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Published Tuesday July 11, 2017
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MONITOR

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Emerging Technologies

Engineering students build weather balloon for summer launch

Students in Conestoga’s Electronic Systems Engineering program are working together to launch a weather balloon that will reach the edge of space. The project, part of the students’ Assessing Emerging Technologies course, has been in development throughout the term and the team plans to launch the balloon in early August.

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Human Resources

Employers Concerned About the Impact that Legalization of Marijuana Will Have on the Workplace: HRPA

With less than one year until the legalization of marijuana in Canada, a new study reveals that employers feel unprepared for the impact the increased drug use may have on the workplace. In a survey answered by over 650 Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) members between June 1 and June 9, 2017, over 45 per cent of respondents do not believe their current workplace policies adequately address the potential new issues that may arise with the legalization and expected increased use of marijuana.

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Education & Employment

Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. develop a three-week customized training course to fuel expansion in Kitchener and Cambridge

Over the last 18 months, Conestoga’s Career Centre has been working closely with Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. to accommodate its hiring needs. The company predicts it will require hundreds of additional employees over the next two years to accommodate the implementation of new automation at its current location in Kitchener and a second location in Cambridge that will be operational this summer.

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Report

Canada a Global Leader in mining exploration, innovation and diversity

According to PwC's Mine 2017 report, Canada's largest mining companies played a key role in the international mining sector's emerging growth. Canada led the way on equity financing in 2016, with the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange responsible for 57% of global financings during the year, according to the TMX Group and S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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Technology

Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper

Inventor Manu Prakash turns everyday materials into powerful scientific devices, from paper microscopes to a clever new mosquito tracker. From the TED Fellows stage, he demos Paperfuge, a hand-powered centrifuge inspired by a spinning toy that costs 20 cents to make and can do the work of a $1,000 machine, no electricity required.

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Scholarships

Former Afghani Refugee Among Inaugural Food Institute Scholars at U of G

It is a long and complicated path from evading Taliban threats in Afghanistan to transforming Canada’s beef industry, but that’s the route being traced by a former refugee named as one of the first Arrell Food Institute scholars at the University of Guelph.

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Food Policy - Appointment

Incoming CEO calls for new strategic plan

With Canada surpassing its 150th anniversary, Canadian agriculture and agri-food are at a critical crossroads, with calls to increase quality production, contribute to a national food policy, and do both in an environmentally sustainable manner. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is poised to embark on a strategic plan to more fully contribute to the agri-food industry's goal of becoming a world leader in sustainable food production and economic growth within a trusted food system.

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Grand River Basin

River conditions returning to normal after June flooding

Warning buoys back in place, tubing to resume on weekend

River flows in the Grand River watershed are returning to normal levels for this time of year, two weeks after the record rainfall flood that took place in late June.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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R&D

Leading-Edge Beef Research Centre Planned

New centre will replace beef facilities at the Elora Research Station that were built in 1969


Ontario will soon be home to the most sophisticated sustainable livestock production research centre in Canada, thanks to a new facility planned by the University of Guelph and the provincial and federal governments.

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Poverty Reduction

Kindred sponsors Ontario Living Wage Network’s Employer Program Manager

Kindred Credit Union announced their support of Ontario Living Wage Network (OLWN) by funding their first ever Employer Program Manager, who will be responsible for extending the reach of OLWN’s initiative.

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Vaccine Development

First vaccine to show protection against gonorrhoea suggests new avenue for vaccine development

Some strains of gonorrhoea are now resistant to all available drugs, making vaccine development an urgent global health priority

Exposure to the meningococcal group B vaccine during a New Zealand mass vaccination campaign was associated with a reduced likelihood of contracting gonorrhoea, compared with unvaccinated people, according to a new study of more than 14000 people published in The Lancet. This is the first time that a vaccine has shown any protection against gonorrhoea, and may provide a new avenue for vaccine development.

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Tractor Trip

National Farmers Union delegates head to La Via Campesina’s 7th International Conference

Develops Global slogan “We feed our peoples and build the movement to change the world!”

Several members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) will travel to the Basque Country in Spain to participate in La Via Campesina’s 7th International Conference, July 16th to the 24th, 2017. La Via Campesina (LVC) is a global movement that brings together organizations representing small- and medium-scale farmers, peasants, agricultural workers, and Indigenous people.

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Investment Models

New World Economic Forum Investment Model Set to Transform Digital Adoption

Policy levers can transform an unsustainable business case into a financially sound investment, as demonstrated in East Africa’s Northern Corridor; By deploying targeted policy levers, the cost of bringing 25 million new users online in Africa’s Northern Corridor can be reduced by 23% or $400 million

The World Economic Forum announced the launch of a second White Paper on “An Investment Framework for Digital Adoption”. Published in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group, it illustrates an investment model that can be used to quantify the costs to achieve universal internet access and adoption.





COLUMNS

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Trade: Western Canada

Western Canadian silence will hurt our trade opportunities, again

Oh, the irony! With their withdrawal from the TPP, and after doing all the hard work, the Americans are handing us their market share under TPP 11 - By Carlo Dade

That Western Canada has not been well served by the country's trade agenda under the previous and current governments is not just a criticism of Ottawa; it's a damming critique of how little westerners seem to care or how ineffective they've been in shaping national trade priorities.

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Chart of the Week

Score for the First Half

by Mike Hayhoe

For those keeping score (count me in that camp) below is a chart showing Year-to-Date (YTD) returns for major global financial assets.



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EVENTS

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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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