Signing Starbucks

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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 »

Not the list you want to lead

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Description:  It’s one list a company does not want to lead. But Nestlé Pure Life, Tim Horton’s, McDonalds, Starbucks and Coca-Cola are the top five identified brands in Greenpeace’s annual trash identification exercise on Canada’s beaches. Greenpeace gathered trash items on September 15, World Cleanup Day, on four separate beaches in various parts of Canada. The fact… Read more »

Air Miles reduction

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Description: Many consumers carry that little blue Air Miles card in their wallets, racking up points at retail stop, gas stations and service providers. But  Air Miles has reduced the redemption value of the points bank for some vacations, causing angst with Air Miles collectors. Allison Peters decided to book a trip to Mexico, only… Read more »

Trash that tech

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Description: No headphone jack on the new iPhone 7 and  wireless earbuds –  that seemed to be catching most of the attention with Apple’s latest release of its mega-product. It’s probably not exactly what Apple was hoping consumers would  focus on with its latest product launch. But some are saying the iPhone is showing signs… Read more »

MEC changes gears

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Description: Mountain Equipment Co-op, better known perhaps by its signature letters MEC, is a much admired Canadian co-operative. Members can still join for simply putting down $5 for a share. But recently some members have been concerned that MEC seems to be shifting its governance profile to be more corporate like, meaning that some members… Read more »

The big 80

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Description: The charitable organization Oxfam released a report last week, adding another voice to the chorus of those raising alarm bells on rising global inequality. Oxfam’s report says that the richest 80 people in the world own as much as the 3.5 billion humans at the bottom of the economic scale. Oxfam calls for a… Read more »

Big banks busted

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Description: Following on the heels of the Libor scandal (in which banks were found out for manipulating short term interest rates), on Wednesday documents disclosed that six large banks were fined $4.3  billion (yes, that’s billion with a “B”) for manipulating the foreign exchange market. Additional fines and  civil suits could keep this nasty story… Read more »

Where is Google going next?

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Watch the following video Charlie Rose interviews Google CEO Larry Page about his far-off vision for the company. It includes aerial bikeways and internet balloons … and then it gets even more interesting, as Page talks through the company’s recent acquisition of Deep Mind, an AI that is learning some surprising things. Click on Where… Read more »