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Published Thursday August 31, 2017
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MONITOR

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AI

Can a robot pass a university entrance exam?

Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids learn the things that humans can do better than AI?

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Autonomous Driving

Magna Unveils MAX4 Autonomous Driving Platform

MAX4 can be integrated into any vehicle without compromise to vehicle design and styling; Platform can enable up to Level 4 autonomous driving in both urban and highway environments; Key focus on scalability and volume production readiness

Berlin, Germany - The hurdles to reaching high levels of vehicle autonomy might be in infrastructure and legislation, but not necessarily in technology development. Today, Magna is proving that by unveiling MAX4, a fully integrated, customizable and scalable autonomous driving sensing and compute platform that can enable up to Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities in both urban and highway environments.

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Education

Schulich Leaders enter STEM programs at Waterloo

Four new first-year students at the University of Waterloo have won Schulich Leader Scholarships, which encourage them to embrace science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines in their future careers.

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Billions and Billions

Record-breaking Galaxy Five Billion Light-Years Away Shows We Live in a Magnetic Universe

A team of astronomers has observed the magnetic field of a galaxy five billion light-years from Earth. The galaxy is the most distant in which a coherent magnetic field has been observed and provides important insight into how magnetism in the Universe formed and evolved.

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Digital Workplace

Igloo Surpasses 1 Billion Monthly Digital Workplace Interactions, Showcasing Employee Engagement As a Mission Critical Solution

Caesars Entertainment, Partners HealthCare, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), Jacob Morgan, and Principal Analyst Ted Schadler Among Guest Speakers at Igloo's Inaugural Digital Workplace Conference, ICE'17

Igloo Software celebrated a major milestone – exceeding 1 billion digital workplace interactions per month across its portfolio of solutions. Igloo's growing base of customers are congregating in Nashville this September, bringing together thought leaders from around the world to continue conversations about the importance of employee engagement, culture, and knowledge sharing in the digital workplace.

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Climate Change

The Government of Canada creates an expert panel on adapting to climate change

Panel of experts to advise federal government on measuring Canada's progress in building its resilience to climate change; Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, will chair the Expert Panel

GATINEAU, QC - Taking action to adapt to climate change will help protect the health, well-being, and prosperity of Canadians and manage risks to communities, businesses, and ecosystems. Preparing for the effects of climate change before they happen will make our communities stronger and healthier for this generation and the next. That's why the Government of Canada is making significant investments to help communities build their resilience to climate change as a key part of our plan to address climate change.

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Food Sales

Amazon brings democratic simplicity to the food industry

The online giant is essentially about merchandizing convenience for all. Organic foods and meal kits are its latest targets - By Sylvain Charlebois

Amazon isn't wasting time wading in to the food industry - and speed of execution and ease of delivery are at the heart of its business model. As soon as United States regulators approved its acquisition of Whole Foods last week, Amazon announced it would aggressively reduce the price of several organic staples in all 431 Whole Foods stores in America and 13 in Canada. Amazon's playbook is about low margins and high-volume sales, for anything, including organics.



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MONITOR

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Tracking

Prof Using Pets to Track Ticks

Using our pets to track ticks and the prevalence of Lyme disease is the focus of a new online reporting system aimed at understanding how the disease-carrying insects are spreading across Ontario. The province has become a hotbed for the blacklegged tick known to carry B.burgdorferi, the bacteriuma that causes Lyme disease. “Right now Lyme disease and ticks are mostly found along the north shore of Lake Ontario, but this area is expanding,” said U of G pathobiology professor Scott Weese, who developed the online tool. “If we can track where the ticks are, then we can get a better handle on where Lyme disease risk is because where the ticks move, the disease moves.”

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Transportation

Waterloo Regional Council Approves Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program Plan for 2017 – 2021

Mirroring the timeframe of the Grand River Transit (GRT) Business Plan, the TDM Program Plan builds on GRT’s recommendations to help achieve its ridership targets, as well as the sustainable transportation goals of the Regional Transportation Master Plan. The Region has been a leader in TDM since launching its workplace program, TravelWise, and the TDM Program will continue to work with employers, residents, and other stakeholders in the community to shift travel behaviour away from driving alone.

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Perfectionism

Suicide risk linked to push for perfection

by Johnny Magnusson

People who believe they must be perfect – and who ultimately can’t deal with the thought of being flawed – are at much greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide, according to a recent Western co-authored study.

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Community Health

Mayor forms new community task force; local response to global issue

Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig chaired the first meeting of a new community task force in an effort to spearhead a coordinated local response to the broader opioid epidemic. “This is a global problem that requires a response at the local level,” said Mayor Craig. “This is a serious societal issue that reaches far beyond the boundaries of the City of Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo. We are seeing the troubling impacts of this drug across the country and around the world.”

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Face It

Facing dominance: why we may prefer a wider face on our clocks and cars

Products like cars and watches are often marketed as sleek, classy and reliable. But according to new University of Toronto research, there may be an unconscious appetite among consumers for them to convey dominance.

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Coast and Waterways

Government of Canada introduces new measures to protect the marine environment and coastal communities in Canada's Arctic

For residents of Canada's Northern territories, marine transportation is an essential lifeline. Ships bring food and other important goods and represent critical jobs and employment. Last November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan. This national strategy is creating a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. The Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada's coasts and waterways.

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Survey

Career And Post-Graduation 'FOMO'

Students Cite First Job Trepidations; Canadian CFOs Share Mistakes to Avoid

As college and university students wrap up their summer internships, jobs and vacations, they may be heading back to school with some anxiety about launching their careers soon. Students polled in a recent survey said their biggest fear about starting work is choosing the wrong job and missing out on something else (42 per cent), followed by not learning quickly enough and making mistakes (39 per cent).

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NAFTA

Thinking the unthinkable on NAFTA

The bottom line is, either we stand up and defend our rights or we'll simply have traded one colonial master for another - By Robert McGarvey

Everyone who's ever done business with Donald Trump knows his favourite tactic: don't negotiate; intimidate. Well, he's at it again, threatening to pull the plug on NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) because Canada and Mexico are being "very difficult".

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Sales

You Lost Me at “How Are You?”

Leveraging Preparation, Practice, and Patience for Better Business-to-Business Calls - By Kate Zabriskie

“Hi, this is Ahmad calling from Acme Industries. How are you today?” “Well, Ahmad, I was a lot happier before you called and interrupted me. I’m behind with my project, and I’m too busy to leave my desk. Don’t call me again.” The truth hurts, but it’s honest. Ahmad blew it. He had an opportunity to win the ear of the person on the other end of the line, but he squandered it by asking a silly question.

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Donation

Economical Insurance contributes to an enhanced patient experience at Louise Marshall Hospital with $12,000 donation

Funding the purchase of a new Centralized Cardiac Monitoring System in association with Coburn Insurance Brokers

Mount Forest — North Wellington Health Care-Louise Marshall Hospital site is one step closer to having a new Centralized Cardiac Monitoring System (CCMS) thanks to a $12,000 donation by Economical Insurance. The donation to help fund the purchase of the new CCMS for the hospital was made in association with Coburn Insurance Brokers Ltd. of Mount Forest.




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EVENTS

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September 7, 2017

WWD Roads to Transportation & Logistics Job Expo

Meet with local employers and training providers in the Transportation & Logistics industry. Bring copies of your resume and be prepared for potential on-the-spot interviews.

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September 10, 2017

Taste Local! Taste Fresh! – A Feast for the Senses!

For everything there is a season and this happens to be the season of local food and harvest events. It is also the season for Foodlink’s Culinary Showcase and Fundraiser Taste Local! Taste Fresh! This year the annual event brings together 17 area chefs and over 20 farmers and producers from Waterloo Region. It all takes place Sunday, September 10, 2-5 pm at Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener.

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September 13-15

Waterloo Innovation Summit hosts forward-thinking conversations on disruptive trends

Some of the world’s foremost thinkers on disruptive technologies will gather at the University of Waterloo this September to discuss Canada’s role in the world’s next economy. Joining Canadian business, government and academic leaders at this year’s Waterloo Innovation Summit will be influential speakers from some of the world’s most cutting-edge companies and innovative schools of thought.

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September 25, 2017

Impact Investing 101: What's In It For Me?

Impact Investing is having a moment. Earlier this year the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada launched a social impact bond to prevent hypertension, and increasingly we are hearing about Community Foundations across the country investing their community funding with a focus on social and financial return. While this all sounds good - what does it actually mean? How does Impact Investing work?

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September 29, 2017

Succession planning is a critical factor for family businesses and for their employees.

On September 29th, Waterloo Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Centre for Family Business, is hosting a complimentary Creating a Sustainable Saleable Business session.

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October 6, 2017

Save the Date - Manufacturing Day 2017

Across Waterloo Region, Wellington County & Dufferin Coutnty. We are once again celebrating Manufacturing Day by coordinating the events and tours that take place locally on October 6th.

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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.

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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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