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What every manager needs to know about sexual harassment complaints

The #MeToo movement gathered women together in an unprecedented way, creating a community of support for victims of sexual harassment. It has removed the stigma of being a victim and enabled women (and some men) to openly accuse the person who did them wrong. Full story

Balsillie calls on Ottawa to reform intellectual property rules

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Former Research in Motion Ltd. co-CEO Jim Balsillie says Canada must “utterly reform” how this country retains intellectual property generated by publicly funded research in the wake of a Globe and Mail investigation of how Canadian universities and public money are helping China become a global telecom superpower. Full story

Peer-to-peer lending will help small businesses stay afloat

With interest rates on the rise and the Canadian banks moving up lending rates, the higher cost and reduced availability of credit will affect all Canadian businesses, like a rising tide lifting all boats. Inevitably some boats will be swamped and sink, particularly if they are smaller and more vulnerable. Full story

From Olympic gold to golden bongs: Ross Rebagliati says weed and athletics are on the same team

Two decades after winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal in men’s snowboarding for Canada, losing it following a positive marijuana test, and then having the medal reinstated, Ross Rebagliati has a message for his fellow athletes: far from keeping users glued to the couch, cannabis can be a powerful tool for training. Full story

New report finds business set to be hit hard by new B.C. Employers Health Tax

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) are concerned small- and medium-sized businesses will get hit hard by the province’s new Employer Health Tax (EHT). Full story

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Weed-plucking robot designed in Nova Scotia wins international competition

A new robot created in Nova Scotia may mean farmers could get some help tackling troublesome weeds in their fields. This month, Nexus Robotics, a technology startup based in Dartmouth, N.S., won the weed-and-feed competition at the agBOT Challenge, an international showdown between agricultural robots in Rockville, Ind. Full story

Gardening leave: why are offices turning into botanical spaces?

Most offices have a few plants dotted around the place. Some companies, however, like to take things to extremes. Amazon has treehouses inside its offices, Microsoft employees work in treehouses in the woods; while Timberland’s headquarters has gardens with orchards. Full story

The Rise of the Muslim Woman Tech Entrepreneur

Early in her career, Samira Negm, a Cairo-based engineer, programmed self-parking features for cars. But she spent nearly as much time driving a car as she spent programming one. Millions of people moved from home to work every day in her city of more than 20 million; her daily commute to work could at times run to three hours or more. Full story

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Her Father Loved Tequila. Now She Runs a Company That Makes It.

More than two decades ago, when Melly Barajas Cárdenas and her father were on vacation in Mazamitla, Mexico, he told her that he wanted a tequila made in his name. At the time, Ms. Barajas Cárdenas was a clothing designer in Guadalajara, where she is from. Full story

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