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MONITOR

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Change

City Manager announces resignation

City of Cambridge Manager Gary Dyke submitted his resignation to Mayor Kathryn McGarry Wednesday morning, Dyke resigning his position effective March 3, 2019, has taken on a new opportunity with the City of Kingston. “This is not a decision I made easily. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Cambridge and I take great pride in what we have accomplished,” Mr. Dyke said in an announcement to staff. “The City of Cambridge is a strong, high-performing organization that is blessed with an outstanding, well-respected and committed workforce in partnership with an excellent senior leadership group.”


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Concussion

MRI technique shows unique signatures of concussion in rugby players

Using MRI to study the brains of young female athletes has helped researchers develop an objective way to monitor a concussion injury. By using a technique that combines both structural and functional MRI information, Western University researchers were able to identify three unique signatures – one that shows acute brain changes after an athlete has suffered a concussion, another that can identify persistent brain changes six months after the concussion, and a third that shows evidence of concussion history.


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Appointment

Maplesoft Announces Appointment of New CEO

Dr. Laurent Bernardin brings years of experience with Maplesoft’s products to his new position

Maplesoft has announced that effective January 1, 2019, Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Chief Scientist and current Maplesoft COO, has been appointed President and CEO of Maplesoft. Bernardin succeeds Jim Cooper, who is moving on to become the full-time CEO of DigitalEd, a company Maplesoft spun-off in early 2018.





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Physics

2018: Perimeter's scientific year in review

As another year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the year’s top news in Perimeter science, outreach, partnerships, and more.


Quantum computing is often painted as an ultra-powerful technology that will first outpace, and then replace, its classical counterpart. In reality, the two are inextricably linked. Perimeter Associate graduate student Giacamo Torlai, together with Associate Faculty member Roger Melko, collaborators at the University of Waterloo, and other industry partners published a paper in Nature Physics using an artificial intelligence to tackle a particularly gnarly challenge of how quantum and classical systems can evolve together.


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New Process

New powder could help cut CO2 emissions

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a powder that could capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from factories and power plants.

The advanced carbon powder, developed using a novel process in the lab of Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, could filter and remove CO2 from emissions at facilities powered by fossil fuels before it is released into the atmosphere with twice the efficiency of conventional materials. “This will be more and more important in the future,” Chen said. “We have to find ways to deal with all the CO2 produced by burning fossil fuels.” The new process, which involves manipulating the size and concentration of pores, could also be used to produce optimized carbon powders for applications including water filtration and energy storage, the other main strand of research in Chen’s lab.


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Canada: CPI

Falling gasoline prices weigh on inflation rate in November

Prices fell 0.4% in the month, as the rate of inflation tumbled to 1.7% y-o-y from 2.4%; As expected, a near 10% drop in gasoline prices was the main factor in the decline in the rate of inflation; Core inflation dips to 1.9% y-o-y, but remains near the 2% inflation target

Consumer prices fell by 0.4% month-on-month. This was in line with the consensus expectation, but was weaker than our expectation of a decline of 0.1%. As expected, the 9.4% drop in gasoline prices in the month was the main factor in the overall decline in prices in November. However, there were also seasonal declines in clothing prices, and in the cost of travel services.


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Appointment

AGO appoints Heidi Reitmaier Deputy Director and Chief of Public Programming and Learning

Reitmaier to join the AGO in early 2019

The AGO announce that Heidi Reitmaier has been appointed Deputy Director and Richard & Elizabeth Currie Chief, Public Programming and Learning. This position reflects the critical role that programming and public engagement play at the AGO. With over two decades of leadership at prestigious museums in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., the Toronto-born Reitmaier – who is currently Executive Director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) – begins her tenure in early 2019.


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New Process

New powder could help cut CO2 emissions

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a powder that could capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from factories and power plants.

The advanced carbon powder, developed using a novel process in the lab of Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, could filter and remove CO2 from emissions at facilities powered by fossil fuels before it is released into the atmosphere with twice the efficiency of conventional materials. “This will be more and more important in the future,” Chen said. “We have to find ways to deal with all the CO2 produced by burning fossil fuels.”


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Education

Training program delivers cost savings for FGF Brands

Corporate training delivered by Conestoga’s Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) will result in significant cost savings for North York-based food processor FGF Brands.

Employees from FGF Brands attended a three-day training program at Conestoga's Pilot Plant. The skills and knowledge they acquired will help the company significantly reduce its costs.

Nearly 30 employees comprised of leads from seven FGF plants participated in a three-day Advanced Cleaning and Sanitation Practices course that provided them with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of effective cleaning and sanitation practices. Participants performed testing of cleaning agents, practised cleaning and sanitation tasks and assessed the efficacy of cleaning and sanitation procedures on actual food manufacturing lines.


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Resonance

Large earthquakes can trigger and inhibit volcanic activities

Earthquakes and volcanic activity are interconnected in a complex manner: There is evidence that large earthquakes can trigger volcanic activity but there are also examples for the opposite effect, i.e. an earthquake dampening down volcanic activity. For example, the 2011 magnitude 9 Tohoku earthquake, which had led to a devastating tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, triggered activity at some volcanoes but also caused subsidence at some other volcanic areas, unexpected considering that such an earthquake would increase magma pressure.


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Opening

Amazon Creating 600 New Highly Skilled Jobs in Toronto

Ontario's Government for the People Making Province a Top Destination for Global Investments

On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford and Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, joined executives from Amazon Canada to officially open the company's new office in Toronto. "The opening of Amazon's new Toronto office sends a clear signal to the world that Ontario is Open for Business," said Ford. "Our government is committed to improving the conditions for businesses so they can thrive here. By cutting red tape, we're telling international companies like Amazon that doing business with Ontario is the right move."





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Appointment

Digital Media & Business Transformation Expert Ginny Dybenko Strengthens Powernoodle Board of Directors

Powernoodle Inc. announced that Ginny Dybenko has been appointed to the company's board of directors, December 2018.

Powernoodle Inc. announced that Ginny Dybenko (photo) has been appointed to the company's board of directors as of December 2018. Ms. Dybenko serves on the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario) board and the Institute for Corporate Directors – Southwestern Ontario. She was founding President of the International Women's Forum, Waterloo chapter.


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Cerebral

The joyful, perplexing world of puzzle hunts

Alex Rosenthal takes everyday experiences and turns them into mind-bending puzzles.

Welcome to the strange, deviously difficult and incredibly joyful world of puzzle hunts. Follow along as Alex Rosenthal lifts the veil on one of the world's most complex puzzle hunts, the MIT Mystery Hunt -- and reveals how puzzles can be found in the most unexpected places. (Hint: see if you can spot the puzzle hidden in this TED Talk.) Alex Rosenthal is the editorial producer at TED-Ed, where he has produced hundreds of animated educational videos. Before working at TED, he made educational digital games at PBS's "NOVA," including a citizen-science game designed to unravel the secrets of RNA.


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Retail

Hockey Canada and Fanatics Come Together

Agreement focuses on next-gen fan gear and retail partnership; New partnership will offer the widest assortment of merchandise across all channels

Hockey Canada and Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise announced a long-term, multichannel agreement which aims to bring fans throughout Canada and beyond a significantly expanded retail experience. The wide-sweeping deal will grant Fanatics exclusive rights across Hockey Canada ecommerce and on-site retail channels and will also allow the company to produce Hockey Canada fan apparel across all retail and wholesale channels.


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Carbon

Ontario's Plan to Regulate Large Emitters

Made-in-Ontario Emission Standards Would Achieve Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions Without a Carbon Tax

Ontario is releasing its plan to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions for public comment in January 2019. The proposal would regulate industry without imposing the federal government's carbon tax, which threatens Ontario jobs and the ability of our industries to compete internationally. "Ontario industry is calling for a made-in-Ontario emission performance standard that recognizes the unique circumstances of our province's diverse economy. There is no justification to punish them with a carbon tax," said Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. "Our proposed standard would consider factors such as trade-exposure, competitiveness and process-emissions."





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Leadership

Sell the Vision by Engaging the Team
by Murray Smith

In his classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey relates a parable about the importance of vision and leadership: A group of machete-wielding workers are cutting a path through dense jungle. It is hard, hot work. After some time, a leader climbs a tall tree to take a bearing. He discovers that the workers have drifted off course and calls down to them, “Stop cutting, you are going in the wrong direction.” And the workers reply, “Shut up. We are making progress.”


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Slow & Painful

U.S.-based aluminum giant mocking Quebec government's efforts to resolve 11-month lockout.

With Tariff's as they are, why would a US Aluminum company operating in Canada even care?

Alcoa's decision to shut down half of the pot lines currently operating at its ABI smelter in Bécancour shows outright contempt for a mediation process initiated by the Quebec government to try to resolve an 11-month lockout at the facility. Quebec's Minister of Labour created a special mediation council, chaired by former Premier Lucien Bouchard, to assist in negotiations between the ABI smelter and the United Steelworkers (Syndicat des Métallos), which represents the 1,030 workers who were locked out of their jobs last January.


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Investment

New Funding for Innovative Start-Ups in Eastern Ontario

$1.1 million to build on success of Northumberland CFDC’s N1M program to accelerate early-stage technology companies

FedDev Ontario will invest $1.1 million for the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) to expand its N1M program. MP Rudd made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, during a visit to Northumberland CFDC headquarters at Venture13, Eastern Ontario’s newest centre for innovation and entrepreneurship.


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WATERCOOLER


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Inspiration

Iconic Global Business Leader, Linda Hasenfratz, to Address Guelph Community at CEO Dinner

On February 4th, 2019, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host a CEO Dinner, presented in partnership with Heffner Lexus, RBC Royal Bank and Richardson GMP. The event will feature Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corporation, in a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation with Ward 1 Studios’ Sandy Clipsham about Linda’s climb from the ground floor to CEO.


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Fundraising Update

Trees of Caring Supports Patient Equipment

Over 1350 generous donors have already given a total of $172,000 to the Trees of Caring. This year’s goal is to raise $270,000 to help equip Cambridge Memorial Hospital’s new wing. Minimally invasive surgical equipment is among the items funded by gifts to the CMH Foundation. In a Trees of Caring follow up letter arriving to homes this week Lisa Short, Foundation Executive Director and a lifelong Cambridge resident, shares her mother’s experience with cancer. CMH played a firsthand role in Lisa’s mother’s health a few winters ago. A routine colonoscopy discovered cancer in her mom’s colon. Diagnostic tools also found a mass on her mother’s kidney. Fortunately, the CMH surgical team was able to remove the masses using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery.


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Personal Wellbeing

How to break the cycle of toxic masculinity

Eldra Jackson III works daily to connect to his most authentic self — and his calling is to support others in doing the same.

In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization that leads group therapy for incarcerated men. Now he's helping others heal by creating a new image of what it means to be a whole, healthy man. "The challenge is to eradicate this cycle of emotional illiteracy and groupthink," he says.



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EVENTS

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Environment

Join a local Christmas Bird Count this holiday season!

Ontario Nature member groups are hosting counts across Ontario

Each year, bird lovers welcome winter by joining a Christmas Bird Count. It’s a great way to explore nature while helping our feathered friends and is a part of many families’ holiday traditions. The Christmas Bird Count began in 1900, and today it is North America’s longest-running wildlife census. The one-day bird census is conducted by volunteers of all ages and skill levels. Many local counts are organized by birding and nature clubs, and everyone is welcome to attend free of charge.


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Educational Leadership

Leadercast

The World’s Largest Leadership Event Returns to Cambridge

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 2019 event will be streamed live at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge on Friday, May 10.


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In search of a better place

Global Migration Film Festival coming to Waterloo Region

The Immigration Partnership is partnering with the United Nations Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration - IOM) to host the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) in Waterloo Region. Launched by the IOM to celebrate International Migrants Day on December 18, the GMFF features new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and shows the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.




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