We have seen exponential growth in the automation of jobs, from the manufacturing to the service sector, and the consequent transformations of our everyday lives, including the displacement of human labour. We are also witness to new cultural forms ranging from gaming devices to companion robots. It's clear then that the socio-cultural and political impacts of such trends deserve our attention -- as students, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners.
Happy 10th anniversary to the Balsillie School, the site of our unique three-institution partnership advancing global governance and providing unparalleled opportunities for collaboration among faculty, students, and policy practitioners.
Unless unions are involved, foreign multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in Canada are less likely than their domestic counterparts to comply with employment law. Researchers found that MNCs from nearly every country complied better with Canadian labour laws if their operations in Canada were unionized.
Government surveillance of Canadians’ financial transactions are often based on activities that do not warrant suspicion, according to a study at the University of Waterloo. Bank employees heavily police customers to not only guard against fraud but also to generate information the government wants to see about possible suspicious financial activities.
Congratulations to Professor James Skidmore, faculty member in Germanic and Slavic Studies and director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, for winning a national award for innovative teaching. He received the Innovate German Award at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.