Tuesday March 12, 2019


New Models

Computer kidney could provide safer tests for new medications

A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of the first computational model of the human kidney. The new model will allow scientists to gain better insights into how new drugs that target the kidney, such as diabetes medication, may work. It will also enable researchers to better learn about the functions of the kidney, including the how the organ regulates the body's salt, potassium, acid content without having to employ invasive procedure on a patient. The new development replaces previous models that were based on rodent kidneys.

Human Interaction

How Human Collaboration Can Beat Screen Addiction

ByWilliam Softky

The tsunami of fake news, spam, phishing, cyberstalking and screen addiction motivates Douglas Rushkoff to write a manifesto for restoring live human collaboration. The tech honeymoon is over. Students in Brooklyn, New York, walked out in protest against a tech-heavy educational program. The very first conference on “screen addiction” attracted 200 teachers, parents and psychologists from three continents, almost all paying their own way. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled on the US Senate floor. France banned cellphones in schools.


Alec Blundell named executive vice-president and chief operating officer, Co-operators Life and president and chief operating officer, CUMIS

The Co-operators announced the appointment of Alec Blundell as executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Co-operators Life Insurance Company (Co-operators Life) and president and chief operating officer for The CUMIS Group Limited (CUMIS), effective March 18, 2019. Blundell is currently vice-president, individual insurance and chief actuary, Co-operators Life. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading overall aspects of Life, Group Benefits and Wealth manufacturing and operations for Co-operators Life and CUMIS, including financial management, product development, profitability, and insurance operations. He will also lead the development of a Group Insurance Sales distribution network to deliver a full range of products.


Green spaces can help you trust strangers

Simple, inexpensive urban design interventions can increase well-being and social connections among city residents, finds a new case study from the Urban Realities Lab at the University of Waterloo. Researchers found that green spaces and colourful, community-driven urban design elements were associated with higher levels of happiness, greater trust of strangers, and greater environmental stewardship than locations without those amenities.


Solid Hiring Climate Anticipated For Kitchener/Cambridge

Kitchener/Cambridge area employers expect a solid hiring climate for the second quarter of 2019, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. “Survey data reveals that 27 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter, while two per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Tracy Rocca of Manpower’s Kitchener office. “Another 68 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter. The remaining three per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions."


New discovery from Bone and Joint Institute unlocks mysteries of common spine disease

An interdisciplinary team of scientists and medical practitioners from Western University’s Bone and Joint Institute have made a major breakthrough into better understanding a highly prevalent spine disease that affects an astounding 25 to 30 per cent of North American men over 50. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis – more commonly known as DISH – occurs when ligaments and connective tissues harden along the spine. And despite its relatively high level of pervasiveness, very little was known about the disease until now.

Festival Ends

Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music ending its 26-year run in Cambridge

The Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music will not be returning to downtown Cambridge.

Since 1993, the festival has hosted local, Canadian and international performers at Mill Race Park along the Grand River and downtown stages near City Hall. The volunteer board organizing the event says it will not proceed again. “This wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right decision,” said Brad McEwen, festival founder and artistic director. “We have had a wonderful, 26-year run of presenting fantastic music in a beautiful, historic downtown, but the time is right to say goodbye.”


PEER Group Receives Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier Award for 4th Consecutive Year

The PEER Group Inc., the largest supplier of factory automation software to the semiconductor and related industries – has been recognized by Intel as a recipient of a 2018 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award. The PQS award recognizes companies like PEER Group® that Intel believes have relentlessly pursued excellence and conducted business with resolute professionalism.



An Ontario-wide survey of ICI contractors finds 81 per cent expect to conduct more or the same amount of business in 2019 compared to last year.

The Ontario Construction Secretariat’s (OCS) 2019 Contractor Survey shows that 33 per cent of ICI contractors forecast they will be busier in 2019 than they were last year. Just under half of contractors expect to conduct the same amount of work as they did in 2018, and only 17 per cent expect to do less. The 2019 Contractor Survey is released as part of the 19th Annual State of the Industry and Outlook Conference, being held today at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This informative and well-attended half-day conference hosted by the OCS is where industry experts unravel economic indicators and give insight on where the construction industry is headed in 2019.

Canada Economy

New forecasts: Lower GDP growth, no more rate hikes

We now expect GDP growth of 1.1% in 2019, down from our prior forecast of 1.6%; Business investment is now seen as declining this year, while debt-laden consumers are overburdened; The Bank of Canada policy rate is now expected to remain unchanged at 1.75% in 2019, compared to our prior 2.25% call

GDP growth forecast revised down and BoC expected to shift into neutral

HSBC are making two key changes to our economic forecasts. First, HSBC is revising their forecast of GDP growth for 2019 down to 1.1%, from our prior forecast of 1.6%. Second, they now expect the Bank of Canada to remain on hold, leaving the policy rate unchanged at 1.75% this year, and marking an end to the tightening cycle. "Their prior forecast was that the policy rate would rise to 2.25%.

Cyber Security

New cybersecurity system offers better protection against hacking and censorship

A new cybersecurity system developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo has a set a new standard in the fight to protect people from malicious online attacks. The new tool, a naming system called Bitforest, is one of the first systems that provides an efficient method of decentralized, online security in a way that is easy for the average person to use. The naming system converts more easily remembered names, such as usernames and domain names, to values like public keys needed for securely communicating with computer services and devices.


If You Or Your Company Are Professionally Ghosting, You Need to Stop.

by Robert Glazer

As a professional services firm, prospective clients often ask members of our team to provide detailed proposals, estimates and supporting materials as part of their evaluation process. While there’s no guarantee we will get the work, fulfilling these requests takes time, energy and resources, something that most prospects value and appreciate. However, over the past few years, I’ve noticed a rise in professional “ghosting.” Ghosting has become part of the dating nomenclature. Apparently, it’s the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by abruptly – and without explanation—withdrawing from all communication with them. People with avoidant personality types seem to think this approach is faultless. But in reality, it’s just rude and disrespectful.

Survey - Jobs

Moderate Hiring Plans for the Second Quarter of 2019

Job Prospects Strongest in the Transportation & Public Utilities Sector say Manpower

Modest gains in employment are anticipated by Canadian employers over the next three months, with a moderate hiring climate for job seekers in the second quarter of 2019. Employers in the Transportation & Public Utilities sector report the strongest job prospects according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, the most extensive, forward-looking employment survey in the world.


Venture Capital Funds Invests all-natural caesar mix

District Ventures Capital announce it has closed a Series A equity investment round with Walter Craft Caesar, the producers of a Canadian premium Caesar cocktail mix. Founded in late 2013 as the country's first all-natural Caesar mix, the company has grown exponentially over the past five years, is on shelf in over 2,500 stores and can be found in popular restaurants and bars across the country.


Cambridge Times Reduces Print Editions

Back in February, The Cambridge Times announced it will no longer produce a Tuesday print edition and instead focus on news delivered several times a day, seven days a week on CambridgeTimes.ca. They will continue to produce and deliver a print edition every Thursday. The decision to consolidate the print editions was taken after feedback from advertisers, readers and staff.


March 28, 2019

St. Mary’s She Shares : Dr. Vivien Brown

Canadian family physician and author of “A Women’s Guide to Healthy Aging” to share her wisdom March 28th.

As a recognized expert on women’s health, Dr. Vivien Brown tells women what they need to do to stay healthy as they grow older. Spanning the topics of the mind and body, Dr. Brown identifies “Seven Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy & Strong”. Sweeping away the myths and sales tricks that populate the internet, she offers insightful and sensible advice based on the latest scientific evidence. Join us for this invigorating luncheon event on Thursday March 28th, 12pm – 2pm. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.supportstmarys.ca/sheshares

April 10, 2019

Regardless of Pathway

Deciding which career path to follow is a difficult decision for many youth. Help them find their fit by showcasing your industry at Explore Your Future, Waterloo Region’s annual career exploration fair for grade 7-12 students and their parents/guardians. Join 60+ local employers and community organizations as an exhibitor, offer an interactive session, or come as a parent/guardian and bring your kids: thanks for the support of local sponsors, this event is free to attend for youth and parents. Register today!

May 5, 2019

Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids 2019

Join us on Sunday May 5th, as we walk, run and take another big step towards ending the stigma associated with mental health. Steps for Kids is a fun, fabulous and family friendly event. It’s dog friendly too! The 3-5 km beautiful route will take you through the farms and trails of North Waterloo; watch live performances, enjoy snacks and refreshments and have a great day out! Come as an individual, join a team, bring your friends and colleagues, or come with your family. For more information, to register, volunteer or donate please visit: www.lutherwoodstepsforkids.ca

May 10, 2019


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.

May 28, 2019

Local Credit Unions Unite for Change: Charity Golf Tournament

Education Credit Union (ECU), Kindred Credit Union (Kindred), and Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) announced their upcoming charity golf tournament, Credit Unions for Change. The fundraiser will be held at Rebel Creek on May 28, and it will include an 18-hole golf tournament, a boxed lunch, raffle table, and dinner. The three credit union hosts operate in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. They are sharing the costs of the event and directing all profits to their three chosen charities, which are in support of food security. ECU will support Nutrition for Learning, Kindred will direct funds to The Working Centre, and YNCU has chosen to send proceeds to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

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