Thursday April 18, 2019


Fundamental Changes

How Twitter needs to change

Can Twitter be saved? In a wide-ranging conversation with TED's Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discusses the future of the platform -- acknowledging problems with harassment and moderation and proposing some fundamental changes that he hopes will encourage healthy, respectful conversations. "Are we actually delivering something that people value every single day?" Dorsey asks. You can also listen to the talk on the TED Talks Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts.

New Platform

New Growth and Innovation Network to Support Scale Ups in Ontario

Trudeau, announced a FedDev Ontario investment of $52.4 million to bring together three top innovation hubs—Communitech, MaRS Discovery District and Invest Ottawa; $52.4 million to position southern Ontario as global tech leader and help generate 18,000 jobs

Canadian businesses drive innovation, create good, middle class jobs and generate economic growth that improves the lives of all Canadians. To succeed in the global innovation race, we need to help promising companies take the next step and grow into global firms. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in a growth and innovation network along the Waterloo–Toronto–Ottawa corridor.

Business Sold

Wright Landscape Services sells lawn care division to Apex Lawn Services

Wright Landscape Services Inc. of Bloomingdale, Ontario announces the sale of its lawn care division effective immediately. Founded in 1967, the company' s lawn care division was the focus of the business. As the business grew and evolved so did the offering of services. Currently, the business is an industry leader in Grounds Maintenance and Design/Build. My father was the lawn care guy that everybody called to solve their lawn care problems but with the growth our business now being led by design and construction, we are heading the company in different direction, says Dave Wright, President of Wright Landscape.


Canada: Business Outlook Survey

Optimism fades; The Bank of Canada's summary measure of business sentiment has fallen from near a series high to near three-year lows; Firms have become less optimistic about future sales growth, and signs of capacity pressures have eased; Inflation indicators are again pointing toward a low inflation backdrop for the next two years

The Bank of Canada's Business Outlook Survey was conducted between 19 February and 13 March. The Bank of Canada's BOS Indicator fell to -0.6 in 2019 Q1. This is down from 2.3 in 2018 Q4, highlighting a decline in business sentiment. The BOS Indicator summarizes the results of the Business Outlook Survey (BOS). The BOS Indicator will be above/below zero depending on whether the results of the survey questions are generally above/below their historical average. The BOS Indicator's decline of 2.95 index points was the largest quarter-to-quarter drop since 2008 Q4.


MaRS, Communitech, Invest Ottawa receiving $52.4 million for “first-of-its-kind” Scale-Up program

By Meagan Simpson
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the federal government is investing $52.4 million in a Scale-Up Platform, which will see Communitech, MaRS Discovery District, and Invest Ottawa come together to support Canadian tech companies. “When it comes to innovation, Canada is home to countless success stories,” Trudeau stated, as he made the announcement at Communitech in Kitchener. “We have all the right ingredients to lead the future, a future where tech and innovations are engines of prosperity.” He noted that Canadians are leading the way globally in a number of sectors including AI and machine learning and pointed to the need for the government to partner with organizations to support new technologies, in order to solidify Canada’s place as a global leader in innovation.


Waterloo Region Hall of Fame 2019 Inductions

The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame will hold its Annual Induction Ceremony at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame pays tribute to individuals and organizations in recognition of their accomplishments and outstanding contributions to this community. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony.


City of Waterloo and Waterloo Professional Fire Fighters' Association receive arbitration award

The City of Waterloo has received an arbitration award as an outcome of the interest arbitration process with the Waterloo Professional Fire Fighters’ Association (WPFFA). The new contract covers January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022 and includes wage increases and some enhancements to benefits and provides a total salary increase of 9.8 per cent over the five years.


Costs of managing and responding to St. Patrick’s Day gathering in Waterloo

The cost of planning and managing the unsanctioned 2019 St. Patrick’s Day event cost the City of Waterloo, Waterloo Regional Police ( WRPS ) , Waterloo Fire Rescue, Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo a combined $767,211 .


Laurier celebrates teaching excellence with presentation of Donald F. Morgenson Faculty Awards

Wilfrid Laurier University is recognizing five instructors for enriching the educational experience of students through notable approaches to teaching and learning. “Our 2019 award recipients set a high bar for excellence in purposeful, innovative teaching and learning, whether through their work in the classroom, with colleagues, alongside community members, online or abroad,” said Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy. “Laurier’s instructors inspire a drive for success in students that continues into their working lives long after they finish university.”


Shade, beauty and fresh air: Reforestation grants from Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro help build healthy neighbourhoods

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. has presented the City of Kitchener and the Township of Wilmot with reforestation grants worth $45,000 each to compensate for the impact of tree trimming in Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro’s service territory. “We recognize the importance of trees in our communities and believe they are vital to a healthy and sustainable environment,” says Jerry Van Ooteghem, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. “We are pleased to be able to provide these annual grants to support our municipalities with their tree planting efforts.”


Kitchener Approves Corporate Climate Action Plan

Kitchener City Council approved the city’s first Corporate Climate Action Plan on Monday during a session of council. The action plan is a detailed strategy to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 8 per cent by 2026. Numerous changes in five key areas will allow the city to mitigate its contribution to climate change and adapt the city’s infrastructure to protect against increasingly unstable weather.


FedDev Ontario supports Melitron Corporation to scale up in Guelph

$2.1 million to invest in new technologies, tap into new markets and create over 20 skilled jobs

Yesterday, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, announced a FedDev Ontario contribution of $2.1 million for Melitron Corporation, a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of electro-mechanical systems and outdoor digital display products to scale up operations at its facilities in Guelph.


Pharmacist consultations can boost vaccine rates

Giving pharmacists an incentive to talk with their patients about vaccines could prevent thousands of influenza cases each year. Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that, in Ontario, Canada, introducing a $15 consultation fee for pharmacists who consult patients over 65-years-old and over could prevent approximately 2,400 influenza cases, which result in three deaths, per year. “Given the high level of interactions pharmacists have with this vulnerable age group, encouraging these discussions at the community level could greatly reduce the number of seniors impacted by the disease,” said Gokul Raj Pullagura (photo), a PhD candidate at Waterloo and lead author on the study. “Because preventing illness is far more effective at managing suffering and health care costs than treatment, a consultation fee could be a cost-effective way of managing increasing service demands during flu season.”


Job Demand Report 1st Quarter 2019

Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin released our free quarterly report about the online job postings taking place within the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin area. The report includes the job postings by website source, top locations, major NOC and by type. It also includes the top 10 occupations (by 4 Digit NOC) being posted.

Producer Focused

Waterloo Region supports reducing litter and waste

Waterloo Regional Council report says it is supporting a provincial discussion paper that calls for the reduction of litter and waste in our communities. Regional staff is also looking into the possibility of banning single-use plastics in Waterloo Region, potentially through a by-law. The provincial paper outlines a number of waste strategies, including making producers responsible for waste, focusing on organic waste management and exploring opportunities to recover value from waste. This will help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, increase waste diversion rates and reduce greenhouse gases.


ION trains travelling at higher speeds

Over the coming weeks, as the opening of the ION light rail service approaches, trains will be travelling at higher speeds and at higher frequencies. Trains can run at speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour, and beginning this week, trains will begin to travel through intersections at higher speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. Residents are reminded to follow signage, to stay off the tracks and to treat trains with the same caution as any vehicle.


New software tool could provide answers to some of life’s most intriguing questions

A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of a software tool that can provide conclusive answers to some of the world’s most fascinating questions. The tool, which combines supervised machine learning with digital signal processing (ML-DSP), could for the first time make it possible to definitively answer questions such as how many different species exist on Earth and in the oceans. How are existing, newly-discovered, and extinct species related to each other? What are the bacterial origins of human mitochondrial DNA? Do the DNA of a parasite and its host have a similar genomic signature?

Community Health

Emergency Department ‘Overdose Response Peer’ role an Ontario First

Stonehenge Therapeutic Community in partnership with Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) have added a unique role to the Emergency Department (ED) that will reduce the harm associated with complex substance use and addictions. A first in Ontario, the overdose response peer is a person with lived experience who has training in addictions and supportive counselling.


Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations in Waterloo Region

Seven projects from Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Brantford are receiving funding to ensure women’s organizations can continue providing essential supports to women and their families

Women’s organizations provide vital services to our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women’s organizations are the lifeblood of the women’s movement, and that maintaining and growing their ability to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.

Community Health

Pilot project aims to improve well-being of children and youth in Waterloo Region

Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, Overlap Associates and UNICEF Canada partner to launch the Waterloo Region One Youth Fund

Recognizing the need to invest in programs designed by and for local youth, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF), Overlap Associates and UNICEF Canada’s One Youth are launching the Waterloo Region One Youth Fund. KWCF will manage a grant stream that will direct money from the fund to charitable partners across Waterloo Region that support child and youth well-being.


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 4, 2019

Taste of the Region - Welcome to Italy

This one day premier event features touring some of Waterloo Region’s finest restaurants and establishments. With six buses lined up & three stops per tour, this is a great opportunity to enjoy exquisite cuisine and drinks. A funtastic day out with friends and support the work of KW Counselling.

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:

May 9, 2019

United Way Waterloo Region Communities’ 2nd Annual Spirit Awards

Waterloo Region - United Way Waterloo Region Communities is pleased to invite community members to join them on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 for a celebration honouring more than 40 individuals and organizations nominated for the organization’s Spirit Awards. The 2nd annual Spirit Awards will take place May 9th at 5:30 pm at Whistle Bear Golf Club, 1316 Dickie Settlement Rd. in Cambridge. Tickets can be purchased at

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.

June 7, 2019

June 12 & 13, 2019

Big Data and AI Toronto Returns for its Fourth Year

The annual two-day conference and expo is the largest event of its kind

The Big Data and AI Toronto Conference and Expo returns on June 12 and 13, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Over 5000 attendees will take advantage of an expanded exhibition floor and new conference tracks tailored to both Big Data and AI professionals. With over 150 expert speakers and 90 sponsoring brands, the conference will address today's leading topics in data science, analytics and machine learning.

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