Published Tuesday June 27, 2017
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Canada Day 150

U of G Prof Leading Expert on Canada Day

Few, if any, people know more about Canada Day than U of G professor Matthew Hayday. The history professor has written numerous research papers, articles, book chapters and columns on the topic. He has spoken about the July 1 celebration in talks across the country, and co-edited a book about Canada’s national days and holidays titled Celebrating Canada. He was even asked to write the definition of Canada Day for the online Canadian Encyclopedia.


Canadian CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans for Second Half of 2017

Technology hiring in Canada holds steady for the second half of 2017, and staff retention is top-of-mind according to a Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. Fifty-eight per cent of CIOs say they plan to hire professionals, either to grow or maintain their technology teams, while 23 per cent said staff retention is their main concern. In addition to hiring plans, the report also highlights technology skills in demand, additional CIO concerns and factors contributing to local hiring growth.


Mary Zilney’s retires from Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

Following a long career of public service and leadership, the Board of Directors of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (WCSWR) announces the forthcoming retirement of CEO Mary Zilney to take place March 2018. The Women’s Crisis Services offers two emergency shelters, Haven House and Anselma House, plus Outreach services for abused women and their children throughout Waterloo Region.

Chronic Fatigue

Guided self-help approach to graded exercise programme is safe and may reduce fatigue for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

A self-help approach to a graded exercise programme, supervised by a specialist physiotherapist, is safe and may reduce fatigue for some people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to a new trial of 200 people published in The Lancet. The intervention, undertaken over 12 weeks, had a smaller effect on reducing physical disability.

Retirement Study

Gays and Lesbians Who Feel Supported are More Certain about Retirement Prospects

Psychological research shows that the more people feel supported, the more future oriented and planful they are

Gay men and Lesbians who don’t feel socially supported feel less secure about their retirement than heterosexual adults, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Has Potential to Increase Corporate Profitability in 16 Industries an Average of 38 Percent by 2035

Businesses that successfully apply artificial intelligence (AI) could increase profitability by an average of 38 percent by 2035, according to a new report. In addition, the introduction of AI could lead to an economic boost of US$14 trillion in additional gross value added (GVA) across 16 industries in 12 economies.

Business Awards

Guelph Chamber Celebrates 2017 Business Award Recipients

On June 22nd, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce joined leaders in business, government and community to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations and individuals at the Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala. Recipients of this year’s 2017 Chamber Business Awards were selected from a robust list of finalists and nominees from across Guelph.

Canada Day - The Reason Why

Read about the founders; forging Canada into a great nation

Paul Martin writes about Alexander Galt, Preston Manning on George Brown, and Jean Charest and Antionne Dionne-Charest on George-Étienne Cartier

The June 2017 issue of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s magazine marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation with a deep dive into MLI’s Confederation Series, plus a variety of articles on how we should appreciate our country on this sesquicentennial celebration.

Canada Day 150

National Farmers Union endorses Idle No More’s “UNsettling Canada 150” Call to Action

The National Farmers Union (NFU) announced there Canada 150 statement by endorsing Idle No More’s “UNsettling Canada 150” Call to Action. As people across Canada are celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation, the NFU is convinced that this is a crucial time to be addressing both the historical and ongoing dispossession of Indigenous peoples.


Think public-sector pensioners outlive those in the private sector? Think again.

New results from Club Vita Canada: There are better ways to differentiate how long pensioners live – one of the most crucial: their postal code.

New research on Canadian pension and post-retirement benefit plans dispels the view that public-sector pensioners live longer than their private-sector counterparts. After investigating a comprehensive set of factors to explain how long pensioners are living, Club Vita Canada – the first dedicated longevity analytics provider for Canadian pension plans and a subsidiary of Eckler Ltd. – has found that whether a pensioner worked in the public or private sector isn't a meaningful or reliable factor.


Emerging Technologies - Top 10

Turning Air into Water and CO2 into Fuel among Emerging Technologies of 2017

The World Economic Forum’s annual list of emerging technologies includes new techniques that allow drinking water to be harvested from air, and “artificial leaves” that convert CO2 into fuel; other technologies include applications for medicine, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and farming

A diverse range of breakthrough technologies, including “artificial leaves” that turn CO2 into fuel, and a technique that harvests water from air, could soon be playing a role in tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, according to the Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2017, an annual list which is published on Monday.

Clean Technology

China Will Honour Its Commitment to Clean Technology

Breakthroughs in technology, such as energy storage and energy efficiency, are key, and policies should be in place to make every step of recycling profitable

China will prioritize green development and focus on clean technology, said Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, in a session at the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which opened today. He stressed the global benefits of clean energy, and that China would work towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


KidsAbility is expanding in Cambridge and grows to meet the needs of children, youth and families

Over 60,000 children and youth with special needs have ben efited from life - changing therapy and support services at KidsAbility since 1957. As the organization celebrates six decades of service to the community, plans are underway to meet the needs of future generations of children and youth with special needs an d their families in Cambridge.

Municipal Matters

City of Kitchener to take new approach in exploring Creative Hub opportunity

Staff has concluded the procurement process for the lease of 44 Gaukel Street as a Creative Hub without awarding to a successful proponent, after no proposals met the criteria to move to forward to the second phase of the RFP process. Two compelling and well-researched proposals that were responsive to the needs articulated by creative industry stakeholders were evaluated. However, neither proposal contained a financial model that recovered common area maintenance fees and property taxes.

Good By Past

Smart Cities Set to Revolutionize Modern Face of Urban Living

Smart cities, initially an amorphous term, are premised on the adoption of existing technologies and capabilities to deliver safer, more efficient and sustainable cities; The prevailing challenges of smart cities will be in balancing open data and data security, and ensuring inclusivity, especially of ageing populations who tend to be less tech-savvy

Say goodbye to the past and live in the future, the modern face of cities as know them is set to be revolutionized, noted panellists in a session on the future of smart cities on the opening day of the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions.

AI Divide

Checks and Balances of Inclusion Needed to Avert Artificial Intelligence ‘Divide’ between Haves and Have-Nots

Humanity can better harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) if we understand it and conquer the fear of it, soberly reckon with its potential social impact and adopt a more inclusive approach to deploying it

It’s not the armies of killer robots, but the impact on society that should worry us most about artificial intelligence: profound changes in the job market and in the nature of work, exacerbated income and wealth inequality, and a widening “AI divide” separating AI haves from have-nots. This was the consensus of a panel examining the state of artificial intelligence at the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which opened today in Dalian.


Children with mental health challenges program receives OTF Grant

Kitchener – On Friday, June 23rd, Carizon shared the results of a pilot project that established a multidisciplinary team approach to helping children with mental health challenges. An Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant allowed for the delivery of a comprehensive system of assessment that included professionals like occupational therapists, psychologists and speech and language therapists, to share their expertise so that the children could experience greater success in their learning environment.


Putting others first can cost lives in emergencies

Selfless heroism isn’t the best strategy in life-and-death disaster situations involving groups of people, a new study from the University of Waterloo suggests. The study, which used computer modeling of a flooded subway station, found overall survival rates were substantially higher when strong people in a 30-member group reached safety themselves before trying to help weaker people.

Cross Border Partnership

Ontario Centres of Excellence and Fintech Sandbox Announce New Partnership

Boston-based fintech ecosystem support non-profit comes to Canada with signing of MOU

Last Friday Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Boston-based FinTech Sandbox, signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate and expand the FinTech Sandbox model into Canada, starting in Ontario.

Internet of Things

Premier Li: China Is Promoting Inclusive Growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is affecting every aspect of our lives and disrupting business models across the world, including in China

In his opening address at the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, Li Keqiang, Premier of the People's Republic of China, acknowledged the widespread impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution across all economies, sectors and business models. He stressed the importance of pursuing strategies for inclusive growth to ensure that the negative effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are limited.

Global Markets

For China’s to Make its Financial Sector More Competitive, It Must Reform and Open Up

China’s opening up of its financial sector will offer more and investment opportunities to foreign players; Leverage in China is not that high, but is increasing at a rapid pace; Artificial learning and intelligence are creating new ways for financial companies to harness data and engage with customers

The Governor of the People’s Bank of China recently asserted that openness and reform would be crucial to making China’s financial sector more competitive in the world. In a session on the Global Implications of China’s Financial Reforms on the first day of the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice-Chairman for Asia-Pacific at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Hong Kong SAR, agreed.


Ontario and Canada commit $8.4 million for affordable housing in Waterloo Region

The Governments of Ontario and Canada announced significant funding for affordable housing units across Waterloo Region with a ground-breaking event at 108 Sydney Street South in Kitchener. When completed, the KW Habilitation development will provide 22 units of affordable housing for people living with developmental disabilities.

2018 Provincial Election

Education leader Laura Mae Lindo Secures NDP nomination in Kitchener Centre

Laura Mae Lindo, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Director of Diversity and Equity, will be the NDP's candidate in Kitchener Centre in the 2018 provincial election.


Chart of the Week

Everything Crude!

by Michael Hayhoe

This week crude oil officially entered bear market territory with a 20% YTD decline. This is its worst start to the year in 20 years! What's going on? The chart below probably sums it up best. (more charts)


June 28, 2017

THEMUSEUM kicks off Canada Day celebrations with Beer+ Heritage Minutes

The final Beer+ Series of the season will dive into the nostalgic Canadian videos

On Wednesday, June 28 THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener will host its final Beer+ Series of the season, this time featuring a screening of Heritage Minutes , a collection of 60 -second short films produced by Histori ca Canada depicting a significant person, event or story from throughout Canadian history.

June 28, 2017 - Canada Day Event

Community invited to a free Canada150 performance of The Dream Catchers - a musical that dares you to dream!

Community invited to a free Canada150 performance of The Dream Catchers — a musical that dares you to dream!

On June 28 Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Waterloo are hosting a free community performance of The Dream Catchers, a brand new Canadian musical. The performance at Wilfrid Laurier University is one of eight stops in Ontario during the show’s cross-Canada tour.

June 30, 2017

Region of Waterloo launches RFQ for game changing mixed-use transit hub

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo has launched phase 1 of its bidding process to select the private developer who will build the large mixed-use transit hub on Victoria and King Street in Kitchener. This high profile project is predicted to change the way people think about Waterloo Region.

Conference - July 4-8

Laurier conference to explore the hidden world of plants

Waterloo – The Canadian Botanical Association/l’Association Botanique du Canada is holding its annual conference at Wilfrid Laurier University for the first time in its 53-year history.

July 7-30

The stage is set for an extraordinary 29th Beaches International Jazz Festival

Toronto’s beloved summer mainstay, the ever-popular Beaches International Jazz Festival will be taking place from July 7 – 30, 2017. In celebration of its 29th year, the Festival will feature an unparalleled musical roster, multiple stages, venues and the return of renowned and adored festival favourites.

July 15, 2017

Jennifer Jonas to have book launch at Chapters on July 15th

Conestogo raised Jennifer Jonas has recently published a book in the United States entitled "Touching Lives, One Song at a Time", but many of the stories are from her work in Toronto. Jennifer will be coming up to Waterloo on July 15 for her first book signing.

Nominations Accepted unitl August 11

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award

Region of Waterloo - Nominations are now open for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award. Nominations will be accepted by the Region up to 4 pm. on Friday, August 11, 2017.

August 21-23, 2017

Vastly-Expanded Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada to Unveil Innovations in Smart Apparel and Textiles in First-of-its-Kind Showcase

Anticipation mounting for Toronto-based show, August 21-23, with exhibits already 95 percent sold, attendee registration exponentially higher than 2016

Toronto - Self-heating winter coats and boot insoles, t-shirts that monitor a person’s heart and breathing, leg bands that measure muscle performance and help prevent injuries, LED-backlit apparel and socks that improve balance.

September 13-15

Hacking the Future — Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017

Canadian futurist Nikolas Badminton will serve as strategic curator for the summit.

The Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017 will bring together some of the world’s top private and public sector leaders to tackle the disruptive and defining trends that are driving innovation in Canada and globally.

Vote for Your Oktoberfest Beer

Craft Beers at Bingemans Oktoberfest

Online craft beer contest launches Bingemans’ 49th annual Bavarian celebration!

Kitchener — Summer may be just beginning, but planning is well underway for the most exciting Oktoberfest festhalle experience in Waterloo Region. With the launch of a brand new Oktoberfest website and a call out to have the people choose the beer that will be poured, Bingemans is putting together its most exciting Oktoberfest program in the 49 years it has been celebrating Bavarian culture in Waterloo Region.


Ontario Food Festivals

Top 12 Food and Food Themed Summer Festivals

Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights

Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is thrilled to announce this year’s mouth-watering top 100 festivals that will delight your taste buds! Tickle your taste buds at any one of the delicious award-wining festivals and events this year!


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