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The economy outperformed in May. There were broad gains in economic activity. Indicators of short-term economic momentum suggest that the economy is stabilizing following a period of moderating growth since mid-2017. Some of the good news in the month was expected. For example, preliminary data had pointed toward solid gains in wholesale and retail trade. As well, the professional and scientific services sector continues to make a notable positive contribution to economic growth.
2018 GTAN Pauli Awards
Urban tourism and its potential for more sustainable and inclusive cities will be the major focus of the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism (16-19 September 2018) in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Summit aims to set out a vision looking to 2030 for this rapidly-growing tourism segment. The Summit, the first of its kind in North-East Asia, is designed to encourage new strategic approaches to the challenge of a growing tourism sector and its impact on urban destinations, through sharing of innovative ideas and experiences. Innovative approaches to competitiveness in urban destinations, technology’s impact on urban tourism, rejuvenation of cities, and increasing inclusion in city development are among the topics to be featured.
The Home Depot’s Kitchener West and Waterloo stores raise $15,000 to Help Local Youth
Waterloo, July 31, 2018: The Home Depot’s Kitchener West and Waterloo stores have supported Waterloo Region youth for five years and through their Orange Door Project fundraising campaign have collectively raised more than $135,000 for Safe Haven Shelter. In June, the two local stores constructed very creative displays to attract the attention of their in-store customers and they invited customers to purchase a “paper door” for $2 at the checkout. This year, The Home Depot and its customers raised $15,000 to help prevent youth homelessness in Waterloo Region.
Mappedin announced its move from Downtown Kitchener to 13,000 sqft of newly renovated office space in Waterloo. The company, which serves some of the world’s leading REITs and mall owners has experienced dramatic growth since it was founded in 2011, with employee numbers swelling to 56, representing a nearly 50% annual growth in staff numbers over the past year. With more growth on the horizon, it was time for the company to more than double its square footage, says MappedIn Founder and CEO Hongwei Liu. “Our new office space is a perfect fit for where and who we are a business today and who we’ll be in the future,” says Liu. “In selecting our new home, Waterloo was the top pick. It’s close to home for many of our employees, offers conveniences such as free parking, and is nearby to both University of Waterloo and Laurier University, making the location very convenient for co-op students.”
NFU asks CGC Commissioners to uphold farmers’ interests and Canada’s grain quality standards
Nairobi - Kenyans in retirement use up to 25% of their scarce financial resources on the rising medical expenses leaving barely enough for other basic needs, a survey conducted by pension administrator, Enwealth Financial Services and Strathmore University has revealed. More than 80% of the pensioners surveyed expressed concern over the lack of adequate medical insurance to cater for the increasing risk of poor health in old age with only 30% having a comprehensive medical insurance cover. The findings raise the concern of whether the government and industry players are doing enough to address the issue of availability and affordability of healthcare in retirement.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found a better way to identify atomic structures, an essential step in improving materials selection in the aviation, construction and automotive industries. The findings of the study could result in greater confidence when determining the integrity of metals. Devinder Kumar, a PhD candidate in systems design engineering at Waterloo, collaborated with the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin, to develop a powerful AI model that can accurately detect different atomic structures in metallic materials. The system can find imperfections in the metal that were previously undetectable.
Governments may soon be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) to easily and cheaply detect problems with roads, bridges and buildings. A new AI software system developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo automatically analyzes photographs taken by vehicle-mounted cameras to identify potholes, cracks and other defects. “If governments have that information, they can better plan when to repair a particular road and do it at a lower cost,” said John Zelek, an engineering professor at Waterloo. “Essentially, it could mean lower taxes for residents.”
Young Canadians are pivotal to the growth of Canada’s agriculture sector. The Government of Canada is committed to helping young people gain the skills and work experience they need to transition into the labour market while learning sustainable farming practices for a cleaner more prosperous Canada. “The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative has been an excellent tool in the introduction and recruitment of qualified personnel to our operation. Through this initiative, we were able to accelerate a number of projects pertaining to plant health, food safety, and the incorporation of new greenhouse infrastructure and technology.
Joy & Magic for the whole family! Get ready for engaging activities at the LINK Picnic Festival and Family Carnival Costume Parade as it celebrates its 13th year of bringing African and Caribbean art, music, and culture to Waterloo Region. The festival will be held in Kitchener’s Victoria Park on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. Before the festival days at the park, the public can get involved through a free African Dance Class that begins on Thursday, August 2nd and Impromptu Drumming Workshops that occur in public spaces throughout the month.
Cambridge – Blackwing Coffee Bar jumped in to help the 26th annual Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music on the Civic Holiday weekend. A month ago, festival organizers learned that a key downtown music venue – the Kiwi Gastropub – had closed without warning. After announcing the 2018 Mill Race festival would go on with one fewer live music location, Blackwing’s owner called to offer the bar as a replacement performance area Aug. 3, 4 and 5, 2018. “We saw the post on Facebook and knew this was an opportunity for us to help the community and let everyone know we want to be involved in community events,” said Katherine Chiles, who also owns Death Valley’s Little Brother in Waterloo.
There is nothing quite like the mixture of spice and smoke on the palate like you get with a traditional jerk cooking. “Jerk cooking is not only delicious, it is historically and culturally important to the Caribbean,” says Anthony Plummer, Executive Director of the Festival. “Today it is more than just a flavour from the islands. Jerk food can be found pretty much anywhere around the world. At Grace Jerkfest, we’ll take you back to its roots with some unique twists and variations that honour traditional jerk cooking and seasoning.”
Dye & Durham announces today that it has acquired 100% of ESI Software Inc. Founded in 1983, ESILAW provides law firm practice management and financial accounting and billing tools that maximize productivity for law firms. The acquisition creates immediate synergies for both business lines by bolstering the combined product offers to an expanded customer base.
The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is hosting an Open House for artist and arts organizations interested in applying to the Fall 2018 round of grants. Arts Fund board members will be available to share general information about the Fund and its mandate. First-time applicants are encouraged to attend the 15 minute presentation at 5:15 p.m. This will be followed by an informal opportunity to engage with Directors and staff from 5:30 until 7 p.m.
Western Financial Group Inc. ("Western") continues to expand its operation through the acquisition of another Ontario-based brokerage. DMW Insurance Ltd., located in Toronto has joined Western's brokerage team which serves customers across Canada.
One of the most delicious events in the region is fast approaching on Friday August 10 to Sunday August 12 in Riverside Park, Cambridge. Enjoy FREE Admission, Parking, Entertainment & KidZone at this popular family-friendly event. A donation to Rotary is greatly appreciated.
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.
The Canadian health and safety landscape is constantly changing. Whether it’s new legislation, innovations in technology, quality and safety standards, changing demographics or workplace culture, today’s health and safety community is challenged with staying ahead of the curve.