Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Scotia shindigThe Bank of Nova Scotia will hold its annual Financials Summit on Wednesday and Thursday, featuring speakers from the big Canadian banks. The conference comes in the wake of mixed third-quarter results that saw Canada’s six largest banks earn a collective $12 billion despite macroeconomic headwinds.Toronto Global ForumThe Toronto Global Forum kicks off on Wednesday. The three-day event, themed “navigating a world of disruption” will feature speakers including Manulife CEO Roy Gori, Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz, MLSE CEO Michael Friisdahl and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.Rate announcementThe Bank of Canada will make its interest rate announcement on Wednesday. The central bank is largely expected to keep its key interest rate target on hold this time, but economists will be looking for indications of when it might cut interest rates later this fall amid growing concerns about the global economy and the impact of the U.S.-China trade war.Big pot partyThe MJBizCon Int’l cannabis industry conference kicks off in Toronto on Wednesday. As Canada approaches its one-year anniversary of the legalization of cannabis and investors wonder if the pot market’s best days are behind it, the conference will explore what’s next for the Canadian market and beyond.August job numbersStatistics Canada will release Labour Force Survey results for August on Friday. The agency said that Canada lost 24,200 jobs in July and its unemployment rate moved up to 5.7 per cent to give the economy its weakest three-month stretch of job creation since early 2018. The Canadian Press read more

UN expert launches survey to identify best practices to protect human rights

“In countless countries, across every region of the world, defenders are targeted, threatened, arbitrarily detained, tortured or killed,” said Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, in a press release.He highlighted that violations are perpetrated by States as well as non-State actors, such as religious and armed groups or transnational companies. “It is important to expose the abhorrent violations against defenders, but it is also important to showcase good practices that support and protect activists,” the independent expert told the Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders. “The aim of the survey is to demonstrate to sceptical governments that there are encouraging and supportive ways they can defend activists better,” said Mr. Forst, who has heard the testimonies of hundreds of defenders.According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the survey will be used to generate a discussion at the UN Human Rights Council in March 2016 on concrete actions needed to disseminate good practices, which are in place in some countries and could be duplicated in others.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more