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  1. Financial Stress Is Taking A Toll On Canadians' Health

    Canadians carry a lot of consumer debt. For every $100 in disposable income, Canadian households have $168 in consumer debt according to Statistics Canada data from June 2016. It's no surprise that according to the 2015 Sun Life Canadian Health Index that respondents told us their top three drivers of stress are related to finances and 42 per cent of Canadians rank "money" as their number one stressor. Financial stress can stem from a number of causes -- insufficient income, precarious…
  2. How Tax Changes Will Affect U.S. Citizens Living In Canada

    The new administration in the U.S. may be talking about changes to the tax system and rates but none will be made in time to affect 2016 tax returns. For the estimated one million U.S. citizens living in Canada who may be required to file a U.S. tax return, there are a few changes that could have an impact when they send their paperwork to the IRS. While most U.S. citizens living abroad do not file their returns early for a number of reasons, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH)…
  3. Auto Giants Team Up To Invest In Hydrogen (Not Electric) Cars

    Thirteen car and energy industry giants are teaming up to push hydrogen as the world's next major fuel source. Honda, Hyundai, Royal Dutch Shell, BMW Group and Toyota are among the companies that have formed the "Hydrogen Council." The group said in a release Tuesday that its formation is "a global initiative to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition." Toyota shows off a hydrogen-powered car at the Bangkok International Motor Show in…
  4. How 4 Toronto Neighbourhoods Have Transitioned Over The Years

    By Sonia Bell Neighbourhoods are always in a constant state of flux -- real estate developers continuously build new communities, cities enhance public spaces and, as neighbourhoods evolve, the population begins to change over time. Four neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area in particular -- Liberty Village, Mimico, Financial District and Willowdale -- have experienced pronounced transitions to date. Liberty Village If you asked someone to define Liberty Village today, they…
  5. Ontario To Hike Water-Taking Fees To A Whopping .00025 Cents Per Unit

    Will this make Nestle think twice about taking Ontario's water? The provincial government has posted a new proposed regulation that would raise the amount of money bottling companies would be charged for taking groundwater. The proposal would see the fee rise to $500 for every one million litres of water taken, from the current $3.71. While that's a huge increase in percentage terms, it's a tiny actual increase in costs for a company like Nestle Waters Canada, which has been embroiled in…
  6. Bank Of Canada Warns Of 'Material Consequences' If Trump Goes Protectionist

    OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is warning there will be "material consequences'' for trade if protectionist policies under U.S. president-elect Donald Trump come to fruition. The central bank released its latest monetary policy report on Wednesday, offering its first updated forecasts and broad economic assessment since the November election victory by Trump, who will be sworn in Friday. It also held its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 per cent, as expected. The quarterly document was r…
  7. Ushering In A New Age Of Mixed Reality

    We had incredible technological and societal changes throughout 2015 and 2016. Circular and sharing economies, content and social media, new influencer networks, wearables, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and big data analytics all accelerated. And, up until this point, it's felt like a test run. In the next three to five years there will be big developments across two key fields: mixed reality, along with artificial intelligence and automation. With the advancement of these,…
  8. Let Social Media Be Your New Mentor For The New Year

    It's the new year, and many of us have resolved to reinvent ourselves both personally and professionally. Whether you're looking for a promotion, hoping to change careers or looking for a steer on how to navigate the ins and outs of your organization, often a critical first step to success is finding a mentor who can share their experiences and their successful strategies and approaches with you so you don't feel like you're facing it all alone. In a recent LinkedIn post, Deloitte Global…
  9. Skilled Trades Will Enable The Future Of Canada's Economy

    Canada seems perpetually fixated on the "knowledge economy," no matter the political stripes of the government in power. Budget 2017 will roll out the Innovation Agenda, where significant funds will be dedicated to supporting "super clusters" around the likes of aerospace, cyber security, or nanotechnology. Policy-makers wish to prepare job markets for disruptions that will stem from automation, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and the industrial internet. The skills for the…
  10. Toronto Condo Rents Soar By Most On Record As Landlords Bail

    Toronto’s house prices have been soaring to beyond affordability for many buyers. Now it appears that the nearly half of the city’s residents who rent their homes could also see runaway price growth. Urbanation, a real estate consultancy that tracks the Toronto condo market, is calling for more rental apartment buildings to be built in the city, warning of an “undersupply” in Canada’s largest metro area that is driving up rents. Urbanation’s latest report found that condo rental prices ju…
  11. Gossiping In The Office? When It's OK To Give Into The Tempting Habit

    Chatting it up with your coworkers can create great bonds and relationships in the workplace. But if that chatter turns into gossip, it may be time to pull back. Office gossiping can potentially create negative tensions with other colleagues and make for a pretty awkward and uncomfortable work environment. But does that mean you should give it up for good? Well, there's a case for when gossip can be healthy. You just need to stick to the rules in the video above to make it happen. …
  12. 5 Things To Keep In Mind To Be Truly Happy In Your Work

    How fortunate I am to run my own business (it's been over 20 years now), and spend much of my time working with clients who are doing truly good things, and living and working with passion. I love it. But, it's also challenging. It's very challenging. There are ups and downs, and most days are unpredictable as an entrepreneur. I don't cry like I did in the early years from overwhelm or financial stresses, and I have much more perspective when there is an issue, with regard to dealing…
  13. Investing In The Unknown

    2016 was a year of volatility inducing events, which caused many markets to move in surprising ways on the back of results that separated themselves from popular consensus or polling. Brexit, the US election, a new OPEC narrative, and the US Fed raising rates were all tough on trends, inducing whips and reversals. Despite this, equities rallied while broad commodities had their first positive year in many. Despite the irony of Trump's glitter, gold lost its luster, the U.S. dollar soared,…
  14. The Clash Of Content

    How to ensure your power point designs support, not kill your presentation It's a classic scenario, all too often repeated: a keynote speaker steps up to the podium, and begins his address. Within moments, his fingers squeeze the clicker, and a barrage of bar graphs, pie charts and bullet points fill the screens. Fifteen minutes into his presentation, he feels a palpable shift in the energy of the room. It's only mid-morning, yet he sees delegates' eyes glazing over, and chins beginning…
  15. 10 Tips For Taking Product Photos That Sell Online

    If you're going to sell products online, you will need good, clear photos. The quality of your product pictures reflects the quality of your product and the professional status of your company. If you're selling in an online marketplace or auction setting, the photograph has to be eye-catching and professional to compete with all of the other similar products on the same page. The image must also resize from enlarged to thumbnail size while retaining clarity. 10 Tips for Taking Product…
  16. Amazon Canada Learns The Hard Way Not To Step On India's Flag

    It turns out that wiping your feet on the national flag of a country with one billion people could upset a few folks. Amazon learned that the hard way Wednesday, when India’s foreign minister threatened to ban company employees after the site’s Canadian portal offered for sale a doormat with the Indian flag on it. A screen capture of the Indian-flag doormat at the centre of Wednesday's controversy, caputred by the Hindustan Times before the listing was taken offline. Indian foreign min…
  17. To Raise Equity Or Not To Raise Equity, That Is The Question

    Many in venture capital preach the gospel of raising equity, saying that a small piece of a large pie is better than a large piece of a small pie. This is often self-serving. Although sometimes raising equity makes sense, entrepreneurs are too often on the side of parting ways with equity too easily, so that isn't the best advice. That being said, raising capital is an unavoidable reality for many startups. Having been in the business of providing capital to small and emerging businesses…
  18. The Snowball Method Can Help You Put Your Debt On Ice

    Photo credit: Marie Byers & Larry Schreiner This post originally appeared on www.avrahambyers.com If I gave you $500 a month to put towards your debt, what's the best way to use it? Should you chisel away at the debts with highest interest rate? Or knock off the smaller ones first? I'm going to take you through two strategies to tackle your debt -- Debt Avalanche vs. Debt Snowball -- and I'll show you which one works best. The answer might surprise you. Photo credit: Marie Byers &…
  19. Canadian Workers Deserve A Break From The Dreaded 'Time-Off Tax'

    The holidays have come to a close and workers across the country should be returning to work well-rested and recharged. But the reality is many people pay a steep price for taking a break, and not just on their credit card bill. The latest ADP Sentiment Survey reveals that most workers today pay a hefty "time-off tax" in the form of extra work on either side of a vacation. According to our research, before taking a one-week vacation, three quarters (75 per cent) of working Canadians…
  20. Make Estate Planning A 2017 Priority

    It's January 2017. A time to reflect on experiences from the previous year and set goals for the year ahead. For many people, the New Year means losing weight or saving money. For others, it's a time to re-evaluate relationships (as a recent article pointed out, internet searches for "divorce" jump 50 per cent from December through January). But there's another thing that happens in January: death rates tend to be higher than at any other time of the year. There are many speculations for…