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Tuesday March 27, 2018

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COLUMNS & COMMENTS


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Radical Thought

What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy?

What if we incentivized doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we're already sick? Matthias Müllenbeck explains how this radical shift from a sick care system to a true health care system could save us from unnecessary costs and risky procedures -- and keep us healthier for longer.


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Farmers - Opinion

Canada's beacon to dairy farmers around the world must not be extinguished!

With President Trump’s “America First” rhetoric it looked like NAFTA renegotiations would end in a stalemate, but Canadian give-aways to appease Trump are keeping NAFTA alive. Farmers and consumers must not be complacent regarding the federal government's political commitments to defend supply management against Trump's demands.


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Economy

Inflation heats up, as retail sales momentum fades

An upside surprise to consumer prices lifts rate of inflation above 2% year-on-year for first time since January 2017; Core inflation hit 2% year-on-year for the first time in six years; Retail sales rose, but the increase was smaller than expected and there is mounting evidence that sales momentum is fading

HSBC reports on consumer prices for February and retail sales for January showed that inflation seems to be heating up, even as momentum behind retail sales seems to be fading. On retail sales, note that during the first six months of 2017, real retail sales rose at an average rate of 0.7% per month. Since then, real retail sales have been essentially flat.


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Ideas

Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known

"Where do great ideas come from?" Starting with this question in mind, Vittorio Loreto takes us on a journey to explore a possible mathematical scheme that explains the birth of the new. Learn more about the "adjacent possible" -- the crossroads of what's actual and what's possible -- and how studying the math that drives it could explain how we create new ideas.







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MONITOR


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Forum

For global consultancy, GHD, “transformation” is more than a business process, it’s part of culture

Waterloo - The senior leadership team of global engineering and professional services firm, GHD, has gathered in Waterloo, Ontario this week for their annual Executive Leadership Forum. The forum coincides with the official opening of the company’s new purpose - built North American hub in Waterloo. The theme for GHD’s leadership forum is “Transformation and Growth” although CEO Ashley Wright stressed that for GHD, tran sformation isn’t viewed as just a business process, it’s a fundamental part of the company’s corporate culture. According to Wright, who took over as global CEO of the company in 2016, a commitment to ongoing transformation needs to be embedded in their c orporate DNA in order to keep pace with the challenges set by the company’s clients around the globe.


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Transportation

RideCo and Grab expand partnership to provide dynamic shuttle services to corporate and consumer markets

Waterloo - RideCo, a leading provider of microtransit technology announced the successful deployment of its platform to enable Grab's services. Following the successful completion of a trial in Singapore, the two companies have entered into an expanded agreement for RideCo's platform to power Grab's dynamic shuttle bus and van businesses.


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2018 Ontario Election

Dorothy McCabe nominated as Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Waterloo

Waterloo—Dorothy McCabe, a senior executive at the KidsAbility Centre and former chief of staff to the Mayor of Kitchener, was nominated as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Waterloo. “I am passionate about building strong communities and believe that together under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership, Waterloo can be a stronger, fairer, and more inclusive place for all citizens. I believe in a society where everyone feels they belong and can succeed,” said McCabe. “Waterloo needs an MPP who will fight for fairness and who will deliver a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free tuition for nearly a quarter of a million students, free prescriptions for children and youth, and continued investments in GO train service and local transit.”


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Redesign

Laurier unveils Market Square plans at open house

Brantford – After a year of consultation, planning and design work, Moriyama & Teshima Architects unveiled plans for the redesign of the Market Square property in Brantford at an open house today. Purchased from the City of Brantford by Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014, the former shopping mall will be transformed into new academic, cultural and service spaces to support continued growth at the Brantford campus.


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Acquisition

Challenger Motor Freight Inc. Has Entered Into An Agreement To Acquire The Majority Of Assets Of Ed Wiersma Trucking Inc.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of March, and is subject to standard legal and regulatory conditions. Both Challenger and Wiersma have been in the trucking business for more than 40 years and have been providing top quality services to customers across North America. The purchase of the majority of Wiersma’s assets will complement Challenger’s Special Commodities Division (SCD).


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Education

Conestoga grads honoured for top Cambridge businesses

Businesses operated by Conestoga graduates were in the spotlight at the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards held on March 22, taking top honours as Businesses of the Year in both categories. Blendtek Fine Ingredients is focused on developing innovative new technologies, food systems and ingredients to address the need to feed a growing world population. It was named Business of the Year for companies with one to 49 employees. President Steve Zinger, a 2006 graduate from Conestoga’s Business Administration - Marketing program, launched the business after completing his studies. Annual sales now exceed $8 million.


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Carshare Takeover

Communauto and Vrtucar taking over carsharing service in Southern Ontario

Waterloo Region/Hamilton - Communauto the first and largest carsharing company in Canada and Vrtucar, its subsidiary in Ottawa and Kingston will announce that they are taking over the car sharing service operated by Community CarShare in Waterloo Region, Hamilton, Guelph and London and will present their plans to enhance the service.


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Spring & Summer

Waterloo Uptown Sidewalk Patios: 2018 Uptown Patio Pilot Project

The City of Waterloo Council approved the Uptown Sidewalk Patio Guidelines amendments as a pilot during the 2018 patio season
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Council had originally approved a patio pilot project for 2017, however due to a late start and ongoing construction, the participation was impacted, so staff recommended extending the pilot to the 2018 season. Sidewalk patios will be permitted in uptown from April 15 to October 15, however city staff can adjust that if weather conditions make an extension desirable.






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RESEARCH


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Aging Ontario

New research network will improve care for Ontario seniors

Ontario will invest more than $2 million to support researchers at Conestoga College, the Bruyére Research Institute and the University of Toronto in their efforts to lead a new initiative that will improve system integration and care quality for the province’s growing population of older adults with complex care needs.


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Location, Location, Location

GHD Confirms Commitment to Waterloo Region

The opening of GHD’s new flagship facility in Waterloo this month represents not only a new innovative work environment for its people but the move has also been recognized as a strong and continued commitment to the Waterloo Region.


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Water

Gulf of Mexico dead zone not expected to shrink anytime soon

Waterloo - Achieving water quality goals for the Gulf of Mexico may take decades, according to findings by researchers at the University of Waterloo. The results, which appear in Science, suggest that policy goals for reducing the size of the northern Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone may be unrealistic, and that major changes in agricultural and river management practices may be necessary to achieve the desired improvements in water quality.


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Pitch Comp.

Engineering students to pitch projects for $60,000 in funding

University of Waterloo engineering student teams will have 90 seconds to win over judges as they pitch their inventive ideas on March 27 to compete for $60,000 in funding.


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Labour Report

The results of the EmployerOne Survey held in January 2018

The results of the EmployerOne Survey held in January 2018 are now available.


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Discovery

Drug reduces progression in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis for the first time

A new drug is the first to slow the progression of disability in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis – a severe form of the disease for which there is currently no treatment to prevent progression, according to a double-blind, randomised, phase 3 trial published in The Lancet.






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WATERCOOLER


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Retirement

Kindred Credit Union CEO to Retire

Kitchener – After nine influential years as chief executive officer (CEO) of Kindred Credit Union (Kindred), Brent Zorgdrager (right) will be retiring at the end of 2018. “Brent leaves a legacy of regeneration and growth,” shared Leroy Shantz, Chair of the Board of Directors. “He has provided visionary leadership and commitment to action in building the long-term financial sustainability of the credit union, while at the same time ensuring Kindred continues to fulfill its purpose to inspire peaceful, just, and prosperous communities.“


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Age Friendly

City of Kitchener recognized by province for age-friendly action plan

Kitchener – The City of Kitchener, in partnership with the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) was honoured to receive the Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award for their Age Friendly Kitchener Action Plan. The award was presented Monday at the Age Friendly Community Symposium in Toronto.


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Age Friendly

City of Cambridge Receives Inaugural Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award

Cambridge was one of 40 communities to receive an inaugural Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award at a special symposium in Toronto.


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Book Take-off

UW Professor Launches New Book for the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals

A new book for the next generation of aviation professionals will be launched at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) on April 8 at 1pm. The book, Fundamentals of International Aviation is by Dr. Suzanne Kearns, professor of Aviation at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Kearns will do a short talk about the book and be available for signing afterwards.





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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 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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