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Japan to make deal with Canada on EV supply chains


Japan’s minister of economy, trade and industry will be in Ottawa Thursday to sign a memorandum of cooperation on electric vehicle supply chains.

Yasutoshi Nishimura will be accompanied by a delegation of Japanese businesspeople representing its battery supply chain association (BASC) and corporations like Panasonic Energy, Asahi-Kasei, Mitsubishi, Mitsui and Sumitomo.

Japanese media reports previewing the trip over the past week suggested that in return for financial, scientific and technical help, the Canadian government intends to offer subsidies for new Japanese investments in this sector — similar to other electric vehicle battery deals struck in collaboration with the provincial governments of Ontario and Quebec.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed that other countries are quietly supporting Canada’s Online News Act

CBC » Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says other countries are ‘watching very closely’ as Canada’s dispute with Meta over the Online News Act continues.

PM Trudeau revealed that other countries are quietly supporting Canada’s Online News Act, Bill C-18, which passed the House of Commons in June. The legislation mandates that tech giants Google and Meta pay Canadian media outlets for news content shared or repurposed on their platforms.

The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is welcoming Canada as its latest strategic partner.

ASEAN made the announcement public today during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the host city of Jakarta.

Joint Leaders’ Statement on ASEAN-Canada Strategic Partnership

Trade Minister Mary Ng says Canada will open an export development office in Jakarta and has appointed an Indo-Pacific trade representative to help attract businesses to the region. » Globe and Mail

Doublespeak » Con Party Leader claims the current legislation aimed at social media is ushering in censorship, despite his party running on similar policy in the last federal election

Pierre Poilievre falsely claimed Canadians will not be able to see news on the internet under the new law.

National Observer reports that the leader of federal Conservative Party made the remark after Meta announced it will remove all news in Canada from its social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram in response to the Online News Act that requires tech giants to enter into agreements that compensate Canadian news outlets for content thjey repurposed on their platforms.

However, the Conservatives’ 2021 campaign platform under then-leader Erin O’Toole proposed a similar policy, calling on tech giants to fairly compensate media for the content they create through an arbitration process.

Forty-one percent of Canadian professionals plan to change jobs by end of year

Robert Half »

Those most likely to make a career move now and in the remaining months of 2023 are:

  • Gen Zers (64 per cent)
  • Marketing and creative professionals (51 per cent)
  • Working parents (51 per cent)
  • Employees who have been with their company for 2-4 years (56 per cent)
  • Contract work is a viable route for many professionals, with 31 per cent of workers saying they are interested in contract roles in the future.

Workers exploring other employment opportunities are motivated by:

  • A higher salary (55 per cent)
  • Better benefits and perks (28 per cent)
  • Remote work options (26 per cent)

Compensation, benefits, flexible schedules and remote work options are also the top factors professionals look for when evaluating job postings.

When applying for an open role, professionals said they’d lose interest and withdraw from consideration due to:

  • Poor communication and follow-up from the hiring manager (56 per cent)
  • Excessive — or more than three — rounds of interviews (46 per cent)
  • Delayed decision-making/lengthy timeline (38 per cent)

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