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MONITOR

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Design

Adventures of an interplanetary architect

How will we live elsewhere in the galaxy? On Earth, natural resources for creating structures are abundant, but sending these materials up with us to the Moon or Mars is clunky and cost-prohibitive. Enter architect Xavier De Kestelier, who has a radical plan to use robots and space dust to 3D print our interplanetary homes. Learn more about the emerging field of space architecture with this fascinating talk about the (potentially) not-too-distant future.

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Income Spiltting

CFIB asks provincial finance ministers to join call to delay new small business tax rules

Income sharing changes go into effect in three weeks with no detail for small business owners

As Canada’s finance ministers begin their meeting in Ottawa, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is asking them to join its call for the federal government to delay its new income sprinkling rules set to go into effect on January 1, 2018.

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City Life

Key Decisions from City of Kitchener Council

Kitchener’s 2018 business plan to include municipal response to Truth and Reconciliation

Council approved Kitchener’s 2018 Strategic Action Plan, which is driven by the City’s Strategic Plan and identifies specific projects and programs that will be implemented by city staff to move forward on corporate strategies.

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Business Excellence

Kitchener/Waterloo Chamber Celebrates Excellence in Waterloo Region

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce announced the Nominees for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards in the following categories:

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Education

Magna Centre for Supply Chain Excellence Launched at Conestoga

A leadership gift provided by Magna International is the catalyst for a new applied research, education and training centre launched today at Conestoga College.

The company will invest $800,000 over the next four years to support the establishment of the Magna Centre for Supply Chain Excellence, which will work in collaboration with government, business and industry partners to help enhance the productivity of labour and capital to keep Canada’s manufacturing industry competitive. The new centre will address Canada’s critical shortage of skilled supply chain specialists, develop innovative and practical solutions for real-world challenges, and leverage innovation and resources across a global network of partners and associated groups.

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Job Vacancy - Help Wanted

Job vacancies reach new heights; 361,700 jobs left unfilled in Canada

The combination of a growing economy and a dearth of skilled workers has created a labour shortage of approximately 361,700 jobs—the highest number of unfilled private sector jobs ever recorded in Canada—according to the Q3 2017 Help Wanted report, released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

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Oulook Survey

Steady Hiring Climate Anticipated for Kitchener/Waterloo and Cambridge

Employers in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge expect a steady hiring climate for the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. “Survey data reveals that 27 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (January to March), while three per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Erica Melarangeli of Manpower’s Kitchener office. Another 65 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, while the remaining five per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions.

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Media

What makes something go viral?



What's the secret to making content people love? Join BuzzFeed's Publisher Dao Nguyen for a glimpse at how her team creates their tempting quizzes, lists and videos -- and learn more about how they've developed a system to understand how people use content to connect and create culture.

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Report

The Impact of Working Poverty on Health & Wellbeing in Guelph-Wellington

The Impact of Working Poverty on Health & Wellbeing in Guelph-Wellington

The Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination released a new report that shines a light on the experiences of the working poor in Guelph-Wellington. The report notes that 5% of the working age population (18-64 years) in our community meet the definition of ‘working poor.’ Individuals that are working poor have an income below the Low-Income Measure, earn at least $3,000 annually from employment, live independently, and are not students.

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R&D

Battery research could triple range of electric vehicles

New research at the University of Waterloo could lead to the development of batteries that triple the range of electric vehicles. The breakthrough involves the use of negative electrodes made of lithium metal, a material with the potential to dramatically increase battery storage capacity. “This will mean cheap, safe, long-lasting batteries that give people much more range in their electric vehicles,” said Quanquan Pang, who led the research while he was a PhD candidate at Waterloo.

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Aquisition

Mattamy Homes Finalizes Purchase of Royal Oaks

Mattamy Homes announced the formal closing of its agreement to purchase the Royal Oaks Building Group, the largest privately owned builder in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, area and the fifth-largest builder overall in the market.


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MONITOR

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AR

How augmented reality could change the future of surgery



If you're undergoing surgery, you want the best surgical team to collaborate on your case, no matter where they are. Surgeon and entrepreneur Nadine Hachach-Haram is developing a new system that helps surgeons operate together and train one another on new techniques -- from remote locations using low-cost augmented reality tools. Watch the system in action as she joins a surgeon in Minnesota performing a knee surgery, live on her laptop from the TED stage in New Orleans. As Hachach-Haram says: "Through simple, everyday devices that we take for granted, we can really do miraculous things." (This talk contains graphic images of surgery.)

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U.S. TAX Changes

U.S. Readying Final Tax Bill

The United States has moved a step closer to enacting significant tax legislation. The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives have now each approved their own distinct tax bills that propose, among other things, to reduce corporate and individual tax rates and to make substantial changes to cross-border taxation.

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CRA Tax Fiasco

Small business gives CRA a ‘C’

Tax complexity, response times continue to be significant concerns

The majority of small businesses say the Canada Revenue Agency’s performance is merely satisfactory, according to the latest CRA Report Card, releasedlast week by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The ‘C’ grade is the same one the agency received in the previous edition of this report, in 2015.

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Bonuses

Wintery Windfall: 2017 Year-End Bonuses to Rise for Many

42% of Managers Predict Bonus Levels to Increase This Year

For many workers, 2017 will end on an extra merry note. According to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half, nearly half of senior managers (42 per cent) surveyed said they expect year-end bonus levels to be at least somewhat higher than 2016. Just 8 per cent of respondents reported bonus amounts will decrease, and 33% anticipate no change in bonuses.

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Designations

Congratulations to 59 successful 2017 CFE writers

59 writers, who have successfully completed the Common Final Examination (CFE)

The CFE is a rigorous, three-day examination requiring candidates to demonstrate their depth and breadth of knowledge in accordance with the CPA Competency Map. Passing the CFE is a significant milestone toward attaining the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

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Food Allergies

Drug combined with food desensitisation may help to relieve allergies for children with multiple food allergies

A clinical trial of 48 children with multiple food allergies which tested an antibody drug alongside food desensitisation treatment resulted in more effective allergy relief, compared to placebo, according to a study published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology journal.



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EVENTS

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December 5-18

Global Migration Film Festival premieres in Waterloo Region

Ten films will be screened in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo from 5-18 December

Waterloo Region – The Immigration Partnership is partnering with the United Nations Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration - IOM) to host the first ever Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) in Waterloo Region.

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To December 14, 2017

Region of Waterloo rate payers - Tell them what you think!

Boost the economy by keeping more energy spending local

Waterloo Region – The Region is looking for public input on its Community Energy Investment Strategy. The input aims to solicit feedback from the community of rate payers, the Regional wide investment strategy aims to help residents and employers save on energy, boost the economy by keeping more energy spending local, and identify cleaner, sustainable sources of energy.






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