Jan Lee

Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.

Pepsi Cuts Jobs Over Philly Soda Tax

The “tiny” tax on sweetened drinks would allow the city of Philadelphia to expand education programs, spruce up recreation facilities and put some money aside for rainy-day needs. But demand for soda products has slipped to the point that jobs are affected, say some local analysts.

Shell Begins Divestment From Canadian Oil Sands

Royal Dutch Shell says it’s making the switch — or working on it, at least. Last week the company sold a large portion of its Alberta oil sands investment. And it also plans to tie executive bonuses to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We take a closer look.

Confidential Memo: Dakota Access LLC Knowingly Dismissed Standing Rock Impacts

A confidential memo released by the courts spells out how the Army Corps of Engineers came to believe the Dakota Access Pipeline project wouldn’t adversely affect the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It’s a masterful piece of writing and a worrisome example of how environmental justice issues can be disregarded.

Trump Stands to Gain Financially from EPA Clean Water Rollbacks

Last week Donald Trump told the EPA to review an Obama-era water rule that protects rivers and streams. But Trump’s harshest critics say the president’s business properties have the most to gain from the agency taking this legislation off the books.

Trump’s Manufacturing Roundtable: What U.S. CEOs Want

How do you bring “millions of jobs” back to the U.S.? That was President Trump’s signature question for 24 manufacturing leaders at a roundtable of experts at the White House. The CEOs offered their input about jobs, taxation, infrastructure and what should and shouldn’t be regulated by the feds.

Businesses Step Up Efforts to Ensure Paid Family Leave

Proponents say paid family leave helps reduce turnover and costs for both employees and the business. Companies like Yum! Brands are taking that to heart with new family leave policies. And so are legislators who, backed by a coalition of business and social advocacy organizations, are calling for a revised federal family leave act.

How Trump’s Immigration Policies Affect Economics In ‘Sanctuary Cities’

The Donald Trump administration is considering a revamp to its highly controversial ban on travelers from seven predominantly-Muslim countries. And cities are speaking out. They say immigration makes the nation stronger, not more vulnerable, and they have plenty of immigration history to back them up.

Study: Women Who Go to Top Colleges Earn Less Than Men Who Don’t

Paying those extra bucks for a degree from a “highly-selective” U.S. university is worth it, say researchers — if you are a man. Females who graduated from top universities still earn 16 percent less on average compared to male counterparts from “non-selective universities.”

Calls For Divestment From the Dakota Access Pipeline Reach a Roar

Cities and other public entities are ending business with banks like Wells Fargo, which loaned more than $400 million to the companies behind the Dakota Access pipeline. And big banks better buckle up, because the divestment movement is just getting started.