Coreen T. Sol, CFA

Market-Cap Weighted Indexes: Buyer Beware

Coreen T. Sol, CFA | August 4, 2015 | Canada Business
My intention isn't to predict anything about the future of Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX). Instead the message is a reminder of how holdings in any market-cap weighted investment vehicle is impacted by the change in size of its constituents.
Caroline Battista

The CRA Couldn't Collect $3 Billion - But It Can Still Go After You

Caroline Battista | July 31, 2015 | Canada Business
Believe it or not, even the long arm of the taxman can come up empty-handed from time to time. According to the latest federal public accounts, the Canada Revenue Agency wrote off $3.4 billion in uncollectible tax debts from 2013 to 2014.
Craig Dave

How to Repair Your Reputation at Work

Craig Dave | July 31, 2015 | Canada Business
By interrogating the truth of a cancerous claim about a co-worker before it's delivered to the lymph nodes of the organization, we all have the potential to inoculate our workplaces from the toxic influence of a workplace bully.
Rhonda Scharf

Here's Some Business Advice for Cecil's Killer

Rhonda Scharf | July 30, 2015 | Canada Business
While I make my living turning challenges into opportunities for business, this advice may not be what he wants to hear. My advice isn't going to save his practice, nor turn around his reputation. What I'm hoping is that it will save those affected by his practice; his employees, his community, his family and Zimbabwe.
Nikolas Badminton

NASA is Embracing Crowdsourcing: Lessons for Success

Nikolas Badminton | July 29, 2015 | Canada Business
The teams at NASA and Freelancer spent some time talking about best practices for running contests and it was a very collaborative process. The following are three key parts to running crowdsourcing contests.
Ian Lifshitz

Why it Pays off to Be Transparent in Business

Ian Lifshitz | July 29, 2015 | Canada Business
Transparency is one of those words that is constantly thrown around in the business world. Many companies make claims of an increased commitment to transparency, but approach these promises under the simplest definition: openness and honesty in business practice.
DeSmog Canada

'Grassroots' Canada Action Carries Deep Ties to Conservative Party, Oil and Gas Industry

DeSmog Canada | July 29, 2015 | Canada Alberta
A whole host of campaigns designed to advance the agenda of the fossil fuel industry have cropped up: Resource Works, British Columbians for Prosperity, Energy Citizens, Coal Alliance, Canadian Natural Resources Alliance, Pipeline Action, and many others.
Kathy Buckworth

It's Called NetWORK For a Reason

Kathy Buckworth | July 29, 2015 | Canada Business
"I'll just text them." The key word in this sentence is the word "just." Texting is a terrific way for your tween to ask you for a ride from a friend's house, for a teen to chat with their BFFs, or for parents to arrange who is getting the...
Michael Kruse

The Dispute Between Fire Fighters and Paramedics Threatens Patient Safety

Michael Kruse | July 29, 2015 | Canada Business
Despite the cool rhetoric from the Ontario Professional Fire Fighter's Association (OPFFA), this proposal for members to prove "symptom relief" medications is an obvious attempt by the association to defend the jobs of its members by edging in on the work of paramedics. The animosity that is building between Fire and EMS places job security ahead of patient safety.
Sarah Vermunt

Being Myself at Work Brought Me More Success

Sarah Vermunt | July 29, 2015 | Canada Business
When I first started career coaching I had a different website and a verrrrry different vibe. I thought that if I didn't look and sound "professional" (i.e. conservative, corporate) I wouldn't get any clients. My headshot was a photo of me at a boardroom table, unsmiling and intense (so not me!).
Ashley D. MacKenzie

Living The Imperfect Vancouver Dream Is Perfect For Me

Ashley D. MacKenzie | July 29, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
No, it's not cheap to live here. And yes, we could have bought a house in the suburbs for the same cost as our condo, but that's the thing -- we don't want a house. We don't want extra square footage that we're going to fill with things we never use. We just want to live the life that feels right for us.
Dina Vardouniotis

How to Pursue Professional Happiness

Dina Vardouniotis | July 28, 2015 | Canada Business
Nobody would argue that each of us are deserving of happiness. Most parents, despite layering on other expectations including self-sufficiency, want their children to be happy. But does happiness just happen or is it, indeed a pursuit?
Frank Koller

The CBC Should Not Allow Rex Murphy's Two Personalities

Frank Koller | July 28, 2015 | Canada Business
In management's view, Rex (one and two) is in such complete control of his perceptions and biases that he can switch from one personality to the other while walking from a radio studio on the third floor of the Broadcast Centre in Toronto to a TV studio on the fifth or to his kitchen to write a column for the National Post. That is obviously impossible, although convenient wishful thinking for CBC executives stuck in a pickle of their own making.
Nanci Murdock

Why Dividend Stocks Dominate My Portfolio

Nanci Murdock | July 28, 2015 | Canada Business
I love my friends. Most are kind, two are funny. Three are generous, and another is shrewd. But my BFF? That friend would be my dividends. My proposition to you is that you start to invest. And high-quality dividend stocks with a track record of increasing their dividend payouts are a fantastic place to start.
Cairine Wilson, MBA, CAE

Financial Education in the Workplace Is Beneficial in Many Ways

Cairine Wilson, MBA, CAE | July 28, 2015 | Canada Business
Tapping into workplaces across the country would allow a vast and varied audience to be reached. That audience would include people of different ages, education and culture. Workplace programs also would allow individuals to receive valuable information in a convenient manner.
David Lester

5 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortage Faster

David Lester | July 28, 2015 | Canada Business
When I was a banker we had this tool to show you how much you'd pay in interest over the amortization. When you look at the bottom of the chart I always liked to point out that you basically pay the same amount in interest as you took out on a mortgage at an average mortgage rate.
Peter Harris

Signs You Should NOT Take That Job

Peter Harris | July 27, 2015 | Canada Business
It may seem counter-intuitive to advise someone to turn down a job -- especially when the market in much of the country remains soft and positions can be hard to come by -- but there are times when it's really better just to walk away.
Aaron Binder

Ontario Is in the Middle of a Booze Revolution

Aaron Binder | July 27, 2015 | Canada Business
In a landmark legal filing, Jesse Razaqpur and Charles Benoit, owners of the Toronto Distillery Company, have sued the LCBO over what they claim is the unfair practice of enforcing distillers to sell their product for the same price as at LCBO retail stores and then pay the same markup amount in tax to the LCBO. It goes without saying that this court case could hold sweeping consequences for the LCBO should the Ontario Superior Court rule in favour of the Toronto Distillery and other, larger distillers begin to seek similar legal action.
Jeffrey Schwartz

Newlyweds Need to Talk About Finances Beyond the Wedding

Jeffrey Schwartz | July 24, 2015 | Canada Business
Canadians are into the height of wedding season, and while brides and grooms may have carefully budgeted for the wedding ceremony, reception, and honeymoon, I worry that sometimes financial planning stops once the special day is done.
Michael Stewart

I'm Living The Vancouver Dream By Moving Away

Michael Stewart | July 27, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
It is a powerful dream. Despite my cynicism, I love Vancouver and its natives who rail against the "No Fun City" label with all their might. I have always fantasized that I would raise my children in a place where different cultures and personality types butt up against each other, where difference is a way of life and not cause for alarm.
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