links for 2011-07-13

  • An employment expert in Vancouver is worried there may be a mass exodus of talented employees from BC.

    It's mainly because some employers here pay their workers a lot less than they could get just about anywhere else in the country. IT recruitment expert Feras Elkhalil says after Montreal, Vancouver ranks the lowest when it comes to paying its employees a competitive wage:

    "When you look at that and you actually compare it to other markets, such as Calgary or Edmonton or Toronto — or even Saskatchewan — you're looking at that and you're seeing 20 per cent or in some cases actually 25 per cent difference in salaries."

  • The income gap between rich and poor in Canada widened in the period from 1993 to 2009, the Conference Board of Canada reported Wednesday.

    The richest Canadians increased their share of total national income while the poor and those with middle incomes saw their portions shrink, according to the board's analysis, entitled "How Canada Performs."

    Incomes of the poor increased marginally in the period, it said, but the gap between rich and poor widened.

    The average income of the poorest Canadians rose from $12,400 in 1976 to $14,500 in 2009.

    However, the gap between the real average income of the richest 20 per cent of Canadians and the poorest 20 per cent widened from $92,300 in 1976 to $117,500 in 2009.

  • Bribery, illegal wiretapping, interference in a murder investigation, political blackmail, and rampant disregard for both the truth and basic decency. The behavior of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in Britain has shocked even his closest allies and cynical British journalists…So how does all this concern Americans? First, it is hard to believe that the misbehavior in Murdoch's media empire stopped at the water's edge. Given the frequency with which he shuttled his senior executives and editors across the various oceans—Pacific as well as Atlantic—it is unlikely that the shoddy ethics were limited to Great Britain.

    Much more importantly, the facts already pretty well established in Britain indicate violations of American law, in particular a law called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act…If DoJ does investigate and if a court were to find News Corp. liable, the penalties should extend beyond the traditional monetary fine. News Corp. should also have its FCC licenses revoked.