Joseph Donia

It's Time for a Big Data Code of Ethics

Joseph Donia | March 25, 2015 | Canada Business
At present, there is no one governing body that oversees data usage by marketers and media platforms. There are codes of ethics put out by the Canadian and American Marketing Associations, as well as individual ethical codes drafted by marketing research associations among others, but who is accountable to them?
Jeffrey Schwartz

Why Canada Shouldn't Start Feeling Financially Bulletproof

Jeffrey Schwartz | March 25, 2015 | Canada Business
Canadians might be setting themselves up for a bright future and a comfortable retirement. But how are they going to pay the bills today? What about pressing expenses that are stretching budgets thin today? I would pump the breaks before we get into the territory of feeling financially bulletproof.
Jeff Cates

3 Reasons You Should File Your Taxes Even if You Don't Make Much

Jeff Cates | March 25, 2015 | Canada Business
I'm here to make the case for doing your taxes, whatever you earn. Every year, many Canadians living on low incomes choose not to file, stating little return -- no pun intended -- on the effort. Are you one of them? You may not realize that whatever bracket you fall in, filing has benefits tailored specifically to your situation. Below, you will find three reasons why filing is essential for those with low incomes.
Andrew Weaver

Foreign Hunters In B.C. Should Be Forced To Take Bear Meat Home

Andrew Weaver | March 24, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
The B.C. Liberal government has actively supported trophy killing, going so far as to ensure that foreign hunters are given even more opportunities to kill grizzly bears. This bill is an opportunity to open the dialogue once more on how we can pressure this government to amend their position on trophy killing.
Nick Cowling

#FOMO: Why Corporations Should Have it

Nick Cowling | March 24, 2015 | Canada Business
A relatively newly-named phenomenon, Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO), has become a powerful communications insight. While the premise of FOMO may be similar to "Keeping up with the Joneses," social networks have created drastically different forces and outcomes, giving FOMO a much more influential effect. Having reviewed a number...
Dan S. Barnabic

The Present State of Real Estate in Canada

Dan S. Barnabic | March 24, 2015 | Canada Business
This year promises to be particularly exciting for real estate investors. For the first time in many years, we may actually see the interest rates creep up from their historical lows. The head of the US Federal Reserve, Ms. Janet Yellen, indicated on numerous occasions that the rates would go up incrementally as their quantitative easing was coming to an end.
Kate T. Lawson

As a Full-Time Professor, I Support My Colleagues Who Went on Strike

Kate T. Lawson | March 24, 2015 | Canada Business
The ongoing strikes at York University and the University of Toronto have prompted a variety of thoughtful and insightful examinations of the state of university education in Ontario. In particular, the conversation around the changing nature of academic work and the plight of contract faculty is essential to the future of our universities. Unfortunately, an incorrect -- and harmful -- idea has crept into some of the recent coverage: that the relatively good working conditions of full-timers are to blame for the frankly awful conditions of those working on contract.
Atrina Kouroshnia

The Risks In Making Real Estate Offers Without Subjects

Atrina Kouroshnia | March 24, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
While an offer with no subjects could certainly be more attractive to the seller, I do not advise my mortgage clients to go in without subjects due to the potential risks involved.
Vikram Mansharamani

Crazy Canadian Credit Confronts Crude, Eh?

Vikram Mansharamani | March 23, 2015 | Canada Business
Canada is in the midst of a unprecedented housing boom that seems likely to bust. I was recently in Canada and noticed a schizophrenic oscillation between housing exuberance and oil-price despair. What did it mean for the Canadian economy's outlook? Upon returning to the U.S., I did some research. What I found leads me to the conclusion that Canada is now among the most vulnerable large economies in the world. Here's why.
Michael Geist

Vertically Integrated TV Giants Are the CRTC's Hidden Target

Michael Geist | March 23, 2015 | Canada Business
Why is the CRTC focusing on vertically integrated companies rather than on Netflix? It comes down to competition. Rather than viewing Netflix as a threat, the CRTC rightly sees it as a pro-competitive entrant that creates more consumer choice and forces others to innovate. Its real concern lies with the vertically integrated companies, who may find it in their interests to create competitive barriers since increased consumer choice could be viewed as a threat to their broadcast interests.
Gillian Farber

Planet of the Apps

Gillian Farber | March 23, 2015 | Canada Business
The world is becoming increasingly mobile...literally. Seven billion people worldwide own a mobile phone and one in every five people use smart phone devices. It's no surprise that marketers have jumped on a new opportunity of being able to advertise directly to the palm of your hand; a pocket size...
Dr Ryan Meili

Income Inequality Poses a Health Risk to All

Dr Ryan Meili | March 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
There is a growing international movement, supported by the World Health Organization, toward "Health in all Policies," an approach that has been adopted by governments around the world. Here in Canada, Quebec has such a policy, and Newfoundland and Labrador is currently exploring this model.
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Why You Should Add Organ Donation to Your Estate Plan

Suzana Popovic-Montag | March 22, 2015 | Canada Living
Today, in Ontario, over 1,500 people are on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant. Yet, despite the apparent and overwhelming need for organs and tissues, Canada has one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the world.
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Fight Rising Food Prices in Four Easy Steps

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | March 20, 2015 | Canada Living
It's hard enough to make food changes to lifestyles, adding higher costs may make these improvements even harder. But don't despair! There IS hope for budgets and healthy eating. It's hard enough to make food changes to lifestyles, adding higher costs may make these improvements even harder. But don't despair! There IS hope for budgets and healthy eating.
Peter Hall

How Canada Becoming an RMB Hub Helps Our Companies

Peter Hall | March 19, 2015 | Canada Business
On Monday the renminbi (RMB -- Chinese currency) will step into Canada with the inauguration of the only RMB hub in the Americas. We know in Canada it will be greeted with fanfare, but what is less certain is whether or not Canadian exporters and international investors will take action once the celebration ends. Should they?
Caroline Battista

The CRA Might Ask You to Prove Custody of Your Kids

Caroline Battista | March 19, 2015 | Canada Business
Single parents with custody receive some substantial tax savings and the Canada Revenue Agency will sometimes ask for proof of custody. Even though your children obviously live with you, you need to prove it to the CRA if they ask. They may want a third-party confirmation so be prepared if they come asking.
Mark Milke

Calling the Fraser Institute "Anti-Tax" Is Overly Simplistic

Mark Milke | March 19, 2015 | Canada Business
Taxes are indeed needed to fund important government services, critical both to a well-functioning economy and more generally, civilization. But there is a point when a larger, more interventionist government, combined with a heavier tax burden, can stunt economic growth and social outcomes, or achieve those outcomes only at great additional cost.
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Why Buy a Dress When You Can Rent?

Barbara Aleks Hecht | March 18, 2015 | Canada Style
I heard about dress rentals when I started styling clients for their photo shoots. Renting a dress allows you to go to one location, try on a ton of dresses in a variety of styles and colours to see which is best for you (typically with an experienced stylist on hand to guide you).
Eva Prkachin

If You Could Speak at the Bill C-51 Hearing, What Would You Say?

Eva Prkachin | March 18, 2015 | Canada Politics
Our own Steve Anderson has been invited to testify before the committee and share our community's concerns about C-51 with key decision makers. We know that when we speak out together with one voice we can change the government's mind. That's why we need your help right now.
D.K. Latta

Is Canadian TV Doing Better Than We Want to Admit?

D.K. Latta | March 18, 2015 | Canada Business
People maybe should be talking about Canadian TV drama more. I know that's a strange opening statement given blogs are a-buzz over the CRTC's new rules and regulations overhauling television broadcasting. But quotas and points systems and funding is all well and good, but the main goal is getting shows on the air and eyeballs glued to those shows. And there are recent occurrences that warrant a bit of analysis.
All posts from 03.25.2015 < 03.24.2015