Work-Life Balance

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Description: A recent survey of 25,000 full-time Canadian workers reveal that Canadian employers are making it increasingly difficult for their employees to balance work and life. Canadians are working longer hours and are taking more work home. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: October 26 2012 Link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/editorials/companies-need-to-do-more-to-balance-employees-work-life-obligations/article4678720/ Questions for Discussion: Why is maintaining work-life… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »