Samantha Brookes

Don't Jump the Gun Locking Into a Fixed-Rate Mortgage

Samantha Brookes | August 28, 2015 | Canada Business
With mortgage rates likely about as low as they can go, it may seem like a sure bet to lock into a fixed rate. But homeowners should be focused less on rates and more on the bigger issues of affordability, eligibility and, most importantly, maintaining good credit.
Kelly Lovell

You Can't Rush Success In the Race to the Top

Kelly Lovell | August 28, 2015 | Canada Business
We create career expectations, relationship goals and five-year plans, all pressuring us to succeed within constrained periods of time. While I do believe that planning and having attainable goals is good practice, I feel our understanding and assessment of our personal success shouldn't be linked.
Jenna Valleriani

Value of On-Site Cannabis Dispensaries Is Missed in Federal Regulations

Jenna Valleriani | August 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
In all of our discussions on what 'gaps' need to be addressed under the MMPR, the lack of onsite distribution comes up again and again, and is one of the major reasons for the continued proliferation of dispensaries across Canada. It's certainly a more patient-focused option, where usually patients who access dispensaries are often given the option of coming in or having it mailed.
Karen Selick

This New Brunswick Law Makes Quasi-Criminals Out of the Unwitting

Karen Selick | August 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
On trial -- at least, nominally -- is retiree Gerard Comeau who, back in 2012, committed the heinous offence of bringing home 14 cases of beer and some other alcohol from Quebec into New Brunswick. (Alcohol is much cheaper in Quebec.)
Michael Raine

It's Time for the Music Industry to Speak Up About CBC Funding Cuts

Michael Raine | August 28, 2015 | Canada Business
The CBC is suffering from a series of funding cuts implemented by the federal government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The 2012 federal budget cut $115 million from the CBC over three years. While this has negative consequences for all Canadians as this national institution is forced to cut jobs and scale back its reach and scope, the country's music and arts communities, in particular, stand to lose. In many cases, it's already happening.
Richard Leblanc

How Should a Board of Directors Oversee Ethics?

Richard Leblanc | August 27, 2015 | Canada Business
In all of my interviews with directors over the years, when I ask about a director's greatest regret the answer is consistently, "I should have spoken up when I had the chance." Chances are several of your colleagues are thinking the exact same thing.
Marcia Sirota

Is the Workplace Culture at Amazon Progressive or Destructive?

Marcia Sirota | August 27, 2015 | Canada Business
Work-life balance is non-existent at Amazon; an 80-plus hour work week is the norm. I imagine that the relentless pace, combined with the stress caused by this ruthless atmosphere, must be wreaking havoc on the mental and physical well-being of these employees.
Janice Forsyth

Toronto's 2024 Olympic Bid Process Suffers from a 'Democracy Deficit'

Janice Forsyth | August 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Discussions about the 2024 bid were supposed to take place soon after the conclusion of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games on August 15th. The Games have passed, the September 15th deadline is looming, and the trio of organizers -- Bob Richardson, Marcel Aubut, and Mayor John Tory -- have gone commando silent. They haven't offered a peep about procedures or timelines. We don't know with whom or how these discussions will take place. Why the secrecy? Where is the transparency and accountability in the Toronto 2024 bid process?
Peter Landry

Harper Could Learn a Thing or Two From Interning

Peter Landry | August 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
The worse thing that interns -- and any other employees -- can do is to try and cover up the situation. For high achieving kids, admitting a significant mistake can be hard. We like their desire to be liked and their positive self esteem. But sometimes humility and confession go a long way. Which brings me to Stephen Harper and the Mike Duffy affair. Somehow in the political world, leaders and their staffs have come to believe that voters expect perfection. Any admission to the contrary is not tolerated. The result is the cover up.
Liisa Atva

How Gamification Can Transform Business Processes

Liisa Atva | August 26, 2015 | Canada Business
Businesses have successfully used game-like experiences to increase loyalty and engagement long before the term gamification was coined. However, the rapid rise of gamification can be attributed to several factors: the quest to get a reaction, the pervasiveness of social media, web-based and mobile technologies, and the growth of the video game industry.
Tea Nicola

How Canada's Revamped Universal Child Care Benefit Affects You

Tea Nicola | August 26, 2015 | Canada Parents
There's been much hype and commotion since the federal government rolled out its revamped Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) last month. Dubbed 'Christmas in July', the change distributed nearly $3 billion to Canadian families, regardless of income, with children aged 17 and under.
Ben Myers

Stop Complaining About Housing Prices and Start Looking for Solutions

Ben Myers | August 26, 2015 | Canada Business
My suggestion to people concerned about housing in Toronto and Vancouver is to stop looking for a scapegoat, stop searching for someone to blame, and start coming up with real, workable plans. The first step is to accept that high housing prices are justified based on supply and demand and devise a workable strategy that can either increase supply or reduce demand based on current market conditions. Be part of the solution, not the problem.
Tiffany Leigh

This Company Exemplifies the Power of Work-Life Integration

Tiffany Leigh | August 26, 2015 | Canada Business
The seamless integration of work and life has been imperative to the growth and successes of Clif Bar & Company. By fostering a community connectedness through group exercises, community service, and shared weekly organic meals together in their in-house cafe, they've openly discussed the types of food they want in their diets and for their families.
Dianne Saxe

This Pivotal Lawsuit Will Decide the Future of Yukon's Peel Watershed

Dianne Saxe | August 25, 2015 | Canada Business
Last week, the Yukon Court of Appeal heard arguments about the future of the massive Peel River watershed, and about the meaning and application of modern aboriginal treaties. Will this land be mostly protected from development, as the planning commission decided after extensive aboriginal consultation? Or will it mostly be used for resource extraction, as the Yukon government wants? So soon after the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will First Nations interests again be sacrificed for the economic gain of others?
Lisa Orr

Impress Potential Employers with Excellent Interview Etiquette

Lisa Orr | August 25, 2015 | Canada Business
Job interviews can be very stressful particularly for university students who haven't had experience in the process but with a few simple tips the job interview process can be significantly more pleasant and successful. In my experience even the best credentials can't make up for an unpleasant or impolite candidate.
Blair King

Biofuels Are a Bad Way to Fight Climate Change

Blair King | August 25, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
What is worse is that from a climate perspective these supposedly "carbon neutral" fuels can only be considered carbon neutral in century timescales. Unfortunately, very few organisms live lives marked by century timescales.
Adam Olsen

I Support First Nations Economic Prosperity, But Not Ill-Conceived LNG Deal

Adam Olsen | August 24, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
I wish the Malahat First Nation luck in developing economic capacity in their community, but I will not support LNG in the Saanich Inlet. Furthermore, I do not support the "sellout" of British Columbia by the B.C. Liberals or inability of the B.C. NDP to take a clear position as they search for whatever position appears to be politically popular.
Yves Engler

Harper Government Has Supported the Mining Exploitation of Africa's Resources

Yves Engler | August 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian policy in Africa can be summed up in nine words: Do what is good for Canadian-owned mining companies. Despite rhetoric about aid to the poorest people in the world, the Harper Conservatives have worked assiduously to ensure that Canadian corporations profit from Africa's vast mineral resources.
Atrina Kouroshnia

Porting a Mortgage is Harder Than You'd Think

Atrina Kouroshnia | August 24, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Mortgage portability allows you to move an existing mortgage to a new home and keep the same interest rate without incurring prepayment penalties on the sale of your previous home. Not all mortgages allow for porting, but if yours does, this sounds like a great way to right avoid penalties, right? Not necessarily.
The Team

The Millennial Renting vs Buying Real Estate Debate

The Team | August 24, 2015 | Canada Business
Millennials are being hailed as the force that will drive down housing prices and mortgage rates for everybody. As the demand for housing shrinks while young adults put off buying their first house, so does the cost.
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