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Published Thursday February 23, 2017
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MONITOR

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Technology

City of Waterloo appoints two university officials as Canada 150 Community Leaders

Waterloo - Mayor Dave Jaworsky has announced the City of Waterloo’s participation in the Canada’s 150 Community Leaders network and is pleased to name Sheldon Pereira (top right) and Kelly McManus (lower left) as the local voices for the city for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The network will be comprised of community leaders form thousands of municipalities cross Canada, ensuring the municipal voice is front-and-centre during the year-long celebrations.

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Canadian Sovereignty

Canada needs to get serious about Russia’s competing Arctic claims

A mixture of dialogue and greater military investment will help buttress Canada’s competing claims with Russia - Commentary by Aurel Braun and Stephen Blank

Ottawa – Canada is competing with a number of other states for sovereignty claims in the Arctic. All of them are allies – except one: Russia. Aurel Braun and Stephen Blank, in a new commentary for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Global Security Look Ahead series, lay out the challenges for Canada as it competes with Russia for claims to Arctic territory.

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Innovation

Increased Capacity by 17 percent at Zurich International Airport

Waterloo - Working together since 2014, NAVBLUE and Zurich International Airport have improved the capacity of the airport and optimized efficiency in CAT III conditions Low visibility conditions constitute a major challenge to airports, as raised separation requirements reduce capacity and cause delay s. Thanks to the implementation of advanced technology and the support of NAVBLUE , Zurich International Airport has been able to increase the number of movement s in low visibility conditions by approximately 20%, s ta rting in October 2016.

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Study

Canadian pensioners not living as long as expected

Ground-breaking results from Club Vita Canada reveal some DB pension plans are overestimating their liabilities

Toronto - New research finds longevity for Canadian pensioners is lower than anticipated – which may actually be costing defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors. Canadian male pensioners are living about 1.5 years less than expected from age 65, according to the latest data from Club Vita Canada Inc. – the first dedicated longevity analytics firm for Canadian pension plans and a subsidiary of Eckler Ltd. Female pensioners are living about half a year less than expected.

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Survey

Where's The Boss?

Employee Productivity at Risk After Senior Managers Depart

Toronto - Employee productivity can take a big hit when the boss leaves, a new survey shows. According to research from staffing firm Robert Half, both workers and CFOs believe having a vacant senior manager role has an adverse impact on the team's efficiency, though those in leadership (78 per cent) are likelier to find it an even greater problem than staffers (69 per cent).

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Fraud

Survey Reveals Giant Denial Among Ontario Businesses Around Fraud

Half of Ontario businesses know or suspect they experienced fraud in the last year yet eight in ten say they are confident in their ability to prevent it

Incidents of fraud are rising every year, yet an overwhelming majority of Ontario business owners and C-suite executives say they are confident in their ability to prevent it. The disconnect could be due to a dangerous combination of overconfidence and naiveté when it comes to fraud detection and prevention, according to a new Ipsos survey.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Merger

Long Bridge Inc. and IDT Systems Inc. Join Forces

Cambridge - Long Bridge Inc. a company specializing in the construction of custom electrical control panels, based in Cambridge announced a merger with IDT Systems Inc. also of Cambridge. The Long Bridge Management Team, consisting of John Milligan – President, and Peter Beacock - General Manager, has been working with Brian Brohman – President, and Mike Whitmore – Vice President of IDT Systems Inc. and their teams to ensure a smooth transition of ownership and integration of these two companies.

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Drug Development

Study says drugs could be developed cheaper and faster

Chemists at the University of Waterloo, SCIEX and Pfizer have discovered a new way to help the pharmaceutical industry identify and test new drugs, which could revolutionize drug development, and substantially reduce the cost and time drugs need to reach their market.

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Council Info

Region of Waterloo Council Info from February 22, 2017

Waterloo Region - Journey together funding to support indigenous programs; Waterloo Region Housing will address aging units; Region will install water saving devices during home water efficiency audits; Public art selected for ION stops; Region of Waterloo is continuing public consultation on Stage 2 ION.

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Developing Countries

Life expectancy set to increase in developed nations, potentially surpassing 90 years in some countries

Out of 35 developed nations, South Korea is likely to see the largest increase in life expectancy, with female life expectancy potentially surpassing 90 years; In 2030, UK life expectancy is estimated to reach 85.3 for women and 82.5 for men; and 83.3 for women and 79.5 for men in the USA

Life expectancies in developed countries are projected to continue increasing, with women’s life expectancy potentially surpassing 90 years old in South Korea by 2030, according to a study published in The Lancet.

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Pledges

Trinity United Church Pledges $50,000 in Matching Donations to HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre

Downtown Congregation Sees A Need And Steps Up: "The Community Needs To Come Together Around This"

Kitchener – Yesterday, the Trinity United Church pledged to match up to $50,000 in donations to support the HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre. Trinity has agreed to match up to $50,000 in donations from individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations to HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre during their current fundraising drive ending on February 27th. Pledges can be made directly to HopeSpring by calling (519) 742-4673 or on their website at www.hopespring.ca.

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Union Relations

Region of Waterloo and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Local 1883 ratify four year contract

Waterloo Region – An agreement between the Region of Waterloo and CUPE Local 1883, representing the Region of Waterloo’s inside workers, has been ratified by the parties.

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Appointment

Canadian Broker Network appoints Mike Robinson as Chairman

Toronto - Canadian Broker Network ("CBN"), Canada's leading network of independent insurance brokers announced the appointment of Mike Robinson, President and CEO, PBL Insurance Limited as Chairman.

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Tentative Agreement Reached

City of Cambridge and inside workers reach tentative agreement

Cambridge – After approximately seven hours of negotiations yesterday, the City of Cambridge and CUPE Local 1882, representing inside workers, reached a tentative collective agreement. Full City services are expected to be restored on Friday.

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Mental Health

Deprivation in early childhood can affect mental health in adulthood, according to landmark study

Despite living in strong and supportive families for over 20 years, many children exposed to severe early deprivation in Romanian institutions aged 0-3 experience a range of mental health problems in early adulthood.

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Study

U of G Study Finds Instability, Serotonin in Melatonin Supplements

Most melatonin supplements sold over the counter do not contain the amount of the hormone listed on the label, and about 25 per cent contain unlabelled serotonin, according to new research from the University of Guelph.

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Destinations

Innovation, technology and sustainability - pillars of Smart Destinations

Over three days (15-17 February) more than 100 speakers from 20 countries convened in Murcia, Spain to present solutions and experiences for ‘smart destinations’. The 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations was organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and the Digital Agenda of Spain and the Region of Murcia.

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PSA

Moderate risk of flood in Grand River watershed this spring

Grand River Basin - The overall flood risk in the Grand River watershed this spring is moderate, with the highest potential for flooding from heavy rain on saturated or frozen ground and along the Lake Erie shoreline.




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TALKS

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Self Supporting Robot

Jonathan Rossiter: A robot that eats pollution
Meet the "Row-bot," a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots. Jonathan Rossiter develops soft robotic technologies and turns them into real robots and smart machines for engineers, musicians, doctors and artists.

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Race & Time

Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time
Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress. A candid, thought-provoking take on history and race that may make you reconsider your understanding of time, and your place in it. With scholarship and incisive commentary that exposes the marginalized narratives hidden within "mainstream" history, Brittney Cooper writes at the vanguard of cultural criticism.






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COLUMNS

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Agriculture - Opinion

NFU Response to European Parliament provisional ratification of CETA: A false solution to economic and political woes

By Jan Slomp, President, National Farmers Union

Since Donald Trump took office as President of the United States, a shocking list of executive orders is making people around the world uneasy about unpredictable days ahead. Democracy and civil liberties are in peril. It is reasonable for Canadian and European officials to respond with concern to Trump's aberrations. But it appears that, fearing the uncertainty, they have rushed to ratify CETA.





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EVENTS

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February 23, 2017

Agri-Food Trailblazer & Leader in Canadian Cuisine to Address ‘Inspirational Women’ Luncheon

On February 23, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the ‘Inspirational Women’ luncheon, presented in partnership with Meridian Credit Union. The event will feature Anita Stewart, Founder & CEO of Food Day Canada, in a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation with Rogers TV’s Trish Stevenson about Anita’s trajectory in agri-food, community building, academia, and Canadian cuisine.

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February 24, 2017 - Family Businesses

Generation To Generation - Plan for the Future Starting Now!

Sabrina Fitzgerald's presentation will look at continuity planning for family businesses. A review of the three circle model, a look into board governance and other topics most family businesses dare never to speak of. Can't Attend - Family Businesses can send their employees.

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February 24, 2017

Dining in the Dark - Enrich your sense of taste!

Kitchener - DeafBlind Ontario Services is hosting its 5th annual Dining in the Dark event at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener on Friday, February 24th. Dining in the Dark is an evening of unique sensory experiences and culinary delights.

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February 25, 2017

Heritage Day 2017

Baden, Waterloo Region - For nearly three decades, the Heritage Wilmot Advisory Committee has presented Heritage Day events in Wilmot Township. For 2017 the Committee presented the theme of Celebrating 25 Years of the New Hamburg Heritage Conservation District. Wilmot residents, organizations , business owners as well as area heritage groups, have an opportunity to showcase the unique heritage and cult ure on this day . Admission is always free.

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First Nations

Lecture will explore impact on First Nations of Mohawk Institute and other residential schools

Brantford - The history of Canada's first Indian residential school will be explored in a free public lecture on Wednesday, March 1 at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. Amos Key Jr., First Nations language director of the Woodland Cultural Centre, will deliver the lecture entitled "Saving the Evidence to Save the Witness” at 7 p.m. in RCE 004 in the Research and Academic Centre, 150 Dalhousie St. This is the fifth in a series of free lectures about residential schools and the results of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Politics

Laurier biopolitics conference to focus on the politics of life

Waterloo – Biopolitics is an interdisciplinary field of research that examines how life has become a central political issue in our era. Researches examine such topics as the relationship between politics and genomic sciences, biotechnology, colonialism, human reproduction, pandemics, international migration, and borders. Now some of the foremost biopolitical thinkers from around the world will be gathering for a three-day conference at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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March 8, 2017

International Women's Day: Women Leading Change

Breakfast, networking and fantastic speakers you won't want to miss. The theme of Women Leading Change will set the stage for 3 inspiring and innovative women, from our community to showcase their professional journey as a leader within their industry and how their leadership has fostered change.

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March 15, 2017

Art In Public Spaces: Call for Proposals

CAFKA is seeking submissions for its biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo in June 2018. The biennial exhibition is curated by CAFKA’s Program Committee, which will consider submission proposals as part of its curatorial research.

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April 27, 2017

Fashion for Life Finds an Elegant New Venue

Cambridge – The Cambridge Memorial Hospital is very pleased to announce that Fashion for Life has found a new location for its April 2017 “White Party” Fundraiser in support of Breast Reconstruction at CMH.

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August 21-23, 2017

Canada’s largest apparel and textile sourcing show announces major expansion as Canadian industry imports reach all-time high

Thousands of retailers, manufacturers, designers and industry execs to benefit from 50 percent more exhibit space, new trends showcase and top speaker roster at Apparel Textile Sourcing Show

The apparel and textile industry is alive and well – and thriving – in Canada. That’s the message of organizers of Canada’s largest apparel and textile sourcing show, Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC), which successfully debuted in Toronto in August 2016 with more than 200 booths of merchandise and in excess of 1,800 attendees.






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