Description: Fresh off his appearance with other grocery chain executives in front of a parliamentary committee examining food prices, comes news that Loblaw’s Galen Weston received $8.4 million in remuneration of various types in 2022. While this is up from $5.4 million in 2021, Catherine Thomas, speaking for Loblaws in defense of the move, noted… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Managerial Accounting
Gordon Moore Dies
Description: Intel co-founder Gordon Moore has died at age 94. In 1965 Moore made a famous prediction that became known as Moore’s Law: essentially, it states that the capacity of computer chips would double every 12 months or so. His rule was expanded to a broader range of technology, sparking the notion that the next… Read more »
What’s Going on With Quiet Quitting These Days?
Description: Last year we started to hear a lot about the phenomenon of quiet quitting: the notion of employees kind of signing-out mentally even if they were still present in the workplace, all as a means of dealing with various discontents in the workplace. A new Gallup survey shows that the rate of highly-engaged employees… Read more »
Living Wage at Bike Shop
Description: Cyclesmith, a Halifax bike shop, has been paying all of its 31 full-time employees a “living wage” of at least $23.50 an hour. Andrew Feenstra, the owner of the business, implemented this policy in September 2021, and he has noted its positive impact on employees who no longer have to live paycheque to paycheque…. Read more »
The Etsy Boycott
Description: Etsy, the well known marketing site for vendors of various handmade and artistic items, is facing a one-week boycott from some of its suppliers. The boycotts are fueled by vendors who are upset that Etsy has raised its commission from 5% to 6.5%. Etsy counters that the additional funds will allow it to provide… Read more »
Collusion on Beef Prices?
Description: News came this past week that Canadians may be getting a bit of relief on rising food prices, at least where the cost of beef is concerned. Four meat packers, which together control 85% of Canada’s beef market, face a class-action lawsuit alleging that “the price of beef was fixed at an elevated, anticompetitive… Read more »
Description: You’ve seen the trucks on Parliament Hill. Now the protests have spread to the Ambassador Bridge connecting Canada and the United States at Windsor. With $300 million in international trade crossing this bridge every day, Canadians across the country are beginning to feel the impacts of this Ambassador shutdown. Auto manufacturers have already reduced… Read more »
Bring Back Pandemic Premium?
Description: Early in the Covid crisis, many lauded grocery strore chains as they cranked up the salaries of front line employees with “Hero Pay.” But the “Hero Pay” premium has all but disappeared, while at the same time grocery chain profits have generated big bonuses for company executives. This has prompted pressure from various voices… Read more »
Description: Some are calling it ‘career shock.’ The Covid-19 impacts such as shifting to work at home, being laid off, or seeing colleagues and friends laid off, has forced employees towards deep reflection about the future of their own careers. In the United States they’ve given a name to the phenomenon of workers in low-wage… Read more »
Apple’s Supply Chain Crisis
Description: Apple is big; really big. But that doesn’t mean that the giant is immune to the same supply chain issues that have hobbled so many during these last several months. Because of the much-publicized chip shortage, Apple may end up producing 10 million fewer iPhone 13s than originally planned this year. One of the… Read more »