Published Thursday April 13, 2017
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State of the City

Mayor Dave Jaworsky's 2017 State of the City Address

Mayor Jaworsky delivered his 2017 State of the City address to a sold-out crowd on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. His presentation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the City of Waterloo staff and councillors.

Final Frontier

Waterloo researchers capture first image of a dark matter web that connects galaxies

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been able to capture the first composite image of a dark matter bridge that connects galaxies together. The composite image, which combines a number of individual images, confirms predictions that galaxies across the universe are tied together through a cosmic web connected by dark matter that has until now remained unobservable.


Thanks, But No Thanks

Survey Reveals Strangest Forms of Workplace Recognition; Majority of Employees Would Leave Their Jobs if They Didn't Feel Appreciated

Toronto - How important is recognizing your employees? Two-thirds (66 per cent) of workers said they'd likely leave their job if they didn't feel appreciated. That's up from 51 per cent who responded that way in 2012. In contrast, just over half (54 per cent) of senior managers interviewed believe it's common for staff to quit due to lack of recognition.

Skills Ontario

Skills Ontario announces 2017 qualifying results

With the Skills Ontario Competition just weeks away, 500 students competed at eight Ontario colleges in qualifying competitions for the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition on April 1.

Book Review

The New Urban Crisis

How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

Toronto – The numbers don’t lie. In 2013 the Pew Research Center conducted a study that found that 61 percent of Americans felt that the current economic state favored the rich over the poor. That’s no wonder considering the stark gap that has grown between the different groups in the United States. The U.S. middle-to-upper class is made up of approximately 40 million people, accounts for a third of the U.S. work force, and is responsible for considerably shaping our culture, workplace practices, and society at large.


Chinese tourists spent 12% more in travelling abroad in 2016

2016 results on expenditure from major outbound markets reflect increasing demand for international tourism across the world, as reported in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With a 12% increase in spending, China continued to lead international outbound tourism, followed by the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and France as top five spenders.


CPA Canada's financial literacy program continues to shine brightly

Toronto - The extensive financial literacy program of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) wins yet another award, special honours also goes to Cairine Wilson, who leads CPA Canada's financial literacy program, who oversees the initiative.


NAVBLUE and Aviolinx To Develop MESA Airline's Operations Control Centre (OCC)

Waterloo - MESA Airlines, a US regional airline with greater than 130 aircraft servicing American Airlines and United Airlines in more than 180 markets in the western hemisphere, has signed a ten -year deal with NAVBLUE and their partner Aviolinx to build their benchmark OCC.


Region of Waterloo and Unifor Local 4304/Grand River Transit Ratify Contract

Waterloo Region – The agreement between the Region of Waterloo and Unifor Local 4304 representing Grand River Transit/MobilityPLUS operators, dispatchers, fleet mechanics and service attendants has received ratification.

Natural Prejudice

Infants show racial bias toward members of own race and against those of other races

Racial bias begins earlier than previously thought, new insights into cause

Toronto – Two studies by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and their collaborators from the US, UK, France and China, show that six- to nine-month-old infants demonstrate racial bias in favour of members of their own race and racial bias against those of other races.


Libro Credit Union shares $6.5 million in profits

London – Libro Credit Union (Libro) announced fiscal 2016 results at its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, resulting in $6.5 million returned to Owners, in the form of investment share dividends and profit sharing distributions.

Council Matters

Waterloo Region Council Info from April 12, 2017

Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting.

Big Purchase

Manulife Acquires 8 Cross Street In Singapore

Completes Its Second Largest Real Estate Transaction

Manulife Real Estate announced that it has acquired 8 Cross Street, a 28-storey, 355,000 square foot, Class A office tower located in Singapore. The transaction, valued at US$526 million, is the second largest in Manulife Real Estate's global portfolio to date.

Community Health

2816 secondary school students to receive suspension orders this week

Public Health will deliver 2816 suspension orders this week for students enrolled in secondary school who still have immunization records that are not up-to-date with Region of Waterloo Public Health. The suspension orders will take effect on May 3, 2017. Students/parents who receive a suspension order have three weeks to submit up-to-date records or receive the required immunizations.

New User

Bruce Power Improves Collaboration and Content Management with OpenText

Ontario-based Electricity Provider Maximizes Safety and Cost Efficiencies with Effective, Efficient Capital Project Delivery

Waterloo - OpenText announced that Bruce Power, a private provider of clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power across Ontario, is using OpenText to provide collaboration and control of document processes. Using OpenText, the company is able to integrate key management systems across its plants to maximize safety and cost efficiencies.


Laurier announces recipients of 2017 teaching excellence awards

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University has recognized six teachers for their significant commitment to elevating the educational experience of Laurier students. Five are recipients of Laurier’s Faculty Awards for Teaching Excellence, which celebrate early career excellence, sustained excellence, teaching innovation, and excellence in internationalization. Laurier also recognizes this year’s recipient of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Award for Excellence in Teaching, who was selected by students.

Award Winners

2017 Winners Announced for the Italian Chamber Of Commerce Of Ontario Business Excellence Awards

Toronto - The Italian Chamber of Commerce Ontario (ICCO) announced the list of winners for the 15th Annual Business Excellence Awards (BEA).


From the Hive

There’s a Cost to ‘Bee-ing’ Too Smart, Prof Finds

It doesn’t pay to be smart, at least for bumblebees, according to a new U of G study. Prof. Nigel Raine has discovered that fast-learning bumblebees died sooner than their slower-learning co-workers. He also found quick learners collected food only as fast as less smart bees in the colony and completed no more foraging bouts each day.


Toronto Home-Price Gains Aren’t Sustainable, Poloz Warns

Bank of Canada governor reminds buyers prices can also fall; Rate of appreciation is ‘divorced’ from fundamentals - by Greg Quinn

The speculation increasingly driving Toronto home prices is unsustainable, the head of Canada’s central bank said, warning buyers they should be prepared to weather a potential correction.

Textile Show

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada to Introduce First-in-Canada Artisanal Display of Unique Offerings from Developing Countries

Trending apparel and textiles from more than 20 countries to be unveiled in Canada, as local industry continues to thrive

Toronto –With the steady growth of Canada’s apparel and textile industry, organizers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show have announced that representatives from more than 20 countries will be in Toronto this summer to unveil under one roof all that’s trending in the worldwide industry.

Nuclear Energy

OPG's Darlington Refurbishment Reaches Significant Milestone

On Saturday, April 15, we will celebrate three years without dirty coal as a source of energy in Ontario

Clarington - Canada's largest clean energy project -- the Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment -- remains on schedule and on budget, as workers have now safely and successfully separated Unit 2 from the rest of the generating station. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has completed the first of four substantial segments of the Unit 2 refurbishment and is moving into the next phase of work.

Experiential Learning Record

New student learning-record is first of its kind in Canada

Waterloo – A partnership between software developer Orbis Communications and Wilfrid Laurier University will provide students with a comprehensive record of their curricular and co-curricular experiential learning history; including co-operative education, practica, community service-learning, on-campus employment, campus leadership roles, and volunteer activities.


Western University researchers identify mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation

Most people will startle when they hear an unexpected loud sound. The second time they hear the noise, they’ll startle significantly less; by the third time, they’ll barely startle at all. This ability is called acoustic habituation, and new Western-led research has identified the underlying molecular mechanism that controls this capability. The research opens the door to potential new treatments, especially for people who have autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia and who experience disruptions in this ability.


ModiFace invests in augmented reality, artificial intelligence talent at U of T

Toronto – Augmented reality startup ModiFace made a major announcement Tuesday, aimed to accelerate development of augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) talent at Canada’s top-ranked engineering school.

Global Health

Post-SARS, infection rates in China have steadied, but fast-growing and common infections now need attention

Following the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003, China stepped up its prevention and control methods for all infectious diseases, and rates of infection have levelled off since 2009. However, better measures are needed to tackle the most common diseases – including hand, foot and mouth disease, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis – and those that are rapidly increasing, such as hydatid disease, hepatitis C, syphilis, and HIV.


Ontario Releases Report on Auto Insurance

Province Consulting on Recommendations to Increase Affordability

On Monday the government released a report by David Marshall, Ontario's adviser on auto insurance, which recommends transformative steps to strengthen consumer protection, improve health outcomes for those injured in collisions and reduce insurance costs, including:

Climate Change

Thawing Cropland Culprit in Climate Change, Study Reveals

Feature by Deirdre Healey

Spring thaw of croplands is a big and overlooked contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a first-ever study by University of Guelph researchers. This groundbreaking research reveals that worldwide emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) from agriculture are underestimated by as much as 28 per cent.


New Physicians Bolster St. Mary’s Cardiac Centre’s Deep Bench of Talent

Kitchener - As demand for cardiac services at St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre has grown, so too has its roster of cardiac physicians who bring a variety of specialized skills to the community.

New Comers

Eight new grants announced for groups supporting refugee newcomers

Waterloo Region – The Immigration Partnership Council announced eight new grants to private sponsorships groups and agencies supporting Syrian newcomers. New grants totaling $104,125 have been approved under the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers, bringing total grant-making to $680,619. New grants include:

Monetary Policy Report

Opening Statement before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Opening Statement by Stephen S. Poloz - Governor - House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman and committee members. Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins and I are happy to be before you today to discuss the Bank’s Monetary Policy Report (MPR), which we published earlier today.



Jonathan Marks: Governments should fight corporations, not collaborate with them

Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good — or so we're told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry. An important, timely reminder that common good and common ground are not the same thing.

First-Aid Enthusiast

Todd Scott: An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator

If Yoda goes into cardiac arrest, will you know what to do? Artist and first-aid enthusiast Todd Scott breaks down what you need to know about using an automated external defibrillator, or AED — in this galaxy and ones that are far, far away. Prepare to save the life of a Jedi, Chewbacca (he'll need a quick shave first) or someone else in need with some helpful pointers. Todd Scott uses humor and pop culture to make CPR training more memorable.



CETA set to dramatically alter Canada's dairy industry

A clear road map to make our dairy sector more competitive is urgently needed as it faces more European imports - By Sylvain Charlebois

Canada's cheese processing sector faces some dramatic changes. We'll soon find out who gets to import tasty, inexpensive European cheese under the newly-ratified Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.

Energy Spin

Should the energy sector trust Canadians?

Many Canadians are hypocrites: they want to have their energy cake and burn it, too - By Bill Whitelaw

Calgary - A prevailing question is bouncing around the country: Should Canadians trust the energy sector? It preoccupies a fair number of people, including academics and politicians. Many are intent on doing good by creating new ways of thinking through some of the country's complex energy challenges.

Economic Drivers

Canada's over-hyped clean-tech revolution

Elected officials are wrong to think that "clean tech" is about to reshape the Canadian economy - By Jock Finlayson

Vancouver - There's no evidence that "clean-tech" innovation is about to reshape Canada's economy, no matter how desirable that would be. Across Canada, politicians have become bedazzled by the potential of the clean-tech sector to drive economic growth. The 2017 federal budget earmarks more than $2.2 billion in new spending to boost the industry, with a focus on accelerating the commercialization of products and technologies that promise to lessen the environmental impact of energy and water use, transportation and other industrial activities.


April 13, 2017

Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care to be launched at Conestoga College

Community partners, supporters and friends will join representatives from Conestoga College, Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) on Thursday, April 13 for the official launch of the Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care at Conestoga College.

April 13, 2017

Leadership Breakfast on April 13th at Bingemans!

Keynote Speaker: Vince Molinaro Ph.D.

Vince Molinaro travels the world helping organizations successfully transform themselves by building strong leadership cultures with highly engaged and truly accountable leaders. A New York Times best-selling author, speaker and leadership advisor, Vince is the Global Managing Director of Strategic Solutions at Lee Hecht Harrison.

April 21, 2017

WRFN Presents: Evening of Elegance – 3rd Annual Wine, Cheese, Chocolate and Beer Tasting Event

The Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) was founded by families for families with children with exceptionalities almost eight years ago. Through a strong network of parents and an innovative community partnership model, we are the trusted voice of special needs families, offering lifelong support for families and individuals as they navigate the world of special needs. We continually strive to advocate for an accepting and understanding community in which we Educate, Connect and Empower families and individuals.

April 23 -29, 2017

Celebrating Voluteers in Waterloo Region

National Volunteer Week is from April 23 to 29 , 2017 and the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area joins with Volunteer Canada and all our member organizations to celebrate . This week is set aside to recognize the 12.7 million volunteer s that contribute their time and abilities to serving our communities. This year we will also recognize how volunteering has been a vital piece of the Canadian culture for its 150 years!

April 27, 2017

St. Mary’s explores “How to be Miserable” with Dr. Randy Paterson

Kitchener - St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 feature speaker for their second annual “St. Mary’s, She Shares” luncheon event. On Thursday April 27 Psychologist and author Dr. Randy Paterson, will discuss the focus of his latest book titled, How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies you Already Use.

Shared Space

The Future of Workspace is Near

Venture X to open in the heart of Mississauga

On Friday, April 28, the business community, along with several dignitaries will gather for the official grand opening of the Venture X venue.

April 27, 2017

Fashion for Life Finds an Elegant New Venue

Cambridge – The Cambridge Memorial Hospital is very pleased to announce that Fashion for Life has found a new location for its April 2017 “White Party” Fundraiser in support of Breast Reconstruction at CMH.

May 1-3, 2017

Skills Ontario and Magna International Partner On Skill Development Programs

Magna ’s investment will support the expansion of the Skills Ontario Competition and other initiatives

Toronto - Skills Ontario will receive a $100,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps . T he investment from Magna International will help Skills Ontario accommodate a growing number of students who want to participate in the various skill development programs that the organization offers.

Mental Health - May 3, 2017

Clint Malarchuk Guest Speaker for Children’s Mental Health Week

Waterloo - Former NHL goaltender turned mental health advocate, Clint Malarchuk comes to Waterloo Region on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, as part of Children’s Mental Health Week.

May 15-16

Future Crimes Institute founder and global strategist Marc Goodman to join Discovery 2017

Ontario Centres of Excellence welcomes the New York Times bestselling author, founder of the Future Crimes Institute, and global strategist Marc Goodman to the Discovery 2017 Day One Cybersecurity Panel as a featured presenter.

June 1, 2017

Kimberly Drew - Big Ideas in Art & Culture

CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area and Musagetes are pleased to announce that Kimberly Drew will be the next speaker in the Big Ideas in Art and Culture lecture series. Please join us for her talk in the Rotunda of the Kitchener City Hall on Thursday, June 1 at 7 PM. Admission is free.

August 21-23, 2017

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada to Introduce First-in-Canada Artisanal Display of Unique Offerings from Developing Countries

Trending apparel and textiles from more than 20 countries to be unveiled in Canada, as local industry continues to thrive

Toronto –With the steady growth of Canada’s apparel and textile industry, organizers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show have announced that representatives from more than 20 countries will be in Toronto this summer to unveil under one roof all that’s trending in the worldwide industry.

September 13-15

Hacking the Future — Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017

Canadian futurist Nikolas Badminton will serve as strategic curator for the summit.

The Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017 will bring together some of the world’s top private and public sector leaders to tackle the disruptive and defining trends that are driving innovation in Canada and globally.


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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