Lina Duque

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5 Lessons in Leadership From Ryerson's Top Female Executive

Lina Duque | November 27, 2014 | Canada Business
This week marks a major milestone in Julia Hanigsberg's career as she steps down as Vice President of Administration and Finance of Toronto's Ryerson University to take on the top job at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

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Why CRTC's New Wireless Contract Rules Actually Give Us Less Freedom

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | November 27, 2014 | Canada Business
A company can still offer three-year deals if it wants to, but they are no longer permitted to enforce those deals with cancellation fees. They would be three-year deals in name only, therefore no company offers them, and consumers have fewer options than they did before. One result of this regulatory change: higher up-front prices for your new phone.
Bruce Muirhead

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Why Canada Shouldn't Open Up Its Dairy Market To New Zealand

Bruce Muirhead | November 27, 2014 | Canada Business
Under the NZ system, milk prices are much higher than they are in Canada. They pay more than C$6 for the equivalent of 4 litres of milk. At my local supermarket, I pay C$3.99 and have for months. In the recent past a commission was struck by the NZ parliament to investigate the high price of dairy products. Do we want that in Canada? I don't think so.
Eric Quon-Lee

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How Big Startups Are Trying to Maintain Their Competitive Edge

Eric Quon-Lee | November 27, 2014 | Canada Business
The rules are changing in today's globalized, hyper-competitive economy and startups are attempting to keep up by maintaining their innovative edge. No longer can any established or traditional company afford to enter a period of ossification. Indeed, ossification in today's economy means death rather than stability.
Jeffrey Schwartz

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'Tis the Season...for Identity Theft

Jeffrey Schwartz | November 27, 2014 | Canada Business
It's the most wonderful time of the year -- especially for online scammers. With holiday shopping also comes the downside of scams that are aimed at frugal shoppers trying to stretch their dollars. Contrary to the season of giving, these fraudulent tricks are aimed at taking your identity and financial information, and for scammers to thrive.
Elaine Mah

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At This Point Is Wearable Tech More About Fashion or Function?

Elaine Mah | November 27, 2014 | Canada Business
Wearables are running the gamut: technology that can boost activity, keep you connected, and at the end of the day, help you unwind. While I was amazed by the solutions being showcased at Wearable Entertainment and Sports Toronto, the conference left me with more questions than answers about the bigger role of wearable technology in society.
Peter Hall

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US Businesses Set to Spend in a Big Way

Peter Hall | November 26, 2014 | Canada Business
The US industrial machine is facing very tight capacity at the same time as growth is ramping up. This has unshackled investment, and this time, it's no day pass. Firms have already begun to invest, so their suppliers need to wake up. Their competitors also need to take note, as they may soon have an opportunity to "help" fill the capacity gap.
Evan Thompson

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10 Ways Ambition Can Wreck Your Career

Evan Thompson | November 26, 2014 | Canada Business
Success defines many of us. We are often judged by our lifestyle, our clothes, our cars and the company we keep. Whether we truly love the work we do and look beyond our job status as a way of validating ourselves varies from person to person. If ambition trumps all else, here are 10 ways that it can wreck your career.
Nikolas Badminton

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Advice from Canada's Most Talented Entrepreneurs

Nikolas Badminton | November 26, 2014 | Canada Business
When I started my new job with Freelancer.com, I was researching where and who to reach out to in Canada and I quickly realized the force that is the Ottawa start up scene. Sure it's the capital and that should be an obvious choice however I found something truly unique. The startup community is very creative and keen plus they are very adept at getting the government to pay attention.
Greg Sward

Surprise! Canada's Largest Industry Is Real Estate

Greg Sward | November 26, 2014 | Canada Business
I was looking at this StatsCan data on GDP by industry and decided to make some graphs to show how the breakdown of GDP has changed in this country.
Bob Kull

The RCMP Were Kind And Civil As They Arrested Me On Burnaby Mountain

Bob Kull | November 26, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
When I heard about the protest on Burnaby Mountain, I decided to go up and lend support. During my first several visits there were no police in sight. That changed last Thursday when the RCMP moved in to enforce the injunction handed down by the B.C. Supreme Court. We've seen media photos and video of the physical conflicts that have sometimes developed, but those instances have been rare and it's important to keep them in perspective.
Lisa Colalillo

Why I Will Never Invest in a Pre-Construction Condo Again

Lisa Colalillo | November 26, 2014 | Canada Business
The biggest lessons I've learned about investing have come from the biggest mistakes I've made. I bought a pre-construction condo unit in a popular Toronto neighbourhood. I forked over a 20 per cent deposit to make the purchase. That was four years ago, the property still hasn't been built so I can't sell it or rent it out.
Larry Commodore

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Burnaby Mountain Is A Perfect Storm of Activism

Larry Commodore | November 25, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The current Burnaby Mountain demonstrations and civil disobedience over Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion has developed into a perfect storm of activism. You have three powerful First Nations; you have location, your local politicians, academics, the young, the old, and David Suzuki and his grandson.
Alyson Jones

Bringing Kids To Protests Sends Mixed Messages

Alyson Jones | November 25, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The recent involvement of children in the Kinder Morgan protests on B.C.'s Burnaby Mountain has brought forth mixed feelings from many, and caused a debate on the merits and costs of involving children in protests and political actions.
Capt. Trevor Greene

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Protesters Square Off Against Kinder Morgan on the Mountain

Capt. Trevor Greene | November 25, 2014 | Canada Politics
Over 60 protesters have been arrested opposing Kinder Morgan's new pipeline, including environmental activist David Suzuki's grandson Tamo Campos. Kinder Morgan plans to bore two small holes and then drill 250 metres into the mountain to test whether it can tunnel through the mountain to drastically increase the flow of diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands.
Diane Francis

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Why Airbnb Should Be Banned Immediately

Diane Francis | November 24, 2014 | Canada Business
Airbnb might inadvertently fix you up in a unit that's owned or rented by a violent person with a key to the place. Horror stories are starting to appear. Last spring, one hapless New Yorker rented out his place and was evicted immediately when the landlord found out what he'd done. Another woman rented out her place and returned to find condoms and diaper wipes; her "guest" was a prostitute. Still another came back to a trashed apartment where an orgy had been staged.
Kelly Lovell

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I'm Not Cheap, I'm an Entrepreneur

Kelly Lovell | November 24, 2014 | Canada Business
A great challenge an entrepreneur has starting out is overcoming their financial limitations to transform their ideas into reality. Investment doesn't come over night and often than not, you already need a pilot project, prototype or some part of a business developed before you can gain serious consideration.
Andy Nulman

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What I Learned This Week: Make Accidents Happen

Andy Nulman | November 24, 2014 | Canada Business
It's easy to wait for them to happen, but that's not the lesson of this post. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, you have to generate your own accidents to build a more exciting, innovative and sustainable future.
Barry Kiefl

Has the CBC Violated the Broadcasting Act?

Barry Kiefl | November 22, 2014 | Canada TV
We only learned post facto that CBC planned on achieving its objectives for TV by stripping more than a quarter of the funding from its radio services. How? Fortuitously, another law came into effect in 2008 that required CBC and other broadcasters to provide financial data to the CRTC on their major radio and TV operations.
Benjamin Klass

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Canada's Internet Needs to Join the 21st Century

Benjamin Klass | November 26, 2014 | Canada Business
Mr. Moore, Mr. Harper, Mr. Blais, we have given the large carriers our trust. And they have abused it. It's now up to you -- we need you to work together to ensure that our networks are open to content producers, to innovative service providers, and most of all, to ordinary Canadian citizens. We need more than tweets, more than press releases and pamphlets. We are asking for a firm commitment to ensure that the large network operators will no longer be artificially favoured over upstart innovators and competitors, a commitment to providing Canadians with a bright and lasting digital future.
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