Dina Vardouniotis

Stop Complaining About Self-Entitled Millennials in the Workplace

Dina Vardouniotis | July 31, 2014 | Canada Business
So who are these self-entitled and demanding employees? They're your kids! As you struggle to keep up-to-date on the latest technological innovation and manage the relentless stream of news sound bites by the second, you also busy playing the role of your millennial kids' career coaches and life counsellors for fear that they might move back home. So where did you go wrong?


Make Japan a Nation Where Women Shine in Business Too

G(irls)20 | July 31, 2014 | Canada
It is widely acknowledged that Japan needs more females in business to make up for a shrinking workforce and to boost economic growth and opportunity. With this admirable goal in mind, we must work to make Japan a nation where every individual, male and female, has equal opportunities to realize their full social, economic and political potential. As a Japanese youth, I am not afraid to break from traditional practices and defy what is expected of me. I am ready to pursue my own dream to become a fearsome business leader and 2014 G(irls)20 Delegate representing Japan.
Jeffrey Schwartz


What To Consider When Lending Money To Loved Ones

Jeffrey Schwartz | July 29, 2014 | Canada Business
Have you ever had one of your friends ask to borrow money from you? Most of us are willing to oblige when the amount is small -- like $10 or $20 -- but what about when the amount is more significant? You are placed in an extremely difficult spot when a friend or family member is asking for $1,000, $5,000 or more.
Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

Are You Ready For the Fourth Great Industrial Revolution?

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger | July 29, 2014 | Canada Business
We need more startups in Europe, in order to establish new ideas, companies and business models. A glance at the age of the most innovative companies shows: in the USA, 22 per cent of them were founded after 1965, and only 56 per cent before 1925. In Europe, 2 per cent were founded post-1975 and 86 per cent pre-1925.
David Fogarty

New Coal Mine Construction Is a Giant Step Back For Australia

David Fogarty | July 29, 2014 | Canada
For Australia, coal remains king. The nation, one of the world's top coal exporters, approved construction of the country's largest coal mine Monday. Environmentalists say the decision is a major setback for efforts to fight climate change and further tarnishes the government's global image.
Sean Speer

Ottawa's Deficit Spending Needs to Stop

Sean Speer | July 29, 2014 | Canada Business
The federal government now appears once again poised to balance its budget after several years of deficit spending. A step backwards in the direction of borrowing and spending more would be a huge loss with little economic reward.
Colleen M. Flood


Canada's Healthcare Is More Like America's Than You Know

Colleen M. Flood | July 29, 2014 | Canada Politics
The latest Commonwealth Study ranked Canada's health care system a dismal second to last in a list of eleven major industrialized countries. It is true that Canada's health system is fragmented and uncoordinated. Too often people fall through the cracks and we are miserable at managing patients with multiple illnesses. And too often our system feels unresponsive to the concerns of patients and their families.
Mark Milke


Why The World Should Watch Hong Kong And China

Mark Milke | July 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
With the recent Russian-inspired tragedies in eastern Ukraine and the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, much of the world is understandably focused on those regions. But another continent, Asia, is worth watching, particularly Chinese government action vis-à-vis Hong Kong.
Craig and Marc Kielburger


International Games Need To Leave Something Other Than Crumbling Ruins Behind

Craig and Marc Kielburger | July 28, 2014 | Canada Impact
Among the incentives to host a major international sporting event is the promise of an enduring legacy of infrastructure for future generations of athletes and citizens to enjoy. It seems that the global athletic events of the future will leave something other than crumbling ruins behind, as short-term sporting venues are built with social development in mind. We can only hope so much for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games. With a total budget of $1.44 billion, the creative opportunities for a sustainable legacy, like the athletes themselves, know no limits.
Murtaza Haider


The CRA Should Not Define Poverty's Threshold

Murtaza Haider | July 25, 2014 | Canada Business
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently forced Oxfam Canada to exclude "preventing poverty" from their mission statement in order to keep their charity status. Now a fundamental question needs to be answered. Why does the CRA think that charities have to wait for individuals to fall into poverty's trap before the charities can help the disadvantaged? Isn't prevention better than a cure? The bigger concern, however, is with a black-and-white definition of poverty. The assumption that one is not poor one day, but wakes up to be poor the next day is completely flawed.
Edward Jackson


Why The CRA Is No Longer An Effective Instrument of Public Policy

Edward Jackson | July 27, 2014 | Canada Business
with the activities of its charities section having been so thoroughly politicized by the Harper government, we can no longer call the CRA an effective instrument of public policy. Its campaign of vexatious audits of the political activities of progressive charities represents has created a chill in political dissent, and is a new low even for the Conservative regime.
Michael Geist


Why Has Bell Remained Silent on Its Subscriber Information Disclosure Practices?

Michael Geist | July 25, 2014 | Canada Business
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court of Canada's Spencer decision, several leading Canadian ISPs have publicly announced that they have changed their practices on the disclosure of subscriber information to law enforcement. Unlike its competitors, Bell has remained largely silent in recent weeks.
Tom Henheffer

Canadian Charities: Criticize the Government and Pay

Tom Henheffer | July 25, 2014 | Canada Politics
Not terrorists, white-collar crooks, or climate change -- it seems the real threat to Canadian society hides behind a much friendlier face: charities. Or to be more specific, charities critical of the Canadian government. This week it was made public that the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) is auditing PEN Canada for its "political activities." In 2012, the Canadian government earmarked $8 million of the CRA's budget for auditing political activities, and then upped that amount again to $13 million. In a time of austerity, there is still a plenty of money to go after enemies of our federal government.
David Christopher


The CRTC Is Starting to Listen to Canadians

David Christopher | July 26, 2014 | Canada Business
Over the last year, we've seen the CRTC publish customer-friendly new rules for wireless, set up a special task force to investigate extortionate roaming fees, and start a conversation with Canadians about the Future of Television (and watching TV content online!) Things are starting to change.
Suzana Popovic-Montag


When a Spouse Dies Mid-Divorce

Suzana Popovic-Montag | July 24, 2014 | Canada Business
One scenario commonly encountered is the situation in which an individual dies while negotiating a separation agreement with their spouse, or in the midst of divorce proceedings. While a divorce order will void specific bequests to a spouse, merely initiating negotiations or proceedings may not.
Murtaza Haider


When Harper Killed the Census He Robbed Canadians

Murtaza Haider | July 24, 2014 | Canada Politics
An ad in the Globe and Mail reveals the extent of harm the Harper Conservatives have inflicted on Statistics Canada. Because of poor quality, Statistics Canada is not releasing data at finer spatial scales because the Harper Conservatives killed the mandatory long-form Census and replaced it with a voluntary survey of dubious quality.
James Glave


B.C. Carbon Tax Doesn't Hurt Agricultural Sector: Study

James Glave | July 23, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Despite industry claims to the contrary, British Columbia's carbon tax has not hurt the province's agricultural sector, a new Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions study concludes. Further, the study suggests that the more than $25 million worth of competitive "relief" that the provincial government has granted the industry in recent years may not have been necessary.
Dermod Travis


Why B.C. Government's Purchase Card Records Are So Illuminating

Dermod Travis | July 23, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
That's politics. The public gets irate over the small amounts because they can relate to them. But the funny thing is that politicians who get the small things right generally don't screw up the bigger ones.
Andrew Tai


How eBay Can Help You Pay the Bills

Andrew Tai | July 23, 2014 | Canada Business
Selling on eBay can be an exercise in futility -- especially if you don't know what you're doing and why. However, if you just stop looking at the website as just some after-work hobby, you might actually be able to turn it into a real business with good money behind it.
Betty Ann Heggie

Storytelling Creates Leaders

Betty Ann Heggie | July 23, 2014 | Canada Business
All over the world human beings seek a wise person to tell them a story, to give them something to believe in and make them feel that they belong to something. At their core, our world history, our family history and all major world religions are simply a series of stories, emitted by a leader, and then retold.
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