Hey! It Folds!

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Description: Friday Samsung launched its new foldable smartphone. The Galaxy Fold is available in South Korea right now, but within a couple of weeks you can find one in France, Britain. Samsung wanted to have the phone on the market months ago, but tech reviewers found a number of issues with the foldable screen. Date:… Read more »

AI Goes Criminal

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Description: You may have heard of the marvels of AI. Be careful though, as a story this week revealed how someone used AI to fake a boss’s voice. The fake voice told an employee to transfer 220,000 Euros into a secret account. Ouch. That introduces a whole new element of risk for companies in terms… Read more »

New Jobs in Canada

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Description: You may have noticed this – 81,000 new jobs were created in in August in Canada. A high number of the jobs were in the service sector and were secured by young Canadians. The unemployment rate of 5.7% is close to its lowest level in 40 years. Date:  September 6, 2019 Source:  globalnews.com Link: https://globalnews.ca/news/5864444/canada-jobs-report-august-2019/… Read more »

Plastics in the Pyrenees

Posted by & filed under Auditing, Sustainable Development.

Description: You may not have heard of micro plastics. These tiny bits – less than a fifth of an inch long – float around in the air of our major cities, cast off from the ubiquitous plastic we see daily. In an effort to find out how far these particles might drift, researchers visited snow… Read more »

French’s kept their new fans

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Description:  About three years ago this space covered the social-media backlash against Loblaw when they tried to delist French’s ketchup. Canadians rallied to support French’s, a company that reopened a padlocked plant in Leamington, Ontario, after ketchup giant Heinz pulled out of town. Canadians seem to be liking what they are tasting from French’s, indicating… Read more »

TSX hits high

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Description:  This past Thursday, the S&P/TSX composite index hit a new high at 16,612.81 points. Some believe that recent hints that interest rates won’t be rising may have contributed to this new high point. Rising oil prices may also have helped fuel the optimism. Since its low point in December, the market has soared over… Read more »

Cash for fridges

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Description:  Your federal government has decided to hand out approximately $12 million of our tax dollars for more efficient fridges: the problem Canadians are having with that is that the cheque is going to Loblaw, Canada’s largest grocery chain. Oh, did I mention Loblaw made about $800 million last year? To be fair, Loblaw did… Read more »

Fading middle class dream

Posted by & filed under Accounting Careers, Contemporary Business Issues.

Description:  A new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concludes the middle class is shrinking. Even worse for Canada, our middle class seems to be faring a bit worse than those in other nations studied. As noted by OECD’s chief of staff, Gabriela Ramos, “The middle class is at the core… Read more »

The helium crisis

Posted by & filed under Accounting Principles.

Description:  You may find your voice doing funny things when you read this story: there’s a shortage of helium. This gas, that can change the pitch of your voice of course, is in short supply, and not for the first time. That bad news hits far more than those wanting inflated balloons. Helium gas, produced… Read more »

Panama Papers Generate Tax$

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Description:  Approximately $15 million: that’s the amount of tax revenue that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has generated so far following the 2015 release of the Panama Papers. So far, the CRA has looked at 525 of the 894 Canadians identified in the Panama Papers. In 2016 CRA took a hard stance towards these Canadians,… Read more »