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Paul Greenberg: The four fish we're overeating — and what to eat instead

The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods. Paul Greenberg researches and writes about fish, aquaculture and the future of the ocean. Paul Greenberg is the author of the James Beard Award winning New York Times bestseller Four Fish and a regular contributor to The New York Times. He has also written for National Geographic Magazine, GQ, The Times (of London) and Vogue

Design Trends

Putting Design at the Heart of Business, Government and Society: New Report Highlights the Rising Role of Design in 2016

From disappearing apps to micromoments, Trends 2016 takes a provocative look at 10 digital developments expected to disrupt organizations in the year ahead, according to Fjord, Design and Innovation

Toronto - Amidst the rapid pace of innovation and changing consumer expectations, Accenture has released Fjord Trends 2016, its ninth annual report examining the most significant emergent digital trends expected to transform design, organizations and society in the year ahead.

Canada's Natural Wealth

National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, third quarter 2015

National wealth declines as the value of natural resource wealth falls

Ottawa - National wealth, or the total value of non-financial assets in the Canadian economy, declined $190.4 billion to $9,205 billion at the end of the third quarter. This was mainly attributable to a $285.4 billion decrease in the value of natural resource wealth as energy prices fell in the quarter. The value of residential real estate rose by $48.7 billion.

Next steps

Economical mutual policyholders vote to move forward with demutualization

Company takes next step towards creating a more competitive business

Waterloo - Mutual policyholders of Economical Insurance participated in an historic vote today, paving the way for Economical to become the first property and casualty insurer in Canada to demutualize.

Governor's Challenge

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics students compete in final round of Bank of Canada competition

Waterloo – A team of Wilfrid Laurier University economics students at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics will compete in the finalist round of The Governor’s Challenge national competition. The competition, which challenges teams to simulate the role of monetary policy advisor to the Bank of Canada’s Governing Council, takes place at the Bank of Canada’s head office in Ottawa on Feb. 13, 2016. Students analyze and forecast economic developments to recommend whether to raise the bank’s key interest rate, lower it, or leave it unchanged – in order to keep inflation low and stable and in line with the two per cent inflation target. The teams then present their work and recommendation to a panel of Bank of Canada judges, who evaluate the teams on the substance of their analysis, the quality of their presentation and evidence of strong teamwork.

Council Info

City of Waterloo council summary from December 14, 2015

Waterloo - The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at this evening’s council meeting.


Low Interest Rates help Canadians Manage Higher Mortgage Down Payments

Mortgage Professionals Canada (formerly CAAMP) releases Fall Report

Toronto - In its Annual State of the Residential Mortgage Market in Canada report, Mortgage Professionals Canada, reveals Canadians are finding ways to increase their down payments and start the process of retiring their mortgage debt.

Fund Raising

Wekerle donates 5 pairs of tickets to Raptors match to help raise funds for Women's Crises Service

Waterloo Region - On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, bidding will open for a pair of corporate suite tickets to see the Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets on January 1, 2016. There are five pairs of tickets available and bids start at $400 per pair. Knowing that 45% of our shelter residents are children, Canadian business icon and star of “Dragon’s Den” Michael Wekerle was inspired to donate these tickets to his corporate suite at the Air Canada Centre. Mr. Wekerle cares deeply about vulnerable children and the impact of children being exposed to abuse and violence in the home.

Marketing Marijuana

Wynne backs Thomas on pot sales in LCBO

Toronto - OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says Premier Kathleen Wynne is doing the right thing by limiting marijuana sales to the LCBO if the federal government makes them legal. Wynne echoes a recommendation that Thomas made three weeks ago.


New Consumer Goods and Retail Industry Study Reveals Need to Rethink the Value Chain

The Consumer Goods Forum and Capgemini call for needed industry change to secure long-term, sustainable growth; Existing value chains must evolve to consumer-driven value networks

PARIS and NEW YORK - The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and Capgemini published results from their new report "Rethinking the Value Chain: New Realities in Collaborative Business". The report identifies future trends in the consumer products and retail (CPR) sector and concludes that traditional value chains are no longer sufficient to keep pace. In order to secure long-term growth, it recommends the adoption of a "value network" approach to doing business. The report was unveiled during the CGF's Board of Directors meeting in Amsterdam, with special recognition going to Muhtar Kent, Chairman & CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, and Motoya Okada, President and Group CEO of AEON Co., LTD, who initiated the project at the Board level and who are long-time Board Co-Sponsors of the CGF's End-to-End Value Chain & Standards Pillar, where this project sits.

Assisted Dying

Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group Completes Report On Physician-Assisted Dying

Ontario to Launch Public Consultations in January

Queens Park - An expert advisory group on physician-assisted dying, established by Ontario in collaboration with 10 other provinces and territories, has completed its final report. The expert advisory group spent three months consulting with key organizations, experts and community leaders from across Canada. Their final report covers issues including eligibility criteria, protection of vulnerable people and the role of conscientiously objecting health care providers. The report is intended to assist provinces and territories as they prepare for the implementation of physician-assisted dying.


As payment technologies and services evolve financial services are now investing and experimenting.

London - Banks across the world are set to significantly increase spending on new payment technology in 2016, according to a new report from a independent technology firm.


Carleton Announces New Health Sciences Building — Encouraging Experiential Learning and Collaborative Research

Ottawa - Carleton University announced yesterday that it has begun construction work on a $52-million Health Sciences Building that will include the latest technology in high-quality undergraduate teaching labs. The new open-concept research labs will provide greater access to experiential learning opportunities for students while encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and closer interactions within departments.

Art & Culture

Susan Collen chosen as Artist in Residence at Region of Waterloo Library, Ayr Branch

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo Library announced that its first Artist in Residence will be Kitchener visual artist, Susan Collen. Ms. Collen was selected by a special committee from a large group of applicants. “Susan brings to our community an extensive artistic background,” said Michele Hopkins, Supervisor, Branch Library (North Dumfries). “The beauty of her art is that it is approachable and accessible.”

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