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How Twitter needs to change
Can Twitter be saved? In a wide-ranging conversation with TED's Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discusses the future of the platform -- acknowledging problems with harassment and moderation and proposing some fundamental changes that he hopes will encourage healthy, respectful conversations. "Are we actually delivering something that people value every single day?" Dorsey asks. You can also listen to the talk on the TED Talks Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts.
New Growth and Innovation Network to Support Scale Ups in Ontario
Canadian businesses drive innovation, create good, middle class jobs and generate economic growth that improves the lives of all Canadians. To succeed in the global innovation race, we need to help promising companies take the next step and grow into global firms. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in a growth and innovation network along the Waterloo–Toronto–Ottawa corridor.
Wright Landscape Services Inc. of Bloomingdale, Ontario announces the sale of its lawn care division effective immediately. Founded in 1967, the company' s lawn care division was the focus of the business. As the business grew and evolved so did the offering of services. Currently, the business is an industry leader in Grounds Maintenance and Design/Build. My father was the lawn care guy that everybody called to solve their lawn care problems but with the growth our business now being led by design and construction, we are heading the company in different direction, says Dave Wright, President of Wright Landscape.
The Bank of Canada's Business Outlook Survey was conducted between 19 February and 13 March. The Bank of Canada's BOS Indicator fell to -0.6 in 2019 Q1. This is down from 2.3 in 2018 Q4, highlighting a decline in business sentiment. The BOS Indicator summarizes the results of the Business Outlook Survey (BOS). The BOS Indicator will be above/below zero depending on whether the results of the survey questions are generally above/below their historical average. The BOS Indicator's decline of 2.95 index points was the largest quarter-to-quarter drop since 2008 Q4.
The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame will hold its Annual Induction Ceremony at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. The Waterloo Region Hall of Fame pays tribute to individuals and organizations in recognition of their accomplishments and outstanding contributions to this community. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony.
The City of Waterloo has received an arbitration award as an outcome of the interest arbitration process with the Waterloo Professional Fire Fighters’ Association (WPFFA). The new contract covers January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022 and includes wage increases and some enhancements to benefits and provides a total salary increase of 9.8 per cent over the five years.
The cost of planning and managing the unsanctioned 2019 St. Patrick’s Day event cost the City of Waterloo, Waterloo Regional Police ( WRPS ) , Waterloo Fire Rescue, Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo a combined $767,211 .
Wilfrid Laurier University is recognizing five instructors for enriching the educational experience of students through notable approaches to teaching and learning. “Our 2019 award recipients set a high bar for excellence in purposeful, innovative teaching and learning, whether through their work in the classroom, with colleagues, alongside community members, online or abroad,” said Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy. “Laurier’s instructors inspire a drive for success in students that continues into their working lives long after they finish university.”
Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. has presented the City of Kitchener and the Township of Wilmot with reforestation grants worth $45,000 each to compensate for the impact of tree trimming in Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro’s service territory. “We recognize the importance of trees in our communities and believe they are vital to a healthy and sustainable environment,” says Jerry Van Ooteghem, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. “We are pleased to be able to provide these annual grants to support our municipalities with their tree planting efforts.”
Kitchener City Council approved the city’s first Corporate Climate Action Plan on Monday during a session of council. The action plan is a detailed strategy to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 8 per cent by 2026. Numerous changes in five key areas will allow the city to mitigate its contribution to climate change and adapt the city’s infrastructure to protect against increasingly unstable weather.
Yesterday, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, announced a FedDev Ontario contribution of $2.1 million for Melitron Corporation, a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of electro-mechanical systems and outdoor digital display products to scale up operations at its facilities in Guelph.
Giving pharmacists an incentive to talk with their patients about vaccines could prevent thousands of influenza cases each year. Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that, in Ontario, Canada, introducing a $15 consultation fee for pharmacists who consult patients over 65-years-old and over could prevent approximately 2,400 influenza cases, which result in three deaths, per year. “Given the high level of interactions pharmacists have with this vulnerable age group, encouraging these discussions at the community level could greatly reduce the number of seniors impacted by the disease,” said Gokul Raj Pullagura (photo), a PhD candidate at Waterloo and lead author on the study. “Because preventing illness is far more effective at managing suffering and health care costs than treatment, a consultation fee could be a cost-effective way of managing increasing service demands during flu season.”
Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin released our free quarterly report about the online job postings taking place within the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin area. The report includes the job postings by website source, top locations, major NOC and by type. It also includes the top 10 occupations (by 4 Digit NOC) being posted.
A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of a software tool that can provide conclusive answers to some of the world’s most fascinating questions. The tool, which combines supervised machine learning with digital signal processing (ML-DSP), could for the first time make it possible to definitively answer questions such as how many different species exist on Earth and in the oceans. How are existing, newly-discovered, and extinct species related to each other? What are the bacterial origins of human mitochondrial DNA? Do the DNA of a parasite and its host have a similar genomic signature?
Stonehenge Therapeutic Community in partnership with Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) have added a unique role to the Emergency Department (ED) that will reduce the harm associated with complex substance use and addictions. A first in Ontario, the overdose response peer is a person with lived experience who has training in addictions and supportive counselling.
Women’s organizations provide vital services to our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women’s organizations are the lifeblood of the women’s movement, and that maintaining and growing their ability to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.
Recognizing the need to invest in programs designed by and for local youth, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF), Overlap Associates and UNICEF Canada’s One Youth are launching the Waterloo Region One Youth Fund. KWCF will manage a grant stream that will direct money from the fund to charitable partners across Waterloo Region that support child and youth well-being.
Business owners and advisors that support family enterprises are invited to the Centre for Family Business’s (CFFB) Signature Event of the year on Friday April 26th at 7am. In the age of transformational technological change and disruption, technical know-how is no longer sufficient. Building influence and strong working relationships with people in positions of power is in high demand. This CFFB Signature Event will be sure to inspire, challenge and encourage you in your pursuit of greater influencing skills.
Since 2009, Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) has supported families of children with special needs, both with and without a diagnosis, in Waterloo Region by providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections in all life stages. As a peer - deve loped and peer - driven network, WRFN is uniquely able to understand how to serve the needs of exceptional families, so they can thrive.
This one day premier event features touring some of Waterloo Region’s finest restaurants and establishments. With six buses lined up & three stops per tour, this is a great opportunity to enjoy exquisite cuisine and drinks. A funtastic day out with friends and support the work of KW Counselling.
Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids 2019
Waterloo Region - United Way Waterloo Region Communities is pleased to invite community members to join them on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 for a celebration honouring more than 40 individuals and organizations nominated for the organization’s Spirit Awards. The 2nd annual Spirit Awards will take place May 9th at 5:30 pm at Whistle Bear Golf Club, 1316 Dickie Settlement Rd. in Cambridge. Tickets can be purchased at www.iamtheone.ca/spiritawards.
Education Credit Union (ECU), Kindred Credit Union (Kindred), and Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) announced their upcoming charity golf tournament, Credit Unions for Change. The fundraiser will be held at Rebel Creek on May 28, and it will include an 18-hole golf tournament, a boxed lunch, raffle table, and dinner. The three credit union hosts operate in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. They are sharing the costs of the event and directing all profits to their three chosen charities, which are in support of food security. ECU will support Nutrition for Learning, Kindred will direct funds to The Working Centre, and YNCU has chosen to send proceeds to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
Big Data and AI Toronto Returns for its Fourth Year
The Big Data and AI Toronto Conference and Expo returns on June 12 and 13, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Over 5000 attendees will take advantage of an expanded exhibition floor and new conference tracks tailored to both Big Data and AI professionals. With over 150 expert speakers and 90 sponsoring brands, the conference will address today's leading topics in data science, analytics and machine learning.