Published Thursday December 8, 2016



Sun Life Financial donation to Laurier community outreach program will address childhood health issues

Waterloo – Sun Life Financial has teamed up with Wilfrid Laurier University in the fight against obesity and chronic disease and has committed $500,000 to launch a community outreach program to improve activity levels and nutrition in youth and their caregivers as a way to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.


Josslin Insurance Receives 2016 David Borges Community Award

Cambridge - Josslin Insurance was honoured with the prestigious David Borges Community Involvement Award on Friday, November 4. The brokerage was recognized by the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation (CNDCF) for its commitment to community, including work with local not-for-profit organizations like Strong Start to Reading.

Waste Diversion

Wilfrid Laurier Is First University to Join Textile Waste Diversion's Innovative "50 Million Pound Project".

Waterloo - Wilfrid Laurier University is the first post secondary institution to join forces with industry leaders Textile Waste Diversion in their 50 Million Pound pilot project. This innovative project launched in June 2016, and is essentially a pilot research study on textile waste disposal patterns in Southern Ontario. The project is meant to test the viability of different collection models to help discern which are the most effective for future infrastructure., to assist municipalities in reaching zero waste goals in textile disposal.

End of Life

Queen's professor says family's wishes often aren't reflected in end of life medical treatment

Kingston - A new study by Queen's University professor Daren Heyland reveals there’s a disconnect between patients’ and families’ stated values about end of life, and the medical treatments they choose when the time comes to make those hard decisions.

Performance Updates

Privately Held Companies Opening the Books to Employees

Survey Finds Majority of Businesses Provide Staff With Regular Updates on Financial Performance

Toronto - The majority of privately held Canadian companies are sharing financial information with their employees. According to a recent survey by Robert Half Management Resources, fifty-three per cent of CFOs said they provide at least some employees with regular updates on performance. Canadian employees want some background on the state of their company, with more than half (55 per cent) of CFOs reporting their staff are interested in hearing about the business' financial situation.

Community Health

New report shows cancer screening participation in Waterloo Wellington region could be improved

Cancer Care Ontario releases Ontario Cancer Screening Performance Report 2016

Kitchener – The number of people newly diagnosed with cancer in Ontario has increased over the last two decades and will continue to rise, largely due to an aging population. Certain cancers can be prevented or detected earlier by regular screening, but according to a new report released today by Cancer Care Ontario, many eligible Ontarians aren’t up to date with their screening tests.


The Co-operators donates $25,000 to Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Guelph - The Co-operators announced a donation of $25,000 to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. The funding will support the Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities exhibit, which is currently on display, as well as youth engagement and the museum's Level One Gallery.

Technology in Service

A new secure smartphone app may replace the iconic doctor pager

London - It was an idea born out of necessity; a smart-phone app that allows healthcare providers to message each other about patient care in a secure and confidential way. PageMe is a first-of-its-kind app, developed in partnership with a researcher at Western University.


Kindred Credit Union Supports Elmira District Community and Mennohomes

$20,000 grant will help inspire peaceful, just, and prosperous communities

Kitchener – Kindred Credit Union has donated $20,000 to support the efforts of two organizations in Elmira working to increase the availability of supportive and affordable housing. Elmira District Community Living (EDCL) and MennoHomes, have each received $10,000 grants to advance their respective building projects.


Education Choices

Researcher shows practice opportunities for recent ophthalmology graduates are diminishing

Kingston - Graduates from several medical and surgical specialties are having difficulty securing practice opportunities, especially in specialties dependent upon limited resources, according to new research from Queen’s ophthalmologist Robert Campbell.

Craft Distillers

NDP indicate that the Liberals will "‘devastate’ craft distillery industry with new tax"

Queen's Park – In question period Tuesday, NDP Finance Critic Catherine Fife called on the Liberal government to reverse punitive new tax regulations on small distilleries in Ontario.


Hydro One announces Winter Relief Program

Toronto - Hydro One announced that it is launching a new Winter Relief Program to help customers in hardship get their electricity service reconnected for the winter. About 1,400 Hydro One residential customers are currently without electrical service due to unpaid balances.


Trial Results

Experimental drug for spinal muscular atrophy shows promising early results, prompting phase 3 clinical trial

A new drug for spinal muscular atrophy has shown promising early results in a phase 2 trial involving 20 babies with infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy. The study, published in The Lancet, found that nusinersen was safe and improved muscle function and nerve activity in most babies. While the drug does not represent a cure, the findings are an important first step and have prompted a larger phase 3 clinical trial.

Education in Movement

High school students get hands-on lessons in science of human movement

More than 1,700 students in grades 11 and 12 from across Ontario will participate in the University of Waterloo’s annual Kinesiology Lab Days running from December 7 to 16.

Waterloo - Kinesiology Lab Days introduce teens to the science behind assessing, treating and preventing movement-related illness and injury. Students will have hands-on opportunities such as handling human skulls, riding a cycle ergometer, and applying athletic tape to classmates in Waterloo’s state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories.

Just Say No

Call Centre Workers Launch Campaign to Stop 'Dehumanizing' Abuse

Toronto - Verbally abusive customers are a serious risk to the mental and physical health of call centre employees and it's time for employers to provide them with better protection, according to the United Steelworkers (USW), which represents approximately 10,000 call centre workers in Canada.



Laurier gives projects a boost with launch of new crowdfunding platform, HAWKstarter

Waterloo – A variety of innovative projects underway at Wilfrid Laurier University are getting some extra support this month — a kick-start, if you will — thanks to the launch of Laurier’s new crowdfunding platform, HAWKstarter.

Small Business/Self Employed

National Association for the Self-Employed Statement on Small Business Administration Nominee

Washington, D.C. – Katie Vlietstra, Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the US leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, released the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Linda McMahon as Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Sales Illustrations

Equisoft partners with Sun Life to launch leading-edge illustrations application

Montreal - EquiSoft announced that it has partnered with Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada ("Sun Life") to launch Sun Life Illustrations across Sun Life's advisor network. Sun Life Illustrations leverages the strengths of EquiSoft's InsuranceElements, recognized as the most user-friendly illustrations system on the market.


Pain & Shame

Jia Jiang: What I learned from 100 days of rejection

Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days — from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a "burger refill" at a restaurant — Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends. Jia Jiang's journey through rejection revealed a world hidden in plain sight, where people are much kinder than we imagine.


Natalie Panek: Let's clean up the space junk orbiting Earth

Our lives depend on a world we can't see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit isn't a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges us to consider the environmental impact of the satellites we rely on. Our orbital environment is breathtakingly beautiful and our gateway to exploration, she says. It's up to us to keep it that way. Natalie Panek's work is focused on the idea that accountability for our environments never goes away.



Ontario Passes Legislation to Create More Affordable Housing for Families

Province Reducing Red Tape on Secondary Suites, Allowing for Inclusionary Zoning

Queen's Park - Earlier this week, Ontario passed legislation that will increase access to affordable housing for families across the province and modernize the social housing system. The Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016 amends four acts to help increase the supply of affordable housing and modernize social housing by:

Community Health

Ontario Introduces Legislation on Medical Assistance in Dying

Province Providing Clarity and Protection for Patients and Health Care Providers

Queen's Park - Ontario has introduced legislation that would, if passed, support the implementation of medical assistance in dying by providing more protection and greater clarity for patients, their families and their health care providers.


Ontario Helping People Facing Employment Barriers Get Construction Jobs

Declaration to Provide Apprenticeships on Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project

Queen's Park - Ontario has finalized a landmark agreement with government agencies, business, labour and the local community to help people from disadvantaged communities along the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit corridor get construction jobs on the largest transit project in Canada.

Child Care

Elmira Children’s Centre moves to Riverside Public School, providing children with a continuum of early learning and care

Waterloo Region – On December 12, the Elmira Children’s Centre will begin operating at its new building that will provide families with one location for licensed child care, education, and support services.

The Children’s Centre is moving to 250 William Street and will occupy close to 10,700 square feet on the first floor. It will share the building with Riverside Public School, the Elmira Community Nursery School and the Family Centre.



Canadian international merchandise trade for October 2016

Ottawa - Canada's imports fell 6.3% to $44.7 billion in October, following a record high in September related to an exceptionally large shipment destined for the Hebron offshore oil project. Import volumes decreased 6.2% and prices edged down 0.1%.


Aircraft movement statistics: Small airports for August 2016

Ottawa -Take-offs and landings at 117 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached 63,587 movements in August.

Summer 2017

Canada Summer Jobs Program now accepting applications

MP Bryan May encourages employers to apply for funding

Ottawa – The Government of Canada launched the 2017 application period for the Canada Summer Jobs program. The program provides grants to eligible employers who hire students for the summer. Not-for-profit organizations are eligible to receive a grant up to 100% of Ontario’s minimum wage, plus mandatory employment related costs. Public and private sector employers are eligible to receive up to 50% of Ontario’s minimum wage.


Activities of foreign majority-owned affiliates in Canada, 2014

Ottawa - Operating revenues earned by foreign majority-owned affiliates in Canada increased by 19% from 2010 to $1.1 trillion in 2014. This growth was led by foreign-owned firms in the services sector, as their revenues increased by more than those in the goods sector.

Not so Sweet

Production and value of honey, 2016

Ottawa - The total value of honey produced in Canada fell from $210.5 million in 2015 to $157.8 million in 2016, a decrease of 25.0%. The decline in value was attributable to the lower prices received at farmgate. Alberta, the largest honey producing province, saw honey value decline 32.8%. In Manitoba, the value was down 35.2%.



Professor finds shortest route to visit nearly 50,000 historic places in the U.S.

Shortest route to nearly 25,000 pubs in the U.K.

Waterloo - You might call it the ultimate road trip. Professor William Cook, of the University of Waterloo, led an international team that has found the shortest-possible route to visit 49,603 of the sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States.

Chronic Disorders

Compulsory drug detention centres ‘have no role’ in the treatment of opioid addiction, according to study

Malaya - People with chronic opioid use disorders are more likely to relapse and do so sooner if they are treated in a compulsory drug detention centre rather than a voluntary drug treatment centre using methadone maintenance therapy, according to the first study comparing the outcome of both approaches published in The Lancet Global Health.

Reality Repressed

Men and Boys Are Forgotten Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence, Says ICTJ Report

New York — In times of conflict or repression, sexual violence against men and boys is shockingly common. Yet, their experiences tend to remain in the shadows and even be discounted, including in societies taking deliberate steps to uncover wrongdoing and address a painful past. This leaves thousands of male victims with little chance of justice or specialized support.


Thursday December 8

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce presents

US Presidential Election Distinguished Speakers Series with Ambassador Michael Wilson

Waterloo – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is hosting the third of our US Presidential Election Distinguished Speakers Series. Our guest speaker, Ambassador Michael Wilson will outline how President - elect Donald Trump and Congress will shape the next 4 years for Canada, the United States and around the world.


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