the Community Outreach Hospice Services program. Hospice of Waterloo Region’s vision is to create a community where no one experiences an end of life alone. The Kindred Credit Union Hike for Hospice is one of Hospice of Waterloo Region’s main fundraisers, supporting programs that bring comfort and care to more than 1,400 people each year.
The future of Canadian manufacturing will take centre stage later this month as Canada’s leading industry event, the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS), returns to The International Centre in Toronto September 30 to October 3, bigger in both size and scope. The 2019 show – 10 per cent larger in both exhibitor and attendee numbers – is expected to attract more than 9,000 manufacturing professionals from across the country and the world and will feature more than 430 exhibits – with some 700 industry suppliers represented – more than 80 education sessions and 4 workshops.
Kitchener — With authentic German food, German beer (and local favourite Canadian crafts as well) and Germany’s biggest OOMpah/rock band, Bingemans will be hosting the biggest and most explosive Oktoberfest celebration to be had this side of Munich. Making their Canadian debut in Kitchener at Bingemans’ Oktoberfest, Dorfrocker will be kicking off celebrations with back-to-back performances October 11th and 12th at Bingemans Kool Haus. They are headlining another strong roster of entertainment that includes traditional OOMpah bands, DJ music and the ever-popular Tonic Band, The Lulu’s Band and “Mr. Oktoberfest” himself – George Kash. “Oktoberfest at Bingemans is one of the biggest parties you will find anywhere,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “As one of the largest Bavarian festivals outside of Germany, it captures the spirit of a Munich-style Oktoberfest and having Dorfrocker performing is going to take the entertainment experience to a level this region’s Oktoberfest has never seen before. Dorfrocker’s unique sound is made for Oktoberfest celebrations.”