Tuesday March 6, 2018



Five ways to get people to like you in less than 30 seconds

By Marc Gordon

Studies have shown that it only takes two seconds for people to decide if they like you. This instinctive response is the result of millions of years of evolution, when early humans had to decide if they were about to make a new friend or become lunch. These days, this instinct influences our personal and business relationships. Every decision from what make of car to buy, to signing contracts is influenced by how much people like and trust each other. So here are five tips to get people to like you in less than 30 seconds.

Canadian Women

Women still struggling for financial independence

Four-in-10 Canadian women know "very little" about finance and investment - by Kelley Keehn

Nearly four-in-10 (38%) Canadian women admit they know "very little" about finance and investment according to a national survey commissioned by the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) in time for International Women's Day (March 8).

Western View

Raising minimum wages: good intentions, bad policy

Raising the minimum wage is a flawed strategy for achieving the critically important social objective of raising people out of poverty - By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre

As the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But good intentions alone aren't enough to justify government policy. Real-world evidence matters. B.C. Premier John Horgan nonetheless recently announced plans to raise the province's minimum wage by 34 per cent over four years, from its current hourly rate of $11.35 to $15.20 by 2021. Horgan made clear his good intentions when he spoke of lifting "people out of poverty."



Students develop smart city solutions at Conestoga competition

During Conestoga’s Student Success Week, held between February 26 and March 2, students were invited to participate in the college’s annual 4x4 challenge. The event showcases students’ entrepreneurial and technical skills by encouraging them to find innovative solutions to real-world problems while competing for prizes.


New sustainability officer position will help the City of Kitchener deliver on environmental commitments

Kitchener – The City of Kitchener is thrilled to announce the creation of a sustainability office and that it is appointing their first new sustainability officer, Claire Bennett, who will begin her role at the city on April 3. This new position will continue to advance Kitchener’s strong reputation for leadership in environmental management. Bennett has spent the last seven years developing and leading a sustainability program at Wilfrid Laurier University that is recognized on a national and international scale.

Water Quality

GRCA board approves 2018 budget

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will spend more than $34 million this year on programs that protect water quality, reduce flood damages, protect natural areas, support responsible development and provide outdoor recreation and environmental education.

Labour Changes

The Changing Face of Today's Labour Market in Waterloo Wellington and Dufferin

The new 2018-2020 Local Labour Market Plan is now available for download from our website, however we have also prepared a quick and easy to read summary document which highlights some of the key findings.

Community Care

Ontario Opening New Hospice in Waterloo Region

More patients and families in Waterloo Region to receive compassionate palliative care, closer to home

Ontario is partnering with local communities throughout the province to build new residential hospices. This will include a new residential hospice that will provide an estimated 200 people and families each year in Waterloo Region with expanded access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care.

Community Health

Enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act For Elementary School Grades in Waterloo Region

On March 28, elementary students with immunization records still not up-to-date will be suspended from school. It's not too late for parents to call Public Health to update their child's record/immunization. During the fall of 2017, Public Health sent 10,306 notices to parents with children who have immunization records that are not up-to-date with Region of Waterloo Public Health.

2018 Federal Budget

Historic 2018 Federal Budget Sets Out a Path Toward Gender Equality

With its unprecedented focus on the needs of women and girls in Canada, the 2018 Federal Budget is a step forward for gender equality. It also addresses some key recommendations the Foundation put to the government last fall. The time is now to act on the issues that our Foundation and the women's sector in Canada has been advocating for decades. This budget can help us get there.

Federal Budget - 2018

2018 Federal Budget — Focus on FIs

The 2018 federal budget introduces a number of measures affecting the financial services industry, including amendments that will particularly impact the banking and asset management sectors. The budget includes changes to:

Federal Budget 2018

Statement re: Budget 2018 from Feridun Hamdullahpur, Chair of the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure

“On behalf of the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure (LCDRI), I would like to thank the Government of Canada for its tremendous leadership in supporting Canada’s academic research community through an investment of $572.5M in Budget 2018.

2018 Federal Budget

A good start to helping youth enter the workforce

2018 federal budget gives young Canadians opportunities for hands-on learning

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is pleased to see this year's federal budget invest $448.5 million over five years in the Youth Employment Strategy and direct that money to maintaining the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program—70,000 a year for the next two years.

2018 Federal Budget

ACCRU welcomes historical investments in fundamental research

The Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities (ACCRU) welcomes the historic investments that will contribute significantly to the deployment of Canadian fundamental research. These investments are consistent with the orientations of the Report of the Expert Panel on Fundamental Science Review.

2018 Federal Budget

Government Tobacco Tax Hikes Punish Law Abiding Store Owners While Funding Organized Crime Groups

Tobacco tax hikes announced in this week's federal budget will deal a severe financial blow to convenience store owners by fueling the demand for cheaper illegal cigarettes, according to the Ontario Korean Businessmen's Association (OKBA), the largest organization of independent convenience stores in the province.

Canadians Health

Budget 2018 fails to address health inequities faced by Canadian heart patients

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) is encouraged by investments made into some areas of health in this week’s 2018 budget, but is disappointed in the federal government’s failure to address the critical inequities in care faced by Canadian heart patients.

Assessment Tools

World Economic Forum Convenes New Consortium to Address Fintech Cybersecurity

A group of financial service experts, convened by the World Economic Forum, proposes 19 solutions for cybersecurity threats, the number-one risk to the financial services industry; Acting on the recommendations, a newly created consortium consisting of Citigroup, Zurich Insurance Group, Kabbage, HPE and DTCC will develop cybersecurity assessment for fintechs and data aggregators

New York – The World Economic Forum today announced the creation of a new consortium to strengthen cybersecurity for financial technology companies (fintechs) and data aggregators. The consortium’s founding members include global bank Citigroup, insurance company Zurich Insurance Group, fintech lender Kabbage, information technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and financial infrastructure provider The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). Its aim is to create a framework for the assessment of cybersecurity in financial technology.

Safety & Nuisance

Waterloo Amends Nuisance By-Law and Property Standards By-Law

The City of Waterloo Council approved enhancements to two by-laws – Public Nuisance and Property Standards. These enhancements provide city enforcement services staff with additional tools and resources to address safety and nuisance concerns that may arise from a number of situations, including large unsanctioned gatherings.



Perimeter partners with Chapman University to conduct collaborative research

Perimeter Institute and Chapman University’s Institute for Quantum Studies have forged a partnership to spark new collaborations. A new partnership announced this week at Chapman University’s Institute for Quantum Studies (IQS) in California will facilitate the free exchange of ideas and people between IQS and Perimeter Institute.

Medical Proposition

Researchers propose five distinct types of adult-onset diabetes

Separating adult-onset diabetes cases into five different types, rather than just type 1 or type 2, might help to better tailor early treatment for patients, and could represent a first step towards precision medicine in the disease, according to an analysis of patients with adult-onset diabetes in Sweden and Finland published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal.

Suppression Devices

New wearable tech from Western may hold big benefits for people with Parkinson's

A new prototype for wearable tremor suppression gloves has a team of Western University researchers believing real change is on the way for the more than 6 million people in the world afflicted by Parkinson's disease. Ana Luisa Trejos, an Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at Western, and members of her Wearable Biomechatronics Laboratory Group have developed a novel approach for designing wearable technology that allows those with Parkinson's to exhibit improved motor control while reducing or even restricting involuntary muscle contractions commonly associated with the long-term and degenerative neurological disorder. More than 25 per cent of people with Parkinson's disease have an associated action tremor.

Air Pollution

Globally, costs of the Paris Climate Agreement could be outweighed by health savings from reducing air pollution

Globally, the costs of implementing the Paris Climate Agreement between 2020-2050 could be outweighed by health savings due to reduced air pollution-related disease and death, according to estimates from a modelling study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.



ICOM Appoints Canadian Ad Exec Ken Whyte As New Board Member

St. Jacobs - ICOM, one of the world’s largest global networks of independent advertising and marketing communications agencies, announced the appointment of Ken Whyte,President of Canadian B2B marketing agency Quarry, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Whyte will serve as ICOM’s regional director for North America and joins 11 other directors representing independent agencies from around the globe who are responsible for assisting in developing and leading regional new business initiatives, in recruiting new member agencies, and in organizing regional meetings.



Provincial organization recognizes Ontario’s Best Festival Achievements

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the 2018 FEO Achievement Award winners. These awards, handed out to FEO members, showcase various elements of festivals or events that those submitting believe stood out in the previous festival year.

Global Relations

Laurier deepening partnership with Ghana through Queen Elizabeth Scholars program

Brantford – Wilfrid Laurier University will deepen its ties with Ghana thanks to a new round of funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program, also known as the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program. The nearly $300,000 in funding will allow 29 Laurier undergraduate students to undertake three-month internships in Ghana and nine graduate students from the University of Ghana to spend a semester at Laurier.


Laurier to host simultaneous chess exhibition by Woman International Master

Waterloo – Interested in being one of 30 people playing a chess master at the same time? Or just watching? On Tuesday, March 13, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Science and Centre for Women in Science (WinS) are hosting a simultaneous chess exhibition by Natalia Khoudgarian (right), who holds the Woman International Master title of the World Chess Federation.


March 7, 2018

Tax on Tap: Reining in Income Splitting – An Update

With the federal government's introduction of fundamental changes to how you pay yourself and your family members through your private corporation, this session covers how to navigate this evolving tax situation. The picture is clearer, so the time to act is now. Register here

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thursdays After Hours


Unique Experience Starts… When The Doors Close

MAD (Museum After Dark) is for those looking for something a little different; something that kicks off as night falls and has the exclusivity of an after-hours soiree. Step out of your comfort zone for a truly INTEResting experience this New Year. THEMUSEUM’S multi-model art exhibition INTERACTION features drop-in programming geared toward the Region’s young professionals. And by young professionals, we mean those who are 19+ as INTERmix will have you slinging drinks faster than Tom Cruise in Cocktail.

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