By Josh Rubin Business Reporter Tues., May 7, 2019 Four years ago, when Justin Trudeau was asked why 50 per cent of the women in his first cabinet were women, he replied simply “because it’s 2015.” That logic, however, has not carried over to the boardrooms of corporate Canada. On Tuesday, Statistics Canada issued its first ever comprehensive report looking at the representation of women on corporate boards. It found that just 19.4 per cent of corporate board members in this country are women, and that 57 per cent of boards in Canada didn’t include a single woman. The cause, according to diversity advocates? A male-dominated corporate culture, antiquated hiring practices and culturally-ingrained perceptions of what makes a good leader. The resulting lack of diversity means Canadian companies are losing out on greater profits, those advocates say. “The perception is that we’ve made such great progress. But it’s just not … [Read more...] about StatCan finds just 19.4 per cent of board directors are women
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By David Olive Business Columnist Sun., May 5, 2019 It appears the Trump administration isn’t all that interested in a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after all. Last week, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was sanguine about the prospect of Congress rejecting NAFTA’s proposed replacement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “You could stay status quo,” Mulvaney told a California business conference. “Your real Plan Bs are either NAFTA or withdraw from NAFTA.” It might be that U.S. President Donald Trump has reverted to his years-long preference to simply kill NAFTA without replacing it. Trump won’t budge on the reasonable changes that Congressional Democrats seek to make to the USMCA agreement. He also seems determined to keep in place the steel and aluminum tariffs he applied against Canada and Mexico about a year ago. And that alone pretty much … [Read more...] about Time to say goodbye to NAFTA’s replacement?
By Kristin Rushowy Queen's Park Bureau Thu., May 2, 2019 The Ontario government is not in readers’ good books over the loss of inter-library loans. Following huge funding cuts to the two provincial library services, patrons outside big cities are learning that the end of the loans also means the end of their beloved book clubs. Without the ability to bring in extra copies of novels from other library systems, and without the budget to buy multiple copies, places like Midland have had to immediately end such groups. “Since the elimination of the inter-library loan service, we’ve had to basically cancel all of our book clubs — and we supported 14 book clubs,” said Crystal Bergstrome, CEO and chief librarian of Midland Public Library. “... For such a small town, it’s a very large number of book clubs,” she added. “... We have patrons who have been in tears — especially some of our older patrons because the … [Read more...] about The latest casualty of library service cuts: Book clubs
By Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter Sandro Contenta Feature Writer Tues., April 30, 2019 Three Thunder Bay foster homes — closed by the province in 2017 after the death of a First Nations youth — had feces- and blood-stained floors, no working stove or food in the fridge, and were staffed by workers ill-equipped to handle the complex needs of youth in their care. The shocking conditions are included in an investigative report by the office of Ontario’s Advocate for Children and Youth, which closed Tuesday as part of the Ford government’s “restoring trust, transparency and accountability” law. The office’s investigative role moves to the provincial ombudsman’s office May 1. The advocate’s report examined three Thunder Bay homes operated by Johnson Children’s Services Inc., a company headquartered in Vaughan. The homes opened in March 2016 and were closed in May 2017, … [Read more...] about Shocking conditions at now shuttered Thunder Bay foster homes detailed in child advocate’s final report
An OFW asks, 'Should I buy my health insurance now for my retirement in the Philippines 10 years from now?' Question: Hi Miss Rose! I wish to check your thoughts on this po. OFW po ako in Singapore. Maganda ang health insurance coverage namin dito pero gusto naming maghanda para sa aming retirement sa Pinas probably in 10 years. Naisip naming kumuha na kami ng insurance kahit na overseas pa. Kaya lang parang walang health insurance product sa Pinas na suitable sa OFW. Any suggestions po? Mag-iipon na lang po ba kami at bibili na lang ng health insurance paguwi namin sa Pinas? Ang downside po kasi e baka may pre-existing conditions na by that time. Looking forward to your inputs po. Thanks and God bless. Answer: Hi Resie. I’m glad to hear that you currently have a good health insurance coverage in Singapore. I also admire your proactive attitude about your retirement and a good retirement definitely includes your health matters taken care of. It is … [Read more...] about An OFW asks, ‘Should I buy my health insurance now for my retirement in the Philippines 10 years from now?’