How about those Bombardier bonuses?

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Description: In an intriguing display of public outrage, approximately 200 protestors gathered outside Bombardier headquarters in Montreal to decry the bonuses granted to company executives while taxpayers have been bailing out the company. With both the federal and provincial governments kicking in over a billion dollars, citizens were outraged that the company opened up the… Read more »

GlaxoSmithKline pays female CEO less

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Description: Emma Walmsley is the first female CEO for giant pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKlein. A story from Bloomberg News this past week indicated that Ms. Walmsley would be earning less than her predecessor Andrew Witty. This compensation difference may add to the debate on pay equity, though observers point out that when he started, Mr. Witty… Read more »

Harris painting hits new heights

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Description: This week art markets saw a new record auction price for a Canadian painting. Lawren Harris’s 1926 work, Mountain Forms, attracted a winning bid of $11.2 million, far more than the anticipated $3 million to $5 million. The buyer remains anonymous. Date: November 24, 2016 Source: cbc.ca Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/lawren-harris-mountain-forms-auction-1.3864470   Discussion Points: 1) The… Read more »

Shareholder pressure up; salaries down

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Description: With shareholder pressure on the uptick, the latest survey of salaries among Canadian bank executives shows that overall compensation is down. Board’s may be looking at performance benchmarks more closely, accounting for some of the reduction in salary. But it is possible that the fact that four of the five CEO’s at the largest… Read more »

That’s quite a pay cut

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Description: This past week we learned Barrick Gold executive chairman John Thornton earned just a little over $3 million for 2015. That doesn’t sound too bad, until you read that the year before Thornton was awarded almost $13 million, with almost $9.5 million coming from incentives. Barrick Gold drew the attention of three major pension… Read more »

Google and taxes

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Description: Google has settled a six year tax audit with the British government; the amount owing – 130 million British pounds. And Google faces a similar tax bill in Italy while the government of France threatens to collect about three times as much from the Internet search-engine king. But don’t feel too sorry for Google…. Read more »

Try this!

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Description: Looking for an edge as you graduate this spring and look ahead to your career? Could it be as simple as trying three simple things? Columnist Leah Eichler offers three simple tips to give you an edge at work: Stretch yourself Tell great stories Be happy Source: Globeandmail.com Date: December 31, 2015 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/life-at-work/three-simple-strategies-for-keeping-your-edge-at-work/article28081974/… Read more »