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Rate Policy: Dodging a downturn

 A special report


Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006 



Board Games
A Report on Business team examined the corporate governance practices of 270 of Canada's largest companies and found most of them wouldn't meet tough new standards recently adopted by the United States
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Monday, Oct. 7
How the best companies do it
It's far from an exact science, writes ELIZABETH CHURCH, but there are building blocks that can help ensure a board represents shareholder interests and is independent of management
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Independence at stake in these firms
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Many of the lower-ranked companies did not ensure key committees were staffed entirely by outside directors, writes LILY NGUYEN
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Governance practices at 5 famous fiascos
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LILY NGUYEN tracks how Bre-X, Livent, YBM, VisuaLabs and Cinar would have measured up in today's more independent environment
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Tuesday, Oct. 8
Related boards a matter of opinion

Despite TSX guidelines, many companies' boards continue to have directors with close links to the firm, JANET McFARLAND writes in the second part of our investigation
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Family-run companies consider themselves unique
LILY NGUYEN finds the number of companies with strong family ties makes it hard for this country to adopt strict corporate governance rules
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Wednesday, Oct. 9
Directors travel in small world
Many of the country's biggest corporate boards have the same people sitting at the table, JANET McFARLAND writes in the third part of our investigation
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Solutions for 'groupthink' and clubbiness
Corporate governance experts say there are practices that reduce the risk of clubby conformity among familiar colleagues on boards of directors
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One woman finds little glamour in the boardrooms of Canada
Corporate director JALYNN BENNETT tells ELIZABETH CHURCH it's hours of reading, days of meetings and 'occasional moments of random terror'
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Thursday, Oct. 10
Executive loans common practice
Some of the biggest companies are lending top executives millions of dollars, often interest free, ELIZABETH CHURCH writes in the fourth part of our investigation
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Friday, Oct. 11
Options put stock holdings at risk
Almost a third of TSX companies could dilute more than 10% of their common share float, writes JANET McFARLAND in the fifth part of our investigation
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Dual-class stock double trouble
Certain shares can give executives or company founders too much power over ordinary shareholders, LILY NGUYEN writes
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Milner: Canada must get tougher on boards
Corporate excesses and scandalous behaviour in the U.S. could have been avoided
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How ROB created the rating system
Based on a tough set of 'best practices' culled from guidelines of regulators, institutional investors and associations
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