Emissions from Canadian oilsands

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Description: A recent report by IHS global finds that total greenhouse emissions from oilsands have increased by 21% since 2008, although the emissions per barrel have come down. Also, emissions from oilsands are at least 12% higher than emissions from the average crude oil processed in the U.S. Source: CBC Date: November 13 2013 Video… Read more »

Public cost of low wages

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Description: Sylvia Allegretto, Labour Economist at University of California, Berkley, discusses the high public costs of paying low wage to fast food employees: it costs U.S. public $7 billion dollars to compensate these employees. More than half of fast food employees are enrolled in U.S. public programs. Source: CBC Date: Oct 18 2013 Video link:… Read more »

Female representation on corporate boards

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Description: Maureen Jensen, executive director of Ontario Security Commission (OSC) , discusses new provisions to increase female representation on corporate boards. Presently, corporate boards across Canada include only 14% females. The OSC is bringing in measures to increase gender diversity. Source: CBC Date: July 30 2013 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2398849816/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: What are some of… Read more »

Small businesses upset with credit card ruling

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Description: Canada’s competition tribunal rules that the fess which Visa and MasterCard charge retailers will remain and retailers do not have a choice to pick which cards they take. Source: CBC Date: July 23 2013 Video Link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2397869057/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Should Visa and MasterCard be allowed to charge fees from retailers? Should retailers have… Read more »

Major North American Retailers Refuse to Sign Bangladesh Safety Accord

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Description: In the wake of the recent tragedy at a factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1000 workers, a new Bangladesh safety accord was set-up. While a large number of European retailers signed the accord, several large North American retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Gap Inc., abstained from signing the accord. Source: The Huffington… Read more »

Terracycle’s recycling innovation

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Description: Terracycle’s CEO Tom Szaky discusses his company’s innovative approach to recycling waste. The company either reuses, up-cycles or recycles wastes that otherwise will not be recycled. Source: CBC Date: June 19 2013 Video link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2392511395/ Questions for Discussion: Do you feel consumers will spend time to ship wastes that can not be recycled? What… Read more »

Canadian CEOs among top bank earners

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Description: The top earning banker earns nearly $26 million. CEOs of several Canadian banks are ranked among the top bank earners in North America with salaries ranging between $7 million to $15 million. Source: CBC Date: May 29 2013 Video link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2388467779/ Questions for Discussion: Do you agree that no one except shareholders have a… Read more »

Barrick Gold Corp’s continuing problems with their Chile project

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Description: Chile files serious violations against Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation (world’s largest gold miner) dealing a blow to their Pascua-Lama mine project. The Pascua-Lama mine is believed to house nearly 18 million ounces of gold reserves. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: May 24 2013 Text link:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/chile-freezes-barricks-pascua-lama-orders-urgent-measures/article12129034/ Questions for Discussion: What are some of… Read more »

Loblaw on Bangladesh

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Description: Following the tragic collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh, Loblaw decided to compensate the families of the victims and to continue their operations in the country. They also stressed that they will increasingly audit the working conditions at their outsourced factories. Source: CBC Date: May 02 2013 Video link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2382985825/?page=2 Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

Should the temporary foreign worker program be scrapped?

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Description: Recently, the temporary foreign worker program has come under heavy criticisms. This program allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers when they can’t find Canadians to fill the job. Source: National Post Date: April 12 2013 Text link:  http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/04/12/temporary-foreign-worker-program-works-for-canada/ Questions for Discussion: List the benefits and drawbacks of this program? Are employers misusing the… Read more »