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France’s new anti-Semitism - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 13 2015
anti-Semitism  Charlie_Hebdo  France  Paris 
january 2015
Tamir Rice and the Value of Life - NYTimes.com
JAN. 11, 2015
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Charles M. Blow
African-Americans  police_abuse  Cleveland 
january 2015
Freshii's founder aims to kill fast-food rivals with kale - The Globe and Mail
SUSAN KRASHINSKY - MARKETING REPORTER
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 09 2015

Eating well isn’t cheap. Profit margins – already notoriously slim in the restaurant industry – are more difficult to manage with fresh produce, which can spoil. Freshii aims to manage its inventory so that nothing is thrown away; the best-managed locations have to discard 10 to 20 per cent of their ingredients to maintain quality. When a location hits 30 or 40 per cent of its stock going unsold, it has to adjust very quickly.

Besides that, fresh food is simply more expensive, meaning that a chain such as Freshii is unable to offer the price points that the giants such as McDonald’s can. Its fixed-ingredient menu salads, bowls, burritos and wraps range from $6.50 to $9.50. Custom items start at $5.99 for wraps and burritos, and $6.99 for salads and soups, but the addition of premium ingredients, such as avocado (99 cents), kale ($1), tofu ($1.49), or shrimp ($2.49) pushes up the price. So does choosing more than six veggie toppings, and sauces, such as sriracha and peanut .
Freshii  fresh_produce  restaurants  fast-food  fast-casual  founders  CEOs 
january 2015
Kate Taylor: Digital content may be cheap, but who will pay to create it? - The Globe and Mail
KATE TAYLOR
The Globe and Mail (correction included)
Published Friday, Jan. 09 2015

Internet advocates love to preach choice, diversity and freedom – after all, a VPN can also be used by citizens in China to access content censored by their government – but the great irony of the digital age is that it is killing the economic incentive to create, even as it unlocks the content.....Critics argue that the lumbering entertainment industries should get hip to the Internet as a global, rather than territorial, platform. But if a licence to Netflix U.S. is, in effect, a licence to every citizen on the planet with a computer and the five minutes it takes to set up a VPN, it’s only fair that producers be paid accordingly.

The Netflix debate is just another example of the way the online distribution of digitized content has broken the cultural marketplace so that distributors rake in money while producers struggle to maintain workable businesses. Spotify thrives while musicians are paid pennies; Amazon grows while publishers struggle.
digital_media  Netflix  piracy  VPN  creative_economy  Amazon  Spotify  content_creators  content  entertainment_industry 
january 2015
Cribb: The fit of a custom made shirt is worth the price | Toronto Star
Rob Cribb Isle of Man Published on Thu Nov 11 2010

Made-to-measure, which is a bit cheaper and faster, applies your measurements to a standard pattern. With bespoke, Durrant creates a pattern from scratch based on your particulars.
“Made-to-measure is still custom and much better than off-the-rack,” he says, “but it’s not as precise as bespoke.”
mens'_clothing  bespoke  suits 
january 2015
I Am Not Charlie Hebdo - NYTimes.com
JAN. 8, 2015 | NYT | David Brooks.

most of us know that provocateurs and other outlandish figures serve useful public roles. Satirists and ridiculers expose our weakness and vanity when we are feeling proud. They puncture the self-puffery of the successful. They level social inequality by bringing the mighty low. When they are effective they help us address our foibles communally, since laughter is one of the ultimate bonding experiences.
David_Brooks  free_speech  speech_codes  Colleges_&_Universities  #JeSuisCharlie  satire  freedom_expression  cartoons  insults 
january 2015
Skip Your Annual Physical - NYTimes.com
JAN. 8, 2015|NYT | Ezekiel J. Emanuel

My New Year’s resolution does not mean I won’t get my annual flu shot or a colonoscopy every 10 years — or eat a balanced diet and get regular exercise. These are proven to reduce morbidity and mortality. Those who preach the gospel of the routine physical have to produce the data to show why these physician visits are beneficial
mens'_health  medical  appointments  doctor's_visits 
january 2015
Grand Juries
Taken form comments following publication of The Union Future, in the NYT on DEC. 18, 2014 by David Brooks.

address the specific issue: how evidence is presented to a Grand Jury, and how the curren...
Eric_Garner  letters_to_the_editor  juries 
january 2015
The Sidney Awards, Part 2 - NYTimes.com
DEC. 29, 2014
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David Brooks
David_Brooks  reading  best_of  magazines 
january 2015
The Age of Bibi
JAN. 1, 2015 | NYT |David Brooks.

Netanyahu sees himself in world historical terms, and admires Theodor Herzl and Winston Churchill — two men who saw dangers ahead of other people....Like Churchill, he is wisest when things are going wrong. He has been a pessimist about the Arab world. As the Arab Spring has deteriorated, as Palestinian democracy led to Hamas, as run of the mill extremists have lost ground to the Islamic State, Bibi’s instincts have basically been proved correct....I asked a couple of smart Israelis what their coming elections are about. They said that the elections are about one thing: What do you think of Netanyahu?...he has been a defensive leader. He seems to understand that, in his country’s situation, the lows are lower than the highs are high. The costs of a mistake are bigger than the benefits of an accomplishment. So he is loath to take risks. He doesn’t do some smart things, like improve life for Palestinians on the West Bank, but he doesn’t do unpredictable dumb things, like prematurely bomb Iran. He talks everything through, and his decisions shift and flip as the discussions evolve.
David_Brooks  Benjamin_Netanyahu  Israel  Mideast_Peace  Winston_Churchill  pessimism  leaders 
january 2015
Don’t blame the flu for ER congestion - The Globe and Mail
ANDRÉ PICARD
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 06 2015,

Our emergency rooms are overflowing because of bad planning and misplaced priorities....Influenza is one of the most common and predictable infectious diseases on Earth. In Canada, it spreads from west to east and peaks at roughly the same time each year, near the end of December or early January.

Just as predictably, hospital ERs are besieged, most notably during the Christmas to New Year’s period.

There is more illness in the winter – not just flu, but gastroenteritis, colds and other pathogens spread by coughing and sneezing in close quarters....The larger issue is that our health system does nothing to anticipate and adjust to these problems. On the contrary, it is irresponsibly inflexible.

During the holiday season, retail outlets extend their hours, add additional staff, stock more supplies, and so on. All sensible stuff – Planning 101, if you will – designed to make life easier for the consumer.

Hospitals, and the health system more generally, do the opposite: During the holiday season, they reduce or close a range of services, from hospital beds to primary care clinics, and funnel patients to jam-packed emergency rooms.
adjustments  André_Picard  anticipating  community_care  congestion  emergency_rooms  flu_outbreaks  pathogens  planning  primary-care  healthcare  home_care  hospitals  inflexibility  influenza  overcapacity  overflow 
january 2015
When is a startup no longer a startup? - The Globe and Mail
CAMERON CHELL
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Dec. 30 2014
start_ups 
january 2015
Why you need a chief reputation officer - The Globe and Mail
HARVEY SCHACHTER
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jan. 04 2015
reputation  executive_management  Harvey_Schachter 
january 2015
Water shortages could open taps on corporate risk - The Globe and Mail
NEW YORK — Reuters Breakingviews
Published Monday, Jan. 05 2015

two-thirds of the world’s largest companies worry about how constraints may affect their business....A few high-profile droughts have helped shake off some complacency. ...Illinois and Indiana are starting to use their relative abundance of water to lure companies to their states....Often, a company’s idea of water risk is very narrow,
water  scarcity  water_footprints  risks 
january 2015
Risky Business: BLG Sees Cyber Risks Underlining Challenges To Canadian Businesses
December 16, 2014

Borden Ladner Gervais Outlines 2015’s Top 10 Business Risks--Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s predictions for 2015 are decidedly more worrying, as the firm issued a top ten list of business risks. At the top of the list, the firm says, is cybersecurity and the risks businesses face from hackers, data leaks, and social media. Others include risks related to First Nations land claims, anti-corruption enforcement and consumer class actions sparked by an increasing number of product recalls.
cyber_security  data_breaches  risks  cyberrisks  predictions  law_firms  Bay_Street  social_media  resilience  land_claim_settlements  product_recalls  anti-corruption  BLG  class_action_lawsuits 
january 2015
The Measuring Sticks of Racial Bias - NYTimes.com
JAN. 3, 2015
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Economic View
By SENDHIL MULLAINATHAN
racial_disparities  racism  biases  African-Americans  race  Ferguson  résumés  bigotry  discrimination 
january 2015
Glucosamine supplement does not help knee pain or deterioration - Health - CBC News
CBC News Posted: Mar 11, 2014

The use of a glucosamine supplement orally does not help in decreasing knee pain or lessen cartilage deterioration among people with chronic knee pain, says a new study.
running  exercise  osteoarthritis  injuries  knees  human_anatomy  alternative_medicine 
january 2015
If you want to be big in 2015, think big - The Globe and Mail
DAVID CICCARELLI
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jan. 01 2015

Thought leadership builds your brand and raises your profile in arenas you may not be able to enter otherwise. Write about what you know and make yourself available to speak about your topic.

Add value by sharing your knowledge and empowering others to succeed. Contributing to the greater discussion will gain more impressions for your brand. To paraphrase the late motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, helping others get what they want will help you to get what you want.
preparation  growth  small_business  thought_leadership  serving_others  organizational_culture  chutzpah  large_companies  individual_initiative  thinking_big 
january 2015
The Game of Chess
* At the beginning of the game the chessboard is laid out so that each player has the white (or light) color square in the bottom right-hand side.
* The queen, always goes on her own matching color (...

http://www.chess.com/learn-how-to-play-chess
chess 
january 2015
The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015 - WSJ
By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER and JOANNA STERN
Updated Dec. 30, 2014
life-changing  technology  trends  tools 
january 2015
The year in review: Canadians’ capital courage - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Dec. 29 2014

In the aftermath of the attack, Canadians wondered how long it would take the country to return to normal. The real answer was, About three seconds, or whatever time it took for six people to rush in the direction of gunfire to help a wounded stranger....Canada’s greatest strengths are its compassion, freedom and proven courage. Those six in Ottawa who ran to Nathan Cirillo’s aid had no idea whether they were in equal danger, but they didn’t stop to think about it. Ms. Winters, Margaret Lehre, Martin Magnan, Kyle Button, Conrad Mialkowski and Tom Lawson have since become friends. They get together when they can. They don’t grandstand. They feel sad they couldn’t do more. They look out for each other. It is these qualities that will best guide Canada as it struggles through this peculiar age.
inspiration  editorials  Ottawa  Nathan_Cirillo  War_Memorial  heroes  terrorism  lone_wolves  strengths  home_grown  self-radicalization 
december 2014
Will China become the next Germany? - The Globe and Mail
JOHN IBBITSON
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Dec. 30 2014

Reluctant Meister, Stephen Green’s superb analysis of German history and culture.
John_Ibbitson  Germany  history  China  books 
december 2014
What might success look like for young aboriginals? - The Globe and Mail
MICHAEL ADAMS
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Dec. 29 2014

Success and empowerment for aboriginal peoples in Canada will come not only from the redress of past wrongs at a legal and institutional level, but also from education, fulfilling careers, cultural vitality, entrepreneurship and strong family and community ties.
aboriginals 
december 2014
Ebola isn’t the big threat. That’s still to come - The Globe and Mail
ANDRÉ PICARD
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Dec. 30 2014

What has helped rein in Ebola is good, old-fashioned infection-control measures pioneered by the likes of Florence Nightingale and James Lister, and gumshoe epidemiological work à la John Snow.

All these approaches date back to the 19th century, but they remain the backbone of tackling outbreaks of infectious disease, especially those like Ebola that spread principally in the health-care setting.

Just as importantly, all these tactics are local and hands-on, with Ebola reminding us that: 1) good public health must be community-based; 2) public-health measures are only effective if there is buy-in from health-care practitioners and the public alike and; 3) for that to occur, good communication is paramount....Ebola is a problem that is solvable. This outbreak actually can be snuffed out. It would be irresponsible to fail to do so and to allow Ebola to gain a more permanent foothold. The difficulties faced in controlling what should be – at least on paper – a relatively easy-to-control outbreak is humbling. It’s also a grim reminder that we’re still not ready for a pandemic that actually is a global threat.

Much work remains to be done in preparedness, education and, above all, in recognizing that in our interconnected world, there is no such thing as a distant threat any more.
threats  public_health  Ebola  flu_outbreaks  André_Picard  interconnections  pathogens  pandemics  19th_century  community-based 
december 2014
Lois Rae was the wife of a diplomat, mother of a premier - The Globe and Mail
SUSAN FERRIER MACKAY
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Dec. 28 2014
obituaries  Bob_Rae  inspiration  diplomacy  women 
december 2014
View Fall 2014
Fall 2014| View is the University of Windsor alumni magazine
uWindsor  alumni  magazines 
december 2014
2014’s lessons for leaders: Don’t make assumptions, do make hard decisions - The Globe and Mail
BOB RAE
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Dec. 26 2014,

Life has a way of lifting you by the lapels and giving you a good shake. Stuff happens, and when it does, it can throw all the steady paths predicted by pundits, pollsters and economic forecasters into the trash heap....Canadians are fixated on who the winners and losers of the "where will oil prices head" game ...but we need to lift our heads a bit. Russia’s falling ruble and the debt crisis of its elites and their companies have rightly grabbed headlines. But a couple of countries, notably Nigeria and Venezuela, are now in political crisis, and their very stability is at risk in the days ahead.

One of the implications of the 2008 world economic crisis is that regional and world institutions have much less room to manoeuvre and help sort things out. it will be harder for those agencies (EU, IMF) to do as much as is required. Stability doesn’t come cheap....a healthy dose of reality and skepticism is always a good idea. In a useful piece of advice, Rudyard Kipling reminded us that triumph and disaster are both imposters. People draw too many conclusions from current trends. They fail to understand that those trends can change. And that above all, they forget that events can get in the way....One clear lesson is for leaders everywhere to learn the importance of listening and engagement. The path to resolution of even the thorniest of problems...involves less rhetoric and bluster and a greater capacity to understand underlying interests and grievances. ... Engagement should never mean appeasement.
Bob_Rae  pundits  decision_making  leaders  unintended_consequences  predictions  WWI  humility  Toronto  traffic_congestion  crisis  instability  listening  engagement  unpredictability  Rudyard_Kipling  petro-politics  imposters  short-sightedness  amnesia_bias  interests  grievances  appeasement  hard_choices 
december 2014
Ontario will eventually have to pay the piper - The Globe and Mail
JEFFREY SIMPSON
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Dec. 13 2014,

Fortunately, Bonnie Lysyk, the province’s Auditor-General, is not beholden to the vagaries of politics and speaks truth both to power, where it most likely will not be heeded, and to the general public, where it will be ignored. As she plaintively wrote in a report this week, the office has been warning about the debt for three years but “has attracted little public attention.”

The AG urged “legislators and the public to start a conversation about paying down the province’s total debt.” Note the words “paying down.” Not stabilizing, but reducing. A tall order.

The AG’s numbers were stark. Even if the government balances the books by 2017-18 (which is rather implausible), net debt will have more than doubled in a decade....The AG could have added three other factors that will make Ontario’s situation even more difficult than the report conveyed.

First, the population is aging, and aging comes with more costs for the government. Second, health care is now rising at just 2 per cent a year (compared to about 7 per cent from 2000 to 2010). It’s doubtful that this modest rate of increase can be sustained. Third, the population’s aging will contribute to lower rates of economic growth, which in turn will crimp government revenues at current levels of taxation.
debt  Jeffrey_Simpson  Ontario  aging  slow_growth  auditors  speak_truth_to_power  grey_tsunami 
december 2014
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