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____ Summer Week 3: July 16 - July 22, 2015 ____

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Global Change

Noy Thrupkaew: Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works

Noy Thrupkaew reports on human trafficking and the economics of exploitation through the lens of labor rights. Behind the everyday bargains we all love — the $10 manicure, the unlimited shrimp buffet — is a hidden world of forced labor to keep those prices at rock bottom. Noy Thrupkaew investigates human trafficking – which flourishes in the US and Europe, as well as developing countries – and shows us the human faces behind the exploited labor that feeds global consumers.

Education and Paying For It

Canadian parents most likely to expect their children to help pay for post-secondary education

78% of Canadian parents say 'happiness' is their ultimate life goal for their children – second only to parents in France (86%), and above the global average (64%); Canadians feel a university degree more of a necessity for their daughters (56%) than their sons (40%); 72% of Canadians say they have a specific career path in mind for their children

Vancouver - The Value of Education: Learning for Life – explores how Canadian parents' hopes and expectations for their children's education and beyond compare to that of their global peers. The report is based on a 2015 global survey of 5,550 parents in 16 countries, including 340 Canadians.

Branding a Destination

David Johnston R+T Park and Private Enterprise Partners Envision “Idea Quarter” Transformation for Phillip Street

Waterloo – Building on the established success of the David Johnson Research + Technology Park, a plan was presented to City of Waterloo council to give the go ahead for a rebranding of Phillip Street, a vicinity of the city formerly populated by Blackberry, as the Idea Quarter, a proposed vision for district transformation that could attract hundreds of technology, retail and service based businesses, tens of thousands of workers and – if private developers have their way – residential homeowners as well.


Plug In & Drive Auto Insurance – NYCM Insurance Launches inControl Powered by IMS' Award Winning DriveSync Connected Car Platform

inControl program launched by NYCM focuses on teen driver safety using IMS' usage-based insurance solution

Edmeston, NY/Waterloo, ON - New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company (NYCM) announces the introduction of inControl™, an innovative usage-based insurance (UBI) program, using the UBI Intelligence solution by Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS), creators of the DriveSync® connected car platform.



Washington, DC – On July 16, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that their mobile apps archiving technology has expanded the capability to track copyright infringement in mobile apps across iTunes, Windows Phone Store, Google Play, Amazon, and third party mobile app markets like Baidu and Cydia.


Magna Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Getrag

AURORA - Magna International Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Getrag Group of Companies ("Getrag"), one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive transmissions. Getrag has an 80-year history in transmissions and is a technology leader, offering a range of transmission systems which include manual, automated-manual, dual-clutch, hybrid and other advanced systems. We believe the architecture of Getrag's product line is well-positioned to support current and future automotive powertrain configurations. In particular, Getrag is a leader in the growing market for dual-clutch transmissions ("DCTs"), which is expected to be one of the highest growth segments globally over the next decade.

Grand Opening


Kitchener - Partners and stakeholders from across the community gathered On July 9 to celebrate the opening of Innisfree House, a new , ten - bed hospice in southwest Kitchener that will help address the region’s urgent need for residential hospice care to support individuals facing end - of - life diseases.


Mayor Berry Vrbanovic joins municipal, provincial, state leaders to sign Climate Action Statement at the Climate Summit of the Americas

Kitchener - Mayor Berry Vrbanovic joined municipal, provincial and state leaders from across Canada and the Americas for the official signing of the Climate Action Statement at the Climate Summit of the Americas conference today hosted by the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment. Led by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, and witnessed by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, other signatories included Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Vancouver Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer.


St. Mary’s General Hospital Awarded Accreditation with Commendation for 2015 to 2019

Kitchener – St. Mary’s General Hospital has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation by Accreditation Canada, a significant achievement which recognizes that St. Mary's has gone beyond Accreditation Canada requirements and is to be commended for its commitment to quality improvement.

Two-day Event


Waterloo - A pack of self-driving robot cars will race around an outdoor track at the University of Waterloo this weekend in a series of speed and maneuverability challenges. The annual International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition is a two-day event in which four student teams will compete to see which of their robots can out-maneuver and speed to victory in a series of circuit and drag races.

Global Development

New Partnership to Catalyse Sustainable Development Investments for Developing Countries

The Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP), which includes the World Economic Forum, aims to mobilize $100 billion in private financing over five years; The founding members include the governments of Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, USA and UK

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – A Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP) has been launched to mobilize $100 billion in private financing over five years for infrastructure projects in developing countries using development assistance to reduce risk. The partnership, which includes the World Economic Forum and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is being launched at the United Nations Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, 13-16 July 2015.


Sun Life signs $2 billion deal with Board of Trustees of the University of British Columbia Faculty Pension Plan

Sun Life Selected as Custodian and Recordkeeper for the UBC Faculty Pension Plan

Toronto - Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Sun Life) has announced that it has been selected as the custodian and recordkeeper for the University of British Columbia Faculty Pension Plan (FPP). The agreement for the mandate was reached in September 2014 and the transfer was completed on June 25, 2015.


When trade is a sacred cow, investor protection displaces common sense
By Jan Slomp

Saskatoon - Trade did not begin when the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1989, and neither will it stop if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not signed. Trade agreements’ investor protection clauses that enable corporations to force governments to compensate them when social or environmental policy impedes profits are contrary to democratic values. Today, Canada’s supply management system is under attack. Some trading partners, such as New Zealand and USA want to sell their dairy products to Canadians, and lobbyists from other sectors within Canada would like to sacrifice the supply managed sectors as a way to obtain benefits for their own sectors. While CETA, the TPP and NAFTA are called “trade” deals, they are really sets of rules that limit governments and empower corporations.

Climate Change

Landmark Climate Statement Signed in Ontario

Climate Action Statement Strengthens Collaboration Across the Americas

Toronto - Ontario and 21 other states and regions have signed the first-ever Pan-American action statement on climate change. The Climate Action Statement highlights the urgency of combatting climate change, affirms that state, provincial and municipal governments are leaders in achieving impactful global climate action and acknowledges the need to work together to continue reducing greenhouse gas pollution.

Economic Development

Canadian Government Invests in Regional Diversification in Southwestern Ontario

Stratford – On July 9, 2015, FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear announced a contribution of $3,227,750 to the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association (WOCDFCA) to support the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises in southwestern Ontario.

Chart of the Week

Cut By Bank of Canada May Trigger Manufacturing Rebound

The big news of the week was the 25 basis point cut by the Bank of Canada to its trend setting overnight rate, lowering it to 0.50%. This pulled the rug out from underneath the Canadian $ which fell over 1 cent at exactly 10 AM when the announcement was made.


Intelligent Community Forum opens nominations for the 2016 Intelligent Community of the Year Awards Program

2016 Awards Program expands on 2015 theme, introduces new streamlined nomination form and marks first year communities will be evaluated on sustainability

New York City, NY – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced July 14, 2015 the opening of nominations for the 2016 Intelligent Community of the Year Awards Program. The 2016 Awards Program run by the New York-based think tank will name the 18th Intelligent Community of the Year in June of that year, a community that is a leader in creating inclusive economic prosperity, solving social problems and enriching quality of life using information and communications technology (ICT). The 2015 recipient was Columbus, Ohio, USA.


Economic optimism rebounding

TORONTO - Economic optimism among professional accountants in corporate leadership positions is creeping back upwards, according to a quarterly survey conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).

Economic Development

Canadian Government Invests in Regional Diversification in Southwestern Ontario

Stratford – On July 9, 2015, FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear announced a contribution of $3,227,750 to the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association (WOCDFCA) to support the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises in southwestern Ontario.


Human activities are jeopardising Earth’s natural systems and health of future generations

New report from The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health calls for action to ensure future health and environmental sustainability, showing that solutions are within reach

London, UK - A new report released July 15, 2015 by The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, calls for immediate, global action to protect the health of human civilization and the natural systems on which it depends. The report, Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch, provides the first ever comprehensive examination of evidence showing how the health and well-being of future generations is being jeopardised by the unprecedented degradation of the planet’s natural resources and ecological systems.

Fitness Network

OneSet: The Vine for Fitness - now available on iPhone and Android

Waterloo - OneSet announced July 9, 2015 the introduction of the first video-based health and social fitness network, designed to motivate users to reach their fitness goals. Users learn from others who have already reached goals similar to their own.


New Inspection and Maintenance System Unveiled for Bruce Power

New made-in-Ontario tooling to support Bruce Power operations for decades to come

CAMBRIDGE - (Left to Right): Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO, Bruce Power, Anthony Caputo, Chief Executive Officer of ATS Automation, the Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario's Minister of Finance, Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge and Doug Craig, Mayor of Cambridge share in the unveiling of the Bruce Reactor Inspection and Maintenance System (BRIMS) tool at ATS Automation in Cambridge, Ontario, Thursday. BRIMS will allow for more effective execution of inspection and maintenance activities at Bruce Power, which provides 30 percent of Ontario's electricity.

Fund Raiser

Colourful Run

Kitchener — The Color Vibe, a “vibrantly colourful” 5k fun run company, is hosting the Kitchener Color Vibe 5k full of VIBRANT colour, epic beats, and a lot of fun on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The event will be held at the Bingemans.


Labour markets and Canada's surprisingly low unemployment rate

CALGARY - Labour markets in Canada are complicated. Employment patterns vary greatly by age, by region and according to current economic conditions. They also have a great deal to tell us about the real state of the economy. With talk of a new recession, Canadians hear concerns from news reports and economists that the last recession accelerated the rise of a labour force made up of precarious part-time, contract, temporary or self-employed workers. But the evidence contradicts that. The share of those jobs has not increased significantly in recent years and the vast majority of people who work part time do so voluntarily, not for lack of other options.


Robarts Research Institute awards the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine to renowned cancer imaging researcher from Stanford University

Sanjiv S. Gambhir, MD, PhD, internationally-renowned cancer imaging researcher from Stanford University, is the recipient of the 2015 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine.

London - The Taylor Prize is awarded annually by Western University’s Robarts Research Institute. The recipient is nominated by the scientific community and selected by a peer jury which focuses on research areas that are integral to Robarts’ mandate. This year, the focus is “Cellular and Molecular Imaging in Cancer.” The Cancer Imaging Research Program at Robarts is focused on generating new cancer imaging tools and new molecular probes to detect specific types of cancer.


Joël Blit joins CIGI as Senior Fellow to focus on innovation gaps

Waterloo — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) announced the appointment of Joël Blit as Senior Fellow with its Global Economy Program, effective immediately. At CIGI, Blit will focus on the topic of innovation and the factors that support and stall progress with and amongst nations, exploring Canada as a regional example in the global economy. His topics include the role of intellectual property rights, closing Canada’s innovation gap, and the link between Canadian immigration and innovation.

Climate Change

Ontario’s Climate Summit Lays Path for Low-Carbon Future

Pan-American States and Regions Lead by Example, Press for National Action

Queens Park - Ontario’s Climate Summit of the Americas successfully wrapped up with major announcements that will advance collaboration between government, business and community on climate change. “The climate leaders who attended the summit made it a great success and set the stage for the next phase of action. Our Climate Action Statement recognizes the urgency of fighting climate change and working together to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The work we do today will help ensure a better world tomorrow and for future generations", said Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.


CIGI appoints A. Neil Craik as Senior Fellow to explore issues of climate change and environment law

Waterloo — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of A. Neil Craik as Senior Fellow with its International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective immediately. At CIGI, Craik will explore issues of climate change and environmental law. He has particular interests in the intersection of international and domestic environmental policy, climate and geoengineering governance and environmental impact assessment.

Summer Fund Raiser

Pete Viol finishes his Tour Divide Journey: local police sergeant travels 3,000 kilometres by mountain bike to raise funds for GRRCC

Kitchener- Sergeant Peter Viol of the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) has now completed his 2015 Tour Divide Ride in support of the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (GRRCC).


Planet IndigenUS returns with over 300 artists from around the globe

TORONTO — Planet IndigenUS returns to Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre, its co-producing partner, July 31 – August 9. This contemporary 10-day festival showcases over 300 Indigenous artists from around the globe. For ten years Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre have worked alongside one another to create the world’s largest multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival, Planet IndigenUS. Planet IndigenUS 4 sees this partnership develop and grow to showcase the very best Indigenous art the world has to offer.

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