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 »

RBC criticized for layoffs and outsourcing jobs

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Description: RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Zabeen Hirji, responds to allegations of outsourcing jobs to overseas workers. Source: CBC Date: April 07 2013 Video link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2373110556/ Questions for Discussion: What were the justifications given by Zabeen Hirji for layoffs and for hiring temporary overseas workers? Do you agree with her explanations? Do companies need to… Read more »

Should airlines be charging passengers by their weight?

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Description: Over the years airlines have gone through great lengths to reduce their in-flight weight, from reducing the number of bags per passenger to shrinking the size of in-flight magazines. Are passengers next? Source: Financial Post Date: March 29 2013 Text link: http://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/29/should-airlines-start-charging-passengers-by-the-pound/ Questions for Discussion: Should airlines be charging passengers by their weight? Are there any… Read more »

Banning bottled water in university campuses

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Description: Increasing number of universities is banning the sale of bottled water in university campuses. They want students to instead use municipal water. Source: CBC Date: March 15 2013 Video link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2345918765/ Questions for Discussion: Do you agree with the decision to ban bottled water in universities? Do you agree with the argument that the… Read more »

Completion in the Cellphone Industry

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Description: Five years back, the Canadian government opened the telecom sector to allow more competition, however, the cellphone bills have not come down despite more players in the wireless market. Alek Krstajik, CEO of Public Mobile, discusses some of the obstacles facing the wireless market.     Source: CBC Date: February 20 2013 Video link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2337120874/… Read more »

A Major Merger: US Airways and American Airlines to Merge

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Description: US Airways and American Airlines have agreed to a $11 billion merger, creating the world’s largest airline company.             Source: CBC Date: February 14 2013 Video link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2335150941/  Questions for Discussion: What are some of the changes for this merged entity? How will this merger impact the airline industry? Will this merger benefit or… Read more »

SNC Lavalin accused of bribing Gadhafi son

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Description: It is alleged that SNC Lavalin, one of Canada’s biggest companies, paid $160 million to son of Libya’s dictator to bag engineering contracts in Libya. Source: CBC Date: January 25 2013 Video and Text Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2329231193/ Questions for Discussion: Do you feel such cases—bribing people to win contracts—are common in international dealings? In your… Read more »

Return of hockey should boost business

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Description: Hockey returns after a four month lockout. It is expected that local businesses should see an increase in consumer activity and sponsors will finally see some return on their investments.     Source: thestar.com Date: January 18 2013 Text: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1317152–nhl-lockout-return-of-hockey-will-boost-consumer-activity-near-arenas Questions for Discussion: There was a lot of skepticism around whether fans would stay away… Read more »

Push to combat cross-border corruption

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Description: Sandy Boucher, a fraud investigator at law firm Grant Thornton, tells BNN that there is a new push among developed economies to enforce litigations on firms dealing in cross-border corruption. Source: BNN Date: November 01 2012 Video and Text Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2012/11/1/Miners-face-new-reality-in-corruption-enforcement.aspx Questions for Discussion: Should Canadian companies be penalized for bribing when companies from… Read more »