Tuesday February 19, 2019


Climate Change

Laurier researchers and Ecology North partner on Twitter bot project to raise awareness about climate change

On Feb. 11, it was 10 degrees warmer than the historic average in Yellowknife. One day of unseasonal warmth may not mean much. But Wilfrid Laurier University researchers, in partnership with Yellowknife-based not-for-profit organization Ecology North, are betting that a new Twitter bot will help track trends and raise awareness about climate change. The automated Twitter account YK Climate Watch (@ykclimatewatch) will tweet anytime the average daily temperature in Yellowknife is a full degree warmer or colder than average. Not only will this provide a regular reminder when weather deviates from the norm, Laurier researchers based in Yellowknife will perform regular analysis to provide a more comprehensive picture of the trends. The analysis will also be shared via Twitter.

Plant Closer

Statement from Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic on Thor and Erwin Hymer Group North America Developments

In a statement released last Friday two area Mayors in Ontario express shock and concern

“We learned unofficially late this afternoon that Erwin Hymer Group (EHG) North America acquired on February 1, 2019 by THOR filed for receivership and all employees were terminated. This is sad news and our thoughts go to the hundreds of employees and their families impacted by this sudden event, especially as they started their Family Day weekend.

Provincial Comparisions

Comparing Ontario’s Fiscal Position with Other Provinces

The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) has just released a commentary that provides an updated comparison of Ontario government revenue, spending, deficit and debt with that of other provinces. Ontario program spending per capita was also the lowest compared to other provinces last year. In particular, Ontario health care spending per capita was lowest in Canada and well below the average of other provinces. In 2017-18, the Ontario budget deficit was equal to $271 per person, below the average deficit of other provinces. However, Ontario’s deficit is projected to more than triple to $868 per person in 2018-19.

Business Excellence

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Excellence in Our Region at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Gala on Thursday, February 21st at Bingemans!

The Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala is the Chamber’s Premier event and a must-attend night for business owners in the Region! The Gala is a celebration of business excellence, recognizing Chamber members who have made exceptional contributions through their involvement and leadership in the community. It is a time for the business community to come together and show their appreciation towards business and organizations that have helped shape Waterloo Region as one of the strongest professional communities in Canada. This year, our Gala will be attended by over 900 individuals, representing organizations of every size.

Foreign Ownership

Air Canada to Implement Recently Increased Foreign Ownership Levels

Air Canada announced last Friday that it will seek shareholder approval at its 2019 annual and special meeting of shareholders to amend its articles of incorporation to increase the limits of foreign ownership and control of its voting shares to those permitted by amendments made to the Canada Transportation ACT (CTA) in 2018. The amendments to its articles will be undertaken by way of a court supervised and shareholder approved statutory plan of arrangement.

Workplace Health

HCM programs can help SMBs battle the flu bug

The flu bug has been packing a particularly nasty bite this winter, making thousands of Canadians feel under the weather. But it isn’t just those who are sick and the overall health care system that are bearing the brunt of an intensified flu season. Small and medium-sized business across the country are also taking a significant hit as the illness weakens their workforce and saps productivity. While a large company may have the numbers and bench strength to absorb higher-than-normal illness rates among workers, businesses with a couple of dozen employees or fewer can feel the flu’s strain on their already limited resources far more acutely.

Global Trade

WTO trade indicator points to slower trade growth into first quarter of 2019

Trade weakness is likely to extend into the first quarter of 2019, according to the WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI) released on 19 February. The simultaneous decline of several trade-related indicators should put policy makers on guard for a sharper slowdown should the current trade tensions remain unresolved.

Future Thought

Marketers trying to reach Gen Z need to be Global junkies

Gen Z is poised to be even more influential than Millennials but these movers and shakers may not be from America, the UK or anywhere else you’d expect them to live. Research shows that Nigeria (43 percent), the Philippines (36 percent), Pakistan (35 percent), Bangladesh (31 percent) and India (31 percent) have the highest representation of Gen Z in each country’s population. Gen Z only represents 20 percent of the US population and Canada is much less.

Growth In Canada

Bunzl Canada Positioned for Business Growth in Quebec

National distribution leader continues to invest in new technology, facilities and people

Bunzl Canada announced its continued program of business investment in its operations in Quebec. The company has acquired multiple businesses in the province since 2015 with the aim to grow its business in both the wholesale and direct distribution markets. "Quebec is a very strategic market for Bunzl," said Bunzl Canada President, John Howlett. "We have built a truly national distribution and wholesale platform to serve our customers from coast to coast. Our presence in Quebec is critical to enabling us to provide the consistent, responsive service their businesses rely on, right across the country."


Celebrating 25 years of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights

Last Friday marked the 25th anniversary of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). This law, unique in Canada, gives Ontarians the right to participate in environmentally significant decisions of the provincial government. Its tools provide the public with easier access to information about new laws and other proposals that affect the environment. It allows Ontarians to know about and contribute to government decisions, which helps hold the government accountable for those decisions.

Winter Games

2019 Team Ontario Roster Announced

Province Celebrates Athletes Going to the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Team Ontario is proud to announce the full roster of 350 athletes, coaches, managers and support staff that will make up the Team Ontario contingent at the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games. The Games will take place from February 15 to March 3, 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta. Over the past year, members of Team Ontario have been hard at work preparing for the Canada Games. Through extensive training and competition, they have put an incredible amount of time and effort in to represent Ontario and make the province proud on the national stage. Fans can catch the Games on TSN/RDS and online through Sports Canada TV.

Learn from across the Pond

Survey reveals UK organisations suffer from ‘Non-Starter Syndrome’

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of HRs have had new recruits quit before they start; One in five of UK workforce stays in a job for less than a year; HR stuck in a digital dark age, with 87% still to digitise their onboarding comms to reflect multi-generational demands

UK organisations are suffering from ‘Non-Starter Syndrome’, with nearly two-thirds (63%) of HR respondents admitting they had new recruits quit before they even start. The survey, which was conducted in January 2019 and polled 250 senior HR practitioners across the UK, also found that a significant 19% of the UK workforce (one in five employees) stays in a job for less than a year. These statistics present a clear picture of the challenges that UK HR teams now face when it comes to onboarding and retaining talent.

Evolving Ourselves

The age of genetic wonder

Juan Enriquez thinks and writes about the profound changes that genomics and brain research will bring about in business, technology, politics and society.

Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate new species from scratch, what should we build? Should we redesign humanity as we know it? Juan Enriquez forecasts the possible futures of genetic editing, exploring the immense uncertainty and opportunity of this next frontier.

Low Income Housing Strategy

Region asks landlords to offer vacant units to people with low income

The Region of Waterloo is asking landlords to take part in a rent supplement program that could help lower the wait list for affordable housing. Landlords are needed to open vacant units up to tenants who can’t afford market rent. The Region helps landlords fill units and funds the gap between the cost of market rent charged and what the tenant can afford. “We are looking for strong community-minded landlords who recognize that it takes a community to make homes affordable for all,” said Jennifer Murdoch-Martin, Manager of Housing Programs and Development. “The more we partner together to help individuals and families find and keep homes, the healthier and stronger our community will be.”


Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice raise over $112,000 at their Hearts for Hospice Rustic Gala

The annual Hearts for H ospice Gala took place Saturday, February 9th and raised an amazing $112,000 to support Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice. Presented by Mercedes Benz Kitchener Waterloo Region, the Gala saw support from local businesses and individuals. In addition to a live and silent auction, the Hearts for Hospice Gala included a heartfelt “ Fund a Need ” where guests had the opportunity to directl y donate towards our Legacy Garden Project at Innisfree House. The Fund a Need appeal raised over $27,000 , surpassing the goal of $20,000 thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended.


March 28, 2019

St. Mary’s She Shares : Dr. Vivien Brown

Canadian family physician and author of “A Women’s Guide to Healthy Aging” to share her wisdom March 28th.

As a recognized expert on women’s health, Dr. Vivien Brown tells women what they need to do to stay healthy as they grow older. Spanning the topics of the mind and body, Dr. Brown identifies “Seven Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy & Strong”. Sweeping away the myths and sales tricks that populate the internet, she offers insightful and sensible advice based on the latest scientific evidence. Join us for this invigorating luncheon event on Thursday March 28th, 12pm – 2pm. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.supportstmarys.ca/sheshares

April 10, 2019

Regardless of Pathway

Deciding which career path to follow is a difficult decision for many youth. Help them find their fit by showcasing your industry at Explore Your Future, Waterloo Region’s annual career exploration fair for grade 7-12 students and their parents/guardians. Join 60+ local employers and community organizations as an exhibitor, offer an interactive session, or come as a parent/guardian and bring your kids: thanks for the support of local sponsors, this event is free to attend for youth and parents. Register today!

Educational Leadership


The World’s Largest Leadership Event Returns to Cambridge

The world’s largest leadership event is back by popular demand! Drayton Entertainment and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce will once again team up to host Leadercast, an educational event aimed at developing leaders across all industries and at any career level, so they are better equipped to take on the next challenge and inspire others. The 2019 event will be streamed live at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge on Friday, May 10.

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