Western’s Benefactor Dies

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Description: Richard Ivey, a well-known Canadian philanthropist, has died. Students may recognize the Ivey name for the Ivey Business School at Western University. The Ivey Foundation has donated over $100 million to various causes since it was founded by Richard Ivey’s father – also named Richard Ivey – in 1947. Date:  December 31, 2019 Source: … Read more »

Food Prices Heading Up

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Description: Oh no – food prices are heading up. A family of four is predicted to have to spend an additional $500 on their food purchases in 2020. Unpredictable weather is the culprit, creating uncertainty in food production for farmers in Canada and elsewhere. Date:  December 5, 2019 Source:  cbc.ca Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/climate-change-food-price-increase-report-1.5383507   Discussion points:… Read more »

Lots of Telecom Complaints

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Description: It may not be a surprise: complaints against telecom companies in Canada have hit record levels. The Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS) said complaints were up 35 per cent for the year ended July 31. Bell Canada was at the top – or should that be the bottom? – with 30% of… Read more »

Climate March

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Description: At the Ottawa climate march Friday, they said the crowds were larger than those on Canada Day. In cities across Canada and around the world, students left classes to join in climate marches to protest the direction the world is headed in this era of climate change. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has been inspiring… Read more »

Quit Looking

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Description: If you wanted one of those Beyond Meat sandwiches from Tim Horton’s, quit looking, unless you live in Ontario or BC. The coffee chain said the product had been offered as a market test. Significant uptake in Ontario and BC has prompted management to keep Beyond Meat in those two jurisdictions while pulling it… Read more »

Hey! It Folds!

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Description: Friday Samsung launched its new foldable smartphone. The Galaxy Fold is available in South Korea right now, but within a couple of weeks you can find one in France, Britain. Samsung wanted to have the phone on the market months ago, but tech reviewers found a number of issues with the foldable screen. Date:… Read more »

New Jobs in Canada

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Description: You may have noticed this – 81,000 new jobs were created in in August in Canada. A high number of the jobs were in the service sector and were secured by young Canadians. The unemployment rate of 5.7% is close to its lowest level in 40 years. Date:  September 6, 2019 Source:  globalnews.com Link: https://globalnews.ca/news/5864444/canada-jobs-report-august-2019/… Read more »

French’s kept their new fans

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Description:  About three years ago this space covered the social-media backlash against Loblaw when they tried to delist French’s ketchup. Canadians rallied to support French’s, a company that reopened a padlocked plant in Leamington, Ontario, after ketchup giant Heinz pulled out of town. Canadians seem to be liking what they are tasting from French’s, indicating… Read more »

The college entrance scam

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Description:   Did you hear the news this past week about the college entrance scam? About 50 people – including an Academy Award nominee – were arrested in the United States for their roles in gaming the admissions system at elite schools, all with the aid of William Rick Singer. Singer, in exchange for healthy sums… Read more »

The most common household

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Description:   Did you know the most common type of household in Canada is now “solo?” Approximately four million Canadians are living alone, a huge increase from the early 1980s when the number was closer to 1.7 million. Grocers are moving to respond, with an increase in single serve offerings. Travel companies like Air Canada, Transat… Read more »