Nathan Dautovich


Days on Market: A Misleading Real Estate Statistic

Nathan Dautovich | December 19, 2014 | Canada Business
In real estate, the Days on Market statistic is meant to measure how many days a property takes to sell. This is a very useful piece of information, and if used properly can say a lot about an individual property, a neighbourhood, or even the entire real estate market. The problem is that this statistic is skewed by a practice that some agents employ where if a listing doesn't sell quickly, they deactivate the listing and then reactivate the listing the next day.
John McKay


Harper's All-in Approach to Carbon Puts Our Economy in Danger

John McKay | December 19, 2014 | Canada Business
For someone with a Master's Degree in Economics, Mr. Harper seems to ignore one of the most important rules of investing: hedge your bets. Harper's all-in bet on the carbon economy means that when the price of oil goes for a tumble, so does our economy and with it, our petrodollar.
Anita Saulite


Mapping Out Your 2015 Goals Is the Best Gift You Can Give Yourself

Anita Saulite | December 19, 2014 | Canada Living
A new year brings excitement and anticipation of what's to come. It gives us the permission to make changes in our lives or not. With a little orchestration, we can map out 2015, set goals and accomplish more. This might be the best gift you could give yourself. Let me show you how.
Jens Wieting


B.C. Must Step Out Of Canada's Carbon Shadow

Jens Wieting | December 18, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
It's not too late for B.C. to become a true climate champion.
Karen Palmer

New Hospital Funding Method Discharges Patients "Quicker But Sicker"

Karen Palmer | December 18, 2014 | Canada Business
Most Canadians probably don't realize that health care in Canada is quietly undergoing a major transformation in funding that could significantly impact patients. Three provinces -- Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia -- are implementing a new funding model for hospitals and other provinces are watching with interest.
Shannon M. Nelson


Why I Don't Want to Become an American Citizen

Shannon M. Nelson | December 18, 2014 | Canada Business
As a Canadian living in the United States (legally -- I'm a permanent resident), Americans routinely ask me when I'm going to become a U.S. citizen. It's always interesting to watch their reactions when I tell them "no thank you." The simple answer is that don't want to run afoul of that greedy monster, the IRS.
Vincent Gogolek


Access to Info Was Mostly Gloomy With Some Rays of Light in 2014

Vincent Gogolek | December 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
We can't say 2014 was a banner year for Access to Information in this country. According to the Centre for Law and Democracy, which publishes a ranking of countries that have right to information laws, Canada continues to drop and is now down to number 57 (out of 100). And there are lots of reasons why Canada has dropped.
Dana Wagner


Why Denmark Should Own The North Pole Instead Of Canada

Dana Wagner | December 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
The North Pole is a single point on the Arctic map that falls in an area claimed by three countries. Directly beneath this spot, below the polar ice, is the Lomonosov Ridge, now at the centre of a land dispute. Canada, Denmark and Russia are jockeying for exclusive jurisdiction of the submerged mountain range. If the pole went to the country that can best govern it, the winner is Denmark. In second place, Canada would not be bad, especially relative to Russia. But between the two, as one expert told the CBC, "there's absolutely no doubt that the North Pole is most definitely closer to Greenland than it is to Canada." Still, here are some alternative factors to consider:
Peter Lewis


Your Personal RESP Checklist Before Year-End

Peter Lewis | December 18, 2014 | Canada Business
It's hard to believe 2014 is almost over. While many parents are busy wrapping presents, trimming the tree and visiting family this December, it's important to remember to do an annual check-up on one of your most important investments: your child's Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).
Ian Lifshitz


Canadians Are Going Green for the Holidays

Ian Lifshitz | December 17, 2014 | Canada Business
These days, filling a large green plastic bag with paper and boxes is virtually unheard of in Canada. Thankfully. There is greater thought and consideration behind the reuse of products and how we can adopt more sustainable practices when celebrating our holiday festivities.
Adam Chambers


Uber Needs to Learn it Can Follow the Rules and Disrupt

Adam Chambers | December 17, 2014 | Canada Business
Uber, Inc., the start-up darling recently earning a $40 billion valuation has found itself embroiled in a high-stakes regulatory and public relations battle over its disruptive business model. Uber has a lot going for it: a profitable business model with substantial demand backed by revolutionary technology with the ability to transform every on-demand service. It's genius and about time the taxi industry is given a shake-up. So why is everyone ganging up on them? No, it's not a media-biased conspiracy as some would have you believe. It is hubris and an underestimation of the politicized stakeholder environment in which it operates.
Stéphane Brousseau

Energy East Pipeline is Unsafe and Unwanted

Stéphane Brousseau | December 17, 2014 | Canada Business
TransCanada's strategy to hoister its Energy East pipeline on the Quebec public has been unmasked, and Quebecers don't buy the company's sales pitch. Quebec citizens, not to mention citizens worldwide, have done their homework and based on the science, the facts and the statistics are keenly aware that the risks inherent in this proposed pipeline.
Peter Hall


And The Biggest Economic Surprise of the Year Goes To...

Peter Hall | December 17, 2014 | Canada Business
Six years beyond the onset of global crisis and the lamentation seems louder: pundits are increasingly perplexed by the planet's prolonged period of perpetual perturbations. So, does anything stand out in 2014 as an "out of the blue" development?
Susan Wright

OPEC Sets Up the Rollercoaster, Albertans Take a Ride (Again)

Susan Wright | December 17, 2014 | Canada Alberta
OPEC's decision to maintain production gives Mr. Prentice an opportunity to remake government. Instead of protecting Big Oil from OPEC, Mr. Prentice should protect Albertans from Big Oil by revamping Alberta's revenue structure and diversifying our economy so that Albertans will never experience another crash like the crash of 2015.
Brianna Goldberg


The CBC's Culture of Abuse Runs Deeper Than Jian Ghomeshi

Brianna Goldberg | December 17, 2014 | Canada Business
I would describe behaviour from several managers at CBC as emotionally abusive. The other day I got a call from a former colleague saying one of them harassed her and other coworkers I'd worked with. She wanted to know if I had anything to share. I was not harassed or assaulted. But throughout the years of my CBC contract work, I thought the clenched fists of anxiety and stomach fiery with acid reflux were my own fault for not being sufficiently confident or skilled enough to have secured a real job, real respect or acknowledgement. And now I read about these cover ups and lies. I can see, for the first time, the exploitation of power was all real.
Caroline Battista

Caught in the Sandwich Generation? Get Some Tax Relief

Caroline Battista | December 16, 2014 | Canada Business
The term "Sandwich Generation" refers to adults in their 30s to 50s with children at home and responsibilities to care for aging parents. As a tax professional and a "Squashee" -- I have a daughter in Grade 7 and an elderly father living in my home -- I've got a unique perspective on the tax implications of this juggling act.
The Reply


Why Millennials Are Still Buying Vinyl

The Reply | December 16, 2014 | Canada Music
Vinyl record sales are up a staggering amount in recent years. Sales have increased year-over-year since 2008 and show no real signs of letting up. Whether or not you buy into its staying power, vinyl offers a very different experience than buying digital.
Alana Hurov


Time Saving Cleaning Tips For A Stress-Free Holiday Season

Alana Hurov | December 16, 2014 | Canada Living
Tis' the season to make a mess. From baking gingerbread men to preparing five-course meals for family and friends, it's all extremely daunting and stressful. With no budget for a live-in maid and an innate dislike of cleaning, I enlisted supermom entrepreneur Kalpana Kundra for advice.
Neil Seeman


Your Confidential Emails Aren't As Secure As You Think

Neil Seeman | December 16, 2014 | Canada
Just like a postcard, an email passes through a lot of different people's easy access. The average email is fully stored and searchable on about six computers. Astonishingly however, lawyers, accountants, political leaders and financial professionals transmit highly confidential information by email.
Colleen Albiston

Are You a Corporate Gladiator?

Colleen Albiston | December 16, 2014 | Canada Business
Corporate gladiators are a unique breed who fight to get the things done that make their organizations move forward faster. Depending on the week, I've come to think of myself as one of these gladiators, and I've observed that we have a way of finding each other and joining our army of supporters together.
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