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Politics and its Discontents: "It Was Very Malicious Of Them To Leave This Town In The Shape It’s In" – A Tale Of Walmart’s Depredations

The above observation is voiced by a former grocery store owner whose business closed shortly after Walmart moved into her town. But this is not just another story about how the retail behemoth drives out competition through its predatory pricing pract… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: "It Was Very Malicious Of Them To Leave This Town In The Shape It’s In" – A Tale Of Walmart’s Depredations

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Green Energy Pioneer Bullfrog Power Talks Energy Landscape

Bullfrog Power is an inspiring Canadian green energy success story. Since 2005 Bullfrog pioneers in providing easy solutions for large businesses like Walmart, Unilever, and RBC as well as individuals to power their homes and offices with 100% renewable energy. At their tenth anniversary I talk to CEO Ron Seftel on how the green energy landscape has evolved and how businesses may position themselves for the anticipated changes from our new climate-friendly federal and provincial governments. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Green Energy Pioneer Bullfrog Power Talks Energy Landscape

Politics and its Discontents: Walmart’s Shameless Anti-Union Propaganda

This epitomizes why I don’t shop at Walmart. A training film was released yesterday showing the shameless propaganda the corporate giant uses to discourage those entertaining the seditious thought of starting a union drive at one of their stores. Originally located on You Tube, the video has been taken down, but another site offers . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Walmart’s Shameless Anti-Union Propaganda

Cowichan Conversations: The Real Canadian Superstore Squeezing the Poor for More Profits is a Big Mistake

Russell Davies

Guest Post- By Russell Davies   The Real Canadian Superstore squeezing the poor for more profits is a big mistake and shows no consideration for low income customers and those of us that are less fortunate.

The recent change of policy on reduced produce shows lack of empathy for people of . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Real Canadian Superstore Squeezing the Poor for More Profits is a Big Mistake

Things Are Good: Abandoned Walmart Becomes a Library

Walmart is best known for predatory corporate behaviour that damages communities and for the “interesting” people who shop there. One thing that Walmart does is pit one small town against the other to get cheap land and better tax rates, this sometimes means that an existing Walmart gets abandoned.

A small Texas town decided to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Abandoned Walmart Becomes a Library

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: The Greenest Companies Consistently Outperform Markets

Apple, BMW, LG, HP, Coca-Cola, and Walmart are among the 187 companies cited by non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project for doing the most to combat climate change. These green warriors also outperform the Bloomberg World Index. Five Canadian companies made this elite group. I find out how their stock prices compare to the S&P/TSX Index.

The . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: The Greenest Companies Consistently Outperform Markets

Left Over: Incoming? Nah, Outgoing….

Guaranteed $20K income for all Canadians endorsed by academics Advocates enjoy resurgence of plan to ease poverty

The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 30, 2014 9:53 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014 11:31 AM ET

 

 

A great idea, but like many academic ideas, not too practical in the sadly real . . . → Read More: Left Over: Incoming? Nah, Outgoing….

BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Brief Note: On Walmart Pizza

Had a Walmart-brand pizza for dinner for the first time last night.  They’re a terrific bargain.  They come in an edible box.  Or at least the box tastes identical to the pizza itself.

Political Eh-conomy: Precarious workers or satisfied customers: a fine line for giant retailers

This post is an appendix of sorts to my article, “Fired by Walmart for Christmas”, to be published this weekend by Common Dreams. In the article, I describe the stresses and difficulties faced by Walmart workers during the holidays. Overwork, a climate of fear and barely-organized chaos make for taxing shifts at work. Low wages, . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Precarious workers or satisfied customers: a fine line for giant retailers

Politics and its Discontents: In This Season Of Getting And Spending

… a timely reminder about the practices of the world’s biggest retailer:

This article is also worthy of perusal. Recommend this Post

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: The Transformational Company: CBSR Summit

The 11th Annual Summit by Canadian Business for Social Responsibility brought together an international panel of leaders to address how corporate social responsibility practitioners can lead their companies onto a transformational path. Keynote speaker John Elkington showed how enterprises can set and achieve bold goals that touch their core business while addressing systemic societal risks . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: The Transformational Company: CBSR Summit

Politics and its Discontents: But I Save so Much Money Shopping There!

For the true cost of those bargains that we all slavishly delight in (cue Pavlov’s dog), you might want to read this article about Walmart workers and watch the video below. As well, a recent post by Dr.Dawg is instructive.

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Politics and its Discontents: So They Really Do Care After All

This story should lay to rest any of the insidious propaganda about Walmart not caring about its workers. Recommend this Post

Cowichan Conversations: Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Farmed Salmon-Video

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It is at this time of year that we celebrate wild salmon returning to spawn in our creeks and streams and are reminded of the crucial connection we have as Island dwellers with wild salmon.

Our eco system is inextricably linked in so many ways.

The threat of that link . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Farmed Salmon-Video

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough Ontario, Part Whatever

I visited my local Walmart the other night, shopping for a new desktop  PC.

There was a guy hanging out at the entertainment department the whole time I was there.  He had a cell-phone pressed to his ear.  He was  saying into it:

“MMMM….mmmm…MMMM…mmmm…MMMM…mmmm…MMMM…mmmm….MMMM… MMMM….mmmm…MMMM…mmmm…MMMM…mmmm…MMMM…mmmm….MMMM”  

Later he attempted to hump the 5$ movie . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough Ontario, Part Whatever

Politics, Re-Spun: Walmart and McDonald’s Pretend They’re Great Employers!

We need to work harder to ensure everyone earns a living wage!

I love when gross corporations try to spin reality to defend against criticisms.

For instance:

Walmart used to take out dead peasant life insurance on its employees, putting itself in a conflict of interest: do their best to keep employees alive, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Walmart and McDonald’s Pretend They’re Great Employers!

Things Are Good: Washington D.C. Approves Living Wage Bill

Washington D.C. lawmakers approved a proposed bill that institutes a living wage for the region. This is after a loud and boisterous campaign from Walmart to keep poverty-level wages. Walmart is known for low wages, firing employees who report animal abuse, and a whole list of other criticisms. Yet, Walmart makes millions of dollars and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Washington D.C. Approves Living Wage Bill

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Walmart …

Some days, corporate megaliths just can’t catch a break:

P.S. I could only get this video to play in Internet Explore, not Chrome. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Another Walmart Injustice Story

It might be worthwhile to bear this story in mind the next time we contemplate the ‘bargains’ at Walmart:

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Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Sustainability: Canada’s Strengths and Weaknesses

A large scale study by OfficeMax Grand & Toy comparing Canadian companies to their world peers finds Canada leads in capturing cost reduction from sustainability initiatives but lags global leaders in driving profitability through collaboration. Broader collaborations with customers, suppliers, government and policy makers may be a key to unlocking the next phase’s rewards.

. . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Sustainability: Canada’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Politics and its Discontents: The Deteriorating Conditions at Walmart

Perhaps the land of low prices and deteriorating conditions could learn something from Costco, which believes in paying its employees a living wage. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Unions Are To Blame For Impeding Consumer Access To Low Prices

At least Fox News believes that is true.

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Eclectic Lip: Prius: a Crystal Anniversary (15 years)

A few Prius-inclined websites noted last week that Dec 10, 2012 marked the 15th anniversary of the Prius’ introduction in Japan. With the Prius (temporarily?) becoming the world’s 3rd-best-selling car brand in 2012, the anniversary probably deserves some reflection. 🙂

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As near as I can figure, Malcolm Gladwell-type book chapters start with a . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Prius: a Crystal Anniversary (15 years)

Autonomy For All: Labour Organizing As Warfare

Matt Stoller tweeted a link to this excellent piece on recent changes to the US labour organizing strategic landscape.  In one of the most remarkably under-reported stories I’ve ever seen, Walmart workers across 12 cities in 9 states staged a series of wild-cat strikes in early October and unlike almost every other attempt by workers . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Labour Organizing As Warfare

Politics and its Discontents: How Does Walmart Keep Their Prices So Low?

Here’s a hint:

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