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Current Issue: January/February 2014

Ted Talks

Nicolas Perony: Puppies! Now that I’ve got your attention, complexity theory

Animal behavior isn't complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals -- be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats -- follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.


Kitchener council approves 2014 budget increase of less than 1 per cent

KITCHENER – After nearly 11 hours of deliberation and a vote of 10-1, Kitchener Council approved a city tax rate increase of 0.99 per cent. Based on the average residential household assessment of $258,000, the city portion of the annual property tax rate will increase by $10.

Law Suit

Caldwell Cassady & Curry Files Complaint Against Square, Inc.

Jack Dorsey and James McKelvey breach joint venture agreement and fiduciary duty, among other infractions

ST. LOUIS - Professor Robert E. Morley, Jr. and REM Holdings 3, LLC, yesterday filed a complaint against Square, Inc. , Jack Dorsey, and James McKelvey, Jr. The complaint relates to breach of a joint venture agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, and other torts arising from the defendants' conduct during the creation of Square's business.


The Cowan Foundation Donates $250,000 to the Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition

Brantford – On Friday, January 24, The Cowan Foundation presented a cheque for $250,000 to Brantford Mayor, Chris Friel; Mike Woodburn, Chair of the Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition and Sandy Jackson, Director of Recreation at the City of Brantford in support of the Brantford & Area, Sports Hall of Recognition.


International Exec to lead Regional Sport Initiative

Laurence Bishop brings 20 years of sports experience to the Region

KITCHENER – Laurence Bishop has been named Director of Sport Tourism for newly formed Regional Sport Tourism Office (RSTO) Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge & Guelph. Bishop will be responsible for heading up the new initiative with the goal of increasing sport tourism to the area and driving the growth of overnight stays.

Info Graphic

Canadian Digital Media Trends by the Numbers – January 2014

Waterloo - Here’s a look at some key trends and numbers that are impacting Canada’s digital economy for January 2014.


Dave Edstrom Joins Memex Automation as Chief Technology Officer and Purchases Equity Interest

Burlington – Astrix Networks Inc., operating as Memex Automation announced that Dave Edstrom, recently past President and Chairman of the Board of the MTConnect Institute, has purchased an equity interest in the Company and has joined the senior management team as Chief Technology Officer.

Quality of Life

Battle Burnout: Address the 6 Motivators for Enjoying Work

By Erick Lauber, Ph.D.

Gloria wasn’t happy at work. It wasn’t that she hated her job or anything like that. Her co-workers were fine and she didn’t mind the type of work she did. In fact, she thought she did it pretty well. Of course, she wanted more money, but who didn’t? No, something else was bothering her. At some basic level she simply didn’t enjoy coming to work. Whatever excitement or sense of accomplishment she used to get had been replaced by a lack of motivation.


Gerber Technology/Virtek Supply Advanced Technology to New Composite Prototyping Center

TOLLAND, Conn., USA – The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) will install a GERBERcutter® and laser ply layup system from Gerber Technology and its subsidiary, Virtek Vision, in its new Composite Prototyping Center (CPC). The systems will be available to manufacturers to develop prototype products containing composite materials.


Tobacco company’s claims inaccurate, say Waterloo researchers

Waterloo - Claims by cigar distributor Casa Cubana that flavoured tobacco products are not a threat to today’s youth are at odds with research, say researchers at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo.

Control Disorders

Study shows independent association between diabetes and depression and impulse control disorders including binge-eating and bulimia

Groningen, Netherlands - New research published yesterday shows that depression and impulse control disorders (eating disorders in particular) are independently associated with diabetes diagnosis, after adjustment for presence of other mental disorders. The research, published in Diabetologia (the journal of The European Association for the Study of Diabetes), supports the focus on depression as an independent risk factor for diabetes, but also suggests this focus should be extended to impulse control disorders. The study is the first to report on the association between impulse control disorders and diabetes diagnosis.


Waterloo leads national discussion on wetland protection

Waterloo - With more than half of the world's wetlands destroyed over the past century, Canada is home to about a quarter of what's left, and the University of Waterloo is leading the national conversation highlighting the vital economic and environmental role of wetlands.

Health Care

Ontario Supporting Diabetes Prevention

Ontario is helping people live healthy lives by investing in programs to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Nearly $10 million in funding will support local programs devoted to the prevention of type 2 diabetes, including the Diabetes Prevention Program through seven local Public Health Units and five Community Health Centres across Ontario.


Square selects energi PR as Canadian Public Relations Agency of Record

First international PR agency to be hired by the San Francisco-based company

TORONTO - Square, the company making commerce easy for everyone, has just named energi PR as its Canadian public relations agency of record; its first hire of a PR firm in an international market outside the US. The San Francisco-based technology company has partnered with energi PR to help support the company's aggressive growth strategy and brand communications in Canada.

Minimum Wage

Province increases Minimum Wage Effective June 1, 2014

Waterloo - Professors at the University of Waterloo statements with respect to news that Ontario will raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour, effective June 1.


Magna signs new manufacturing contract with BMW Group

GRAZ, Austria - Magna International announced that its Magna Steyr operating unit will continue its collaboration with the BMW Group through a new vehicle manufacturing contract for its facility in Graz, Austria. The new production program would start following the end of production of the current MINI models MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman being assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz. Further information will be communicated at a later date.

Green Health

New Energy Efficiency Initiative to Generate Cost Savings for Ontario’s Health Care Sector

Toronto – The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and strategic partner, the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society, together with technical partner, ICF Marbek, are excited to share news of a new energy conservation initiative officially launching in 2014.


Why TRUE Employee Engagement Lies in the Little Things

We all know that employee disengagement can have a devastating impact on companies’ bottom lines. What’s not so obvious is the solution

Foxboro, MA — We all know that employee engagement matters. Yet again and again, studies point to a pervasive lack of it (for instance, a recent Gallup report indicates that only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged), as well as the incredible costs of this problem. No one can deny that disengaged employees are less productive, less innovative, less collaborative…less everything that leads to successful organizations. Yet, despite all the handwringing, no one seems to know what to do about it.

February 7, 2014

Don Cameron and the Kitchener Rangers Support their Neighbours in Need

KITCHENER/WATERLOO – This year’s Don Cameron Potato Night, kick-off event to the month- long February Potato Blitz, is extra special as House of Friendship marks 75 years of service to the community. Local broadcaster, Don Cameron and the Kitchener Rangers invite local hockey fans to show their support for the 17th annual Don Cameron Potato Night with the Kitchener Rangers at The Aud, Friday February 7th, 7:30 pm, when the Rangers take on the Oshawa Generals.

February 13, 2014

Homer Watson Park: Threat, Conservation, Imagination and Rumour

KITCHENER- Homer Watson House & Gallery is proud to invite you to the first educational Lunchtime Lecture of our 2014 series! Join us for an insightful lecture on Thursday, February 13 from 12-1 pm featuring local historian rych mills, who will reflect on the creation, development and changing role of Homer Watson Park. The event will also include a question and answer period with the local history enthusiast, as well as tasty appetizers donated by local food suppliers!

February 3, 2014

Laurier to open new art exhibition space on Brantford campus

BRANTFORD – Art enthusiasts will have a new exhibition space to visit when Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus opens the Yellow Brick Wall (YBW) at 97 Dalhousie Street on Monday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m.

February 1, 2014

Laurier to host summit on music’s role in the community

WATERLOO – The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LCMC) and the Wise Voices for Music project will host a public summit Feb. 1 to explore the role music plays in our community and publicly launch Laurier's Master of Arts in Community Music. Craig Norris, host of CBC KW’s Morning Edition, and Luisa D’Amato, columnist for The Waterloo Region Record, will be joined by local cultural leaders and experts in the arts to help develop a strategic plan for community music.


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