Terrance Oakey


How a Public Tendering System Will Cut Down Waste and Corruption

Terrance Oakey | September 16, 2014 | Canada Business
Allowing for more competition in public procurement would free up millions that could be reinvested in badly needed infrastructure projects and greatly reduce the risk of corruption inherent in a process that restricts bidding to a privileged few. Let the debate start now.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon


Don't Believe the Alarmist Talk About Forests

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | September 16, 2014 | Canada Business
Environmentalists paint a dire picture of our forests, whereas in fact, as my colleagues Jasmin Guénette and Pierre Desrochers recently demonstrated, they're actually doing rather well.
Leah Eichler


Be Kind When You Quit Your Job, You Just Might End Up Back There

Leah Eichler | September 16, 2014 | Canada Business
Leaving a job can often feel like a breakup. But what if that breakup is only a temporary? For many it is, and a study published this summer in Personnel Psychology, shows that "boomerang" employees, or workers who return to a company after leaving voluntarily, can comprise about 10 to 20 per cent of an organization's new hires.
Bill Bogart

Why Mexico's Ban on Advertising Food to Kids Might Not Work

Bill Bogart | September 16, 2014 | Canada Business
This summer Mexico put in place a ban of food advertising to children. The target is junk. Restricting advertising to children is good policy as one part of efforts to have our kids eat nutritiously right from the start. However, in this increasingly interconnected world it is harder and harder for any one society to effectively constrain such promotions.
Adam Moscoe


Shape Europe: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Pastries in Portugal

Adam Moscoe | September 15, 2014 | Canada Business
After attending the action-packed SHAPE North America in Detroit in June, I thought I knew what to expect when I arrived in Portugal's flavourful, festive capital. I expected that I would meet local agents of social change in Lisbon -- chief among them, the members of the Global Shapers Hub.
Andy Nulman


What I Learned This Week: Family Doesn't Always Come First

Andy Nulman | September 15, 2014 | Canada Business
"Family always wins...but doesn't always come first." Whatever decision has to be made, it should be with the ultimate goal of doing right by your family. And sometimes that means taking a tougher decision with a long-term view instead of an easier short-term, unequivocal yes.
Douglas Hoyes


Just Because You Can Get a Big Mortgage Doesn't Mean You Should

Douglas Hoyes | September 14, 2014 | Canada Business
If you can't afford the monthly mortgage payment (and property taxes, and repairs and maintenance) your mortgage is too big. The "equity" answer is that if you have less than 10 per cent equity in your house, you are at higher risk of financial problems.
Claudio Nespeca

Your Business Could Benefit From a 'Virtual Watercooler'

Claudio Nespeca | September 13, 2014 | Canada Business
Advanced communication systems allow people to easily find other coworkers and engage them through multiple channels and devices. Coworkers can dial each other into voice or video, screen sharing and collaborative file sessions, giving those casual conversations a range of tools to enhance the experience and exchange.
Peter Lewis


Education Costs Just Keep Rising, So Start an RESP for Your Kids Now

Peter Lewis | September 13, 2014 | Canada Business
It's no secret that Canadian students are stressed out financially. Many graduates are taking on a significant level of student debt. Recent numbers from the Canada Student Loans Program reveal that in 2012-2013, 472,000 full-time students and 9,600 part-time students took out $2.6 billion in loans from the federal government. Between 2005 and 2012 alone, Statistics Canada also reported that student debt grew by 24 per cent. All of this reminds us that saving early for university or college should be a top priority for new parents if they want to help set their kids up for the greatest potential success.
Betty Ann Heggie

When Women Use Masculine Energy in the Workplace

Betty Ann Heggie | September 12, 2014 | Canada Business
If you are a woman working in a male-dominated environment it is easy to feel like a square peg in a round hole. You need to bring your authentic self to work to feel good about yourself, but your natural approach to situations is often different than that of your male co-workers. Rest assured that fitting in and being yourself are both possible.
Peter Hall


Don't Worry About Canada's Trade Deficit

Peter Hall | September 12, 2014 | Canada Business
Moves like this don't escape the notice of financial markets, though. Exports will increasingly benefit from the nascent weakening of the Canadian dollar, but the emergence of surpluses may attract portfolio inflows that stem the slide of the loonie. On balance, we don't expect a reversal in our dollar, but there is a risk that as in the past, markets will overreact.
Umar Zulqarnain


Connecting to Compete: Logistics Management

Umar Zulqarnain | September 12, 2014 | Canada Business
Building and managing a world-class supply chain is difficult regardless the economic climate. Transporting goods quickly and efficiently is a complex task that requires coordinating and managing a number of variables within a fast-paced and volatile environment.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon


Should Netflix Be Regulated as a Traditional Canadian Broadcaster?

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | September 12, 2014 | Canada Business
The Internet being a global phenomenon, there is now an obvious discrepancy between the rules applying to Canadian broadcasters, and what companies like Netflix can "broadcast" in Canada through a website or an app. When certain companies are subject to restrictive regulation while some of their competitors are not, there are calls from the regulated companies for the same rules to apply to their competitors.
Dermod Travis


Conflict Commissioner's Opinion On Pat Pimm Misses Mark By Country Mile

Dermod Travis | September 11, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
In a 40-page opinion released last week, B.C. Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser pretty well cleared former Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm of any wrongdoing with respect to his obligations under the Members' Conflict of Interest Act, despite the odd "tsk, tsk" here and there.
Matthew Held


Don't Be Like Carrie Bradshaw -- Back Up Your Computer

Matthew Held | September 11, 2014 | Canada Business
Anyone who has lost important information after a computer failure will be able to relate scene from the show, Sex in the City. Sarah Jessica Parker's MacBook crashes while she typing. Later, a technician, while diagnosing the crash, asks when was the last time she backed up her work. She says, "Umm, I don't do that."
Jerry Dias

What 'Let's Talk TV' Isn't Talking About

Jerry Dias | September 10, 2014 | Canada TV
For almost a year now, Canada's broadcast regulator has been holding an important conversation with Canadians about the future of television. And while the effort, dubbed "Let's Talk TV," has heard from individual Canadians, the Commission has so far not addressed some of the most important issues.
Sarah Vermunt


How Being Vulnerable at Work Can Work for You

Sarah Vermunt | September 9, 2014 | Canada Business
Whether it's making amends with a colleague, asking for a raise, requesting help, admitting you don't understand, or going for the promotion, good things can happen when you take down your walls. Yes, bad things can happen too, and there is the risk of disappointment.
Seb FoxAllen


How DiGiornio Cleaned Up Its Social Media Mess

Seb FoxAllen | September 9, 2014 | Canada Business
The person managing DiGiorno's account quickly realized the he had used a hashtag about domestic violence to sell pizzas. He deleted the original tweet and appeared to compose personal apologetic responses to anyone who had voiced disapproval. Compare this to the reaction to a promotion tweeted by Spirit Airlines last week.
Carlos de Torres

Advertising Through Smart Technologies -- How to Be Intelligent Without Being Intrusive

Carlos de Torres | September 9, 2014 | Canada Business
The key to smart and successful marketing is finding the right time and the right experiences to engage. In fact, today's smart technologies can do a lot to reduce information overload -- countering Orwellian fears some might have about machines that know so much about us.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon


Don't Let International Bureaucrats Control Canada's Tobacco Taxes

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | September 9, 2014 | Canada Business
The case of Quebec provides a cautionary tale, as the prevalence of tobacco use has hovered around 24 per cent since 2003 despite a doubling of the price of cigarettes. And to the extent that tobacco taxes do reduce consumption, they can end up reducing total tax receipts, thus working against the competing and contradictory government objective of raising revenue.
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