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Current Issue: January/February 2014

Ted Talks

Teddy Cruz: How architectural innovations migrate across borders

As the world's cities undergo explosive growth, inequality is intensifying. Wealthy neighborhoods and impoverished slums grow side by side, the gap between them widening. In this eye-opening talk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up.


BMW Canada, Official Vehicle of the Canadian Olympic Team, Launches First Olympic Integrated Campaign: Powering Performance

RICHMOND HILL - To mark the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on February 7th, BMW Canada, National Partner and Official Vehicle of the Canadian Olympic Team, will premiere its 60-second halo spot as part of its integrated Olympic marketing campaign, Powering Performance. The campaign communicates the parallels between the high performance of BMW vehicles and the high performance of Canadian Olympic athletes.

CIGI Podcast

Inside the Issues 4.16: Living with HIV & ARVs: Three Letter Lives

Waterloo - Co-host Andrew Thompson welcomes Dr. Corinne Squire for a discussion on her new book, Living with HIV & ARVs: Three Letter Lives. After sharing her inspiration for writing the book, Dr. Squire delves into her qualitative methodology noting the importance of narrative in understanding the intricacies of context along with the usefulness of personal narratives in creating common understandings to educate others and push for change. Despite its particularities, should HIV be naturalized into mainstream policies? Dr. Squire shares insights on the medicalization, normalization and marketization of HIV before turning to the policy implications of her work.

Community Health

Enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act for Elementary School Grades

Region of Waterloo - Region of Waterloo Public Health is required to collect and maintain the immunization records of all students attending school in Waterloo Region. This is done to track the immunization status of all children in the event of a vaccine preventable disease outbreak.

Community Survey

Kitchener Utilities asking for customer feedback on rates, service satisfaction

Kitchener – Kitchener Utilities has launched a survey asking customers about their satisfaction with Kitchener Utilities, their natural gas rates and the Utilities’ gas purchasing strategy.


How to Manage Distracted Employees

By Marty Martin, Psy.D.

As all managers know, workday distractions are everywhere, stealing your employees’ precious time and productivity. Between new technologies that beg for people’s attention to the prevalence of shortened attention spans, everyone on your team has the opportunity to be more distracted today than in the past. Of course, being distracted at work creates numerous problems from missed opportunities to strained business relationships. Therefore, you need to effectively manage your employees so their distractions are minimized.

Health Care

Study shows yoghurt consumption reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes

Cambridge, UK - New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that higher consumption of yoghurt, compared with no consumption, can reduce the risk of new-onset type 2 diabetes by 28%. Scientists at the University of Cambridge found that in fact higher consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products, which include all yoghurt varieties and some low-fat cheeses, also reduced the relative risk of diabetes by 24% overall.


The Greatest Time-Wasters at Work

Survey Shows Biggest Drain Comes From Employees Surfing the Internet, Socializing

TORONTO - Watercooler chatter and web surfing are the top time thieves at work, according to a new survey of chief financial officers (CFOs) from Robert Half Management Resources. Nearly one-third (29 per cent) of executives interviewed said chatting with coworkers is the greatest time-waster at work. Non-business related Internet use, including social media, ranked a not-too-distant second, garnering 25 per cent of the response.

Outside the Box

Disruptive Energy Generation

London - With ever-declining reliability in supply and escalating electricity costs, more Ontario manufacturers are moving south. Remaining employers are hesitant to expand or to hire. At the same time the government talks about reducing the number of regional distribution utilities in a desperate attempt to obtain economies of scale needed to attract investment for upgrading legacy infrastructure. Old nuclear and coal plants require expensive retro fits, and transmission lines need to be expanded.

Regional Matters

February 5, 2014 Regional Council meeting

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings.


Waterloo-trained architect named one of Britain’s most influential people

Cambridge - A graduate from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo has been named one of the most influential people in Great Britain by the Sunday Times newspaper. Alison Brooks, who graduated from Waterloo in 1998, was named to the list for demonstrating "outstanding influence, achievement and the capacity to inspire.” The jury citation states, "Brooks is a powerful force in British architecture with her drive to produce handsome housing for ordinary people."


Climate Change is Changing the Menu for Polar Bears

Ottawa - Carleton University researchers Samuel Iverson, Grant Gilchrist and Mark Forbes have revealed there’s been a large increase in polar bear visits to bird colonies in the eastern Canadian Arctic due to shrinking sea ice. The increase is impacting bird populations and the safety of researchers.


Grain Farmers Paying the Price for Post-Single Desk Logistics Failure

Saskatoon - Farmers should not expect prices to go up, or more grain to be moved, anytime soon, as Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is only calling for more numbers, reports and discussions among railways, elevator companies and grain while farmers’ costs mount and prices tank as a result of Canada’s wrecked grain transportation system. “More people taking notes will do nothing to make up for the lack of an authority to co-ordinate the shipment of grain by rail to ports,” said NFU board member and Saskatchewan grain farmer, Glenn Tait. “This is a service the CWB used to provide for the benefit of farmers.”

2014 Election - Opinion

Open letter to Waterloo Regional Councillors

“Time to Implement LRT” not “Reconsider LRT”

Waterloo Region - So says the Region – but nothing could be further from reality. I challenge you, the Regional Council members who will make the investment decision in March:


Changes to Cell Tower Placement Rules

New rules will ensure individual Canadians have their say on cell towers in their communities

OTTAWA - Over the last 20 years, wireless services have grown into something that Canadian consumers rely on every day. As a result, we are seeing an increasing number of new cell towers being constructed in our communities. The placement of these towers is becoming ever more divisive with the rapidly increasing demand for wireless services. "The placement of new cell towers is often a divisive issue in communities across Canada.

Trial Results

Cognitive therapy might be beneficial for people with schizophrenia not taking antipsychotic drugs

For people with schizophrenia who can’t or won’t take antipsychotic drug treatment, cognitive therapy could be a viable therapeutic alternative, according to a groundbreaking randomised trial published in The Lancet.


Region of Waterloo International Airport Master Plan Public Information Session

Waterloo Region – The Airport Master Plan is being developed to provide a set of recommendations for future development at the Region of Waterloo International Airport over the next 20 years. Join Chris Wood, Airport General Manager, members of the Airport Master Plan Project Team and the Consultant Team to learn more about the four development options under consideration.

March 21, 2014

Mayor Brenda Halloran's State of the City Address

Waterloo - The Waterloo Rotary Club and the City of Waterloo are pleased to present Mayor Brenda Halloran's State of the City Address.

April 11, 2014

Canadian Icon Jon Montgomery gears up to captivate audience at WRHBA’s premier networking event

WATERLOO REGION – Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association (WRHBA) is set to host its 23rd Annual Industry Luncheon, featuring Jon Montgomery - Olympic Gold Medalist and Host of The Amazing Race Canada, on Friday, April 11, 2014.

February 15, 2014

Newly updated Historic Countryside Tours to launch at the 2014 Heritage Showcase

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is excited to launch the newly revised package of four Historic Countryside Tours at the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Heritage Showcase. First published in 2006, the tours have been updated and redesigned to include a variety of new historic and scenic attractions along routes in the Townships of North Dumfries, Woolwich, Wilmot and Wellesley.

February 21 & 22, 2014

The KWS and Tiempo Libre heat up the stage at Centre In The Square

Kitchener - Ever seen a conga line break out during a performance of Bach? Three-time Grammy nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre will join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for a high-energy concert, led by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 at 8 pm at Centre in the Square.

February 23, 2014

Stratford Chefs School, in partnership with Manulife, presents their 24th annual Gala Dinner and Auction

Toronto - The Stratford Chefs School will once again present their annual Gala Dinner and Auction on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Nota Bene Restaurant, Toronto. We are happy to welcome Manulife in its fourth year as our Event Partner. We are extremely grateful for this partnership, now under the stewardship of Kate Jamieson, Director, Sponsorship & Brand Activation.


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