Thursday August 16, 2018


3 Ways

The little risks you can take to increase your luck

Luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic -- it's much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Catching more of it is easy but not obvious. In this insightful talk, Stanford business school professor Tina Seelig shares three unexpected ways to increase your luck -- and your ability to see and seize opportunities.


App that will extend your smartphone battery life

New research out of the University of Waterloo has found a novel method to extend the battery life of smartphones for up to an hour each day. The researchers have developed an app which smartphone users can use to reduce the energy consumption of their devices without any significant impact on performance. “The built-in multi-window feature released with the new Android operating system allows users to have multiple windows and files open at the same time similar to a laptop, but this results in unnecessary energy drain,” said Kshirasagar Naik, co-author of the study and a professor in Waterloo’s faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Taxpayers' Ombudsman to examine how the CRA integrates the Taxpayer Bill of Rights in its operations

Taxpayers' Ombudsman Sherra Profit is launching an examination to determine whether the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is effectively integrating the rights and values of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBR) in its activities, and on the CRA's accountability and reporting regarding the integration of these rights in its service to taxpayers. "The rights in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights are important and need to form part of the foundation guiding the CRA in its interactions with taxpayers. Through this systemic examination we will identify any gaps and areas for improvement, to assist in improving the CRA service culture and service to taxpayers," said Sherra Profit, Taxpayers' Ombudsman.

Trade & Twitter

The Major Trade Implications of The Canada-Saudi Arabia Spat

Ensaf Haidar, wife of the jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, took refuge in Canada after her life was threatened in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by ALDE Communication via Flickr)

By Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor

A diplomatic spat between two countries may seem only political at first, but the ongoing Canada-Saudi Arabia spat could have serious economic ramifications as well. Over the years, international political economy research has demonstrated that bilateral diplomacy has significant economic impacts, especially on bilateral flows such as trade and investment between countries. Indeed, the influence of politics on international trade has gained acceptance in economics. An increasing number of studies have found that diplomatic relationships between nations, taking the form of state visits, trade missions and the presence of vibrant consulates and embassies, are significant determinants of bilateral trade between countries. A current study in the Research Handbook of Economic Diplomacy found that bilateral diplomatic relations can even have a more pronounced influence on trade than economic integration between two countries.


New GRASP Project Aims to Leverage ‘Embodied Intelligence’ via a Robotic Squirrel

It takes about a year before human infants master their own motor skills well enough to walk. While putting one foot in front of the other seems natural, remaining upright requires subtle shifts of balance throughout the body. Uneven terrain presents an additional challenge, but it’s one that children quickly overcome without much in the way of formal training or guidance. And once they’re up and running, there is no end to the novelty of jumping, skipping and climbing skills that kids discover and invent.

Global Trade

Social Mobility and Stronger Private Sector Role are Keys to Growth in the Arab World

Over the past decade, governments in the Arab World have led investments in infrastructure and connectivity, turning some of their countries into global leaders in technology adoption. Arab Economies urgently need to diversify and foster entrepreneurial freedom to increase opportunities for young people and prepare the region for the transformations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

In spite of unprecedented improvements in technological readiness, the Arab World continues to struggle to innovate and create broad-based opportunities for its youth. Government-led investment alone will not suffice to channel the energies of society toward more private sector initiative, better education and ultimately more productive jobs and increased social mobility. The Arab World Competitiveness Report 2018 published by the World Economic Forum and the World Bank Group outlines recommendations for the Arab countries to prepare for a new economic context.


How Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Are Impacting Accounting and Finance Departments in Canada

Survey Finds They're Changing the Needed Skills, Increasing IT Collaboration

Blockchain isn't just disrupting how business is conducted, it's disrupting the demands on accounting and finance functions. One of the most well-known ways is cryptocurrency, which, according to 50 per cent of financial leaders in a Robert Half Finance & Accounting survey, will become at least somewhat common for business transactions in the next five years. Respondents also noted blockchain and cryptocurrency will drive the need for financial professionals to expand their skill sets and put greater focus on cross-departmental collaboration with IT.


Prof Discusses New and Potentially Deadly Parasite

University of Guelph Prof. Andrew Peregrine (right) did a series of CBC Radio interviews across Ontario on Aug. 14. He talked about a new tapeworm found in foxes and coyotes that could threaten dogs and could spread to humans. A professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College, Peregrine explained that the parasite, Echinococcus multilocularis, is new to Ontario and is unlike other tapeworms. The small tapeworm lives in the intestines of foxes or coyotes, which shed the parasite’s eggs into the environment through feces, he explained. Peregrine said rodents or dogs may come into contact with rodents or dogs, and the parasite may pose a threat to humans.

Community Partners

Waterloo community building boosted by partnership with Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

The City of Waterloo announced its newest grants partner, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF). “The success of our community is not dependent on one person or one organization. It’s the result of many people coming together to achieve a common goal,” says Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “We are thrilled to work with KWCF, and our residents, to enhance our community and make our neighbourhoods even stronger and more connected.”


Culture and Technology Scholar Julia Ticona Studies the Promise and Perils of the Gig Economy

When you see a McDonalds, you might think about the delicious-meets-unhealthy world of Big Macs and fries. But there is a whole strata of society that sees something else first: free internet. These are the people that Julia Ticona studies: the low-income workers in America who scrape by juggling multiple minimum wage jobs and side hustles. For many, computers and reliable home internet can be unaffordable luxuries, making cell phones an essential lifeline to employers who may call them to work — and induce a childcare scramble — at any time.


Agriculture - Grand River Basin

Farmers can apply now for cover crop payment

Cover crops grown over the winter on agricultural fields are just the right thing to do, according to some local producers who participated in a Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) program and received an incentive payment last year. Applications for the cover crop program can be submitted now for payment in spring 2019. The per-acre incentive is offered to applicants in Wellington, Brant, Haldimand and Dufferin counties, as well as Waterloo Region, through the GRCA’s Rural Water Quality Program (RWQP).

Vital Signs

Laurier professors and students help with Brant Community Foundation’s first Vital Signs report

The Brant Community Foundation launched its inaugural Vital Signs report at an event held at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford Aug. 14. The Brant Vital Signs publication is a snapshot of the community at this point in time based on several measuremen ts collected by Laurier’s research team. The report includes measurements on 10 key community vitality indicators such as public safety, health and wellness, economy, environment and more.

Art & Culture

Anthropocene exhibition explores human impact on the planet

Opening Sept. 28 in Toronto, the exhibition takes visitors on a revelatory trip across the globe though large-scale photographs by Edward Burtynsky, short films by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, and cutting edge augmented reality installations

Our planet is changing, faster than ever. This September, internationally acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky, and award-winning Toronto filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier present the dramatic findings – through photographs, film and innovative augmented reality (AR) installations – of their four-year investigation into how humans have impacted the Earth.


August 20-22, 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.

September 16, 2018

Hike 4 Heart

Come gather with individuals, families and St. Mary’s staff who understand the challenging journey of heart disease. Together we celebrate the joy of recovery and acknowledge the resilience of our “Heart Hero’s”!

October 6 - 13, 2018

Raise your Steins this October

Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls and grab your Tyrolean hats. Oktoberfest is back and Bingeman's is celebrating it's 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest

As the biggest Bavarian festival this side of Munich, Oktoberfest is a beloved autumn tradition in Kitchener — and Bingemans has been a part of the experience since 1968. Home to the largest festhalle, Kool Haus, Bingemans is looking to outdo themselves once again for the 2018 celebrations. “Over the years we’ve been listening to what our guests want and are aiming to provide the best experience for everyone,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “This includes making our tents bigger, adding another tent and expanding our beer selections. We’re really excited about this year’s Oktoberfest events.”

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

November 13, 2018

SVP Waterloo Region Kicks Off Perfect Pitch Workshop for Charities Wrap Up Event

It’s not just tech companies that need to know how to pitch. Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region (SVPWR) announced the first pitch workshop for charities in Waterloo Region: Perfect Pitch. The Perfect Pitch workshop kicks off in September, and six charities will receive guidance from dedicated coaches from the business and tech/startup worlds in Waterloo Region. These charities will build their ability to tell their organization’s story with power and clarity. The workshop series will wrap up with an exciting Perfect Pitch event on Tuesday, November 13. That evening, the charities will take the stage in front of community members and judges with real cash awards on the line. For extra fun, during the evening, each audience member can decide which of the six charities receives proceeds from their admission ticket.

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