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 »

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 »