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Child Labour: What's Your Part In The Story?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

As Canadian consumers, we have the power to help change the plot for the world's children. It lies in the decisions we make about our purchases. Do we contribute to keeping children trapped and enslaved, or do we make the decisions that help set them free? On the World Day Against Child Labour, we must all consider our roles in the story.

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Reminds Us Talk, Like Some Clothes, Is Cheap

Doug O'Halloran | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Alberta
Doug O'Halloran

The notion that the Rana Plaza factory collapse came out of the blue and took everyone by surprise is sheer fiction. The companies who sell these clothes have known for a long time that there are serious problems with the working conditions in the factories they use. But talk about addressing those issues is about as cheap as the clothing they sell.

How Canada Encourages Corrupt Companies

Patricia Adams | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Business
Patricia Adams

According to Michael Hershman, an international expert on transparency and accountability, corruption is more severe in Quebec than anywhere else in Canada and a "culture of corruption" has invaded the province's business elite.

Bangladesh Is Drowning Because of Climate Change

Alex Mifflin | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

2013-09-04-TWB_HuffPo_EBanner.jpg If there is one country that stands out as the ultimate example for this emerging trend of extreme fluctuations in weather and the water cycle, it is without a doubt Bangladesh. Bangladesh has become the poster child for climate change for many reasons.

Job Quality and Security Are Fading in Canada

Jerry Dias | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

Every year on October 7 workers around the globe recognize the World Day for Decent Work. It reminds us of the current and constant downward pressure placed on workers, as incomes stagnate, as wealth concentrates in the hands of the privileged few and as jobs become more insecure and more precarious.

The Hidden Genocide of Muslims

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I've been reading about the war in Burma/Myanmar. It's a conflict between the Buddhist Burmese majority and approximately 800,000 Royhingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) State. They are among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people.

Canada Closes Bangladesh Embassy

CP | The Canadian Press, The Associated Press | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada announced it was closing its embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday, tightening security amid a widespread terrorism and travel alert...

How Emergency Prepardness Died In Canada

Colin Kenny | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada
Colin Kenny

When an 8-storey building collapsed in Bangladesh in April killing more than 1,100 garment workers, the rescue response was agonizingly slow. Canadians watched their TV screens in disbelief as Bangladeshi friends and relatives struggled to move rubble in search of their loved ones -- work that would have fallen into the hands of capable and well-equipped rescue teams in Canada. So one would hope. Canadians should be aware, however, that in an era when all of us are increasingly prone to both natural and man-made disasters, the federal government has discontinued funding to Canada's primary disaster relief agency.

The Real Issue Is Accountability

Kevin Thomas | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Business
Kevin Thomas

There's no truth to the idea being propagated by US retailers like Gap and Walmart that signing the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (...

Death Toll Soars Past 1,100

CP | Julhas Alam And Farid Hossain, The Associated Press | Posted 07.11.2013 | Canada Business

SAVAR, Bangladesh - A seamstress who survived 17 days before being rescued from a collapsed garment factory building outside of Bangladesh's capital w...

Why Canadians Are Finally Sticking it to the Man

Jana Schilder | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Business
Jana Schilder

Canadians are not sitting back any more and taking bad corporate behaviour. We may have arrived at a tipping point where increasingly Canadians who have been shoved, are pushing back. The RBC "fire Canadians" story broke on a weekend. By the start of the week, politicians had heard from constituents across Canada. Over in Bangladesh, a garment factory collapsed in Rana Plaza, killing more than 700. And just because a videographer caught a glimpse of a Joe Fresh clothing label and some editor put that on Canadian television, suddenly Canada's best-known retail leader, Galen G. Weston, was all over the media.

Your Ten Dollar T-Shirt Is Not The Problem

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

The price of a piece of clothing is not at all indicative of the working conditions of its manufacturer. On top of that, implying (or outright saying) that there is something morally wrong with paying ten dollars for a t-shirt is incredibly classist. The truth is that when brand names charge higher prices for their items, that extra cash usually goes to two places: into the pockets of CEOs and other higher-ups, and into the company's advertising budget.


CP | Julhas Alam, The Associated Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh - Hundreds of survivors of last month's collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh protested for compensation Tu...

We're Asking the Wrong Questions About Bangladesh

Kevin Thomas | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada Business
Kevin Thomas

Let's stop asking whether a company should stay in Bangladesh or leave the country. Instead let's ask whether that company is willing to take steps to create stable jobs that are safe, where workers have the right to organize, and where they receive a living wage.

Eyes On Loblaw

CBC | Posted 07.04.2013 | Canada Business

International labour rights groups say they will be closely watching Canada's Loblaw Companies. Ltd., along with other retailers, to see if they live ...

A Bangladesh Boycott Wouldn't Help Workers

Peter Fragiskatos | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Fragiskatos

Last weekend, renewed demonstrations calling for better pay and working conditions broke out and are continuing. Because the garment industry makes up the core of the Bangladeshi economy, its leaders and business class cannot afford to ignore the internal calls for change. In fact, whether they listen depends on the demand for clothes made in Bangladesh being sustained. A boycott would work against this outcome.

Would You Pay an Extra 10 Cents to Save Lives in Bangladesh?

Leah Morrigan | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Business
Leah Morrigan

People take clothing for granted but producing a simple garment is incredibly complex. Consider what goes into a simple cotton shirt. Cheap clothing is cheap partially because it consists of low-grade material. Bangladeshi garment workers earn 18 cents an hour for work in substandard facilities, working for Western garment companies with eyes trained on profits. What can we do?

Death Toll Tops 400

CP | Chris Blake And Farid Hossain, The Associated Press | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Business

JURAIN, Bangladesh - Dozens of Bangladeshi garment workers, their bodies too battered or decomposed to be identified, were buried in a mass funeral We...

'Little Hope' For Finding Survivors

CP | Farid Hossain And Chris Blake, The Associated Press | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Business

SAVAR, Bangladesh - A top Bangladesh court on Tuesday ordered the government to "immediately" confiscate the property of a collapsed building's owner,...

Is the Bangladesh Factory Too Far for Us to Care?

Andrew Boozary | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada
Andrew Boozary

The death toll from the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh now stands at over 350 people. In a wonderfully sensitive essay, Jian Ghomeshi raised the question of proximity when it came to our response to human tragedies. Distance may have become arbitrary, but how we draw the lines to connect our dots to one another has not. We can easily grieve, and most rightfully so, with the victims of Boston because we can all picture ourselves there. A feeling of complete and utter vulnerability. But when it's market forces or the lack of regulations that inflict terror, how are we to feel?

Sweatshops Exist In Canada: Not-For-Profit Director

CBC | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Business

The deadly garment factory building collapse in Bangladesh has prompted many Canadians to ask questions about what is being sacrificed in order to kee...

19 Survivors Rescued Saturday

CP | Julhas Alam And Farid Hossain, The Associated Press | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Business

SAVAR, Bangladesh - Police in Bangladesh took six people into custody in connection with the collapse of a shoddily-constructed building that killed a...

Retailers Rejected Bangladesh Factory Safety Plan

CP | Kay Johnson And Julhas Alam, The Associated Press | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Business

DHAKA, Bangladesh - As Bangladesh reels from the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse, the refusal of global retailers to pay ...

How To Tell If You're Wearing Sweatshop Clothing

CBC | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Impact

The death of more than 300 people in a garment building collapse in Bangladesh has renewed concerns about the conditions of workers who make clothing ...

Solving World Hunger: Bangladesh Can Show Us the Way

Roger Mooking | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada
Roger Mooking

The only way for us to end global hunger is for governments, non-governmental organizations, business and the community work together to implement solutions we know will work. I left Bangladesh knowing that I want to help bring about an end to global hunger. So my family and I are going to take a few simple steps.