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Environment

New research alerts governments to problem with groundwater monitoring

Bad wells tend to get excluded from studies on groundwater levels, a problem that could skew results everywhere monitoring is used to decide government policies and spending. Researchers at the University of Waterloo uncovered the problem while examining a discrepancy between scientific data and anecdotal evidence in southern India. Reports on thousands of wells and satellite images taken between 1996 and 2016 suggested groundwater levels were rising, good news in an area where it is vitally important for agriculture. At the same time, however, fieldworkers were hearing more stories from farmers about wells running dry, suggesting levels were actually declining.


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Treatment Enhanced

New mathematical model can improve radiation therapy of brain tumours

Researchers have developed a new model to optimize radiation therapy and significantly increase the number of tumour cells killed during treatment. The new mathematical model, outlined in a recent study led by a University of Waterloo student, can use information about where the majority of the cells in a tumour are located allowing for radiation treatment to be administered to the densest area. Much consideration is currently usually given to optimal scheduling and dosing when radiation therapy is being prescribed, but the researchers found the treatment could be far more effective at killing brain tumour cells if oncologists also use the information on cell density, and irradiate the densest area of the tumour.


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Food

Laurier food sustainability researcher named finalist for prestigious research impact award

The Wilfrid Laurier University-led Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) partnership and its founder, Geography and Environmental Studies Professor Alison Blay-Palmer, have been named finalists for the prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Impact Awards, in the Partnership category. The SSHRC Impact Awards honour Canada’s top leaders, thinkers and researchers in the social sciences and humanities. The Partnership category recognizes SSHRC-funded formal partnerships that demonstrate exceptional impact and influence. FLEdGE and Blay-Palmer are among three finalists for the award.


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Appointment

Home Hardware Announces New Vice-President of Marketing

Rob Wallace (right) to take the helm for Home’s Marketing programs

St Jacobs - Home Hardware Stores Limited, announced today that Rob Wallace has been appointed to the position of Vice-President, Marketing, effective immediately. Wallace was currently serving as the Senior Director, Marketing. In this role, Mr. Wallace will be responsible for the company’s marketing strategy. He will lead a team accountable for executing programs that build strong brand awareness and enhance Home Hardware’s reputation, while driving sales for the company’s multi-banner retail network. “Rob has played a key role in driving our Dealer success and building strong integrated marketing programs for Home Hardware,” says Kevin Macnab, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “He is a proven leader who will bring a strategic and results-oriented approach to this position and help drive our growth strategy.”


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Best For The World

PeaceWorks Technology Solutions recognized as a “Best For The World” top B Corp for their exemplary societal and environmental impact

Waterloo - PeaceWorks Technology Solutions, a Certified B Corporation since 2011, has been named a Best For The World honoree in recognition of their company’s positive impact on the environment, their workforce, their local communities, their suppliers, their customers, and their corporate governance. PeaceWorks ranks in the top 10% of all B Corps across all of these impact areas, earning them a well-deserved spot on the Best For The World: Overall, Workers, and Changemaker lists. Whether it’s offering IT services that help organizations achieve their missions more effectively with technology or providing ownership opportunities for staff, PeaceWorks has set the bar for responsible and successful businesses around the world.


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Appointment

Ontario Arts Council board of directors appoints Carolyn Vesely new CEO

Rita Davies, OAC Chair, announced the selection of Carolyn Vesely as the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) starting January 2, 2020. Carolyn, OAC’s current Director of Granting, will succeed Director & CEO, Peter Caldwell, who steps down in December 2019 after eight years as head of the organization. Peter informed the OAC board more than two years ago that he would not seek a renewal term.
“In a field of high-calibre candidates, Carolyn stood out as a strategic and creative thinker with exceptional knowledge of the arts community across Ontario. Carolyn’s own experience as an artist and arts manager gives her a unique understanding of the role of the arts in creating and sustaining the vitality of rural and urban centres. We look forward to working with Carolyn as she leads an OAC that is responsive to both community and government priorities into the next decade,” said Rita Davies, Chair.


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Nutrition

Over 23,000 students in Waterloo Region in 141 local schools will soon have daily access to healthy food at school again this school year thanks to the support of Nutrition for Learning, volunteers and donors.

By Brian Banks

Nutrition for Learning has been a local charity for over 21 years across Waterloo Region with a mission to support the overall wellbeing of students and their ability to learn by ensuring that every student can attend school well nourished. Nutrition for Learning looks forward to the future when all schools in Waterloo Region can operate a Student Nutrition Program that is universally accessible to all students at school. Approximately 2,000 volunteers prepare and operate the Nutrition for Learning programs in the Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the French School Board. It is people like our Volunteer of the Year Cathy Pither at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School who ensure students have universal access to the nutritious food they need at school.


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Awards

Conestoga design graduates receive national awards

Two recent Conestoga graduates have been honoured with Awards of Specialty from the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD). Jonathan Collie and Lily Tiffin’s work were among the 950 submissions from design students at more than 30 post-secondary institutions across Canada. Collie, a 2019 Bachelor of Design graduate, received the .design Award for Self-Promotional/Personal Website for his online portfolio. Developed throughout his studies, Collie’s site features clean layouts and detailed descriptions of each project and allows visitors to navigate design work with ease. “My final graduation portfolio site is strategically designed to speak to potential freelance clients and employers, allowing them to sample my projects and discover the critical thought that goes into my work,” said Collie. “The site is a culmination of the work and skills that I have developed throughout my studies.”


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Education

Inaugural program invites undergrads to experience life as researchers at PI

This summer, 20 of the world’s top undergraduate students stepped out of the classroom and up to the chalkboards as part of the inaugural Undergraduate Theoretical Physics Summer Program at Perimeter Institute. Gebremedhin Dagnew was constantly tinkering and experimenting as a child. Growing up in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, he would often take things apart to see how they worked (sometimes blowing the house’s power in the process). But it wasn’t enough to know that putting things together in the wrong configuration could cause an explosion – Dagnew needed to know why things exploded at all. Physics was the only field that seemed to offer an outlet for Dagnew’s relentless curiosity.


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Antidumping

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determinations on Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, China, and Mexico

Canada avoids antiduping duty

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of certain fabricated structural steel from China and Mexico, finding that exporters from China and Mexico have dumped fabricated structural steel in the United States at margins ranging from 0.00 percent to 141.38 percent and 0.00 percent to 30.58 percent, respectively. The Department also announced a negative preliminary determination in the AD investigation of certain fabricated structural steel from Canada.


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Carbon Tax

CCLA Takes Ontario Government to Court on Compelled Political Messages

Yesterday the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) filed its legal challenge to the mandatory anti-carbon tax gas stickers required by Ontario law, failing which gas retailers will be fined up to $10,000 per day. The government stickers direct consumers to a website to read about how the Ontario government has a “better way” of fighting climate change. “The provincial government can engage in a war of words with the federal government over the carbon tax, but it cannot use the threat of fines to conscript private businesses to take up its cause,” says Cara Zwibel, Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.


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Global Tourism

Over-Tourism Concern Looms as Policy, Resources and Infrastructure Stretched by Rapid Travel Growth

In this year’s index, Spain holds on to the top spot, followed by France, Germany and Japan, with the United States replacing the UK in the top five, Canada ranks 9th..

Yesterday, the World Economic Forum releases its latest Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report (TTCR), ranking 140 countries on their relative strengths in global tourism and travel. Marking over a decade of travel and tourism benchmarking by the Forum, the 2019 index reveals the sector’s resilience, but warns of an approaching ‘tipping point’, where factors such as less expensive travel and fewer tourist barriers increase demand to unsustainable levels. Given that international tourist arrivals surpassed 1.4 billion in 2018, beating predictions by two years, this tipping point may be approaching sooner than expected.


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Workplace

Government of Canada finances initiatives to address workplace sexual harassment in the Waterloo Region

In Canada, all individuals have the right to a safe workplace with fair treatment. Sexual harassment impacts the health and well-being of those involved, as well as their ability to perform their jobs to the best of their ability. Creating and maintaining safe workplaces where everyone – no matter their gender or gender identity – can be safe, respected and able to focus on their work and career is a priority for the Government of Canada.


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News

Scale Up of Cambridge Agri-Food Manufacturer

Nearly $1.2 million for National Pasta to boost production capacity, add new health-conscious food products and increase in exports

Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, announced a FedDev Ontario investment of nearly $1.2 million in National Pasta Corp. (National Pasta) to accelerate its growth plans to strengthen its position in the Canadian market and compete for new opportunities in foreign markets. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.


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Dorian

GlobalMedic Rapid Response Team Deployed to Help Bahamas



The category 5 Hurricane Dorian made landfall over the northwest Bahamas on September 1st. The hurricane is the strongest in the history of the Bahamas. The storm has damaged infrastructure and caused massive flooding in the areas of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Damage assessments are still ongoing, however 5 people have been killed and over 68,000 people in the Bahamas have been affected by the storm. With damage extensive, people in the Bahamas are in immediate need of clean water, food, and shelter items. GlobalMedic is responding.


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Agriculture

U of G Offering Online Cannabis Courses For Commercial, Home Growers

The Cannabis Production course is already full with 60 students enrolled for the fall.

Cannabis growers from commercial professionals to home enthusiasts are the target of a new online course to be launched this fall at the University of Guelph. “Cannabis Production” will be offered beginning this September as part of a new cannabis specialization in U of G’s existing horticulture certificate program. A second course in cannabis regulations and quality assurance will also begin in January with registration opening in September. The Cannabis Production course is already full with 60 students enrolled for the fall. Both courses will draw upon leading research expertise in aspects of cannabis production developed by U of G faculty members. The new offerings will be among only a few cannabis production courses available so far at universities and colleges in Canada, said Marjory Gaouette, manager, program development with Open Learning and Educational Support. Referring to federal legalization of cannabis in 2018, Gaouette said, “In the past year, we’ve had a significant increase in people calling, looking for courses.”


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Healthy Life

Kitchener-based Retail Tech Company reebee Launches Community Campaign to Help End Hunger in Canada

In collaboration with Food Banks Canada, reebee has pledged to match meal donations made by their app users in honour of Hunger Action Month

The Kitchener-based retail technology platform, reebee Inc., has joined forces with Food Banks Canada to ensure that all Canadians are able to access the food they need to live a healthy life. Through their free app that enables Canadians to browse digital flyers, reebee is educating their community of users about food insecurity in Canada. To help drive donations and make a real impact in communities across Canada, reebee has pledged to match the meal donations made by their app’s users in honour of Hunger Action Month. Contributions of any kind can be made on reebee’s app or online from September 1 - 31. “We are so impressed by the work Food Banks Canada is doing to better assist Canadians unable to access enough food. The majority of reebee’s users utilize our platform in order to save money on groceries and we saw strong synergy between our organizations’ missions,” shares Michal Martyniak, Co-founder, reebee. “Just $1 translates into three meals that can help someone in need. We are looking forward to working with our amazing community of reebee users to fight hunger in communities coast to coast.”


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Privacy

Eight in ten Canadians count their identity among their most valuable assets

Study shows Canadians want more convenience and security in managing their identity online

Canadians value their identity highly and want convenience and security when it comes to managing their identity digitally. According to a new research study from Interac Corp., Trust and Identity in a Digital World, eight in ten Canadians (83 per cent) describe their identity as one of their most valuable assets, with 52 per cent indicating it is more important to protect their identity online than their money. While our lives have become increasingly digital, our identity documents, such as passports and driver's licences, remain physical in nature. As a result, nearly half (45 per cent) of respondents are improvising by taking photos of their physical IDs in order to conveniently access their documents digitally – even though six in ten (59 per cent) acknowledge sharing such documents is risky behaviour.


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Finance

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 3/4 percent

The Bank of Canada maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 3/4 percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 percent and the deposit rate is 1 1/2 percent.

As the US-China trade conflict has escalated, world trade has contracted and business investment has weakened. This is weighing more heavily on global economic momentum than the Bank had projected in its July Monetary Policy Report (MPR). Meanwhile, growth in the United States has moderated but remains solid, supported by consumer and government spending. Commodity prices have drifted down as concerns about global growth prospects have increased. These concerns, combined with policy responses by some central banks, have pushed bond yields to historic lows and inverted yield curves in a number of economies, including Canada.



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EVENTS


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September 15, 2019

St. Mary’s Hike for Heart

Those affected by heart disease share the experience with others. Family, friends, and caregivers all go through the difficult journey of recovery together, embracing the ‘new normal’ takes strength of mind, body, and spirit each day. St. Mary’s Hike for Heart is an annual opportunity to reunite survivors, family members, and St. Mary’s staff who provide care along the journey. Together, we embrace the strength of one another and celebrate the joy of recovery! Register now and join the fun on Sunday, September 15th, at Laurel Creek Conservation Area.


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September 22, 2019

The Kindred Credit Union Hike for Hospice: Supporting End of Life Care

Kitchener – Kindred has joined with Hospice of Waterloo Region for the third year as presenting partner of the Kindred Credit Union Hike for Hospice. This annual five kilometre walk or run raises funds for the programs and services offered by Hospice of Waterloo Region, including the Community Outreach Hospice Services program. Hospice of Waterloo Region’s vision is to create a community where no one experiences an end of life alone. The Kindred Credit Union Hike for Hospice is one of Hospice of Waterloo Region’s main fundraisers, supporting programs that bring comfort and care to more than 1,400 people each year.


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October 11 - 19

Be Bavarian with Bingemans

Canada’s best Oktoberfest celebration returns for its 51st year

Kitchener — With authentic German food, German beer (and local favourite Canadian crafts as well) and Germany’s biggest OOMpah/rock band, Bingemans will be hosting the biggest and most explosive Oktoberfest celebration to be had this side of Munich. Making their Canadian debut in Kitchener at Bingemans’ Oktoberfest, Dorfrocker will be kicking off celebrations with back-to-back performances October 11th and 12th at Bingemans Kool Haus. They are headlining another strong roster of entertainment that includes traditional OOMpah bands, DJ music and the ever-popular Tonic Band, The Lulu’s Band and “Mr. Oktoberfest” himself – George Kash. “Oktoberfest at Bingemans is one of the biggest parties you will find anywhere,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “As one of the largest Bavarian festivals outside of Germany, it captures the spirit of a Munich-style Oktoberfest and having Dorfrocker performing is going to take the entertainment experience to a level this region’s Oktoberfest has never seen before. Dorfrocker’s unique sound is made for Oktoberfest celebrations.”


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October 23, 2019



Partners in Prevention regional health and safety conference is coming to Kitchener! Hear from leading experts and motivating keynote speakers that will teach and inspire. Stay current with the latest updates in health and safety and visit the trade show to get all the news on trending health, safety and wellness products. Register today!


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November 13-15, 2019

Sixteenth Annual Ontario Economic Summit to Address Competitiveness Challenges for Ontario Industry

Ontario’s business community to gather in Toronto to drive Ontario’s economic agenda forward

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) announced advance access registration for the sixteenth annual Ontario Economic Summit (OES), “Our Economy. Our Future. Our Ontario.” OES will be hosted in Toronto for the first time in almost a decade at Hotel X and Beanfield Centre from November 13 to 15.




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