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Scripturient: Nailing Collingwood’s Door Shut to Business

Councillor Deb Doherty seems eager to cement this council’s already ugly but deserved reputation for being hostile to business. This week she made a motion to re-open the always-contentious sign bylaw, apparently in order to impose draconian restrictions on business signs THAT Council direct Staff to review Sign By-law 2012-110 with respect to sign height and any […]

Alberta Politics: Tory sale of government air fleet was a terrible business decision, executed incompetently

PHOTOS: Not this Beechcraft King Air, maybe, but three a lot like it are now plying the friendly skies of North Dakota, which is a great deal for their new owner thanks to the generous former government of Alberta. Below: The unsold Alberta Government Dash 8, and former Conservative Alberta premiers Alison Redford and Jim […]

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OpenMedia.ca: Conservative MP Laurie Hawn attacks Canadian Businesses that raised concerns about Bill C-51

Wow — this is how Conservative MP Laurie Hawn responded to the now 140+ businesses who have raised concerns in a letter published by the National Post about reckless spying Bill C-51:”[They] should seriously reconsider their business model and their lack of commitment to the values that bind us as Canadians”.

Keep in mind that the list of signatories includes the founder of the largest software company in Canada.

In fact the list of signatories runs the gamut from local bakeries, to property developers, to venture capitalists.  It’s amazingly unbecoming of a public office holder like Laurie Hawn to question (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: …on the Entrepreneurial State

With the next Canadian federal election less than a year away – and undesirables like Wayne Gretzky soon to be purged from the voter lists – I’ve been getting a lot more fundraising emails lately. As of mid-December I’d received nineteen in eighteen days. It was like a Christmas advent calendar, but in my email inbox! (Like a beleaguered Silician storekeeper, I paid my “protection money” and now they’re leaving me alone. )

Politicians are often derided for their short-term thinking, which is probably a fair criticism. If you ballpark an election cycle at roughly four years, newly-elected (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Growing the Green Roof Industry in North America

Green roofs are great! They help alleviate a lot of issues that arise in urban living while making cities more beautiful. There is growing interest in making sure that urban green roofs take off and it looks like it is working.

While other countries like Germany have been using green roofs since the 1980’s, North America has been playing catch up. Toronto, however, is a city enamoured with renewable energy and sustainability. Ryerson’s engineering building on Church St., the new Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex and Toronto City Hall are all notable examples of green roof early adopters.

A (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Call For Change In Business

It wasn’t so long ago that businesses recognized people at their local levels as having something to contribute.  That individual employees have a meaning greater than the “bottom line”.

That was before the Internet and globalization.

In 1990, as a new graduate from University, I started working for what was then a small, but growing company of people that was doing some pretty amazing things.  Over the course of the next couple of decades, I saw the company grow, go through numerous acquisitions, eventually ending up as part of an enormous conglomerate with thousands of employees, billions of dollars a (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper blasted for pushing Kinder Morgan’s $5.4B oil pipeline

In a strongly worded letter, Lower Nicola Indian Band Chief Aaron L. Sam blasts Stephen Harper for pushing Kinder Morgan’s $5.4-billion oil pipeline, ignoring climate change.

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The Canadian Progressive: Germany to reject Conservatives’ Canada-EU free trade deal

A victory for Canadian democracy as Germany rejects the Harper Conservatives’ reviled multi-billion dollar Canada-EU free trade deal.

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The Canadian Progressive: Bell silent on its subscriber information disclosure practices

Why has Bell Canada remained silent on its subscriber information disclosure practices? asks University of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist.

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The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: TransCanada told to “cease and desist”

The Council of Canadians this week told TransCanada to “cease and desist” from the deplorable practice of purchasing the silence of Canadian towns likely to be affected by the Energy East tar sands pipeline.

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Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Tim Horton’s Farce

Am I the only one in Hamilton who’s embarrassed by the Tim Horton’s Field debacle? The stadium, which really never should have been built on the site of the old Ivor Wynne to begin with, was supposed to open at the end of the month. Now it won’t now be ready until September, maybe not even in time for the Labour Day Classic. The only redeeming note is that it will be finished on budget, one of

The Canadian Progressive: Secretive critical talks on the TPP happening in Ottawa

The ongoing secretive TPP negotiations could result in the largest global ‘trade’ agreement encompassing about 40 per cent of the world economy.

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The Canadian Progressive: Secret TPP talks in Ottawa: Harper has “something to hide”

“Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that Canada is hosting the latest round of TPP negotiations this week in Ottawa,” says University of Ottawa Prof Michael Geist

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Northern Gateway Pipeline: First Nations “Disgusted” With Harper’s Approval [VIDEO]

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND: Enbridge’s vice president lies about winning over local First Nations [VIDEO] First Nations vow to fight Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project Elizabeth May Questions Harper on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline [VIDEO] Enbridge Inc Rebuked: “This is not an Enbridge animation” (VIDEO) Five strategies to stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Airlines Hired Temporary Foreign Worker Pilots

by: Obert Madondo | May 11, 2014

Obert Madondo, Editor, The Canadian Progressive

Canadian airlines exploited the Harper Conservatives’ Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to “systematically” exclude Canadian pilots and hire foreign ones, a new memo reveals.

No only that. Employment Minister Jason Kenney’s department blessed the hiring even though the applicants did not meet “program requirements and guidance”.

The memo from Kenney’s Deputy Minister Ian Shugart reveals that the department ignored concerns by Canadian pilot associations and other stakeholders that the two airlines cited in the memo, Sunwing and Canjet, were “continuing to pursue a business model that (Read more…)

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eaves.ca: The dangerous mystique of the “open data” business

I’m frequently asked by people about how they can start an “open data business.” Let me first say that I love that the question gets asked. I love that people are interested in Open Data. I love that people want to learn more, they want to play, they want to think of ways of creating […]

Things Are Good: Philosophy is Needed in Corporate Boardrooms

It’s not often that you hear CEOs and other executives call for philosophers to be among their boards. In a recent Financial Times article, there is an argument that businesses need philosophers. People who are trained philosophers tend to look root causes and issues that impact whatever it is that they are looking at – something any company should be doing.

The added benefit of having a philosopher in the board room is that their presence can bring a more holistic sense to the company’s (and owners’) place in the world.

Asked to analyse a business, a philosopher would typically (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Rocker Neil Young Blasts Stephen Harper, Alberta Tar Sands

Canadian rock legend Neil Young has blasted the Harper government for “trading integrity” in its single-minded appetite for Alberta tar sands dollars.

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Things Are Good: Selling Sustainability at All Levels of a Company

Every company ought to behave and operate in a sustainable way at all levels of operation. There is an obvious environmental argument for doing this, but some people don’t initially see the economic value. In this TED talk the economic efficiencies of sustainable manufacturing, distribution, and marketing are explored.

Molly'sBlog: THE SHADY SUCCESS OF THE SECRET SUSHI SYSTEM

THE SHADY SUCCESS OF THE SECRET SUSHI SYSTEM     Good old Time Magazine. It struggles on in the internet age, devoting more and more of its pages to bite-size “factoids” that rival websites for speed of transit through the intellectual digestive system. Each and every article has to be illustrated – over-illustrated. Colour and highlighting adds to the illusion of ethernet illusion, and the layout owes much more to Facebook than to any school of journalism. I love it, and I’m a long term subscriber who has lived through Time’s evolution.

     Every once in awhile it digs up some (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU CETA trade agreement has “troubling” elements: Yves Engler [VIDEO]

Yves Engler, a Canadian activist and author of The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy, discusses the “troubling” elements in the Canada-EU CETA trade agreement.

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Melissa Fong: Are UBC Sauder Business/Commerce students just jerks?

UBC Sauder School of Business is one of few business schools in Canada that produce some serious leaders in our capitalist economy (both here and internationally). These are the same people that will take top positions at big companies; the same people that will develop multi-million/billion(?) entrepreneurial companies; and the same people that play key roles in a massive sector of business that manages and employs the rest of us. Doesn’t it bother you that these “leaders” are becoming leaders by utilizing sexism and racism to bond with their future business fellows?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Where’s the draft text?

Today, Harper and EU President Jose Manuel Barroso initialled a trade and labour agreement between Canada and the world’s most powerful trading bloc. Like I said in my last post, I think open trade with the EU will be overall good for Canada.

But don’t you find it odd that there isn’t even a draft text available for public consumption? The final agreement may be two years off, but wouldn’t it

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Here he comes, the PM in the big white sportscar …

The second session of Canada’s 41st Parliament opens today. And early word about the Speech from the Throne is that PMS (Prime Minister Steve) will make a move towards consumer rights.

Funny.

He was against pick-and-pay cable and satellite, before he was for it.

He was for long term cell phone contracts before he was against it.

He was against cell phone company mergers — now in the next

The Canadian Progressive: New study makes the case for postal banking in Canada

The reintroduction of postal banking in Canada would offer access to financial services not now available to many Canadians, says new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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