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Thursday March 29, 2018

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COLUMNS & COMMENTS


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Data Protection

How quantum physics can make encryption stronger

Vikram Sharma uses quantum technology to strengthen cryptographic key management and encryption.

As quantum computing matures, it's going to bring unimaginable increases in computational power along with it -- and the systems we use to protect our data (and our democratic processes) will become even more vulnerable. But there's still time to plan against the impending data apocalypse, says encryption expert Vikram Sharma. Learn more about how he's fighting quantum with quantum: designing security devices and programs that use the power of quantum physics to defend against the most sophisticated attacks.


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Water

Monitor Climate Change, Not Predators, to Protect Lake Diversity: Study

It is a surprising and important finding, as humans rely upon freshwater lakes for more than one-fifth of their protein needs worldwide, says lead author Prof. Andrew MacDougall in U of G’s Department of Integrative Biology. “Freshwater is a huge source of food for people, including Ontario’s Great Lakes,” he said. Lakes, rivers and streams cover less than one per cent of Earth’s surface but provide 12 per cent of human fish consumption, MacDougall said.


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Health & Activity

Study may reduce pain, improve play for those with arthritis

By Debora Van Brenk

Ground-breaking work by Western researchers may soon help golfers with arthritis get a better grip on playing with less pain and more control. Golfers with joint pain in their hands often try work-arounds that include wearing gloves or wrist braces, changing the types of clubs or using grips that are larger and softer. Beyond personal preference, equipment-marketing and clubhouse wisdom, though, “no one has tested empirically whether larger and softer golf grips work,” said Sara Holland, a master’s student in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.


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Tax Regulation

Clear and present danger to Canada's prosperity

Tax and regulatory increases impair the willingness to invest in Canada. And that strikes at the heart of our economic health - By Jason Clemens, Milagros Palacios and Niels Veldhuis

The idiom "the straw that broke the camel's back" describes a minor or routine action that causes a large and sudden reaction because of the cumulative effects of many other small actions. This might well describe the state of business investment and entrepreneurship in Canada.


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2018 Ontario Budget

Toronto-Waterloo Corridor A Continued Focus of Ontario Budget

Kitchener – The 2018 Ontario budget is helping ensure that the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor continues to be at the forefront of moving Ontario forward. “Today’s announcement demonstrates the government’s commitment to growing Ontario’s economy and the importance of the transportation linkages which are essential to the success of the Toronto-Waterloo corridor”, said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.


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Western View

A flicker of hope in Canada's gloomy energy climate

B.C.'s proposed tax incentive plan for an LNG facility in Kitimat is a step forward. But more must happen to revitalize Canada's economy - By Kenneth Green and Niels Veldhuis

The British Columbia government recently announced it will provide a large tax incentive to promote the building of a natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Kitimat. The announcement is a bright spark in an otherwise gloomy environment for energy transport and export infrastructure.


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Canada's Health Care

Why it’s so hard to reform Canadian health care: U of T’s Danielle Martin in the New York Times

Canadians and Americans are often fixated on each other’s health systems – so much so that it makes it hard for Canadians to admit and discuss our own system’s failings, writes Dr. Danielle Martin in a New York Times oped.







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MONITOR


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Healthy Living

Do Microwaves Kill Food’s Nutrients? U of G Prof Explains

Prof. Keith Warriner appeared in a news story talking about whether microwaving food destroys its nutrients. A professor in the Department of Food Science, Warriner said that microwaving is not the worst cooking method for losing nutrients, and that boiling or frying foods is worse. He explained how microwaves work and said that the defrost button is basically useless.


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Human Resources

Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2018

Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $996 in January, little changed from the previous month. Earnings were up 3.2% compared with January 2017, largely the result of gains in the second half of 2017.


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2018 Ontario Election

Highlights of the 2018 Ontario Budget

KPMG's Tax News Flash reveiws this 2018 Campaign Budget

Ontario’s Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the province’s 2018 budget on March 28, 2018. The budget anticipates a surplus of $0.6 billion for 2017-18 and deficits of $6.7 billion for 2018-19 and $6.6 billion for 2019-20.

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Journalism

Partnership will provide new learning pathway for Journalism students

A new “2+2” diploma-degree pathway agreement between Conestoga College and Wilfrid Laurier University will provide Conestoga Journalism students with a unique opportunity to earn a diploma and a degree in just four years.


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Homelessness

Lutherwood to lead new housing-focused teams

Lutherwood has been named lead agency for both the new Prioritized Access to Housing Support (PATHS) team and the new Portable Home-Based Support (HBS) team in Waterloo Region. The PATHS team will work to implement the Region’s new PATHS Framework by coordinating access to housing support for people experiencing homelessness who have a greater depth of need related to finding and keeping a home. The HBS Team will work to implement the Region’s new HBS Framework by providing support to people after they have been housed through the PATHS process.


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Household Spending

Tourism spending by Canadians decreases

Tourism spending by Canadians in Canada decreased 1.0% in the fourth quarter, after a 1.8% increase in the previous quarter. The decline in spending was broadly distributed across tourism goods and services. Accommodation (-2.1%), air passenger transport (-0.8%), vehicle fuel (-1.4%), pre-trip expenditures, such as luggage and motor homes (-2.7%), and food and beverage services (-1.0%) all contributed to the decline.


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Car Sharing

VRTUCAR and Communauto breathe new life into carsharing in southwestern Ontario

Waterloo Region/Hamilton – Communauto, the first carsharing company in Canada, and VRTUCAR, its subsidiary in Ottawa and Kingston, announces today that the purchase of Community CarShare co-operative’s assets has been completed, assuring their members that carsharing will survive and thrive in southwestern Ontario.


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Pressing Needs

Wellbeing Waterloo Region

Community wellbeing is shaped by a wide variety of conditions and systems, in which individuals and communities are born, grow, work, live, and age. Over the past two years, various government organizations, community groups, service providers and citizens have worked together to identify the most pressing needs in our region. Based on these conversations, three “big ideas” have taken shape: affordable housing, healthy children and youth and social inclusion.


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Enterprise Speakers

OpenText Enterprise World 2018 to Showcase the Intelligent and Connected Enterprise

Mark J. Barrenechea Welcomes Malcolm Gladwell and Billy Beane at Leading Enterprise Information Management Event

Waterloo – OpenText announced that Malcolm Gladwell, author of five New York Times bestsellers and Billy Beane, legendary baseball executive will be keynote speakers at OpenText Enterprise World 2018. These world-class speakers join Mark J. Barrenechea, Vice Chair, CEO and CTO, OpenText on the Enterprise World stage, where he will address the future of technology, and the intelligent and connected enterprise.


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Report

The Bank of Canada releases its Annual Report for 2017

The Bank of Canada’s Annual Report for 2017 was tabled in the House of Commons on March 26, 2018. The Annual Report outlines the Bank’s activities and achievements in 2017. It includes the financial statements and a message from Governor Stephen S. Poloz.







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RESEARCH & EDUCATION


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Dearth of Dark Matter

U of T, Yale astronomers discover 'see-through' galaxy with almost no dark matter

U of T Professor Robert Abraham (left) and Yale Professor Pieter van Dokkum (right), with their team of graduate students from both universities. They are standing with one-half of the 48-lens Dragonfly array at its home site in New Mexico

A team of astronomers has discovered a galaxy – the first of its kind – that appears to contain virtually no dark matter. It is an exceptional find since galaxies are commonly thought to contain more dark matter than the ordinary matter that makes up a galaxy’s stars, gas and dust.


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World Bank Report

Climate Change Could Force Over 140 Million to Migrate Within Countries by 2050

Washington - The worsening impacts of climate change in three densely populated regions of the world could see over 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050, creating a looming human crisis and threatening the development process, a new World Bank Group report finds


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Women Physicists

Emmy Noether Fellowships to expand, six new fellows announced

Perimeter’s flagship program to support and promote women physicists is being expanded thanks to funding from the Simons Foundation. What started as a pilot project to support women researchers at pivotal career moments is set to become even more powerful, thanks to a $600,000 USD grant from the Simons Foundation.


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Study

Mandatory nutrition policies may impact sugar consumption

Mandatory nutrition policies could be a valuable tool in helping high school students to lower their sugar intake, a University of Waterloo study has found. The study compared the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks between 41,000 secondary school students in Ontario, where school nutrition policies are mandatory, and Alberta, where they are voluntary. The study took place during the 2013-14 school year.


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Study

Potential genetic link in sudden infant death syndrome identified

Rare genetic mutations associated with impairment of the breathing muscles are more common in children who have died from sudden infant death syndrome (also known as ‘cot death’) than in healthy controls, suggesting a possible genetic element of the disorder, according to a case-control study in the UK and USA published in The Lancet.


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Cardiac Fitness

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging welcomes Cardiac Fitness Institute members

London - Western University's Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA), in consultation with London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC),have developed new fitness opportunities at the CCAA as a meaningful option for members of LHSC's Cardiac Fitness Institute (CFI), which is slated to close on April 27, 2018.


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Education

City of Brantford and Wilfrid Laurier University celebrate innovative CityStudio Brantford Program

Brantford – Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Brantford officially celebrated the grand opening of CityStudio Brantford on March 28. CityStudio is an innovation hub where students, City staff and community stakeholders tackle municipal issues and co-create solutions that support the City’s strategic priorities. CityStudio projects have been officially underway since Brantford City Council endorsed the partnership in November of 2015. This event provided both a grand opening for the dedicated CityStudio space in Laurier’s Market Darling Centre, and an opportunity for CityStudio participants to showcase some of their work.





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WATERCOOLER


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Organic Industry

Ontario Organic Directory Makes it Easier to Find Organic Businesses

A new tool for organic businesses may change the way organic farms and processors in Ontario do business.

The Ontario Organic Directory, a project of the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO), was unveiled in late January at the Guelph Organic Conference. The directory is now publicly accessible through OCO's website. The province-wide listing of organic producers, processors, and related businesses aims to strengthen links in the value chain, and make it easier for new and growing businesses to create business connections.


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Celebrating Volunteers

Recognizing Volunteers in Waterloo Region

From April 15 to 21 , Volunteer Canada and (your organization) celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunt eer Week (NVW).

National Volunteer Week is from April 15 - 21, 2018 Volunteer Canada, Volunteer Action Centre , United Way Waterloo Region Communities, and all our member organizations to recognize the 12.7 million volunteers that contribute their time and abilities to serving our communities across Canada.







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EVENTS


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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 9, 2018

A Culinary Experience by KW’s Most Renowned Chefs:

26th Annual Chefs’ Gourmet Dinner

The 26th Annual Chef’s Gourmet Dinner is on April 9th in The Ballroom at Bingemans. Over 20 of the Region of Waterloo’s most renowned Chefs represent the best restaurants in the community and contribute their time and culinary abilities to create an experience unmatched in the community, in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region.


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April 15-21

Recognizing Volunteers in Waterloo Region

From April 15 to 21 , Volunteer Canada and (your organization) celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunt eer Week (NVW).

National Volunteer Week is from April 15 - 21, 2018 Volunteer Canada, Volunteer Action Centre , United Way Waterloo Region Communities, and all our member organizations to recognize the 12.7 million volunteers that contribute their time and abilities to serving our communities across Canada.


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April 19, 2018

Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation Invites you to attend its 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Please register to attend by Thursday, April 12.

We are inviting members & guests to join the Board of Directors for a networking reception following the formal business portion of the meeting.


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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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May 6, 2018

LIFT THE STIGMA. LIFT LIVES

On May 6th, 2018 let's take another big step towards ending the stigma associated with mental health.

Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids is about inspiring conversations, raising awareness, reducing stigma and making a positive impact on the well-being of youth in our Community. Join us on a 3-5 km walk/fun run for Children’s Mental Health.


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June 8, 2018

WEAR RED for the heart of the women you love!



Heart Disease is the leading cause of premature death among Canadian women, claiming the life of 25,000 each year. That's more than the five most prevalent cancers COMBINED. It could be you, your sister, your mother, your friend. You can help. St. Mary's RedDAY is an opportunity to come together as a community to raise awareness of this serious health risk and how it can be prevented. On Friday June 8th, WEAR RED for the hearts of the women you love! Register your participation.


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July 12, 2018

OpenText Announces Inaugural Women in Technology Summit at OpenText Enterprise World 2018 in Toronto

Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith Leads an Inspiring Full-Day Lineup of Prominent Speakers and Panel Discussions

Waterloo – OpenText™, the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced its inaugural OpenText Women in Technology Summit at this year’s Enterprise World conference in Toronto, Ontario. In recognition of International Women’s Day and a global call to Press for Progress, OpenText is releasing its lineup of prominent speakers who will focus their talks on the opportunities and challenges of achieving diversity in the technology sector. OpenText Vice Chair, CEO and CTO Mark J. Barrenechea also released a blog on Press for Progress.


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August 20-22, 2018

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Double in Size, Add New Categories in 2018

Popular China Brand Show to make Canadian debut as part of apparel textile event, drawing visitors from wide range of industry categories

Toronto - The Canadian apparel and textile industry got a boost last week with the announcement that the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show will double in size for 2018 and expand to include additional categories such as accessories, giftware, home electronics, footwear, luggage and housewares and general merchandise.






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