Jeff Cates

How to Strengthen Your Financial Fluency

Jeff Cates | July 6, 2015 | Canada Business
Regardless of your age, your job or your personal interests, the topic of money will always be relevant to you. You've likely heard terms "money management" and "financial literacy" countless times before, and with good reason -- having a clear understanding of your finances is non-negotiable if you hope to have a sound plan for your present and your future.
Gerry Som

Why Canada Should Cautiously Monitor Greece's Financial Crisis

Gerry Som | July 6, 2015 | Canada Business
A Greek crisis cannot be good for the world right now, and we cannot/should not be mute spectators. Here are some reasons why we in Canada in particular, and the rest of the world in general, have to cautiously monitor the current events in Greece, and should try to guide or help Greece get out of the crisis before it becomes contagious. Canada already has internal financial stresses, just like many other countries around the world do, at this moment; this Greek crisis can add to external stress for many countries, and this really is bad timing, and an unwanted occurrence for the world economy.
Joseph Donia

Brands Should Support LGBT Rights

Joseph Donia | July 5, 2015 | Canada Business
As the SCOTUS decision permeates business and marketing discussions, there have been a few arguments against brands publicly supporting equal marriage and LGBT rights. And not always the kinds of truthiness inspired arguments you might expect, but rather, reasoned (if ill-informed) arguments based on a few common assumptions. I'd like to address those here.
Mark Towhey

Despite the Court's Ruling, Uber's Battle Will Continue

Mark Towhey | July 4, 2015 | Canada Business
An Ontario Superior Court judge ruled Friday that popular ride-sharing service Uber is not breaking Toronto's taxi laws. Uber and its many fans are rejoicing. Toronto's taxi industry, unusually united from drivers to owners to brokerages, is fuming. And city officials are likely conferring behind closed doors to plot a path forward. Doing nothing seems an unlikely option. I'm not a lawyer, but having worked a while at City Hall, I expect this leaves the city with three basic choices.
Yanick Labrie

There Are Too Many Misperceptions About Inequality in Canada

Yanick Labrie | July 3, 2015 | Canada Business
There are many things to say about the varied causes and potential effects of inequality. But one oft-neglected question that's worth asking is: Do people generally have an accurate picture of the level of inequality that exists in their countries? The short answer, according to a recent paper from the Institute for the Study of Labor, is that they do not. In Misperceiving Inequality, researchers Vladimir Gimpelson and Daniel Treisman note, first of all, that only 29 per cent of respondents across 40 countries were able to identify which of five diagrams best characterized income distribution in their societies--which is not much more accurate than random chance.
Peter Lewis

Parents Want the RESP Grant to Remain in Alberta

Peter Lewis | July 3, 2015 | Canada Alberta
Although it's not too surprising, it certainly is disappointing to see the new NDP government not taking a moment to provide a second sober thought to the planned closure of the Alberta Centennial Education Savings (ACES) grant. The grant gives parents who contribute to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) up to $800 to help fund their education.
David Lester

5 Ways to Save Money With Your Smartphone

David Lester | July 3, 2015 | Canada Business
I love my smartphone! I go to bed after scrolling through Facebook and LinkedIn posts. It tells me how many calories I've consumed and calculates how many calories I've burned based on how much I've walked. But most importantly it helps me save and make money!
Dave Borrelli

What Small Businesses Can Learn From Elite Athletes

Dave Borrelli | July 2, 2015 | Canada Business
The business world has always been a lot like the world of sports. You work as a team. You face off against competitors. You can win and you can lose. While there is no finish line or final buzzer in business, entrepreneurs require the same single-minded focus and determination to reach their goals. On the eve of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, here are five tips small businesses can learn from the world's best athletes:
Dermod Travis

B.C.'s Housing Escalators: One Goes Up, One Goes Down

Dermod Travis | July 2, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
While everyone's been furiously pointing fingers at each other over Vancouver's skyrocketing house prices, little attention has been paid to the other side of most real estate transactions: the pay stub.
David Christopher

The Crackdown on Domain Privacy Has to Stop

David Christopher | July 2, 2015 | Canada Business
Large media conglomerates are piling on the pressure to ban these privacy protection services for any domains used for "commercial purposes". They're trying to make it even easier to access people's private contact information, so that they can sue domain owners who they accuse of copyright infringements.
Marc-Andre Gagnon

Quebec-Style Pharmacare Program Won't Work for the Rest of Canada

Marc-Andre Gagnon | July 1, 2015 | Canada Business
Eight provincial health ministers organized a roundtable with healthcare professionals and academic experts on June 8 to discuss how we should transform drug coverage in Canada and several are now calling for a national pharmacare program. The question now is, what kind?
Adrienne Down Coulson

Why Canadians Are Loyal to Homegrown Products

Adrienne Down Coulson | July 1, 2015 | Canada Business
It comes as no surprise that Canadians like their local breweries and prefer Canadian beer -- plenty of which will be enjoyed this coming Canada Day. Beer, second to local food, tops the list as the product most Canadians prefer to buy Canadian, according to a new study by The decision to purchase Canadian products extends beyond economic benefits. Successful businesses can also give back to the community through sponsorship, charity and contributions to the arts, culture and sports, and locally sourced products means a reduced carbon footprint.
Jeffrey Schwartz

Let's Become the True North Strong and Debt-Free

Jeffrey Schwartz | July 1, 2015 | Canada Business
Canadians have many reasons to celebrate as their nation turns 148 years old tomorrow. They can even feel a bit of pride in an area that normally provides a healthy dose of shame in the headlines: personal finance. Let's take a look at a list of Canadian financial accomplishments along with lessons we can use to help us become the True North, Strong and Debt-Free.
Matthew Held

How to Be a Successful Giver

Matthew Held | June 30, 2015 | Canada Business
Adam Grant author of Give and Take says that the magic number when it comes to volunteering is one hundred hours per year or two hours a week. Research shows that if people volunteer about two hours a week, their happiness, satisfaction, and self-esteem increase a year later.
The Team

Why It's a Good Time to Rent in Ontario

The Team | June 30, 2015 | Canada Business
Ontario provincial highlights from CMHC's Rental Market Report show that despite there being less options to do so, more people are choosing to stay in a rental situation for longer periods. With sky-high prices, ongoing employment instability, and plain confusion over the real estate market, it seems that for many, renting is generally a safer and more feasible option than buying a home in 2015.
Bruce Muirhead

Critics of Supply Management Should Get Their Facts Right

Bruce Muirhead | June 30, 2015 | Canada Business
A few tired articles have been published by the usual suspects to encourage the government to get rid of supply management, which matches domestic demand with domestic supply in the five sectors it covers -- eggs, dairy, chicken, turkey and hatching eggs.
Kristen Marano

Three Lessons for Creative Women From Entrepreneur Cindy Gallop

Kristen Marano | June 29, 2015 | Canada Business
Cindy Gallop, the founder of, is crusading for the power of creative women in business. Her Twitter bio is her launch pad. It reads: "I like to blow shit up." She swears; she says it how it is; and she has started to make me "gallop" and hustle harder in my creative work.
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

How Corporate Wellness Programs Can Alienate Employees

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | June 29, 2015 | Canada Business
Labeling people who don't participate in the program as lazy or singling out people to participate can do more harm than good. People who are perceived as being unhealthy by their peers (this is usually based on their physical appearance) may be bullied or coerced into needing to participate.
David Dodge

Five Mini Net-Zero Communities Spring Up Across Canada

David Dodge | June 29, 2015 | Canada Business
The race to build net-zero homes across Canada is on. Natural Resources Canada has a program that's helping five builders build five net-zero homes each to support a rapid evolution to affordable net-zero homes. And the prize is one everyone can appreciate: a home that produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. A net-zero home is not a passive consumer in the energy system -- it is a clean and green participant.
Carlo Dade

Canadians Need to Be Better Educated About the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Carlo Dade | June 29, 2015 | Canada Business
Attention in Canada is finally starting to shift toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and two things are starting to become apparent. The first is that no one in Canada seems to know what the agreement is. As iPolitics has noted, Canadians seem unsure" if the TPP is a trade agreement, rock band or new brand of toilet paper.
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