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How to lead a conversation between people who disagree
In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces "dialogue journalism": a project where journalists go to the heart of social and political divides to support discussions between people who disagree. See what happened when a group that would have never otherwise met -- 25 liberals from California and 25 conservatives from Alabama -- gathered to talk about contentious issues. "Real connection across difference: this is a salve that our democracy sorely needs," Pearlman says.
Last week, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its most recent report, Accounting for Ontario’s Debt, offering a thoughtful and balanced analysis of the province’s debt. Ontario’s debt currently amounts to approximately 41 percent of the provincial GDP or, when combined with the federal debt of $680 billion, represents a near 80 percent debt-to-GDP ratio for Ontarians. With talk of looming provincial debt top of mind, this timely report examines what Ontario’s debt means for the economy of today and tomorrow.
Attitudes and beliefs about influenza vaccination are unlikely to change when discussed in online forums, found a new study from researchers at the University of Waterloo. To study the role that online discussion and web forums play in the vaccination decision-making process, the researchers examined 33 Canadian Broadcasting Company articles reporting on the influenza vaccine between September 2015 and October 2016, analyzing over 2,000 user-generated comments.
Waterloo's SportFitz, Founder and CEO, Diane Matyas was selected as One Of The Top Three Startups to Pitch in the Athlete Preliminary Round at the Toronto Furture Innovation Sport Technology Pitch Competition, Canada’s Leading Innovation in Sports and Esports Conference, at the Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street, in Toronto, April 5, 2019. More than 400 industry experts from the global sports industry will gather to discuss innovation. Sports Leagues, Clubs, Teams, Athletes, Media, Entertainment, Telco, Advertising, Esports, Game Publishing, Business Leaders and more will collaborate to discuss what is pushing the needle and moving the industry forward and showcasing the trends, future technologies and insights that are transforming the global sports landscape and what this all means for Canada.
Ontario's government is introducing a series of transparency measures that will prevent the federal government from hiding the true cost of its job-killing carbon tax. "The people of Ontario deserve to know the full truth about how the federal carbon tax will make their lives more unaffordable," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. "This job-killing tax will make everything more expensive, but it will hit our wallets hardest when it comes to gas prices and home-heating costs."
Heart failure patients often have trouble with thinking and depression. A new study by University of Guelph researchers explains why and points to ways to prevent and treat both heart and brain maladies through the emerging field of circadian medicine. Published recently in Nature’s Scientific Reports, the study is the first to reveal how cognition and mood in mice are regulated by the body clock and how pertinent brain regions are impaired in heart failure, said Tami Martino, a professor in U of G’s Department of Biomedical Sciences and director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations.
The EmployerOne Results event held last week at the Guelph Country Club had a sold out crowd. Carol Simpson, Executive Director of the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin shared the results of the recently completed 2019 EmployerOne Survey. 542 businesses in Waterloo Wellington Dufferin completed the 2019 EmployerOne Survey and those businesses represented 47,992 employees (up from 44,094 in 2018).
A new research and education partnership involving researchers at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals will examine the potential health risks and benefits of cannabis and its compounds at a time when medical and recreational use is growing. The Toronto Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Consortium (TC3) was launched Thursday at a conference of researchers, government officials, policy-makers and industry representatives. TC3 combines the research muscle of the university with a dozen academic hospitals.
The University of Waterloo has announced that PerkinElmer, Inc. – a global leader in life science lab instruments, software and services -- has relocated its Canadian demonstration lab to the Velocity Garage, an incubator that has launched over 300 companies. The move, to be completed in April, gives PerkinElmer a dynamic environment for hosting its customers and, in turn, provides deep-tech and science entrepreneurs in the Velocity community access to the innovations and experts of PerkinElmer.
Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die -- a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard helped develop a cutting-edge smartwatch that can detect epileptic seizures before they occur and alert nearby loved ones in time to help.
Properties in Waterloo’s uptown core are changing thanks in part to the city’s community improvement plan (CIP). The CIP is a toolkit of financial incentives designed to support and encourage job growth projects, sustainable urbanization, affordable housing and heritage conservation within the uptown CIP boundary.
Employment fell by 7,200 in March. This was a downside surprise as the consensus was for a gain of 6,000. However, it follows two large upside surprises in January and February that exceeded consensus expectations by a cumulative 116,500. Employment rose by 115,400 in 2019 Q1, the largest increase since 2017 Q4. In March, there were declines in both the full-time (-6,400), and part-time (-900) categories. From a year ago, employment is up by 331,500, or 1.8%. By cohort, employment in the key prime working age category (25 years to 54 years of age) fell by 35,200, the largest monthly drop since April 2014. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8%, as expected.
I recently spent a week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where virtually all of the conversation was focussed on 5G. 100,000 delegates had come from 200 countries and much of the talk around the corridors was on what 5G’s “killer app” might be once it begins to mainstream later this year. It is a reasonable question, but one that I think misses the point, because 5G will not have a single “killer app” – it is much bigger than that. Just how much bigger we will start to learn when we put the technology into the hands of customers because that is when the 5G innovation floodgates will open.
Most of us spend the majority of our time at the office or actively working inside or as part of a human work system. Whether we are conscious to it or not, the corporate culture of an organization can make or break how we feel about the organization and our place in it. While most awake and aware leaders say they want a constructive corporate culture, many are uncertain of what it really takes to shape it. Consequently, these executives and managers unintentionally lead their people toward the fatal, destructive side of the culture coin. They do this by buying into five double-edged sword philosophies: Winning above all else, commanding and controlling, opposing others, pursuing perfection, and keeping the peace. These philosophies will undermine your mission to craft a constructive corporate culture.
Windsor company Next Dimension Inc. announced that Alex Bata as the company’s Director of Managed Services. Mr. Bata will introduce new processes and procedures, building out our Managed Services team across Ontario. His leadership will propel Next Dimension towards our corporate mandate; to be the leading Managed Services partner in any market in which we operate. “I expect to have an immediate impact here at Next Dimension. I will introduce new optimization techniques and automation tools into a highly focused service offering; building upon leading product partnerships already in place.” Said Mr. Bata, on his first initiatives in his new role.
This has been REALLY annoying me for a while, the non-apology, apology. What the heck is wrong with people? Seriously. I was up early this morning watching the CBS Morning News and up pops Joe Biden saying that he was sorry, not sorry. * Enough already! Biden is certainly not the only powerful person to do this, the list is long indeed. If my favorite non-profit had a dollar for every time someone famous, or not famous, did this they would cover their annual budget pretty quickly. In my view, when leaders don't do a proper apology it not only embarrasses and discredits them, but it also sets a very bad example for young and old people alike. We are quickly becoming a culture of the lowest common denominator, and I hate it. Apologize, or don’t apologize, but enough of these conditional, half-assed, blame the victim, blame the good intentions, pass the buck non-apologies. Enough.
Hiring is no easy feat. You’ve gone through the process of sifting through resumes in the attempt to select the most highly qualified of the bunch, but there is so much more to consider than academic history and work experience when seeking a new addition to your growing team. What looks good on paper may not be good in practice. Take employment agencies, for example. They provide one service—recruiting fresh talent. Their sole purpose is to cut through the noise and provide future employers with well-qualified candidates that fit the needs of businesses across industries. When a staffing agency builds their troupe of representatives, they’ve screened each and every person thoroughly. So how do they do it? It’s often a combination of rigorous and multi-level processes. They no doubt have a dedicated recruiting team that has witnessed every type of applicant, both good and bad.
China is trying to avoid “debt traps” for the countries that signed up for its Belt and Road initiative, a senior Chinese official said at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa. The remarks came on the back of criticism of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) by some in the US and Europe, and ahead of the second Belt and Road forum, hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month in Beijing.
People from all walks of life need to contribute in their own ways to help provide opportunity and hope for young people to keep them from being radicalized by extremist groups such as ISIS. “Terrorists prey on injustice and desperation,” said Anne Speckhard, Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE), USA. That was the consensus of a multistakeholder panel on radicalization, which took place at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa April 7, 2019.
Amnesty International released the organization’s 2019 Human Rights Agenda for Canada and called on all governments in the country to take a serious stance against human rights abuses, domestically and abroad. The report, Building Hope, Addressing Injustice, is being released with less than six months to go before the 2019 federal election, against an international backdrop of conflict, strife, and continued rise of political agendas fueling hate and demonization; and amidst a domestic context of growing divisive political rhetoric about refugees, violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people, systemic discrimination against racialized communities, and failure to uphold the land rights of Indigenous peoples.
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. ___________________________
Are schoolyards across Ontario equitably promoting health and access to nature? A new citizen-driven research project aims to find out. Schoolyards Count!, a partnership between Wilfrid Laurier University and Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association), is being launched at a news conference Friday, April 12, at Rose Avenue Junior Public School in Toronto.
Business owners and advisors that support family enterprises are invited to the Centre for Family Business’s (CFFB) Signature Event of the year on Friday April 26th at 7am. In the age of transformational technological change and disruption, technical know-how is no longer sufficient. Building influence and strong working relationships with people in positions of power is in high demand. This CFFB Signature Event will be sure to inspire, challenge and encourage you in your pursuit of greater influencing skills.
Since 2009, Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) has supported families of children with special needs, both with and without a diagnosis, in Waterloo Region by providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections in all life stages. As a peer - deve loped and peer - driven network, WRFN is uniquely able to understand how to serve the needs of exceptional families, so they can thrive.
Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids 2019
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.