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Canadian Cattle Industry Faces a Growing Crisis

May 3, 2016

The Earls restaurant controversy is just the tip of the iceberg for a Canadian industry that has been slow to adapt to changing needs
The Earls restaurant decision to turn to a U.S. supplier for humanely-produced beef points to a significant problem for the future of the cattle industry in Canada.
The Earls decision follows a similar one by A&W …

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Public Policy Can’t Ignore Income Mobility Facts of Life

April 28, 2016

Ignoring income mobility could worsen public policy or even limit the degree of mobility in Canada
It may be hard for Canadians to believe, but a key feature of our society is regularly ignored in the discussion and setting of public policies. Whether we’re talking about taxes, income inequality, poverty, or the minimum wage, policy often ignores the obvious yet …

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Personal Finance Gifts for the New Graduate

April 26, 2016

College graduation season is upon us. How about a gift that will really mean something to a student in your life?
The way I see it, the best graduation gift isn’t just a check in an envelope – it’s coming up with a few great, memorable ideas to help a new grad get a great financial start in life. At …

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Universities Have Become Giant Taxpayer-Funded Daycare Centres

April 25, 2016

Students are coddled by a new legal ‘right’ not to feel ‘offended’ by challenges to radical feminism and other prevailing orthodoxies
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) is being sued for having once again displayed its intolerance for politically-incorrect opinions on campus.
The Ryerson Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) has been denied registered club status by RSU. Unlike dozens of other …

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Why we need a Made-in-Canada Approach to Assisted Suicide

April 25, 2016

As Canadians weigh in on Bill C-14, some will say it has gone far enough. Others will insist it must go further
This is part 5 in our series Assisted suicide
Autonomy, it would seem, is an intoxicant. The more we have, the more we want. In tabling its draft legislation on physician-hastened death, the Federal Government has rejected several …

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There is No Silver Bullet to Economic Prosperity

April 24, 2016

No single project or government program will miraculously rescue Atlantic Canada from its depressed economy
Budget season prompts us to reflect on basic economic questions. A good life rule is: don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
In public finances, balance is a sign of good management when the objective is a stronger economy and job creation.
The same …

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Half way across Africa!

April 24, 2016

BC retiree Dr. Brenda Trenholme’s epic fundraising cycling adventure across Africa has passed the 1/2 way point. Brenda is undertaking a 4 month, ten country, 12,000+km trip by bicycle from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa, fundraising for scholarships. “High school is not free in Kenya”, Brenda says. “As a result, many clever, committed students are denied the opportunity …

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A Woman of Purpose, a Wonderful Documentary!

April 19, 2016

A Must See Doc!  Former Governor General Michaëlle Jean:
“This loving, caring and even tender documentary of Michaëlle Jean by her husband, the noted filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond creates a balance of great strength, beauty intelligence and compassion for immigrants and those whose voices may not always be heard. As an immigrant from Haiti who went through difficult times, Ms. Michaëlle …

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Five Ways to Save on an Overseas Trip

April 17, 2016

My neighbors and I talked for weeks about their upcoming European vacation with their teenaged kids. We discussed every single place they planned to visit. But when I asked if they knew how much their European train and ground transportation, smartphone data plans and meals out were going to cost, they shrugged and said, “We’re not worried. That’s the cheapest …

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Alexander Academy Announces The Aspiring Leaders Scholarship Initiative With Its Partner The Sage Foundation

April 13, 2016

The Sage Foundation recognizes excellence and achievements by youth thus creating the perfect partner to have with us in this endeavor.
Our students are leaders! They are leaders in their classes, the Academy, and their community. We see this happening every day at Alexander Academy. Whether it is leading their group in projects such as our Graduation 2016 Video or …

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This Is One Education Reform Business Will Applaud

April 12, 2016

Incorporating core competencies in education will change the way people find, and keep, jobs
Rising jobless rates should create a buyers’ market for employers. But many Canadian employers say the pool of competent workers is still pretty shallow.
Employers say they can’t find enough people who communicate well, think critically, work in teams, or manage themselves or their time well. …

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Volunteers Bring Truth About Drugs to the Streets of Vancouver

April 12, 2016

Teams from the Church of Scientology Vancouver hit the streets to spread the message— “Say No to Drugs.”
Bundled against the cold and braving the intermittent rain, volunteers hit the streets in downtown Vancouver, putting hundreds of copies of The Truth About Drugs educational booklet into the hands of kids, parents, teachers, counselors, street people and community police.
The team …

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Advanced Directives for Assisted-dying a Dangerous Step

April 12, 2016

The ‘quick and efficient’ decision of the parliamentary committee on assisted dying not in the best interest of the patient
Final part of our series
The moment we are born, our lives take flight; and the longer we are airborne, the greater the chance of encountering turbulence along the way. While every flight is destined to land, some landings are …

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Changing Jobs

When Changing Jobs, Should You Leave 401(k) Money Behind?

April 9, 2016

With the average American spending only 4.6 years at any given job, it’s never been more important to have a plan for any retirement funds you’ve accrued at any employer.
A big problem that began during the 2008 recession but continues today involves loans, hardship withdrawals and complete cash-outs of 401(k) plans. A 2015 Boston College study (http://crr.bc.edu) reported that …

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Caroline MacGillivray Makes the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Beautiful!

April 9, 2016

Caroline MacGillivray is an intelligent businesswoman. She is eloquent. She is captivating in her eloquence, in fact. Charming and beautiful, she has had a career as a writer, playwright, dancer and actor. Presently, she is a yoga instructor and an entrepreneur in that field. Full of passion, vision and ideas, she possesses a powerful, natural skill at connecting with others. …

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Students

Meaningless Education Fads Have Got to Go

April 5, 2016

Student achievement is declining in Nova Scotia. The 2014-15 accountability report from the Department of Education makes that abundantly clear.
Barely half of Grade 8 students are meeting expectations in math while the writing skills of Grades 3 and 6 students declined by nearly 20 points in the last two years. Nova Scotia students also score below the Canadian average …

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Is a Budget-Billing Plan from Your Utility Company a Good Idea?

April 3, 2016

During a particularly cold winter or hot summer, you open your utility bill with a sense of dread. Is it time to consider your utility company’s budget-billing plan?
Maybe so, but do your homework first.
Here’s how a utility company’s budget-billing plan generally works. Your chosen utility company considers your energy usage patterns over a given period, adds in projections …

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Spike Lee’s New Film, CHI-RAQ, Review

March 31, 2016

Spike Lee’s new film, CHI-RAQ, will be opening in Vancouver, Friday April 1st, 2016
CHI-RAQ will be opening at the VanCity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) tickets and times: http://www.tribute.ca/showtimes/theatre/vancity-theatre/vancity/
http://www.officialchiraqthemovie.com/
I am honored to share this review with you.
Background information:
After doing some research, I was interested in the history of sex strikes led by women from the time …

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Aspiring Leaders Scholarship

SAGE Foundation Partners with Alexander Academy

March 31, 2016

SAGE Foundation continues its mission and quest to support education and award scholarships to students for outstanding achievement in various categories.
We are delighted to inform you that
SAGE Foundation has formed a partnership with Alexander Academy who will be awarding 5 students with a full scholarship.
Details of the scholarship awards, submission criteria and application process for the 2016 …

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Meaningless Education Fads Have Got to Go

March 29, 2016

Schools need to instead focus on producing a coherent curriculum, sound lessons and purposeful reading and writing in every discipline
Student achievement is declining in Nova Scotia. The 2014-15 accountability report from the Department of Education makes that abundantly clear.
Barely half of Grade 8 students are meeting expectations in math while the writing skills of Grades 3 and 6 …

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Vancouver South African Film Festival

March 28, 2016

The Sixth Annual Vancouver South African Film Festival will shine a light on South Africa April 8-10. South Africa, with its diverse population, rich tradition of struggle for democracy and equity, and complex political and economic reality, has produced numerous outstanding films.
This year the Festival will open on Friday evening, April 8 with a full-length documentary – The Shore …

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Canadians

Tax Policy Obstructs Growth of Canadian ‘Knowledge-Based’ Economy

March 28, 2016

Discourages people from engaging in productive economic activity, including in the knowledge based activity
Governments across the country, both federal and provincial, want Canada to become a knowledge-based economy that attracts and retains the world’s brightest and most talented while ensuring all Canadians realize their full potential.
For example, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in his recent Davos speech at the World …

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Religious Freedom and Communal Harmony

March 27, 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry said a couple years ago that “If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’s how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about today.”
With so many conflicts in the world having a religious dimension, it is …

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Peace Between Adult Children in Estate Planning

Keeping the Peace Between Adult Children in Estate Planning

March 21, 2016

When you die, will your kids fight over your money?
It’s an important question that might be hard to answer now, but parents who devote themselves to estate planning with relevant updates over their lifetimes can potentially keep arguments between adult children to a minimum.
As of 2013, American retirees are the sixth most generous in the world when it …

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The Way to Happiness

Countering Crime and Drug Abuse in Middelburg, South Africa

March 21, 2016

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Pretoria and the Middelburg, South Africa, chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World have taken on the challenge of tackling crime and drugs in this crime-ridden town.
The mining community of Middelburg, South Africa, population 88,000, has a high crime rate and an even higher rate of drug abuse.
Volunteers from the Church …

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