Malaysia’s mountains of our plastics

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Description:  Malaysia is building mountains of our plastic waste since China ceased accepting it from the west in January 2018. For over 25 years, China had accepted roughly 50% of the western world’s plastic waste, turning it into products to be sent back to us. Meanwhile, Canada’s two largest grocery chains, Loblaws and Sobeys, seem… Read more »

GM Leaving Town

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Description:  Thanks a lot for that one! Several years ago, Canadian and US taxpayers bailed out General Motors (GM) during the financial crisis. But GM is back in the black and it is saying it needs to close its plant in Oshawa to retool for the future, leaving 2500 people in this city out of… Read more »

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

Posted by & filed under Accounting Principles, Corporate Social Responsibility.

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 »

Ikea Foundation steps in

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Description: Many students have found value, pleasure and comfort in Ikea’s furniture. And they’ve gone on to be Ikea shoppers as they move into the world of work. But did you know the Swedish furniture giant also operates a humanitarian arm known as the Ikea Foundation? This Foundation, in typical Ikea fashion, has developed lightweight,… Read more »

Drilling off Nova Scotia

Posted by & filed under Accounting Theory, Canadian Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility.

Description: Shell has been given permission to begin test drilling offshore of Nova Scotia. Shell told the regulator that it would be able to have capping technology available in event of a blowout in 12 to 13 days, versus its previous statement that it would take 21 days to bring the technology to a well…. 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 »