Trading Four Wheels for Two

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Description: Bicycle sales in Europe are on a high. In Italy, for the first time since the early post-war era, sales for bicycles have overtaken sales for cars. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 03 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/car-mad-italians-trading-four-wheels-for-two/article4584829/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss some of the reasons why bicycle sales have increased in Europe? Do… Read more »

Canada should boldly embrace emerging markets

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Description: Canada should follow a more balanced approach where they need to move beyond its focus on the U.S. and more actively pursue opportunities in emerging markets. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 25 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/lets-boldly-embrace-emerging-markets/article4565058/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss some of the reasons why Canada needs to pursue emerging markets more actively?… Read more »

Should Canada be protecting ownership of its oil sands?

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Description: Although they support the proposed $15.1-billion acquisition of Nexen Inc. by China’s CNOOC Ltd., top industry executives want Ottawa to protect ownership of major oil sands companies. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 25 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/protect-canadian-ownership-of-oil-sands-firms-executives-urge/article4568562/ Questions for Discussion: Do you agree with the executives that Ottawa should not allow foreign ownership… Read more »

Bombardier sees upside in city congestion

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Description: Bombardier sees growth as major cities try to overcome increasing congestion. It presently has orders worth U.S. $31.9 billion to build better public transportation to reduce people’s over reliance on cars. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 19 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/bombardier-sees-upside-in-city-congestion/article4553201/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss how Bombardier has sustained such impressive growth despite the slow… Read more »

Canada slips in competitiveness rankings?

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Description: Canada is now ranked 14th in global competitiveness rankings; it was ranked in the top 10 in 2009. Canada received low scores on its quality of research innovation and its innovation record. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 05 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/canada-slips-in-competitiveness-rankings/article4520181/ Questions for Discussion: Suggest possible actions for Canada to improve its… Read more »

Ratings agency takes Ontario to task

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Description: Moody’s downgraded Ottawa’s outlook to Aa2 with a stable outlook from Aa1 with a negative outlook. This came one day after Standard & Poor’s reaffirmed Ontario’s current AA- rating, but put the province on “negative watch.”     Source: Business News Network Date: April 27, 2012 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2012/4/27/Bond-markets-take-Ontario-to-task.aspx Questions for Discussion: Do you agree with… Read more »

Wal-Mart under Bribery Investigation

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Description: Wal-Mart will spend millions of dollars investigating US$24-million in alleged Mexican bribes. It is alleged that Wal-Mart de Mexico bribed Mexican government officials and paid US$16-million in “donations” to Mexican local governments to fuel store expansion in the country up to 2005. Source: Financial Post Date:  April 24, 2012 Video Link: http://business.financialpost.com/2012/04/24/wal-mart-bribery-investigation-may-expand-to-include-cover-up-claims/ Questions for… Read more »

Ottawa Questions Target’s Move to Canada

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Description: The Canadian federal government has ordered a review of U.S. retail giant Target Corp.’s move into Canada, examining whether it would be of net cultural benefit to Canada.   Source: The Globe and Mail Date: April 05, 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/ottawa-to-review-targets-move-to-canada/article2393504/ Questions for Discussion: Do you agree that the Canadian government should question whether Target Corp…. Read more »

Funding Innovation

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Description: Tom Jenkins, author of a key report on innovation, discusses federal budget’s policies on innovation. Source: MSN Video Date:  March 29, 2012 Link: http://video.ca.msn.com/?mkt=en-ca&vid=cbcc2012-2903-1812-0057-221705593300&from=&src=v5:share:permalink: Questions for Discussion: Do you agree with Tom Jenkins that Canada has an innovation crisis? Do you feel the government is doing enough to encourage innovation in Canada? Suggest other… Read more »