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 »

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 »

Globally Integrated Business

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Description: Bruce Ross, President of IBM Canada, discusses the importance and features of a globally integrated business system in today’s economic environment Globally Integrated Business, part 1   Source: Financial Post Executive Video Link: http://www.financialpost.com/executive/video/index.html?embedCode=o4cTBlMjoEQT7h_uMRjbrj6LZ_TXnLT7 Questions for Discussion: What is meant by globally integrated businesses? How is this new system different from the traditional export… Read more »

Canada falls out of top 10 most competitive economies

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According to the World Economic Forum, this year Canada slipped to 12th position in Global competitiveness. As the Canadian economy slowed down, it lost its position among the top 10 global competitors to emerging economies from Asia. While emerging economies showed robust growth, the developed economies were mired with slow recovery and high unemployment. While… Read more »