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Published Tuesday April 18, 2017
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MONITOR

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Global Research

New Laurier program will help advanced scholars research food security and governance in the global South

Thanks to $500,000 in funding through the national Queen Elizabeth Scholars program, Wilfrid Laurier University will consolidate its position as a global research leader in food security while scholars from lower- and middle-income countries and Canada will have an opportunity to build their research capacity.

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Appointment

New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

Kitchener and Toronto to receive new judges

Ontario has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective April 26, 2017.

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Ranked

Laurier ranked as Canada’s most efficient research university

Waterloo – Research Infosource, an independent Canadian research, consulting and publishing firm, has ranked Wilfrid Laurier University as Canada’s most efficient research university.

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Innovative Education

Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care launched at Conestoga

Community partners, supporters and friends joined representatives from Conestoga College, Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) on Thursday, April 13 for the official launch of a new facility that will enhance the quality of life and care for seniors and their families through innovation in education, workforce development and care services.

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Brain Care

Meditation May Protect the Brain From Grey Matter Atrophy, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Feature by Teresa Pitman

When University of Guelph-Humber kinesiology professor Leslie Auger feels a bit stressed, she practises a form of meditation called mindfulness. “It just takes a couple of minutes,” she says, “and there is a noticeable calming effect that really helps me.” Now she has a new reason to keep using her meditative technique: it may protect her brain.

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3 Minute Thesis

Master’s Student Places in Top Five in Ontario Three-Minute Thesis Competition

A University of Guelph graduate student looking at ways to safely preserve fruit longer has placed fifth in the regional 3MT (Three-Minute Thesis) competition. Shanthanu Krishnakumar, a plant agriculture master’s student, took fifth place at the Ontario competition, held at the University of Waterloo April 12.

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Build Stronger

Boosting Non-Profit Programming and Services in Kitchener-Waterloo

Province Supporting four organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo to Build Stronger Communities Ontario is helping four non-profit organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo expand and improve their programs and services and build stronger communities across the province.

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Community Health

Genetic testing rates for ovarian cancer low across Ontario

Nearly 3,000 Canadian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. Often undetected, until it progresses to late stages, the disease is the fifth most common – and the most serious – cancer in women.

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Recognition

Economical earns highest recognition from Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade Ontario for consistent funding for the fight against cancer

Economical Insurance is the proud recipient of the 2017 Hall of Flame Award, the highest level of recognition offered by Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC) Ontario, for its significant financial contributions to the fight against cancer. The award was presented last night at the 2017 WICC Gala, held at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

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Technology

For Tech Grads: Gaming May Be Time Well Spent

Survey Suggests Canadian CIOs May Appreciate Non-Tech Backgrounds

Who says playing video games is a waste of time? CIOs polled recently by staffing firm Robert Half Technology cited a number of interests that increase an entry-level IT job seeker's appeal, including website development (72 per cent), participation in hackathons (46 per cent), and video game playing or development (28 per cent).

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Entrepreneurship Training

Study finds entrepreneurship training better for women, minorities

Women and minorities are more likely to benefit from entrepreneurship training programs when compared to Caucasian men, according to recent research conducted by an Ivey Business School professor.

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STEM

Scientista Symposium for young women in STEM disciplines held in NYC

New York City – Last weekend the Scientista Foundation held its third annual Scientista Symposium in Times Square. The Scientista Foundation is a national organization founded by two Harvard sisters that empowers young women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math/medicine). The organization’s symposium is the only international symposium exclusively designed for college and graduate women in STEM fields.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Election 2018

MPP McGarry Wins Nomination for 2018 Election

Highlights Record of Results for Cambridge Community

On Monday night, Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry won the local Liberal nomination to run in the 2018 provincial election in riding of Cambridge.

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Study

Powered stretchers could reduce injuries, keep paramedics on the job

Moving from manual to powered stretchers could reduce the number of injuries to paramedics by 78 per cent, a University of Waterloo study has found. The study, published in Applied Ergonomics, found that paramedics who had access to stretchers with a battery-powered hydraulic system and an assisted ambulance-loading feature experienced significantly fewer musculoskeletal injuries on the job.

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Build Stronger

Boosting Non-Profit Programming and Services in Kitchener-Waterloo

Province Supporting four organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo to Build Stronger Communities Ontario is helping four non-profit organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo expand and improve their programs and services and build stronger communities across the province.

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Opening Statement

Before the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce on April 13, 2017

Opening Statement by Stephen S. Poloz - Governor Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce Ottawa, Ontario

Good morning, Mr. Chairman and committee members. Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins and I are pleased to be back before you today to discuss the Bank’s Monetary Policy Report (MPR), which we published yesterday. At the time of our last appearance in October, I spoke about the factors that caused us to downgrade our outlook for the Canadian economy. Six months later, I’m pleased to say that I can discuss the factors that have led us to upgrade our forecast.




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TALKS

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Places

Siamak Hariri: How do you build a sacred space?

To design the Bahá'í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple's form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world. Siamak Hariri holds deep respect for the transformative potential of architecture, specializing in creating works of enduring value.

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Feminism

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists

We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world — of happier men and women who are truer to themselves.

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Women's Health Care

Zubaida Bai: A simple birth kit for mothers in the developing world

TED Fellow Zubaida Bai works with medical professionals, midwives and mothers to bring dignity and low-cost interventions to women's health care. In this quick, inspiring talk, she presents her clean birth kit in a purse, which contains everything a new mother needs for a hygienic birth and a healthy delivery — no matter where in the world (or how far from a medical clinic) she might be. Zubaida Bai innovates health and livelihood solutions for underserved women and girls around the world.






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COLUMNS

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Book Review

Experts Offer Insights into Managing for Data Mining Project Success

Book summary for Jeff Deal and Gerhard Pilcher book; Mining Your Own Business

Data mining and predictive analytics can pump new life into businesses and organizations and create new opportunities for growth. But it has to be done right and vested with top management support if it is to achieve the desired success.

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Investment

Why don't Canadian fund managers invest in their own country?

Why do Canadian governments look for investment help abroad? And why won't Canadian fund managers invest in homegrown projects? - By Joe Batty CFO Troy Media Digital Solutions

Chilliwack - Does capital have a responsibility to all of society or is return on investment the only consideration? Opinion is changing rapidly in favour of social responsibility and it's starting to penetrate to the highest levels of investment management. Consider the recent paper Shaping Society, by Saker Nusseibeh, a member of the prestigious 300 Club and chief executive of Hermes Investment Management of London:





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EVENTS

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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.

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April 22, 2017

Earth Day launch for GRCA’s celebration of Canada 150

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will kick off its Canada 150 celebration on Earth Day — Saturday, April 22 — at the Guelph Rotary Forest, where a maple grove shaped like a maple leaf will be planted in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ongoing

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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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