Rachel Parent

Canada's New Nutrition Labels Are Still Missing GMO Labels

Rachel Parent | August 21, 2014 | Canada Living
The topic of genetically engineered crops is not new. They were first introduced into Canada 15 years ago, with four crops -- canola, corn, soy and sugar beets -- which now dominate the food industry. Today it's estimated that more than 70 per cent of the products you purchase at your local grocery store contain genetically modified ingredients.
Craig and Marc Kielburger


If You Give Women in Poverty the Right Tools, They Will Flourish

Craig and Marc Kielburger | August 21, 2014 | Canada Impact
Although she attended primary school, Daisy's family couldn't afford the fees to send her to high school. But when Barengetuny was 19, development workers began travelling from village to village by motorcycle, including her community of Motony, introducing women to the micro-finance "merry-go-round." Now she's an established businesswoman.
Peter Hall


How Canadian Companies Are Adding Emerging Markets To Their Export Strategy

Peter Hall | August 21, 2014 | Canada Business
The tech wreck, the thickening border with the U.S. and the soaring loonie in the mid-2000's turned the attention of Canada's exporters to fast-growing emerging markets. In a relatively short time span, our trade with this rapidly-rising part of the global economy has risen from less than 5 per cent to almost 13 per cent of our merchandise exports.
Anne Day


Top 10 Tips for New Entrepreneurs

Anne Day | August 20, 2014 | Canada Business
Over the years I have worked with hundreds of new entrepreneurs. I often compare starting a business to motherhood -- both involve excitement, joy and complete fear and self doubt as to whether you are up for the job -- be it as a business owner or parent. Here are some pointers for new entrepreneurs.
David Suzuki


Politicians: Clean Water, Air and Soil Should Be Your Priority

David Suzuki | August 20, 2014 | Canada
We are, above all else, biological beings, with an absolute need for clean air from the moment of birth to the last death rattle. We are about 60 per cent water by weight, so we need clean water to be healthy. We eat plants and animals for our nourishment, so whatever they're exposed to ends up in our bodies. We need clean soil to give us clean food. These are basic, biological facts and should be the prism through which any decision is made at individual, corporate or government levels. Protection of air, water, soil and the web of life should be the highest social, political and economic priority.
Dermod Travis


What We Should Take Away From The Mount Polley Spill

Dermod Travis | August 19, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
B.C.'s economy -- already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage, and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims -- can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley mine disaster.
Marilyn Linton


The New Way to Get Rid of That Bad Tattoo

Marilyn Linton | August 20, 2014 | Canada Living
In the old days tattoos used to be surgically removed, but in the last two decades laser removal has become the de-inking choice. Still, as countless YouTube videos have shown, having a tattoo lasered off has been neither pretty nor without pain or scarring. But all that may be changing.
Evan Thompson

How To Deal With the Boss From Hell

Evan Thompson | August 20, 2014 | Canada Living
A boss from hell can get you to do tasks that lower your self-esteem and make you their professional slave for as long as you allow it. For example, I once went on a business trip with a new boss to call on clients where I ended up being tasked with chatting up women for him.
Andrea Lekushoff


Missing a Middle Manager? Here's How a PR Agency Can Help

Andrea Lekushoff | August 19, 2014 | Canada Business
As many of us know, middle managers are disappearing because Baby Boomers are retiring, but also because companies have fewer entry-level workers to promote to middle management roles. These teams can turn to PR agencies, many of whom are well-positioned to bridge these critical skills gaps.
Carol Linnitt


B.C. Can Expect More Mount Polleys

Carol Linnitt | August 18, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The industry needs productive, safe, and enabling parameters to work within, and British Columbians deserve to rest assured that our business leaders and elected representatives are engineering those limits properly -- with a foundation much stronger than that of the Mount Polley tailings pond.
Jeff Quipp


Get Back To the Basics When It Comes To SEO

Jeff Quipp | August 18, 2014 | Canada Business
If you're in the process of building out content to bolster your SEO efforts, start with the content on your website. Are visitors able to discern what you do? Do you describe your services or products adequately? Is your copy informative and helpful based on what potential customers are searching for? Next, you should create a blog, if you don't already have one.
Andy Nulman


What I Learned This Week (Seven Years Ago): Why Cycling is Like Business

Andy Nulman | August 18, 2014 | Canada Business
I'm off on vacation for a couple of weeks, but as I like to do at these times, I comb my archives to find a couple of reruns from many moons ago that simultaneously reference the time period (i.e. an August past) and...
Kris Constable

Facebook Messenger Permissions Come Down To Trust

Kris Constable | August 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The risk is, we don't know when Facebook, or any app, actually uses these permissions, and I don't think we want to find out after-the-fact that it's been recording me since I installed it, just to sell to advertisers. So until Google improves the Android architecture by allowing us more control over what permissions an app can access at any given time, it comes down to trust.
Jordan Bateman


What Is It With B.C. Government And Expensive, Poorly Managed Computer Projects?

Jordan Bateman | August 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Taxpayers deserve to know why these projects are going over budget, why they are failing, and precisely what government plans to do about it.
Ivey Business School

Don't Confuse Sustainability with Corporate Social Responsibility

Ivey Business School | August 15, 2014 | Canada Business
No challenge derails managers from the goal of sustainability more than understanding what it means for an organization to really be sustainable. Some people think sustainability is all about environmental issues. Others see it in terms of the bottom line. And then, of course, there are people who use the term synonymously with corporate social responsibility and shared value. Business sustainability is none of these things. Rather, it is about time.
Carlo Montemagno

I've Got Some (Nanotechnology) Explaining To Do

Carlo Montemagno | August 15, 2014 | Canada Alberta
We use jargon and complicate things with acronyms that are meaningless to those who aren't in the loop. But most importantly, we miss the opportunity to engage, excite and empower others with our news. As academics, scientists and researchers, we have a unique responsibility to ensure our findings extend well beyond the lab bench.
Kevin Grandia


Nine Risky Oil Company Projects Every Canadian Investor Should Know About

Kevin Grandia | August 15, 2014 | Canada Business
A new report released today finds that seven of the largest publicly-traded oil companies in the world are putting billions of dollars in jeopardy by investing in high-cost, high-risk oil extraction projects. Many of the most risky ventures are right here in Canada and many of the companies named in the report figure significantly in Canadian pension plans and mutual funds.
Karen Selick


This Marijuana Activist Is a Hero to Me, and I Don't Smoke the Stuff

Karen Selick | August 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
Unlike the "Prince of Pot," I don't use marijuana. I never have, and probably never will, even if it were to become legal for recreational use. Nevertheless, I have been a staunch admirer of Marc's ever since I first met him. While Marc Emery didn't do this single-handedly, there is no question that he is at least partly responsible for the fact that hundreds of thousands of people across North America now have legal access to a medication that helps relieve their pain and epileptic seizures. Margaret Wente said that Marc's no hero, but I disagree.
Kenneth P. Green


Beware Hasty, Unwise Policy Decisions After Mount Polley

Kenneth P. Green | August 12, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
It's one thing to seek to learn from a disaster and it's another thing to incite emotional responses to promote hasty, unwise public policy actions. Despite the fact that virtually nothing was known about the cause of the Mount Polley leak, only two days after the spill, the David Suzuki Foundation had set up an automatic petition portal on their website calling on the province to institute a moratorium on new mine approvals, a suggestion that would imperil a substantial part of B.C.'s economy.
Dermod Travis


The Alberta Billionaire, A B.C. Mine And Clark's Liberals

Dermod Travis | August 12, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Nearly half of Imperial Metal's donations were made after Christy Clark was sworn in as premier, while $45,720 of Mount Polley's donations came via six separate cheques issued in one week alone in March 2013. Guess bank charges weren't an issue for the company.
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