Here’s what happened in the world of hiring and employment this week:

  1. It was a rough week for Blackberry who announced on Tuesday they were laying off staff in Waterloo, and then on Thursday announced it was closing it’s Bedford, N.S. office and cutting 350 jobs.
  2. Sticking with the tech market, Vancouver-based Hootsuite held a hiring open-house which drew in about 1,000 hopefuls. Many were drawn to the relaxed and social Hootsuite culture in their promoted “Hootlandia”.
  3. It seems job seekers are becoming more entrepreneurial with a 3.6 per cent increase in self employment in the past year.
  4. A new report recommends a national program needs to be put in place after it was uncovered that 90 per cent of Canadians with serious mental illnesses are unemployed due largely to prejudice about their conditions.
  5. The big news for the Oil & Gas industry was that Malaysia’s state-owned energy giant committed to investing $36B to building a gas plant and pipeline in Canada.


We hope everyone enjoys the long weekend and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


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