Is Self-checkout in Trouble?

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Description: The self-checkout may be in a bit of trouble as some retailers are reconsidering the future of this mode. Increased losses due to shoplifting is certainly a factor for retailers to consider. Adrian Beck of the University of Leicester has studied self-checkouts for over ten years, and he notes they may account for one… Read more »

Students Failing on Online Security

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Description: If online security were a university course, many Canadian post-secondary students would have a failing grade, at least according to survey results from RBC’s Students and Fraud Poll. Eighty percent of the students admit to vulnerabilities, including 28% who had shared their passwords on debit and credit cards. With fraudsters becoming more resourceful, it’s… Read more »

Crazy Times at London Drugs

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Description: According to Clint Mahlman, CEO of pharmacy chain London Drugs, despite a rise in violent shoplifting incidents in Vancouver, the business has no plan to close any stores in the city. “We are at a crisis point in retail,” Mahlman noted. The losses from theft amounts to “tens of millions” per year, and the… Read more »

Twenty-Year Coding Error

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Description: Injured workers in Ontario may have been surprised this week when the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced that more than 100,000 workers would be receiving payments to make up for being “shortchanged” over the last twenty years. These payments will total approximately $42 million. The situation can be attributed to a coding… Read more »

Back to University Challenges

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Description: Welcome back to another season of New and returning students are arriving on campuses across Canada as another academic year gets started. Of course, there is a certain excitement in the air as classes and other on campus activities start up. Fresh friendships bloom and older ones are brought back after a summer… Read more »

13 Billion on Batteries

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Description: The Government of Canada is offering $13 billion in subsidies to Volkswagen to build the first auto battery plant in North America. The federal assistance is to be delivered through tax subsidies, contingent upon Volkswagen meeting agreed upon output targets. VW’s planned plant in St. Thomas, Ontario, is slated to open in 2027. It’s… Read more »

User Security Concerns at Facebook

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Description: On Friday Facebook’s parent company Meta announced that approximately 1 million of its users may have had their usernames and passwords stolen by hackers. Apps downloaded from Apple and Google appear to be the source of the problem, by permitting access to user information while disguising themselves as popular apps like fitness trackers and… Read more »

Misconduct at IWK

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Description: Tracy Kitch has been found guilty of fraud over $5,000 for her misuse of a corporate credit card at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kitch was formerly the CEO of the well-known institution, and following allegations of misconduct in 2017, she repaid the IWK for personal items charged to the card…. Read more »

Kraft-Heinz in a Pickle

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Description: There’s a saying that any publicity is good publicity, but i’m not so sure it applies in this case. The giant food manufacturer agreed to a $62 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a result of Kraft-Heinz’s failure to properly account for certain expenses in its financial statements. Kraft-Heinz has… Read more »