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Current Issue: January/February 2014

Ted Talks

Paula Johnson: His and hers ... healthcare

Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight -- and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment.


Ontario Retirement Income Security Pension?

Queens Park - Premier Kathleen Wynne announced yesterday that Paul Martin has agreed to serve as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance. Mr. Martin will work with the government on a made-in-Ontario solution to enhance retirement income security for the people of Ontario.


Climate change threatens Winter Olympics

Waterloo - Only six of the previous Winter Olympics host cities will be cold enough to reliably host the Games by the end of this century if global warming projections prove accurate. Even with conservative climate projections, only 11 of the previous 19 sites could host the Games in the coming decades, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and Management Center Innsbruck (Austria).

Gender World

Leading Asian Economies Pledge Action to Fight Gender Inequality

Japan sets target of 30% senior women leaders by 2020; Republic of Korea signs agreement to launch Gender Parity Taskforce in the country

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Two leading Asian economies, Japan and the Republic of Korea, pledged yesterday at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting to take action to achieve equality of opportunity for women.


Toronto Youth, Business and Education Leaders Think Outside the Box to Boost Canada's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

How will entrepreneurs harness the "silver tsunami"? Is failing the new work experience? Is Canada's "swagger" (or lack thereof) holding entrepreneurship back?

TORONTO - These and other provocative challenges were posed today, as more than 120 dynamic young entrepreneurs, business, education, non-profit, policy and community leaders braved subzero temperatures to discuss the future of youth entrepreneurship in Canada.

Smart Communities

Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2014 named by Intelligent Community Forum

The Intelligent Community Forum has announced the 2014 Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year.

Taichung City, Taiwan/New York, New York - The Top 7 (Top7) list includes three from Canada, two from the United States, and two from Taiwan. "This year's Top7 group is unusual in that they represent only three nations. However, they collectively are a canvas that represents our movement. Each made it to the list by demonstrating how they have begun to fuse technology, culture and collaboration for economic sustainability.

Labour Trends

Canadian Workers Cautiously Optimistic About Job Market, Economy in 2014

Employers, employees to ask more of each other in the coming year to improve business results and job satisfaction

TORONTO - While 2013 ended on a down note, with the loss of 48,000 jobs across Canada in December, a new study conducted by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Randstad Canada shows that Canadian workers are entering 2014 with a cautiously optimistic outlook for the job market and economy overall this year.


With Deflation Ending, Japan’s Abe Moves on Structural Reform

Japan is on the way to achieving its goal of 2% inflation and robust GDP growth

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Japan is about to break free from chronic deflation and is getting back on track on fiscal consolidation, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, told participants in a special address at the 44th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The world’s third-largest economy has also engineered a dramatic turnaround from negative GDP growth in 2012 to positive expansion in the first three quarters of 2013.

Green Energy

Waterloo Engineering launches graduate diploma in green energy

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering, Canada’s largest engineering school and a leader in green energy research, will launch a graduate diploma in green energy to provide professional development for working engineers through real-time online learning.

Waste Management

Guelph Wins First Ron Lance Memorial Award for Highest Residential Waste Diversion Rate

Waste Diversion Ontario award honours former employee

TORONTO - Waste Diversion Ontario announced today that the City of Guelph achieved the best residential waste diversion rate in 2012. The residential waste diversion rate is the percentage of Blue Box and other residential garbage reported to WDO that is kept out of landfill. Reports with amounts of these materials are submitted by over 400 municipalities across Ontario under WDO's annual Municipal Datacall.

Health Care

Heart attack survival far lower in UK than Sweden

London, UK - The chance of surviving a heart attack is far lower in the UK than Sweden, according to a major new study published in The Lancet. The startling findings suggest that more than 11000 lives could have been saved over the past 7 years had UK patients experienced the same care as their Swedish counterparts.

Health Care

Make cancer screening part of your new year’s resolutions

Now is the perfect time to speak to your healthcare provider about getting screened for cancer It’s the time of year when many people make promises to themselves to eat healthy, stop smoking or lose weight. Grand River Hospital’s regional cancer centre and Cancer Care Ontario want to also make it a time of year when people make the resolution to get screened for cancer.


Sun Life Financial named as one of the 2014 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

TORONTO - For the fourth consecutive year, Sun Life Financial Inc. has been named among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Sun Life Financial is one of only 13 Canadian companies across all industry sectors to make the Global 100, and this is the eighth year that Sun Life Financial has appeared on the list. 2014 marks the tenth year of the Global 100 ranking by Corporate Knights.


History Students Commemorate WWII “Operation Overlord”

Waterloo Region – The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and St Jerome’s University announced the first semester winners of the Operation Overlord: Canadians in D-Day and the Normandy Campaign contest.

Internet Governance

CIGI and Chatham House launch Global Commission on Internet Governance, chaired by Sweden’s Carl Bildt

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Carl Bildt, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair a new Global Commission on Internet Governance, launched by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).


Enabling Business Environment Key to Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

Africa needs to create an enabling business environment for domestic and foreign investment to realize its potential and ensure sustainable and inclusive growth

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Africa needs to create an enabling environment for domestic and foreign investment to realize its potential and ensure sustainable and inclusive growth for its population, panellists agreed at a session on Africa’s Next Billion, held on the opening day of the 44th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. However, there are many challenges to overcome, including addressing the pervasive and growing inequality that is fuelling instability.

G20 Agenda

Australian PM Outlines G20 Agenda: Trade, Taxes, Infrastructure and Financial Regulation

As G20 Chair, Australia aims to boost global trade, strengthen tax regimes and coordination, address infrastructure investment bottlenecks and further improve financial regulation

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – In an address to participants at the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Tony Abbott outlined Australia’s priorities for its G20 presidency this year. Abbott told participants that the G20 will focus on boosting global trade and tackling protectionism, strengthening tax systems to ensure fairness, finding ways to increase infrastructure investment, and refining financial regulations. “Trade comes first,” Abbott said. “Every time one person freely trades with another, wealth increases. At the very least, the G20 should renew its resolve to undo any protectionist measures put in place since the crisis.”


Diversification and Engagement Key to Mongolian Development, Report Finds

Mongolia’s future dependent on successful development of mineral sector, diversification and engagement with neighbours; Country has the potential to play central role in regional renaissance but also faces threat of over-exposure to mining sector; Sustained economic growth must be underscored by efforts to diversify the economy and build further trade and investment relationships

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Mongolia, the hub of one of the world’s fastest-growing economic regions, is the focus of a World Economic Forum report that is published yesterday. The report, Scenarios for Mongolia, has been produced to map out potential long-term economic outcomes of the country’s recent period of double-digit growth, which to date has been generated largely on the back of rapid development of its resources sector. The three scenarios identified for the country’s future are:


Canadians Pride Themselves on Braving the Cold, but 80% Want a Nice Warm Break

As Frigid Weather Blasts the Country

TORONTO - With the polar vortex, ice storms and frost quakes that plagued December and January, it's no wonder a new Scotiabank poll revealed that 76% of Canadians say winter is their least favourite season in Canada. In fact, the poll shows that 80% of Canadians somewhat or strongly agree that they would love to be travelling to warmer climates by mid-January; however, less than half (44%) revealed that they have booked a last-minute trip, and only 3% plan to use reward points to pay for the majority of their trip expenses.

Alert News

The top humanitarian headlines this week include:

Thomson/Reuters - Syria peace conference opens in Switzerland, C. African Republic's new interim president says to listen to armed groups and super typhoon victims flee again as rains flood southern Philippines.


New Waterloo Region Museum TALKS Series on sale now

WATERLOO REGION – The new Waterloo Region Museum 2014 Winter TALKS speaker series offers the opportunity to learn about diverse topics including various aspects of the past, present and future of the Waterloo Region. This series takes place in the Christie Theatre in the Waterloo Region Museum.


Hydro One announces pre-apprentice program with Confederation College

Confederation College joins Hydro One's College Consortium

THUNDER BAY - Hydro One announced funding for new outreach and pre-apprentice programs with Confederation College that will be designed to provide training to students interested in applying to a trade in the electrical utility sector. The $750,000 investment will focus on youth and First Nations and Métis communities, and in conjunction with Northern College, the program will help build local trades capacity across Northern Ontario.

Special Events

January 28, 2014

Carleton University Presents the Indigenous Human Library

Ottawa - Instead of borrowing a printed book, participants in the Indigenous Human Library will have the opportunity to borrow a “human book” and have a conversation. Participants can connect with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, and listen to their unique set of life experiences, stories and knowledge.


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