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Thursday October 13, 2016

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MONITOR

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New Line of Computer Vision

Aeryon Labs Expands Imaging Portfolio with Real-time Video Processing and Next-Generation EO/IR Payload



New Aeryon SR-EO/IR Mk II payload and Vector™ embedded video processing platform deliver all-weather, day and night operations and greater accuracy in target identification, acquisition, and tracking.

Waterloo - Aeryon Labs Inc., the premier provider of VTOL small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) solutions introduced Vector™, an integrated onboard computing platform dedicated to real-time video processing. Available on select Aeryon payloads including the HDZoom30 and the new SR-EO/IR Mk II, Vector employs advanced video processing algorithms to minimize operator workload, and optimize target identification and acquisition.

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Community Report

Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs® - Our Community Still Has Work to Do

Kitchener – The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (The KWCF) released the 2016 annual Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs report. This Priority Report edition covers the four priority areas identified in 2013 as a part of the multi-year Vital Signs cycle: Belonging & Leadership, Arts & Culture, Getting Started and Health & Wellness.

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Housing

September 2016 Housing Starts in Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

Toronto - Housing starts in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending up at 4,200 units in September compared to 3,741 units in August, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

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Housing

Ontario Housing Starts Ease in September

Toronto - Housing starts in the Ontario region were trending at 71,289 units in September, down from 74,244 units in August, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

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Branding

Kindred Credit Union Launches Integrated Advertising Campaign

Getting the word out about the one-of-a-kind choice for people who want to connect values and faith with finances.

Kitchener – Kitchener-based Kindred Credit Union, formerly Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, is getting the word out like never before about its unique offering. The credit union’s name change was approved at a special general meeting of members earlier this year. And now, through an integrated advertising campaign across Southwestern Ontario, the member-owned financial cooperative is inviting people across the province to join in the excitement and experience “banking with purpose.”

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Digital

City of Madrid Chooses OpenText to Manage Content and Portals in the Cloud

Cloud Platform Reduces Costs, Enables Better Service Offerings and Improves Citizen Engagement on City of Madrid's Service Portals

Waterloo - OpenText announced that City of Madrid, Europe's fifth largest city, has selected OpenText to manage its citizen service portals which serve the needs of more than 3.2 million residents and intranet which serves more than 23,000 staff.

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Vital Sign's

Statement from MPP Catherine Fife:

Waterloo - “Today’s Vital Signs report points out Waterloo Region does not have enough licensed child care spaces. Right now, only 31% of preschoolers, 21% of toddlers and 2% of infants can be accommodated. While I am pleased to see some investment, very little has changed in 13 years of Liberal government and families in Waterloo Region know that access to affordable childcare remains a crisis in this province.

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Arts & Culture

Edwin Outwater Concludes 10 Year Journey Through Beethoven’s Symphonies

Kitchener - KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater concludes a 10 year long journey through all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies with Edwin’s Final Beethoven on October 28 & 29 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. The concert, which features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, also includes Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major, highlighting the talents of KWS Concertmaster Bénédicte Lauzière, and Liszt’s familiar and lively Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

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Future Casting

Toronto Life's 50th Anniversary: Ken Hunt's Vision for the Future

Toronto - Toronto Life celebrates its 50th birthday this month with an anniversary issue set to hit newsstands October 20th. The cover story focuses on what Toronto will look like 50 years from now, how our demographics and economy will change, and how we will deal with a doubling population.

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Trends

Investment capital continues to flow into commercial real estate in pursuit of increasingly scarce returns

Fall 2016 North America, U.K. and Germany Commercial Real Estate Investment Review

Toronto - Investor appetite for commercial real estate assets remains relatively healthy – despite ongoing geopolitical influences, which lend some uncertainty to the marketplace – as buyers look to increase allocations to the sector in their ongoing quest for yield. Scarcity of available product remains a factor in many markets as stakeholders keep an eye on interest-rate hikes and their potential effect on pricing.

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Marketplace Warning

BBB Issues Warning Regarding LPM Marketing Ltd

Toronto - Better Business Bureau serving Central Ontario has issued a marketplace warning regarding LPM Marketing Ltd. The company – located at 41 Parr Blvd in Bolton, Ontario; telephone number: (647) 993 - 9134 – has received an F rating due to their failure to respond to a number of consumer complaints.

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Microinsurance

The Co-operators announces support for mutual microinsurance strategy in India

Guelph - The Co-operators announced its contribution to the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation's (ICMIF) 5-5-5 Mutual Microinsurance Strategy, which will guide the development of mutual microinsurance programs in five emerging markets, reaching out to five million new households over a five-year period. The Co-operators will provide USD $100,000 per year as well as significant technical assistance to help Uplift Mutuals bring health care insurance to two large cities in India, Mumbai and Pune.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
& EDUCATION

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Health Research

New facility at Waterloo to focus on cutting-edge health research

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo officially opened a new facility that will redefine traditional approaches to health research by bringing academics and technologies from across disciplines together with members of the local community.

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Discovery

Waterloo-led experiment achieves the strongest coupling between light and matter

Waterloo - Researchers at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) recorded an interaction between light and matter 10 times larger than previously seen. The strength of the interaction between photons and a qubit was so large that it opens the door to a realm of physics and applications unattainable until now.

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Building a Sports Franchise

KW Titans Welcome the Sutherland Brothers

Kitchener – The Kitchener-Waterloo Titans announced on Monday that Canadian brothers, Tramar (27) and Tramique (23) Sutherland, have signed with the club “Tramar Sutherland is another bulldog guard for us,” said KW Titans Head Coach, Serge Langis.

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Skills and Knowledge

Federal Governments Supports Local Youth Project

Guelph - Youth in Guelph will have more help in overcoming barriers to employment, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, announced today on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Honourable Minister Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

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Magna Hall

Seneca celebrates $3-million philanthropic gift for King Campus expansion project at groundbreaking ceremony

Magna International provides largest gift in Seneca's history

King City - Seneca's major expansion at King Campus got a huge boost today with the announcement of a $3-million donation from Magna International, Seneca's largest-ever philanthropic gift.


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TALKS

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Therapy

Melissa Walker: Art can heal PTSD's invisible wounds

Trauma silences its victims, says creative arts therapist Melissa Walker, but art can help those suffering from the psychological wounds of war begin to open up and heal. In this inspiring talk, Walker describes how mask-making, in particular, allows afflicted servicemen and women reveal what haunts them — and, finally, start to let it go. Melissa Walker helps military service members recover from traumatic brain injury and mental illness.

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Movement & Stillness

Pico Iyer: The beauty of what we'll never know

Almost 30 years ago, Pico Iyer took a trip to Japan, fell in love with the country and moved there. A keen observer of the human spirit, Iyer professes that he now feels he knows far less about Japan — or, indeed, about anything — than he thought he knew three decades ago. In this lyrical meditation on wisdom, Iyer expands on this curious insight about knowledge gained with age: that the more we know, the more we see how little we know. Pico Iyer has spent more than 30 years tracking movement and stillness — and the way criss-crossing cultures have changed the world, our imagination and all our relationships.




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QUEEN'S PARK

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BioMedical Research

Ontario Investing in State-of-the-Art Learning Facilities at Queen’s University

Kingston - Ontario is investing in state-of-the-art research and innovation facilities at Queen's University. The investment will help Queen's University upgrade its facilities to enable biomedical research in the areas of neuroscience, cardiovascular, cancer and gastrointestinal research. The funding will also support the creation of an Innovation and Wellness Centre that will provide student services and programming that promotes innovation, student entrepreneurship and engineering research.

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ED

Province Partnering with Stubbe’s Precast to Help Create Jobs

Queen's Park - Ontario is partnering with Stubbe's Precast Commercial Inc. to invest in a new plant and innovative technologies, creating 58 jobs and retaining 216 positions in Harley.

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Child Care

Ontario Bringing More Child Care to Waterloo Region Families

Community to Benefit from 88 New Licensed Child Care Spaces

Queen's Park - Ontario is creating 88 new licensed child care spaces in the Waterloo Region, increasing the availability of safe, high-quality, child care for local families.

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ED

Province Invests in New Learning Centres at Algonquin College

Queen's Park - Ontario is investing in an Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Centre and an Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship at Algonquin College. The investment from the province and the federal government will allow Algonquin College to modernize existing space, transforming it into an Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Centre that will house a Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security, a Centre of Excellence for Energy Innovation, and flexible classroom and work space.

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Homeless Funding

Ontario Partnering with Waterloo Region to End Homelessness

Province Helping Families Stay in their Homes

Waterloo Region - Ontario is partnering with Waterloo Region to end homelessness, by helping families and individuals stay in their homes or get the housing they need.

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Interactive Centres

Province Invests in Research and Innovation Centre at Trent University

Queen's Park - Ontario is investing in the expansion of the Bata Research and Innovation Cluster at Trent University. The investment from the province and the federal government will allow Trent University to create new interactive centres dedicated to research and innovation.



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NATIONAL

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Innovation to Commercialization

FedDev Ontario Invests in Ontario's Auto Sector

Woodstock – Canadian companies need the right resources to further develop and bring their innovative products to market. Through this advanced technology development, which results in lighter weight steel and stronger auto-parts, Canadians will benefit from improved fuel efficiency and safety in their vehicles while helping to reduce the carbon footprint of automobiles.

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Study - Voting Trends

Understanding the increase in voting rates between the 2011 and 2015 federal elections

Ottawa - A higher proportion of Canadians reported that they had voted in the 2015 federal election (77%) compared with the 2011 federal election (70%). Notable increases were recorded among youth, Aboriginal people (namely, First Nations living off reserve, Métis and Inuit) and recent immigrants.

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HR

New Name, Designation Marks Turning Point For The Human Resources Profession In Canada

CCHRA becomes CPHR Canada; Designation becomes CPHR.

Toronto - CCHRA announced yesterday that they, and the eight provincial associations, who when together, will make up the national body, are aligning under the name and designation CPHR – Chartered Professionals in Human Resources.

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Opinion & Accusations in Trade

After French MP and CETA critic denied entry, NFU asks “Is freedom of speech the victim of free trade?”

Montreal - On October 11, 2016, French farmer José Bové, who is a Member of the European Parliament and an outspoken critic of the Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), was denied entry into Canada at the Montreal airport. No explanation for his detention has been given. The Council of Canadians had invited Bové to speak about the trade deal’s implications for agriculture. At the same event, Jan Slomp, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) was to share his critique of CETA and call for an alternative approach to trade that would see economic prosperity generated from the grassroots up.

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Stock Options

Stock options, insider trading and out of date technology – New report by School of Public Policy calls for system revamp to restore integrity

Calgary - It's not uncommon for corporate senior managers in Canada to receive stock options as part of their overall compensation. When stock options are granted, they must be reported in corporate annual information circulars. But are stock options always reported? According to a new report by author Prof. Lindsay Tedds, published by The School of Public Policy, the answer is "no".



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THE WORLD

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Travel

Cruise Critic Names the Best Cruise Lines of 2016



Carnival Cruise Line wins Best New Ship and receives third consecutive Best Value for Money accolade; Disney Cruise Line delivers for families and foodies; Seabourn named Best Luxury Cruise line in first-ever luxury category

EWING, N.J., - Cruise Critic has named the winners of its 9th annual Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards, naming the best cruise lines of the year across dozens of categories, as chosen by the site's international team of editors. This is the first year that Cruise Critic has named a full list of winners in a luxury category.



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COLUMNS

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Relationships

Bossy Business

Survey Reveals How Canadian Workers Feel About Their Managers

Toronto - Many employees like their bosses, but managers still have much work to do, according to new research from staffing firm Accountemps. Nearly two in three workers (63 per cent) said they are happy with their supervisors, and another 30 per cent are somewhat happy with their bosses. Only seven per cent of workers give their manager a thumbs down.


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BUSINESS EVENTS
& NETWORKING
ACTIVITIES

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October

Annual fundraiser, the Black and Gold Gala, takes place Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Bingemans!


Roll Out the Barrel:Waterloo’s Oktoberfest is the best Bavarian Festival this side of Munich

• Grand River Film Festival MCAP SHORT Shorts Competition - Finalists Announced!

Anti-Racism Community Meeting on October 24 to Kitchener-Waterloo

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November

Western welcomes Alan Alda to Robarts’ Leaders in Innovation Dinner

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