A photo of the last truck to be assembled on the General Motors production line, shown at a sports bar where GM workers congregated after their work work at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont., on its final day of vehicle production, on Dec. 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Canada must do better on retraining

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates after his team won the NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans on Jan. 12, 2020. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

How sports fans react to the odds of winning

A row of Citi Bikes in New York City, where the privately owned bike sharing program has proven immensely popular. (Anthony Fomin/Unsplash)

Cycling gender gap persists

Cannabis edibles like sour candy straws are now available for purchase and consumption, but the risks from overdosing are quite high. (Shutterstock)

Cannabis edibles pose serious risks to our kids

As cannabis candies and chocolates become widely available, sweeter edibles may be more appealing to youth. We need to work to minimize the potential health impacts.
Quantum computing would signify an immense shift in processing power, but how close are we to achieving it? (Shutterstock)

IBM challenges Google on quantum computer

A paper published by researchers at Google claimed that they had achieved computing quantum supremacy, but leaks and counter-claims have created a stir.
It’s critical that learning and development teams are upskilled and reskilled themselves to help organizations successfully engage in a digital transformation. (Shutterstock)

The need to upskill the upskillers

For a winning digital transformation, every organization should establish the upskilling and reskilling of their learning and development teams as their critical 2020 New Year's resolution.
It’s time to start measuring our economy differently. (Shutterstock)

Modernizing how we gauge national wealth

Some households have shared disproportionately in the growing national wealth, but GNP fails to reflect the disparity in gains across economic groups.
The nuclear power plant in Pickering, Ont., was the subject of a false alarm. (Shutterstock)

The fallout from a false nuclear alarm

A nuclear alarm was issued on Jan. 12, 2020. The alarm had been mistakenly sent during a training exercise and was retracted, but the impact will erode trust in public safety efforts.
Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador speaks at the signing of an update to the new North American free-trade agreement in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico transformed? A year of leftist government

In his first year in office, the Mexican president is dismantling the political and economic structures that have made Mexico one of the most inequitable countries in the world.
A diamond wholesaler displays two three-carat diamonds in Manhattan’s Diamond District. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

‘Uncut Gems’ celebrates NYC’s Diamond District

Surrounded by skyscrapers and high-end boutiques, 47th Street continues to operate like an Old World bazaar, with million-dollar deals sealed by handshakes and insured by a family's reputation.
Canadian universities need to reform the culture of the humanities so that careers outside the university are seen as just as valuable as tenure-track jobs. (Annie Spratt/Unsplash)

Humanities PhD grads shake up universities

With the support of universities, PhD graduates working beyond the academy could bring their knowhow into PhD seminars or classrooms to help current students expand their career horizons.
Leaders of the three countries signed the USMCA in November 2018. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The most important changes in the new NAFTA

President Trump and Democrats recently agreed on a deal to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. A trade scholar explains what's new.
Who is responsible for protecting consumer data? Data breaches are now a regular occurrence, and governments are stepping in. (Shutterstock)

Data breaches: We need government regulations

Failure of corporations to protect data means that government regulation is required to ensure corporation compliance.
In the wake of U.S. killings, Iran’s supreme leader vowed ‘harsh revenge’ – which could come in the form of cyber attacks. Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP

Private firms will suffer in Iran-US cyberspace war

Less overt than conventional military actions, cyber attacks can have dangerous consequences – especially when they target critical infrastructure systems controlled by the private sector.
The game is far from over. rawf8/Shutterstock.com

What’s missing from U.S.-China trade deal

The US and China have reportedly agreed on a partial deal to ease tensions in the two-year old trade war. Does that mean it's almost over? Fat chance, an economist says.
The SNC-Lavalin headquarters is seen in in February 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

What’s ahead for remediation in the SNC-Lavalin aftermath

A jury is about to decide the fate of a senior SNC-Lavalin executive accused of corruption and fraud. Meanwhile, Canada's remediation agreement process is still sorely lacking.
Finding meaning in their work is a new goal for employees, along with well-being and happiness. It’s an objective for companies as well. Shutterstock

Everyone wants meaning in their work — but how do you define it?

The search for meaning in their work is inevitable for employees seeking job satisfaction. Defining that meaning, however, can mean different things for different people.
In-home digital personal assistant devices are becoming increasingly popular, but their presence raises privacy concerns. (Shutterstock)

The dark side of personal digital assistants

When hosting a dinner party, are you obliged to let your guests know that you own a smart device like Amazon Echo or Google Home? The answer is yes, according to a privacy researcher.

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