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Gender Pay Gap Closes for PhD Grads, First-Ever U of G Study Reveals
In a first-ever study of recent graduates and gender pay equity, researchers found the higher the level of education upon graduation, the smaller the gender pay gap. The study revealed the average wage for recent PhD grads is the same for men and women. “This is the first time that I’ve seen at any level that there is no discrepancy in earnings between males and females,” said Prof. David Walters (below left), Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He worked on the study with departmental colleague Prof. Stephanie Howells (above) and lead author Anthony Jehn (lower right), a former master’s student at U of G now pursuing a sociology doctorate at Western University. “Whatever is happening among those graduates and their employers is actually working.”
Narcissists are less likely to use critical thinking processes that are important for solving problems and making sound decisions, new research from the University of Waterloo shows. The researchers found that while many narcissists may perceive themselves as highly intelligent, critical thinkers, they are less likely to use important reflective thinking strategies when solving problems, Therefore, the high levels of confidence they have in their intellectual abilities are often misplaced.
Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx, announced the government's plan to continue to improve transportation across the province. The Ontario government is adding 50 new GO train trips and extending 15 existing GO train trips each week on the Kitchener line. This will bring new weekday evening train service to people in Brampton and more midday, rush-hour and late-night service as far as Kitchener.
Bardish Chagger Member of Parliament for Waterloo announced an investment of $800,000 for the University of Waterloo for the development of thin structured wood plastic composites for use in construction, automotive and packing applications. This investment will use recycled plastics, reduce burdens on landfills and reduce the cost of production, while providing new market opportunities for Canada's forest sector. Converting forestry waste materials into wood-plastic composites can reduce the use of carbon and other rubber components in production, which will provide both energy and cost savings.
BitSight announced the availability of a new study that evaluates how executives understand and effectively measure their cybersecurity performance and adequately communicate it to the board, senior executives, customers, and critical stakeholders. The September 2019 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of BitSight titled, “Better Security And Business Outcomes With Security Performance Management” indicates that cybersecurity performance is critical to achieving commercial success. Among the study’s most interesting findings is that nearly two in five (38 percent) of enterprises admit that they have lost business due to either a real or perceived lack of security performance within their organisation.
At the G7 Summit in Biarritz on August 25 2019, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told G7 leaders that WTO reform debates are an opportunity to support global efforts to tackle inequalities and help spur growth and development. The Summit was hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, under the French Presidency of the G7 in 2019.
As economic analysts worry a global recession could be around the corner, Kitchener Centre candidate Mike Morrice is hearing the economy is a top concern for local residents. Morrice has more than ten years of experience in the green economy across all sectors, with experience helping more than 250 businesses reduce their carbon footprint while increasing profitability. The first time Candidate for the Green Party of Canada wants to address needs locally and beyond in the upcoming federal election.
Bardish Chagger announced funding for five public transit projects in the Region of Waterloo. These projects will help increase capacity of the public transit system in the region. The residents of Waterloo Region who use public transit will benefit from 31 new diesel buses, in addition to 21 specialized transit buses.
The September 2019 issue of Grand Actions has many stories from across the Grand River watershed, including: • Painting a digital picture of the Grand River watershed
At the G7 Summit in Biarritz on August 25 2019, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told G7 leaders that WTO reform debates are an opportunity to support global efforts to tackle inequalities and help spur growth and development. The Summit was hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, under the French Presidency of the G7 in 2019. DG Azevêdo participated in the lunch discussion on 'Fighting Inequalities' together with the G7 leaders (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union), and the heads of the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. At the debate, DG Azevêdo said:
Many individuals and multinationals will be affected by new changes to many of Canada’s international tax treaties. To implement these treaty changes, Canada has ratified the multilateral instrument (MLI) and deposited its ratification instrument with the OECD on August 29, 2019. As a result, the MLI will enter into force in Canada on December 1, 2019, and will affect a significant portion of Canada’s treaties beginning in 2020.
The Ontario government is adding 19 new GO train trips and extending 25 existing GO train trips each week on the Lakeshore West line. This will double rush-hour train service to West Harbour GO, improve rush-hour service for customers in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga, and make weekend train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines a year-round offering.
The World Economic Forum, in partnership with the International Trade Centre, released the Africa E-Commerce Agenda, an eight-step action plan to realize the benefits of e-commerce for the continent. E-commerce has the potential to create as many as 3 million new jobs in Africa by 2025, according to some researchers, yet e-commerce start-ups face many obstacles, including low consumer digital trust, poor infrastructure and low regional integration. Building on consultations with business leaders and experts, the Africa E-Commerce Agenda is a call to action for Africa’s political leaders, the international trade community and the development community.
As the reach of Chinese companies continues to expand globally, the need for translation services is rising exponentially. Many Chinese companies have already switched from human translation services to NMT engines and hybrid online translation services that combine NMT and human post-editing. A US company, OHT has been expanding rapidly in the past few years in the Chinese market, which is currently the fastest growing for the company. China is already one of OHT’s five largest markets with revenues having more than doubled in the past two years. The company counts among its clients some of the largest and most well-known Chinese names in the technology field. OHT’s Neural Machine Translation (NMT) projects rely on all the industry’s well known NMT engines like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, but on the emerging Chinese engines, according to Yaron Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of OHT, he adds: “We believe that our pioneering hybrid technology can give a huge boost to the focus of Chinese companies on the global market.”
United Way Waterloo Region Communities is proud to partner with Conestoga Mall on United by Denim, a unique back-to-school event that will run until September 8th, 2019 to ensure support is available to help community members in Waterloo Region reach their full potential. How you can help: Running until September 8th, 2019 in the Denim Lounge, an interactive pop-up space located beside Sport Chek, the event invites Waterloo Region residents to support United Way by:
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.
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.
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.”
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.