27,000 government workers to strike next week: Business in Vancouver | BIV Today's Business news - August 30th, 2012.




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27,000 government workers to strike next week

B.C.'s hospitals, liquor stores and ICBC call centres will be some of the services hit when 27,000 unionized B.C. government workers go on strike next week.

Predecessor calls Falcon departure part of needed “renewal”

Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon’s immediate resignation August 29 as minister of finance and deputy premier is part of necessary renewal following a leadership change, former B.C. finance minister Gary Collins told BIV following Falcon’s announcement.
 

Cabinet minister has “ridiculous” concerns about erotic dance industry recruitment

Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto announced August 29 that she fears that the adult entertainment industry will begin focusing its efforts on recruiting students at college job fairs – fears that Penthouse nightclub owner Danny Fillipone told Business in Vancouver are “ridiculous.”

Economy and Finance

Scotiabank spends $3.13b to buy ING Bank of Canada

The Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS) announced August 29 that it has reached a definitive agreement to purchase ING Bank of Canada from Netherlands-based parent ING Group for $3.126 billion in cash.

Mining and Energy

 

Western Wind battles for proxy votes

Vancouver-based Western Wind Energy Corp. (TSX-V:WND) is fighting hard for votes as the company heads into a proxy battle with a group of dissident shareholders led by fund manager Savitr Capital, LLC.

Human Resources

 

B.C.'s labour market fourth in Canada: Fraser Institute

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