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Thursday March 8, 2018

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COLUMNS


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Pending Trade Wars

Trade wars, food fights and a budget that ignores it all

Duties may look like attractive, simple mechanisms to protect domestic interests. But they're a very expensive way to retain jobs - By Sylvain Charlebois

The ugly face of protectionism is slowly making its way across the globe. With trade wars looming on several fronts, including in the agri-food sector, Canada's federal government seems resolved to lose. Bill Morneau is obviously an influential figure in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet, but he's no finance minister - despite his title. Given the budget he presented last week, he may be more of a social justice enabler.


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Shock Politics

Naomi Klein: How shocking events can spark positive change

Things are pretty shocking out there right now -- record-breaking storms, deadly terror attacks, thousands of migrants disappearing beneath the waves and openly supremacist movements rising. Are we responding with the urgency that these overlapping crises demand from us? Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments use large-scale shocks to push societies backward. She shares a few propositions from "The Leap" -- a manifesto she wrote alongside indigenous elders, climate change activists, union leaders and others from different backgrounds -- which envisions a world after we've already made the transition to a clean economy and a much fairer society.


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Mental Health

How to connect with depressed friends

Want to connect with a depressed friend but not sure how to relate to them? Comedian and storyteller Bill Bernat has a few suggestions. Learn some dos and don'ts for talking to people living with depression -- and handle your next conversation with grace and, maybe, a bit of humor. Bill Bernat is a recovering addict living with bipolar condition who advocates for mental health awareness through speaking, comedy and storytelling.







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MONITOR


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2018 Provincial Budget

Ontario Sets Budget Date for March 28

Province to Prioritize Higher Economic Growth and Helping Families Manage Costs of Care

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, announced that he will deliver the 2018 Ontario Budget on March 28. The Budget will outline the government's plan to create more fairness and opportunity for everyone and help families manage the costs of caring for their loved ones.


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International Women's Day

Information and communications technologies are essential to the empowerment and success of poor rural women

UN agencies in Rome to mark International Women’s Day

Rome – The role of information communications technologies in supporting rural women's economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women’s Day.


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Infrastructure

Ontario Widening Highway 401 in Mississauga and Milton

Province Creating Jobs and Keeping People and Goods Moving Through the GTA

Ontario is widening 18km of Highway 401 in Mississauga and Milton, to improve traffic flow and keep people and goods moving. The project will widen 18 kilometres of highway, from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton. Widening the highway will relieve congestion, allow for more efficient transportation and flow of goods, and help accommodate continued population and employment growth in the region.


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Uncertainty

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 1/4 per cent

The Bank of Canada maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 1/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Global growth remains solid and broad-based. In the United States, new government spending and previously-announced tax cuts are anticipated to boost growth in 2018 and 2019. However, trade policy developments are an important and growing source of uncertainty for the global and Canadian outlooks.


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Your Security

Canadian Banks Collaborate to Combat Cyber Risks

93% of banking and capital markets CEOs say that they are investing in cybersecurity

As Canadian banks look to innovate and incorporate emerging technologies into their business models, they must also continue to invest in enhancing their cybersecurity models to balance risks and opportunities. This is according to PwC Canada's Canadian Banks report which provides insights on how the innovation journey needs to contemplate cybersecurity and risk management.


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Agriculture

The NFU Celebrates and Promotes Women’s Leadership and Diversity

A Statement on International Women’s Day 2018

Today, on International Women’s Day 2018, Coral Sproule, National Farmers Union (NFU) President, highlights the growing leadership of women in farming. “When I was a kid, I thought all farmers were men on tractors,” said Sproule. “But now, I’m a farmer and a role model.”


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Opinion

Passing flawed Bill C-49 Transportation Bill will not help farmers, says NFU

The Senate is now studying Bill C-49, a bill to amend Canada’s Transportation Act and other related Acts, which the House of Commons passed in November. The National Farmers Union (NFU) is one of many groups urging the Senate’s Transportation and Communications Committee to amend the bill before it goes back to the Senate for a final vote.


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Land Use

Waterloo Regional Council recommends revisions to Greenbelt expansion

In December 2017 the Ontario government released the public consultation document “Protecting Water for Future Generations Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring” which identified lands that may be included in an expanded Greenbelt. The lands identified included large areas within Waterloo Region.


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Energy

Waterloo Regional Council approves the Community Energy Investment Strategy

The Region of Waterloo, in collaboration with the three cities, Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo and five local electric and natural gas utilities, and community input has developed a Community Energy Investment Strategy (CEIS).


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Report

Bank of Canada remains on hold amid global trade policy uncertainty

The policy rate was left at 1.25%, as was widely expected; Global trade policy was said to be an important "and growing" source of uncertainty; We maintain that the Bank of Canada will likely remain on hold for the rest of the year.

The Bank of Canada left its policy rate unchanged at 1.25%. The consensus was for no change and there was only a 12.7% chance (3.2 basis points) priced into the OIS market prior to the decision.






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RESEARCH


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Home Care

Laurier researcher heading national effort to evaluate palliative home care

Governments are increasingly funding community-based care for people who are seriously ill or in palliative care but it is difficult for families and even doctors to find information about the quality of that care. Wilfrid Laurier University Professor Dawn Guthrie is leading a national effort to change that. Guthrie received a $336,600 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to lead a project to develop and test quality indicators for the home care of seriously ill and palliative patients. The project involves collaborators from universities, health-care organizations and governments from across Canada, as well as international scholars.


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Equal Pay

Company Culture is Key to Unlocking Gender Equality and Narrowing Pay Gap, New Accenture Research Finds

"Getting to Equal 2018" report identifies 40 key factors that help all people thrive

New research has identified 40 workplace factors that create a culture of equality — including 14 factors that matter the most. The research, published today in the company's "Getting to Equal 2018" report, details the most-effective actions that business leaders can take to accelerate advancement and help close the gender pay gap.


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Fraud Survey

Canadians concerned about identity theft and protection of personal information

Fear of identity theft is up and trust in the efforts of Canadian businesses to safeguard personal information is eroding, according to an annual fraud survey commissioned by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).


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Work Life Balance

Stressful Days, Sleepless Nights: Survey Finds 39 Per Cent of Canadian Professionals Often Lose Sleep Over Work

Culprits include workload, difficulties within the business and interpersonal relationships; More men (43 per cent) experience sleeplessness over job-related issues, compared to women (37 per cent); Younger employees (ages 18 to 34) more likely to lie awake at night due to workload

Sleepless nights caused by work anxiety are taking a heavy toll on Canadian employees. According to new research from staffing firm Accountemps, nearly four in 10 professionals (39 per cent) often lose sleep over work. Common causes of restlessness include an overwhelming workload, a looming business problem and strained coworker relationships.






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WATERCOOLER


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Global Tourism

Silk Road: The Most Important Transnational Tourism Route of the 21st Century

The 8th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting held during the ITB Berlin Travel Trade Show, focused on the long-term tourism vision for the historic Silk Road routes and how to establish the Silk Road as the most important transnational tourism route of the 21st century.


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Retirement

MEDA's president, Allan Sauder, announces his retirement

Allan Sauder, Mennonite Economic Development Associates’ (MEDA) longest serving president, told staff this week of his intention to retire at year-end, initiating an orderly leadership transition process which will take place over the balance of 2018. The board of directors will begin a global search to select a new leader. “My 31-year career with MEDA has been a wonderful experience and has given me opportunities that I would not exchange for any other. I am so grateful for the support I have received over the years from the board of directors, colleagues on the MEDA staff, partners, clients and the international development community in general.” Sauder said. “As I look back, I am proud of the impact and growth that the MEDA team has been able to achieve, but I think most often of the many rewarding friendships that have developed along the way.”


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Environment

Trees being removed to support grassland stewardship

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA), in partnership with the City of Brantford, is focused on helping grassland habitats make a comeback in southern Ontario. Grassland habitats support a number of grassland-specific bird species including the Eastern Meadowlark– a threatened species that has been recorded in and around the City of Brantford.


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Repeat Winner

PEER Group Receives Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier Award for 3rd Consecutive Year

The PEER Group Inc. was thrilled to announce that Intel has recognized PEER Group as a recipient of a 2017 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award. The PQS award recognizes companies like PEER Group that Intel believes have relentlessly pursued excellence and conducted business with resolute professionalism.



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EVENTS


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March 8, 2018

Change the Ratio Waterloo Region - Moving from Talk toWalk; March 8 Int'l Women's Day

Change The Ratio Waterloo Region is back again for the third year in a row! Join us in celebrating International Women's Day with our free event featuring short informative talks from a wide array of speakers.


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March 8, 2018

Seniors as Mentors and Leaders Project

Taking the “I” out of Isolation

The Seniors as Mentors and Leaders Project is pleased to announce a free community event called Taking the “I” out of Isolation. This event is intended for older adults, and for professionals whose work supports older adults.


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March 19, 2018

World Class Comedians Visit Kitchener in Support of Mental Health Services

On March 19, 2018, Karen Parker, Reid Janisse, Alastair Forbes, and Ashley Comeau will perform an evening of improv comedy at The Registry Theatre in support of the accessible mental health services offered by KW Counselling Services in an event called Laugh Your Heart Out.


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March 20, 2018

US Tax Reform: The Impact on You or Your Business

The recent changes to the U.S. tax reform include the most comprehensive changes we have seen in the past thirty years. With the updates being passed and signed, it is more crucial than ever for Canadians to assess the impact, whether on their cross-border business structures, or on themselves personally. Register


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March 23, 2018

Interactive Business Case Study - Breakfast

Ever wonder if your employees are all pulling the rope at the same time, in the same direction? Do they all hear the same thing when you speak? Ever have to give feedback? We will work together to examine how to better deal with individuals, align interests, provide feedback, and improve performance.


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April 5, 2018

Junior Achievement Theatre & Auction Event

Thursday, April 5th will be the 16th Annual Theatre and Auction fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region. Come out and enjoy the pre-event reception with appetizers and drinks before the performance of Hairspray. This is a great night out to enjoy with friends and colleagues while supporting Junior Achievement and helping us deliver our programs to more students in more classrooms in Waterloo Region.


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April 21, 2018

Celebrating and supporting our local troops

Highland ball set for april at the new gas light district



Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Annual Highland Ball on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in celebration and support of our local troops. Hosted by the Regimental Council and Officers of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (RHFC), the elegant evening provides a “regimental flare” to a distinguished, black-tie affair. Annually attended by 200+ guests, the Highland Ball provides excellent networking, mouth-watering food, a top-notch silent auction and fantastic entertainment. Along with all the glitz and glamour, guests also get to experience a traditional military-style dinner complete with a toast to the Haggis. The RHFC Pipe and Drums along with Highland dancers will entertain guests as well.


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April 24, 2018

St. Mary’s She Shares: David Chilton

Please join the 3rd annual St. Mary's She Shares speaker event!

This year's networking breakfast session will be partnered with the witty and engaging musings of local treasure, David Chilton - former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and Bestselling Author of The Wealthy Barber.





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