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Published Tuesday September 5, 2017
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MONITOR

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Water

Federal environmental scientist to work with Laurier to enhance northern aquatic ecosystems research

Waterloo – A senior research scientist from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) will be coming to Wilfrid Laurier University as part of a multi-year co-location agreement between ECCC and Laurier. This agreement is intended to strengthen the research links between the Government of Canada and Laurier. Joseph Culp (right), a senior research scientist in ECCC’s Science and Technology Branch who is affiliated with the University of New Brunswick, will begin his appointment at Laurier’s Waterloo campus on October 1, 2017. He will work with Laurier faculty, staff and students to further enhance joint commitments to cold regions water priorities.

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Global Power

Why the world needs Japan and India as a counterweight to China

A Japan-India axis is needed to counter China now that the United States’ influence in the region is receding - by Brian Lee Crowley, Shuvaloy Majumdar and David McDonough

The Indo-Pacific is increasingly the centre of gravity for global growth. But China’s rise – in combination with the United States’ withdrawal – is threatening the region’s stability.

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Global Food

Laurier-led international meeting will discuss sustainable food systems around the world

A Laurier-based food research partnership is holding an international meeting in Waterloo that will feature some of Canada and the world’s leading thinkers on sustainable food systems. The Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) Partnership is a research- and knowledge-sharing network committed to fostering food systems that are socially just, ecologically regenerative, economically localized and that engage citizens. The 2017 FLEdGE Meeting will be held Sept. 7-9 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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Neurodegenerative R&D

CFI backs hope for Huntington’s patients

Huntington’s disease affects roughly 4,700 Canadians. Compared to Alzheimer’s, a more common neurodegenerative disease, which affects more than 700,000 Canadians, Huntington’s is not as frequently studied, yet just as much a mystery to doctors and researchers.

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Salary Guides

2018 Salary Guides and Outlines Factors Driving Job Seekers' Decisions in Competitive Employment Market

Staffing firm Robert Half has released its 2018 Salary Guides, which feature salary ranges for hundreds of professional occupations in the accounting, finance, technology, creative, legal and administrative support fields. The company's recruiters from across Canada also weighed in on the following key drivers prompting professionals to search for — and accept — a new role:

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Obit

Owner and founder of STS Security and Communications Systems Ltd. passes suddenly.

Wayne Wooley, dies at age 64.

Waterloo - Wayne Wooley passed away suddenly early in the morning on Thursday, August 31st. The staff and family are shocked and saddened by the death of this beloved brother, friend, and owner of STS Security and Communications Systems Ltd. (STS). As Wayne would have wanted, the team at STS are committed to continuing the legacy he has built over the last 40 years as a leading provider of technical communication and security solutions.



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MONITOR

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Manufacturing

Are You Ready for the New World of Manufacturing?

By Jim Carroll, Futurist, Trends and Innovation Expert

One of the most important questions for any manufacturing company to ask itself is this: “When should we get involved in new trends and technologies?” As someone who has worked with dozens of Fortune 1000 organizations around the world—helping them to get aligned with the latest and greatest industry trends—I would suggest that the time is now.

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Technology

Disruptive Changes from Robotics Driving the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

By Mike Nager, Business Development Manager, Festo

In the world of automotive manufacturing, there are few technologies that promise to be as disruptive as robotics. Sound familiar? While it’s true that automation and mechanization have been prevalent in the production of automobiles for nearly a century, industrial robots were introduced to assembly lines in the 1970s.

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Resolving Disputes

New Condominium Authority Now in Service to Protect Residents

Authority Will Educate Condo Community, Help Resolve Disputes

The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) is now in service to better protect condo owners and residents. The Condominium Authority of Ontario will help ensure condo owners and residents are equipped with the tools and information they need by:

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Minimum Wage

The unintended, and painful, consequences of a $15 minimum wage

A government-mandated increase in the price of low-skilled labour tends to lead employers to reduce their labour force - By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre

It seems obvious: if you want to give low-wage workers a raise, increase the minimum wage. But raising minimum wage produces unintended consequences that hurt many of the people it's supposed to help.

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Education

Preparing Engineering Students for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

By Dr. Tom Murad, Head of the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy (SCETA)

With the rapid pace of technological change, how can we ensure that future college and university graduates will have the skills needed for a career in today’s advanced manufacturing environment when they graduate? That’s the question that I have dedicated the last several years of my career to addressing.

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Transportation

A Modern Electric Bus Fleet: Improving Public Transit with System-Level Modeling

As cities across the world continue to increase in both population and density, public transportation plays a critical role in creating liveable cities by reducing the total number of vehicles operating in urban centers. An effective transit system also has the potential to drastically reduce carbon emissions generated from the transportation of people, resulting in improved urban air quality and sustaining a healthy environment for generations to come.

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Outlook

Alberta clears recession, challenges remain

Calgary - Alberta has said goodbye to the recession, but it will likely be a few more years before a stronger and more resilient economy fully emerges. Still, there is some improvement with oil and gas, agriculture, food processing, tourism, retail and manufacturing all experiencing modest growth.

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Landlord Changes

Ontario Curbing Abuse of Unlawful Evictions

Province Delivering Stronger Protections for Tenants

The province is increasing security and peace of mind for renters by placing new requirements on the circumstances in which landlords can evict tenants. Effective September 1, 2017, when a landlord ends a tenancy so that they or a family member can use a rental unit, landlords must:




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EVENTS

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Job Fair - September 7th

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

Roads to Transportation & Logistics Job Expo on September 7th, 2017

Ayr, Ontario – September 1st, 2017 – Whether hoping to find a first job, a new career direction or training opportunities, members of the public will find hundreds of exciting opportunities at the Roads to Transportation & Logistics Job Expo. This free job expo will take place on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, in the Sussex Ballroom, from 12:00 pm to 6:00pm.

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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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