Published Tuesday January 9, 2018

Psychology & Behaviour

You aren't at the mercy of your emotions -- your brain creates them

Can you look at someone's face and know what they're feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand what emotions really are. She shares the results of her exhaustive research -- and explains how we may have more control over our emotions than we think.

Media relations

Don’t charge the defibrillator, yet!

Ding dong media relations is dead.  Well, that’s what some folks would have you believe. The digital world is abuzz with folks that will tell you traditional media outlets are dinosaurs.  My friends, I couldn’t disagree. Are newspapers, magazines, TV stations and radio stations facing declining revenues?  Yes.  Are those same media outlets laying off?  Sure are.

Minimum Wage Hike

Higher Prices, Reduced Hours: Effect of Minimum Wage Hikes on Restaurants

By Michael von Massow

There is considerable concern in the restaurant industry about minimum wage hikes. A higher minimum wage poses significant challenges for restaurants, although well-run operations should find ways to adapt. Canada’s iconic and highly profitable chain Tim Hortons, as well as other restaurants, have already found themselves at the centre of a storm in Ontario for what they say are minimum wage-related cuts.

Future Look

Mammoths resurrected, geoengineering and other thoughts from a futurist

Stewart Brand is a futurist, counterculturist and visionary with a very wide-ranging mind. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Brand discusses ... just about everything: human nature, bringing back the wooly mammoth, geoengineering, rewilding and science as organized skepticism -- plus the story of an acid trip on a San Francisco rooftop in the '60s that sparked a perspective-shifting idea. "The story we're told is that we're the next meteor," Brand says, but "things are capable of getting better."


Less Meat, More Choice: A Look at Key Food Issues in 2018

By Alfons Weersink, Bruce McAdams and Michael von Massow

Food is increasingly in the day-to-day consciousness of Canadians. Consumers are hearing more about food in the media and in the broader conversation. They’re also seeking more information about their food, including where it comes from and how it’s produced. New issues of interest regularly emerge.

What to Expect in 2018

'Fasten your seatbelts – it's going to be a bumpy year': U of T experts on what to expect in 2018

From a new crown prince making waves in Saudi Arabia to government protests in Iran and a battle between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un over who has a bigger nuclear button, there’s a lot to give pause in the year ahead. U of T News reached out to our political scientists and historians to weigh in on what international conflicts Canadians should be keeping their eye on, and what may be in store closer to home.


Order of Canada

Perimeter Founding Faculty member named to Order of Canada

Raymond Laflamme, a founding Perimeter Faculty member and longtime director of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, has been granted one of Canada's highest civilian honours.

Raymond Laflamme has been a driving force in Canada's emergence over the past two decades as a global leader in quantum information science. His recent appointment to the Order of Canada celebrates his "outstanding achievements as an administrator and researcher who has advanced quantum science and technology in Canada." Laflamme was among 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada, announced in late December by Governor General Julie Payette. "I am deeply honored by this recognition, and it should be shared with the team that has contributed to make it possible and who have inspired me,"


Conestoga named one of Canada's top 50 research colleges

Research Infosource Inc., a leading source of research and development intelligence in Canada, has ranked Conestoga one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges. The Research Infosource data, released in late 2017, listed Conestoga in twenty-fourth place, moving the college ahead from its previous ranking in 2015 and 2016 where it placed in number 45 and 31 respectively.


Air pollution alerts without enforceable actions may be inadequate in protecting public health

The air quality alert programme in Toronto (Canada) had limited effects in protecting the public’s health from air pollution between 2003 and 2012, according to an observational study of 2.6 million people published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.


Children with chronic illness often show signs of mental health problems

Children commonly show signs of a mental disorder soon after receiving a diagnosis involving a of a chronic physical condition, according to a recent study in BMJ Open.



Bank of Canada Business Outlook Survey - Winter 2017–18

Results of the Winter 2017–18 Survey | Vol. 14.4 | January 8, 2018

Business sentiment in the winter Business Outlook Survey remains positive: the sales outlook is still healthy, despite some moderation. At the same time, capacity and labour pressures are becoming more apparent and are stimulating firms’ employment and investment plans.

Imagine & Shape Service

Design Firm Establishes First Ever Service Design Scholarship at the Rotman School of Management

Bridgeable, a leader in service design, announced the creation of the Bridgeable Service Design Scholarship at the Rotman School of Management. This scholarship is the first of its kind, and recognizes students with interest and potential in the field of service design. With Rotman's matching program, $20,000 will be awarded annually to one talented MBA student for the next three years.

Getting Around

Province Opens New Section of Highway in Durham Region

The Next Phase of Highway 407 Opened January 2, 2018

Ontario is improving traffic flow and reducing congestion in Durham region, with the next phase of Highway 407 from Harmony Road to Taunton Road in Clarington now open.


Senior Loan Officer Survey - Fourth Quarter of 2017

Results of the Fourth-Quarter Survey | Vol. 10.4 | January 8, 2018

This Senior Loan Officer Survey (SLOS) focused on changes to business-lending practices in the fourth quarter of 2017. The survey was conducted between November 6 and December 1, 2017.



Conestoga director Kristine Dawson appointed to CEWIL Canada board

Conestoga’s Kristine Dawson, director, Co-operative Education, Career Services and Work-Integrated Learning, has been appointed president-elect of the board of directors for the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. The board announcement was made on November 15 at the organization’s annual general meeting. During the meeting, members also voted to expand the mission and mandate of the organization and change its name to the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada. Through its expanded mission CEWIL Canada will foster and advance postsecondary co-operative education and work-integrated learning (WIL) across Canada.

Student Leadership

SHAD Fellows named top story of 2017 for inspiring change in their communities

Two SHAD Fellows, Emma Landry and Kathy Nodzynski, who received $10,000 RBC Students Leading Change Scholarships for leading and inspiring change in their communities, have been chosen in online voting as the top SHAD network stories of 2017.

Arts Fund

Region of Waterloo Arts Fund awards 29 grants

Proposals selected for full or partial funding in the Fall 2017 round

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund announces 29 grants for a total of $159,895 in response to proposals submitted by artists and arts organizations throughout Waterloo Region. The Arts Fund initially received 62 requests, for a total of $444,224. After the first round of evaluations, 38 applicants seeking a total of $270,075 were invited to submit more detailed Stage 2 applications from which the 29 grants were ultimately selected. Since it was established in 2002, the Arts Fund has supported more than 594 projects for a total community investment of $3,196,501.


Five individuals named as recipients of Kitchener Mayor's City Builder Award

Five individuals have been recognized as recipients of the City of Kitchener’s 2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award for fostering community connections to build a better Kitchener for everyone. The Mayor’s City Builder Awards recognize any youth, adult, older adult or group that has demonstrated a commitment to making our city and community a better place today and in the future. Recipients were recognized publicly at the New Year’s Levee on Jan. 7, 2018.


January 26, 2018 - Lunch Event

Centre for Family Business - What can Communitech do for Family Business?

Avvey Peters is Vice President, Partnerships with Communitech. She focuses on strategic communications, advocacy, and partnership development to advance the Waterloo Region tech sector. Avvey is also cross-appointed as Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network – a group of 26 innovation hubs across Canada, which focus on supporting the growth and success of small and mid-sized digital companies across the country.

February 1, 2018

CELC Employer Recognition Event

The Community Employment & Literacy Committee is hosting its second annual CELC Employer Recognition Event. This event recognizes employers who have gone above and beyond to support meaningful employment opportunities including but not limited to offering work experiences, training, and employment opportunities.

February 13, 2018

Child Witness Centre Host Pancake Lunch

Tuesday, February 13th marks the 20th Anniversary of the Child Witness Centre's Annual Pancake Lunch fundraiser. It's a highly-anticipated event that provides an opportunity to enjoy some networking with your colleagues, get together with friends or take your staff or clients to lunch while knowing that your attendance will make a significant difference in the lives of children and youth who have been victims or witnesses of abuse or crime.

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. is distributed twice weekly; Tuesday and Thursday


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