If you can't afford the monthly mortgage payment (and property taxes, and repairs and maintenance) your mortgage is too big. The "equity" answer is that if you have less than 10 per cent equity in your house, you are at higher risk of financial problems.
No long conversations at the urinal (a simple "Hey man" or nod is acceptable). And, absolutely no talking between stalls.
Leaving a job can often feel like a breakup. But what if that breakup is only a temporary? For many it is, and a study published this summer in Personnel Psychology, shows that "boomerang" employees, or workers who return to a company after leaving voluntarily, can comprise about 10 to 20 per cent of an organization's new hires.
This summer Mexico put in place a ban of food advertising to children. The target is junk. Restricting advertising to children is good policy as one part of efforts to have our kids eat nutritiously right from the start. However, in this increasingly interconnected world it is harder and harder for any one society to effectively constrain such promotions.
It's no secret that Canadian students are stressed out financially. Many graduates are taking on a significant level of student debt. Recent numbers from the Canada Student Loans Program reveal that in 2012-2013, 472,000 full-time students and 9,600 part-time students took out $2.6 billion in loans from the federal government. Between 2005 and 2012 alone, Statistics Canada also reported that student debt grew by 24 per cent. All of this reminds us that saving early for university or college should be a top priority for new parents if they want to help set their kids up for the greatest potential success.
Environmentalists paint a dire picture of our forests, whereas in fact, as my colleagues Jasmin Guénette and Pierre Desrochers recently demonstrated, they're actually doing rather well.
Allowing for more competition in public procurement would free up millions that could be reinvested in badly needed infrastructure projects and greatly reduce the risk of corruption inherent in a process that restricts bidding to a privileged few. Let the debate start now.
Moves like this don't escape the notice of financial markets, though. Exports will increasingly benefit from the nascent weakening of the Canadian dollar, but the emergence of surpluses may attract portfolio inflows that stem the slide of the loonie. On balance, we don't expect a reversal in our dollar, but there is a risk that as in the past, markets will overreact.
The Internet being a global phenomenon, there is now an obvious discrepancy between the rules applying to Canadian broadcasters, and what companies like Netflix can "broadcast" in Canada through a website or an app. When certain companies are subject to restrictive regulation while some of their competitors are not, there are calls from the regulated companies for the same rules to apply to their competitors.
Shrinking square footage not only cuts down on chores -- it's a lifestyle change all about living with less and decreasing environmental impact over time.
Why would America want to reshore an industry that is having a hard time paying its workers $100 a month in the Third World?
Advanced communication systems allow people to easily find other coworkers and engage them through multiple channels and devices. Coworkers can dial each other into voice or video, screen sharing and collaborative file sessions, giving those casual conversations a range of tools to enhance the experience and exchange.
We either have to collectively decide that we'll hold onto our current products as long as we can until the promise of sustainable manufacturing is made, or to line up like cattle for the next level of expensive gadgets made possible by a tremendous amount of human suffering.
Whether you're a first-time buyer or you've been around the block a few times, there are certain home buying mistakes that trip people up time and time again.
If you are a woman working in a male-dominated environment it is easy to feel like a square peg in a round hole. You need to bring your authentic self to work to feel good about yourself, but your natural approach to situations is often different than that of your male co-workers. Rest assured that fitting in and being yourself are both possible.
Building and managing a world-class supply chain is difficult regardless the economic climate. Transporting goods quickly and efficiently is a complex task that requires coordinating and managing a number of variables within a fast-paced and volatile environment.
Apple has taken into account a range of input, output and fashion considerations specific to the form-factor instead of just putting a miniature phone on your wrist. That's what this makes the Android Watches seem like in hindsight.
From a marketing perspective, who will win out between the Millennials and Boomers? In many ways it comes down to cultural dominance, and in this sense Millennials are much more influential.
Doubt Is Their Product, the book by Dr. David Michaels, describes in depressing detail how industries, their scientists, corporate lawyers and large PR firms have "shaped and skewed" science to create doubt about the dangers of chemicals and other toxins industries produce.