Tuesday April 10, 2018



Why Canada’s Craft Beer Explosion Isn’t Leading to Big Acquisitions

By Alfons Weersink and Michael von Massow

Not only was beer a passion for Bob and Doug McKenzie, popular members of the Second City comedy troupe during the 1980s, it was also a unit of measurement for the Canadian duo. The number of brown stubby bottles of Molson Canadian or Labatts Blue they quaffed was the yardstick used to assess qualities ranging from the length of time to the value of a good.


Fathers Missing in Childhood Obesity Interventions, Study Finds

Research shows that fathers play an important role in their children’s eating and physical activity habits, but a new study has found that dads are rarely included in family-based interventions designed to prevent childhood obesity. University of Guelph Prof. Jess Haines and her colleagues at Harvard Chan School of Public Health examined scientific studies worldwide that tested childhood obesity prevention interventions, and found fathers are nearly absent.


Business Monitor

Economic Optimism Drops Amid Views Canada Less Competitive

Optimism about the Canadian economy is down significantly amid views the country is becoming less competitive, according to a survey of professional accountants in leadership positions by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).


An upside surprise, as thepublic sector steps up hiring pace

Employment rose by 32,300 in March, as full-time employment increased by 68,300; Job gains in February and March partly offset the sharp drop in January following the increase in minimum wages; There has been a key shift in the job market. Private sector hiring has cooled, while the public sector is now a more important factor

HSBC reported that employment rose by 32,300 in March. This was a better result than the consensus expectation of an increase of 20,000. The job gains were in the full-time category, where employment rose by 68,300. Part-time employment fell by 35,900.


Seasonal workers begin arriving at Ontario farms

Approximately 18,000 workers expected at farms across province this growing season

Farmers across Ontario are welcoming the return of thousands of seasonal labourers who help the province’s fruit and vegetable industry thrive. Approximately 18,000 workers from Mexico and the Caribbean are expected to be placed at Ontario farms this growing season as a supplement to local labour under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). Approximately 1,450 farms will benefit from the program this year.


Bank of Canada Business Outlook Survey for Spring 2018

Results of the spring Business Outlook Survey suggest that business sentiment continues to be positive, supported by healthy sales prospects. Due to recent strong demand, capacity and labour pressures are evident in most regions.


Manufacturing: The year 2017 in review

Canadian manufacturing sales increased by $36.4 billion or 5.9% from 2016 to $648.9 billion in 2017. This was the largest increase since 2011, and it follows a 1.2% rise in sales in 2016. The growth was led by the non-durable goods industries, particularly in the petroleum and coal products and the food manufacturing industries.

Rule Change

Businesses Outside Quebec — Get Ready for New QST Rules

Businesses located outside of Quebec should prepare to meet new QST obligations in 2019. Many businesses outside of Quebec with no physical or significant presence in Quebec and not currently registered for QST purposes will be required to register and collect QST if they sell intangibles (e.g., downloads of digital music, software, movies, TV shows and games, cloud services) as well as services and certain goods, to certain Quebec customers.


NAFTA 2.0. to take Centre Stage at Guelph Economic Leadership Forum

Guelph - On Thursday May 3 2018, in partnership with Export Development Canada and Welke Customs Brokers Ltd., the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the ‘Guelph Economic Leadership Forum: on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)’. Outgoing Acting Economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and incoming CEO of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, Jayson Myers will be the keynote speaker.

Legal Services

Ontario Continues to Strengthen Access to Legal Services Across the Province

Province Increases Legal Aid Eligibility Threshold another Six Per Cent

Ontario is making it possible for more people to access affordable legal services by increasing the financial eligibility threshold for legal aid. Effective April 1, 2018, the province increased the threshold another six per cent. This means approximately 153,000 more low-income, vulnerable people will be eligible to receive legal services from Legal Aid Ontario (LAO).


News Updates from CTV News, BNN, and TSN Now Available on Google Home

Canadians can use the Google Assistant on smart speakers like Google Home to access nationally focused breaking news, business reports, and sports stories, delivered by recognizable and trusted broadcasters from each station

Toronto – “Hey Google, what are today’s top stories?” Beginning April 9, CTV News, BNN, and TSN provide up-to-the-minute news stories via the Google Assistant on phones and smart speakers like Google Home. Hands-free updates are now available from Bell Media’s industry-leading news and sports brands on all Google Assistant-enabled devices in Canada.


Vaccination apathy fueled by decades of misinformation

A legacy of social and political factors rather than bad parenting may be influencing people’s decisions not to vaccinate their children, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. The study, which appears in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, shows that a history of drug scandals, medical training practices, and a lack of political priority placed on disease prevention that started in the 1960s could be responsible for the immunization apathy, also known as vaccine hesitancy, we’re seeing today.

Branding InMotion

Unionized Tim Hortons Employees to Obtain First Contract

SEPT-ÎLES, QC - After enduring three years of stalling tactics by their employer, unionized employees at four Tim Hortons outlets in the community of Sept-Îles are set to obtain their first collective agreement. "A long saga is ending and we're looking forward to a new relationship between employees and the employer that will be based on respect, equity and appropriate treatment," United Steelworkers union representative Gilles Ayotte said.

Politics vs Economy

Two-Way, All-Day GO for Waterloo Region Takes Next Steps Forward - Really

The Ontario Liberal Party, if elected, will commit more than $11 Billion for high speed rail, and continue to use one of Southern Ontario's definitive transportation needs as a political tool to win electoriate approval in perpetuity.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Vidyard in Kitchener last Friday to announce a series of actions Ontario is taking to dramatically expand regional transit for people in Waterloo Region.



Three new appointments bolster mathematics, cosmology at Perimeter

Cosmologist Will Percival and mathematicians Matilde Marcolli and Ben Webster join Perimeter as Associate Faculty by Tenille Bonoguore

Three researchers have joined Perimeter’s Associate Faculty, bolstering the Institute’s mathematical and cosmological research, and strengthening ties to partner universities. Perimeter now has 19 Associate Faculty cross-appointed with other institutions in Canada.

Libido Study

Women who believe their sex drive changes can better cope with low libido

Women who believe that their sex drive will change over time are better able to handle difficulties with sexual desire, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. Siobhan Sutherland, a PhD candidate, and Uzma S. Rehman, a professor of psychology at Waterloo, conducted the research. They sought to determine how a woman’s belief about sexual desire as either changing or unchanging over time affects her ability to cope with desire difficulties, such as problems getting in the mood or maintaining arousal.


University of Waterloo launches Artificial Intelligence Institute

The University of Waterloo launched the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute today, bringing together a large group of researchers and businesses to advance technology and prepare Canada for future economic disruption.


Canadian companies are working harder to recruit, retain young talent, report finds

Canadian employers are working harder and spending more to recruit and retain recent post-secondary graduates in an increasingly competitive labour market, a new report indicates. Based on responses from hiring managers at 95 of Canada's largest companies, the study by Morneau Shepell found that:

Green Economy

Canadian small businesses leading the way in sustainability

New research from the University of Waterloo shows that Canadian small businesses are important- and often overlooked- drivers of sustainability and the green economy. The Waterloo study, led by researcher Sarah Burch, discovered that eight out of 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) surveyed are already implementing sustainable business practices. SMEs make up 98.2 per cent of all businesses in Canada, representing an enormous potential force in advancing environmental health and social wellbeing in our communities.

Changing Roles

Does Job Hopping Help or Hurt Your Career?

Survey Reveals Canadian Workers Favour Frequent Job Changes, but Managers Aren't on Board

The tenure tide is shifting, and more workers – especially those from younger generations – see rewards in job hopping, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Fifty-seven per cent of Canadian professionals polled think changing roles every few years can be beneficial, with the biggest perk being a higher salary. This marks a 14 per cent increase from a similar survey conducted four years ago.


Cisco and the University of Waterloo partner to advance 5G technology

Cisco and the University of Waterloo partner to advance 5G technology

A new collaboration between the University of Waterloo and Cisco Canada will help advance research in the area of 5G technology. The collaboration has created a Cisco Research Chair in 5G systems, a position dedicated to exploring ways to improve wireless technology.


Co-operative strength amidst rapid change a focus of AGM

Guelph - Last week the Co-operators highlighted significant risks, challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing world with the release of its 2017 Integrated Annual Report. The report was released as more than 100 representatives of the insurance and financial services co-operative's 44 members gathered in Moncton for its Annual General Meeting (AGM).



HRPA Announces Louise Taylor Green as new CEO

The Human Resources Professionals Association ("HRPA") today announced it has appointed Louise Taylor Green as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 4, 2018. "HRPA has an evolving strategy that is underpinned by an ambitious regulatory advancement agenda. We were searching for a new Chief Executive with a passion for professional HR who will bring the organization to the next level," said Karen Stone, Chair of the HRPA Board. "Louise is a seasoned senior executive who brings a proven track record of successful business and culture transformations in a broad range of heavily regulated industries. She is absolutely the right person to move the organization forward at this important time."


Steam Whistle Recieves Support for Over 100 new Jobs

Partnership will Support Expansion and the Launch of a New Ale

Ontario is partnering with Steam Whistle Brewery to invest in new equipment to expand its product line, creating 100 new jobs and retaining 143 positions in Toronto. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, made the announcement at the company's facility in Toronto.

Adaptive Reuse

Creative developers repurposing older, outmoded buildings

LONG ISLAND, NY - Never before has adaptive reuse been so prevalent in both urban and suburban areas than it is today. In many neighborhoods, service stations are being transformed into fast-food establishments, and vacated elementary schools into condos or hotels. As land becomes scarce and as towns and cities age, creative developers are stepping in to meet growing demand and are repurposing older, outmoded buildings into much needed residential, office and retail spaces. As long as sound underwriting and proper planning are taken seriously, the outcome of a renovation and adaptive-reuse project is often better than a new development.


April 11, 2018

Mayor Jaworsky to deliver State of the City address

Waterloo - Mayor Dave Jaworsky will deliver his State of the City address next week at a breakfast meeting hosted by Rotary Waterloo. Mayor Jaworsky will once again be joined by the Council for the Day contest winners who will share their ideas for making life better in Waterloo.

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.

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.

April 20, 2018

Unleashing the Hidden Power of Family Firms

John will talk to us about 20 years of best practices among Family Businesses across North America. Returning to the foundational principles that have proven to predict success for family business ownership – he will guide our members in a ‘Return to Family Business Basics’. Using a combination of story-telling and entertaining learning tools, John will share these basics that are our deepest sources of energy and power.

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.

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.

April 25, 2018

Waterloo Region Communities Spirit Awards

United Way Waterloo Region Communities is celebrating the individuals and organizations who are working together to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in what Waterloo Region has to offer. For tickets go to

April 26, 2018

The Developmental Services Sector wants to be heard at an evening of discourse

Kitchener – Waterloo Region Family Network has invited families, volunteers, and passionate individuals to hear and be heard at an evening of discourse. Elected representatives of Waterloo Region will be in attendance for an open conversation on Thursday April 26, 2018 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.

May 6, 2018


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.

May 7, 2018

Kindred Partners with Rockway Mennonite Collegiate for Envirathon Servathon

Kitchener – Kindred Credit Union announced that it has partnered with Rockway Mennonite Collegiate as presenting sponsor of the annual Rockway Envirathon Servathon. Organized by Rockway Mennonite Collegiate students and faculty, this event sees more than 300 Rockway students, faculty, and staff make their way across the region to volunteer their hands and hearts to work for community organizations and environmental projects. On Monday, May 7, the Rockway Envirathon Servathon will help out at more than 15 different sites including MCC Ontario, House of Friendship, The Working Centre, and many more.

May 24, 2018


Join the CFFB on May24th as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of CFFB by honouring family businesses for their successes! This highly anticipated gala evening recognizes innovation, inspiration and dedication to building strong families and better businesses. Plan your night so you are able to stay for our “After Party” and dancing!

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.

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.

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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