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Tuesday July 3, 2018 - Summer Edition No11Vol1

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MONITOR


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Well Done

Neil Turok appointed to Order of Canada

Perimeter Director “surprised and very honoured” to receive one of the nation’s highest honours. When well-known cosmologist Neil Turok moved to Canada to lead Perimeter Institute in 2008, he brought boundless enthusiasm for the great scientific adventure that lay ahead. But despite his exemplary research record probing the deep history and distant future of the universe, there was one thing Turok could never have predicted: how warmly Canada would welcome him. Now, Turok has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada (Honorary) in recognition of his “substantial contributions as a scientist to the field of theoretical physics and cosmology, providing new models that test fundamental theories of the universe.” The appointment will be formally conferred by Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette during an investiture ceremony in the coming year.


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R&R

How to Have a Successful Summer Vacation

Lots of people will take a vacation this summer, but for many of them, their vacations won’t be the relaxing, recuperative getaways they were hoping for. Research shows that about 40 per cent of people return from their vacations and feel either no better, or even worse, than before they left. This happens because many of us make mistakes that compromise how enjoyable and satisfying our vacations can be. Below are some simple recommendations that you can implement before, during and after your vacation that will help ensure that your time off this summer is pleasurable and gratifying and fully recharges your batteries.


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Relationships

Open Relationships Just as Satisfying as Monogamous Ones, U of G Study Reveals

A new University of Guelph study has revealed that people in open relationships are as happy as their coupled-up counterparts. The story made international headlines appearing in The Daily Mail. “We found people in consensual, non-monogamous relationships experience the same levels of relationship satisfaction, psychological well-being and sexual satisfaction as those in monogamous relationships,” said Jessica Wood, a PhD student in applied social psychology and lead author of the study. “This debunks societal views of monogamy as being the ideal relationship structure.”


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Global Growth

New Champions to Focus on Role of Science and Technology in Addressing World’s Most Critical Challenges

Councils convene experts and decision makers in the following areas: Artificial intelligence and machine learning; Internet of things and connected devices; Blockchain and distributed ledger technology; Autonomous and urban mobility; Drones and tomorrow’s airspace; Precision medicine

Beijing, China – The 12th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions will be held on 18-20 September in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China. The meeting will bring together over 2,000 leaders representing the world’s largest businesses and most exciting start-ups as well as public figures from around the globe, leading economists, scientists, academics and cultural figures. Convening under the theme, Shaping Innovative Societies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the meeting comes at a critical time, with trading disputes and heightened geostrategic competition placing the established international order under further strain. As the world gravitates towards a multi-polar system defined by a number of power centres and different leadership models, the global economy is facing a potential inflection point brought on by a weakening investment outlook in emerging markets.


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Mid-Market

Spinrite deal closes, continues to build market position

Established in 1952, and headquartered in Listowel, Ontario, Spinrite is a leading craft company and provider of craft knitting yarns

TorQuest Partners announced today that the firm and its co-investors have completed the sale of their majority interest in Spinrite LP to Comvest Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Daniel Sonshine, Partner at TorQuest said, "Spinrite's success over the past two and a half years is the result of the Company's continuous drive to build on its leading market position through new product introductions and a highly focused direct-to-consumer digital marketing strategy. Spinrite has been an outstanding investment for TorQuest and our partners, and we are grateful to the Company's management team for its dedication and excellent work over our hold period."


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Education - Summer Fun

SHAD begins intense enrichment program 2018 at 16 Canadian host University Campuses

Waterloo - An actor and a top prize winner from the Canada-Wide Science Fair will join about 1,000 students looking to become change makers this summer at the award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program SHAD. This year’s SHAD program will take place at a record 16 host university campuses from coast to coast, with students being represented from all 10 provinces and three territories.


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Retailing Cannabis

Landlords will need to qualify prospective recreational-cannabis retailers in emerging growth industry

The rapid emergence of the new recreational-cannabis industry in Canada is providing opportunities for business creation and growth. As the legal retail sale of recreational cannabis becomes a reality, landlords are endeavouring to determine whether this new line of retailers is a good fit for their properties – and who among the prospective tenants are the best options. Given that most landlords have already made decisions about retail-cannabis tenants – with limited and imperfect information – the market will rebalance as the industry matures.


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Trade

Canadian trade surtaxes are in position and active

Many Canadian importers face new tariffs starting July 1, 2018. Canada recently finalized its lists of U.S. steel, aluminum and other products that will be subject to new trade-restrictive surtaxes starting as of this date, and has also released new administrative guidance. Canada originally indicated it would impose 10% and 25% surtaxes or similar trade-restrictive countermeasures on imports of steel, aluminum and other products originating in the United States following a U.S. announcement that it would impose its own tariffs on a wide range of steel and aluminum products imported into the United States from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.


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Immigration

To support biometrics expansion, Canada is opening new Visa Application Centres and offering interim services at some missions

In 2018, Canada will expand its biometrics program. Expanding biometrics will strengthen Canada’s immigration programs through effective screening and will also facilitate application processing and travel – while maintaining public confidence in our immigration system. Canada currently collects biometrics from in-Canada refugee claimants and overseas refugee resettlement applicants, individuals ordered removed from the country and individuals from 30 foreign nationalities applying for a temporary resident visa, work permit, or study permit.


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Summer Spending

Summer Spending Balancing Act

A new survey conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) finds more than half (56 per cent) of respondents plan to spend more this summer compared to the same season last year. Taking into consideration household spending, 30 per cent of those surveyed say their expenditures will increase between $500 to under $2,000 this summer compared to 2017. Meantime, 45 per cent say they have less money this year compared to the same time last year after paying for their monthly household essentials.


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IoT

Japan to Take Lead in Fourth Industrial Revolution, Opens Emerging Technology Policy Centre in Tokyo

Founding centre partners from Hitachi, Horiba, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Salesforce, Sompo Holdings and Suntory Holdings take part in launch; The centre to initially focus on autonomous mobility, data policy and precision medicine

Tokyo – The World Economic Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, opened the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan alongside inaugural partners Hitachi, Horiba, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Salesforce, Sompo Holdings and Suntory Holdings.





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Canada:GDP

April economy has manufactures a surprise gain

GDP posts a small, but surprising gain in April; Manufacturing and utilities were the sources of the upside surprise; Despite the gain, yearly GDP growth fell again, as the economy continues to lose momentum - by David Watt Chief Economist, HSBC Canada

The economy grew by 0.1% month-on-month in April. This was an upside surprise to the consensus expectation of a flat reading. The goods sector was the source of the upside surprise, specifically manufacturing, and utilities. Manufacturing output rose by 0.8%. Meanwhile, utilities output rose by 1.6%, largely due to a jump in electric power output owing to unseasonably cold weather across the country.


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Economic Development

26 Ontario companies awarded seed funding for innovation commercialization

Guelph - Twenty-six Ontario companies have been selected to receive seed funding from Bioenterprise Corporation and its delivery partner Innovation Guelph, the fourth round of a program funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). Each grant of up to $30,000 in non-repayable seed financing, accompanied by coaching and mentorship, will encourage regional economic development by helping recipients launch new innovative new products and services, expand their operations, access new markets, attract investment and create jobs.





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Sports Event

The tiny creature that secretly powers the planet

Oceanographer Penny Chisholm introduces us to an amazing little being: Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet. A marine microbe that has existed for billions of years, Prochlorococcus wasn't discovered until the mid-1980s -- but its ancient genetic code may hold clues to how we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.


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Getting Around

How autonomous flying taxis could change the way you travel

by Rodin Lyasoff

Flight is about to get a lot more personal, says aviation entrepreneur Rodin Lyasoff. In this visionary talk, he imagines a new golden age of air travel in which small, autonomous air taxis allow us to bypass traffic jams and fundamentally transform how we get around our cities and towns. "In the past century, flight connected our planet," Lyasoff says. "In the next, it will reconnect our local communities."






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RESEARCH & EDUCATION




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WATERCOOLER


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Raising Money

Tacofest raises $52,000 for Meals on Wheels

Waterloo Region – Waterloo Region Tacofest promises three things: tacos, craft brews, and good times. The annual fiesta went above and beyond this year, not only achieving those goals but raising $52,000 for the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC).


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Immigration

To support biometrics expansion, Canada is opening new Visa Application Centres
and offering interim services at some missions

In 2018, Canada will expand its biometrics program. Expanding biometrics will strengthen Canada’s immigration programs through effective screening and will also facilitate application processing and travel – while maintaining public confidence in our immigration system. Canada currently collects biometrics from in-Canada refugee claimants and overseas refugee resettlement applicants, individuals ordered removed from the country and individuals from 30 foreign nationalities applying for a temporary resident visa, work permit, or study permit.


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Agri-politics

Organic Council Welcomes Ernie Hardeman as Minister of Agriculture

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario announced its cabinet, and the Organic Council of Ontario was pleased to hear of the new leadership team to the province of Ontario, and hopes it will bring a renewed focus on prosperity to Ontario’s agricultural sector. "In particular, we look forward to working more closely with Ernie Hardeman, who was sworn in today as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. We look forward to engaging Minister Hardeman in further discussion on creating an organic regulation in Ontario, which would protect the investments of Ontario’s organic farms and businesses", the organization said in a news statement.


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Aquisition

Terrapure completes acquisition of Envirosystems Incorporate

Terrapure significantly enhances suite of environmental and waste solutions and expands extensive national footprint

Burlington - Terrapure Environmental Ltd., one of Canada's leading providers of innovative environmental solutions, today announced it has completed its acquisition of the Canadian industrial services and waste management operations of Envirosystems Incorporated. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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EVENTS


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July 9-20, 2018

Laurier’s BrainWorx summer camp uses fun to teach children about psychology

Crafts, games, sports, outdoor play – and plenty of learning about psychology and the brain. That’s what BrainWorx, a unique summer camp at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus, offers children aged six to nine. BrainWorx is run by Professor Kim Roberts, director of Laurier’s Child Memory Lab and a member of Laurier’s departments of Psychology and Criminology. Campers will have a chance to participate in studies that explore how children learn, remember and differentiate information. In the process, they learn how research works and about the areas being researched – all while having fun.


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July 10-12, 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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July 17, 2018

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Unveil Futuristic Clothing

Fashionwear that diagnoses, treats health conditions among products to be featured at Toronto show, August 20-22

Toronto – Canada is leading the way in breakthrough technologies in the rapidly-growing apparel and textile industry, with many innovations set to be unveiled to the public at the upcoming Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show, August 20-22, 2018 in Toronto.


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November 8, 2018

Discover Rockway - Gr. 7-12 Open House

This event is an opportunity to see Rockway in action, meet the faculty, administration, parents and students and see why Rockway might be the right place for your family. Join us! Register at Rockway.ca






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