Thursday September 17, 2020



Oktoberfest Brings Festival to Your Home

Prost Together, Apart from September 25 to October 12

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is not cancelled, but it will be different. That is the message coming loud and clear from the 52-year-old Bavarian festival. The festival will run over three-weekends from September 25 to October 12, two weeks earlier than usual, and will include a free two-day live-stream event delivering the music, dancing, food and culture that make the festival so unique, directly into viewers’ homes all across Ontario. Official Opening Ceremonies will be live streamed from the Region of Waterloo International Airport on Friday, September 25 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Mayors from all three Cities and the Regional Chair will take part in a historic single ceremony to declare the festival open. Festival-goers can also visit one of many “Micro-FESThallen” running in local restaurants during the festival dates. They will be featuring live Oktoberfest entertainment and Bavarian-themed food specials and beer pairings. The program is designed to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19. more ...


Researchers characterize relationship between stroke and COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have been working to better understand and characterize the varied symptoms of the disease. One of the most concerning symptoms is the development of large blood clots that can cause blockages in the arteries that lead to the brain causing stroke. Researchers at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute led by Dr. Luciano Sposato have been investigating the relationship between COVID-19 and stroke to better understand the risk in patients and aid in treatment planning. In a new study published in the September 15, 2020 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the research team reports that approximately two in every 100 patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 will suffer a stroke, and 35 per cent will die as a result of both conditions. “One of the most eye-opening findings of this study is that for patients under 50 years old, many were totally asymptomatic when they had a stroke related to COVID-19. This means that for these patients, the stroke was their first symptom of the disease,” said Dr. Sposato (photo), Associate Professor and the Kathleen and Dr. Henry Barnett Chair in Stroke Research at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and Scientist at Lawson. more ...

Air Travel

Pivot Airlines partners with the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

Pivot Airlines announced that they have entered a formal arrangement with the Region of Waterloo International Airport to provide scheduled domestic air service to Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and Montreal. "We are excited to form a true partnership with the Region of Waterloo International Airport by having their support in helping develop regional markets aimed at serving Waterloo Region" said the release. Eric Edmondson (photo), Chief Executive Officer of Pivot Airlines, said, “Pivot Airlines partnership with the Region of Waterloo International Airport allows us to focus on providing safe and convenient travel options for guests who prioritize the convenience and benefits of using a modern regional airport that is focused on providing the safest return to travel protocols for travellers.” more ...


Kindred just made it easier to open an account online

Kindred Credit Union (Kindred) is making it easier to experience Banking with Purpose thanks to the launch of digital account opening. Now, it’s simple and quick to open a Kindred chequing or savings account on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Kindred’s values-centred approach is woven into everything they do, making the credit union a one-of-a-kind choice for people across Ontario who want to connect their values and faith with their finances. “We’re committed to making tools available to enrich our members’ banking experience,” says Ian Thomas (photo), chief executive officer. “As the pandemic continues, we recognize that providing a variety of ways to bank is now a necessity rather than simply a convenience.” Ian adds, “The launch of digital account opening is the first of many new solutions we are bringing to our members. We’re offering choice and expanding accessibility, so that we can give those who choose Kindred the option to experience Banking with Purpose wherever they’re at.” more ...


United Way launches 2020 Campaign with virtual March of 1,000 Umbrellas

United Way Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) is inviting community members to join them virtually on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 as they mark the launch of this year’s campaign with a limited and socially distanced version of their annual March of 1,000 Umbrellas. Over the last two years UWWRC kicked-off their yearly campaign with a loud and boisterous event comprised of hundreds of individuals, local corporations and organizations. This year members of the United Way team will be coming together in a smaller group for a socially distanced launch event that you’ll be able to follow on social media. more ...


Mark Terry elected as fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada

Mark Terry, a contract faculty member in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of English and Film Studies, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, sciences and social sciences. Terry’s appointment to the RSC’s Division of Arts recognizes his achievements as a documentary filmmaker. Over his 25-year career, Terry has made more than 60 feature films and television programs. He also pioneered the use of an innovative form of documentary film called the Geo-Doc, currently being used within the United Nations (UN) as a communications tool that bridges the gap between science and policy. Terry’s work documenting polar research was previously honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for international humanitarian service. more ...


Canada's foreign oil imports: $477 billion since 1988

Canada is an energy superpower that still imports billions of dollars in foreign oil and that won’t change any time soon - By Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan

When forecasting future oil consumption around the world, many people have opinions and agendas. Forecasts rooted in facts and technological capabilities are more rare. An example of an informed opinion comes from Vaclav Smil, professor emeritus of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Environment. Smil is an expert in energy transitions. He would prefer a move away from fossil fuels and he accepts that carbon emissions contribute to global warming. However, Smil’s data-based, empirical work, and his resulting view on a possible transition from such fuels to others, was summed up in his recent paper for the University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy: “Designing hypothetical roadmaps outlining complete elimination of fossil carbon from the global energy supply by 2050 is nothing but an exercise in wishful thinking that ignores fundamental physical realities.” more ...


School choice key to improving education

Competition is always better than monopoly and the education system is no exception - By Matthew Lau

The Ontario government recently announced a new elementary school math curriculum. It’s likely a positive step but more fundamental funding changes are necessary to truly improve the province’s education system. The province will return to a “back to basics” approach to math aimed at improving standardized test scores. It will also introduce lessons on financial literacy and coding. Whether these changes will improve math education remains to be seen. What’s certain is that the new approach can’t be much worse than the path Ontario’s public schools have been going down for almost two decades. more ...


Environics Analytics Launches WealthTransfer

New Financial Product Helps Businesses and Not-for-profits Recognize Timely Market Opportunities by Identifying Canadians Likely to Receive an Inheritance Within the Current Year

Environics Analytics (EA) announced the launch of WealthTransfer, a new financial database that estimates the likelihood of Canadian households receiving an inheritance within a given year and quantifies the total potential inheritance amount. These data can assist financial institutions, real estate companies, retailers, auto dealerships and not-for-profits in identifying Canadians that are more likely to make big-ticket purchases, donate to charitable causes or plan for their financial future. more ...


City of Cambridge announces Brian Arnold as new Fire Chief

The City of Cambridge is pleased to announce Brian Arnold as the City’s new Fire Chief, starting this November. “We’re pleased to welcome Brian back to Cambridge,” says Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “Brian brings extensive operations experience, proven leadership in the areas of fire safety prevention, education and emergency management, and he also understands and values our community. As a growing city, our fire protection and emergency services are critical to community safety.” Arnold (photo) returns to Cambridge after serving most recently as the Fire Chief with Sarnia Fire Rescue Services. Previously, he worked as the Deputy Fire Chief with the City of Cambridge from 2015-2019. more ...

Volunteers Wanted

Nutrition for Learning is looking for Volunteers for Bagging Stations in Kitchener and in Cambridge

This 2020/2021 school year, Nutrition for Learning is searching for volunteers to help prepare snack bags for students. We have two locations for preparation of the snack bags and will offer a morning and afternoon volunteering shift. We are ensuring that we are working within current public health directive by offering masks and/or face shields to each volunteer, practicing physical distancing (each volunteer will work at there own station). more ...

Aerial Mobility

City of Los Angeles Release Principles for Making Inclusive Aerial Mobility a Reality in Cities

Policy-makers worldwide are exploring how urban aerial mobility (UAM) can expand transportation options, reduce pollution and ease the strain on ageing infrastructure in cities; UAM is a new form of air transportation that incorporates low-noise, medium-distance, electric flights for goods or people.

On Tuesday the World Economic Forum and the City of Los Angeles released a first-of-its-kind roadmap to support the roll-out of urban air mobility (UAM) in cities, founded on seven key principles of implementation that protect the public interest. UAM is a new form of transport that has the potential to add an aerial dimension to cities’ transportation networks, improving connectivity and sustainability of transport infrastructure, but only if the right policies are in place. This next generation UAM resembles transit in the sky with piloted or autonomous flights of people or goods movement. The Principles of the Urban Sky can guide city and industry leaders as they develop policy and infrastructure to ensure UAM is implemented in a way that is safe, sustainable and inclusive. These principles will be used for implementing UAM in Los Angeles. more ...

Build Back Better

Nearly 9 in 10 People Globally Want a More Sustainable and Equitable World Post COVID-19

In a new World Economic Forum/Ipsos global survey of more than 21’000 adults, 86% say they want the world to change significantly and become more sustainable and equitable; Globally, 72% also want their personal lives to change significantly, rather than returning to pre-COVID-19; While the US is one of the most change-averse nations, alongside the Netherlands, Germany and South Korea, there is still a clear majority in favour of change at 79%.

In a new World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey of more than 21,000 adults from 28 countries nearly nine in ten say they are ready for their life and the world to change. 72% would like their own lives to change significantly and 86% want the world to become more sustainable and equitable, rather than going back to how it was before the COVID-19 crisis started. In all countries, those who share this view outnumber those who don’t by a very significant margin (more than 50 percentage points in every country except South Korea). Preference for the world to change in a more sustainable and equitable manner is most prevalent across the Latin America and Middle East-Africa regions as well as in Russia and Malaysia. more ...

Build back better

"Now is the time to plan a clean and resilient recovery”, says Task Force in final report

Investments in a post-COVID-19 economic recovery will either kick start jobs and growth for a cleaner, more resilient economy or lock Canada into a high-pollution future. Yesterday, the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery released its final report, recommending specific measures and investments to help the government of Canada achieve the former. The Task Force urges Canada’s leaders to learn from the missed opportunities of 2010, when countries made investments coming out of the 2008-09 financial crisis that resulted in a historic global increase in carbon emissions. The Task Force’s final report recommends $55.4 billion in green recovery investments that will support long-term jobs and economic growth and keep Canada on pace with its international peers. more ...


Plan in the fall, plant trees in the spring – now is the time to advance a Canada-wide tree planting strategy.

by Rob Keen

As Canadians, we need to ask ourselves this question – how do we build upon and deploy large-scale tree planting efforts such as the Two Billion Tree Program envisioned by Prime Minster Trudeau? We are not alone with this idea. According to ETH Zurich University, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations, planting one trillion trees around the world may be one of the most effective ways to combat climate change impacts. To respond to our moral and global responsibilities, and since Canada is able to contribute to the world’s growing need for trees and new forests, I say it is time we build on the Prime Minister’s visionary Two Billon Tree promise announced near Belleville last September with a climate focused national tree planting strategy. more ...


News Media Alliance Produces White Paper on Google Behaviour

U.S.-based News Media Alliance recently released a White Paper How Google Abuses Its Position as a Market Dominant Platform to Strong-Arm News Publishers and Hurt Journalism, which it has submitted to the Department of Justice as that body investigates Google’s anticompetitive behaviour. Based on more than a year of interviews and consultations, the paper outlines several ways in which Google uses news content to its advantage across its products and services. Recommendations from the report include the following: more ...


Study shows high prevalence of fatigue following SARS-CoV-2 infection independent of COVID-19 disease severity

Research being presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) shows that persistent fatigue occurs in more than half of patients recovered from COVID-19, regardless of the seriousness of their infection. The study is by Dr Liam Townsend, St James's Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and colleagues. As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow worldwide, the number of patients recovering, and also experiencing post-infection problems, is also growing. "Fatigue is a common symptom in those presenting with symptomatic COVID-19 infection. Whilst the presenting features of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been well-characterised, the medium and long-term consequences of infection remain unexplored," explains Dr Townsend. more ...

Social Media

TikTok’s 44 million downloads in August beat Facebook, Instagram

Data acquired by indicates that video-sharing social networking service Tik Tok recorded 44.6 million downloads in August. The downloads were on both Android and Apple platforms. TikTok’s downloads were more compared to Instagram’s 38.5 million and Facebook’s 22.1 million. The research also overviewed the selected apps downloaded in May this year. TikTok remained dominant with 72.8 million downloads. The downloads were more than compared to Instagram and Facebook which had 38.5 million and 31.4 million downloads respectively. The research highlighted the push behind TikTok’s 2020 massive growth in downloads. According to the report: more ...


International Tourist Numbers Down 65% in First Half of 2020, UNWTO Reports

The massive drop in international travel demand over the period January-June 2020 translates into a loss of 440 million international arrivals and about US$ 460 billion in export revenues from international tourism

International tourist arrivals plunged 93% in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization showing the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the sector. According to the new issue of the World Tourism Barometer from the United Nations specialized agency, international tourist arrivals dropped by 65% during the first half of the year. This represents an unprecedented decrease, as countries around the world closed their borders and introduced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic. Over recent weeks, a growing number of destinations have started to open up again to international tourists. UNWTO reports that, as of early September, 53% of destinations had eased travel restrictions. Nevertheless, many governments remain cautious, and this latest report shows that the lockdowns introduced during the first half of the year have had a massive impact on international tourism. The sharp and sudden fall in arrivals has placed millions of jobs and businesses at risk.


Manitoba Cancels Print Subscriptions

A new provincial policy in Manitoba calls for government offices and publicly funded entities to cancel print subscriptions to newspapers, magazines and periodicals, in a bid to save money and reduce paper waste in accordance with Manitoba’s climate plan. Bodies, such as school libraries are encouraged to switch to digital subscriptions, unless they can prove a demonstrated business need for print. more ...


September 21-25, 2020

Celebrating the Essential Nature of Payroll

The Canadian Payroll Association Leverages Influence Marketing Strategy to Amplify the Collective Voice of Payroll Professionals and Celebrate the 26 th Annual National Payroll Week

The Canadian Payroll Association is taking a new approach to celebrating the many contributions of payroll to workers, businesses, communities and governments across Canada. Ahead of the 26 th annual National Payroll Week (September 21 – 25, 2020), the Association has launched the Powered by Payroll influence marketing campaign to amplify the voice of payroll professionals and celebrate the entire payroll community through a new online hub — . more ...

September 22, 2020

St. Mary's Doubles Open

Tuesday, September 22nd | Rebel Creek Golf Club

A unique spin on a classic sport, the Doubles Open invites twosomes to participate in an outstanding day on the course in support of St. Mary's Regional Cardiac Care Centre. Prizing will be awarded for the top Co-Ed, Women's, and Men's duo! To ensure a fun and safe experience, tee-off times are available in 15-minute intervals. COVID-19 protocols will be respected. Included with your registration are breakfast/lunch, a player gift, delicious samples, contests, snacks, and all beverages throughout the course. Hurry and claim a tee time for you and a companion!

September 23, 2020

Waffles in the Warehouse

Wednesday, September 23 is the 7th Annual Waffles in the Warehouse presented by Your Neighbourhood Credit Union!

Waffles in the Warehouse – in its 7th year – is an opportunity to welcome business owners, influencers, and community champions to our distribution centre for a morning of connection, impact and change. This year – due to COVID-19 – we are doing things a bit different. We have re-imagined the event and are excited to host our first virtual event, allowing you the flexibility to network and enjoy powerful and engaging presentations from the comfort of your home. go to ...

November 5 - 7, 2020

Board Governance Boot Camp

Capacity Canada presents our annual Manulife Board Governance BootCamp November 5, 6 & 7, 2020 delivered virtually for the first time. This BootCamp delivers practical governance training to non-profit Boards and equips them with relevant action plans that will deliver a noticeable performance improvement in their boardrooms. go to ...


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