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Politics

Arthur Brooks: A conservative's plea: Let's work together

Conservatives and liberals both believe that they alone are motivated by love while their opponents are motivated by hate. How can we solve problems with so much polarization? In this talk, social scientist Arthur Brooks shares ideas for what we can each do as individuals to break the gridlock. "We might just be able to take the ghastly holy war of ideology that we're suffering under and turn it into a competition of ideas," he says.

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Invention & Commercialization

Perimeter Heads Nationwide Partnership To Ignite Innovation For Canada's 150th Year

A year-long celebration of Canadian innovation

Waterloo - Five of Canada’s leading science outreach organizations will deliver Innovation150, a cross-country celebration of Canadian ingenuity, throughout 2017. Travelling science exhibitions, major city-wide festivals, and dynamic online experiences are among the year-long activities in Innovation150, a nationwide partnership announced this week in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Co-op Excellence

University of Waterloo Honours Its Top Co-op Students, Including National Winner

Waterloo - A student from the University of Waterloo has won the award for top co-op student in Canada for her work coordinating a radiotherapy program for people in the advanced stages of cancer. The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) named Rachel McDonald, from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Waterloo, the winner of the national Co-op Student of the Year Award. This is the second year in a row a Waterloo student has won the CAFCE award. She also won the top prize in the province, the Education at Work Ontario (EWO) Co-op Student of the Year Award.

The 2015 University of Waterloo Co-op Students of the Year, from left to right, Joey Pereira, Emily West, Andrew MacDonald, Rachel McDonald, Vinita Dhir and Jordan Grant. (Rachel McDonald won the national Co-op Student of the Year Award.)

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Teamwork

The Five Biggest Teamwork Ills

By Wharton School Fellow Dr. Mario Moussa, Dr. Derek Newberry and Madeline Boyer -

Twisting your features into a mask of pain, you dig your heels into the soft grass. A rope tears into your palms. A clear, tiny voice speaks to you amid the many confused thoughts swirling in your head: “So-o-o-o … what am I learning from this experience?”

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Human Resources

Guaranteed sick time good policy and smart business

People working despite being sick has been estimated to cost Canadian businesses $15 to $25 billion per year - By Danyaal Raza, Family physician and Ryan Meili Expert Advisor EvidenceNetwork.ca

Toronto/Saskatoon - A food handler going to work with a cough, a parent sending their sick child to school or an emergency room nurse making snap decisions through the fog of a flu. It doesn't take a medical degree to appreciate the counterproductive consequences of these decisions, yet far too often these are the stories of our patients and countless others like them. For far too many, struggling to make ends meet, afraid to lose even a day's pay - going to work sick is the only choice they have.

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Cycling

Ontario Helping Waterloo Region Expand Cycling and Improve Safety

Province Investing $975,000 in Local Cycling Infrastructure

Queens Park - Ontario is providing $975,000 to the Region of Waterloo over the next two years to help build new, or improve existing, cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.

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Hiring Infographic

Canadian CFOs Reveal Hiring Plans for Next Six Months

Survey Finds 82 Per Cent of Canadian Companies Experiencing Recruiting Challenges

Toronto - The just-released Canadian Professional Employment Forecast shows 26 per cent of Canadian chief financial officers (CFOs) expect their company to create new jobs in the next six months. Another 56 per cent plan to hire only for open roles.

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Recognition

Laurier mathematics professor receives national research award

Waterloo – Donna Kotsopoulos, a professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Education and Department of Mathematics, was awarded the 2016 Partners in Research (PIR) Mathematics Ambassador Award. This national award celebrates outstanding leaders who promote their research through outreach activities and recognizes the impact of this research on the lives of Canadians.

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Infrastructure & Innovation

Prioritize Ontario’s Economy in the Federal Budget: Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Infrastructure investment will support economic growth, the small business tax cut requires clarity, and the fiscal gap must be closed

Toronto - The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its 2016 Federal Pre-Budget Submission, highlighting key priorities the federal government must address in its upcoming budget. This includes keeping its infrastructure commitments, clarifying the small business tax cut, and eliminating Ontario’s federal fiscal gap.

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Canada 150

CIGI founder Jim Balsillie named Canada 150 Ambassador

Waterloo – The Centre for International Governance Innovation’s (CIGI) founder and chair, and renowned Canadian inventor and philanthropist, Jim Balsillie, has been named a Canada 150 Ambassador.

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Travel

New research further supports association between Zika virus infection and microcephaly

Paris, France - New research, based on data from the 2013-14 Zika outbreak in French Polynesia, further supports the association between Zika virus and microcephaly. The study, published today in The Lancet, estimates that the risk of microcephaly is about 1 for every 100 women infected with Zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy.

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Life Long Health

Increasing lifelong mobility by addressing osteoarthritis

London - For more than three million Canadians suffering from osteoarthritis, getting out of bed in the morning or opening a jar can be a serious challenge.

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Last Days

Province Strengthens End-Of-Life Care With $75 Million Investment

Ontario Developing Comprehensive Strategy on Palliative and End-Of-Life Care

Queens Park - As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is proposing to invest an additional $75 million over three years to provide patients with more options and access to palliative and end-of-life care.

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Agriculture

Federal Budget 2016 - The NFU’s Recommendations

Saskatoon - The Federal Budget will be tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016. The National Farmers Union (NFU) presented its recommendations to the House of Commons Finance Committee during its pre-budget consultation process.

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Economy - Canadian

Going deeper in debt won't lead to a lasting economic recovery

Ottawa - The Quebec Employers Council (CPQ) will be in the media lockup on Tuesday for the 2016-17 federal budget announcement. Once the lockup is lifted, Council President and CEO, Yves-Thomas Dorval, will be available to respond to media requests and provide the reaction of employers, and more specifically Québec's business community, to the measures announced in Finance Minister Bill Morneau's budget.

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Departure

ATS CEO to leave role next year

Cambridge - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. announced that Anthony Caputo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, will be leaving the Company in February, 2017.

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Philanthropy

Graduate students contribute $1.1M to Laurier

Waterloo – The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at Wilfrid Laurier University celebrated the renewal of its Graduate Enhancement Fund (GEF) this week, which will see graduate students contribute $1.1 million to the university over the next five years.

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Study Waterloo

Fertilizer applied to fields today will pollute water for decades

Waterloo - Dangerous nitrate levels in drinking water could persist for decades, increasing the risk for blue baby syndrome and other serious health concerns, according to a new study published by researchers at the University of Waterloo.

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Gender Equality

Women in Top Corporate Jobs Drops

Pioneering report in its 11th year finds gap between Canadian business and Prime Minister's bold actions on gender equality

New York - After last week's International Women's Day celebrations and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being lauded this week at the United Nations and by Catalyst for his progressive approach to gender equality, global talent acquisition firm Rosenzweig & Company releases its 11th annual report, which indicates that Corporate Canada lagged this past year in recognizing and promoting women leaders.

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Tourism Code

Swedish private sector commits to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Madrid - Visita and Svensk Turism AB have become the latest private sector signatories to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics. The signature of the commitment to the Code took place on the occasion of Sweden’s Hospitality Industry Congress, held in Gothenburg on 17 March 2016.

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Financial Wellness

Financial worries can impact productivity of Canadian employees

Lack of retirement readiness and money-related stress distract workers

Waterloo - Manulife's Financial Wellness study shows that almost half of working Canadians (42%) said that they felt distracted at work because they are worrying about money. The study also showed that people with a higher level of financial wellness are less distracted at work. Financial wellness is the level of confidence people have about their overall finances (budgeting, retirement, investing, managing debt), and 45% of Canadians say they have a low level of financial wellness.

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Survey

Greater Business Collaboration at the Top

Finance and Tech Leaders Teaming Up More Often

Toronto - Just as it has in many other areas of business, technology has reshaped finance, compelling both groups to partner more often. In a survey from Robert Half Management Resources and Robert Half Technology, 77 per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said they are now collaborating with their company's chief information officer (CIO) more frequently than they were three years ago. Only one per cent of respondents reported less collaboration.

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Leadership

5 Steps To Building An Attractive Work Culture For Millennial Talent

As the economy takes a positive turn, a new concern is keeping employers awake at night: culture, including employee engagement and retention. The proof is in the data.

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Health Care - Type 2

Study shows bariatric surgery better than intensive lifestyle and drug interventions at reversing diabetes in mildly to moderately obese patients

Seattle - New research shows that bariatric surgery (also known as obesity surgery) is much more effective than an intensive lifestyle/medication intervention at reversing type 2 diabetes in patients with only mild-to-moderate obesity. The study is published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) and is by Dr David E. Cummings, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, and colleagues including at the Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA, USA. The study underlines that it may no longer be appropriate to consider someone for bariatric surgery based primarily on just their body mass index, but also on whether they have diabetes.

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Workshop

CFFB Presents a Workshop on the Ontario Pension Plan

Waterloo Region - The ORPP…the Ontario Liberal solution to ensuring everyone retires with a pension. For a while it was pending, now it is legislated. The implementation dates are still being moved around like pawns on a chess board. The issues of how well it will be managed, how much of the administration will be piggy-backed onto the Fed is for those above our pay grade to decide.

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Canada150

Theme Announced For Heritage Day 2017

Inviting Canadians to celebrate “My Canada!”

Ottawa – The National Trust for Canada announce the theme “My Canada!” for Heritage Day 2017. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, “My Canada!” is designed to inspire Canadians to embrace, explore and enjoy their own heritage places and spaces across the country. Celebrate your Canada during Heritage Week, February 13-19, 2017.

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Industrial Revolution

Meet the Young, Tech-Savvy, Civic-Minded Innovators Driving The Fourth Industrial Revolution

121 men and women, aged under 40, have been invited to join the Young Global Leaders (YGL) community of the World Economic Forum; New YGLs are at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: a woman whose company regrows damaged human bones; a scientist developing technology that reuses radioactive waste; ministers shaking up politics; future business leaders; and human rights activists.

Geneva, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum announced today 121 scientists, government leaders, future business leaders, social activists and artists, aged under 40, who are shaking up policy, society and the world around them.

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Marketing

CRTC Chairman to Discuss Enforcement Efforts Regarding Unsolicited Communications with the Canadian Marketing Association

Toronto - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is getting candid with marketers at the Canadian Marketing Association's (CMA) exclusive breakfast event on March 22nd. Held at the Toronto Board of Trade from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, will be delivering a speech entitled "Protecting Canadians from Unwanted Communications".

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Lecture

Laurier lecture explains the importance of finding Einstein’s gravitational waves

Waterloo – Shohini Ghose, a professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Physics and Computer Science, will present a public lecture, entitled “Gravitational Waves and General Relativity for All,” March 22 at Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

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Water

Waterloo celebrates World Water Day

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University will celebrate UN World Water Day with a special event next week.

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A Forum - Community Health

Crystal Methamphetamine in Waterloo and Wellington Region Harm Reduction, Supporting Clients and Staying Safe

Waterloo Region - Local health and social service providers from across Wellington County and Waterloo Region are coming together to attend a one-day forum today that will provide information, raise awareness and build community capacity to respond to the increased use of Crystal Meth in our communities.

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Invention & Commercialization

Perimeter Heads Nationwide Partnership To Ignite Innovation For Canada's 150th Year

A year-long celebration of Canadian innovation

Waterloo - Five of Canada’s leading science outreach organizations will deliver Innovation150, a cross-country celebration of Canadian ingenuity, throughout 2017. Travelling science exhibitions, major city-wide festivals, and dynamic online experiences are among the year-long activities in Innovation150, a nationwide partnership announced this week in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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April 15, 2016

St. Mary’s explores “Why Women Still Can’t have it all” with Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter

Kitchener – On Friday April 15, 2016 Anne Marie Slaughter will speak at the first of a new series, St. Mary’s She Shares. From working as the first female director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department to leaving that illustrious career to spend more time with her children, Anne-Marie Slaughter has thought a lot about whether or not women can really “have it all.”


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