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News

Gender Pay Gap Closes for PhD Grads, First-Ever U of G Study Reveals

Having a PhD on your resume is key to closing the gender pay gap, according to new University of Guelph research.

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.”


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Study

Narcissists: Think you're strong critical thinkers? Think again.

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.


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Transportation

New Two-Way Evening GO Train Service for Brampton, More Service to Kitchener 65 new and extended GO Train trips for customers on the Kitchener line each week

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.


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Environment

Canada Invests in Clean Forest Sector Research at the University of Waterloo

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.


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Study

Effective Security Performance Management is Crucial for Enterprise Success in the 21st Century

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.


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Personal Financial Literacy

3 tips to get family finances back on track

This back to school season, get the kids on schedule, while teaching them—and reminding yourself—about money management by Sophie Nicholls Jones

Back to school isn’t just about getting the kids back on track, but your family finances too. After that summer spending spree, it’s time to rein things in, while accommodating any new expenses. “Over the summer, budgets tend to slide,” says CPA Andrew Jeffery, senior associate with Northwood Family Office, who recommends a financial health check at least twice a year. “As we enter the school year, it’s a good time to do so.”


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Global Community

DG Azevêdo tells G7 leaders: WTO reform is opportunity to tackle inequalities

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.


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2019 Federal Election

Strengthening the economy as recession fears grow

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.


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Transportation

Residents in the Waterloo Region to benefit from improved public transit infrastructure

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.


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News Environment

GRCA Grand Actions: September 2019

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
• The important role farmers play in protecting water • Retiring CAO, Joe Farwell, reflects on his 32 years at the GRCA • How a partnership has improved habitat at Laurel Creek Nature Centre • Why you should fall in love with GRCA conservation areas


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Global Community

DG Azevêdo tells G7 leaders: WTO reform is opportunity to tackle inequalities

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:


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Employers Wanted

Making Cent$ of Abilities Online Employer Survey

If you're an employer we want to hear your perceived challenges and concerns surrounding the possibility of hiring individuals with disabilities. The Making Cent$ of Abilities Coalition is a partnership focused on providing businesses and organizations with an opportunity to tap into a larger hiring pool by providing resources to hire and retain people with disabilities.


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Local Consequences

MLI to Modify Canadian Tax Treaties in 2020

The United States has not signed onto the MLI and, as such, the MLI will not affect the Canada-U.S. Treaty.

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.


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Transportation

Ontario Doubling GO Train Service to West Harbour, Making Weekend Niagara Service Permanent

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.


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Growth Areas

Africa E-Commerce Action Agenda Launches Roadmap to Sustainable Development

E-commerce has the potential to create as many as 3 million new jobs in Africa by 2025

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.


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Not Lost in Translation

Neural Machine Translation Revolution

The demand for quality translation services in China is being driven by three main industries: e-commerce; mobile and video gaming and software.

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.”


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EVENTS


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September 8, 2019

United Way Waterloo Region Communities Proud to Partner with Conestoga Mall for United By Denim Back-to-School Event

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:


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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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