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.

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HPE 3rd Living Progress Exchange Spurs ICT Innovation

What will increase opportunities in the information, communication and technology sectors? And what is it that drives excellence and efficiency for ICT companies? Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Globscan hosted the third Living Progress Exchange in December with these very questions in mind. ICT professionals weighed in to give their take on what will boost efficiency, accessibility and opportunities for tomorrow’s ICT industries.

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Hundreds of Volkswagen Class-Actions Call for Massive Damages

More than 400 class-action suits have been filed against Volkswagen. They allege the automaker not only included “emissions cheating” software into its vehicles, but also that it cheated customers by charging a premium based on its asserted emissions technology. Last week, after the bulk of those cases had been transferred to a California district court, the first combined class-action arrived at VW’s doorstep. Attorneys are calling for more than a fix or a replacement. They’re asking for punitive damages.

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Yelp’s Living Wage Debate

What do you do when you find that your paycheck isn’t enough to survive on in the country’s fourth-largest city? Many of us would tender our resignation and move. One woman decided to make a statement about it — and got fired. Not a surprise according to the 1,300 and counting comments she got on her blog post, but it has inflamed that old but familiar debate about that topic we hate to discuss: the right to a living wage.

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Should EV Investments Absolve Volkswagen of Diesel Cheating?

Sources in Germany suggest that the EPA may be heading toward an creative deal with Volkswagen — but is it one that will bring much needed innovation to the auto industry? And more to the point, will it really help our environment on its own?

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Porter Ranch Residents Move Back Home, Gas Plant Remains Closed

Now that the four-month-long methane leak has been stopped, Porter Ranch residents have been told they can move back into their homes. A lot of questions remain, however, such as the lasting effect of the leak. But as of this week, a State Assembly panel believes it has come up with a way to ensure that there won’t be another “catastrophic failure” at the affected facility: enact a moratorium and vigorously review all 115 wells. The state’s regulatory framework for natural gas wells will also get a vigorous review, including those that may have contributed to the billowing methane leak.

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Doctors: Microcephaly in Brazil Caused by Larvicide, Not Zika?

Brazil is facing an epidemic of the birth defect microcephaly. The government says it’s due to the Zika virus. So does the World Health Organization. But physicians in Brazil and Argentina are insisting that the answer is in the water — and due to Brazil’s controversial use of larvicide.

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Scalia’s Death and Senate Politics: What’s Next for Clean Power?

With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, things just got complicated for the Supreme Court — and for Senate majority members, who see the likelihood of a progressive Obama nomination heading their way. But in an ironic twist of fate, President Barack Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan, which was dealt a legal blow last week, may actually gain some traction from an evenly-split Supreme Court — even if Senate Republicans don’t confirm Obama’s nomination.

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Cities Offer Work — Not Pennies — to Panhandlers

Two cities, pressured by rising homelessness and criticism about inhumane laws that “punish” the poor, are trying something new. Both are seeing some success, although advocates say that Albuquerque’s answer is a win-win for everybody.

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U.S. Supreme Court Halts Clean Power Plan Amid Questions of Partisanship

In a surprising decision that environmentalists are calling “unprecedented,” the Supreme Court imposed a stay on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan this week. The decision doesn’t bode well for the EPA-run program, but the Obama administration says it isn’t giving up.

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Barclays, Credit Suisse Settle with Record Fines for Misleading Investors

Dark pools? If it seems as if the names of financial-trading systems are getting murkier these days, you’re not alone. But the SEC and the New York attorney’s office have taken up the task of clearing the water for investors. Last month, regulators convinced Barclays and Credit Suisse to join the long list of financial institutions now accused of misleading investors in dark pool systems. The settlement garnered another $150 million for fed and state coffers and an admission of guilt from Barclays. But will it be enough to head off any more financial trainwrecks?

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Oregon Militants Arrested, But Is It Really Over?

Eight militants, including leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested and another was killed outside of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. But will this be enough to put a stop to the standoff, let alone end longstanding tensions between ranchers and the government?