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Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Provincial U16AA Game - Kitchener @ U16AA Saturday January 25, 2020 5:00pm

Provincial U16AA Game - Kitchener @ U16AA Saturday January 25, 2020 5:00pm

Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Provincial U19AA Game - Ajax @ U19AA Saturday January 25, 2020 3:30pm

Provincial U19AA Game - Ajax @ U19AA Saturday January 25, 2020 3:30pm

Kitchener Rangers

Rangers crack Kia CHL Top 10 for the first time this season

  Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week 18 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. The Ottawa 67's remain the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League for a third straight week, taking consecutive wins over the Flint Firebirds, Hamilton Bulldogs and Oshawa Generals to improve to 34-7-0-0. The 67's own the League's top-ranked power play by a considerable margin, one operating at a 32.7% success rate. The 67's have been led by OHL scoring leader Marco Rossi who leads all players with 78 points (27-51--78) in 35 games. Ottawa readies for home dates against Niagara and Saginaw on Saturday and Sunday. The Windsor Spitfires continue to hold the ninth spot in the weekly rankings following back-to-back home wins over Erie and Saginaw. The Spits leapfrogged the Spirit for first place in the West Division standings, improving to 27-9-5-0. Windsor has relied upon goaltenders Kari Piiroinen and Xavier Medina equally this season as both have played 21 games. The Spits have really spread the scoring around, with 10 different players with double-digit goal totals in their lineup. The Kitchener Rangers are back into the Top-10 in the 10th slot. The Rangers lead the Western Conference with a 27-11-4-2 record and wins in 20 of their last 23 contests, turning things around since Mike McKenzie took the reins as interim head coach. Overage forward Liam Hawel is riding a current nine-game point streak while Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani leads the team offensively with 55 points (20-35--55) over 43 games. Kitchener hosts the Sarnia Sting on Friday before squaring off with the Steelheads in Mississauga on Sunday. The Peterborough Petes have dropped out of the Top-10 and into the honourable mention department while the London Knights are back on the radar with an honourable mention of their own. ♦ The Week 18 Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings are (1) Ottawa 67's, (2) Portland Winterhawks, (3) Sherbrooke Phoenix, (4) Chicoutimi Sagueneens, (5) Edmonton Oil Kings, (6) Moncton Wildcats, (7) Kamloops Blazers, (8) Everett Silvertips, (9) Windsor Spitfires, and (10) Kitchener Rangers, with honourable mention to the Peterborough Petes, London Knights, and Medicine Hat Tigers.

Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Regional Open B Game - Woolwich Legends @ Open B Fury Wednesday January 22, 2020 8:30pm

Regional Open B Game - Woolwich Legends @ Open B Fury Wednesday January 22, 2020 8:30pm

Nicoya Blog

Protein A – IgG Interaction Analysis Using Alto™

Alto™ is a high-throughput benchtop surface plasmon resonance (SPR) instrument providing detailed binding kinetics and affinity data for a wide variety of molecular interactions. Alto™ uses digital microfluidics (DMF) instead of traditional pumps, valves and tubing for sample handling and delivery to the SPR sensors for label-free analysis. DMF is a liquid handling technology capable […]

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Kitchener Rangers

Tickets are still available to catch the first-place Rangers in action!

Have you been planning to catch a Rangers game this season? There's a seat waiting at The Aud for you this weekend! Tickets are still available for all games in 2020, so don't miss out on the action and purchase yours today. TICKET PURCHASE METHODS: PHONE: (519) 578-1570 or 1 (800) 265-8977 IN PERSON: The Aud or Centre in the Square ONLINE: Click here *Additional fees may apply

Working Centre: Job Postings

Live Stock Attendant

Employer: Springbrook Fur Farm Ltd.
Type: Full-TimeTerm (Duration): Permanent
Description: ob Duties:
- Handle live mink
- Formulate and implement feeding programs
- Carry out a breeding program
- Detect and treat livestock health problems
- Vaccinate mink
- Provide care for kit mink
- Maintain livestock performance records
- Carry out general farm duties as required

Working Hours: 40 hours per week, varying schedule and may be required to work evenings, weekends, and overtime on occasion.

Employment Requirements:

Education: Completion of secondary education is required
Work Experience: Minimum of 1 year of mink farm experience
Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: Physically demanding; Attention to detail; Combination of sitting, standing, walking; Overtime required; Outside work year round
Equipment and Machinery Experience: Feeding, watering, skinning, pelting systems

Date Posted: Wed, Jan 22 2020
Job Location: St. AgathaWage: $20/hour
How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to springbrookfurfarm@gmail.com or
drop off in person between 9-5 at 1561 Berlett's Road, St. Agatha, ON N0B 2L0
Deadline: Sun, Mar 1 2020

Open Text

Four technology predictions for public sector in 2020

With the investment in technology and personnel training we are currently seeing, 2020 will be a year of reckoning for digital transformation initiatives in the public sector. Here are the four technology predictions for the public sector in 2020. Governments will look inwards as they approach citizen service modernization Public sector organizations all over the …

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Run Waterloo

Member spotlight: 2019 Boost winners

This month, we’re shining a well-deserved spotlight on four members, each of whom won their demographic in the 2019 Boost.

What is Boost? It’s a free program for all members based on friendly competition. Earn Points, win bragging rights and great swag. Learn more.

There you have it: the 2019 #RWBoost champions. Robyn and Ian repeat from 2018 (Robyn with the new all-time record), and the Krauskopfs take over late and hold on! Congrats to all; more to come! t.co/DmeyYGY3DZ pic.twitter.com/jdpfsLsFpK

— Run Waterloo Results (@RW_Results) December 7, 2019

Jennifer and William are a husband-wife team from Kitchener (“The Fast and the Flatulent”) who each gained their lead in the fall. Both Ian and Robyn won their demographic in 2018 as well, and were leading since the early part of the year.

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Here are your four #RWBoost winners from 2019!b♦♦♦♦ Congrats Ian, Robyn, Jennifer, and William. Check out our profile on these superstar #runwaterloo members on our blog!

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All four of these runners adds so much to our community and we’re happy to have them as Boost winners. We caught up with the four winners for a lunch this winter and put together this look into their experience in Boost.

Jennifer Krauskopf – Female under 40

The Boost program motivates me to set new running goals every year, like trying different distances (anywhere from 2.5k to 21.1k), and chasing after new personal bests.  The Boost prizes are great motivators as well!
The Boost program has also introduced me to fellow RW members that I didn’t personally know before Boost started. The fun and ‘friendly’ competition within the Boost program brings RW members closer together by working towards common goals.  I always look forward to seeing my “RW friends” at every race.
My goal this year, and pretty much every year, is to make at least top 5 in my demographic, and get as many PB’s as I can.  Also, I plan to start volunteering with RW so I can start giving back to this amazing organization that has done soo much for myself and our community. 

William Krauskopf – Male over 40

Boost takes an already fun and competitive sport to so many different levels. The biggest for me is that it keeps me accountable to my training. Whenever I don’t want to go out for a training run, I think about how I need to PB the next race for the Boost points. 
Boost levels the playing field. No matter your skill level, Boost rewards your personal improvement with PB Booster, and your loyalty to the series with the Ditto Booster. All prize levels are attainable by every member. 
Boost creates a fun atmosphere of friendly rivalry.  I have met and talked to more members in the past 2 years, and that is all thanks to the Boost program.  We are all happy to see each other be successful.  
My goals for this year are to continue strive towards my goal of a sub 20 5k. And to give back to my running community by volunteering at events I’m not competing in. 

Robyn Collins – Female over 40

Boost is a lot of fun. It’s always in the back of my mind all year and helps motivate me to race more and try my best. I always look forward to seeing all my friends and meeting new people at RW events. My goals for 2020 are to volunteer more and hopefully continue to get personal bests.

Ian Grzegorczyk – Male under 40

RW boost is always been a fun extra bonous to the already wonderful series of races. I am a sticker for competition and body allows for an additional year long challenge. I’ll be back to try and defend the boost title in 2020. There are a lot of other talented and dedicated runners in the region and I look forward to the stiff competition.

We’re looking forward to a bigger and better Boost again in 2020. Stay tuned for the prizing launch this spring. And watch out in 2020 as Jennifer has moved up into the 40+ demographic!

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The Registry Theatre

A Benefit Recital for Australia

Presented by Amie Debrone’s Music Studio

Free event, open to all! 100% of cash donations will be donated to WIRES which is providing rescue and rehabilitation for wildlife. A partnering concert in Australia will add to our donation pot!

Sunday February 2
Doors @ 1:45 pm, Show at 2 pm
Reception to follow in the lobby

Tickets: Free admission, donations welcome for WIRES.

For more info contact Amie Debrone, 519-505-6221, a_debone@hotmail.com


Andrew Coppolino

Rosemary — a favourite

Nothing against parley, sage and thyme.

But I love rosemary. The woody, shrubby herb that has a crisp, slightly astringent quality and those warming overtones of pine aroma is versatile and should be front and centre in your battery of herbs and spices in order to play a significant role in your cooking. 

A native species of Asia and the Mediterranean, rosemary certainly helps highlight those latter cuisines. It is used extensively in southern France and Italy to season grilled meats such as lamb, beef, chicken and pork, but it works just about anywhere, even sweet dishes. 

On a trip to cottage country recently, I picked a few evergreen spruce tips and compared them to some fresh rosemary I had in the kitchen. The similarities were remarkable. 

Rosemary can be used as a strong and appetizing marinade for meats – just combine a few of the whole fresh sprigs and let it do its work for a couple of hours in the fridge. You can also simply drop a couple sprigs into a sauté  pan when you are frying some mushrooms or onions and let the flavours blend together.  

Use rosemary to infuse flavour: chop some fresh leaves finely and work them into softened butter for spreading on warm bread; or, wash a few sprigs of rosemary and pat dry with a towel before letting them air dry for a few days then slip them into a bottle of good quality olive oil.  

Finally, this weekend plan a roasted chicken with rosemary seasoning that is just about the simplest way to achieve terrific flavour that will fill the house with an inviting aroma and hearty woodsy flavour that is sure to satisfy the table. 

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Kitchener Minor Hockey

Game Results for the past week

155 scores have been reported:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Major Atom vs Huron-Perth Lakers, L: 1-4 (details)
Major Midget at Stratford Warriors, T: 3-3 (details)
Major Peewee vs Waterloo Wolves, T: 3-3 (details)
Midget - OWHA #2725 vs Woodstock Wildcats, W: 4-1 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 vs Guelph Jr Gryphons, W: 2-0 (details)
Senior - OWHA #2727 vs Hamilton Ice Hawks, W: 8-1 (details)

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Novice Red at Waterloo Wolves, L: 2-5 (details)
Major Peewee at Guelph Jr Gryphons, W: 7-1 (details)
Minor Bantam vs Brantford 99ers, W: 5-1 (details)
Minor Midget at Brantford 99ers, L: 2-5 (details)
Minor Bantam at West London Hawks, W: 2-0 (details)
Minor Midget at Halton Hills Thunder, W: 3-0 (details)

Friday, January 17, 2020
Minor Atom vs Oakland Jr Grizzlies, W: 6-0 (details)
Atom KLR Red #2701 vs Wilmot Wolverines, T: 2-2 (details)
Atom - OWHA #2741 vs North Halton Twisters, W: 2-1 (details)
Minor Atom Blue at Cumberland Jr. Grads, W: 2-0 (details)
PeeWee KLR Red #2703 at Oakville Stingers, W: 2-0 (details)
Major Bantam Red vs Greater Toronto Capitals, T: 2-2 (details)
Minor Peewee Red at Oakridge Aeros, W: 6-2 (details)
Novice Red at Peterborough Pete's, W: 6-5 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 vs Barrie Sharks, W: 6-0 (details)
Major Peewee Blue vs Oakridge Aeros, L: 2-3 (details)
Major Bantam Blue vs George Bell Titans White, L: 2-3 (details)
Major Atom at Nepean Raiders, L: 1-3 (details)
Major Bantam Red at Vaughn Rangers, T: 2-2 (details)
Minor Atom at Pittsburgh Pens Elite (Atta), W: 5-1 (details)
Atom KLR Red #2701 at Waterloo Ravens #1, L: 1-6 (details)
Atom - OWHA #2741 at Stratford Aces, L: 0-5 (details)
Minor Peewee Red at North London Nationals, W: 5-1 (details)
Minor Atom Red vs Cambridge Hawks, T: 3-3 (details)
Novice Red vs Halton Hurricanes, L: 1-4 (details)
PeeWee KLR Red #2703 at Oshawa Blue Thunder, W: 1-0 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 at Saugeen Maitland Lightning, W: 4-0 (details)
Major Atom vs Kanata Blazers, W: 5-2 (details)
Major Peewee Blue vs North London Nationals, W: 4-2 (details)
Minor Atom Blue vs Syracuse Valley Eagles, W: 7-0 (details)
Midget - OWHA #2706 at Waterloo Ravens, L: 1-2 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 at Lakeshore Lightning, W: 4-0 (details)
Minor Peewee vs Hamilton Huskies, W: 2-0 (details)
Major Bantam vs Guelph Jr Gryphons, W: 2-1 (details)
Major Peewee vs Woodstock Jr Navy Jets, W: 5-1 (details)
Major Midget at Hamilton Huskies, W: 3-0 (details)
Major Bantam Blue vs Orangeville Flyers, W: 5-2 (details)
Major Bantam vs Hamilton Huskies, W: 4-0 (details)
Bantam - OWHA #2708 vs Waterloo Ravens, T: 3-3 (details)
Minor Bantam Red vs Brantford 99ers, T: 2-2 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 vs Sudbury Lady Wolves, W: 3-1 (details)
Intermediate KLR #2745 at Grand River Mustangs, L: 2-5 (details)

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Lions vs Rattlers, : 3-5 (details)
Aeros vs Huskies, : 3-6 (details)
Moose vs Lynx, : 1-8 (details)
Minor Atom vs Fox Motors, W: 4-1 (details)
Atom KLR Red #2701 vs Barrie Sharks Teal, W: 3-2 (details)
Minor Atom Red vs Victoria Village, W: 5-0 (details)
Atom - OWHA #2741 at Lakeshore Lightning, L: 1-5 (details)
Storm vs Generals, : 2-3 (details)
Minor Novice KLR Blue #2743 vs Wilmot Wolverines, T: 0-0 (details)
Minor Atom Blue at Casselman-Embrun Ice Dogs, T: 2-2 (details)
Novice Red Tier 1 - #2720 at Waterloo Ravens, T: 0-0 (details)
Grizzlies vs Bulldogs, : 1-4 (details)
Bulls vs Knights, : 3-1 (details)
Atom KLR White # 2728 vs Guelph Jr. Gryphons Red, L: 0-3 (details)
Pirates vs Majors, : 7-3 (details)
PeeWee KLR Red #2703 vs St. Catharines Jr. Badgers Grey, L: 2-6 (details)
Spitfires vs Otters, : 4-1 (details)
Inferno vs Rampage, : 2-5 (details)
Ice Dogs vs Platers, : 3-2 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 at Peterborough Ice Kats, T: 1-1 (details)
Novice Red at Whitby Wildcats, L: 3-9 (details)
Minor Atom Red at Faustina Fury, T: 2-2 (details)
AtoMc Green vs AtoMc Orange, : 4-0 (details)
Minor Atom vs Stratford Warriors, W: 3-1 (details)
Minor Atom Blue vs Copper Cliff Reds, L: 5-6 (details)
AtoMc Blue vs AtoMc White, : 6-1 (details)
Minor Peewee Red at London Bandits, W: 2-1 (details)
Major Midget at Waterloo Wolves, W: 4-2 (details)
Midget - OWHA #2725 vs Waterloo Ravens, T: 1-1 (details)
Major Bantam at Woolwich Wildcats, W: 10-1 (details)
AtoMc Red vs AtoMc Sky, : 1-4 (details)
Minor Atom at Compuware, W: 7-1 (details)
Major Peewee Blue vs West London Hawks, L: 1-6 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 at North York Storm , W: 3-0 (details)
Major Atom vs Ottawa Sting, T: 3-3 (details)
AtoMc Black vs AtoMc Gold, : 2-1 (details)
Major Bantam Red vs Amesbury, W: 2-1 (details)
Major Bantam Blue vs Waterloo Wolves White, W: 3-1 (details)
Royals vs Gladiators, : 2-11 (details)
Novice Red at Barrie Colts, L: 2-6 (details)
Roadrunners vs Jaguars, : 3-2 (details)
Vikings vs Bombers, : 0-0 (details)
Major Atom Red vs Brantford 99ers, W: 7-1 (details)
Rock vs Cobras, : 0-5 (details)
Bantam - OWHA #2711 vs Ayr Rockets, L: 1-3 (details)
Minor Peewee at Brantford Select 99ers, W: 3-1 (details)
Scouts vs Chargers, : 1-0 (details)
Vipers vs Bears, : 4-1 (details)
Minor Midget Blue vs Minor Midget Red, : 2-5 (details)
Minor Atom at Oakville Rangers, W: 5-2 (details)
Minor Peewee Red at West London Hawks, W: 3-2 (details)
Major Atom at Cumberland Junior Grads, T: 2-2 (details)
Stingrays vs Aces, : 2-1 (details)
Major Peewee Blue vs London Bandits-Orange, W: 5-1 (details)
Eagles vs Blazers, : 2-4 (details)
Major Bantam Red at Meadowvale Hawks, W: 5-0 (details)
Midget - OWHA # 2716 at Burlington Barracudas, W: 3-1 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 vs Cambridge Roadrunners, L: 0-1 (details)
Rams vs Titans, : 4-2 (details)
Major Bantam Blue at Burlington Bulldogs Red, T: 2-2 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 vs Brampton Canadettes, W: 5-0 (details)
Admirals vs Giants, : 1-3 (details)

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Minor Atom Blue at Toronto East Ender Ticats, L: 1-6 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 vs Stoney Creek Sabres, W: 2-0 (details)
Minor Atom vs Compuware, W: 5-4 (details)
Major Bantam Blue vs Oakridge Aeros, L: 2-4 (details)
Minor Atom Red at Faustina Fury, L: 1-2 (details)
Minor Atom vs London Jr Knights Green, T: 5-5 (details)
Major Peewee vs GLHA Jr Mustangs Purple, L: 2-4 (details)
Atom KLR Blue #2715 vs Guelph Jr. Gryphons Red, L: 0-2 (details)
Minor Peewee Red vs London Bandits, W: 2-1 (details)
Major Peewee vs Hamilton Huskies, L: 1-3 (details)
Major Atom vs Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, W: 4-2 (details)
Major Atom Blue at Brantford 99ers, L: 1-4 (details)
Cobras vs Scouts, : 2-4 (details)
Major Peewee at Dofasco Select, L: 2-3 (details)
Major Bantam vs Huron-Perth Lakers, W: 6-2 (details)
Bulldogs vs Lynx, : 1-2 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 vs Saugeen Maitland Lightning, W: 1-0 (details)
Minor Peewee at GLHA Jr Mustangs Purple, T: 1-1 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2710 vs Twin Centre Hericanes, W: 4-1 (details)
Minor Midget Blue at Cambridge Hawks, L: 2-4 (details)
Bantam - OWHA #2711 at Guelph Jr Gryphons, W: 5-1 (details)
Minor Bantam vs Burlington Jr. Cougars Blue, W: 2-0 (details)
Rattlers vs Aeros, : 3-3 (details)
Minor Novice KLR White # 2704 vs Guelph Jr Gryphons, T: 0-0 (details)
Novice Red Tier 1 - #2720 vs London Devilettes, T: 0-0 (details)
Minor Midget vs London Jr Knights Green, L: 1-3 (details)
Minor Peewee Red vs Lambeth Lancers 07/08, W: 3-2 (details)
Major Peewee Red at Hamilton Huskies Red, W: 4-2 (details)
Midget - OWHA #2725 vs Flamborough Falcons, W: 6-0 (details)
Minor Bantam vs Oakville Rangers, W: 4-0 (details)
Gryphons vs Rebels, : 1-2 (details)
Minor Bantam Red at Cambridge Hawks, T: 1-1 (details)
Sting vs Lancers, : 1-7 (details)
Midget KLR Red #2742 at Waterloo Ravens #2, W: 2-0 (details)
Senior - OWHA #2727 vs Ancaster Avalanche, W: 7-1 (details)
Steelers vs Renegades, : 6-9 (details)
Warriors vs Greys, : 1-6 (details)
Intermediate KLR #2745 at Guelph Jr. Gryphons Blue, W: 7-2 (details)

Monday, January 20, 2020
Jaguars vs Rock, : 3-3 (details)
Cyclones vs Crunch, : 3-1 (details)
Midget - OWHA #2706 vs Waterloo Ravens, L: 2-3 (details)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Atom #2729 vs Waterloo DS Ravens, W: 6-2 (details)
Major Bantam vs Waterloo Wolves Select, L: 1-2 (details)
Midget - OWHA #2706 at Saugeen Maitland Lightning, L: 0-3 (details)
Major Bantam vs Hamilton Huskies Red, W: 5-2 (details)

Communitech News

Banknotes: Understanding the loan process

Applying for a loan is a common step for a new or growing company, but if you’ve never made a loan application before, the process might be a mystery.

So, what can you expect to unfold?

The process often begins with developing a relationship with a potential lender. Introductions are typically made, and the lender will be interested in hearing the story of you and your company – what your company makes, why it makes it, what the growth potential looks like and how the loan will help the company.

Providing the lender likes what it hears, the first document you are likely to receive is a term sheet. A term sheet is much like a letter of intent and is for discussion purposes. It is not a legally binding offer and is only based on what the investor knows about you and your company at that time, prior to conducting its due diligence.

If you agree to the terms and conditions specified in the term sheet, you then pay a loan processing fee, which is based on the amount of your loan, and the investor will then begin its process of due diligence. The loan terms specified in the term sheet are subject to change depending on the information and level of risk discovered.

It may be tempting to flip to the last page of the term sheet, sign the document, and expedite the process. But taking a step back in order to understand all the terms and conditions will make sure you are meeting your obligations and save everyone a potential headache down the line.

The amount of funding proposed should be the first part of the term sheet. Verify that this is the amount you were expecting before moving on to the terms.

The term sheet will likely include information about how the principal will be repaid, as well as the interest rate that will be applied. 

Security arrangements may be included in the term sheet or the loan document itself. The security section specifies the assets that will secure the loan – in effect, the collateral to be used as repayment if you were to default. This could take the form of first position for tangible assets, intellectual property, and the like. If you are confident in the success of your business and your ability to pay back the loan, this shouldn’t be an issue.

There may be a loan management and processing fee which will be stated in the term sheet.

If you agree to the terms, due diligence will begin, and this process may take a few weeks. Providing the lender is satisfied with what they learn, a letter of offer will be the next document you receive. Having a lawyer review the letter of offer is a recommended step at this stage, with the legal fees paid by the client.

Before any money is disbursed, standard conditions must be satisfied and these are commonly known as disbursement requirements and conditions (sic) precedent. These could include a signed resolution from your board authorizing your company to take on the loan, a certificate of insurance, in-house financial statements and other conditions as specified.

The letter of offer (also known as the letter of commitment) is legally binding and commits you to the loan being offered. After the letter of offer is signed, you are officially obtaining funding from the investor and must meet all requirements and obligations.

The format of the letter of offer is similar to the term sheet, however the terms may have changed after the due diligence. Once the loan is disbursed, there may be underlying conditions that must be respected and maintained throughout the term of the loan. Examples might include submitting quarterly financial statements, annual audited financial statements, or receiving the investor’s consent before declaring dividends. All terms and rates are final, unless it is specified that they may be subject to change. Once you sign the letter of offer document, you have successfully arranged funding for your company.

The key at each stage of the process is to take your time, carefully read the details, and fully understand everything before signing. There’s no harm in asking your lender for clarification if you have any questions.

And, as always, BDC is available to help.

Banknotes is an occasional column offering financial advice to startups.

Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash.

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Working Centre: Job Postings

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKER I

Employer: YW Kitchener-Waterloo
Type: Part-TimeTerm (Duration): Contract
Description: January 22, 2020








EXTERNAL JOB POSTING
YW Kitchener-Waterloo
invites applications for the temporary part-time (maternity leave) position of
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKER I
(unionized position)
DUTIES:
- To implement engaging and developmentally appropriate activities for 4 - 12 year olds which
allow for choice, creativity, and independence
- To take responsibility for the health and safety of the children in your care
- To follow daily schedules and take responsibility for clean up and organization of supplies
- To act as a positive role model for the children
- To work as part of a team of Youth Development Workers
- Maintaining effective communication with staff, parents, facility staff and manager

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Registered Early Childhood Educator or related degree such as Recreation and Leisure,
Child and Youth Worker (subject to approval by the Ministry of Education)
- Minimum one year experience with School Age children, preferably in a childcare, education
or recreation setting
- Understanding of the Child Care and Early Years Act and familiarity with the use of
assessment tools such as ECERS, ITERS, SACERS, High Five
- Enthusiasm, initiative and a working knowledge of child development
- Proven ability to work as an effective team member
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification
- Standard Food Safety Handler's Certificate

YW employees are expected to demonstrate respect, empathy, and accountability to the people who access our services, and to attend work regularly as regular attendance is critical to maintaining the highest quality and level of service expected in delivering services.

Rate of pay: $22.088 per hour, with an additional 2% in lieu of benefits
Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; 7.50 hours per week
Monday to Friday 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; 18:75 hours per week
Duration: February 17, 2020 to February 26, 2021

Date Posted: Wed, Jan 22 2020
Job Location: KitchenerWage: $22.088 per hour
How to Apply: Please respond in writing by January 28, 2020 to:

Maria Milne
Children's Services Assistant Coordinator
YW School Age Programs
153 Frederick St.
Kitchener, ON N2H 2M2
Email: Maria.Milne@ywkw.ca

YW Kitchener-Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from individuals of all races, colour, ethnic origin, religions, abilities, gender identity, and sexual orientations.
No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
YW Kitchener-Waterloo is committed to providing accommodations to people with disabilities throughout the hiring process. If you require accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

Deadline: Tue, Jan 28 2020

The Registry Theatre

I Once Was Lost

Presented by NorthSouth Entertainment

Want to be a part of the process of creating a new musical? Come to our Developmental Reading of I Once Was Lost! This is a special opportunity to hear a raw script reading and give your feedback afterwards! No props, no staging– just the script, music, cast, and audience.

The Developmental Reading is on January 23, starting at 7 p.m. at The Registry Theatre. Free entrance with tickets at the door, donations welcome.

With support from:
Pat the Dog Theatre Creation
Ontario Arts Council
KWMP (Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions)
The Registry Theatre
JMDrama

January 23, 7 pm

Free! Donations welcome!


Communitech News

Revolutionizing content intelligence

The world of modern communication has never been filled with more noise. Every minute sees an average of 16 million text messages, almost half a million tweets and 156 million emails sent, and those numbers are growing. Companies haven’t been on the sidelines of this massive increase in communication data, either: Firms have expanded customer touchpoints to email, social media, online chat and mobile embedded content.

With the explosion of content, businesses have struggled to ensure brand compliance, readability and an optimized customer outreach experience. On the other side, according to the World Economic Forum, consumers are lost in a sea of content, spending valuable time searching for signals that matter to them. As a result, competition in the information market has intensified to the point that it is now close to a winner-take-all game. Now, more than ever, content makes or breaks the customer experience. 

Founded in 1998 as Prinova, Messagepoint has grown along with the content boom, beginning as a service-focused customer communications management (CCM) integrator, and over time, becoming a top global software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for managing customer-facing content.

Messagepoint helps organizations in regulated industries cut through the complexity of delivering exceptional customer communications. Whether firms are struggling with long change cycles, a lack of control over regulatory content, crippling inefficiency and cost or a lack of meaningful personalization, Messagepoint can help. Their hybrid cloud-based platform gets customers up and running fast while keeping customer data where companies need it to stay – behind the firewall.

In a major drive towards automated content intelligence – the application of natural language processing and machine learning to the creation, managing and editing of content – Messagepoint applied for the IBM Innovation Incubator’s Project Support Program. Managed by Communitech, IBM and OCE, the program provided contractors to help integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into the core business functions of successful applicants.

Messagepoint then embarked on two highly experimental projects. The first was to train an advanced artificial intelligence system that would understand documents in any format or any language, based on document layout, images and text. The second was to be able to compute content similarity irrespective of the content languages. Both of these functionalities are highly desired in the content management industry, but have never been successfully offered as a product offering.

The company found a way, in combination with the University of Western Ontario’s AI researchers, to apply layer after layer of transfer learning, image processing and natural language processing techniques to train neural networks which could detect exactly what a document was, simply from the layout and images contained – and could then understand the sentiment in such a document.

Their research work has received recognition in various AI and data-related academic venues, and it has contributed significantly towards the next iteration of the Messagepoint’s MARCIE platform. Today the MARCIE platform is one of the few industry leading content intelligence platforms that harnesses the power of AI for communication content.

Their new AI approach to content migration, authoring and management through the Messagepoint Advanced Rationalization and Content Intelligence Engine (MARCIE), enables them to handle the complexity of regulated, personalized omni-channel customer communications in ways that others can only dream of. 

Today, Communitech continues to sponsor the next generation of revolutionary technology integration programs, such as those used by Messagepoint, to develop MARCIE. In the AI space in particular, Communitech, in partnership with the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), provides a commercial-grade private cloud system. 

Complete with Nvidia V100 cards for model training, cutting-edge data centre equipment, modern software defined networking, and function virtualization systems, the platform plays a major role in taking Waterloo Region technologies to market. Learn more about our platform and related funding opportunities here, and join Messagepoint in our next advanced technology cohort.

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WPL's More Books Please!

WPL Book Clubs in February

The only thing that beats curling up with a good book is discussing a good book with other booklovers. Even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book you can find out what other people thought of it.  Book clubbers are friendly and the discussions are always lively.  Try it!  Registration is not required. Everyone welcome!  – – Christine Brown, WPL Book Club Facilitator

Tuesday Afternoon Book Club

Tuesday, February 4 at 1:30pm
John M. Harper Branch, Community Room
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This allegorical story tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

  • Reflect on these discussion questions after reading the book
  • 75 facts about Antoine de Saint-Exupery and The Little Prince
  • Place a hold on a WPL copy of the book

Monday Evening Book Club

Monday, February 10 at 7:00pm
Main Library, Auditorium
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

A young woman and her husband, admitted to hospital to have a baby, request that their nurse be reassigned — they are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into the courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other’s lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.

  • Reflect on these discussion questions after reading the book
  • Read the book review in The Globe and Mail
  • Place a hold on a WPL copy of the book

Thursday Afternoon Book Club

Thursday, February 20 at 1:30pm
Main Library, Boardroom
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety.  These remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life.  Author Michael Pollan investigates the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs including his own life-changing psychedelic experiences.

  • Reflect on these discussion questions after reading the book
  • Read the book review in The New York Times
  • Place a hold on a WPL copy of the book

Code Like a Girl

Have Knowledge, Will Travel: 6 Mobile Labs for STEM Education

The number of jobs requiring STEM skills will continue to proliferate through the 2020s. This rise in demand for STEM skills makes receiving a strong STEM education in grade school more valuable than ever.

However, not every school can provide a learning experience that keeps kids interested in STEM through school — and sometimes, the experience there can even discourage some students from pursuing a career in STEM. As a result, some parents are looking to mobile STEM laboratories to provide that extra education.

Here are what mobile STEM labs are, the benefits they can provide and six of the best mobile labs available.

Mobile Labs and the Benefits of STEM Education

In general, active engagement and hands-on lessons — like those you get from laboratories and in-class experiments — provide significant educational benefits, especially when combined with educational methods like lectures and readings.

However, the necessary equipment for these labs can be costly, and not all schools are equipped to provide them. That means that, without extracurricular opportunities, most students will receive only limited access to STEM education.

In fact, despite big strides in STEM education over the past years, only one-third of students will arrive at college with the STEM skills they need to succeed.

That’s where mobile labs come in. These traveling laboratories bring scientific tools and experiments straight to school parking lots or extracurricular events. There, they allow K-12 students to get hands-on STEM experience beyond what many schools are equipped for.

STEM learning experiences — like mobile labs — have been shown to motivate students, as well as inspire interest in STEM and sustain that interest through grade school. These learning experiences can be especially important for groups that are underrepresented in STEM. For instance, many people in STEM fields regard them as traditionally masculine — this, coupled with the gender gap in many positions, can be discouraging for young girls interested in STEM.

With mobile labs, however, every student can complete experiments and feel like they could become a doctor or scientist.

6 Top STEM Mobile Labs

If you’re interested in offering students the opportunity to explore a STEM mobile lab, here are six of the best options to consider:

1. Learning Undefeated Mobile STEM

Every year, Mobile STEM labs held by Learning Undefeated serve around 25,000 students nationwide. Depending on the specific lab chosen, it can support groups of up to 40 students at a time as they complete experiments and projects that teach concepts like engineering design, the structure of our solar system and the basics of bioscience.

Currently, Learning Undefeated brings labs to schools in Maryland, Texas and Louisiana.

2. STEM Scouts Labs

This mobile lab from the Boy Scouts of America provides a co-ed learning experience for students in grades 3 through 12 across several states. The lab itself comes with smart TVs, computers, microscopes and a variety of equipment that makes it ready for a range of experiments.

Some of the activities offered include experiments and programs like “Catapults & Launch Angles,” “Robotic Programming Basics,” “The Chemistry of Play-Doh” and “Monster Genetics.”

3. The Lab

The Lab from Multilink is a mobile training center designed with full immersion in mind. As a result of a partnership with the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, The Lab provides fully accredited, hands-on courses on telecommunications topics.

Multilink offers The Lab for students of all ages across the country.

4. The BioBus

Based out of New York, the mission of this mobile lab is to bring STEM education to minority, female and low-income K-12 students in NYC.

The BioBus is stocked with scientific equipment — including a $75,000 microscope — and staffed by trained scientists. It offers 45-minute hands-on labs for entire classes that can deepen their knowledge and appreciation of STEM. The BioBus also offers eight- to twelve-week programs that allow students to develop their research practices and see what it’s like to be a professional scientist.

5. The iTeach MakerBus

This maker-focused traveling lab, run by Georgia’s Kennesaw State University, focuses on helping kids learn and create with STEM — teaching the basics of coding, hacking, robotics and engineering, among other topics.

Up to 30 students can attend one of the MakerBus’s day-long events. The program also offers professional development courses for educators wanting to improve their STEM teaching knowledge.

6. Teq’s Mobile STEM Carts

These mobile STEM bundles provide schools with lab-ready STEM equipment and technology. Organized by age and focus, each of these sets includes tools like programmable robots, maker kits and 3D printers that teachers can use to lead students in hands-on, engaging lessons.

Expanding Opportunities With Mobile STEM Labs

A high-quality STEM education is more important now than ever, and all evidence points to STEM skills becoming even more valuable in the future.

Unfortunately, it can still be hard for students to get high-quality STEM education from their schools. That’s why the mobile STEM labs above are here to fill the gap. These labs can provide learning opportunities that students might not otherwise get.

Evidence also shows these experiments can effectively inspire a continuing fascination with STEM topics that lasts through grade school and possibly years beyond.

Have Knowledge, Will Travel: 6 Mobile Labs for STEM Education was originally published in Code Like A Girl on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


Nicoya Blog

App Note: Binding Kinetics of an Antibody Serum Sample Using OpenSPR™

You asked. We answered. Our team at Nicoya speaks with hundreds of researchers every week. We regularly hear that researchers want to perform kinetic analysis of analytes in crude samples. More specifically, when performing screening studies, the ability to quantify antibody-antigen binding in animal sera would be incredibly valuable in situations where antibody purification is […]

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James Davis Nicoll

Not Just a Pretty Face / Marginal By Moto Hagio

Moto Hagio’s Marginal (Japanese: マージナル, Hepburn: Maajinaru) is a science fiction manga. It was serialized between 1985 and 1987. 

On all Earth, there is only one person who can birth children: the semi-divine Mother. All across the planet, desperate villages populated entirely by men must wait for Mother to send them children. Mother’s ability to produce children is declining and villages are dying. 

A desperate situation becomes a crisis when extremist Grinja infiltrates the city of Monodor and assassinates Mother during one of her rare public audiences.



University of Waterloo: Environment

Dean Jean reappointed

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The dean of the Faculty of Environment Jean Andrey has been reappointed for her second term after recent votes at Senate and the Board of Governors’ Executive Committee. Senate voted on November 20 to recommend that the President recommend the reappointments to the Board Executive Committee.

Ride Cycle Spin

New Protected Bike Lanes in Waterloo – A First Look

My second outdoor  bicycle ride of 2020 was a solo jaunt through the City of Waterloo on January 3.  The weather was mild (for January in Ontario) and the roads and bike paths were clear so I decided to take out my gravel bike and ride around the city to explore the new protected bike lanes.

The Region of Waterloo has a map online that shows the layout of the new protected bike lanes (link here):

The first thing I noticed on this map is the big green loop, which includes some existing trails.  I’ve cycled on a lot of this route, including the Laurel and Forwell trails.  There are still some places where these two trails cross busy streets, which likely deter some cyclists from using them.

The bright red line is on King Street in Uptown Waterloo.  During the re-build of this section of King Street in the past several years, this street has seen a lot of change.  My first criticism is the re-installation of on-street parking.  There’s no need for this kind of road parking in this type of street/neighbourhood.  If we are serious about climate change and alternative modes of transportation through the core, we need to get rid of on-street parking.  Second, the bike lanes in this area weave back and forth and there’s some confusion between pedestrians and cyclists (i.e., pedestrians walking on the bike path and vice versa).  When I cycle on these types of paths, I slow down and pay attention to the slower-moving humans, but at times, I was still confused as to where I should be cycling.  I should also note that I did this ride when there was no snow on the ground, so I don’t have a good idea on how these paths and walkways are maintained after a heavy snowfall event.

On the map above, the blue roads are part of a separated cycling “pilot” project.  By “pilot”, the Region means that these separated bike lanes have been installed and are fully functional.  This will continue for about 18 months, at which time, they’ll be evaluated, and I believe a decision will be made to keep or remove them.  These roads include sections of: Columbia St., University Ave., King St. North, a short section of Albert St. and Erb Street (note the short blue connector-line in the south of the map above).

Columbia Street West (King Street to Hagey)

I rode east-to-west on Columbia St.  Because this part of Columbia already included bike lanes, only the bollards and painted buffer are new (see the photo below, from the Region webpage).

I didn’t have any issues with the previously unprotected bike lanes but I felt a little safer with this visual barrier.  I suspect that motorists pay more attention with these barriers.  I noticed that the road condition in these bike lanes can be an issue.  There are potholes and sewers to watch out for. Heading east on Columbia past Albert St, the painted buffer disappears but the bollards remain.

University Ave. (King St. to Seagram Drive)

This section of University Ave. can get very busy with buses, commuters, pedestrians, students because it’s the main road between the two universities.  Having protected bike lanes along here makes sense.  An unprotected bike lane existed on this stretch of University prior to the physical separation that was installed last fall (2019).  The Region website describes these installations as “concrete curb and flexible bollards” (see photo below from the Region webpage).

I didn’t have any problems with the previously unprotected bike lanes on this stretch of road, but I hope that more people will use these protected lanes and I hope drivers pay more attention with the bollards and curb in place.  One spot along this stretch of road that always scares me is University eastbound approaching the intersection at Seagram Drive.  Many car drivers turn right here into the University of Waterloo and don’t pay attention to cyclists.  I always approach this intersection cautiously, both on my bike and in my car.

King Street (University to Columbia)

This new protected bike lane has been designed with painted buffers, bollards and rubber delineators (see below).  I don’t frequently ride on King Street in this area.  The south end of this protected bike lane is at the busiest intersection in the area: King and University.  I’m not sure the rubber delineators do much, and I hope the bike lanes remained plowed in winter.

Erb Street (Caroline to Peppler).

This section of Erb Street is one-way, flowing west to east.  The Region has taken the left-most lane and made it into a two-way, separated cycling lane (see below).

I like this idea, but the first time I saw this bike lane, I was in my car, driving along Erb Street, just east of Regina St.  To my surprise I saw someone driving a CAR in the OPPOSITE direction on this two-way bike lane!   This speaks to two things.  First, the driver’s confusion.  Second, the design somehow allowed this to happen.  Another point is when I was nearing the east-end of this separated bike lane at Peppler St. I was confused as to how I was supposed to navigate from the traffic light to the Laurel Trail.  Plus, to my right, a driver of a minivan was stopped at the light, looking to turn left in front of me.  We were both confused, but thankfully, he was patient while I got my bearings.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I like that the Region is trying to improve cycling infrastructure.  I make use of the bike lanes on both University and Columbia on a regular basis.  My main issue with this infrastructure is that they’re not connected to the east side of town.  From my neighbourhood, I cycle across the city on either Lexington/Columbia or on University.  Both options have dangerous stretches for cyclists (University at Highway 85 and between Weber St. and King St. and on Columbia between Dearborn and King.).  It’s also important to identify the potential danger zones.  I’ve mentioned a couple of them here, but the only way to identify these dangerous areas is to get out there and experience the bike lanes on a bicycle.

The Region is looking for feedback on this Pilot Project, and you can find the link here.

 

 


Andrew Coppolino

Beef on weck at @ THEMUSEUM

B at The MUSEUM
10 King Street West
Kitchener, ON   N2H 2G8
bhere.ca/themuseum/

I love sandwiches. The balance of carb and protein, with a generous dosing of condiments, spicy sauces and acidic pickles, makes the hand-held comestible, from grilled cheeses and wraps to burgers and Reubens, a mighty satisfying experience.

The “Beef on Weck” at B at The Museum is exactly such a glory – and one, given its Montreal-style brisket, that is weeks in the making.

Cambridge-born Collin Morrison, B at The Museum head chef, has tweaked the sandwich to shape it into what he wants as a classic for the beer-forward pub of 80 seats: there’s six bar stools and 48 dining room seats with room for 26 on the King Street patio.

Morrison, who cooked at Cambridge’s Napa Grille for seven years before heading to now closed Fistro Bistro across town to join Langdon Hall alum Darnell Gregg, has just re-set the B menu.

“We wanted it to have wholesome dishes full of flavour and using local ingredients,” Morrison says. “I also wanted the food to meet our craft-beer selections.”

The Beef on Weck ($17) does just that: I sipped a Four Father’s “Høyeste Fjell” Norwegian Pale Ale, which had some hoppiness, acidity and a touch of sour that matched the sandwich’s components.

As well as being quite hefty – it requires two hands – the sandwich, like many great sandwiches, has an origin story; the stuff of myth, I find, makes food more appetizing: likely first appearing in Buffalo, NY, “weck” refers to a kummelweck bun, which is topped with caraway seeds and salt.

The original weck was crusty, perhaps akin to a Kaiser, and to its German creator it also had a solemn quality as a remembrance of departed fellow Swabians. As a sidebar, travelling a few kilometers east from B on King Street brings you to one of our famous German clubs, The Schwaben Club, with its Danube Swabian culture.

Otherwise, B’s Beef on Weck is Montreal-style smoked meat, into which a lot of effort has gone, according to Morrison.

“It’s a local AAA brisket that’s brined for nine days in salt, black pepper, bay leaves, Prague powder curing salt, coriander and chilies,” he says. “It dries for three days, then gets crusted with a dry rub and ages another couple of days. It gets cold-smoked, half the time with cherry and half the time with applewood, and then steamed. All told, it’s 16 days.”

I think we do well to understand the time and process needed to make such a sandwich that costs a customer $17 with soup, salad or house chips. The weck is B’s potato-scallion bun sprinkled with caraway seeds and Maldon salt.  “It’s Kozlik’s mustard and our own aioli,” says Morrison. “The sauerkraut is made in-house as well.”

On the surface, it’s a simple sandwich, though its preparation is certainly a little more involved.

“This is a unique meat sandwich,” says Morrison. “It says big, it says local, and when you sit down to eat it, it says you’re going to be full and enjoy every bite.”

*****



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Kitchener Rangers

Meet the Rangers at Real Canadian Superstore this Saturday

The Kitchener Rangers will be visiting Real Canadian Superstore in Kitchener on Saturday January 25th from 2-3pm. Be sure to stop by for a quick chat, photo, or autograph with the players. A pair of tickets to our game on Friday January 31st against Owen Sound will also be raffled-off! Store location: Highland Hills Mall 875 Highland Rd W, Kitchener Players*: Greg Meireles Jacob Ingham Arber Xhekaj Axel Bergkvist *Player availability subject to change

Bridgit Solutions

The cost of poor workforce management – Reporting for duty

There has been endless business research done that suggests that most companies are well aware that an effective communication plan has an incredible impact on project outcomes and workforce management. The Project Management Institute has written a report that quantifies the impact that ineffective communication can have on projects, their outcomes, and the overall success of the business.

The results were pretty shocking. In their report Pulse of the Profession, they reveal that for every US$1 billion spent on a project, $135 million will be at risk. Furthermore, of that $135 million, 56% is being put at risk because of ineffective communication. That’s $75 million, or 7.5%.

7.5% of your total project spending is at risk due to ineffective communication. In fact, 1 in 5 projects will be unsuccessful as a direct result of poor communication.

Now, let’s be clear. There are numerous factors that can lead to a project being delayed and over budget – the acquisition of materials, equipment failure, financial and logistical problems. The reason communication can be the most damaging to your projects though, is that high-level communication using the proper channels will allow you to more easily recover if and when those aforementioned factors occur.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC and the Project Management Institute have consolidated multiple surveys in regards to project management with staggering results. Companies that have highly effective communication practices are almost twice as likely to financially outperform companies with ineffective communication. Highly effective companies are 28% more likely to meet the original project goals, 34% more likely to finish projects on time, and 28% more likely to finish within budget. That’s a huge difference for any industry, but particularly in construction, where margins can be razor thin when project goals aren’t met.

So how many companies are highly effective at communicating?

Considering that most are fully aware just how critical communication is to move a company forward, only 25% would actually be considered high performers. While this does seem like a low percentage, it also is a clear indicator of one way to set your construction company apart from the 75% that aren’t high performers by improving how you communicate project information to your teams.

Part of the problem is not knowing how to best communicate relevant information. It’s not enough to simply understand that communication is imperative. The study points to a disconnect between executives who indicate long term and strategic information is being communicated, and project managers who indicate that is not the case. Good communication will always start at the top and work it’s way down, and high-level communication can be contagious.

Printed, detailed reports are crucial for communicating important project and workforce management information for making data-driven decisions in the construction industry as well. Projects differ in size and scope, materials needed, amount of dedicated workforce, length until completion – and that’s only scratching the surface. Operations teams communicating on a high level will have an adaptive workforce plan that can be easily adjusted when inevitable changes occur on projects, and communicate those changes to necessary parties.

A construction project will have multiple different stakeholders – from owners to financiers to project executives. Being able to deliver concise, accurate project reports to your teams will ensure that everyone is up to date on all relevant project details and changes, and all stakeholders are confident that project decisions are being made with all the necessary data. Everyone sleeps a little easier at night when they know all parties are in sync with one another and project decisions are being based off of actionable data, and then communicated effectively. Printed reports have become a staple for leading general contractors as they allow both project executives and managers to clearly communicate plans and paths for success, while also allowing them to identify potential risk.

Detailed reports also encourage making data-driven decisions instead of making important project decisions based on gut-feel. Workforce management being done with accurate, actionable data will help to streamline expensive manpower meetings and allow you to look at your workforce plan with new insight into project allocations and workforce utilization. Accurate project and people reports enable operations and executive teams to collaborate when situations arise and problems need to be solved and allow for better dispute management. 

Operations and executive teams need to make a lot of tough decisions at a moment’s notice, often dealing with a lot of money. Ensuring that decisions are informed and being made with accurate data is the best way to propel your projects (and company) forward.

Construction Dive has also written about using data to your advantage in the construction industry. One of their key points focused around the idea of striving for data transparency and its positive impact. Company culture becomes more open-minded about data efforts and overall morale increases as your workforce understands what data is being used and how using that data to drive decision-making will benefit them in the long run. Unfortunately, many general contractors aren’t on board with digital and data transformation yet, leading their workforce to also be confused and reluctant to change.

If the construction industry wants to participate in the digital transformation of their workforce management, companies will have to overcome the difficulties of communicating these changes to multiple talent groups. Effective change will always start at the C-suite level. Unless leadership is willing to commit to changing how they view their workforce and inviting heads of technology into the boardroom, the construction industry will continue to fall behind industries that have seen major impact.

Achieving a productive work environment, driven by data, with high-level communication isn’t easy, but there are tools that you can leverage to keep your workforce better informed of project details and changes with customizable, detailed reports to keep everyone on the same page and pulling in the same direction.

Bridgit Bench is the leading workforce management solution for construction and offers multiple ways for you keep your teams up to date about project details.

Project Gantt reports

Bridgit Bench gives you the ability to print highly-visual, detailed reports directly from the Project Gantt. You can apply filters to narrow your focus to specific projects, choose start and end dates, and customize what properties you want to view and include. From there you can export to download or print as a PDF or CSV file. For a step by step guide to creating your Project Gantt reports, click here.

People and Project List reports

You also have the ability to export custom reports from your People and Project List views – full talent and project directories along with every custom field that you’ve added to your Bridgit Bench account. Easily customize which properties you want included in your report and quickly export as a PDF or CSV file. For a step by step guide to creating your list reports, click here.

Bridgit Bench is customizable to your company’s specific needs, and the reporting is no exception. Accurate reporting is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to high-level communication, making it an ideal place to start. Improving workforce planning is a team effort and keeping everyone informed and on the same page is the first step to improved collaboration, problem solving, and risk management.

  ♦ Lauren Lake

Lauren Lake is the COO and co-founder at Bridgit. She holds a degree in Civil Structural Engineering and is well-versed in construction workforce management and resource planning processes. Lauren has been named to the Forbes Manufacturing & Industry 30 Under 30 and Best Of Canada Forbes Under 30 Innovators lists. Lauren has presented at industry events and conferences, including BuiltWorlds, Canadian Construction Association, Procore Groundbreak, and more. Follow Lauren on LinkedIn and Instagram.

  
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Grand River Rocks Climbing Gym

March Break Camp!

♦Registration is now open! Check the CAMPS tab for more info!

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Kitchener-Waterloo House League Baseball

Division Conveners Needed

We are currently looking for division conveners.  For a list of duties, click here or email James McCulloch at gjmcculloch62@gmail.com


My Home in Kitchener Waterloo

Selling your Luxury Home: The Global Luxury Advantage

Tracey Appleton currently holds the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Specialist Designation (Previews Designation), awarded by Coldwell Banker International. To date, approximately eight percent of more than 87, 000 Coldwell Banker sales associates have been awarded this designation. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury is a comprehensive marketing effort designed specifically for marketing luxury residential properties to affluent buyers […]

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Maxwell's Concerts and Events

Wild Rivers, Sat April 25

Maxwell’s Concerts & Events proudly presents Wild Rivers, Saturday April 25th! Tickets on-sale Friday January 24th at 10am.

Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm
19+, valid photo ID required

$15 tickets plus service charge
www.ticketscene.ca/maxwells


The Registry Theatre

Tinder Tales

A “Not-So-Valentine’s” Show ft. Daniel Woodrow ♦

Tinder Tales presents A “Not-So-Valentine’s” Show in support of Heart & Stroke.

Tinder Tales is the show where comedians share their own real dating stories and inspired comedy live on stage. As seen at Just For Laughs with over 250 sold-out shows across Canada. In honour of heart month, a portion of ticket sales will be in support of Heart & Stroke.

This special event will feature some of the GTA’s best comedians and will be headlined by none other than Daniel Woodrow.

Friday February 14, 2020
Doors @ 8, Show @ 8:30

Tickets
Early Bird (Before Feb 1st): $15
General Advance: $20
Door: $25

Buy Tickets Online

Licenced bar service will be available by the Princess Café.
Recommended for Audiences 19 years of age and up.


Kitchener Minor Hockey

Game Results for the past week

146 scores have been reported:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Peewee - OWHA #2710 at Wilmot Wolverines, T: 1-1 (details)
Minor Atom at Milton Select, L: 2-4 (details)
Atom - OWHA #2717 vs Woolwich Wild, W: 4-1 (details)
Bantam - OWHA #2708 at Guelph Jr Gryphons, W: 3-1 (details)
Major Bantam vs London Jr Knights White, L: 4-5 (details)
Major Bantam at Guelph Jr Gryphons, W: 2-0 (details)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Major Atom vs Huron-Perth Lakers, L: 1-4 (details)
Major Midget at Stratford Warriors, T: 3-3 (details)
Major Peewee vs Waterloo Wolves, T: 3-3 (details)
Midget - OWHA #2725 vs Woodstock Wildcats, W: 4-1 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 vs Guelph Jr Gryphons, W: 2-0 (details)
Senior - OWHA #2727 vs Hamilton Ice Hawks, W: 8-1 (details)

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Novice Red at Waterloo Wolves, L: 2-5 (details)
Major Peewee at Guelph Jr Gryphons, W: 7-1 (details)
Minor Midget at Brantford 99ers, L: 2-5 (details)
Minor Bantam vs Brantford 99ers, W: 5-1 (details)
Minor Bantam at West London Hawks, W: 2-0 (details)
Minor Midget at Halton Hills Thunder, W: 3-0 (details)

Friday, January 17, 2020
Minor Atom vs Oakland Jr Grizzlies, W: 6-0 (details)
Atom KLR Red #2701 vs Wilmot Wolverines, T: 2-2 (details)
Atom - OWHA #2741 vs North Halton Twisters, W: 2-1 (details)
Minor Atom Blue at Cumberland Jr. Grads, W: 2-0 (details)
PeeWee KLR Red #2703 at Oakville Stingers, W: 2-0 (details)
Major Bantam Red vs Greater Toronto Capitals, T: 2-2 (details)
Minor Peewee Red at Oakridge Aeros, W: 6-2 (details)
Novice Red at Peterborough Pete's, W: 6-5 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 vs Barrie Sharks, W: 6-0 (details)
Major Peewee Blue vs Oakridge Aeros, L: 2-3 (details)
Major Bantam Blue vs George Bell Titans White, L: 2-3 (details)
Major Atom at Nepean Raiders, L: 1-3 (details)
Major Bantam Red at Vaughn Rangers, T: 2-2 (details)
Minor Atom at Pittsburgh Pens Elite (Atta), W: 5-1 (details)
Atom KLR Red #2701 at Waterloo Ravens #1, L: 1-6 (details)
Atom - OWHA #2741 at Stratford Aces, L: 0-5 (details)
Minor Atom Red vs Cambridge Hawks, T: 3-3 (details)
Minor Peewee Red at North London Nationals, W: 5-1 (details)
Novice Red vs Halton Hurricanes, L: 1-4 (details)
PeeWee KLR Red #2703 at Oshawa Blue Thunder, W: 1-0 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 at Saugeen Maitland Lightning, W: 4-0 (details)
Major Atom vs Kanata Blazers, W: 5-2 (details)
Major Peewee Blue vs North London Nationals, W: 4-2 (details)
Minor Atom Blue vs Syracuse Valley Eagles, W: 7-0 (details)
Midget - OWHA #2706 at Waterloo Ravens, L: 1-2 (details)
Minor Peewee vs Hamilton Huskies, W: 2-0 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 at Lakeshore Lightning, W: 4-0 (details)
Major Bantam vs Guelph Jr Gryphons, W: 2-1 (details)
Major Peewee vs Woodstock Jr Navy Jets, W: 5-1 (details)
Major Midget at Hamilton Huskies, W: 3-0 (details)
Major Bantam Blue vs Orangeville Flyers, W: 5-2 (details)
Major Bantam vs Hamilton Huskies, W: 4-0 (details)
Bantam - OWHA #2708 vs Waterloo Ravens, T: 3-3 (details)
Minor Bantam Red vs Brantford 99ers, T: 2-2 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 vs Sudbury Lady Wolves, W: 3-1 (details)
Intermediate KLR #2745 at Grand River Mustangs, L: 2-5 (details)

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Atom KLR Red #2701 vs Barrie Sharks Teal, W: 3-2 (details)
Minor Atom Red vs Victoria Village, W: 5-0 (details)
Atom - OWHA #2741 at Lakeshore Lightning, L: 1-5 (details)
Minor Atom vs Fox Motors, W: 4-1 (details)
Moose vs Lynx, : 1-8 (details)
Minor Novice KLR Blue #2743 vs Wilmot Wolverines, T: 0-0 (details)
Minor Atom Blue at Casselman-Embrun Ice Dogs, T: 2-2 (details)
Novice Red Tier 1 - #2720 at Waterloo Ravens, T: 0-0 (details)
Grizzlies vs Bulldogs, : 1-4 (details)
Atom KLR White # 2728 vs Guelph Jr. Gryphons Red, L: 0-3 (details)
Spitfires vs Otters, : 4-1 (details)
PeeWee KLR Red #2703 vs St. Catharines Jr. Badgers Grey, L: 2-6 (details)
Inferno vs Rampage, : 2-5 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 at Peterborough Ice Kats, T: 1-1 (details)
Novice Red at Whitby Wildcats, L: 3-9 (details)
Minor Atom Red at Faustina Fury, T: 2-2 (details)
Minor Atom vs Stratford Warriors, W: 3-1 (details)
AtoMc Green vs AtoMc Orange, : 4-0 (details)
Minor Atom Blue vs Copper Cliff Reds, L: 5-6 (details)
AtoMc Blue vs AtoMc White, : 6-1 (details)
Minor Peewee Red at London Bandits, W: 2-1 (details)
Major Midget at Waterloo Wolves, W: 4-2 (details)
Midget - OWHA #2725 vs Waterloo Ravens, T: 1-1 (details)
Major Bantam at Woolwich Wildcats, W: 10-1 (details)
AtoMc Red vs AtoMc Sky, : 1-4 (details)
Minor Atom at Compuware, W: 7-1 (details)
Major Peewee Blue vs West London Hawks, L: 1-6 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 at North York Storm , W: 3-0 (details)
Major Atom vs Ottawa Sting, T: 3-3 (details)
AtoMc Black vs AtoMc Gold, : 2-1 (details)
Major Bantam Red vs Amesbury, W: 2-1 (details)
Major Bantam Blue vs Waterloo Wolves White, W: 3-1 (details)
Royals vs Gladiators, : 2-11 (details)
Roadrunners vs Jaguars, : 3-2 (details)
Novice Red at Barrie Colts, L: 2-6 (details)
Vikings vs Bombers, : 0-0 (details)
Major Atom Red vs Brantford 99ers, W: 7-1 (details)
Rock vs Cobras, : 0-5 (details)
Minor Peewee at Brantford Select 99ers, W: 3-1 (details)
Scouts vs Chargers, : 1-0 (details)
Vipers vs Bears, : 4-1 (details)
Minor Midget Blue vs Minor Midget Red, : 2-5 (details)
Minor Atom at Oakville Rangers, W: 5-2 (details)
Minor Peewee Red at West London Hawks, W: 3-2 (details)
Major Atom at Cumberland Junior Grads, T: 2-2 (details)
Stingrays vs Aces, : 2-1 (details)
Eagles vs Blazers, : 2-4 (details)
Major Peewee Blue vs London Bandits-Orange, W: 5-1 (details)
Major Bantam Red at Meadowvale Hawks, W: 5-0 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 vs Cambridge Roadrunners, L: 0-1 (details)
Midget - OWHA # 2716 at Burlington Barracudas, W: 3-1 (details)
Rams vs Titans, : 4-2 (details)
Major Bantam Blue at Burlington Bulldogs Red, T: 2-2 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 vs Brampton Canadettes, W: 5-0 (details)
Admirals vs Giants, : 1-3 (details)

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Minor Atom Blue at Toronto East Ender Ticats, L: 1-6 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2712 vs Stoney Creek Sabres, W: 2-0 (details)
Minor Atom vs Compuware, W: 5-4 (details)
Major Bantam Blue vs Oakridge Aeros, L: 2-4 (details)
Minor Atom Red at Faustina Fury, L: 1-2 (details)
Minor Atom vs London Jr Knights Green, T: 5-5 (details)
Major Peewee vs GLHA Jr Mustangs Purple, L: 2-4 (details)
Atom KLR Blue #2715 vs Guelph Jr. Gryphons Red, L: 0-2 (details)
Major Peewee vs Hamilton Huskies, L: 1-3 (details)
Major Atom vs Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, W: 4-2 (details)
Minor Peewee Red vs London Bandits, W: 2-1 (details)
Major Atom Blue at Brantford 99ers, L: 1-4 (details)
Cobras vs Scouts, : 2-4 (details)
Major Peewee at Dofasco Select, L: 2-3 (details)
Major Bantam vs Huron-Perth Lakers, W: 6-2 (details)
Bulldogs vs Lynx, : 1-2 (details)
Intermediate - OWHA #2746 vs Saugeen Maitland Lightning, W: 1-0 (details)
Minor Peewee at GLHA Jr Mustangs Purple, T: 1-1 (details)
Minor Midget Blue at Cambridge Hawks, L: 2-4 (details)
Peewee - OWHA #2710 vs Twin Centre Hericanes, W: 4-1 (details)
Minor Bantam vs Burlington Jr. Cougars Blue, W: 2-0 (details)
Minor Novice KLR White # 2704 vs Guelph Jr Gryphons, T: 0-0 (details)
Novice Red Tier 1 - #2720 vs London Devilettes, T: 0-0 (details)
Minor Peewee Red vs Lambeth Lancers 07/08, W: 3-2 (details)
Minor Midget vs London Jr Knights Green, L: 1-3 (details)
Major Peewee Red at Hamilton Huskies Red, W: 4-2 (details)
Minor Bantam vs Oakville Rangers, W: 4-0 (details)
Gryphons vs Rebels, : 1-2 (details)
Minor Bantam Red at Cambridge Hawks, T: 1-1 (details)
Sting vs Lancers, : 1-7 (details)
Midget KLR Red #2742 at Waterloo Ravens #2, W: 2-0 (details)
Senior - OWHA #2727 vs Ancaster Avalanche, W: 7-1 (details)
Steelers vs Renegades, : 6-9 (details)
Warriors vs Greys, : 1-6 (details)
Intermediate KLR #2745 at Guelph Jr. Gryphons Blue, W: 7-2 (details)

Monday, January 20, 2020
Jaguars vs Rock, : 3-3 (details)
Cyclones vs Crunch, : 3-1 (details)

The Registry Theatre

The Outgoing Tide

Lost & Found Theatre

and

The Registry Theatre

Present

Staged Readings at The Registry: The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham

 



Painting by Alan Daniel, used with his kind permission.

 

Gunner has dementia and a plan to take control of his fate. His wife and son have other ideas. The three must find common ground – before the tide goes out.

​Featuring Reid Spencer, Richard Quesnel and Kathleen Sheehy

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION: Dying with Dignity Canada

Yvonne Cunnington of the Hamilton chapter of Dying with Dignity Canada will talk about assisted dying in Canada. Yvonne is a retired magazine journalist with an interest in health policy and patient rights. Q&A to follow.

Wednesday, February 12
7:30 pm

Tickets: Advance tickets $15 Or Be Our Guest & Pay As You Leave

Buy Tickets Online


The Registry Theatre

DIANA PANTON TRIO

The Registry Theatre

presents

DIANA PANTON TRIO featuring Don Thompson piano & Reg Schwager guitar LOVE IS IN THE AIR

A romantic early Valentine’s concert in our intimate theatre with the JUNO Award winning jazz vocalist. Plus two of Canada’s finest jazz masters. Virtuoso pianist and multiple JUNO and National Jazz Award winner Don Thompson, and multiple National Jazz Award winning guitarist Reg Schwager. A Registry Theatre season highlight.

Saturday February 8

8 pm

Tickets: $30

5-Concert Series Pass: $125

Buy Tickets Online


The Registry Theatre

LARRY LARSON’S JAZZ GUYS

The Registry Theatre

presents

LARRY LARSON’S JAZZ GUYS THE TRADITION CONTINUES

K-W Symphony’s principal trumpet and his Guys are back for their annual Registry concert. Classic jazz tunes, plus beautiful lesser known gems. Featuring Larry on trumpet and flugelhorn, plus his standout group of not-so-sidemen, Paul Shilton piano, Dave Wiffen saxes, Matthew Lima bass, and Dave Campion drums.

Friday February 7

8 pm

Tickets: $30

5-Concert Series Pass: $125

Buy Tickets Online


The Registry Theatre

Dragnet Girl

The Registry Theatre

Presents

Dragnet Girl

With Live Soundtrack by VOC Silent Film Harmonic

1933 Japanese film noir by Yasujirō Ozu. A gangster, and his girlfriend in a story of love, loss, family, and a shot at redemption.

Thursday, February 6
8 pm

Tickets: $18, $12 at the door with a Food Bank donation, $5 eyeGO

Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online


St Paul's University College

Connecting Newcomer Youth with GreenHouse Expertise in Social Innovation

For the last seven years, GreenHouse has offered a place for students in the UWaterloo community to receive support on starting and launching ventures that have a social impact. On November 26, 2019, GreenHouse went out into the community instead in an effort to offer an opportunity to newcomer youth from across the region who might not otherwise have the chance to learn from the incubator.


Catherine Fife MPP

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program

About

  • A government-funded dental care program providing free, routine dental services for low-income seniors who are 65 years of age or older.

Coverage Includes:

  • Check-ups, including scaling, fluoride and polishing
  • Repairing broken teeth and cavities
  • X-Rays
  • Removing teeth or abnormal tissue (oral surgery)
  • Anesthesia
  • Treating infection and pain (endodontic services)
  • Treating gum conditions and diseases (periodontal services)
  • *Dental prosthetics (prosthodontic services including dentures) will be partially covered.
    • Speak to your local Public Health units for more information. 

Coverage Period:

  • Once enrolled in the program, coverage period is for up to one year.
  • Your coverage will end on Jul 31st every year, no matter when you enroll.

You may apply to the program if you:

  • Are 65 years of age or older
  • Are a resident of Ontario
  • Meet the income requirements:
    • An annual net income of $19,300 or less for a single senior.
    • A combined annual net income of $32,300 or less for a couple.
    • *Income will be verified using your Social Insurance Number
  • Have no other form of dental benefits, including private insurance or dental coverage under another government program such as Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program or Non-Insured Health Benefits.

Before you apply:

  • Ensure you have the following:
    • Your date of birth
    • A valid Ontario address
    • Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Temporary Taxation Number (TTN)
    • Ensure you have filed your taxes last year
  • *If you do not have a SIN or did not file taxes in the previous year, complete the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program Form here.
    • *A Guarantor must also help you apply by mail.
      • A guarantor is someone who can confirm the identity, age and residency of the individual or couple applying to the program. A guarantor must be a Canadian citizen or at least 18 years of age.

How to apply:

If you and your spouse or common-law partner are applying to the program, you must submit two separate applications.

Apply online

To apply online:

  1. Complete the online application. 
  2. Print and fill out the consent form.
  3. Mail the completed consent form within 30 days to:

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program 
Station P, P.O. Box 159
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2S7

Apply by mail

To apply by mail:

  1. Download and print the application form, or get one in person from your local public health unit.
  2. Fill out and complete the application form.
  3. Mail the completed form to the same address as above.

After you apply:

  • Once you have completed and submitted you application form, you will be contacted by phone and/or mail if there are any issues with your application.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a welcome package and dental card in the mail that will expire on July 31st.
  • The welcome package will inform you on:
    • How to access services
    • Where to book an appointment
    • How to book an appointment
    • What you need to bring to each appointment
  • You must present your card to your dental provider at each visit to receive services under the program.

If you are accepted into the program, you can access dental services through:

  • Public Health Units
  • partner Community Health Centres
  • partner Aboriginal Health Access Centres 

Renewal Process:

  • The OSDCP benefit year runs from August 1 to July 31st.
  • OSDCP clients must reapply if they:
    • Applied through the guarantor process, or
    • Did not file taxes for the most recent tax year that eligibility is being determined.
  • Before the end of each benefit year, all other clients will be automatically re-assessed for eligibility by the OSDCP Program Administrator.
  • Clients will be notified by mail if they are eligible to keep participating in the program (and will receive a new dental card), or about how to re-apply to the program, if required.

Contact for more information:

Tel: 416-916-0204
Toll-free: 1-833-207-4435
Toll-free TTY: 1-800-855-0511

Your local public health unit can also help you apply to the program.

More information from the Government of Ontario here.

Local Resources:

Seniors may also get assistance completing the application by making an appointment at their nearest Community Health Centre or Public Health Dental Clinic listed below. Seniors will need to bring:

  • A piece of ID
  • Their Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Temporary Taxation number
  • If senior has a spouse (married or common-law), their spouse must also include their information on the form, including SIN or Temporary Taxation Number, and provide their signature for consent, regardless of their age.

 

Langs Community Health Centre

1145 Concession Rd, Cambridge, ON N3H 4L5

Call (519) 653-1470 ext 444 to book an appointment for application support. 

 

Region of Waterloo Public Health – Waterloo Clinic

99 Regina St S., Waterloo, ON N2J 4V3

Call 519-575-4400 ext. 3086

 

Region of Waterloo Public Health - Cambridge Clinic

150 Main St, Cambridge, ON N1R 8H6

Call 519-575-4400 ext. 3088

 

Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre

44 Francis St S, Kitchener, ON N2G 2A2

519-745-4404 ask for Seniors Dental Program

www.kdchc.org

 

Further questions? Email or call my constituency office at cfife-co@ndp.on.ca or 519-725-3477.


Kitchener Minor Hockey

Select - Major Midget - West London Tournament Champions

The Midget Select Kitchener Jr. Panthers go 5-1 on the weekend and are crowned Tournament Champions.  

The Jr. Rangers arrived in London on Friday looking to get off to a good start and the boys delivered! A hard fought 3-2 win over NASC and a dominant 4-1 win over North York got our feet moving and have us some things to build on for a deep tournament run.


WPL's More Books Please!

In An Instant

I’ve been a fan of Suzanne Redfearn‘s ever since I read her books Hush Little Baby and No Ordinary Life several years ago. She is a gifted author who writes well-rounded characters and sets them within stories that are poignant, engaging and thought-provoking.

♦In her upcoming book, In An Instant, Redfearn focuses her story on a horrific accident and how its aftermath affects a family and their close friends. The story is told from the point of view of a teenage girl named Finn, with the first third of the book focusing on the car accident and the bulk of the book tackling the aftermath. Redfearn pulls out all the stops in this emotional book that shows the different ways people deal with grief and fear – their choices, their sacrifices and how they find the strength to move on. Some scenes will shock you; others will have you grabbing a Kleenex, but all will give you food for thought.

This is an emotional, powerful and insightful story that should not be missed. Emotions are kept high throughout and the characters are easy to connect with while the compelling issues will keep readers riveted until the final pages.

Put this book on your Spring 2020 ‘must-read’ list and look for it here at WPL at the beginning of March.

Note: Please ensure you read the author’s note at the end of the book. In it, she reveals the personal experience that influenced the writing of this book.

— Laurie P.

 


Kitchener Rangers

Don’t miss the 24th annual Don Cameron Potato Night this Friday!

Join us at the 24th annual Kitchener Rangers Don Cameron Potato Night this Friday at 7:30pm as we take on the Sarnia Sting. Potatoes and cash donations will be collected upon entrance to the game in support of the House of Friendship. Each year, the House of Friendship uses more than 300,000 pounds of potatoes in its emergency food hampers and food assistance programs. When the potatoes run out, cash donations are used to buy more potatoes to meet ongoing needs. If you are unable to attend the game, donations can be made online or at the House of Friendship Supermarket Blitz on February 8th from 9am-3pm. The late Don Cameron spearheaded the initiative of fans bringing potatoes – inspired by his native Prince Edward Island – to provide meals and support to families in need in Waterloo Region. Last season alone, Rangers fans donated the equivalent of just under 30,000 pounds of spuds to the House of Friendship;  $6,456 in monetary donations and 4,007 pounds of potatoes. In the past 23 seasons overall, more than the equivalent of half a million pounds of potatoes has been raised. Visit the House of Friendship website for more information on how you can help help fight hunger, poverty, homelessness and addiction in the region. Tickets are still available and can be purchased using one of the methods below: PHONE: (519) 578-1570 or 1 (800) 265-8977 IN PERSON: The Aud or Centre in the Square ONLINE: Click here *Additional fees may apply

Jen Kuntz

Checklinks “the keys record has been removed”

Today’s #TipTuesday is about Checklinks, and specifically about a message you may get if you run file maintenance against Sales > Receivables Open Transaction Files. Some general parts of this blog may apply to other errors in checklinks but I’ll focus on this one message for now to keep it simple.

File Maintenance Error Message

The exact error message looks like this and the text is: “<Doc No> The transaction for this keys record is missing. The keys record has been removed.”.

♦ What does this mean?

The message sounds kind of scary, right? What I’m going to show you isn’t the answer to all of the messages of this sort, but in my client’s case, it was actually fine.

There’s a good article by fellow MVP Mariano Gomez describing how checklinks works. The short version is checklinks is intended to find and resolve issues in tables such as removing orphaned records etc. where the application code, for one reason or another, did not do that itself in the first place.

My recommendation is to run checklinks in a test company or test environment before running it in production. The reason is you will be able to see what the errors are and investigate further in case there is any data removed that shouldn’t be removed. Checklinks *can* be destructive, unintentionally, but yes, it can remove records that are otherwise valid. Running it in a test company gives you the opportunity to compare the results of that process with data in the corresponding production company to see if it makes sense.

In my specific case, the errors made sense, once I saw the before and after data! Because I ran this in a test company before running it in production, I had the ability to compare the contents of the RM00401 table in Test vs. Prod and here’s what I found. The records removed, were all of the top set in this screenshot, which were all orphaned records (no BCHSOURC, no TRXSORCE, etc.).

Here is the corresponding after-checklinks screenshot. The number of records in the top section of the previous screenshot are the same records in the error message that were removed. Some were duplicates, with a DCSTATUS of 1 as well as another record with a DCSTATUS of 2. What likely happened is the docs that were duplicated were posted but the process didn’t remove or update the DCSTATUS 1 record like it should have. For the records that were simply orphans, they could be docs that were deleted before posting. It’s pretty common that a user starts a transaction and gets sidetracked, deletes it but the record number didn’t get removed for some reason.

♦ How can you check this yourself?

This happens to be about the RM Key File, and when you look up that table name, you find it’s RM00401 in the company database(s). Compare the results of what’s in there in Prod vs. Test and you should see some similar “bad” data before you run it in Prod that corresponds with what’s in Test’s reports after running the sample checklinks process.

The tables in checklinks are findable via Resource Descriptions in GP (Dynamics GP menu > Tools > Resource Descriptions > Tables). If I look at Sales > By Table Display name. this is what I see, with the corresponding SQL table name right there for me to query.

That’s it for this post… enjoy!


Communitech News

IMS brings Carrot UBI platform to North American insurers

IMS, a subsidiary of Trak Global Group (TGG), one of the world’s top three providers of connected car data solutions to insurers, mobility operators and governments, is pleased to announce the availability in North America of the UBI (usage-based insurance) platform on which the award-winning Carrot Insurance (Carrot) program is built.

Using this platform, IMS will enable U.S. and Canadian insurers to rapidly scale next-generation UBI programs that go beyond the common approach of offering motorists discounts in exchange for sharing limited driving data. Partners will also have full access to eight years of in-market experience, insights, and validated learnings in driver scoring (informed by real-world claims data), engagement, and reward, as well as the effective use of telematics data within claims.

The highly configurable, modular platform is compatible with telematics data across all device types, from plug-in hardware to mobile apps and embedded telemetry within vehicles. In addition to underpinning Carrot, the platform has been adopted by numerous insurers, such as RSA, Zurich, and Aviva, and auto manufacturers, including Volkswagen and Fiat.

IMS is led in North America by insurance telematics pioneer Nino Tarantino, who joined the company from Octo Telematics North America shortly after it was acquired by UK-based TGG in December 2018.

“The auto insurance market in North America is very competitive, and UBI has provided an opportunity for insurers to differentiate, while enabling improved risk selection,” said Nino Tarantino, CEO of IMS (Americas). “Insurers must now begin to focus on using telematics data to effect positive behaviour change, drive down accident frequency, improve loss ratios and generate ROI from their programs. By giving our partners access to the full breadth of our insights harvested from Carrot and providing them the same tools that helped deliver an accident frequency reduction of over 40 per cent in other geographical markets, we believe it is possible for our insurer partners to see double-digit improvements to their combined operating ratios. No other solution provider in the market has access to the leverage that IMS’s Carrot experience provides.”

In addition to the engagement and reward system at the heart of the platform, which has traditionally delivered increased customer interaction and driver safety – with more than half of policyholders checking driving feedback daily – North American insurers can also benefit from IMS’s expertise using telematics data to improve the claims process. The tools and expertise embodied within IMS’s Claims as a Service (CaaS) offering have already seen global composite insurers, like Zurich, achieve as much as a 10-point improvement in combined operating ratio (COR) through more efficient claims resolution.

“UBI provides insurers with more detailed information about their customers than ever before and will allow for rating systems to accurately reflect customers’ driving ability over time while providing a positive customer experience through increased engagement and reward programs,” said Greg Donaldson, senior analyst at Aite Group. “The race for effective UBI offerings in North America has started and insurers ignoring this trend stand to fall behind as the competition forges ahead. Insurers will need to find experienced partners to help them develop and integrate the right plan to ensure success.”

For U.S. and Canadian-based insurers seeking additional detail, please contact IMS at: www.intellimec.com/contact-us

About IMS

IMS is a leading connected car solutions provider delivering services and analytics to insurers, governments and mobility operators. IMS is the developer of the cloud-based DriveSync connected car platform which has received industry acclaim for its ability to offer customers a data source-agnostic, multi-device strategy for service provision versus a single focused technology approach. IMS is part of Trak Global Group, an international connected solutions provider with technology deployed in over a dozen territories, and its own in-house telematics insurance business, Carrot Insurance.

About Carrot Insurance

Carrot Insurance, part of Trak Global Group, is a UK-based, award-winning telematics insurance business. In 2015, Carrot received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its work in reducing driver accident frequency, and launched Better Driver, one of the first app-based connected auto insurance products in the world. Carrot offers both hardware and app-based solutions to its policyholders, and has won multiple awards, including ‘Claims Partner of the Year’ in 2017 and ‘Best Consumer App” at the Insurance Times Tech & Innovation Awards in October 2019.

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Kitchener Minor Hockey

MD - Minor Bantam Red - 2 Tie Weekend



James Davis Nicoll

To Walk All Over Thee / The Shadow Saint (Black Iron Legacy, book 2) By Gareth Hanrahan

2020’s The Shadow Saint is the second volume in Gareth Hanrahan’s Black Iron Legacy.

Six months after Scar’s miracle reshaped Guerdon’s landscape, the city’s rulers are still locked in internecine conflict. If the city is to survive, cooperation is crucial. Yet each faction is focused solely on attaining supremacy, by fair means or foul.

While Guerdon’s politicians squabble, the Godswar is marching towards Guerdon.



Jen Kuntz

Cdn Payroll Basic Personal Amount calculator

If you are reading this and a user of Microsoft Dynamics GP and Canadian Payroll, you’ll likely have already read my previous post where I’ve indicated that the Canadian Payroll module will not automatically calculate the Basic Personal Amount (Federal) for you.

If you are reading this and are not a user of Dynamics GP: don’t worry. The information in this post is generic and should be able to be used to calculate the Federal BPA for employees regardless of the payroll software you are using.

In this post, I’m simply going to outline a way to do the calculation and have included a spreadsheet for you to download if you want a quick starting point to manually determine what an employee’s Basic Personal Amount (Federal) should be, when they fall in the income range of $150,473 to $214,368.

The spreadsheet

Here’s a visual of what the spreadsheet contains. You can easily mimic what I’m showing here for your own purposes without downloading the spreadsheet itself.

The formula shows in words what the calculation is. I’ve simply given a name to each cell used in the calculation that will help visually identify where the data is coming from. The formula itself came from the T4127.

The amounts in here are current as of: January 2020.

The spreadsheet can be downloaded here. Use this file at your own risk, and please validate any results you get with the Canada Revenue Agency’s own tools to ensure it’s calculating per your specific requirements.

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Literary Lizard

Review: The Majesties

When your sister murders three hundred people, you can’t help but wonder why—especially if you were one of the intended victims—though I do forgive her, if you can believe it. I tried my best to deny the strength of family ties when everyone was still alive, but now I realize the truth of the cliché: Blood does run thick. Even if poison trumps all.

This opening line of The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao is absolutely devastating. The book starts off by informing readers that our narrator, Gwendolyn, is the only survivor of a mass murder committed by her very own sister. Ready for some twists and turns?

Well . . . don’t get too ahead of yourself. The Majesties has been marketed as Gone Girls meets Crazy Rich Asians, and while I understand the comparison, I don’t exactly agree with it.

The Gone Girl aspect obviously comes from the fact that Gwendolyn’s sister, Estella, murdered their entire extended family and close friends. That, paired with a couple family secrets that we learn about later in the book, and a strange end reveal, fulfill the “thriller” aspect of this story.

The Crazy Rich Asians comparison comes into play because the family is Chinese, living in Indonesia, and owns and operates a number of incredibly successful businesses. They own multiple properties, and take shopping trips in other countries without thinking twice. It’s easy to see the glamour and glitz that surrounds this family.

However, readers who are expecting either of the previous comparisons to be wholly accurate will likely be let down. The majority of this book is told from the perspective of Gwendolyn, as she lay in her hospital bed (in a coma?), trying to figure out what exactly caused her sister to poison their entire family network. As a result, you spend most of the book reading about the family’s history.

I didn’t necessarily think the book was bad, it’s just not what I expected. The prose was well done, and I found myself immersed in the details of the family, but if you’re looking for a succinct ending, you’re not going to get one. The fact that Gwendolyn is recounting details from the hospital poses the question of whether or not any of it is even accurate.

While I think the description may be a bit misleading, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. Readers who enjoy family sagas, or a aspects of domestic thrillers will likely enjoy The Majesties. The family dynamics are complicated, not everyone is telling the truth, and you have to shift through a lot of prose to try and figure out what, exactly, happened.

Thank you to the publisher for an electronic copy of this book via NetGalley. The Majesties comes out on January 20, 2020, and can be purchased wherever books are sold.


University of Waterloo: Environment

GEM's Susan J. Elliott launches new journal: Wellbeing, Space and Society

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Geography and Environmental Management researcher Susan Elliott is co-editing a new journal focused on human health and the built environment along with Jamie Pearce a professor of Health Geography at the University of Edinburgh.

6.5.0

University of Waterloo: Science

Gravitational wave echoes may confirm Stephen Hawking’s hypothesis of quantum black holes

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Echoes in gravitational wave signals suggest that the event horizon of a black hole may be more complicated than scientists currently think.

Research from the University of Waterloo reports the first tentative detection of these echoes, caused by a microscopic quantum “fuzz” that surrounds newly formed black holes.

Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time, caused by the collision of massive, compact objects in space, such as black holes or neutron stars.


Waterloo Wildfire Ringette: Upcoming Games

Regional Open B Game - Guelph @ Open B Immortals Monday January 20, 2020 8:00pm

Regional Open B Game - Guelph @ Open B Immortals Monday January 20, 2020 8:00pm

Maxwell's Concerts and Events

Mudmen, Sat March 14

Maxwell’s Concerts & Events & 107.5 Dave Rocks proudly present THE MUDMEN, Canada’s Celtic Rock Warriors, Saturday March 14th! Tickets on-sale Friday January 24th at 10am!

Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm
19+, valid photo ID required

$20 advanced tickets plus service charge
www.ticketscene.ca/maxwells

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