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Digital Age

OPC Report Asserts PIPEDA Protections are Similar to EU “Right to be Forgotten”

Draft Position report proposes solutions to stakeholder comments and concerns regarding online reputation - by Éloïse Gratton Ad. E. and François Joli-Coeur BLG

On January 26, 2018, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ("OPC") published its Draft Position on Online Reputation in conjunction with a Notice of Consultation and Call for Comments on this position. This Draft Position follows a 2016 consultation and call for essays on this subject. In this Draft Position, the OPC proposes solutions that it believes balance freedom of expression and the privacy interests of individuals following feedback from stakeholders and the Canadian public that while they recognize the benefits of participating in the online world, they are also increasingly concerned about their online reputation.


U of T student helps find a better way to keep TTC riders informed

As a newcomer to the city, Henry Hoàng Tran (above) quickly figured out some of the many reasons locals love to hate the Toronto Transit Commission. He noticed that the TTC’s wayfinding signs were often confusing, the website wasn’t responsive on mobile, and information about subway delays was frequently unhelpful.


Future Economy

Perimeter hosts international planning session for G7 Summit

Representatives from the G7 nations assembled at Perimeter Institute this week to plan the 2018 G7 Summit.

The Region of Waterloo served as base camp this week for the G7 Sherpas – the personal representatives of world leaders from each of the included nations – as they discussed the themes and goals of the upcoming G7 Summit, to be held in Quebec this June.

Community Health

Nearly One Million Prescriptions Filled for Free Through OHIP+

Over Half a Million Children and Youth Have Already Benefitted from Access to Free Prescription Medication

Since January 1, more than 950,000 prescriptions have been filled for children and youth for free through OHIP+, the largest expansion to medicare in Ontario in a generation.


The World’s Largest Leadership Event Returns to Cambridge

Waterloo Region – The World’s Largest Leadership Event is back by popular demand! Drayton Entertainment and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce will once again team up to host Leadercast, an educational event aimed at developing leaders across all industries and at any career level, so they are better equipped to take on the next challenge and inspire others. The 2018 event will be streamed live at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge (formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge) on Friday, May 4.

Business Competition

Conestoga students finish business competition in first place

Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business Management degree program students Karen Dobbie and Madison Tawse placed first in the human resources event at the 40th annual Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) held at Queen's University January 18 to 20.


Willson International celebrates 100 years in business

Mississuaga – A century after it first opened its doors at a ferry landing in Fort Erie, Ont., Willson International is celebrating its 100th anniversary helping clients navigate cross-border trade between Canada and the United States.


Health & Well-Being

Choose Omega-3s From Fish Over Flax for Cancer Prevention, Study Finds

Omega-3s from fish pack a stronger punch than flaxseed and other oils when it comes to cancer prevention, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study. Prof. David Ma (right) has discovered that marine-based omega-3s are eight times more effective at inhibiting tumour development and growth.


Western scientists make major schizophrenia discovery studying twins

London - Schizophrenia is one of the world's most devastating mental disorders and affects more than 21 million people globally. A new study of identical twins shows for the first time that schizophrenia may be caused by not one distinct but an accumulation of gene mutations, some of which are not inherited from the twins' parents. These de novo somatic mutations occur independently in every individual as we develop, grow and age.


Geoffrey Hinton: Toronto Life looks at the man behind the machines

Geoffrey Hinton, by now, needs little introduction – which is presumably why a Toronto Life profile of the pioneering University of Toronto artificial intelligence researcher seeks to delve deeper into the man behind the machines.


Retailers need to recalibrate their approach to reach millennials, says GlobalData

Retailers should re-assess their business strategy and technological prowess by benchmarking their store layouts, systems and processes against shopping preferences of millennials and post-millennials, who are going to redefine the future of retail, says data and analytics company GlobalData.

Mental Health

CHEO, Royal partnership holds line on lower wait times as demand increases for mental health care

Ottawa — Wait times for child and youth mental health care have dropped by 73% at CHEO and 91% at The Royal compared to 2014/15 waits, according to the Young Minds Partnership Annual Report Card released today. This dramatic improvement comes despite increased demand — referrals are up 25% at CHEO and 73% at The Royal — and frozen provincial funding for outpatient services.



Vaccarino Reappointed U of G President

Franco Vaccarino has been reappointed as president of the University of Guelph.

Guelph - Following a unanimous recommendation by a presidential review committee, the University’s Board of Governors made the decision this week, extending Vaccarino’s tenure until June 2024.


EY Canada names new Chairman and CEO Jad Shimaly effective July 2018

Current EY Canada CEO and Chairman Trent Henry transitions to EY Global Vice Chair – Talent

EY announced Jad Shimaly (right) as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian firm effective 1 July 2018. Shimaly replaces outgoing Chairman and CEO Trent Henry as he transitions to EY Global Vice Chair – Talent. "Over the course of my EY career, I've seen that one of the biggest risks any company can make is standing still in the face of changing markets," says Shimaly. "I'm excited to chart the course of EY Canada and help our clients seize emerging opportunities."


Helen Jowett and Chris White acclaimed to lead GRCA board for third term

Helen Jowett has been acclaimed to a third one-year term as chair of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). Chris White has also been acclaimed to a third one-year term as vice-chair. Both members were acclaimed by the GRCA board of directors at the general membership meeting on Friday, January 26, 2018. As per the GRCA by-laws, a member is eligible to be re-elected to the role of chair or vice-chair for a maximum of five one-year terms. The 26-member GRCA board is composed of representatives appointed by the municipalities within the Grand River watershed.


Laurier music professor Leslie Fagan appointed to the Order of Ontario

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University assistant professor Leslie Fagan has been appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest civilian honour. Fagan is a world-renowned soprano and coordinator of the voice program at Laurier’s Faculty of Music. She is one of 23 new members of the order this year, who also include Michael Lee-Chin, who served as Laurier’s chancellor from 2011 to 2016. “It’s an honour to have my work acknowledged when it’s just something I do each day as part of my passion for singing and teaching,” said Fagan.


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.

February 27, 2018

St. Mary’s community Heart Month event!

The Beat Goes On: Ensuring Equitable and Seamless Cardiac Care Across Waterloo Wellington

Learn how cardiac services will be expanded at St. Mary’s and beyond; Get an update on advanced heart rhythm services coming next year•; Hear how St. Mary’s is among top Canadian cardiac centres for patient outcomes.

February 25-27

New Conference Empowers Emerging Arts & Culture Professionals

Sessions lead by thought leaders across the country

Waterloo Region - The first Alternative Conference for Emerging Arts & Culture Professionals (#AltCon2018) will be held at THEMUSEUM February 25-27, 2018. It was created by 10 emerging professionals from across Canada and aims to provide stimulating thought leadership, personal growth opportunities and the chance to network with industry leaders.

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.

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