Tuesday April 9, 2019


Conflict Resolution

How to lead a conversation between people who disagree

Eve Pearlman is committed to the work of reinventing and reinvigorating journalistic practice.

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.

Ontario Budget

Key Investment Remian Priority For Business Community Ahead of Budget 2019

Ontario’s business advocate takes candid look at province’s $348 billion debt in latest report

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.


Vaccination beliefs are reinforced in online forums, study finds

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.

Pitch Contender

Sports StartUp SportFitz Selected to Pitch at Toronto's InauguralFIST World Series

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.

Carbon Tax

Ontario Introduces Transparency Measures to Reveal True Cost of Carbon Tax on Home Heating and Gas

Province Intends to Require Gasoline Pumps, Natural Gas Bills to Reflect Increased Cost of Federal Carbon Tax

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."


U of G Study Reveals Why Heart Failure Patients Suffer Depression, Impaired Thinking

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.


2019 EmployerOne Results

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).

Research Consortium

Researchers from U of T, affiliated hospitals form research consortium to study risks and benefits of cannabis

Photo of Daniele Piomelli of the University of California Irvine, the keynote speaker at the summit
Daniele Piomelli of the University of California, Irvine was the keynote speaker at last week's Cannabis Innovation Summit (photo by Jim Oldfield)

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.


PerkinElmer’s Canadian Demonstration Lab to Co-Locate at the University of Waterloo’s Velocity Garage

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.

Human Wellbeing

An AI smartwatch that detects seizures

MIT Professor Rosalind Picard invents technologies that help people better understand emotion and behaviors that impact human health.

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.

Uptown Improvements

Financial incentives changing the face of uptown Waterloo

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.


A modest downside surprise in March, but still a solid quarter

Decline in employment in March followed strong gains in January and February; The unemployment rate remained near its historic low; wage growth picking up; Hours worked continue to point toward tepid GDP growth

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.


5G’s killer app? It’s much bigger than that

When you look at that journey from 1G to 4G you quickly realize the main game was about speed - by Andrew Penn

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.

Corporate Culture

5 Double-Edged Sword Philosophies that Lead to Destructive Company Culture

ByMagi Graziano

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.


Next Dimension Announces Alex Bata as Director of Managed Services

Bata Brings to Next Dimension Inc. 20 Years of Expertise from the Enterprise Space

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.

State of Mind

Harness Your Professional Power: Be a Victor not a Victim

By Jennifer Powers

Have you ever found yourself making statements like these…? “I’m miserable at work because my boss is a jerk.” “I’d work harder if they paid me more.” “I’d get more work done if my co-workers weren’t always interrupting me.” ”I would get more sales if I had better leads.” “If the economy were better I wouldn’t be in this financial mess.” Surely you have. You’re human.

Digital Money

Debate Heats Up over Central Banks Offering Digital Currencies to Consumers

Central banks around the world are now giving serious consideration to the pros and cons of making central bank digital currencies available to the general public, says a new study from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Central Banks and the Future of Money,” former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada John Murray notes while the consensus view remains that such a move would be premature, opinion on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) appears to be shifting.

Politics and Human Behaviour

Enough with the non-apology, apologies. Here is how to do it right.

Enough with the non-apology, apologies. ENOUGH! - by Jacki Zehner

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.


5 Things to Avoid When Choosing a New Hire

by Anthony Fletcher

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.


As Belt and Road 2.0 Gathers Momentum, China Aims to Avoid ‘Debt Traps’

China is trying to avoid “debt traps” for countries that sign up for its signature “Belt and Road” development initiative, a senior Chinese official said at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa

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.

Violent Extremism

Hope and Opportunities for Youth Seen as Keys to Combat Radicalization

People from all walks of society need to contribute to help provide opportunity and hope for young people, Schools, sporting organizations, places of worship, prisons and social media deserve special attention

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.

Global Rights

Amnesty International releases 2019 Human Rights Agenda for Canada, ahead of federal election

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.


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!

April 12, 2019

Citizen science project examining Ontario schoolyards to be launched at Toronto school

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.

April 26, 2019

CFFB’s Signature Series Launches with Dirk Schlimm: Influencing Powerful People

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.

April 26, 2019

WRFN Presents: Evening of Elegance – 5th Annual Signature Fundraising Event

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.

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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