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Compassion & Humanity

Sally Kohn:Don't like clickbait? Don't click

Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust. Sally Kohn searches for common ground among political foes by focusing on the compassion and humanity in everyone.


Manulife Offers $10,000 Prize to Innovators in its First Public Hackathon

Toronto - On December 1 and 2, Manulife will host a two-day public hackathon at MaRS Discovery District called Unleash Toronto: From Paper to Prototype. The first place team will receive $10,000 in cash. Over the course of 48 hours, participants will pitch, build and refine new business offerings, products and services that answer the following question: How might we help customers redefine and reimagine what it means to invest with Manulife through the use of new business models, new business channels and new technology?

Wayfinding & Parking

City of Waterloo provides relief to commercial centres challenged by ION construction

Waterloo - In an effort to provide relief from ION construction, the City of Waterloo has increased the amount of free parking available in the uptown core and provided financial support for commercial marketing efforts.


Ontario to host 2016 North American Envirothon

Forests Ontario welcomes students from across North America to compete in environmental competition

Peterborough – Forests Ontario announced that Peterborough, Ontario has been selected as the host city for the 2016 North American Envirothon. The 2016 competition will mark the first time Ontario has been selected as the host jurisdiction for the North American Envirothon.

Financial Innovation

Manulife and MaRS Announce Partnership Dedicated to Financial Technology Innovation

Toronto - Manulife has partnered with MaRS Discovery District, continuing to transform how it connects with customers worldwide by collaborating with innovators and startups on forward-thinking solutions. Manulife will be a part of MaRS' FinTech Cluster, and will join companies like Airbnb, Facebook Canada, Moneris, PayPal and other startups at the centre.

First Days

Are You Creating a Culture of Unwanted Employees?

Twelve Low-Cost Suggestions for Welcoming New Hires - By Kate Zabriskie

Jacqueline remembers her first day at her last job almost as if it were yesterday. She had on a new outfit, left her apartment early, and was excited to get to work and learn everything she could about her new company.


OpenText Buys Daegis Inc.

Acquisition Strengthens OpenText's Information Governance Leadership

Waterloo - OpenText announced that, through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Company D Merger Sub Inc., it has successfully completed its acquisition of Daegis Inc., a global software and services company with solutions for information archiving, information governance, application development and migration. Daegis brings a broad range of information governance expertise and technology to OpenText that enable customers to mitigate the risks and costs associated with information sprawl and the permanent retention of information.

Cleaning Water

Researchers find new, inexpensive way to clean water from oil sands production

Tim Leshuk, University of Waterloo. (Photo credit: Light Imaging)
Waterloo - Researchers have developed a process to remove contaminants from oil sands wastewater using only sunlight and nanoparticles that is more effective and inexpensive than conventional treatment methods.Frank Gu, a professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering, is the senior researcher on the team that was the first to find that photocatalysis — a chemical reaction that involves the absorption of light by nanoparticles — can completely eliminate naphthenic acids in oil sands wastewater, and within hours. Naphthenic acids pose a threat to ecology and human health. Water in tailing ponds left to biodegrade naturally in the environment still contains these contaminants decades later.

Smaller Households

Canadian Megatrends for November 2015

The shift to smaller households over the past century

Ottawa - Canadian households are definitely downsizing. This month's issue of Canadian Megatrends examines the shrinking average household size in Canada over time.

Economic Development

Ambassador Bruce Heyman and Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally

Program was designed to educate Canadian investors on the procedures for investing in the United States, and featured matchmaking meetings between Canadian investors and U.S. Economic Development Organizations (EDOs)

Toronto - On November 17, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and Executive Director of SelectUSA Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally announced the inauguration of the Invest USA Committee, a public-private partnership that will enhance U.S.-Canadian economic and business relations by promoting investment ties between the two countries. The announcement was made at the first ever SelectUSA Canada Conference, held in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Center during Ambassador Heyman’s keynote lunch address.

Council Info

City of Waterloo council summary from November 23, 2015

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

Driverless Cars

City Planning Needed as 6 out of 10 Global Consumers Expect Driverless Revolution

Nearly 60% of consumers in cities around the world are willing to travel in self-driving vehicles, according to a new World Economic Forum survey; acceptance highest in emerging markets such as China, India and UAE; around 50% in US and UK; lowest in Japan and Germany

New York – The age of autonomous vehicles is fast approaching, and city leaders need to take steps to prepare as the disruptive technology becomes a reality, according to new survey results by the World Economic Forum.

Internet of Things

Standard Access takes Gold at the 2015 Bank Of Ireland Startup Awards

Dublin - Standard Access took Gold in the Tech category at the 2015 Bank Of Ireland Startup Awards which took place on Thursday 12th November in Croke Park, Dublin.

Financial Literacy

The Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) encourages Canadians to get the facts about consumer proposals, bankruptcy and other options for dealing with financial difficulties

Knowing your options when debt becomes too much to handle is an important part of becoming financially literate.

Toronto - The Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) is encouraging Canadians to learn about their options when faced with financial difficulties. November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada and CAIRP, which represents nearly all of Canada's Trustees in Bankruptcy, believes it's important for Canadians to understand more about the process of resolving problem debt.

Managament Changes

Management transition at Kx Systems Inc.

Palo Alto – First Derivatives plc subsidiary Kx Systems, a leader in high-performance database and time-series analytics, today announces some key management changes. The changes follow a recent board review of First Derivatives’ wider group leadership focussed on delivering strategic priorities, customer benefits and sales and marketing efficiencies.


Ontario Permanently Bans Coal-Fired Electricity Generation

Province Passes Landmark Law In Advance of Global Climate Change Summit

Queens Park - In the lead up to the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties in Paris, Ontario passed legislation today to permanently ban coal-fired electricity generation in the province — a first in North America and a significant step in the fight against climate change.


Canadian Energy Markets Retractable Solar Gensets With PWRstation in Canada

These Unique Genesis Models Are Complete, Fully Integrated, Pre-Assembled "Plug & Play" Solar System Units With PV Panels, Inverter and Wiring Included

Toronto - Canadian Energy, Canada's Stored and Renewable Energy Expert, and PWRstation, a solar product solutions company headquartered in Switzerland with offices in the US, have entered an agreement for Canadian Energy to market PWRstation solar solutions in Canada.


Radiation Safety Institute of Canada Appoints Steve Horvath as New President and CEO

Toronto — Tim Armstrong, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Horvath as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute. Mr. Horvath, who will assume the office in December 2015, is succeeding the Hon. Steve Mahoney, who is stepping down after more than three years in the role to pursue new business opportunities and community work.

Climate Art

ArtCOP21 comes to Waterloo Region!

Waterloo Region - To express solidarity with the United Nations Climate Conference (COP21), a number of local non-profit organizations are joining forces to present Inspired by Change: The People's Climate Art, a collaboration of art and film. Divest Waterloo is thrilled to partner with rare Charitable Research Reserve, BRIDGE, the Grand Valley Society of Architects and CREW, to offer an exciting visual art exhibit and film screenings over the week of November 30 to Dec 8, to celebrate ArtCOP21 in Waterloo Region.

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