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Published Thursday July 20, 2017
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MONITOR

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Perception is Reality

How your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we're all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it "reality." Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.

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Start-ups

Entrepreneurs to pitch their startup ideas at Velocity Fund Finals

The University of Waterloo hosts the Velocity Fund Finals this week, where 20 teams of Waterloo students and recent alumni will pitch their innovative startups for the chance to win a share of $125,000 in seed money and space at the Velocity Garage.

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Locally Grown

The Working Centre and KW Eco Courier Partner to Deliver Locally Grown Produce to Your Door

Waterloo Region - The Kitchener-Waterloo community can now access locally grown vegetables while minimizing their carbon footprint with The Working Centre’s new partnership with KW Eco Courier and their 100% emissions-free delivery service.

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Education

Medical schools failing to help students develop their careers

Admission into medical school is not a ticket to a successful career. Physicians actually have a higher rate of unemployment than the national average - By Derrick Rancourt Professor Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Exposure to career planning will ensure medical students make the most of their training. While many blame government cutbacks of medical residency positions for the tragic suicide of Ontario medical student Robert Chu, I believe part of the fault rests with medical programs that don't expose students to career exploration and planning. Based on a 2013 report by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, physicians have a higher rate of unemployment (16.1 per cent) than the national average (7.1 per cent).

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Apparel Show

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Provide Glimpse into Global Design and Fashion Trends for 2018 and Beyond

Keynote and fashion trend forecaster Emily Miller Palmquist to reveal why casual, comfortable clothing that transcends seasons is on the rise

Toronto – If you want to know what’s on deck in the fashion world, you can take a clue from Mother Nature. The more erratic our weather patterns, the more we’re seeing clothing that transcends seasons, says fashion trend forecaster Emily Miller Palmquist, keynote speaker at the upcoming Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show, to be held August 21-23, 2017, at the Toronto International Centre.

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Environment

Destruction of small wetlands directly linked to algal blooms in Great Lakes

“What is often not appreciated is that different wetlands serve different purposes.”

Canada’s current wetland protection efforts have overlooked how the environment naturally protects fresh-water resources from agricultural fertilizer contaminants, researchers from the University of Waterloo have found. In a recent study, engineering researchers at Waterloo found that small wetlands have a more significant role to play than larger ones in preventing excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer from reaching waterbodies such as the Great Lakes.

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Happiness in the Workplace

Creatives Are A Happy Bunch

Workers and Managers Have Positive Sentiments About Work

When it comes to career happiness, creative professionals are coming out ahead, recent research shows. According to a study of more than 12,000 Canadian and U.S. workers, those in the creative and marketing occupations reported the highest levels of on-the-job satisfaction and interest in their work, compared to employees in the accounting and finance, administrative, legal, and technology fields.

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Health Care

Early menopause is independently linked to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Women with early or normal onset menopause are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with late onset menopause, concludes new research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes).

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Environment

What did you discover? Community BioBlitz contributes to Canada’s nature selfie for our 150th

The rare Charitable Research Reserve invited the community to discover species on more than 900 acres of property

Last Sunday, the rare Charitable Research Reserve wrapped its 3rd annual BioBlitz, which also included a family friendly nature festival complete with live animal shows, environmental workshops, live entertainment and a community barbeque. It was one of a series of events nation-wide under BioBlitz Canada 150, a Canada 150 Signature Project, coordinated by the Canadian Wildlife Federation with partners such as rare, to capture Canada’s ‘nature selfie’ for the 150th.

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Report Risk

Canada lagging in risk management approach when compared to global counterparts

According to a recent report issued by PwC Canada, Canadian businesses are lagging in their risk management approach and are more vulnerable to disruption when compared to their global counterparts. According to the report, 66% of Canadian respondents (vs 75% globally) had mandatory ethics and compliance training for all employees. When new risks emerge, less than 33% of Canadian businesses (vs 50% globally) reported periodic staff education about new or existing potential risks.

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Insight

The human insights missing from big data

Why do so many companies make bad decisions, even with access to unprecedented amounts of data? With stories from Nokia to Netflix to the oracles of ancient Greece, Tricia Wang demystifies big data and identifies its pitfalls, suggesting that we focus instead on "thick data" -- precious, unquantifiable insights from actual people -- to make the right business decisions and thrive in the unknown.

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Disruption

Technology positively impacting the majority of Alberta business owners

Edmonton - As the world continues to move at a faster pace, the majority of Alberta business owners believe technology is benefiting their operations and intend to stay on top of it. Increased productivity (29 per cent) and increased ease of work (21 per cent) were the top reasons that saw an increase since 2013. Respondents also agreed that new technology is changing how business is done in their industry (82 per cent) and felt they were getting the most out of the technology they're using (84 per cent).

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Book Review

Seven Workplace Moments That Really, REALLY Suck (and How to Make Them Suck Less)

Firings, probation periods, and rejections all suck, and they all come with the territory of office life. Unless you're very lucky, you'll likely face an uncomfortable job moment or two at some point in your career. But fear not; survival is guaranteed. Author describes hair-raising work scenarios nobody ever wants to experience—and offers insights to make them less awful.

In a perfect world, work would be, well, perfect. We'd spend our days immersed in stimulating projects with coworkers we like and respect, our skills would be a perfect fit for the tasks at hand, and we'd be well compensated for our labors. But in the "real world," work is anything but that.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Climate Change

Thawing permafrost releases old greenhouse gas



Study in the Mackenzie Delta in Canada shows high amount of geological methane emissions

The thawing permafrost soils in the Arctic regions might contribute to the greenhouse effect in two respects: On the one hand rising temperatures lead to higher microbial methane production close to the surface. On the other hand thawing subsurface opens increasingly pathways for old, geologic methane. This is shown in a study in the Mackenzie Delta (Canada), conducted by scientists from the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and partners in the US. The study is published in the journal “Scientific Reports”.

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Acquisition

Hydro One to Acquire Avista to Create Growing North American Utility Leader with C$31.2 Billion in Enterprise Value

Hydro One and Avista combined create a top 20 North American utility focused on regulated transmission as well as electricity and natural gas local distribution

Hydro One Limited and Avista Corporation jointly announced a definitive merger agreement under which Hydro One will acquire Avista for C$67 (US$53) per share in a C$6.7 billion (US$5.3 billion) all-cash transaction. Together, Hydro One and Avista will create a North American leader in regulated electricity and natural gas business with over C$32.2 billion (US$25.4 billion) in combined assets.

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NAFTA Trade Deal

Canadians Need Transparency from Trudeau Government on NAFTA says Steelworkers

With hundreds of thousands of jobs across Canada at stake in the North American Free Trade Agreement's renegotiation, Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is in the embarrassing position of being less transparent with Canadians than U.S. President Donald Trump is with Americans.

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Mental Health

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by targeting risk factors from childhood onwards

One in three cases of dementia could potentially be prevented if brain health is improved throughout life by targeting nine risk factors, including continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and reducing smoking in later life.

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Productivity and Cell Phones

Working Hard Or Hardly Working?

Canadian Employees Waste Nearly One Day a Week on Non-Work Activities

If you've ever felt like there's not enough time in the work week, your cell phone and list of errands may be to blame. Canadian professionals said they squander an average of 43 minutes per day, or the equivalent of more than three and a half hours a week, using their mobile device for non-work activities in the office. In contrast, senior managers estimate their staff members spend 32 minutes each day on their cell phones during business hours.

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Rising Interest Rates

The hard truth about soft economic policy

You don't have to be an economist to know that rising interest rates will hurt a lot of Canadians but especially young families - By Robert McGarvey

Over the past few months, the Bank of Canada has faced a terrible dilemma: keep interest rates low or raise them to combat potential inflation. It seems the decision has been made - on July 12, the bank raised interest rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. If this is the start of a trend and not a temporary aberration, then Canadians can expect considerably higher borrowing costs in future.

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Labour Changes

Minimum Wage Hike and Enforcement of Employment Law in Waterloo Region

Province Consulting with Businesses and Local Groups on New Legislation

Ontario is taking historic action in an effort to create more opportunity and security for workers with a strategy that includes hiking the minimum wage, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker and stepping up enforcement of employment laws.

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Raising Cash

Hydro One Announces $1.4 Billion Bought Deal Offering of Convertible Debentures Represented by Instalment Receipts

Hydro One Limited announced that its direct wholly-owned subsidiary, 2582764 Ontario Inc., has agreed to sell to a syndicate of underwriters co-led by RBC Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets $1,400,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 4.00% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures of Hydro One on a "bought deal" basis. In connection with the Offering, the Underwriters have also been granted an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional $140,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Debentures at the offering price, within 30 days from the date of the closing of the Offering solely to cover over-allotments, if any, and for market stabilization purposes.




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EVENTS

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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.

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September 13-15

Waterloo Innovation Summit hosts forward-thinking conversations on disruptive trends

Some of the world’s foremost thinkers on disruptive technologies will gather at the University of Waterloo this September to discuss Canada’s role in the world’s next economy. Joining Canadian business, government and academic leaders at this year’s Waterloo Innovation Summit will be influential speakers from some of the world’s most cutting-edge companies and innovative schools of thought.


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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.

Ongoing

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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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