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In the news … November 1, 2018

Petition calls for Halloween to be moved to different day

As little ghoulish ghosts and cackling witches prepare to take to the streets in search of candy, a group in the U.S. is calling for Halloween to be moved to a different date.
The Halloween & Costume Association has initiated an online petition requesting the holiday be celebrated on the last Saturday of October instead of Oct. 31.

60 Per Cent Of World’s Wildlife Has Disappeared, Thanks To Humans: WWF

Canadian wildlife are not exempt from a “global biodiversity crisis” that is devastating worldwide animal populations, according to a stark new report by the World Wildlife Fund.
The group says in its its 2018 Living Planet Report that global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 per cent in the last four decades.

Beazley breach insights – July 2018

Attacks targeting business email accounts continued to climb in the second quarter, particularly for organizations using Office 365, the popular cloud-based productivity solution, according to newly released data from specialist insurer Beazley. Email compromises accounted for 23% of incidents reported to the Beazley Breach Response (BBR) Services team during the second quarter of 2018. The attacks were broadly distributed across industry sectors, including healthcare, financial services, professional services and higher education.

Canada – A Nation of Gamers

New research conducted by NPD Group for the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) reveals that two thirds of Canadians, or 23 million of us, are gamers. This makes Canada home to one of the largest per capita populations of video game players in the world. The Essential Facts 2018 about the Canadian Video Game Industry also features demographic profiles, stats on device usage, video game acquisition and ESRB rating awareness.

What Happens When the Salary-Secrecy Taboo Is Broken?

Although it’s long been seen as forbidden to discuss paychecks around the water cooler, an increasing number of startups and tech firms are embracing salary transparency, hoping to establish a sense of fairness and competition. This also fits in with generational trends: A 2017 survey found that 30 percent of U.S. workers between 18 and 36 discussed their salary with coworkers, which is a proportion four times as great as among people 53 to 71.

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