Tuesday May 21, 2019


Clinical Comeback

Ketamine: The Illicit Party Psychedelic That Promises to Heal Depression

It’s been 50 years in the making, but the anaesthetic and illicit party drug ketamine is now having a clinical comeback.

It’s been 50 years in the making, but the anaesthetic and illicit party drug ketamine is now having a clinical comeback. New studies show that this commonly used anaesthetic can provide quick relief of core symptoms associated with severe depression, including suicidal ideation. Amazingly, ketamine works within hours and its effects are maintained for at least one week. Most strikingly, ketamine is effective in those patients who are resistant to ordinary antidepressants, and they make up around 30 to 50 per cent of the depressed population.

Smart Cities Results

Smart Cities Challenge Announces Winners

The Government of Canada Announces Winners of the Smart Cities Challenge Region of Waterloo entry misses mark for top five.

By driving innovation in communities across the country, the Government of Canada is empowering communities to address the most pressing needs of their residents through data and connected technology. Last week, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and his Parliamentary Secretary Marco Mendicino, announced the four winners of the country’s first-ever Smart Cities Challenge, a pan-Canadian competition that encourages communities of all sizes to harness the potential of connected technology and data to improve the lives of Canadians.


Donated art incubation spaces coming to Uptown Waterloo in support of local artistic talent, reinforcing the creative spirit of the region

Art$Pay expands its vision for supporting career development for young local artists with help from HIP Developments.

Art$Pay, a local organization dedicated to connecting visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and ad vocates for fair pay is expanding its role with the creation of Art Incubate, a tangible artist support program, that will include studios and galleries at 52 and 56 Regina Street North in Uptown Waterloo. The two properties have been donated by HIP Developments for a two year period. The Art Incubate pilot project is designed to offer local visual artists exceptional studio space with a focus on generating community engagement. Th e ground floor at 56 Regina Street North will operate as a visual arts incubator for five emerging artists in a shared studio over a 12-month time period, with 8-10 practicing artists renting private and shared studios at cost throughout both buildings. The studios will house a rtists from a mix of career levels to share networks, resources, new ideas, energy and mediums. Interest in collaboration and community are requirements for any studio tenancy.

Gender-based Violence

Laurier doctoral student in community psychology wins prestigious Vanier Scholarship

A Wilfrid Laurier University doctoral student has been awarded a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Ellis Furman, who is in the Community Psychology PhD program, will receive $150,000 over three years. Furman’s award was one of 166 new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships announced by Kirsty Duncan, federal minister of science and sport, on May 16. In total, three federal research funding agencies are spending nearly $35 million on Vanier scholarships and Bating Postdoctoral Fellowships. Furman’s award is through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


Cambridge company raises $1.8M and receives approval to sell its breakthrough insect-based feed ingredients in Canada

Oreka Solutions Inc., a insect ag-tech firm that delivers immune advantage for more productive agriculture, announced that following successful trials in Canada and the US, the company has raised $1.8M in funding and received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to sell its feed ingredient products to the aquaculture and poultry markets. From its facility in Cambridge, Ontario, the firm creates feed ingredients from insects that have been shown to significantly reduce mortality and increase growth rates in livestock.


Ontario to Focus on Innovation Outcomes

Province launches intellectual property plan to protect home-grown innovation and maximize commercialization

Ontario's government is launching an expert panel and online consultation on intellectual property to help protect made-in-Ontario ideas and create jobs and economic growth. The government is working to strengthen the way the province generates and commercializes intellectual property. This includes maximizing commercialization opportunities in the postsecondary education sector, such as for incubators, accelerators and Regional Innovation Centres.

Good Food

Can the food retail industry deliver on delivery?

Consumers are increasingly adamant that convenience can't come at the cost of the environment or our health - By Sylvain Charlebois

Walmart just announced it will offer a next-day delivery service to customers in the U.S. to compete with Amazon. Walmart will begin by offering service in Phoenix, Las Vegas and southern California, and intends to cover 75 per cent of the United States this year. Customers need to purchase at least US$35 worth of products to take advantage of the service, which will offer more than 200,000 products, including food items.


Personal achievement and interpersonal relations driving Canadian workers

Workplace attitudes study, commissioned by Hamster, reveals more work to be done by Canadian employers

Here's the good news for Canadian employers: More than four out of five (83%) Canadian workers are satisfied with their work, according to an extensive study on the Canadian workplace conducted for Hamster by Léger. Most are also very engaged (90%) and motivated (81%) by their job. Three in four (75%) report that their work is fulfilling because they achieve personal goals.


Political disinformation campaigns not as threatening as you think

When foreign powers try to interfere with the politics of another country by spreading strategic disinformation, research suggests there is no real effect on policies or the balance of power in the targeted country. In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Waterloo investigated whether foreign powers such as Russia and China can influence an election and political outcomes by spreading disinformation. Canada’s federal government has warned of potential interference from Russia during the upcoming election, according to Alexander Lanoszka, assistant professor of political science at Waterloo. Voters in other democracies, said Lanoszka, should not be too concerned that attempted interference would actually influence an election or other political outcomes.

Stress & injury

Researchers find a way to stop stress-induced seizures after traumatic brain injury

For the over one million Canadians who are living with traumatic brain injury, the likelihood of developing epilepsy increases significantly because of their injury. When faced with stress or anxiety, that likelihood increases even more dramatically. While clinically this is a well-known phenomenon, exactly what is occurring in the brain to cause this relationship has always been unclear.


Confusion at the counter: New survey reveals Canadian consumers confused by how food products are marketed at retail

More than a third of Canadians consider themselves a foodie

A new survey commissioned by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma reveals that Canadian consumers are finding it challenging to identify authentic products at the grocer. Of the more than 1,500 Canadian consumers polled, more than half (51%) reported feeling confused by how food products are marketed today, particularly when it comes to understanding the history and origin of a product.


Analysis of Fraud Cases in Canada Reveals Profile of a Fraudster

Individuals holding positions of power and trust may pose the greatest threat, say experts

Individuals holding positions of power and trust are the most to fear when it comes to committing fraud, according to a new report conducted by national business advisory and accounting firm MNP LLP. The report analyzed details from hundreds of prosecuted fraud cases of at least $5,000 in Canada between 2012 and 2018 to reveal the most common characteristics of offenders and highlight ways Canadian organizations can improve their ability to prevent and detect fraud.

Trade & Reality

With lives at stake, Canada’s misguided vision of China demands a careful reboot

David Mulroney was Canada’s ambassador to China from 2009 to 2012.

Canada’s primary foreign-policy challenge with China has been clear for months now. We have to secure the freedom of detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and save the lives of fellow Canadians Robert Schellenberg and Fan Wei, who face death sentences from a murky Chinese legal system that takes instruction from the Chinese state. Our message to allies is clear, too: we all have a stake in pushing back against a China that uses hostage diplomacy, economic blackmail and even the threat of execution to achieve its objectives. But there’s another equally challenging China task on the horizon. We need to start thinking about what we’ve learned from this terrible episode, and how it should shape our future relationship with China.

Future Talk

Bill Gates looks to the future

Microsoft founder Bill Gates takes us deep into his remarkable history and propels us into the future of technology and philanthropy.


Broadband Infrastructure Critical to 21st Century Economy

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Statement in Response to Government’s Eastern Ontario Broadband Plan

Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce released the following statement in response to last weeks Ontario broadband announcement. “We are pleased by the government’s $71 million investment in critical broadband and cellular infrastructure in Eastern Ontario. Access to high-speed internet is a basic requirement of the 21st-century economy, much like roads, bridges, and electricity. As Ontario’s business advocate, we have long called for the government to address the province’s infrastructure deficit.


Shade’s Mills reservoir not adversely impacted by jet fuel spill

Based on reports provided by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) and consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health, there is no risk associated with the jet fuel spill contamination at Shade’s Mills reservoir. This includes recreational activities such as fishing, boating and swimming.

World Trade

Trade weakness to extend into second quarter, WTO indicator suggests

World trade growth is likely to remain weak into the second quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI), released on 20 May. The new WTOI reading is 96.3, exactly as it was in the previous release in February this year, maintaining the weakest level since 2010.

Trade weakness to extend into second quarter, WTO indicator suggests


ADP Canada National Employment Report: Employment in Canada Increased by 61,700 Jobs in April 2019

Employment in Canada increased by 61,700 jobs from March to April according to the April ADP Canada National Employment Report. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Canada National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute. The report, which is derived from actual ADP payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm payroll employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.


Trump Declares National Emergency to Secure the Information and Communications Technology Critical Infrastructure Supply Chain

Last week President Trump signed an Executive Order: Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain, declaring that threats to the information and communications technology and services supply chain by foreign adversaries are a national emergency. The Executive Order prohibits transactions that involve information and communications technology or services designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied, by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary whenever the Secretary of Commerce determines that a transaction would pose a threat to national security, as articulated in the Executive Order.


May 24 to 30, 2019

Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum

Children throughout Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County are getting water-wise at the Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival. The festival takes place at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and runs daily May 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the Daily School List below to find out what schools are attending on what day.

May 28, 2019

Local Credit Unions Unite for Change: Charity Golf Tournament

Education Credit Union (ECU), Kindred Credit Union (Kindred), and Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) announced their upcoming charity golf tournament, Credit Unions for Change. The fundraiser will be held at Rebel Creek on May 28, and it will include an 18-hole golf tournament, a boxed lunch, raffle table, and dinner. The three credit union hosts operate in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. They are sharing the costs of the event and directing all profits to their three chosen charities, which are in support of food security. ECU will support Nutrition for Learning, Kindred will direct funds to The Working Centre, and YNCU has chosen to send proceeds to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

June 7, 2019

June 12 & 13, 2019

Big Data and AI Toronto Returns for its Fourth Year

The annual two-day conference and expo is the largest event of its kind

The Big Data and AI Toronto Conference and Expo returns on June 12 and 13, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Over 5000 attendees will take advantage of an expanded exhibition floor and new conference tracks tailored to both Big Data and AI professionals. With over 150 expert speakers and 90 sponsoring brands, the conference will address today's leading topics in data science, analytics and machine learning.

June 18, 2019

Women in Engineering STEM and Diversity

On behalf of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), we would like to invite you to attend the 17th annual Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Fall Forum entitled It’s Time We Build. This annual conference is the province’s most significant event for women in engineering and advocates for diversity and inclusion in STEM.

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