Drawbacks of Social Media Advertising

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Description: Companies have little control over online advertising. They buy space on online websites to reach their potential consumers. However, they do not control where their advertisements appear. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: October 20 2012 Text: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/marketing/social-media-advertisings-big-risk/article4625421/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss how online advertising works? Will you be upset if brands you like… Read more »

The Costs of using Credit Cards in Canada

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Description: The Canadian Competition Bureau argued that Canada’s credit card system is a “perverse” place where Visa and MasterCard shoppers charge merchants much higher fees. They argue that Canadian merchants pay among the highest fees in the world for accepting credit cards. The merchants pass some of the higher fees to consumers who end up… 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 »

Glencore Acquiring Canadian Company Viterra

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After the abortive takeover attempt by BHP Billiton of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Glencore has a tough task to convince the Canadians on the net benefits of acquiring Viterra. Glencore explains what these benefits are. Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/streetwise/glencore-explains-net-benefits-to-canada-in-viterra-deal/article2375052/ Questions: Do such global acquisitions need to benefit the Canadian economy? Can these acquisitions not be carried out with… Read more »

Air Canada Strike

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Description: Labour Minister Lisa Raitt addresses media on the government’s action to prevent the Air Canada strike. Also, the Air Canada workers in Montreal discuss how their rights are being impeded. Source: The Globe and Mail Video Date:  March 12, 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/video-air-canada-workers-rally/article2367215/ Questions for Discussion: Do you think the government is right to stop… Read more »

Bombardier Inc.’s Showcase Project in South Africa

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Bombardier Inc.’s $3.7 billion Gautrain project in South Africa was launched in 2010 during World cup soccer. Gautrain, which runs on an 80 km route covering two cities and an airport, is now facing several problems such as limited train schedules, technical issues, limited bus service connectivity to the train stations and lower than projected… Read more »

Helping Consumers to Complain

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Dave Carroll, a Halifax based musician and song writer, started “Gripevine”—a company that gave consumers a platform to complain about firms and also gave firms an opportunity to respond to these complaints and resolve them. It started when Mr. Carol’s guitar was broken by United Airlines baggage handlers, and he posted a complaint video on… Read more »

Asthma friendly homes

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Merk Pharmaceuticals, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the Asthma and Allergy foundations of America, Carpenter and Carter Oosterhouse, and HGTV are building four asthma- friendly homes catering to low income families with asthmatic patients. This project is a part of a build smart, breathe easier asthma education campaign. Questions: Would this step of building… Read more »