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The Rise Of The Returnship

Given the rapidly changing nature of today’s workforce, it should come as little surprise that stepping away, even briefly, can result in the need for an acclimatization period upon return. For women who have chosen to take time off from their career to raise children, the transition back can be especially jarring.

The Economic Benefits Of Access To Health Data

Is data a commodity? Is there a strategic way to position oneself to capitalize on a sector that boasts an abundance of information? Some would argue that our country’s new reality is one centred on data and that we would be well-advised to consider exploring the value that it can offer.

Understanding Intellectual Property Law

When it comes to starting a business, there is a lot to consider. From drafting commercial contacts to forming partnerships and handling agreements, a new business owner or entrepreneur can’t leave anything to chance. So what needs to be done as far as the ideas behind the business are concerned? Enter intellectual property (IP) law, a critical form of recognition and protection.

Business and commercial: Woes continue for some Tim Hortons shops

The franchisor of Canada's favourite coffee shops is moving its main digs and it's affecting some franchisees. Tim Hortons is relocating its head office from Ontario suburbia to Toronto's financial district and that, among other things, has some franchisees singing the blues. Not getting deliveries on time is just one added aggravation between franchisees, Tim Hortons and Restaurant Brands International, it's parent company.

Pellet mill to get expansion in business and commercial sector

A wood pellet plant in Atikokan is primed for a major expansion. The northern Ontario plant's new owners are looking to increase their business and commercial presence in the area by not only adding jobs, but also by diversifying their products while looking into export possibilities. A sustainable energy company has taken control of the plant, which was put on the market last fall.

Mergers and acquisitions are on the rise for software companies

The computer software industry is seeing increased business activity as of late. In fact, mergers and acquisitions in this sector in Canada is definitely on the upswing. Larger corporations are grabbing up smaller ones to become more well-rounded in the service sector with the main targets being computing businesses and enterprise software vendors.

Business and commercial: Toy company fights to stay afloat

Reports of liquidation regarding Toys R Us in the United States hasn't affected cross border transactions much. In the business and commercial world in Canada, it seems to be business as usual for the toy company -- at least for now. The company filed for protection against its creditors last year and reports indicate it could shut the doors on all of its 880 U.S. locations.

Ontario helps small business and commercial sectors

Small businesses are getting an injection to give them the help to continue to grow. Ontario is giving small business owners added tools to help them with such things as hiring and training employees. The initiative, called Small Business Access, will have all these tools in one location to make it less complicated to access. In essence, it's a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs.

Business and commercial law: Fairfax buys part of Carillion

A recent deal between two companies is saving about 4,500 jobs. Carillion Canada recently filed papers in court for protection against its creditors, but Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. decided to buy the company's facilities management sector. This particular part of the business will provide services to places such as airports, health care and defence facilities, along with oil, mining and gas companies as well as to retail and commercial facilities. In this business and commercial deal, thousands of Carillion jobs in Canada will be saved and moved over to Fairfax.

Business and commercial: Canadian communication partnership ends

Vice Canada  and Rogers Communications are severing their two-year, multi-million dollar business relationship. In the world of business and commercial ventures in Canada, this is big news. Vice's studio business was being shared with Rogers, but as of March 31,Vice will be running its own show. 

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