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Published Thursday September 21, 2017
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MONITOR

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Philanthropic Gift

A Million Reasons to Celebrate

David Marskell (above) Continues Parents’ Legacy with $1M Gift to THEMUSEUM



In honour of his late parents, David Marskell has helped shepherd almost one million dollars to THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener. As CEO of the premier cultural destination, Marskell implores the community to match the donation which dedicates his parents’ legacy to the continued growth and sustainability of this vital organization, and to assist in establishing a Cultural Hub for southwestern Ontario.

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Economic Development

New Report Measures Conestoga Colleges Impact on Waterloo Region and Wellington County

According to a new report released Tuesday, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is indispensable to the prosperity of the local region and the health and competitiveness of its labour force.

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innovation

China’s Silicon Valley Execs Descend on Toronto in Search of Partners in Innovation

Toronto-Shenzhen Forum and Gala Set to Spark Relationships Between Tech Heavyweights from Shenzhen and Toronto-based Makers, Academics, and Innovators

The Canada Confederation of Shenzhen Associations (CCSA) and the Sino-Canada International Innovation Centre (Sci Innovation Centre) are pleased to announce the launch of the Toronto-Shenzhen International Innovative Cultural Festival to take place on Friday, September 29, 2017 in Toronto.

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Extreme Conditions

The most Martian place on Earth

How can you study Mars without a spaceship? Head to the most Martian place on Earth -- the Atacama Desert in Chile. Astrobiologist Armando Azua-Bustos grew up in this vast, arid landscape and now studies the rare life forms that have adapted to survive there, some in areas with no reported rainfall for the past 400 years. Explore the possibility of finding life elsewhere in the universe without leaving the planet with this quick, funny talk.

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Feds Proposed Tax Reform

Ottawa's tax changes could kill family farm

The federal government's proposed changes to capital gains rules make it more difficult for a farm to stay in the family - By Sylvain Charlebois

Two things have always been certain: death and taxes. We can now add a third: botching the promotion of a tax reform for political gains. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau's tax reform has been a communications disaster, on both sides of the debate.

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Survey: Family Finance

Failure to launch – Nearly half of Canadians with adult children say their "big kids" are a financial strain

Survey also shows men significantly more likely than women to assist kids with first home purchase

Let the family feud begin. More than half (51%) of Canadians with adult children say those children are still financially dependent on them while nearly half (45%) say their "big kids" are still causing a financial strain on the parents—this according to the Children and Financial Dependence survey conducted on behalf of the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC). The survey also found considerable gender differences among parents' intentions for their children (of all ages) and some startling regional differences as well.

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Trade & Agriculture

CETA the Wrong Deal for People says National Farmers Union

Major portions of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are coming into force today. “This is the wrong trade deal for Canadian and European citizens,” said Terry Boehm, Chair of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Seed and Trade Committee. “It is, however, very good for major corporations that have any sort of relationship to either Canada or Europe. Indeed, it is a bill of rights for corporations, allowing them to override governments all the way down to the municipal level.”

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Housing

Rapidly Rising Canadian House Prices Top Focus of Fortress Real Developments' Market Manuscript

Report evaluates Ontario's Fair Housing Plan, foreign buyer taxes, and rent control

Fortress Real Developments (Fortress) has released its latest report on the Canadian real estate market. Authored by Senior Vice-President of Market Research and Analytics Ben Myers, the report includes original research, surveys and observations by Fortress, supplemented by data and quotes from several independent third-party sources, including domestic and international experts. Mr. Myers is an analyst with over 15 years' experience researching real estate markets across North America.

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Technology Product

Medical Cannabis Technology Company Successfully Completes First of Its Kind Study in California

Machine Learning-based Smart Inhaler for Medical Cannabis Moves a Step Closer to Launching

Resolve Digital Health Inc., a Canadian developer of Medical Cannabis delivery systems and devices, has taken a giant step towards launching the first of its industry-disrupting Breeze Smart Inhalers™. On August 25th and 26th, 2017, Resolve conducted in-depth interviews and product testing with medical cannabis patients at the Magnolia dispensary in Oakland, California.

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Accelerator

Alice: First Digital Accelerator and AI-Powered Platform for Female Ventures Set to Change Landscape for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Alice (previously Circular Board), the world’s first machine learning business advisor and first digital accelerator, announced the close of its first significant equity-based funding round. In an era when inclusive entrepreneurship is a social and economic imperative, a diverse group of investors have put their money and time towards the only existing, scalable solution to business advisory.

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Technology

Technology Tipping Point that Could Save the Planet within Humanity's Grasp

A new World Economic Forum initiative aims to harness game-changing innovations and technologies to transform how environmental issues are tackled.; It comes in response to warnings from scientists that human activity has pushed the Earth beyond four of nine “planetary boundaries”, meaning the planet could cease to be a “safe operating space” for humans.

A new initiative to identify, fund and scale new ventures that harness technologies that could transform how the world tackles environmental issues was launched today at the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit.

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Culture Change Imapct

Time for Business Leadership to Rethink Profit and Reset to Deliver Values for Money

Companies should revise their approach to making profits and consider social and environmental metrics; Investors and stakeholders including employees are expecting enterprises to deliver values for money

Companies are changing their way of thinking, taking a broader long-term view of their business models and how to make them sustainable. On the second and final day of the World Economic Forum’s inaugural Sustainable Development Impact Summit, in a session on how the private sector can drive the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, business leaders called on enterprises to revise their approach to making profits to consider social and environmental performance.

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Scholarship

From the ground to the sky: supporting research at rare

The Ages Foundation Research Fellowship & Bursary Program awards and call for submissions

For many, curiosity fuels a love of nature. There are endless questions to ask about a land trust and the conservation you can find at rare. Subjects range from microbes in the dirt to the complex behaviours, needs and interactions of the wildlife with its environment including wind, water, light, noise and people. Each year, the rare Charitable Research Reserve supports a graduate student tackling an unknown question in environmental research through a scholarship program. Since 2009 more than $45,000 has been awarded to 16 students.

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Technology

Major Push to End the Hidden Human Toll and Pollution behind Smartphone and Electric Car Batteries

Big tech, mining, manufacturing, automotive and energy businesses are joining forces with UNICEF, the African Development Bank, other international organizations and NGOs to create a responsible global supply of batteries in a market that is set to be worth $100 billion by 2025

Businesses, international organizations and NGOs have joined forces to end child labour, hazardous working conditions, pollution and the environmental damage behind the booming trade in batteries for smartphones, gadgets, electric vehicles and renewable energy storage systems in households and cities.

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Multi-Stakeholder

Growing the Fourth Sector – A Surge of ‘For-Benefit’ Enterprises Is Needed to Reach SDGs, says World Economic Forum

A surge of “for-benefit” companies at the intersection of the traditional private, public and non-profit sectors will be critical in delivering on the SDGs by 2030, the World Economic Forum says

For the world to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a surge of “for-benefit” enterprises that combine profits with purpose will be needed, the World Economic Forum announced during the Sustainable Development Impact Summit. To accelerate this growth, the World Economic Forum Global Future Council (GFC) on International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation and Sustainable Development in partnership with the Fourth Sector Group (4SG) announced the launch of a multi-stakeholder collaborative effort, the Fourth Sector Development Initiative (FSDI). Joining the FSDI collaborative, several organizations also announced the launch of new initiatives, including Ibero-American General Secretariat, Oxfam, African Development Bank and CARE Enterprises.

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Engagement

Waterloo Region wants resident feedback on 2018 budget

Council approved a public engagement strategy for the 2018 budget. This encourages citizens to share their ideas about which Regional services they value in the upcoming budget.



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MONITOR

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Technology

Waterloo medical technology startup named to Canadian innovation list

A Waterloo medical artificial intelligence (AI) startup was named one of 2017’s 20 most innovative technology companies by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) earlier this month.

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Science & Research

Did marine sponges trigger the ‘Cambrian explosion’ through ‘ecosystem engineering’?

Sponges as “water cleaner” raised dissolved oxygen concentrations of seawater, which was necessary for the appearance of animals 550 million years ago

About 550 million years ago, almost all of todays’ living animal phyla appeared on Earth within just a few million years. This expansion of metazoans is also known as the ‘Cambrian explosion’ and marks the beginning of the “Phanerozoic”, the era of ‘visible life’.

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Community

CARIZON helps Individuals Make Change Positive

Kitchener – This fall, Carizon is introducing a new wellness education series “Life Transition Workshops.” “Life is never constant and we all have to manage change in our lives, whether it is ending a relationship, graduation and finding our career paths, aging, or grief and loss,” says Carizon’s Director of Clinical Counselling, Shannon Nicholson. “This series will help people to normalize what they are feeling and to find tools and resources to better manage challenging times.”

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HeforShe

Waterloo marks progress on gender equality efforts at UN

Waterloo President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur joined delegates from around the world at the HeForShe IMPACT Event to recognize advancements in gender equality.

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Community Health

CMH recognized as the most improved High-Volume Emergency Department for 2016

Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) celebrated a ‘win’ when it received recognition for outstanding Emergency Department (ED) performance by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (Ministry). CMH showed a 7.3% improvement in the 90th Percentile ED length of Stay for all patients. This was the best within the High-Volume Community Hospital group for 2016, when compared to the year before.

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Math & History

Mathematician and chronicler of political murders

TUM team publishes new facts on extreme value theoretician Emil J. Gumbel

Emil J. Gumbel’s formulas are fundamental for extreme value theory. This statistical discipline describes extreme incidents, such as floods or storms. Little is known, however, that he was also a pioneer of modern data journalism, unveiling the patterns of political murder in the Weimar Republic. Professor Matthias Scherer and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) now intend to fill in the gaps in what the world knows about Gumbel.

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Fractured World

World Economic Forum 2018 to Call for Strengthening Cooperation in a Fractured World

The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will take place on 23-26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland; The theme, “Strengthening Cooperation in a Fractured World”, will make a case for renewed commitment to international collaboration as a way of solving critical global challenges

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018, which will take place on 23-26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, will convene under the theme, Strengthening Cooperation in a Fractured World.

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Impact Summit Triggers Major New Announcements on Global Goals and Climate Action

On 18-19 September 2017 in New York City, the World Economic Forum held the inaugural Sustainable Development Impact Summit during United Nations General Assembly week

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Grants

Waterloo Region Grants Approved

Grants will be awarded to a number of community organizations as Waterloo Region prepares to enter a new funding model in 2018. Moving forward, the following organizations will be supported by the Region through purchase of service agreements:

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Agriculture

Farm At Hand Partners with Univar to Launch Platform for Agronomists

Farm At Hand announced today that it is launching – Farm At Hand Agronomy – a web and iOS platform for Agronomists that will allow for easier collaboration with farmers on planning and scouting. The platform is being launched in partnership with Univar.




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EVENTS

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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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September 25, 2017

Impact Investing 101: What's In It For Me?

Impact Investing is having a moment. Earlier this year the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada launched a social impact bond to prevent hypertension, and increasingly we are hearing about Community Foundations across the country investing their community funding with a focus on social and financial return. While this all sounds good - what does it actually mean? How does Impact Investing work?

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September 29, 2017

Succession planning is a critical factor for family businesses and for their employees.

On September 29th, Waterloo Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Centre for Family Business, is hosting a complimentary Creating a Sustainable Saleable Business session.

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October 6, 2017

Save the Date - Manufacturing Day 2017

Across Waterloo Region, Wellington County & Dufferin Coutnty. We are once again celebrating Manufacturing Day by coordinating the events and tours that take place locally on October 6th.

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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.

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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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