E-cigarettes – A booming industry

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Description: E-cigarettes is now a $2 billion industry in the U.S. and is expected to surpass the traditional cigarette market. Despite the obvious benefits of e-cigarettes, Canada has not yet legalized e-cigarettes with nicotine. Source: Financial Post Date: November 16 2013 Video link:  http://business.financialpost.com/2013/11/16/how-e-cigarettes-have-become-a-very-wild-west-industry-in-canada/ Questions for Discussion: How do e-cigarettes work? How do e-cigarettes compare… Read more »

Survivability of large corporations

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Description: Lifespan of big corporations is fast shrinking: A recent study at Yale university concluded that in 1958, a Fortune 500 company could be expected to survive for at least 60 years; this life span has now come down to less than 15 years. Source: CBC Date: Nov. 04, 2013 Video Link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2415923003/?page=2 Questions for… Read more »

Twitter’s ride to becoming public

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Description: Twitter is preparing itself for its initial public offering (IPO) in early November on the New York stock exchange. Alyson Shontell of Business Insider discusses the growth of Twitter since its humble beginnings. Source: CBC Date: Oct. 25, 2013 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2414476857/ Questions for Discussion: Why Twitter’s growth path is termed chaotic? Considering that… Read more »

Can Fairfax save BlackBerry?

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Description: Fairfax financial has made a $4.7 billion bid for BlackBerry. This bid amounts to an offer of $9 per share. In 2007, BlackBerry boasted a share price of $230.52. This is a remarkable drop for a company that started the smartphone market. Source: CBC Date: Sept. 23, 2013 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2408193839/?page=2 Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

BlackBerry to post $1 billion loss in the second quarter

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Description: Future looks even bleaker for BlackBerry Ltd. It is set to cut another 4,500 jobs worldwide as it prepares to post a loss of nearly US $ 1 billion for the second quarter. Source: Financial Post Date: September 20, 2013 Text link:  http://business.financialpost.com/2013/09/20/blackberry-ltd-shares-halted-in-toronto-new-york-pending-news/?__lsa=3e04-944c Questions for Discussion: Why is BlackBerry struggling to find buyers? What… Read more »

Bombardier launches CSeries—the quietest commercial jet in the sky

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Description: Bombardier Inc. launched its next series of commercial jets – the CSeries. It’s been described as the quietest commercial jet in the sky. It continues the recent trend set by Airbus and Boeing towards manufacturing quitter commercial planes Source: Financial Post Date: September 21, 2013 Text and video link: http://business.financialpost.com/2013/09/21/bombardier-cseries-ushers-in-new-era-of-super-quiet-jets/ Questions for Discussion: What… Read more »

Tables may soon overtake PCs

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Description: A global research firm expects sales of tablets to surpass those of PCs in the near future. Source: CBC Date: Sept. 12, 2013 Video Link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2405930474/ Questions for Discussion: Per the product life cycle theory, do you think PCs are in the mature or the decline stage? How can PCs continue to develop its… Read more »

Twitter tweets IPO announcement

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Description: Twitter recently announced that it’s going public—a highly anticipated public offer. People will soon be able to buy stocks of twitter. Source: CBC Date: Sept. 12, 2013 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2406032304/ Questions for Discussion: Given Twitter’s low revenues as compared to other online companies, do you think its IPO be a success? What changes will… Read more »

Canada Post’s uncertain future

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Description: Canada post is facing declining deliveries and imminent losses. It needs to plan how best to survive in the future. Ben Dachis, senior policy analyst at C.D. Howe Institute, discusses possible strategies for Canada Post. Source: CBC Date: August 9, 2013 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2400170014/?page=3 Questions for Discussion: What changes should Canada Post make to… Read more »