June 2016

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June 2016 vol. 12-3

In This Issue

Innovation: A Ripple Effect to Prosperity - Beginning with an 'i' for innovation, this logo encapsulates the ripple effect that innovation has on society. It's about a powerful movement that is propelling our nation forward. It’s the chain reaction that occurs when someone has an idea that breaks the status quo. The cascading lines represent the growth of our nation, and the ongoing impact innovators have on our country—now, and for generations to come. Read More »
Aboriginal Business – Opportunity and Entrepreneurship - Canada’s Aboriginal population is a focus for business opportunities. The population is young and growing. In the future, they will be new customers and consumers. Estimates indicate that by 2020, one in four new entrants to the labour market will be of Aboriginal ancestry. Based on past history, many will be entrepreneurs. Between 1981-1996, Aboriginal entrepreneurship, measured by self-employment, increased by over 170% versus 65% for all Canadians. Business growth and success requires effort, cooperation and collaboration, including opportunities for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses to work together – on many levels. Evidence suggests that current efforts are paying off. Some examples follow.  Read More »
Obesogenic Workplace? Changes to Reduce Obesity - The venerable Royal Alex Theatre in Toronto is getting new seats – they will be the same signature red, but two inches wider, a change from 19” to 21”. While it’s true that men are on average a couple of inches taller today, since the theatre was built in 1907 their average weight has risen from 140 to 178 pounds.1 Extra width in a theatre seat is a small point, perhaps, but one that begs questions: “As body weight rises, what else must change?” “How will changing weight affect the workplace?” “Will increased rates of obesity lead to higher benefit costs, lower productivity and reduced capacity in consumer markets?”  Read More »
Immigrants and Refugees: Entrepreneurial and Optimistic - Newcomers are job creators and foresee a positive future. Studies released in March 2016 confirm that immigrants form new businesses more quickly and are more optimistic than the Canadian-born population. Findings are especially important in today’s context because they provide specific information about the economic impact of immigrants to Canada and what their arrival means for the country. They also offer employers insight into the aspirations and strengths of the immigrants and refugees in their workforce. As Karina Hayat, refugee turned BC entrepreneur, says, being a refugee “lasts but a few short years and opens the door to a life full of opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.” Read More »
Miscarriage? You’re Fired! - Is miscarriage a disability? In a recent decision, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has said, “Yes,” opening the door to discussions of workplace responses to pregnancy loss and the stigma associated with what can be a devastating experience for employees. In important ways, these discussions are shedding needed light on what many have to date considered a private, even secret, event. Of course, not everyone who requests time off because of a miscarriage is fired, but testimonials from women indicate that many workplaces do not recognize or accommodate miscarriage. One told CBC that after her miscarriage she remembered thinking that while it was possible for a co-worker to stay home from an office event because of a headache, “I lost my baby and here I am acting like nothing has happened.” Read More »
bh Updates - Get the latest bh article updates. In this issue: Effects of Concussion Last Longer - New Research, PTSD - Help For First Responders In Ontario, Skin cancer selfies one year later: The ugly truth – again Read More »
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