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Population of Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo increased by 50,000 over past 5 years: StatCan (Global News)

Original Source:  GLOBAL NEWS The combined population of Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo is estimated to have grown by 50,000 people over the past five years, according to a report released by Statistics Canada on Thursday. It estimated the population of the tri-cities to be at 593,882 last July, more than 50,000 above the total of 542,034 it estimated for 2016. READ MORE: What Canada’s population will look like in 2036 The three cities grew at a rate of two per cent over that period, which tied them with Halifax for second-fastest in Canada. Oshawa was atop that list and like Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, the CMA figures some of that growth has come from Toronto, where 50,000 people left between July 2019 and July 2020. “The desire to live outside the largest urban centres was also reflected in the rapidly increasing housing costs in neighbouring real estate markets, a trend that has continued in spite of the pandemic,” the report read. …
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5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain to Deal With Coronavirus Stress – from Psychology Today

Staying mindful and connected to loved ones can help you calm down – from Psychology Today   The novel coronavirus epidemic has hit the world with a vengeance, creating widespread illness, fear, panic, uncertainty, and death. In many ways, it is the perfect storm of conditions to trigger automatic, primitive brain reactions to danger. It is life-threatening, invisible, unfamiliar, and unpredictable. These are all the conditions likely to stir up your brain’s threat detection system.   How Your Brain Responds to a Threat When your brain perceives a threat, a structure called the amygdala hijacks the brain into emergency mode. The thinking centers of your brain, located in your prefrontal cortex, go partially or fully offline, and the primitive, emotional brain takes over. The primitive, emotional centers of your brain are hardwired to create a “fight, flight, or freeze” response when they perceive a threat to your survival.   Adrenaline and cortisol flood the nervous system, …
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