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Posted by & filed under Accounting Careers, Managerial Accounting.

Description:  How did this happen? So, you’ve probably heard that marijuana has been legalized and there are now a variety of ways to buy it, depending on where you live. But in New Brunswick, where the government has chosen a Crown corporation model, at least 12 of the roughly twenty Cannabis NB stores were shut… Read more »

Caught them napping

Posted by & filed under Accounting Careers, Student life.

Description:  According to a recent survey by Robert Half, over three-quarters of Canadians are tired at work on a fairly regular basis. If you are tired, it is more difficult to put in a strong effort at work. More mistakes can happen. Profits could suffer. Productivity catalyst Clare Kumar argues that both management and the… Read more »

The other side of the story

Posted by & filed under Canadian Government, Data security, Personal Tax.

Description: Last week this space featured a discussion of a request by Statistics Canada to obtain banking information of Canadians without having approached those Canadians first. Of course, the opposition parties in Parliament were quick to criticize this apparent breach of protocol, though Statistics Canada had made efforts to brief the press beforehand. This week… Read more »

Fuel costs up; WestJet earnings down

Posted by & filed under Accounting Principles.

Description:  With fuel costs per litre up close to 40% over last year, WestJet’s latest earning report is not pleasant reading for shareholders. Profits are down this quarter. In addition to the fuel cost pressures, the threatened pilots’ strike in May probably impacted passenger bookings. And, like others in the industry, WestJet feels the intense… Read more »

That’s billions with a “b”

Posted by & filed under Accounting Careers.

Description:  It’s been a source of dispute between Newfoundland and Quebec for many years. But the Supreme Court ruled this week that there is no need to reopen the 65 year agreement covering the Churchill Falls hydro development. The problem is that Hydro Quebec has earned about 27.5 billion  dollars from the project because the… Read more »

StatsCan . . . and your banking

Posted by & filed under eCommerce.

Description:   Statistics Canada says that our banking information is “carefully protected and never shared publicly.” But with the headlines full of data breach stories, news that Statistics Canada has been asking the banks for our banking information – without asking us first – was grabbing attention this past week. Opposition politicians are piling on… Read more »

Signing Starbucks

Posted by & filed under Corporate Social Responsibility, Student life.

Description:  In a bold move, Starbucks had opened a location in Washington, D.C. where customers can order using American Sign Language. The store is located near to Gallaudet University, a preeminent institution for the deaf and hard of hearing student population. Other features to enable better communication include two-way consoles that will permit customers to… Read more »

Exxon lawsuit

Posted by & filed under Advanced Accounting.

Description:  Exxon calls it “baseless allegations.” But the New York Attorney General is moving ahead with a lawsuit, saying Exxon deliberately understated the potential liability for dealing with carbon costs in Canada’s oil sands.  Right now the Attorney General is floating a figure of approximately $30 billion in understatements.  The aim of the legal claim seems to… Read more »

Fraud charges in Antigonish

Posted by & filed under Auditing.

Description:  In Nova Scotia, the RCMP have now laid charges against James Edward Marlow, for allegedly misappropriating at least $243,000 from the Coady Institute. The Coady Institute, on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, is known for its work in training for international development efforts. The fraud was detected by an auditor… Read more »

5G Pressure

Posted by & filed under Accounting Principles, Managerial Accounting.

Description:  In Canada right now there are about 33,000 cellphone towers. That may seem like a lot, but with telecommunications providers moving towards 5G networks, estimates have it that Canada will need over 270,000 so-called small cells in the next few years. These devices, about the size of a briefcase, are intended for placement in… Read more »