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Thursday April 19, 2018

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COLUMNS & COMMENTS


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Organic Solar Cells

A printable, flexible, organic solar cell

Hannah Bürckstümmer has a vision for sustainable buildings and how organic solar cells can make it real.

Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Hannah Bürckstümmer shows us how they're made -- and how they could change the way we power the world.


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Retail

Why the Price-Fixing Scandal Might Not Be All Bad for Loblaws

By Michael von Massow

A recent survey from Dalhousie University suggested that consumer trust in Loblaws has fallen by 10 per cent since the announcement of the bread price-fixing issue. But will the scandal have a sustained negative impact on Loblaws?


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Bank Rate

HSBC Comments on Bank of Canada rate decision

Policy unchanged, as expected, but an unexpectedly dovish statement; The Bank of Canada left its policy rate unchanged at 1.25% ... and maintained a watered-down tightening bias despite encouraging developments on inflation and wage growth. The Governing Council remains cautious owing to uncertainty over exports, business investment and the sensitivity of the economy to interest rate movements. - David Watt, Chief Economist, Canada

As expected, the Bank of Canada left its policy rate unchanged at 1.25%. The Bank of Canada also maintained a watered-down tightening bias. Hence, while saying that "higher rates will be warranted over time," the Governing Council will continue to "remain cautious with respect to future policy adjustments."


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Political Risks

Dropping the gloves over pipelines

Kinder Morgan's acknowledgement that doing business in Canada may not be worth the trouble represents a watershed moment in Canadian economic history - By Ken Green

Earlier this month, pipeline company Kinder Morgan announced it will suspend all "non-essential" activities and "related spending" on the federally-approved Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. In unusually clear language, Kinder Morgan explained that it can't invest more money into a project that it can't ensure will see completion.




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MONITOR

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First of its Kind

evolv1 Sets a New Benchmark for Green Building Innovation with Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building - Design certification

This multi-tenant commercial office building is the first of its kind to meet the Canada Green Building Council’s rigorous new zero carbon standard

Waterloo - Just in time for Earth Day, The Cora Group announced that it has been awarded Zero Carbon Building - Design certification by the Canada Green Building Council® (CaGBC) for evolv1. A new commercial multi-tenant office building now in construction, evolv1 is one of 16 elite projects across Canada to be selected by the CaGBC to participate in a two-year pilot of its new Zero Carbon Building Standard. It is also the first building to earn the Zero Carbon Building - Design certification.


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Sustainable Transportation

New bikeshare pilot project approved by Waterloo Region

After Community Access Bikeshare (CAB) informed the Region that it would no longer operate as of January 2018, community members, the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, and organizations such as ClimateActionWR vocalized their support to continue bikesharing service in Waterloo Region.


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Future Cast

AI Projected to Replace Thousands of Banking Jobs

By turning employee functions over to artificial intelligence, financial services companies hope to gain reduced operating costs, better customer service, and a heightened competitive edge. Without greatly improved performance from existing IT systems, however, these gains may prove illusory.

Glendale —Anthony Jenkins, former CEO of Barclays Bank, predicts that over the next 10 years, advances in financial technology—especially in artificial intelligence (AI)—could cause the number of people employed by the financial services sector to decline by as much as 50%, providing the industry with huge cost savings and enabling a much more competitive atmosphere.1 “That’s the vision,” says James D’Arezzo, CEO of Condusiv Technologies. “The reality is more complicated. Unless banks deal with the performance issues that AI will cause for ultra-large databases (typically run on Microsoft SQL servers), they will not be able to take the money gained by eliminating positions and spend it on the new services and products they will need in order to stay competitive.”


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State of The City

Kitchener announces first ever multi-million dollar municipal sponsorship at Mayor Vrbanovic’s State of the City Address

South Kitchener District Park will be renamed RBJ Schlegel Park

Kitchener - Mayor Berry Vrbanovic announced the city’s first ever multi-million-dollar municipal sponsorship agreement at Tuesdays State of the City Address. In a speech that focused on the importance of citybuilding, Mayor Vrbanovic announced that RBJ Schlegel has signed a $2.3 million sponsorship agreement, providing them the naming rights of the city’s newest district park. The South Kitchener District Park will be renamed RBJ Schlegel Park.


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Interruption Cost

Forensic Accounting Services Launches Online Business Interruption Calculator

Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. announced the launch of an online simple loss calculator as an enhancement to its Crawford Forensic Accounting Service offering. Coupling technological innovation with the company's forensic accounting and claims management expertise, this loss calculator was developed to assist in the management of business interruption losses. By design, the loss calculator is tailored towards retail and wholesale business interruption claims where the loss duration is 14 days or less.


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MOU

Canopy Growth Partners with Niagra College to Expand Opportunities in Cannabis Industry

Niagara-on-the-Lake — Canopy Growth Corporation and Niagara College announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to create new experience - based learning opportunities for colleg e students and graduates. This valuable partnership will also support the increased workforce demand at Canopy Growth facilities across Canada and generate joint research and community engagement opportunities for the Niagara region, an area the Company has proudly called home since June 2014.


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Financial Cooperative

Kindred Shares $700,000 with Members

Kitchener – Kindred Credit Union announced that it recently shared $700,000 from its 2017 earnings with members. Each year Kindred shares a significant portion of its annual earnings with members through its Profit Shares program. In fact, over the last 10 years Kindred has shared over $13 million with members.







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RESEARCH & EDUCATION


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Educational Expansion

Laurier welcomes Provincial approval of new site in the Milton Education Village

Laurier in partnership with Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning will bring academic programming the west side of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University welcomed the announcement by the Ontario government giving final approval and financial support to expand access to post-secondary education in the Town of Milton and surrounding region.


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Education

Omron Supports Georgian College Engineering Technology Students with Generous Gift of Equipment

Industry-leading automation solutions innovator Omron Automation Americas has provided Georgian College engineering technology students with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment encountered in industrial applications today.

Barrie - Georgian College engineering technology students now have a wealth of real-world equipment thanks to a generous gift from Omron Automation Americas. The pioneer in automation solutions recently gifted the college with workforce-relevant technology, bringing its cumulative giving to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Omron is also donating software and providing training to faculty so they can enhance their skills on and knowledge of the new equipment.


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Study

The strange behavior of animals before Earthquakes

Can animals warn about earthquakes? This question has been argued for decades. On the one hand there are numerous reports of chickens, sheep or dogs that behaved strangely before a quake. On the other hand, there are many earthquakes before which such abnormal animal behavior has precisely not been observed. Moreover: The exact time of such an event depends on many different factors and can probably never be accurately predicted according to the current state of science. So how should ordinary domestic and wild animals be in a position to do so?







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WATERCOOLER


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Bicycle Friendly Hood

Waterloo wins gold at the annual Ontario Bike Summit

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo was awarded the gold level Bicycle-Friendly Community designation from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition at their annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto. The Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a provincial cycling advocacy organization, with a collective goal of becoming the most bicycle-friendly place to ride a bike in North America. The award was presented April 17, 2018.


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Community Health

St. Mary’s Declares Gastrointestinal Outbreak on Third Floor Inpatient Cardiology Unit (3 East)

Yesterday St. Mary’s General Hospital declared a gastrointestinal outbreak on its inpatient Cardiology unit (3 East). Three patients and six staff members have experienced gastrointestinal symptoms which include, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramping. The unit is located on the east end of the third floor.


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Health Network

Building partnerships for organ donation success in Waterloo Wellington

GRH is one of 13 hospitals in Ontario implementing the Ontario Renal Network’s AKT strategy (Access to Kidney Transplantation and Living Donation) with a goal to increase kidney transplantation by 20 per cent by the year 2021.

Today, more than 1,500 people in Ontario are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Every three days someone dies waiting. April is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Month and Grand River Hospital, together with the Life Donation Awareness Association and the Transplant Ambassador Program, is encouraging our community to show their support by registering as an organ and tissue donor.


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Location Calls

GoWrench raises half a million dollars to disrupt automotive industry

Auto maintenance startup plans to expand offering across Canada

GoWrench Auto has announced a new funding raise of $525,000 CDN. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, GoWrench is a mobile automotive maintenance service that sends fully-vetted and certified mechanics directly to the customer, instead of the other way around.


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The Schengen Zone

How to Legally Stay Longer than 90 Days in Europe

The allure of Europe’s laidback and cultured lifestyle draws North Americans in droves, but restrictions mean a visitor on a tourist visa can stay within Europe’s Schengen Zone no more than 90 days. But a new report from the editors at Internationalliving.com offers a work-around and explains how to enjoy extended time in Europe while staying within the rules.

Europe’s rich history, culture, and sense of romance give it a strong appeal for North American retirees. But for citizens of the U.S. and Canada, visits to Europe’s Schengen Zone are restricted to 90 out of every 180 days.


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Volunteers

Volunteers make significant impact in Grand River watershed

During National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is celebrating the vital role of volunteers who give so much of their time to nature. In 2017, over 2,500 volunteers contributed almost 6,300 hours of their time to conservation and enhancing watershed health.










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EVENTS


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April 15-21

Recognizing Volunteers in Waterloo Region

From April 15 to 21 , Volunteer Canada and (your organization) celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunt eer Week (NVW).

National Volunteer Week is from April 15 - 21, 2018 Volunteer Canada, Volunteer Action Centre , United Way Waterloo Region Communities, and all our member organizations to recognize the 12.7 million volunteers that contribute their time and abilities to serving our communities across Canada.


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April 19, 2018

Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation Invites you to attend its 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Please register to attend by Thursday, April 12.

We are inviting members & guests to join the Board of Directors for a networking reception following the formal business portion of the meeting.


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April 20, 2018

Unleashing the Hidden Power of Family Firms

John will talk to us about 20 years of best practices among Family Businesses across North America. Returning to the foundational principles that have proven to predict success for family business ownership – he will guide our members in a ‘Return to Family Business Basics’. Using a combination of story-telling and entertaining learning tools, John will share these basics that are our deepest sources of energy and power.


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April 21, 2018

Neruda Arts Celebrates Earth Day on Common Ground

The businesses at the Regina Street Commons, located at the corner of Regina and Dupont Streets in uptown Waterloo, will host their second Earth Day Festival titled “Common Ground” on Saturday April 21 from 12:30 to 8pm. This is a full day of free activities, live music and art designed to engage our community in discussions and actions about our connections to each other and to the land.


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April 21, 2018

Celebrating and supporting our local troops

Highland ball set for april at the new gas light district



Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Annual Highland Ball on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in celebration and support of our local troops. Hosted by the Regimental Council and Officers of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (RHFC), the elegant evening provides a “regimental flare” to a distinguished, black-tie affair. Annually attended by 200+ guests, the Highland Ball provides excellent networking, mouth-watering food, a top-notch silent auction and fantastic entertainment. Along with all the glitz and glamour, guests also get to experience a traditional military-style dinner complete with a toast to the Haggis. The RHFC Pipe and Drums along with Highland dancers will entertain guests as well.


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April 24, 2018

St. Mary’s She Shares: David Chilton

Please join the 3rd annual St. Mary's She Shares speaker event!

This year's networking breakfast session will be partnered with the witty and engaging musings of local treasure, David Chilton - former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and Bestselling Author of The Wealthy Barber.


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April 25, 2018

Waterloo Region Communities Spirit Awards

United Way Waterloo Region Communities is celebrating the individuals and organizations who are working together to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in what Waterloo Region has to offer. For tickets go to www.iamtheone.ca


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April 26, 2018

The Developmental Services Sector wants to be heard at an evening of discourse

Kitchener – Waterloo Region Family Network has invited families, volunteers, and passionate individuals to hear and be heard at an evening of discourse. Elected representatives of Waterloo Region will be in attendance for an open conversation on Thursday April 26, 2018 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.


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May 6, 2018

LIFT THE STIGMA. LIFT LIVES

On May 6th, 2018 let's take another big step towards ending the stigma associated with mental health.

Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids is about inspiring conversations, raising awareness, reducing stigma and making a positive impact on the well-being of youth in our Community. Join us on a 3-5 km walk/fun run for Children’s Mental Health.


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May 7, 2018

Kindred Partners with Rockway Mennonite Collegiate for Envirathon Servathon

Kitchener – Kindred Credit Union announced that it has partnered with Rockway Mennonite Collegiate as presenting sponsor of the annual Rockway Envirathon Servathon. Organized by Rockway Mennonite Collegiate students and faculty, this event sees more than 300 Rockway students, faculty, and staff make their way across the region to volunteer their hands and hearts to work for community organizations and environmental projects. On Monday, May 7, the Rockway Envirathon Servathon will help out at more than 15 different sites including MCC Ontario, House of Friendship, The Working Centre, and many more.


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May 9, 2018

Bill 148: Shining the Light on HR Best Practices

Know your rights and obligations as an employer. Join us on May 9th at the Galt Country Club for an informative breakfast session about Human Resources Best Practices directly related to Bill 148. Presenters Hali VanVliet and Lori Wilson from BDO's HR Advisory Services will discuss changes to Ontario's Employment and Labour Laws and how you can ensure your business is in compliance. Register now at: http://event.bdo.ca/d/6gq8z8


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May 16, 2018

Tax on Tap: Success Strategies to Buy or Sell a Business

4 in 10 business owners are planning to exit their business in the next 5 years, according to the BDC, many due to retirement. This means huge opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Learn how to take advantage of these opportunities at BDO Canada’s next Tax on Tap on May 16th in KW. Learn how to create win-win transactions from our tax and valuation experts. Register now: https://event.bdo.ca/d/7gq895/


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May 24, 2018

CFFB GALA AWARDS DINNER & DANCE

Join the CFFB on May24th as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of CFFB by honouring family businesses for their successes! This highly anticipated gala evening recognizes innovation, inspiration and dedication to building strong families and better businesses. Plan your night so you are able to stay for our “After Party” and dancing!


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June 8, 2018

WEAR RED for the heart of the women you love!



Heart Disease is the leading cause of premature death among Canadian women, claiming the life of 25,000 each year. That's more than the five most prevalent cancers COMBINED. It could be you, your sister, your mother, your friend. You can help. St. Mary's RedDAY is an opportunity to come together as a community to raise awareness of this serious health risk and how it can be prevented. On Friday June 8th, WEAR RED for the hearts of the women you love! Register your participation.


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July 12, 2018

OpenText Announces Inaugural Women in Technology Summit at OpenText Enterprise World 2018 in Toronto

Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith Leads an Inspiring Full-Day Lineup of Prominent Speakers and Panel Discussions

Waterloo – OpenText™, the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced its inaugural OpenText Women in Technology Summit at this year’s Enterprise World conference in Toronto, Ontario. In recognition of International Women’s Day and a global call to Press for Progress, OpenText is releasing its lineup of prominent speakers who will focus their talks on the opportunities and challenges of achieving diversity in the technology sector. OpenText Vice Chair, CEO and CTO Mark J. Barrenechea also released a blog on Press for Progress.


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August 20-22, 2018

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Double in Size, Add New Categories in 2018

Popular China Brand Show to make Canadian debut as part of apparel textile event, drawing visitors from wide range of industry categories

Toronto - The Canadian apparel and textile industry got a boost last week with the announcement that the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show will double in size for 2018 and expand to include additional categories such as accessories, giftware, home electronics, footwear, luggage and housewares and general merchandise.






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