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Published Thursday May 4, 2017
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MONITOR

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Philanthropy

Advertising and Marketing Communications - Class of 2017 To Donate over $1,700 to Nutrition for Learning

This semester Kolby Thomson Latimer (teacher, business women and philanthropist) taught her students the impact of networking, value of sponsorship and importance of community. The class of 0017 raised over $1,700 for Nutrition for Learning after expenses with their silent auction and sponsorships combined.

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Global Phenomena

Sandvine: Almost 70% of Kodi Installations Are Configured to Access Unlicensed Video

Set-Top Box Sellers, Unlicensed Video Services, and File Hosts Profiting Most

Waterloo - Sandvine released a Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight focusing on the "fully-loaded" Kodi ecosystem in North America. The report is based on data collected from multiple tier-1 fixed access networks in North America and examines the mechanics and economics of using Kodi to access what many content owners believe to be unlicensed live and on-demand video content.

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Nominations Accepted unitl August 11

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award

Region of Waterloo - Nominations are now open for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award. Nominations will be accepted by the Region up to 4 pm. on Friday, August 11, 2017.

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Municipal Matters

Region of Waterloo Council Info from May 3, 2017

Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at the Region of Waterloo Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. Homer Watson Boulevard Improvements; Paramedic response time targets approved; Affordable housing projects approved for Waterloo Region; Public access defibrillator program find savings; Council approves purchase of former Provincial Courthouse for Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS); Region joins SWIFT as full partner, contributing $2.2 million to build Internet broadband for everyone; Tenders/Contracts.

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PSA

Flood Message #1 – Flood Watch

Forecast rainfall increases risk for potential flooding

The Grand River Watershed received between 25 and 50 mm of rain since Saturday. Runoff from this rainfall did not result in major flooding. Flows in rivers and watercourses are higher than normal for this time of year. Ground conditions throughout the watershed are very saturated and have limited ability to absorb rainfall.

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Health Care

Extending weight loss programme helps people who are overweight keep more weight off, and is cost-effective

Offering a year-long programme of weight loss classes could prevent an additional 1,786 cases of disease (hypertension, diabetes, heart disease) for every 100,000 people compared to a 12-week programme.

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Technology

Magna bridges Silicon Valley to auto industry through new Technology Advisory Council

iPod and Nest inventor Tony Fadell and MIT Mobility Professor Ian Hunter join the council; Council offers high-level strategic planning insights, Accelerates company's innovation initiatives

Troy, Michigan - With technology impacting virtually every aspect of the vehicle, Magna has assembled a Technology Advisory Council to contribute to future innovation projects, provide direction to Magna's technology road maps and identify additional business opportunities.

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Commercial Real Estate

Investor demand continues to outstrip available supply of product for sale in Greater Toronto Area

First Quarter 2017 Greater Toronto Area Commercial Real Estate Investment Review

Toronto - Following a record year of almost $12 billion in commercial real estate investment sales in 2016, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) investment market recorded a 14% quarter-over-quarter decline in sales to $2.4 billion in the first quarter of 2017. This drop marked the region's third consecutive quarter of falling investment sales activity; however, the first-quarter dollar volume is 12% higher than the first-quarter 2016 level.

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Street Closures

Upcoming closures in Downtown Kitchener

Waterloo Region – The intersection of Queen and Charles in Downtown Kitchener, will close for approximately three weeks.

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Ontario Budget 2017

Reviews: Kitchener-Waterloo

Many organizations and individuals in the Kitchener-Waterloo area will be directly affected by the 2017 budget. Here’s a sample of their feedback, as prepared by Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre's office, on the impact these new investments will have on the people they serve.

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Technology

Competitiveness Boost Urgently Needed to Meet Africa’s Demographic Challenges

Without urgent action to address stagnating levels of competitiveness, Africa’s economies will not create enough jobs for the young people entering the job market; If current policies remain unchanged, fewer than than one-quarter of the 450 million new jobs needed in the next 20 years will be created

Durban, South Africa – The ability of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies to generate enough jobs for its young and growing population rests on the successful implementation of urgent structural reforms to boost productivity. This is the key finding of the World Economic Forum Africa Competitiveness Report 2017, published recently.

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Technology

Digital Innovation Skills Certificate (DISC) Program helps local businesses grow

Kitchener – Small business owners in the region are invited to submit an online application to be a part of the Digital Innovation Skills Certificate (DISC ) Program, connecting them with a digital growth team of graduate students and industry experts to help their business grow online.

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Transit RFQ for Designers

Region of Waterloo launches RFQ for game changing mixed-use transit hub

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo has launched phase 1 of its bidding process to select the private developer who will build the large mixed-use transit hub on Victoria and King Street in Kitchener. This high profile project is predicted to change the way people think about Waterloo Region.

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Reverse Collision Day - May 25, 2017

Innovation Guelph's first Reverse Collision Day offers 'look inside' Danby for new business growth

Guelph - Entrepreneurs are invited to "look inside" Danby for new business opportunities during Innovation Guelph's first Reverse Collision Day May 25, 2017. At the event Danby CEO Jim Estill and other local business leaders will share their vision for how entrepreneurs can create or grow businesses by addressing the needs of large companies, and by capitalizing on existing infrastructure, market knowledge and industry contacts.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Marketing

High-Tech Food Labs Aim to Help Researchers Understand Consumer Needs

Exploring consumers’ relationship with food are the focus of two new food laboratories at the University of Guelph, including a state-of-the-art grocery store lab. The Longo’s Food Retail Lab and the Schneider’s Research Lab opened May 3. The labs are designed to help U of G researchers better understand consumer decision-making, consumption habits and reactions to food advertising.

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Graham

New supercomputer and data centre launched at the University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo, Compute Canada and Compute Ontario will officially launch Graham, a powerful new supercomputer and the largest one at any Canadian university.

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Education

New classroom resources support and promote mental health

Ottawa & Guelph - With research indicating that 20 per cent of Canadian students suffer from a mental health illness and teachers face more stress than most other professionals, there is a need for more mental health resources in the classroom. To meet that need, Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada, along with Supporting Partner The Co-operators and program partners, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and University of Western – Centre For School Mental Health, is proud to announce the launch of Teach Resiliency.

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Forecast

2017 Canada summer forecast: Hot, dry weather to elevate wildfire risk in Prairies; Severe storms to target Ontario

AccuWeather reports an active wildfire season is in store for the Canadian Prairies this summer, especially northern Alberta, as hot, dry weather dominates. Meanwhile, Ontario will face rounds of thunderstorms with the threat for severe weather increasing in July and August.

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Hypertension

Simple blood tests lead to improved hypertension treatment in African countries

Using two simple blood tests, Western University researchers were able to drastically improve treatment for resistant hypertension across three sites in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
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Math

Claremont Physics Professor Uses Maple to Teach Complex Course Material

When dealing with courses that involve complex systems and formulas, it is essential to find teaching tools that easily handle detailed and intricate calculations, while simplifying the process to minimize time and effort for the students. This avoids costly time spent on learning how to use the tools themselves, and allows students to place greater focus on understanding the principles by working through and solving the actual problems. For Scot Gould, the level of difficulty in his courses is such that a great deal of time is spent on models and calculations.

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New Release

OpenText Enhances Release 16 to Digitize Business Processes and Manage Information from Engagement to Insight

Deeper Integrations within the OpenText Platform and with Leading Applications Enable the Flow of Information Inside and Outside of the Enterprise

Waterloo -- OpenText announced Release 16 Enhancement Pack 2 (EP2), the second enhancement pack for OpenText Release 16, the company's comprehensive, integrated digital information platform that enables customers to digitize any business process and manage information flows across the digital enterprise. With the new enhancements, OpenText Release 16 continues to facilitate the flow of information for the digital enterprise from customer engagement to deep business insight across the OpenText portfolio of software and its ecosystem.

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Statement

Former Cambridge MPP will be missed by many in Cambridge

Gerry Martiniuk remembered for commitment and service to his community - Statement made May 2, 2017 by MPP Kathryn McGarry

It is with shock and sadness that I learned of the passing of former Cambridge MPP Gerry Martiniuk today. We may have differed politically, but we shared a common goal of doing what was best for the people Cambridge and North Dumfries.

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Technology

World Economic Forum and South African Government Launch Push to Bridge Digital Divide

South African government to partner with the World Economic Forum on the Internet for All project; Project aims to increase internet use in South Africa, especially in rural areas

Durban, South Africa – The World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Government of South Africa, will this week announce the launch of a new platform project called South Africa Internet for All, which aims to bring millions of South Africans, including those in rural areas, onto the internet for the first time through new models of public-private collaboration. Currently, according to the International Telecommunications Union, 52% of South Africans use the internet.




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TALKS

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Influence

Laura Galante: How to exploit democracy

Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it's you. Laura Galante profiles advanced cyber threats and network breaches and investigates the political, military and financial implications of cyber operations.





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EVENTS

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May 6, 2017

Heritage plaque unveiling for historic German Mills settlement

Waterloo Region – On Saturday, May 6, 2017 the Region of Waterloo, together with the City of Kitchener, will celebrate the historic settlement of German Mills with the unveiling of a new commemorative plaque. Settled in the early 1800s, German Mills was once the centre of a wealthy and populous settlement, where six public highways intersected each other.

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May 8-9

Big data and its use in cities the topic of Laurier conference

Brantford – “Big data” is everywhere and cities are making extensive use of it. From figuring out where to deploy police officers to creating public transit schedules, municipalities are increasingly using data in ways that affect our everyday lives. What does all this data collection mean for our privacy? Or for populations, such as homeless people, about whom less data is available? What are the ethics of doing this type of research, particularly in cultural contexts such as Indigenous communities?

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May 5-7, 2017

Waterloo Region walks to discover community

11th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival happens May 5 - 7

Waterloo Region - The 11th Annual Jane's Walk Festival is coming up on May 5, 6 and 7. Twenty walks are already scheduled for across Waterloo Region. Hundreds of people will participate in the free, citizen-lead walking tours which put bring people together face to face to engage in spontaneous conversations about our communities. Thousands more will join walks around the world in nearly 200 cities across 6 continents.

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May 7, 2017

Steps For Kids

Waterloo - Lutherwood’s annual fundraising event, Steps for Kids will take place at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre on Sunday, May 7th. All proceeds raised will support specialized mental health programs that are a critical part of the treatment plan for children at Lutherwood.

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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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Education May 16

Community town hall on building better public schools

Kitchener – From class size to standardized testing, to support for students with special needs and other issues, it’s important to come together to discuss how our public schools can better serve our children, families and communities.

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Reverse Collision Day - May 25, 2017

Innovation Guelph's first Reverse Collision Day offers 'look inside' Danby for new business growth

Guelph - Entrepreneurs are invited to "look inside" Danby for new business opportunities during Innovation Guelph's first Reverse Collision Day May 25, 2017. At the event Danby CEO Jim Estill and other local business leaders will share their vision for how entrepreneurs can create or grow businesses by addressing the needs of large companies, and by capitalizing on existing infrastructure, market knowledge and industry contacts.

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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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Transit RFQ for Designers

Region of Waterloo launches RFQ for game changing mixed-use transit hub

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo has launched phase 1 of its bidding process to select the private developer who will build the large mixed-use transit hub on Victoria and King Street in Kitchener. This high profile project is predicted to change the way people think about Waterloo Region.

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Nominations Accepted unitl August 11

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award

Region of Waterloo - Nominations are now open for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award. Nominations will be accepted by the Region up to 4 pm. on Friday, August 11, 2017.

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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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