Dermod Travis

B.C. Clinical Trials Oversight Shows Need For Health Sheriffs

Dermod Travis | January 30, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Until Health Canada chooses to honour its commitment to the auditor general, the FDA and OHRP may be the only health sheriffs in town.
Ivey Business School

Maple Leafs Should Think Twice About Chasing Mike Babcock

Ivey Business School | January 30, 2015 | Canada Business
If hockey world speculation is correct, the Leafs are again at risk of disappointing fans by thinking about replacing Carlyle with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock if he becomes free to jump rinks this summer. Why? Because Babcock is a proven winner.
Clare Beckton

Stop Referring to Female Entrepreneurs as "Risk-Averse"

Clare Beckton | January 30, 2015 | Canada Business
It's time to challenge the label that women are risk averse. Why do we assume that risk taking as defined by male approaches is always a positive approach in business or anywhere else for that matter? It is time that we really looked at the whole question of how women see risk and the impact of the differing perspectives and stop simply judging them against male standards.
Douglas Hoyes

Is There Any Point in Saving Money Anymore With These New Bank Fees?

Douglas Hoyes | January 30, 2015 | Canada Business
Thanks to the government of Canada (and most other governments around the world) pushing interest rates to very low levels, there appears to be no point in saving money. Banks pay zero interest on a typical savings account, and GICs aren't much better. What's the point of saving?
Matthew Held

What Your Business Can Do To Battle Cybercrime

Matthew Held | January 29, 2015 | Canada Business
Small and medium sized companies mistakenly believe hackers will not target them because they are small. The reality is that hackers come in all shapes and sizes. They often target smaller companies without the resources and skills to protect and secure their systems. They sometimes practice with smaller firms before moving to larger companies.
Richard Florida

For Competitiveness' Sake, Restore the Canadian Census

Richard Florida | January 29, 2015 | Canada Business
Stephen Harper's Conservative government is quick to tout all it has done to improve Canada's economic competitiveness. But like competitive companies, competitive national economies require solid economic data. In scrapping the long-form census, the Harper administration has threatened the country's long-term economic prosperity.
Nikolas Badminton

The Useless Home Gadgets That Tell Us Not to Think For Ourselves

Nikolas Badminton | January 29, 2015 | Canada Business
Want to know what's in the fridge? Open the damn door and take a look. Are my eggs out-of-date? Maybe read the box or simply drop each egg in cold water and throw away the ones that float (tip: they are no longer fresh enough to eat). Fridges, more than anything else, are being hijacked as trojan horses to get smart gadgets into the home.
Claudio Nespeca

Do You Know If Your VoIP Network Is Secure? Hint: It's Not the Same as Wi-Fi

Claudio Nespeca | January 28, 2015 | Canada Business
Common sense is one of the main security measures you can employ. It's simply about being aware of your surroundings, where you keep passwords stored (i.e. if someone gets into your computer will they easily locate a file marked "passwords"?) and noticing, literally, who may be looking over your shoulder.
Mary Donohue

Don't Be a Slave to Technology, Unplug and Get Happy

Mary Donohue | January 29, 2015 | Canada Living
Rather than free us from the drudgery of work, technology has made us slaves to our phones and laptops. It has taken the entry of the most technologically savvy generation in history to realize that fact and, hopefully, to change it.
Jeff Quipp

Get Your Business Noticed at the Superbowl Without Spending a Fortune

Jeff Quipp | January 28, 2015 | Canada Business
With a reported record cost of $4.5 million rate for a 30-second spot in the U.S. and up to $200,000 in Canada, many companies don't have the budget to get their brand into the big game. That doesn't mean businesses won't get creative and try to intercept the spotlight during the mecca of the advertising calendar. Companies can attempt a field goal with the following three points to get noticed.
David Suzuki

Canada Is Trading Away Its Environmental Rights

David Suzuki | January 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
Canada's environment appears to be taking the brunt of NAFTA-enabled corporate attacks. And when NAFTA environmental-protection provisions do kick in, the government often rejects them. According to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, more than 70 per cent of NAFTA claims since 2005 have been against Canada, with nine active cases totalling $6 billion outstanding.
Nora Loreto

Why Bell Let's Talk Day Is a Cynical Publicity Stunt

Nora Loreto | January 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
We need progressive organizations to build off the publicity of Let's Talk and call for a new day: Let's Act. When it feels like the snow will never melt and spring will never come, let's commit ourselves to act. Let's Act and demand more funding to mental health supports, including the improved public funding of mental health doctors, treatments and facilities. Let's Act and reject Stephen Harper's attempt to criminalize people with mental health struggles: help and rehabilitation rather than solitary confinement and life-long prison sentences.
Sandy Kiaizadeh

#BellLet'sTalk Day: Workplaces Need to Get Serious About Mental Health

Sandy Kiaizadeh | January 28, 2015 | Canada Living
You may have noticed that your social media feeds have been inundated with the #BellLetsTalk hashtag. That's because Bell Let's Talk day is on Wednesday, January 28. We need workplaces that value their employees' mental health. Employers need to lead by example by recognizing workplace signs of undiagnosed depression, such as difficulty making decisions, decreased productivity, inability to concentrate and any unusual increases in errors in work, just to name a few.
Mike Rowlands

Entrepreneurs, Don't Reinvent the Wheel -- Find the Wheelmaker

Mike Rowlands | January 27, 2015 | Canada Business
Simply put, rather than reinventing the wheel, entrepreneurs need to find the wheel-maker, and leverage the wheel-maker's expertise and experience. There are four key practices to embed this into the enterprise. First, build a network before it's needed. I'm convinced that the single most important asset any entrepreneur can build is their Rolodex.
Rachel Décoste

Why We Need Better Dark-Skinned Dolls

Rachel Décoste | January 28, 2015 | Canada Living
Both American and Canadian media have showcased the new wave of ethnic Barbie-sized dolls. The culturally-attuned figurines fill the gaping void in a transforming consumer base. Dark-skinned dolls with Aryan noses, Elizabethan hips, and Caucasian hair fail to capture the magic that Barbie has brought to little white girls for over 50 years.
David Dodge

The Wind Energy Project That's a Sign of Things to Come

David Dodge | January 26, 2015 | Canada Business
This may seem surprising to us in Canada, but California has a lot of extra wind and solar power being produced at times when it is not needed, so storing that energy and saving it for peak periods of the day helps avoid the need for new power plants.
Barbara Mintzes

How Health Canada Failed to Uphold Its Own Pharmaceutical Ad Standards

Barbara Mintzes | January 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
Although advertising of prescription medicines to the public is generally banned in Canada on public health grounds, shifts in administrative policy have allowed two types of ads since late 2000: "reminder" ads that mention a brand name, but make no health claims; and "help-seeking" ads that mention a condition, but do not state a brand or company name. We have identified six main weaknesses in how Health Canada regulates this advertising.
Ivey Business School

Changing the Face of Business by Doing Good

Ivey Business School | January 26, 2015 | Canada Business
Jason Inch likes "doing business by doing good." One of his most interesting ventures, for example, is a real estate play in Shanghai that isn't about making anybody rich. Instead, it exists to help China manage urban density while also empowering people to "work, meet, socialize, create, exercise, eat, drink and live multi-faceted lives."
Estelle Metayer

The CEO State of Union Report

Estelle Metayer | January 26, 2015 | Canada Business
The key principle that CEOs now recognize is the need to create value for their customers. They know they must create more engaging, personalized and continuous experiences for customers, which requires more customization, responsiveness and innovation. It also pushes on CEOs to ensure they have the talent they need, coming from a diversified workforce.
Suzana Popovic-Montag

How Lawyers Should Approach Issues of Mental Capacity

Suzana Popovic-Montag | January 24, 2015 | Canada Business
An advisable way to approach extracting issues of capacity with an elderly individual is through delicate conversation. It is important to avoid offending clients who may be uncomfortable, but it can be crucial to proper estate planning. Sometimes, apparent symptoms of incapacity can in fact result from cultural differences between client and lawyer.
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