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 »

U.S. workers and investors

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Warren Buffet, 81, the third richest person in the world, mentions that shareholders of US companies are enjoying the economy, while most workers suffer due high unemployment rates and low home values. He predicts that the U.S. housing market will come back in a few years, while employment remains a problem that needs to be… Read more »

Ontario 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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Dani Reiss, CEO of Canada Goose was selected as “Ontario 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and  received a “Business-to-consumer products and services” award. National and Ontario director of Entrepreneur of the Year, Colleen McMorrow mentions that Entrepreneurs need to have a strong frame of mind, and they should be innovative and risk… Read more »

Wal-Mart and Corporate Social Responsibility

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The 2011Corporate Social responsibility report (CSR) of Wal-Mart Canada shows many positives. Reporting on the four categories of CSR—Environment, People, Ethical sourcing and Community, Wal-Mart posits that its policies has benefitted local Canadian businesses, encouraged organic baby food and discouraged child labour. However, the article suggests that these positives can also be drawbacks depending on… Read more »

SNC-Lavalin on Libya

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Like many other entities conducting business in Libya, Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin took action to evacuate employees from the country. The company took an additional step of indefinitely removing Libyan projects, representing close to 7 percent of its revenues, from its order backlog. QUESTIONS: Review the definition for corporate social responsibility in your text. In what ways… Read more »