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____ Week 11: September 3 - September 8, 2015 ____

Exchange Morning Post "daily" distribution resumes September 8, 2015

Social Media

Jamie Bartlett:How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream

There’s a parallel Internet you may not have run across yet — accessed by a special browser and home to a freewheeling collection of sites for everything from anonymous activism to illicit activities. Jamie Bartlett reports from the dark net. In his book "The Dark Net," Jamie Bartlett investigates Internet subcultures, both legal and illegal.

Software Release

IMS Launches New Business Center with Comprehensive Analytics and Reporting Capabilities for Usage-based Insurance

IMS and Pentaho partner to help auto insurers unlock a wealth of insights by blending usage-based insurance (UBI) data and customer information

Waterloo - Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS), a leading connected car company, released their new Business Center with a powerful suite of program analytics and reporting tools made possible through a technology integration partnership with Pentaho, a leading data integration and business analytics company.

Fishing Recognition

Waterloo-designed safety insole earns award from anglers’ magazine

Waterloo - A safety insole designed in Waterloo and made by Swenco Limited has earned an award from a leading sport-fishing magazine in the United States. Fly Fish America presented Swenco with an Editors’ Choice Award for the Steel-Flex puncture-resistant insole, under the category of “Best-of-the-Best New Fly Fishing Gear.” Swenco received the award in July at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) in Orlando, Fla.

Developing Markets

TESLA Motors Opens New Charging Station in Waterloo

Waterloo - Tesla Motors has teamed up with Wildcraft Waterloo, part of the Charcoal Group to provide an increasingly desirable amenity; Tesla Destination Charging. Tesla High Power Wall Connectors add 58 miles of range per hour, easily charging Model S’s 270 mile range in a few hours or overnight.

Employment Changes

Economical Executive Changes

Waterloo — Economical Insurance announced that Ed Berko has left the company to pursue other endeavours. “We thank Ed for his positive contributions to the company over the past two years as senior vice-president and chief risk officer and wish him the very best for the future,” said Karen Gavan, president and CEO of Economical Insurance.

Changing Environment

Researchers find way for eagles and wind turbines to coexist

Waterloo - Collisions with wind turbines kill about 100 golden eagles a year in some locations, but a new study that maps both potential wind-power sites and nesting patterns of the birds reveals sweet spots, where potential for wind power is greatest with a lower threat to nesting eagles.

Brad Fedy, a professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, and Jason Tack, a PhD student at Colorado State University, took nesting data from a variety of areas across Wyoming, and created models using a suite of environmental variables and referenced those against areas with wind development potential. The results of their research appear in PLOS ONE.

Great Lakes

Ontario Offering Grants to Help Protect the Great Lakes

Applications Now Open to Local Environmental Stewards

Queens Park - Ontario is calling on community groups to help protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes by applying for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant.

3D Printing Conference

The future belongs to color

Darmstadt, Deutschland - A group of Fraunhofer researchers steps up to provide color to 3D prints. Dr. Philipp Urban (middle) and his employees are convinced that 3D color printing is the future. They welcome the world’s largest and most important conference of technical color sciences, the IS&T Color and Imaging Conference, in Darmstadt from October 19 through 23 (© Fraunhofer IGD)

Market Share Resources

Commodity Prices Plunge in July and August

Toronto - After rallying in the second quarter, Scotiabank's Commodity Price Index turned lower again in July, dropping -6.7% month-over-month (m/m) and -29.4% year-over-year (yr/yr).


Goth teens could be more vulnerable to depression and self-harm

Bristol, UK - Young people who identify with the goth subculture might be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The findings show that teenagers who identified very strongly with being a goth at age 15 were three times more likely to be clinically depressed and were five times more likely to self-harm at age 18 than young people who did not identify with the goth subculture.


Stratford’s new Live at Revival House concert series

kicks-off October 22 with dynamic line-up of Canadian musicians

Stratford – String Bone Presents! Live at Revival House. This new concert series kicks-off October 22, 2015 at Stratford’s newly renovated and reimagined Revival House, formerly the Church Restaurant. Curated and directed by Canadian singer-songwriter Barry James Payne, who also performs with the Celtic-fusion band Rant Maggie Rant, the concert series will feature a dynamic line-up of award-winning Canadian musicians. See line up.


Laurier appoints new chair of Board of Governors

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed former Deloitte executive John Bowey as the new chair of the university’s Board of Governors. Bowey, who succeeds former chair Jamie Martin, took on the chair role July 1st. “I am delighted to welcome John as the incoming chair of the university’s Board of Governors,” said Max Blouw, Laurier president and vice-chancellor. “John brings with him decades of professional leadership and business experience, and he has been involved with the board in a variety of positions. As chair of the audit and compliance committee, John has provided strong oversight and been instrumental in the development of an enhanced risk management program at Laurier; we look forward to the leadership he will provide as chair.”

New Approach

Ontario Funds Bundled Care Teams to Improve Patient Experience

Province Expands Coordinated Team Approach to Provide Seamless Service to Patients

Queens Park - Patients in six communities across the province will now benefit from an approach called bundled care, which is helping people transition more smoothly out of hospital and into their homes.


SHOP.CA Adds Technology and Retail Expertise to Its Board With the Additions of New Members Bill Di Nardo, John Muffolini and Tony Chvala

TORONTO - SHOP.CA announced that Bill Di Nardo, John Muffolini and Tony Chvala have joined its Board of Directors. All three board members bring extensive experience in the technology and retail space along with significant accomplishments guiding private, entrepreneurial ventures.


The 9 Belts to Sales Assassin Mastery
by Anthony Caliendo

The Sales Assassin is the ultimate master of sales passion and discipline, the Sales Assassin Master (aka SAM) of your own destiny; focused on a results-driven willingness to be prepared to control your own destiny. The SAM must be a master of perseverance, self-control and must possess the spirit of being responsible and accountable for your successful performance. The path to Sales Assassin success—the path to positive thinking and to controlling your sales destiny as a SAM—begins with the 9 Belts of Sales Assassin Mastery.

International Music

Canadian Music Enjoying Significant Increase in International Airplay and Performances

Toronto - Canada's songwriters and composers continue to excel around the world, enjoying an overall increase of eight percent in international revenues over the previous year, according to data collected by SOCAN.

Nanoscale Vehicle

Researchers Use DNA ‘Clews’ to Shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 Gene-Editing Tool into Cells

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model.


Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station Project Underway

TTN - OPG partnership expected to create 220 jobs at peak

COCHRANE - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Coral Rapids Power (CRP), a company wholly owned by Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), are building a new 28 megawatt hydroelectric generating station approximately 90 km north of the Town of Smooth Rock Falls. The $300 million project is expected to employ 220 workers at peak and be completed in 2018.


Local Poverty Reduction Fund to Invest in New Technology for Perth and Huron Organizations

New Fund Supports Community-Driven Solutions to Tackling Poverty

Queens Park - Ontario is investing in an innovative web-based tool, created by the University of Waterloo, to help community organizations lift people and families out of poverty.


Fewer than half of psychology studies replicated in massive project

Waterloo - Fewer than half of psychology studies published can replicate their original results, according to University of Waterloo researchers involved in the most comprehensive investigation ever conducted on the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science.

City Living

Inner-city neighbourhood may affect risk of developing of heart disease, research finds

Toronto -- The inner-city neighbourhood in which someone lives may affect his or her risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, a new research paper suggests. Some residents of inner-city neighbourhoods have adopted sedentary lifestyles and poor diets due to a lack of grocery stores, limited green space and transportation options, fewer recreation centres and high rates of violent crime.


Residents invited to help “pick a pool” for Kiwanis Park

Kitchener – The pool at Kiwanis Park is in need of renovation, and staff is looking for feedback from the public before bringing forward a recommended design for council’s consideration.

Ages 15-29

Ontario Launches New Youth Employment Program
Province Connects At-Risk Youth with Jobs

Queens Park - Ontario is launching the Youth Job Connection program to provide intensive support and training to young people with multiple barriers to employment. The province will invest more than $160 million over two years to help over 27,000 young people get the skills and training they need to build a better future.


The 3Cs: Your Key Essentials for Healthy, Productive Workplace Fun

By Nat Measley

Any business leader will agree that a successful program for their operation is one that makes their organization more efficient or effective. Enlightened business leaders constantly take the opportunity to enhance their existing programs for workplace fun. How can a program for workplace fun become more effective and efficient? Further, what would the benefits of a more effective program for fun within your culture be?

Road Governance

New Road Safety Rules In Effect

Ontario Strengthening Penalties for Distracted Driving; Protecting Cyclists

Queens Park - The rules of the road were updated on September 1, 2015. Changes include tougher penalties for distratcted driving, new rules to protect cyclists and measures to ensure the safety of tow truck drivers and children riding school buses.

App Collaboration

Local municipal governments come together to answer your service questions in one place – your phone

Waterloo Region – Seamless, 24-7 access to real-time information ranging from planned road closures to municipal events has become even more robust with the Region of Waterloo joining the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge on Pingstreet, an interactive mobile app available on the App Store, Blackberry World and Google Play.

Violence Prevention

Long-term study links common psychiatric disorders with increased risk of violent reoffending in ex-prisoners

Ex-prisoners with common psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) and alcohol and drug abuse are substantially more likely to commit a violent crime after release than other prisoners, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The study of almost 48000 ex-prisoners suggests that diagnosed psychiatric disorders are potentially responsible for up to a fifth of violent reoffending by former male prisoners and two-fifths by female ex-prisoners.


Agency Predicts 3.4 Per Cent Increase in Canadian Average Starting Salaries for Professional Roles in 2016

New Salary Guides Show Salary Ranges, Hiring Trends for More Than 500 Occupations

Toronto - The 2016 Salary Guides from Robert Half reveal Canadian starting salaries for professional occupations are expected to increase an average of 3.4 per cent next year. Among the five fields tracked, the technology sector is projected to see the greatest pay gains, with base salaries rising an average of 5 per cent. Accounting and finance roles followed, with anticipated average compensation increases of 4 per cent. The administrative professions registered projected starting salary increases of 3.3 per cent, followed by the legal industry and the creative industry, with average base pay expected to rise 2.7 per cent and 2.1 per cent, respectively, in 2016.


New Technique Lowers Cost of Energy-Efficient Embedded Computer Systems

Raleigh, NC - Electrical and computer engineers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating less-expensive, low-power embedded systems – the computing devices found in everything from thermostats to automobiles.

Global Study

Hotel Prices Paid in Canada up Five Per Cent

Global hotel prices paid by travellers worldwide rose by just 1% during first half 2015, according to latest Hotel Price Index

Toronto - For the first time, hotel prices paid in three world regions have overtaken their pre-financial crisis levels of 2008/2009, with North America, the Caribbean and Latin America setting new records, although the overall global rise is up just 1% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 according to the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from More travellers, higher consumer spending in key areas and strong currency fluctuations have all contributed to this result. According to, Canadian hotels reported one of the strongest rebounds with a 5% increase in prices paid to an average of $166 per night amongst all travellers, both international and domestic.


Whitemans sub-watershed at Level 2 - water conservation urged and anglers asked to refrain from fishing in Whitemans Creek, Nith, Eramosa and McKenzie Creek sub-watersheds are at Level 1 Conditions

Cambridge - Water users in the Whitemans Creek sub-watershed in Brant and Oxford counties are being asked to further reduce their consumption by 20 per cent, because of dry conditions in the area. Whitemans Creek, which has been in a Level 1 condition since early August, has now been moved to a Level 2.


Say "So Long" or "Au Revoir" to Passwords and PINs

Natural Language Understanding and Voice Biometrics in both French and English is a first in Canada

TORONTO/MONTRÉAL - Manulife announced that it has enhanced its contact centre customer experience with the deployment of natural language understanding (NLU) and voice biometric technologies. Manulife is the first company in Canada to introduce voice biometrics as well as natural language understanding in a single interactive voice response (IVR) system offered in both English and French.

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