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Published Thursday July 6, 2017
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MONITOR

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Conservation

Michael Barnstijn and Louise MacCallum receive prestigious conservation award from Ontario Nature

A love of the environment and a spirit of generosity has guided the more than 15 years of contributions Michael Barnstijn and Louise MacCallum have made to protect sensitive lands at rare Charitable Research Reserve and green spaces across Waterloo Region. Their dedication to conservation has awarded them the prestigious Steve Hounsell Greenway Award from Ontario Nature.

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Innovation Development

Incubating raw talent: 54 top young innovators and entrepreneurs at SHAD Waterloo this summer

For grade 11 student Melanie Jonnalagadda of London, Ontario, the last few months have been a whirlwind. She won a bronze medal in May at the Canada- Wide Science Fair for her work on diabetes and looking for ways to spot complications , including vision loss, sooner, work she was inspired to do after watching her grandmother struggle with diabetes.

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Women

Tackling sexual violence on college and university campuses

The Provincial Draw-The-Line Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Prevention Awards

In partnership with the Ministry of the Status of Women, White Ribbon is excited to announce the recipients of the first Provincial Draw-The-Line Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Prevention Awards. These awards recognize students, student leaders, institutions, post-secondary athletes, and college and university community members for their outstanding efforts in sexual violence prevention.

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Sharing Economy

Ensuring carpoolers are compatible is key to ridesharing success


Ensuring that would-be carpoolers are riding with people they like could potentially decrease car use by nearly 60 per cent, research from a professor at the University of Waterloo has found. The research, recently published in Transportation Research Part C, used social media analytics, algorithms and computer simulation to match would-be carpoolers with people driving to work.

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Leading Inidcator

Canada facing uncertain economic headwinds

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Leading Economic Indicator reveals a slowdown for the Canadian economy in May 2017

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Leading Economic Indicator for May 2017 is pointing towards a slowdown in the Canadian economy. The composite leading index slowed to a 0.1 percent gain in May, down from 0.4 percent in April and a peak rate of increase of 0.8 percent in December 2016.

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Arts in Waterloo Region

Region of Waterloo Arts Fund awards 26 grants

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund announces 26 grants for a total of $177,153 in response to proposals submitted by artists and arts organizations throughout Waterloo Region. The Arts Fund initially received 68 requests. After the first round of evaluations, 32 applicants were invited to submit more detailed Stage 2 applications from which the 26 grants were ultimately selected. Since it was established in 2002, the Arts Fund has supported more than 565 projects for a total community investment of $3,036,606.

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Promotion

Jesse French Promoted to Associate at MARTINSIMMONS

Patrick Simmons and Jason Martin, partners at MartinSimmons Architects Inc. announced that Jesse French (right) has been promoted from Project Manager/Contract Administrator to Associate. Jesse joined the company 11 years ago under its former name Robertson Simmons architects inc. He has excelled in contributing to the firm’s success through his extensive building detail background, wealth of on-site experience, and meticulous attention to detail.

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Recognition

Public Health PhD Student Wins Trudeau Scholarship

A U of G student, currently the mayor of his Labrador town, can now add Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar to his list of accomplishments. Jamie Snook is one of only 15 people in Canada to receive the prestigious scholarship, which is awarded for academic excellence and civic engagement in social sciences and humanities.

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Education & Real Life

Canada’s brightest high school students come together to tackle climate change

SHAD announced the theme for its 2017 program, challenging the best and brightest high school students from across the country to come up with new ideas for Canadians to meaningfully reduce their energy footprints. SHAD is an award-winning national enrichment program that takes place until July 28 at 13 university host campuses from coast to coast.

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POWER

Conestoga College Guelph campus hosts motive power conference


From June 26 to 28, Conestoga hosted its first provincial college sector Motive Power Professional Development Conference at the Guelph campus. The event was open to college transportation instructors in Ontario, as well as local high school transportation technology and Specialist High Skills Majors teachers.

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Off to training

Canada's Newest Astronauts Touch Down at the Canadian Space Agency

Canada's two newest astronauts, Jenni Sidey of Calgary and Joshua Kutryk of Fort Saskatchewan, touched down at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) before blasting off on two years of training at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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Hybrid sales

Bolstered By First Month of Prius Prime Sales, Toyota Hybrids Have Best Month Ever

Strong hybrid and truck sales lead to record June sales for Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI), up 6.5% from 2016

Bolstered by the Canadian debut of the all-new Prius Prime, Toyota had its best hybrid sales month ever, with 2,205 units sold, up 7.5% compared to 2016.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Keeping it Real

Guelph Chamber to Seek Evidence Based Implementation for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan

The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Government of Ontario to take an evidence-based approach as it considers the implementation of the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan. The plan commits to unproven sweeping reforms without ensuring protection against unintended consequences, including job losses, rising consumer costs, and economic hardship. The Guelph Chamber will raise these concerns at its presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs Community Hearings.

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Appointment

Stephen Frank Named President and CEO of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association

Paul Mahon, Chair of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) announce the appointment of Stephen Frank to President and Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2017. "Canada's life and health insurance industry is entering one of its most intense eras of change, particularly in areas of public policy such as the industry's distribution and disclosure practices, and lowering prescription drug costs for all Canadians," notes Mr. Frank. "We will continue to put our customers interests first and I look forward to working with governments and other stakeholders to develop solutions to these important issues."

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Change in Direction

Rebounding IPO market posts best first-half result in five years

The steady recovery of the Canadian market for initial public offerings continued through the second quarter of 2017, delivering 16 new IPOs on all exchanges for a total of $2.9 billion in new equity in the first half of the year a new survey has revealed.

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Child Care

New funding gives more families access to child care

More than $5.9 million in new provincial funding will mean more families in Waterloo Region can access and afford licensed child care. The Region recently received a total of $5,964,335 from the Province as part of its Child Care Expansion Plan. More than $2.2 million of that total is part of the Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, a federal-provincial bilateral agreement.

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Retirement

New retirement solution aims to improve retirement outcomes for Canadians

Next-generation target date solution will be a first for the Canadian market

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada ("Sun Life") announced on Wednesday plans to launch a next-generation target date solution designed to improve the retirement outcomes of group savings plan members in Canada. The retirement solution will be a first for the Canadian market.




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EVENTS

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Conference - July 4-8

Laurier conference to explore the hidden world of plants

Waterloo – The Canadian Botanical Association/l’Association Botanique du Canada is holding its annual conference at Wilfrid Laurier University for the first time in its 53-year history.

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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.

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July 15, 2017

Jennifer Jonas to have book launch at Chapters on July 15th

Conestogo raised Jennifer Jonas has recently published a book in the United States entitled "Touching Lives, One Song at a Time", but many of the stories are from her work in Toronto. Jennifer will be coming up to Waterloo on July 15 for her first book signing.



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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

Vastly-Expanded Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada to Unveil Innovations in Smart Apparel and Textiles in First-of-its-Kind Showcase

Anticipation mounting for Toronto-based show, August 21-23, with exhibits already 95 percent sold, attendee registration exponentially higher than 2016

Toronto - Self-heating winter coats and boot insoles, t-shirts that monitor a person’s heart and breathing, leg bands that measure muscle performance and help prevent injuries, LED-backlit apparel and socks that improve balance.

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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.

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Vote for Your Oktoberfest Beer

Craft Beers at Bingemans Oktoberfest

Online craft beer contest launches Bingemans’ 49th annual Bavarian celebration!

Kitchener — Summer may be just beginning, but planning is well underway for the most exciting Oktoberfest festhalle experience in Waterloo Region. With the launch of a brand new Oktoberfest website and a call out to have the people choose the beer that will be poured, Bingemans is putting together its most exciting Oktoberfest program in the 49 years it has been celebrating Bavarian culture in Waterloo Region.

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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