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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
Guelph - Last week the Co-operators highlighted significant risks, challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing world with the release of its . 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 .
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.