Published Tuesday May 9, 2017
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Climate Change

U of G Prof to Head $6.6-Million, International Climate Change, Indigenous Food Security Project

When it comes to climate change, the greatest threat to human health and survival may surprise some people, says a University of Guelph professor. Extreme temperatures, droughts and natural disasters have numerous direct and indirect effects on human health, but the most dire is the threat to food systems, security and safety, said Sherilee Harper.


Grand Opening of Innovation Space in Markham

New Space Will Help Businesses Take New Technology to Global Markets

Ontario has partnered with IBM Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence and ventureLAB to open the IBM Innovation Space-Markham Convergence Centre that will provide businesses access to the technology and expertise they need to grow and compete in the global marketplace.


Centre and peripheries

Settlement patterns and social integration of the population with an immigrant background in the Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver metropolitan areas

From a residential standpoint, it is well known that highly urbanized population centres are home to the majority of immigrants. In 2011, 63% of the immigrant population in Canada was living in one of the country's three largest census metropolitan areas (CMAs): Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver.

Life Changing Funding

Ontario Investing in Nutrition for Learning

Ontario is making significant investments in the health and education of children and youth across the province.

Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile and Executive Director of Nutrition for Learning, Mary D'Alton visited St. John's Catholic School, in Kitchener to highlight the impact of a 2017 Ontario Budget: A Stronger, Healthier Ontario investment in a critical local school-based nutrition program. “This funding is life changing. This is the stepping stone we needed to give us the chance to get to ALL the kids in ALL the schools in Waterloo Region!


Canada and Mexico both set to capitalize on current opportunities, Bank of Canada Governor Poloz says

Canada and Mexico share economic traits that leave both well placed to face global challenges and capitalize on opportunities, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz said May 4. In a speech to CanCham México and the Club de Industriales, Governor Poloz showed how the similarities between Canada and Mexico—including their shared approach to monetary policy and the importance of industries such as oil and automobiles—have meant that global disruptions have hit the two economies in a similar way.


High School Graduation Rate Climbs to All-Time High

Investments in Education Drive Rate to Historic Level of 86.5 Per Cent

Ontario's unprecedented investments in education have pushed the high school graduation rate to a historic new high, as more students than ever before are obtaining a high school diploma and gaining the skills and experience required.

Honorary Degrees

Wilfrid Laurier University announces honorary degree recipients

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will recognize four accomplished Canadians with honorary degrees at its spring convocation in June. Recipients include: Rebecca Jamieson, CEO and president of Six Nations Polytechnic; Tina Keeper, an award-winning Cree activist, producer, actress and politician; William (Bill) Richardson, an accomplished Canadian writer, composer and broadcast host; and David Young, an award-winning musician and composer.


Financial Planning students deliver Junior Achievement program

On April 6, more than 40 Conestoga Business Administration - Financial Planning students volunteered their time at Clemens Mills Public School in Cambridge to deliver a Junior Achievement program, Economics for Success (EFS), to 250 grade 7 and 8 students.

Separated at Death

Ontario Seniors Deserve Dignity in Long-Term Care

Queen's Park – During Question Period, NDP MPP Catherine Fife asked the Liberal government why seniors who require long-term care in Waterloo Region are being separated from their partners.


Magna Receives Most Innovative Automotive Supplier Award

Awarded by Center of Automotive Management and PricewaterhouseCoopers Germany; New welding method provides cost-efficient weight savings to vehicles; Second time a Magna technology has been selected

Sailuaf, Germany - For the second time in three years, Magna has won an AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award from the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Germany. Magna was recognized as the Most Innovative Automotive Supplier in the chassis, car body and exterior category for its new process of welding steel and aluminum together.

Health Care

Cambridge Memorial Hospital receives nearly $1.8 million Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in Cambridge to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services

Ontario will invest an additional $1,798,204 into Cambridge Memorial Hospital to provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.

Health Care

Kitchener-Waterloo Hospitals Receive Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in Kitchener-Waterloo to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services

Ontario will invest an additional $3,851,827 in St. Mary’s General Hospital, and an additional $5,541,318 in Grand River Hospital, that will provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.


OVC Prof Wins Governor General’s Award for Innovation

A University of Guelph professor has won a prestigious 2017 Governor General’s Award for Innovation, it was announced last week. Bonnie Mallard, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology, will receive one of six awards to be presented by Governor General David Johnston May 23 at Rideau Hall. Johnston spoke with Mallard and the other award recipients via Facebook messenger to congratulate them.

The Conflict

Health in Israel: progress and challenges in a region of conflict

Israel’s health system has delivered strong progress in improving life expectancy and reducing infant mortality. However, important challenges remain, especially for an ageing population, for women’s and children’s health, and for persistent health inequalities between Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews and across different regions of the country.

Economic Development

Toronto Top Thinkers Honoured at 2nd Annual Leaders Circle Recognition Gala

The Leaders Circle, a network of industry experts who share the common goal of coming together to build Toronto's global reputation, honoured eight key local professionals at the 2nd Annual Leaders Circle Recognition Gala for their integral contribution in bringing five new international meetings to the city.

Flood Waters

National survey shows most Canadians in high-risk areas for floods unaware

Nearly all Canadians living in high-risk flood areas not only don’t know it, but are increasingly paying out of pocket for damage. Researchers at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and the Partners for Action research network at the University of Waterloo surveyed 2,300 homeowners who live in communities that the Government of Canada’s Flood Damage Reduction Program designated as flood-risk areas.


Metro Toronto Convention Centre President & CEO Honoured with PCMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Toronto - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) congratulates Barry Smith, President & CEO, on being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation yesterday at the 2017 Visionary Awards in Washington, D.C.



Super Computer

University of Waterloo launches new national supercomputer to field big data research and machine learning

The University of Waterloo, Compute Canada and Compute Ontario unveiled the largest supercomputer at any Canadian university. Located at Waterloo, it will provide expanded resources for researchers across the country working on a broad range of topics, including artificial intelligence, genomics and advanced manufacturing.


The Evolving Role of City Managers and Chief Administrative Officers

New paper by the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance explores the role of the city manager in Canadian municipal government.

Toronto – Local governments function best when they have a council that represents the diverse elements in society and promotes open and deliberative decision-making, supported by a public service that values professionalism and rational decision-making. The often hidden, but very important, role of the city manager and the relationship between elected officials and the public service is a key determinant of the success of any municipality.


China Trade Mission

Waterloo-based Terepac Corporation is among a dozen enterprise companies from North America taking part in the Istuary China Mission, an event touring five major cities in China from May 15 to 26. The mission aims to build connections with China's local governments, plus increase knowledge of local market dynamics and policies in China's growing technology sector.


Honour recognizes outstanding Canadians who contribute to the country’s success and inspire the next generation

Toronto – The molecules he works with are so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye, but for Professor Paul Santerre, who is being honoured with the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Award, it’s what you do with those molecules that counts.

Gender Wage Gap

Laurier gender-equity analysis results in salary increases for the university’s female associate and full professors

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will increase the salaries of female associate and full professors based on an analysis of gender-based salary differentials conducted by a joint university-union committee.

Infrastructure Bank

Canada launches Leadership Search for the Canada Infrastructure Bank

Toronto - As part of the Government's Investing in Canada plan to invest over $180 billion in infrastructure, the Canada Infrastructure Bank is a new tool for provincial, territorial, and municipal partners to finance the infrastructure that Canadians need. "The Canada Infrastructure Bank will allow us to transform how we plan, fund and build the projects we need to improve the lives of Canadians and our competitiveness around the world.

Volunteers Soughts

Listowel and Drayton Terry Fox Runs seeking organizers

The Ontario office of the Terry Fox Foundation (TFF) is seeking volunteers to organize this year's Terry Fox Run in a number of communities. These include Listowel, Drayton, Atikokan, Gananoque, Ignace, and Kemptville.


The Co-operators helps 10C create space for change with $50,000 contribution

Guelph - The Co-operators announced a contribution of $50,000 to 10 Carden in support of a redevelopment project that will create a new multi-purpose facility in downtown Guelph, Ontario known as 10C. When the redevelopment is complete, 15,000 square feet will be available for community collaboration, strengthening local resilience through co-working, social innovation and entrepreneurship by community-minded individuals and groups.


Ontario's Unemployment Rate Lowest in 16 Years

Ontario's unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in April - the lowest it has been since 2001.

The unemployment rate fell by 0.6 per cent, from 6.4 per cent in March. Compared with a year ago, employment in Ontario is up by 87,000 jobs, or 1.2 per cent.

Global Markets

Africans Rising: The Time for Action Is Now

Africa has moved beyond theory and planning; the time for action has arrived; The phrase “Africa Rising” should be amended to “Africans Rising” – to reflect the enormous potential of the continent’s human capital

Durban, South Africa – The fundamental imperative for Africa is to pursue inclusive growth, which will transform it from the continent of potential to the continent of prosperity, said Cyril M. Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa, in the closing address to the 2017 World Economic Forum on Africa on Friday.

South Africa

Wealth Gap Overshadows Brexit, Populism as Threat to Global Economy

A new compact between the G20 group of nations and Africa is a major intervention to tackle the world’s biggest geopolitical risk – the growing gap between rich and poor throughout the continent; Growing levels of migration and escalating terrorism in Africa and elsewhere are results of this lack of inclusive growth

Durban, South Africa – Volatility in the exchange rate of South Africa’s rand did not emanate from the recent reshuffle in the cabinet, said Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Finance of South Africa, at the World Economic Forum on Africa today.


Minister of International Trade to Address Business Community at Global Leadership Forum

Guelph - As part of its continued focus on connecting local businesses with global opportunities, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of International Trade on Friday May 19, 2017. The Minister will address the Global Leadership Forum on International Trade. Canada is one of the most trade-dependent nations in the world. As a leading jurisdiction in Canada and jobs powerhouse, International Trade Day 2017 provides an important focusing point for Guelph and its business community.


Mental Health

Sangu Delle: There's no shame in taking care of your mental health

When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: "Being honest about how we feel doesn't make us weak — it makes us human." Sangu Delle is an entrepreneur and clean water activist. A TED Fellow who hails from Ghana, he sees incredible potential in the African economy.

Health Care

Carolyn Jones: A tribute to nurses

Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation's biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of unwavering dedication in this celebration of the everyday heroes who work at the front lines of health care. Carolyn Jones creates projects that point our attention towards issues of global concern.


Chart of the Week

Real Estate Reliance

by Mike Hayhoe

The 2 Canadian provinces, BC & Ontario, have an inordinate reliance on Real Estate and Residential Construction as drivers of our economic growth.


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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

May 17, 2107 PSA

May 17 is World Hypertension Day: Local Pharmacies to Offer Complimentary Blood Pressure Screening

Canadian residents urged to know their blood pressure numbers to combat “silent killer”

Toronto – Pharmacies across Canada are asking local residents of all ages to roll up their sleeves and take their blood pressure on Wednesday, May 17, World Hypertension Day. Knowing your numbers can save your life.

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.

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.

July 7-30

The stage is set for an extraordinary 29th Beaches International Jazz Festival

Toronto’s beloved summer mainstay, the ever-popular Beaches International Jazz Festival will be taking place from July 7 – 30, 2017. In celebration of its 29th year, the Festival will feature an unparalleled musical roster, multiple stages, venues and the return of renowned and adored festival favourites.

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.

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.

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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