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Moonshot Factory

Astro Teller: The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

"Great dreams aren't just visions," says Astro Teller, "They're visions coupled to strategies for making them real." The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the "moonshot factory," as it's called, where his team seeks to solve the world's biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X's secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas. As "Captain of Moonshots" for X, Astro Teller oversees the secret projects that could reshape our lives in coming decades.


Two in Three (66%) Global Citizens Say Hacktivists Should Be Stopped, But Majority (52%) Believes Hacktivists Should Step In When No One Else Will

Toronto – Two in three (66%) global citizens believe that online hacktivists should be stopped, while a slim majority (52%) believe that they should step in when no one else will hold someone accountable, according to a new Ipsos poll commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). The poll entitled the 2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust explored Internet user’s perceptions on the role of hacktivists – controversial groups of hackers that utilize computers and technology for political or social causes.

Carbon Nuetral

Committment to Green House Gas Reduction Earns Rookie Award

Waterloo – The David Johnston Research + Technology Park (R+T Park) University of Waterloo and tenants have come together and committed to a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction target through Sustainable Waterloo Region’s (SWR) Regional Carbon Initiative Program (RCI). Using 2014 numbers as our baseline, a 10 year and 40% reduction goal was set by the R+T Park building owners and tenants. Through all the hard work and commitment towards this initiative, the R+T Park and its tenants have been nominated for the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award.

Home Prices

New Housing Price Index, February 2016

Builders reported higher material costs as the primary reason for the increases in Hamilton, Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo

Ottawa - The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.2% in February, following a 0.1% increase in January. The advance was led by higher new home prices in Ontario and British Columbia.

Of the metropolitan areas covered by the index, the combined region of Toronto and Oshawa (+0.4%) and Vancouver (+0.8%) were the top contributors to the national increase in February. Builders in both regions cited new list prices and market conditions as the main reasons for the advance. This was the largest monthly price increase in Vancouver since September 2009.

Chart of the Week

The Longest Downtrend in Oils History Ends

by Mike Hayhoe

For the first time since July 30, 2014: Crude Oil closed above its 200-day moving average. This was the longest streak ever below the 200-day Moving Average for Crude Oil (over 600 days but who's counting?).


Satisfaction with work-life balance: Fact sheet from 2012

Ottawa - According to the 2012 General Social Survey, most parents who work full time are satisfied with their work-life balance. In 2012, 75% of parents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with this balance. The others were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied (15%), dissatisfied (8%) or very dissatisfied (1%).

Book Review

Ending The Pain And Strain Of The Working World Begins When Business Knowledge And Human Psychology Come Together

Boston, MA – Inept managers, poor communications, mismatched core skills and expectations, boss/subordinate disconnects: there are millions of reasons to be unhappy on the job. Now, award-winning author Beverly Flaxington gives readers solid, simple strategies for enjoying and succeeding in their business and personal lives in her books, Self-Talk for a Calmer You: Learn How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Control Anxiety and Live a Happier, More Relaxed Life and Make Your Shift: The Five Most Powerful Moves You Can Make to Get Where YOU Want to Go.

Energy Ownership

Ontario Power Generation Inc. Reports Hydro One Share Ownership Pursuant to OSC Rule 62-504

Toronto - Ontario Power Generation Inc. announced that it has acquired 9,000,000 common shares of Hydro One Limited ("Hydro One"). The Corporation has filed a report of its ownership of common shares of Hydro One pursuant to OSC Rule 62-504 and corresponding provisions of applicable securities laws in other Canadian jurisdictions, which require disclosure of shareholdings in publicly traded companies by significant shareholders and their related entities.

New Partner

Maplesoft is now a SOLIDWORKS® Solutions Partner

Easy integration of Maple and MapleSim CAD Toolbox with SOLIDWORKS

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced that it has now become a Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Certified Solutions Partner. This is a progression of the relationship between the two companies that has already enabled engineers to connect Maple and MapleSim, with SOLIDWORKS, a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) program.

Trade Deals

Free trade agreements are no magic bullet for Canada’s trade ailments, says Jim Stanford

Hamilton – Canada’s trade policy priority should not be signing more trade deals, but rather finding alternative ways to support the development of Canadian-based firms that produce goods and services the rest of the world demands, says Jim Stanford. His commentary, which will be included in a forthcoming IRPP research volume, comes in the context of ongoing debates in Canada surrounding the implementation of the CETA and TPP trade agreements.


Gore Mutual receives Model Insurer award for uBiz ecommerce platform

Cambridge - Gore Mutual Insurance Company has been recognized by Celent as a Model Insurer for its work in developing uBiz—the first fully ecommerce commercial insurance platform in Canada. Gore Mutual received the Digital and Omnichannel Technologies Award on April 13, 2016 at Celent's 2016 Innovation and Insight Day in New York.


Study reveals substantial reductions in years lived without disability and overall life expectancy for men and women with diabetes

Melbourne, Austrailia - New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that men and women with diabetes (both types) face not only reduced overall life expectancy, but also higher numbers of years living with disability compared to those people without diabetes. The research is by Associate Professor Dianna Magliano and Dr Lili Huo, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues.


Ajay Heble, founding Artistic Director of the Guelph Jazz Festival, announces plans to retire after this year’s festival

Guelph - The Guelph Jazz Festival announces that Ajay Heble, the founding Artistic Director, will retire after serving in the position for 23 years. His retirement will begin after this year's festival on September 14-18.


Ontario to Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Retirement Security

Legislation Would Expand Pension Coverage to More than 4 Million Workers by 2020

Queens park - Yesterday Ontario introduced legislation that will ensure every eligible employee is part of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) or a comparable workplace pension plan by 2020.


The Canadian Payroll Association Offers Compliance Resources and Seminars on Terminations Best Practices

Toronto - When an employee's service with an organization ends, payroll practitioners play an important role in the termination process and severance pay calculation. Employment can end for a variety of reasons—an employee can retire, resign in order to pursue other opportunities, or be laid off from their job. Whether the employment ends voluntarily or involuntarily, ensuring that the employee's exit from the organization is handled professionally and in a manner that is compliant with both legislation and organizational policy is crucial.


JA Canada Announces Winner of the H.E Miskiman National Leadership Award

Mr. Russ Robertson recognized for his exceptional volunteer efforts

Toronto - Kevin Dane, Chair, JA Canada, announced the recipient of the 2015 H.E. Miskiman National Leadership Award. This prestigious award was inspired by H.E. Miskiman, a former president of JA Canada and an active volunteer. It recognizes volunteers whose participation in, and lasting contribution to, JA and its programs locally and/or nationally has immeasurably furthered the aims and objectives of JA in Canada. JA Canada, JA Central Ontario and their Board of Directors were privileged to honour Mr. Robertson on April 12 at the JA Central Ontario Governor's Cocktail Reception.


Fengate completes 47 acre real estate consolidation in Oakville

Oakville - Fengate Capital Management ("Fengate"), on behalf of its investors, announced the closing of two separate real estate transactions in the first quarter of 2016. The properties acquired are comprised of 6 income-producing industrial and office buildings, representing 530,000 square feet on 35 acres, located at QEW and Highway 403 in Oakville, Ontario.


University of Toronto faculty, alumni inducted into Canada’s Medical Hall of Fame

Four of the six new inductees have U of T roots

Toronto – Members of University of Toronto’s faculty and alumni will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame at a ceremony that took place yesterday at McMaster University, taking four of this year’s six spots.



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.” (And sparked a lot of buzz when she penned an article posting that question back in 2012.) Her book, Unfinished Business, explores what true equality between men and women would look like, and sparks a discussion around how workplaces and cultural values need to adapt to help us get there.

Autism Rally

Waterloo Region Autism Rally Planned For Friday April 15th In Kitchener

Waterloo Region - Families and supporters of families impacted by the Provincial Government’s recent decision to remove IBI funding for children with autism ages five and older will gather in a peaceful rally to demonstrate their opposition to this change. This local rally is part of a provincial day of action which will include rallies held at Liberal MPP offices across the province.

Community Health

Child and youth advocacy

Waterloo – The Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) of Waterloo Region will officially open May 1. The centre will provide one location for all professionals involved in the investigation and treatment of suspected child abuse cases and support to victims, witnesses, and their families as they navigate the criminal justice system.

Efficient Vehicles

U of T Supermileage Team to unveil new fleet of super-efficient student-built vehicles

U of T’s reigning champs eye Americas-wide record at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon Americas Challenge

Toronto, ON – Imagine driving from Toronto to San Francisco and back on five tablespoons of gasoline. That’s exactly the kind of vehicle a University of Toronto Suoermileage Team, will be unveiling on April 16 along with another battery-electric powered car. It’s all part of the team’s effort to retain its first-place title at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon Americas (SEMA) challenge, a global fuel-efficiency competition taking place in Detroit, MI from April 22-24, 2016.

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