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Global tourism vulnerable to climate change
Researchers identified the highest levels of climate change vulnerability in regions where tourism growth is expected to be the strongest, and often coincides with countries that invest most heavily in their tourism sector. “Our research provides new insight into the geography of climate change risk to the global tourism economy and what that means for economic development in countries that depend on tourism,” said Daniel Scott, a professor at Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment, and executive director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) (photo). “The greatest risk exists in many developing countries, particularly small island states where tourism is also the largest sector of the national economy and the largest employer.”
Escalating trade tensions and a slowing global economy have led WTO economists to sharply downgrade their forecasts for trade growth in 2019 and 2020. World merchandise trade volumes are now expected to rise by only 1.2% in 2019, substantially slower than the 2.6% growth forecast in April. The projected increase in 2020 is now 2.7%, down from 3.0% previously. The economists caution that downside risks remain high and that the 2020 projection depends on a return to more normal trade relations.
Waterloo – The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University will host its second annual Lazaridis International Case Competition from Oct. 13 to 19, attracting students and faculty from 12 leading business schools in North America, Europe and Asia. Students will compete against each other to come up with unique and creative solutions to real-world business problems. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from and network with leaders in the technology sector.
Northern Lights Aero Foundation (NLAF) has awarded the Elsie McGill Education Award to Dr. Suzanne Kearns, as associate professor of aviation in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo and associate of Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) at the annual gala event on Saturday, September 28. Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) nominated Dr. Kearns in March for the award. Her many contributions and experience in aviation and education made her a strong candidate.
Yesterday, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones issued the following statement to mark the opening of a state-of-the-art Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) facility dedicated to cyber operations: "Today, alongside OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique, I had the privilege to be part of the opening ceremony for the OPP's new, state-of-the-art Cyber Operations Centre. With the rapid acceleration of technology and global access through the internet, crime has become increasingly sophisticated, dramatically changing the nature of policing and public safety in recent years. In addition to cyberbullying, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, hacking, identity theft, online fraud, and ransomware, most criminal investigations rely on the recovery and analysis of some type of digital evidence — whether device-based or internet-based.
Ontario is the North American leader in the number of new jobs created based on foreign direct investment (FDI), according to a new report. The Global Location Trends 2019 report by IBM shows that Ontario outpaced all other provinces and states with over 10,000 new jobs created from incoming FDI.
This report supports the Standing Committee on Estimates’ review of the Ministry of Education’s 2019-20 Expenditure Estimates. The Expenditure Estimates sets out the spending requirements for ministries and constitutes the government’s formal request to the legislature for spending approval.
Transparency, technology and sustainable development are three crucial factors that can reshape the contours of the food sector in the coming years. In its most recent report, Saveurs 2019, PwC Canada examines the interest of certain food sector players in transparency, sustainable development and technology, along with Canadian consumers' commitment to sustainability.
Employers in Canada are expecting base salaries to rise by an average of 2.7 per cent in 2020, according to Morneau Shepell's 2020 Salary Projection Survey. This is an increase from the actual 2.6 per cent average increase in 2019. The forecast includes increases in salary structure, length of service, cost of living and merit pay, and excludes salary freezes and promotional adjustments.
"Liam is one of the most recognized and respected actuarial experts in Canada and we're proud to add someone with his experience and influence to our executive leadership team," said Rowan Saunders, President and CEO of Economical. "Bringing a combination of consulting and executive leadership skills, Liam will ensure we continue to operate with the rigour and integrity required to be one of Canada's top P&C insurers."
Last week the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (the “OCC”) and Fire & Flower Inc. (“Fire & Flower”) have begun to work collaboratively with the Ontario Cannabis Policy Council (the “Council”). Following the release of the OCC’s recent report Supporting Ontario’s Budding Cannabis Industry, the Council’s primary focus is advocating for the industry’s growth across the province. “As the private adult-use cannabis retail market emerges in the province of Ontario, it is critical that industry has a voice in policy decisions that affect how consumers access legal cannabis. New product categories including concentrates and edibles will emerge in late 2019 and the introduction of these products will be of key importance to the growth of the industry. The Ontario Cannabis Policy Council is positioned to lead Canada’s adult-use cannabis industry with Ontario home to more than half of the licensed producers in Canada that employ thousands in the province,” shared Trevor Fencott, Chief Executive Officer of Fire & Flower and Co-Chair of the Ontario Cannabis Policy Council.
Guelph – Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington (FCSSGW) will acquire Community TorchLight effective January 1, 2020. This integration is exciting news for the two organizations and the greater Guelph and Wellington communities. The evident synergies ensure the continuity of the telephone support services currently offered by Community TorchLight and enhances FCSSGW’s capabilities to provide integrated and seamless services to the communities of Guelph-Wellington in dealing with issues of mental health, trauma, addictions and self-harm.
The Wine Marketing Association of Ontario (WMAO), in partnership with Ontario's Wine Appellation Authority (VQAO), reveals the modernized and striking 'New and Next' Ontario VQA logo, the emblem used by Ontario VQA wineries as a mark of origin, quality and authenticity. The VQA logo guarantees that only 100% Ontario grown grapes go into every bottle of Ontario VQA wine. 30 years after the inception of VQA, this new logo expresses how Ontario's wine region shines brightly on the international wine stage and is a beacon attracting global attention and motivating pride at home.
Accumulated evidence from over 30 years of research on EI is brought together for the first time in a report that answers important questions for organisations deciding how best to apply EI in assessment and development.
The team’s exhausted. They’re burned-out, and I am too. I don’t know if we can recover. We’ve been working at 150% for over a year – at least most of us have. More change? Really? We’ve been through three major transitions in as many months. Everyone is really on edge. I am pretty sure Susan is going to quit. Team? We work in the same building, but that’s about where it starts and stops. I’m hoping to get out of here soon. Even in the best of times, creating and maintaining a high-functioning team is work. When the team is burned-out, the task is infinitely harder, but it can be done.
Quarterhill Inc. today announced that Mr. Doug Parker has resigned as President and CEO of Quarterhill effective immediately. Mr. Parker has also resigned as a Board member of the Company. The Board of Directors has begun a process to appoint a new CEO and further updates will made in due course. In the interim and until such time as a new President and CEO of Quarterhill is appointed, the CEOs of the Company's three main subsidiaries (International Road Dynamics, VIZIYA and WiLAN) and certain other senior executives will report directly to the Board.
Researchers at Western University have shown for the first time the molecular mechanisms at work that cause cannabidiol, or CBD, to block the psychiatric side-effects caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis. It has been previously shown that strains of cannabis with high levels of THC and low levels of CBD can cause increased psychiatric effects, including paranoia, anxiety and addictive-behaviours, but why that was occurring was not fully understood. Steven Laviolette, PhD, and his research team used rats to investigate the role of a molecule in the brain’s hippocampus called extracellular-signal regulated kinase (ERK) which triggers the neuropsychiatric effects of THC.
Brantford – The ways in which corporations that break the law are – or are not – punished will be the theme of a public lecture when Brandon Garrett (right), professor at Duke University School of Law, speaks at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus on Oct. 1. The event is hosted by the university’s Criminology Department. Garrett, author of Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, has been invited to speak on his research about out-of-court settlements with corporations in the United States.
The Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries plans to host two All Candidate Meetings focusing on social issues facing our community. Candidates running in the upcoming federal election will be asked questions about social issues, such as healthcare and pharma care, housing, immigration, and climate change. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions.
The Guelph Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Guelph & District Association of Realtors will host a candidates debate on October 9th. This debate will be moderated by Shakiba Shayani, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Questions asked to the candidates will have come from members of the Guelph Chamber, Guelph & District Realtors Association and the general public.
Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada – Get ready to dust off your dirndls and lederhosen and celebrate Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival at your favourite festhalle. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, a not-for-profit organization, has ticket for most accredited Festhallen. The Festhallen take pride in providing an authentic experience and hospitable atmosphere to over 700,000 fest-goers who visit the region annually during the nine-day festival. Festhallen tickets are limited and often sell out in advance of the festival, so buy your tickets early to experience the spirit of Gemütlichkeit.