Hey Ticketmaster!

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Description:  Have you ever wondered if you were paying a bit too much for those tickets you’ve been buying from Ticketmaster? Well, joint undercover research by the CBC and the Toronto Star has revealed some disturbing news. It appears that Ticketmaster is permitting high volume scalpers to use its TradeDesk system. Scalpers can buy significant… Read more »

Blowing the Whistle

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Description:  This Labour Day CBC radio took the title of the day to heart by hosting a special Workplace Whistleblower documentary https://www.cbc.ca/radio/it-s-in-their-dna-what-makes-people-blow-the-whistle-over-their-silent-counterparts-1.4791859 . Whistleblowers bring forward problems in their workplaces, but as can be seen in the accompanying article, blowing the whistle can mean the end of their careers. Interestingly enough, the problems with the Pheonix… Read more »

Equifax insider

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Description: Many of us recall the Equifax data hack last year. Approximately 150 million consumers may have had their private data fall into the hands of the hackers. And many were shocked to hear last year that Equifax waited a number of weeks before revealing the security breach to the public. Now we are finding… Read more »

Sentencing the Knowledge House leaders

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Description: At one time, the e-education company Knowledge House was a well-respected leader in Nova Scotia’s tech sector. But that, as they say, was some time ago. With over 100 employees in the late 1990s, Knowledge House imploded in 2001 when its share price collapsed. On Friday, two key players from the company’s executive suite… Read more »

Twitter posts a profit

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Description: After years of losses, Twitter has finally posted a quarterly profit. New tools that have helped to keep users online longer could be behind the recent success. This is definitely better news for Twitter than all the 2017 talk of how Russian bots may have infiltrated the social media platform and influenced the 2016… Read more »

Really? I Can Cheat at Monopoly?

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Description: There’s a new version of Monopoly now: Cheater’s Monopoly. That’s right, a version that let’s you cheat. The new set features 15 cheat cards that allow you to  take advantage of the other players and to even steal from the bank. Now we know that some of our older siblings did that to us when… Read more »

Which way do you slice this one?

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Description: Canada’s Competition Bureau has launched an investigation into alleged price-fixing in Canada’s bread industry. Experts appeared surprised by the news, given the recent deflationary trends in the bread and rolls category. But the investigation reportedly stretches back as far as 2001, so it will be interesting to see what emerges. Date: November 1, 2017… Read more »

Mr. Morneau’s place in Provence

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Description: Friday CBC revealed that Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau waited two years before he disclosed his ownership stake in a company that owns a villa in Provence, France to the ethics commissioner.  A spokesperson for Mr. Morneau stated the oversight was simply the result of “early administrative confusion,” though CBC noted that the disclosure… Read more »

Atcon redux

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Description: For the second time, New Brunswick Auditor General Kim MacPherson has audited  a 2009 decision by the then Liberal government to grant over $60 million in loan guarantees to the construction company Atcon. When the floundering firm failed, the province’s citizens were on the hook for the millions in lost funds while the then… Read more »

More facts on Equifax

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Description: And if the Equifax breach wasn’t bad enough, this past week we found out what a terrible job Equifax did in handling the crisis. First, we learned the company waited six weeks to tell us about the breach, leaving consumers uninformed their data was in peril. Second, we now know at least three Equifax… Read more »