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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 parentsthis 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.