Tuesday November 20, 2018



Dejero Wins Prestigious Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering

Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the field of live transmission as Dejero turns 10

Dejero has been awarded a prestigious Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for 'excellence in engineering creativity', honoring a decade of achievements in the field of live transmission driven by its vision of reliable connectivity anywhere. Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Dejero has been trusted by the biggest names in various industries around the world for broadcast-quality video transport and high-bandwidth network connectivity. Dejero blends wired and wireless Internet connections from multiple network providers and diverse transport technologies to deliver fast and dependable connectivity required for cloud computing, online collaboration, and the secure exchange of video and data.


Community contributions recognized on National Housing Day

An elementary school, a war veteran, and the Regional Chair were among those recognized today for their work to support people who are homeless and help find homes for all. Ken Seiling was awarded by Housing Services for his advocacy and support for affordable and supportive housing across Waterloo Region over his term in office. “Waterloo Region as a whole has benefited from Ken’s leadership and our successes today are largely due to his contributions,” said Deb Schlichter, Director of Housing Services. The awards were handed out at this year’s National Housing Day event held at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation in Waterloo.

Small Medium Business

Ontario Won’t Adopt All Federal Passive Income Changes

Ontario’s Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli announced that Ontario will not adopt federal measures to phase-out the small business limit for passive investment income. The province’s Fall Economic Update, released on November 15, 2018, also notes that Ontario will not proceed with measures to implement new personal income tax brackets and will not make changes to the Ontario Research and Development Tax Credit and the Ontario Innovation Tax Credit, as proposed by a previous government in Ontario’s 2018 provincial budget. Ontario has also announced new measures to introduce a non‐refundable tax credit for low‐income individuals and families.


Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review Focused on Balancing the Budget and Key Priorities

Ontario Chamber Statement in Response to the 2018 Fall Economic Statement

Last Thursday Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the following statement in response to the Fall Economic Statement, 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, released by the Ontario government this afternoon. “In today’s statement, we are pleased to see the Government of Ontario taking reasonable steps to build a more prosperous Ontario with a strong focus on fiscal accountability and cutting cumulative red tape. On behalf of our 60,000 members in 135 communities across the province, we have long called on the government to reform Ontario’s tax system, reduce red tape, and restore fiscal sustainability to the Ontario taxpayer.

Interprovincial Trade

François Legault and Doug Ford Strengthen a Win-Win Relationship between Québec and Ontario

Québec and Ontario are working together to support economic growth and job creation, and make life more affordable for families in both provinces. The premiers of Québec and Ontario, François Legault and Doug Ford, held their first official meeting on Monday at Queen's Park. They agreed to establish a productive, win-win relationship that focuses on wealth creation in both provinces, and making life more affordable for families and small businesses in Québec and Ontario.

1st through 4th place

Waterloo programmers earn top spots in programming competition

Four teams of programmers from the University of Waterloo swept the top spots at an Association for Computing Machinery regional International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) over the weekend. The teams – each comprised of three undergraduate students from the university’s Faculty of Mathematics – secured first through fourth place, Waterloo’s best-ever result at the annual competition. The field included 130 other teams from the East Central North America region; universities from across Ontario, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan entered teams in the competition that challenges students to solve ten programming problems within a five-hour time limit.

Health & Wellness

University of Waterloo adopts Okanagan Charter to promote student health

The University of Waterloo has adopted the Okanagan Charter (OC), a framework that calls upon post-secondary institutions to embed health into all aspects of campus culture. The OC was signed by Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo, at a mental health forum held on campus October 24. The OC commits the university to use a health and wellness lens in its planning and to inform its policies and procedures and to develop a university-wide Health Promotion and Wellness Collaborative. The OC also commits the University to and to host a bi-annual research and education forum, develop and maintain mental health metrics and broader measures of health and wellness for evaluating programs and services.

Work Habits

More Than Just Working in Your Pyjamas, Telecommuting Saves Time and Money

By Helen Hambly and Jamie Lee, University of Guelph

For some, it’s a familiar question on a grey winter morning: Should I drive in for those meetings, or join online? Researchers at the University of Guelph’s Regional and Rural Broadband (R2B2) project say the average resident in southwestern Ontario will save $12,000 a year by telecommuting three days per week. Rural and peri-urban areas (where rural and urban regions meet) have the highest savings from telecommuting because their total commute distance and total time to commute are higher.


How to disagree productively and find common ground

BCG's Julia Dhar is a champion of ideas, facts and constructive disagreement.

Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can't agree -- on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreeing productively and finding common ground -- over family dinners, during work meetings and in our national conversations.

Climate Change

Laurier’s Cold Regions Research Centre hosts conference examining impact of climate change on Indigenous communities in the North

Wilfrid Laurier University’s 31st annual Cold Regions Research Centre Days conference will focus on the impacts of climate change on Indigenous communities in the cold regions of the world. The event, co-hosted by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, will be held Nov. 29 and 30 in the Senate and Board Chamber on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.


Three Laurier professors awarded prestigious Canada Research Chair positions

Three Wilfrid Laurier University professors who have achieved excellence in their fields have been awarded prestigious Canada Research Chair appointments. Audra Mitchell (photo), an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, has been newly appointed as the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Global Political Ecology (Tier 2). Two other Laurier professors have had their CRC appointments renewed. Jörg Broschek, also an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, will have his Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance renewed for an additional five years, while Roderick Melnik, a professor in the Department of Mathematics, will have his Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Modelling renewed for seven years.


Beertown Public House and Sociable Kitchen + Tavern Push for Inclusivity with New Vegan Friendly Menu

Local restaurant group expands menu for dietary inclusivity across Ontario

More and more, vegan friendly dishes are being added to menus all over the world to accommodate dietary needs and changing interests. For decades, the Charcoal Group of Restaurants has dedicated time and passion into creating dishes that withstood the test of time with top quality ingredients in every restaurant menu. With a sweeping change in the food industry and dietary palettes, the company had a mission to create a menu for vegans to enjoy that wouldn’t hold back on flavour and creativity.

Municipal Matters

Key decisions and activity from Kitchener City Council from Nov. 19, 2018

Final meeting of 2014-2018 council

Last night was the final meeting of the current council and Mayor Berry Vrbanovic presented Certificates of Service to outgoing councillors Frank Etherington, Yvonne Fernandes and Zyg Janecki for their service to the City of Kitchener as members of council from 2010-2018.


Ontario Establishes Strict Regulations for the Licensing and Operation of Private Cannabis Stores

Tightly-regulated private cannabis retail store system will protect children and combat the illegal market

Ontario's Government implemented the latest phase of its planned response to the federal government's legalization of cannabis by passing strict new regulations to protect children and youth, keep communities and roads safe and combat the illegal market. The result of widespread consultations with the people of Ontario, these regulations provide clarity for a private recreational cannabis store system that will begin April 1, 2019 under the close oversight of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).


House of Friendship win helps promote excellence

House of Friendship has reinforced its position as a vital non-profit agency helping those in need by garnering the Manulife Governance Excellence Award last Thursday night. This award is adjudicated and sponsored by Capacity Canada. The award presentation kicked off the start of Capacity Canada’s Manulife Board Governance BootCamp (Nov. 15-17) at the Walper Hotel in Kitchener. The BootCamp, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, will be held Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre in Kitchener. The annual award recognizes outstanding board governance work in Waterloo Region’s charitable non-profit sector.

New Note

New vertical $10 bank note featuring iconic Canadian Viola Desmond now in circulation

On November 19, 2018 The Bank of Canada issued the new vertical $10 bank note featuring the portrait of social justice icon Viola Desmond, during a ceremony at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg. Canadians will start to see this new note over the coming weeks and months as it gradually enters into circulation alongside existing $10 notes. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz and Wanda Robson, Viola Desmond's sister, spoke about Desmond's legacy and the ongoing pursuit of human rights and social justice in Canada. They spent the first new bank notes at the CMHR, which itself is featured on the back of the new note. “Bank notes are not only a secure means of payment that Canadians can use with confidence. They also tell the stories that have shaped our country,” said Governor Poloz. “Now, each time this new vertical $10 bill changes hands, it will remind us of our continued pursuit of human rights and social justice in Canada.”

Christmas Spirit

The Holidays Shine Bright at Bingemans

Find your Christmas spirit at the third annual Gift of Lights

An even brighter version of a holiday tradition awaits at Bingemans this season. For the third year, the Instagram-worthy Gift of Lights will delight visitors with a stunning two-kilometre drive through a beautifully lit and decorated campground. New this year, though, is the addition of a second tunnel of lights. “The light tunnel has been incredibly well received over the first two years we have showcased Gift of Lights,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “We wanted to give our guests something even more special this season, so we’ve added the static tunnel from our first year and the animated tunnel from last year. We can’t wait to see the reactions of people driving through.”

Start Ups

$440,000 to support 10 additional start-ups through TechAlliance’s BURST

Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, attended a showcase by TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario to celebrate the dedicated entrepreneurs who have received support through BURST, an incubation program for early-stage, high-potential medical technology companies.

Seed Funding

$2.28-million for Bioenterprise to provide more than 50 additional start-ups with the tools they need to succeed

Innovative early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs in southern Ontario will have greater opportunities to develop, grow and export, thanks to an additional investment of up to $2.28 million in Bioenterprise Corporation, announced by Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph.


Cannabis youth prevention strategy should target mental wellbeing

High school students with positive mental health are less likely to consume cannabis, a recent University of Waterloo study has found. The public health study used data from 6,550 high school students in grades 9 to 12 in Ontario and British Columbia, collected from a mental-health component of a longitudinal national youth study called COMPASS. The findings suggest that marijuana prevention programs should focus on promoting mental wellbeing instead of abstinence.

Fundraising PSA

It’s time to replace laparoscopic equipment at St. Mary’s General Hospital

Due to the postal strike, this St. Mary’s donation request may be delayed arriving to your mailbox. To ensure you are informed, please read further for details of the most urgent hospital equipment need.

Heading into surgery, you shouldn’t have to worry whether the surgical equipment is up-to-date. Among the remarkable advancements in surgical care, the introduction of laparoscopic surgery in the 1980s was a huge leap forward that rapidly expanded to all surgical areas because of its great benefit for patients. Having surgery done this way means you will have less pain, less scarring and a much quicker recovery. You may even be able to go home the same day.


Neighbours reach out, connect and belong during Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods Celebration

Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods held its 2018 Celebration this past weekend. Now a full quarter-century old, the Festival has become a community tradition, with several neighbourhoods participating every year. More than 11,000 people from across Kitchener participated in the 123 gatherings registered with Festival of Neighbourhoods. Registered neighbourhood gatherings ranged in size from four to 1000 participants. The winners of two $20,000 capital grants provided by the City of Kitchener were Cherry Park and Queen’s Park neighbourhoods. The grants, which are awarded annually, enable residents to plan and execute meaningful improvements in their neighbourhood.


Waterloo Region could become one of the first communities in Canada to end chronic homelessness

If a community-led plan finds homes for 258 people by November 2020, Waterloo Region will become one of the first in Canada to end chronic homelessness. The plan, led by the Homelessness Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG) and Wellbeing Waterloo Region (WWR), is to house people who have been homeless the longest and have the most complex needs within two years.


Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation Celebrates 30 Years of Trees of Caring

Our community has supported Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation’s (CMHF) Trees of Caring for an incredible 30 years. In this time more than $5 million has been donated by local families and businesses. As we celebrate this 30 year tradition, the lights will shine brightly along Coronation Boulevard beginning mid-November as donations arrive at the hospital. Cambridge residents, Barb and Tom LeBrun, who have donated to Trees of Caring for 30 consecutive years shared what inspires them to keep giving. “Our lights on the tree are dedicated in memory and in honour of our children and grandchildren. It is a way to show our gratitude for the exceptional healthcare we have received. We encourage everyone to share the satisfaction of contributing in a meaningful way, to the acquisition of equipment for our community hospital. Together we can make a difference.”


Researchers say Canada’s race to conserve marine biodiversity may backfire

Canada’s race to meet biodiversity conservation targets could jeopardize the very goal it is trying to achieve. That’s the message in a new paper co-authored by researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University, Memorial University, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Alberta and Dalhousie University.

Scale Up

World Economic Forum initiative pledges to equip 20 million ASEAN workers with digital skills by 2020

Companies that are part of the World Economic Forum’s Digital ASEAN initiative make pledge to develop digital skills for the ASEAN workforce; Cisco, Google, Grab, Lazada, Microsoft, Sea Group and Tokopedia are the first to join the pledge

A coalition of major tech companies pledged today to develop digital skills for the ASEAN workforce. The pledge, part of the World Economic Forum’s Digital ASEAN initiative, aims to train by 2020 some 20 million people in South-East Asia, especially those working in small- and medium-size enterprises.

Global Village

DG Azevêdo: we must turn the crisis of multilateralism into an opportunity to strengthen it

Addressing a conference in Paris on 16 November 2018, entitled ‘A WTO Fit for the 21st Century: What Needs to Change’, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo argued that the international community must strive to “turn the current crisis of multilateralism into an opportunity to save it, and strengthen it for the generations to come.” During his visit to Paris DG Azevêdo held bilateral meetings with France’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire; Minister of State, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne; and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.


A plan for the people

Ontario Releases the Government’s Fiscal Roadmap — Restoring Trust and Putting Money Back in the Pockets of Taxpayers

After 15 years of the previous government's mismanagement, Ontario's Government for the People has kept its promises, and continues to take action to restore trust, transparency and accountability in Ontario's finances, while making life more affordable for individuals, families and businesses.


ADP Canada National Employment Report: Employment in Canada Decreased by 23,000 Jobs in October 2018

Employment in Canada decreased by 23,000 jobs from September to October according to the October ADP® Canada National Employment Report. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Canada National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute®. The report, which is derived from actual ADP payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm payroll employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

Human Resources

Job Demand Report 3rd Quarter 2018

Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin posts quarterly report

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin free quarterly report is about online job postings taking place within the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin area. The report includes the job postings by website source, top locations, major NOC and by type. It also includes the top 10 occupations (by 4 Digit NOC) being posted.


United Nations Third Committee Adopts UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People working in Rural Areas

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly approved the Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas this afternoon, expressing the widespread support for the promotion and protection of human rights for an often neglected population. It was approved by a recorded vote of 119 in favour to 7 against, with 49 abstentions. It is a landmark achievement for La Via Campesina, which contributed significantly to the language and process of this declaration


5 sure-fire ways to kill your company's innovation

Bottom line: get comfortable being uncomfortable, take the big risks and encourage your employees to do the same - By Steven Blue

Innovation is difficult to come by. It is a fleeting concept that eludes most companies. In fact, the odds of a new product idea reaching full commercialization are less than four per cent. And that is the best case. But there are five sure-fire ways you can make certain innovation never sees the light of day at your company:


Lone Wolf and CREA Announce Major Transaction Management Deal

Deal provides Lone Wolf's transaction management tools to Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) as new CREA WEBForms®

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) announced a partnership with Lone Wolf Technologies (Lone Wolf) that will provide CREA members with a new version of CREA WEBForms® that makes it easier to manage deals from offer to close. The new CREA WEBForms® will be powered by Lone Wolf's TransactionDesk®, an industry-leading document and transaction management system. The new CREA WEBForms® includes unlimited document storage, forms, MLS® integration and agent-level transaction management.


Harness Cultural Routes and Experiences for Competitive Tourism, Concludes UNWTO Congress

Following the first edition held two years ago, the 2nd International Congress on World Civilizations and Historic Routes (15-16 November) concluded today in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the EU-China Tourism Year, the event explored how tourism along historic routes can help to safeguard and promote tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria, the congress explored the role of national and regional public bodies in enhancing of historic routes, particularly across nations. It gathered Ministers from four continents, as well as public and private experts representing iconic cultural tourism routes including Route 66, the Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago), the Phoenicians’ Route and the Silk Road.

Smart Cities

Region launches Smart Waterloo Region campaign hoping to win

The Region will host three launch events in Cambridge, Kitchener and Elmira to encourage participation and garner support for winning the national Smart Cities Challenge – a competition worth $50 million.


Crowdfunding is democratizing finance

It's opening up the financial sector, serving acute needs and transforming how businesses raise capital - By Fergus Hodgson

When fundraising garnered leftover crumbs, the gatekeepers of finance barely cared to notice. Now digitized, it's drawing a growing portion of the financial pie, running into regulatory barriers and legal limbo in Canada. The critics of crowdfunding, particularly regarding private equity, make many accurate claims. Open-access financial intermediation dislodges state social services and favours savvy marketers and social-media purveyors. Insofar as crowdfunding bypasses regulators, it can also have awkward ethical implications and be a vehicle for con artists.


Hong Kong Tourism Board Teams Up with National Geographic on Great Outdoors Hong Kong Campaign

The ferry crosses the Yan Chau Tong Marine Park provides passengers with an amazing view of Hong Kong's dramatic geological formations. (PHOTOGRAPH BY TUGO CHENG)

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has joined forces with National Geographic, the world’s destination for science, exploration and adventure, to promote its 10th annual “Great Outdoors” campaign, featuring 13 of the city’s most stunning landscapes. The campaign will include an authoritative guidebook, Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong , photo gallery as well as collaborative content with insights from National Geographic photographers and trail experts.



The Co-operators Group Limited appoints Kevin Daniel executive vice-president and chief client officer

The Co-operators announced the appointment of Kevin Daniel as its new executive vice-president and chief client officer, effective December 21, 2018. Daniel is currently executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Co-operators Life Insurance Company and president and chief operating officer for The CUMIS Group Limited. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading The Co-operators client engagement functions, including sales and service, contact centre operations, property and casualty claims and client service operations.


2019 Canadian Business Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Each year, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of some of the country's most distinguished business leaders. Yesterday, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame is announced its 2019 Class of Companion Inductees.


November 21, 2018

Heffner Women’s Leadership: Women for the Environment

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Heffner Lexus & Toyota for this empowering event. This event features a panel discussion, moderated by Tova Davidson of Sustainable Waterloo Region, where we will learn about how leading women in business are tackling innovative and sustainable approaches to doing business. We will be exploring how women can contribute to a healthier planet!

November 21, 2018

Ontario Business Achievement Awards

Celebrate Ontario Business Success at the Ontario Business Achievement Awards

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2018 Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAAs) on November 21 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. Since 1983, the OBAAs have been the most recognized industry gala in the province with a single focus on celebrating business success. This year’s OBAAs will be hosted by critically acclaimed Global News anchor and Queen’s Park Bureau Chief, Alan Carter. Throughout the evening, we will celebrate our spectacular Ontario business community, highlighting the incredible innovations and achievements of each one of our 2018 OBAA finalists.

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 ...


ION station tour

On Saturday, November 24 Waterloo region residents will have an opportunity to tour an ION train when it stops at nine stations along the route as part of the ION station tour. Beginning at the Fairway station in Kitchener, the ION train will continue north to the Conestoga station in Waterloo, stopping at nine stations for 30 minutes each. Residents will have an opportunity to tour the train at the nine stations, with ION and Grand River Transit (GRT) staff present to answer questions on ION safety, ION service and GRT integration.

November 27, 2018

Eat tacos to help seniors this #GivingTuesdayWR

As if you needed a reason to eat more tacos, Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) is partnering up with local restaurants next week on #GivingTuesdayWR, November 27th to encourage you to do just that, while raising funds for local seniors. “With #GivingTuesdayWR and #TacoTuesday on the same day, this is a perfect opportunity for our Tacofest vendors to invite our community to nourish some of our most vulnerable neighbours,” said Will Pace, Executive Director at CSC.

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