Thursday December 6, 2018



Fat Sparrow Group spreads its wings into St. Jacobs with purchase of Stone Crock Inc.

Fat Sparrow Group, with its four uptown Waterloo restaurants: Uptown 21, Taco Farm, Marbles, and Harmony Lunch, is thrilled to announce it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Stone Crock Inc. of St. Jacobs in a deal that close d December 5, 2018.

The Stone Crock Inc. was founded by entrepreneur Milo Shantz and his wife Laura in 1975. Today the company includes Jacob's Grill, Stone Crock Meats and Cheese, Stone Crock Bakery, Stone Crock Restaurant, St. Jacobs Catering, Salad Division, Meeting/Banquet Rooms, and operates three booths at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ market.


How Ontario can future-proof its manufacturing industries

by Linda Hasenfratz

Since news broke that GM is shuttering its Oshawa factory, a narrative has taken hold: Ontario’s manufacturing sector is uncompetitive and in decline. In fact, the truth is the exact opposite. Manufacturing is entering a new, innovation-driven era that will play to our strengths.

Tax - too much

Canada's tax system is not delivering for Canadians says CPA Canada report

Canada's tax system is outdated and overly complex, which is hurting the country's competitiveness and costing individual Canadians money, according to a new report by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). Canada's Tax System: What's so Wrong and Why it Matters reveals the problems our system creates for people and businesses, citing research and real case studies from the tax professionals who help taxpayers comply with Canada's complex tax laws.

Housing Market

KW November Sales Second Best on Record

Last month a total of 483 residential properties sold in Kitchener-Waterloo and area through the Multiple Listing System of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR). Home sales were up 14.2 per cent in November compared to the same month last year, and up 19 per cent compared to the previous 10-year November average of 406 sales, making it the second-best November on record.

Power of Reputations

How to motivate people to do good for others

Erez Yoeli's research focuses on altruism: understanding how it works and how to promote it.

How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations -- or our collective desire to be seen as generous and kind instead of selfish -- to motivate people to act in the interest of others. Learn more about how small changes to your approach to getting people to do good could yield surprising results.


The Truth About Employee Disengagement

By Brad Wolff

Most companies struggle with employee disengagement. It’s costly in productivity, profitability and stress. Gallup’s engagement survey data published in 2017 found that 2/3 of U.S. workers are not engaged. American companies have invested billions of dollars per-year for many years to solve this problem. The results? The needle still hasn’t moved. How much has your experience been similar? Could this data simply reveal a general misunderstanding of the true causes of disengagement?


Soil Health Outreach Donation Announced to Mark World Soil Day

Marking World Soil Day, the University of Guelph announced yesterday a $500,000 donation for soil health outreach in Ontario. The joint donation was made by Lillie Ann Morris, who has worked for more than four decades in agricultural advertising sales; Glacier FarmMedia, the agricultural division of information communications company Glacier Media Inc. based in Vancouver; and Bob Kerr (B.Sc. (Agr.), ’68) and Moira Kerr, who farm in Chatham, Ont.


Journey to Space exhibit lifts off at Waterloo Region Museum in February

Visitors to the Waterloo Region Museum this winter will get a hands-on, climb-aboard experience at what it takes to live and work in space. This new interactive exhibit called Journey to Space launches February 1, 2019.

Content Creation

Montreal's first professional applied artificial intelligence program dedicated to the entertainment industry

Stradigi AI will create a training ground at Zú to advise the next generation of creators and entertainment experts, providing mentorship and industry-leading expertise in AI.

Canada's leading artificial intelligence solutions provider, Stradigi AI, announced today a partnership agreement with Zú, a non-profit organization initiated by visionary Quebecer Guy Laliberté, to implement cutting-edge solutions in applied artificial intelligence dedicated to creative entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry.


3 Gift Ideas Employees Will Actually Value

By Sue Hawkes

The holiday season is often a time of both joy and stress for businessowners and executives. They are excited to spend time with friends and family and to celebrate the season, of course, but pending year-end deadlines and annual strategic planning can add pressure to the end of the year. When it comes to employee gifting, the most well-intentioned ideas can become an afterthought. I encourage you to take the pressure off and redefine what giving a gift truly means to you. Is it meant to build rapport? Celebrate a job well done?

Southern Ontario

Long-Term Transportation Plan Needed To Address Provinces Diverse Transportation Needs

The Guelph Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released Moving Forward: A Strategic Approach to Ontario’s Transportation Needs, a policy report calling on the Ontario Government to develop a Long-Term Transportation Plan. To address the current and future transportation needs of the province, the report highlights three areas of opportunity that will help improve the mobility of Ontarians.

City Planning

Draft budget for 2019 released to council

City of Waterloo staff will be presenting the 2019 proposed operating budget to council on Dec. 10, 2018 and will be seeking council’s approval of this budget on Feb. 11, 2019. Through this budget, the city will deliver current services as well as a limited number of new services required for community growth and sustainability. The goal of this budget is clear: continue to deliver services using a balanced approach that supports a strong, healthy, green and vibrant Waterloo that is within the financial capacity of the community.


New year, new Wildcraft Grill + Long Bar

Popular Waterloo restaurant to undergo a reinvention project in early 2019

Foodies in the Kitchener-Waterloo region will be greeted with some major changes to a favourite eatery in the New Year. Wildcraft, a popular place for locals and tourists alike, recently announced it will undergo a complete conceptual revolution project in early 2019.


U of T study finds toxic chemicals on smartphones, in bodies of smartphone users

The study by U of T researchers suggests smartphones may either be the source of the chemicals, used as flame retardants or “plasticizers,” or are an indicator of environmental exposure

Much has been written about the detrimental effects of smartphones on attention spans, stress levels and dinner table conversations. Now new research from the University of Toronto suggests they could also be a source of toxic chemicals, or at least an indicator of the chemicals to which people are exposed. In a study published December 3, 2018 in Environment International, researchers at U of T found levels of several toxic chemicals on the smartphones of Canadian women aged 18 to 44 were related to levels of those chemicals in their bodies and on their hands.


Drug dramatically reduces risk of dangerous blood clots in cancer patients

Strategy could prevent clots in more than 50,000 cancer patients per year in the U.S. and Canada

A Canadian clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine provides the first approach for safely preventing blood clots (or venous thromboembolism) in people with cancer. About half of people newly diagnosed with a solid cancer could be candidates for the strategy, which involves a low dose of a direct oral anticoagulant called apixaban.

Global Ecosystem

Peace, not war, responsible for deforestation in armed conflict zones

Rates of deforestation in war zones increase dramatically once peace is declared, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. The study, by Simron Singh, a researcher in Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment and Nelson Grima from the University of Vermont, looked at data on conflict zones around the world, with a specific focus on Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast and Peru.


Why Tehran Is Sinking Dangerously

Satellite data show over-extraction of water threatens Iranian capital

Iran has a water problem. The reserves in many groundwater basins there have been severely depleted. For the last forty years, the country has invested a lot in the agricultural sector and has been striving to be independent in its food supply. In order to cover the increased water demand, groundwater basins have been exploited to a considerable extent in a hardly state-regulated way.

Global Tourism

Cultural Tourism Sustains Communities and Living Heritage

The third cultural tourism conference (3-5 December) organized jointly between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) concluded today in Istanbul, Turkey. Participants declared their support for cultural tourism as a driver for safeguarding living heritage, catalyzing creativity in cities, and spreading tourism’s socioeconomic benefits to all.

Expanding Market

ERM Advanced Telematics Targets SVR and Fleet Management Market in Latin America

Eitan Kirshenboim, CMO at ERM Telematics: "We welcome cooperation with leading players in the automotive and fleet management sector in Latin America"

International automotive technology provider ERM Advanced Telematics, whose products have been installed in more than 5 million vehicles worldwide, is accelerating its penetration into the Latin American market with its offering for fleet management and solutions for Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR). ERM plans to take advantage of its network of business partnerships throughout the region.

Next Start-ups

IFC Identifies More Than 100 Start-Ups That Could Speed Up Innovation in Africa

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation have selected more than 100 high-potential start-ups to participate in a new initiative designed to spur innovation and job creation across the African continent.


Two brains prove better than one for inaugural round of McGill-Western Collaboration Grant program

The first round of the McGill-Western Collaboration Grant awards were announced today, showcasing the unique research partnership between Western University’s BrainsCAN and McGill University’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) initiative. In the inaugural round, seven research teams, each co-led by a Western and McGill faculty member, have been awarded funding for their transformational research projects that aim to radically transform our understanding of the brain.


Family Dinner

Is there a future for the family dinner?

Multiple James Beard Award-winning chef Rick Bayless will feed you in his Chicago restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Topolobampo - Rick Bayless

He’ll teach you how to cook with help from his cookbooks and TV shows, such as “Mexico–One Plate at a Time.” He’ll help you out in the kitchen with his line of craft Mexican foods produced by ConAgra. But wherever and however you eat, he doesn’t want you to eat alone. When he thinks What the Future, chef Bayless is concerned about the future of the family dinner.


Join a local Christmas Bird Count this holiday season!

Ontario Nature member groups are hosting counts across Ontario

Each year, bird lovers welcome winter by joining a Christmas Bird Count. It’s a great way to explore nature while helping our feathered friends and is a part of many families’ holiday traditions. The Christmas Bird Count began in 1900, and today it is North America’s longest-running wildlife census. The one-day bird census is conducted by volunteers of all ages and skill levels. Many local counts are organized by birding and nature clubs, and everyone is welcome to attend free of charge.

Holiday Spirit

Giving back to those in need this holiday season.

B@THEMUSEUM, in association with B.Hospitality, has once again partnered with THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener to give back to those in need during this special time of the year. On Monday, December 10th, 2018, B@THEMUSEUM and B.Hospitality will provide a holiday dinner for those in need. THEMUSEUM will offer those attending the dinner complimentary entrance to the current exhibitions: BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head, Connections & Contexts: Islamic Influences and Traditions, & TIFF’s digiPlaySpace.

Educational Leadership


The World’s Largest Leadership Event Returns to Cambridge

The world’s largest leadership event is back by popular demand! Drayton Entertainment and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce will once again team up to host Leadercast, an educational event aimed at developing leaders across all industries and at any career level, so they are better equipped to take on the next challenge and inspire others. The 2019 event will be streamed live at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge on Friday, May 10.

In search of a better place

Global Migration Film Festival coming to Waterloo Region

The Immigration Partnership is partnering with the United Nations Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration - IOM) to host the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) in Waterloo Region. Launched by the IOM to celebrate International Migrants Day on December 18, the GMFF features new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and shows the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.

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