Thursday February 8, 2018



What if Trump Kills NAFTA? Remedies for Canada and Mexico

by Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor

NAFTA has come under a series of threats since Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States. According to his tweets and public comments, the president believes strongly that NAFTA is a disastrous trade deal for the U.S. But Trump has different issues with NAFTA when it comes to Canada and Mexico. And there are ways for both countries to fight back, regardless of NAFTA’s ultimate fate.


How architecture can create dignity for all

If architect and writer John Cary has his way, women will never need to stand in pointlessly long bathroom lines again. Lines like these are representative of a more serious issue, Cary says: the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honored and seen -- but the flip side is also true. Cary calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few.

Food Producers

Setting the table for a homegrown value-added food sector

As foreign food processors pull out of Canada, taking jobs with them, it's essential to the economy that we fill the gap - By Sylvain Charlebois

The bloodbath in foreign-owned, large-scale food manufacturing in Canada continues. Canadian value-added food producers need to fill the gap. In the past few days, we've learned that two foreign-owned plants, employing almost 600 highly-paid workers altogether, are closing: Dr. Oetker in Grand Falls, N.B., and Campbell Soup Co. in Toronto. Canada may have lost 30,000 or more similar positions in food manufacturing in a decade, so it's not a new shift.


Seven Best Practices to Budget (and Spend) for Marketing

By Andy Slipher

For anyone charged with allocating marketing dollars, it can seem like an arduous and even dicey process to decide how much to spend annually, and on what. For some, it’s the autopilot response of last year’s budget, plus three to five percent. For others with limited marketing dollars, it can mean the equivalent of putting all one’s eggs in a single basket. These are examples of the extremes, but not altogether unheard of in marketing.

Not so New Organisms

This deep-sea mystery is changing our understanding of life

How deep into the Earth can we go and still find life? Marine microbiologist Karen Lloyd introduces us to deep-subsurface microbes: tiny organisms that live buried meters deep in ocean mud and have been on Earth since way before animals. Learn more about these mysterious microbes, which refuse to grow in the lab and seem to have a fundamentally different relationship with time and energy than we do.



Province is Improving Apprenticeship System to Prepare Skilled Workforce for In-Demand Jobs

The province of Ontario is improving the apprenticeship system by building on its current strengths. The goal is to develop a system that provides end-to-end supports for apprentices and employers and responds to the needs of a changing economy and workforce.


Cryptocurrency Tax Software NODE40 Supports Coinbase Users Just in Time for Tax Season

Coinbase's 13 Million Users Now Have Ability to Report Capital Gains and Losses for Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Ethereum

Vancouver - HashChain Technology Inc. announced that NODE40, LLC has activated support for Coinbase account holders. HashChain previously announced the signing of the definitive agreement with NODE40 to acquire 100% of NODE40 assets on January 30, 2018 and the parties are proceeding with closing the acquisition in the coming days. NODE40 is a New York based blockchain technology company bringing best-in-class tax compliance to cryptocurrency traders globally.

Smart Cities

Waterloo Region is seeking community input for its Smart Cities Challenge bid

Waterloo Region – Smart Waterloo Region (SmartWR), a partnership between the Region of Waterloo and area municipalities, is seeking public feedback for its application to Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.

Municiple Matters

Region of Waterloo Council Info from February 7, 2018

The Region of Waterloo Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at the council meeting held onFebruary 7, 2018.



Bone and Joint expert finds physiotherapy moves Canada during cross-country investigation

Dave Walton, considered one of Canada’s foremost authorities on musculoskeletal trauma and rehabilitation, traveled more than 12,000 kilometres this past summer in an effort to better understand how physiotherapists were rehabilitating injured Canadians and amplifying lifelong mobility from coast to coast to coast.


Biotechnologists look to bacteria in extremely cold environments for “green” detergents

Despite subzero temperatures, increased UV radiation, little liquid water, and few available nutrients, bacteria living at Earth’s poles thrive. They manage it thanks in part to molecules called biosurfactants, which help them separate the complex substrates they feed on into easy-to-metabolize droplets. On February 7 in the journal Trends in Biotechnology, researchers review the hypothetical uses of these cold-loving molecules for “green” detergents, fuel additives, and other applications.


What's love got to do with money? More than a third of Canadians are victims of financial infidelity

Financial Planning Standards Council and Credit Canada offer helpful tips on how to get financially naked with your partner, no matter where they lie on the spectrum of debt vs. savings

A national survey, commissioned by Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) and Credit Canada in time for Valentine's Day (February 14), reveals more than one third (36%) of Canadians are victims of financial infidelity. The two non-profit organizations co-sponsored the Financial Infidelity Survey – a Leger poll that asked Canadians the following question: "What is the worst form of financial infidelity you have been a victim of from a former or current partner?"


New Accompass Executive Pay Trends Report Finds One in 40 Canadian CEOs Are Female

Report detailing executive pay trends found within the TSX Composite Index organizations developed in partnership with Equilar.

An overview of the executive compensation landscape across the publicly-traded companies that make up the TSX Composite Index. The report analyzes themes such as gender diversity, age and tenure, as well as the compensation pay mix among these Canadian organizations.



CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the 13th Annual Volunteer Impact Awards 2018

Nomination Deadline: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Nominations are now been accepted to recognize an individual, youth, neighbour, organization, program partner or group in one of the 11 separate award categories. As part of National Volunteer Week, The Volunteer Action Centre honours contributions of extraordinary individuals, organizations, and businesses who are making a difference in Waterloo Region. An online nomination form is available on


The University of Waterloo appoints new Vice-President Academic & Provost

The University of Waterloo has appointed Professor James Rush as its next vice-president, academic & provost.

Rush currently serves as the dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) at Waterloo. He previously held a number of other posts at Waterloo, including associate dean of graduate studies and research, associate chair of graduate studies, and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at AHS.


Laurier inviting nominations for honorary degrees

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University is inviting members of the university community and the general public to nominate worthy individuals for honorary degrees.


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.

March 4, 2018

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the 13th Annual Volunteer Impact Awards 2018

Nomination Deadline: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Nominations are now been accepted to recognize an individual, youth, neighbour, organization, program partner or group in one of the 11 separate award categories. As part of National Volunteer Week, The Volunteer Action Centre honours contributions of extraordinary individuals, organizations, and businesses who are making a difference in Waterloo Region. An online nomination form is available on

April 24, 2018

St. Mary’s She Shares: David Chilton

Please join the 3rd annual St. Mary's She Shares speaker event!

This year's networking breakfast session will be partnered with the witty and engaging musings of local treasure, David Chilton - former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and Bestselling Author of The Wealthy Barber.

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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