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  • 03 Feb 2014 11:30 | Anonymous

    This is a question I've been asked quite a bit lately. By "dead" I mean, "Can small business owners still expect to gain a positive return on their investment of the time, energy and other resources necessary to maintain an effective Facebook presence?"

    With new social networking sites springing up constantly, it is tempting to spend what little time you have for social media hunting in more fertile grounds -- if there are any, right?  Not yet and I will tell you why.

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  • 01 Feb 2014 08:22 | Anonymous

    After several months of labour activists putting pressure on the Ontario government to increase the provincial minimum wage, Premier Kathleen Wynne finally succumbed and announced that she will increase it to $11 per hour from the current $10.25 rate.

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  • 31 Jan 2014 16:53 | Anonymous

    TORONTO - There’s no great rejoicing over Premier Kathleen Wynne’s announcement Thursday that her government would hike the minimum wage 75 cents — to $11 an hour.

    The people who lobbied for the boost say it’s too little.

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  • 31 Jan 2014 16:35 | Anonymous

    Canada's small business owners are more confident than last year that their businesses will grow and the economic situation will improve, according to a recent BMO survey.

    Sixty-two per cent of those who answered the semi-annual survey on business confidence said they expect 2014 will be a better year than 2013,

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  • 20 Jan 2014 12:18 | Anonymous

    Lukas Swan is a professor of mechanical engineering at Dalhousie University who not only studies electric cars, he also drives one.

    Swan says with a single charge, his Nissan Leaf has a maximum range of about 150 kilometres, and adds that a round trip to work boosts his electricity bill by about $2, compared to the $10 he'd have to pay at the pump.

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  • 19 Jan 2014 17:20 | Paul Mann (Administrator)

    Provincial and territorial labour ministers emerged from a teleconference call Friday afternoon united in their position that the Canada Job Grant, a new skills training program scheduled to come into effect on April 1, should not come at the expense of existing training programs for Canada's most vulnerable workers.

    The provinces don't want Ottawa to cut from existing Labour Market Agreements (LMA) that provide skills training for young adults, aboriginal people, new immigrants, older workers, people with disabilities and other groups who are under-represented in the workforce and looking for work.

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  • 19 Jan 2014 17:17 | Paul Mann (Administrator)

    70% expect stocks to generate the most solid returns over next 5 years, survey suggests.

    No need to pity the affluent, even if they have to save more than twice as much as average Canadians before retiring.

    A new poll issued by BMO Harris Private Banking says richer Canadians, on average, feel they need at least $2.3 million set aside before calling it a career.

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  • 19 Jan 2014 17:15 | Paul Mann (Administrator)

    A coalition of environment groups has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court alleging serious flaws with the Joint Review Panel's final report that recommended the pipeline be approved because “Canadians will be better off with this project than without it.”

    The group is seeking a court order to prevent the federal cabinet from acting on the panel's report to approve the proposed pipeline.

    Ecojustice lawyers representing ForestEthics Advocacy, the Living Oceans Society and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation allege the Joint Review Panel's 419-page report contains legal errors and that its approval is based on insufficient evidence.

    "The JRP did not have enough evidence to support its conclusion that the Northern Gateway pipeline would not have significant adverse effects on certain aspects of the environment," said Ecojustice staff lawyer Karen Campbell, in a statement released on Friday.

    "The panel made its recommendation despite known gaps in the evidence, particularly missing information about the risk of geohazards along the pipeline route and what happens to diluted bitumen when it is spilled in the marine environment."

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  • 08 Dec 2013 10:35 | Paul Mann (Administrator)

    Many of us suffer from financial inertia because we can’t seem to find the time or have a desire to deal with our money problems. We put off decisions that, with some careful planning and research, could save us hundreds of dollars per year. Continue reading

     

  • 25 Nov 2013 21:43 | Paul Mann (Administrator)

    The federal and provincial governments are currently considering increasing CPP and QPP benefits, which would mean a significant premium hike for working Canadians and even more serious impacts for the economy.

    Provincial governments will also have a big say in whether a CPP/QPP increase goes ahead. Tell them to stop the hike! The majority of Canadians are already struggling to save for retirement and simply can’t afford to keep this up.

    The signs The proposal being considered by government would phase in increases over 10 years. The maximum annual premium would go up by about $2,200/year over that time, impacting all working Canadians...

    Trouble for employees The employee portion of maximum annual CPP/QPP premiums would increase by about $1,100/year over 10 years.

    Trouble for small business The employer portion would also increase by about $1,100/year per employee. That means a company with 15 employees would be paying an additional $16,500 per year. The self-employed, who pay the entire premium themselves, would be paying an additional $2,200/year.

    Trouble for families A typical family of four is missing out on an extra $3,110 a year (where both parents are working) to put towards their own retirement. Why? Because public sector employees are currently compensated between 25 to 42 per cent above their private sector counterparts, making it a two-tiered system.

    Trouble for the economy Higher labour costs, with no increase in productivity, would lead to job losses or reduced hours for many workers over the first 10 years of a CPP increase, and wages would go down by 1.5%. Many Canadians would go without work for years. Some might escape unscathed, but everyone would be at risk. 

    Heed the signs – help stop the CPP/QPP hike Your provincial governments will ultimately decide whether or not to go ahead with a CPP/QPP hike. Let them know that you’ve seen the signs, and they all point to trouble.

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