Tuesday November 6, 2018


Trade War

Is war between China and the US inevitable?

Taking lessons from a historical pattern called "Thucydides's Trap," political scientist Graham Allison shows why a rising China and a dominant United States could be headed towards a violent collision no one wants -- and how we can summon the common sense and courage to avoid it.

New Partnerships

Trans-Pacific Institutional Agreement Fosters Close Research Partnership

The Presidents of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and The University of Waterloo signed a Strategic University Partnership institutional agreement on November 5, 2018, with the objective to foster closer partnership in education, research and entrepreneurship. This historic agreement will see the two universities exploring opportunities for collaboration in research, furthering ties on faculty and student mobility and discussing connections in entrepreneurship, amongst other key areas.

Pointless Research

The case for curiosity-driven research

Dr. Suzie Sheehy uses accelerator physics to help reinvent technology for applications in medicine, energy and beyond.

Seemingly pointless scientific research can lead to extraordinary discoveries, says physicist Suzie Sheehy. In a talk and tech demo, she shows how many of our modern technologies are tied to centuries-old, curiosity-driven experiments -- and makes the case for investing in more to arrive at a deeper understanding of the world. Dr. Suzie Sheehy designs particle accelerators. She's fascinated by using accelerator physics to help us reinvent technology for applications in areas such as medicine and energy. Her research projects have ranged from the design of new cancer treatment accelerators to building a scaled-down experiment that models particle beams -- answering fundamental questions about the physics of beams that are beyond reach of computer simulations.

Real Estate

Stronger Than Average Home Sales in October

Realtors sold 514 homes through the Multiple Listing System of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR) in October, an increase of 7.8 per cent compared to October of last year. On a year-to-date basis 5,070 residential units have sold compared to 5,822 during the same period in 2017, a decrease of 12.9 per cent. “It was a stronger than average October for home sales and listing activity,” said KWAR President Tony Schmidt. “Gradually increasing interest rates could be nudging both buyers and sellers from the sidelines of the housing market.”


Amidst Global Trade Uncertainty, North American Businesses Look to Neighbours for Growth

Preliminary USMCA Deal Likely to Support Regional Growth Opportunities Identified by Businesses in the US, Mexico and Canada

Despite concerns about protectionist measures, businesses in the United States, Mexico and Canada expressed a high degree of confidence about international trade opportunities, according to HSBC's latest Navigator Survey. Results show that firms in North America exhibited more interest in doing business within the region, likely due to ongoing uncertainty regarding trade negotiations happening around the globe.

Tour of Homes

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre announces Paul Mason aka FASHION SANTA visits Waterloo Region

17th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre proudly reveals a special partnership with Mr. Paul Mason, FASHION SANTA in conjunction with the 17th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes. This initiative is proudly supported and sponsored by Meadow Acres and The Inn of Waterloo.

Global Problems

WFP and Alibaba Enter Strategic Partnership to Support Un-Sustainable Development Goal of a World With Zero Hunger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Alibaba Group (Alibaba), the world’s largest e-commerce company by transaction value, have entered into a strategic partnership to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – a world with zero hunger. WFP’s Executive Director, David Beasley, and Alibaba Partner and Chairman of the Alibaba Foundation, Sun Lijun, signed the agreement at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Banks Reconcile Views

Making sense of financial markets worth the effort, Governor Poloz says

It can be a challenge for central banks to reconcile their views of the economy with signals from financial markets, but the effort is worthwhile, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz said in a speech yesterday. Differences between financial market action and a central bank economic forecast can often be reconciled with time, since economic data arrive with a lag and markets react to events as they occur, Governor Poloz told the Canada–UK Chamber of Commerce. “The fact that financial market prices are formed with the discipline that comes from putting real money on the line means that central bankers ignore them at their peril,” he said.

Health & Safety

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro wins prestigious safety awards

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc., Waterloo Region’s largest electric utility, has received three prestigious awards for its achievements in safety. Thanks to its team of 185 employees, the utility achieved one million hours without a lost-time injury and was awarded the President’s Award from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association. The company was also presented with two silver awards at the 2018 Canada’s Safest Employer’s awards ceremony.


Researchers uncover gene that regulates fat accumulation and obesity

As obesity continues to be the leading cause of deaths world-wide, researchers are working to understand what role genetics play in a person’s predisposition for obesity. New research is shedding light on the fact that while exercise and diet are important, sometimes there are underlying genetic factors at play.


Christine Hill steps up as CEO’s new Board of Directors, Chair

Christine Hill, formerly Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s (CEO) Board of Directors’ Chair Elect steps into the role of Chair as Jeremy Carkner steps down to pursue a career path in a different industry. CEO appreciates the positive contributions Carkner has made over the years to the association and the industry. Hill is highly regarded in the field due to her activity in a number of industry associations and brings 29 years of engineering experience to the role. For the majority of her career, Hill held a number of progressive roles with XCG Consulting Limited - beginning as a Project Engineer her role evolved into Partner in 2005. In 2017, COLE Engineering Group acquired XCG’s Water Business and Hill became the Business Development Leader for Infrastructure Planning at COLE. She has also held a number of board positions with the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) culminating in a term as Chair at WEAO. Hill has been actively involved with CEO for the past five years chairing a number of committees and is completing her second term on the board.

Job Search

Majority of Canadian Workers Comfortable Looking for New Job While Employed

Many Respondents Also Likely to Conduct Job Search Activities at Work

Most Canadian professionals feel confident testing the employment waters, even from their current office, research suggests. In a survey, 79 per cent of workers said they would feel at least somewhat comfortable looking for a new job while with their present company. More than half of respondents (57 per cent) indicated they'd likely conduct search activities from work.

Mental Health

Hiphop artist bringing positive message to BootCamp

By Brian Rodnick

It’s not easy being the leader of a non-profit organization, just ask Mike Prosserman.
For the past 15 years the 32-year-old competitive breakdancer, who has competed against many of the best dancers worldwide, was executive director and founder of UNITY Charity. Unity is a non-profit he founded while still in high school that assists youths achieve better mental health and build stronger communities through the arts, including dancing, beatboxing, graffiti and spoken word.


Lightening the Burden for Ontario's Legion Halls

Ontario will exempt Royal Canadian Legion branches in Ontario from paying property tax

Ontario reiterated its commitment to ease the burden on Ontario's Royal Canadian Legion halls by ensuring they pay no property tax and looks forward to tabling legislation shortly. "Legion halls play a vital role in communities across Ontario, for veterans and their families, and we want to make sure they can continue to provide services for years to come," said Premier Doug Ford, addressing veterans, family members and guests at the 17th Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. "Our veterans have paid their fair share to Ontario and to Canada. We remain committed to ensuring Legion halls in Ontario pay no property tax. It is the least we can do to recognize and honour the service and sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform."

Smart Concepts

LabCampus and Massachusetts Institute of Technology sign cooperation agreement

Development of a smart city concept at Munich Airport

Munich Airport and the renowned Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have reached an agreement to work together in the development of the LabCampus Innovation Center at Munich Airport.


PI Announces New fellowships aim to support early-career researchers

Fellowships named in honour of Stephen Hawking, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and other physics pioneers will support the path-breaking research of new Perimeter postdoctoral researchers. Perimeter Institute has announced seven new postdoctoral fellowships, named after exceptional researchers whose work epitomizes the promise and potential of early-career scientists. Perimeter Director Neil Turok announced the fellowships before an October public lecture by astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, with Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland in the audience.

Health Care Challenges

UN Official to speak about Refugees and Implications for Health Care in Waterloo Region

Discussion with Dr. Mike Stephenson of Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre to follow.

Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Canada will speak at the Centre for International Governance Innovation on Thursday, November 15 at CIGI at 7.00 pm at an event co-hosted by Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. Mr. Beuze will discuss the state of the world's refugees and then engage in a conversation with Dr. Mike Stephenson about the health care challenges facing refugees.


Too Small to Fail - How Communities Can Prepare for Bigger Storms

A new report from the University of Waterloo stresses the importance of community-based projects to reduce increasing flood risk in Canada.

The report examines 11 projects in Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga, Montreal and Halifax to assess how the restoration and preservation of natural infrastructures — such as ponds, large-scale natural gardens, and restored shorelines — can aid communities in protecting themselves from the impacts of flooding.

Real Estate

Stronger Than Average Home Sales in October

Realtors sold 514 homes through the Multiple Listing System of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR) in October, an increase of 7.8 per cent compared to October of last year. On a year-to-date basis 5,070 residential units have sold compared to 5,822 during the same period in 2017, a decrease of 12.9 per cent. “It was a stronger than average October for home sales and listing activity,” said KWAR President Tony Schmidt. “Gradually increasing interest rates could be nudging both buyers and sellers from the sidelines of the housing market.”

Fund Raiser

Results are in for the 9th annual Mayor’s Souper Sampler

Despite a cold Saturday, the Mayor’s Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels drew more than 500 attendees to Cambridge City Hall on October 27th to sample soups from thirteen local restaurants and caterers. The event raised over $5,700 for programs and services provided by Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC), a local charity dedicated to helping seniors and adults with disabilities to live at home with independence and dignity.


Remembering the First World War: Peace studies expert to speak at Laurier about historical and contemporary conflict

The First World War officially ended a century ago — on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Wilfrid Laurier University will host a lecture by Paul Rogers, professor emeritus of Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, U.K., and Global Security Consultant with Oxford Research Group (ORG), on Nov. 7.

Gender Parity

Pat the Dog Receives Canada Council Sector Innovation and Development Award

Pat the Dog Theatre Creation has been an awarded a Sector Innovation and Development Award from Canada Council. The award is for Regional Women Lead: A Grassroots Approach to Gender Parity for Women in Theatre. The award is National and significant - $96,000 over two years - and will provide supports for professional women theatre creators across Canada. The announcement was made last night at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery during the Heels on the Diving Board Women’s theatre series dedicated to stories created by women.

Good to Better

How to let go of being a "good" person -- and become a better person

Dolly Chugh studies the psychology of good people.

What if your attachment to being a "good" person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior -- like why it's hard to spot your biases and acknowledge mistakes -- and shows how the path to becoming better starts with owning your mistakes. "In every other part of our lives, we give ourselves room to grow -- except in this one, where it matters most," Chugh says.

World Leadership

World Economic Forum’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Davos to Focus on Shaping a New Architecture for the Next Wave of Globalization

Globalization has created global growth and development but also given rise to excessive inequality; For the next wave of globalization – “Globalization 4.0” – leaders need to learn from past mistakes and build more inclusive societies and better protect vulnerable communities

The World Economic Forum announced today that its Annual Meeting 2019 in Davos-Klosters will focus on “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Globalization is being redefined simultaneously by four major transformations:


Von Bugle Debuts in the LCBO

Canadian brewed Munich Lager now available in cans

For a new brand, there is a lot of history in a can of Von Bugle Munich Lager. Inspired by traditional German lagers, Von Bugle’s flagship beer is the result of a long-ageing brewing process that produces a beautiful amber lager. And it is now available in the LCBO.



Grand River Hospital and Kitchener Public Library celebrate successful anniversary of resource centre

Grand River Hospital’s regional cancer centre and Kitchener Public Library are celebrating the first anniversary of their partnership that brought patients a newly redesigned resource centre. The J. Wesley Graham Patient and Family Resource Centre in GRH’s cancer centre re-opened one year ago. The resource centre received generous financial support from Grand River Hospital Foundation as well as strong encouragement from patients who advocated for its renewal.

Mens Health

KW Celebrates The Return of Movember

Movember KW is going into its 9th year and to celebrate they want to keep you busy throughout the month.

On Saturday November 10th everyone is invited to attend the Free Movember Kids KW event at Kitchener Market from 10am-Noon. Activities include face painted moustaches, moustache cooking baking, special guest appearances and always popular photo booth. That evening Maxwells will be hosting their 8th Movember Charity concert beginning at 7:30pm

Sustainable Practices

Ontario Chamber Conference Brings Together Government And Industry To Talk Sustainable Innovation Iniatives in Ontario

Today's Conference to Focus on Economic Growth and Environmental Stewardship

Today's Sustainable Innovation Conference at the University of Toronto will bring together the Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and industry stakeholders to discuss sustainable business practices in Ontario. Presented by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the theme of the conference is “Economic Growth Meets Environmental Stewardship”.


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

November 8, 2018

The ultimate bowling and networking fundraiser

Brought to you by Grand River Hospital Foundation

Join us for The Grand Social Series: After-Work Edition! Bring your coworkers or employees for a night of bowling and networking! The fun gets rolling at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Kingpin Bowlounge. Limited spots available so get your tickets soon! Proceeds support the children’s program at Grand River Hospital.

November 13, 2018

SVP Waterloo Region Kicks Off Perfect Pitch Workshop for Charities Wrap Up Event

It’s not just tech companies that need to know how to pitch. Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region (SVPWR) announced the first pitch workshop for charities in Waterloo Region: Perfect Pitch. The Perfect Pitch workshop kicks off in September, and six charities will receive guidance from dedicated coaches from the business and tech/startup worlds in Waterloo Region. These charities will build their ability to tell their organization’s story with power and clarity. The workshop series will wrap up with an exciting Perfect Pitch event on Tuesday, November 13. That evening, the charities will take the stage in front of community members and judges with real cash awards on the line. For extra fun, during the evening, each audience member can decide which of the six charities receives proceeds from their admission ticket.

November 22, 2018

St. Mary’s Annual Community Update

Presented by St. Mary’s General Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation

Please join this one hour informative session to: •Obtain recent updates on research initiatives and physician recruitment •Understand the vision to expand the services of St. Mary’s Cardiac Care Centre •Learn how St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation model has transformed through community partnerships •Hear about TAVI, a newly available cardiac surgical procedure at St. Mary’s. read more ...

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