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Make it your Business

March 19, 2014 | Diana S. | Comments (0)

There are a lot of resources on businesses at the library. In addition to the business programs, business inc., and business network, there are the business databases. The most popular ones include: 

Business Insights: Global (Formerly Business and Company Resource Centre)
This database is international in scope. You can research, analyze, interpret & better understand country, company, and industry information as well as gain access to key financials, market share reports, and investment reports on private and public companies worldwide. You can make investment decisions with access historical stock price trends. It is also possible to compare countries, companies and industries and to export a comparison chart. 


Financial Post (FP) Advisor
This database provides detailed information on Canadian publicly traded companies, and some private companies, Crown corporations and municipal & provincial agencies.  You can find details about companies, information on predecessors and defunct companies, investor reports, historical reports, industry reports, information on dividends, as well as mergers and acquisitions.


Mergent Online
This database contains detailed global financial data on over 15,000 U.S. public companies, 20,000 non-U.S. public companies from 100 countries, 20,000 U.S. municipal bond issuers, and extensive information on corporate bonds, dividends, corporate actions and unit investment trusts. You can access industry reports on a variety of sectors as well as country reports on over 90 countries.


Scott's Business Directories Online
This database contains company information on over 190,000 businesses located in Canada.  Information includes basic contact information on Canadian agencies and companies in manufacturing, government, medical educational sectors. You may find web site and email address as well as size of company, annual sales and year established.


Happy Birthday WWW

March 12, 2014 | julia | Comments (0)

                  ImagesIt is the year 1989. Bart Simpson made his television debut, Danielle Radcliffe was born and Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed an "Information management" system that would allow people to access pages hosted on computers accross the globe.

On March 12, 2014 World Wide Web turns 25 years old. Amazing...

25 web superstars

25 years of Internet

Green building blocks

March 10, 2014 | Ranald | Comments (0)

There's an interesting article in the 10th anniversary issue of Spacing: "Going green: 10 important policies that are making Toronto a more sustainable city" by Dale Duncan and Todd Irvine (winter 2013/2014, pp. 34-36). The policies are policies (and initiatives) "that have made Toronto greener over the past ten years" (p. 34).

One of them is a policy about green building in the city, the Toronto Green Standard. Readers may or may not be surprised to learn that "about half of Toronto's greenhouse gas emissions are generated from its buildings" (Duncan and Irvine, p. 34). The City made the standard mandatory in 2010. A new version became mandatory for new development in January of this year.

Old and new versions are available online and there are handy links to the Ontario Building Code and, within the standards, to pertinent LEED Canada documents. (LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, "a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings," according to the site of the U.S. Green Building Council, the group that developed the rating system. And customers ask about LEED almost as much as they ask for the building code.)

The LEED documents are a little handier, however, on the site of the Canada Green Building Council, under the LEED tab. (There is a Toronto Region chapter of the Canada council; see Chapters tab; but it's not a good source of documents; many of the links seems to be broken.)


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