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Are Living Standards in Canada Becoming More Unequal?

September 29, 2016

Results of a recent Fraser Institute report flies in the face of accepted wisdom that Canada is quickly becoming a more unequal and polarized society
Much has been written in recent years about income inequality and the (apparently) growing gap between the rich and the poor. The focus on income is understandable. It’s a measure that resonates with the …

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Talk is Not Cheap, But It Can Save your Marriage

September 28, 2016

Resentment over wrongs, disagreements over the kids and financial worries can be breeding grounds for some of the worst adult behaviour
They loved each other so much. Everyone thought they were a perfect couple. Of all the couples in their circle, they definitely had the advantage, communicating so well with each other.
That’s what we all thought – until …

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How to Tackle Your Grocery Bill

September 26, 2016

Food shopping can quickly take over your budget despite your best intentions. Perhaps it’s due to impulse purchases, unplanned shopping trips, food going bad or a combination of all three. If you’re looking for ways to save money while enjoying nutritious and delicious meals, consider these money-saving tactics.
Stick to your budget to save time and money. Look at your …

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Rein in Payday Lending to Start Tackling Poverty

September 23, 2016

Trudeau government should start to make good on its promise to help poor families
I met Ben and Sherry when I was facilitating a focus group discussion in Winnipeg with consumers who use payday loans. Their stories help illustrate a serious national problem.
A payday loan is for a small amount (up to $1,500) that must be repaid quickly and …

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Strategies For Coping with The Devastating Loss of a Friend

September 23, 2016

 When someone dies, the loss is often more widespread than we recognize, and the tragedy and permanence of death shocks and scares us

I recently found out (on Facebook of all places) that a dear friend had passed away suddenly. I was in shock. Had it been April Fool’s Day, I might have believed it was someone’s inappropriate joke. …

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Government Policies Threaten Economic Freedom in Canada

September 22, 2016

Policy developments at the federal level as well as in Ontario and Alberta threaten Canada’s reputation as a bulwark of economic freedom
Canada ranks a remarkable fifth in the world in economic freedom, just behind Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Switzerland.
The “land of the maple leaf” is far ahead of our southern neighbour, supposedly the “land of the …

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What College Students Should Learn About Money

September 20, 2016

As you prepare for a new year at college, managing your money may be the last thing on your mind. But, college is the perfect time to instill strong and healthy financial habits, such as budgeting and living within your means.
By starting on the right foot with good saving and spending habits, you’ll have a good chance to set …

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Double-Double Trouble on The Coffee Front

September 18, 2016

Canada ranks third among the world’s top coffee drinkers, thanks to the ever-present Tim Hortons chain, but consumption patterns are changing
Coffee is a big deal. In fact, coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world – behind oil.
Canada doesn’t produce coffee beans, but it seems addicted to them. This nation ranks third among the world’s top …

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Secret Ballot, Greater Financial Transparency Empower Workers

September 18, 2016

Without the anonymity of a secret ballot, union organizers may pressure workers into supporting certification
Fast on the heels of Labour Day, rooted as it is in the history of Canada’s labour movement, is a good time to reflect on a federal government bill (Bill C-4) being debated in Parliament.Bill C-4 will end the requirement of a secret-ballot vote …

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The Documentary Beetles 8 Days a Week, the Touring Years.

September 17, 2016

A Must See Film for Beetles Fans and Human Rights 
I was honoured to preview the documentary BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK will be in select Cineplex Event Cinema theatres for one night only on September 16th. Tickets are on sale at http://www.cineplex.com/ and around the world.
The documentary is directed by the well-known actor and director Ron Howard with …

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The State of B.C.’s Wallets for National Payroll Week

September 16, 2016

It’s National Payroll Week. Regrettably, celebrations do not include an extra paycheque.
British Columbians may even be wondering what there is to celebrate at all.
According to the Canadian Payroll Association’s survey of employed Canadians released in advance of this week’s festivities, 53 per cent of British Columbians reported that “it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if …

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Canadian Home Sales Fell For Fourth Consecutive Month in August

September 15, 2016

This morning, the Canadian Real Estate Board (CREA) released their national real estate statistics for August, which showed a further slide in home sales as new listings resumed their decline and home prices increased once again. For Canada as a whole, the number of homes trading on the MLS Systems fell 3.1% month-over-month in August–the largest monthly decline since December …

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8 Signs You Need to Take A Break From Your Business

September 13, 2016

Operating a business while your brain and body are worn down and in a suppressed state will affect your ability to make sound decisions
Big ideas and small pockets, long to-do lists and short of help.
It’s a recipe that can take 12 to 18 hours a day on full-throttle as you juggle the demands of human resources, accounting and …

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Fintech is Changing Money Management for the Better

September 12, 2016

Are you stressed about managing your money? Most of us are at one time or another. Whether you’re trying to track your spending or invest spare change, fintech (financial technology) is here to ease your money worries. That’s the promise of the entrepreneurs and engineers working in one of Silicon Valley’s fastest growing industries.
Five Ways Fintech Can Help
Here …

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Preparing to Become a Caregiver

September 11, 2016

Becoming a caregiver for an aging relative is a profound expression of love. You may find that you will begin to take on many of the responsibilities they might have had while raising you. Like raising a family, being a caretaker can be physically, emotionally and financially challenging but it is also extremely rewarding. It’s a responsibility that millions of …

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It’s Time to Rally Behind Canada’s oil and Gas Sector

September 7, 2016

When a sector that employs thousands and keeps our country prosperous suffers, you don’t shrug your shoulders and do nothing

Was Ontario’s auto sector in worse shape during the global financial meltdown of 2009 than Alberta’s energy patch was during the global oil glut of 2015? An internal federal government memo recently uncovered by the Canadian Press suggests it …

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Vancouver’s Smiles Uganda Chapter Funds Education Dreams

September 4, 2016

As children near and far return to school, The Afro News highlights yet another story of individual and community achievements that support youth education.
Through its support of the Sage Foundation , The Afro News has provided scholarships and other support dedicated to the development of youth and continued education opportunities locally.
With its international focus, Rose Foundation  funds projects …

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Back-to-School Tech for Your Children

September 3, 2016

It’s increasingly common to find classrooms filled with the blue hue of computer and tablet screens. Early education or postgraduate work, there’s a shift towards technology-driven, or at least technology-aided, schooling.
Students that learn to use technology to stay organized, conduct in-depth research and collaborate with peers can also use these skills in college and their professional lives.
What devices …

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Who Are You When The “You” You know Is Gone

September 3, 2016

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  “An amazing life story . . . a wonderful woman to spend 75 minutes with.” – London Yodeller
    “Very uplifting.” – London Free Press
    Diane’s horse suddenly charges through the arena as if she isn’t on his back. Unfortunately, she is. …

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Trade Between France, Zimbabwe on Growth Trajectory

September 3, 2016

Presently, partly cloudy but the dark clouds are beginning to disperse and drift away.
Outlook: clear weather in days ahead.
That could have come from the weathermen from a meteorological office but it pretty well sums up outgoing French Ambassador to Zimbabwe Laurent Delahousse’s  forecast of direction political and economic relations between the two countries going forward as Paris’ top …

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Car Crashes Up? Not So Fast

September 3, 2016

It’s here somewhere.
Licence, car registration fees to drop 35 per cent in 2016. No, that’s Quebec.
Average passenger vehicle owner would pay an additional $17 a year in premiums. Nope, that’s Manitoba.
Auto Fund rate stabilization reserve hits $377 million – highest ever, $65 million profit in 2015. No, that’s Saskatchewan.
Here it is: ICBC applying for basic rate …

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300,000 Reasons Why Ranking B.C. Schools is a Valuable Activity

September 1, 2016

Last year alone, about 300,000 parents, teachers, school principals, and others interested in B.C. schools visited the Fraser Institute’s school performance website
The Report Card on British Columbia’s Secondary Schools is all about comparing schools on the basis of student success.
Last year alone, about 300,000 parents, teachers, school principals, and others interested in B.C. schools visited the Fraser Institute’s …

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Never Too Late For Low-Income Canadians to File Their Taxes

August 30, 2016

Those earning $40,000 a year or less may be eligible for a range of benefits
 Canadians would like to see an end to poverty. One organization, using the social benefits system, has found a way to get $21 million into the pockets of 9,000 low-income individuals in Winnipeg.
The Community Financial Counselling Services (CFCS), an organization that helps low-income people …

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Cariwest, Edmonton Caribbean Festival

August 29, 2016

Cariwest, Edmonton Caribbean Festival took place Aug. 5-7 and a major festival among many great festivals in Edmonton.  Cariwest is a fun filled weekender and its major event is the Parade down the heart of Edmonton on Jasper Ave. and ending up at the Caribbean Village at Churchill Square(Across City Hall).
Participating in the parade were masqueraders from Calgary and Vancouver.
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How Canada Can Put its Economy Back In Gear

August 29, 2016

For the middle class to thrive, we need to ramp up investment in infrastructure that improves productivity and reduce trade barriers
“Building an economy that works for the middle class” is the mantra of Justin Trudeau’s government. But ‘middle class’ is never defined, making it difficult to know if progress is being made on what the government calls its most …

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