Melody McKinnon

6 Online Side Hustles Perfect For Parents

Melody McKinnon | April 28, 2016 | Canada Parents
Many online business models are perfect for working from home in Canada. However, parents of young children have unique challenges that can make it less feasible. Choosing the right home-based business can mean the difference between success and failure (and your sanity or insanity).
Cheryl Muir

4 Tips To Vastly Reduce The Amount Of Free Information You Give

Cheryl Muir | April 28, 2016 | Canada Business
We've all heard the phrase, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free." That's the premise here. Why would someone pay for your services when you are giving your best advice without charging for it? We need to strike a balance between showcasing the highlights of our services while also charging a set dollar figure for the real meat.
Gerard Montpetit

The Writing Is On The Wall For Alberta's Obsolete Oil Industry

Gerard Montpetit | April 28, 2016 | Canada Business
I can understand that Alberta faces economic hardships; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the cabinet meeting would examine the challenges that Alberta has to face because the price of petroleum has fallen through the floor. But in 2015-16, is the building of pipelines an appropriate remedy for the economic woes of Alberta?
Blair King

Let's Have An Honest Conversation About Pipelines And Ethical Oil

Blair King | April 28, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
The reality is that you can't have a legitimate discussion about the topic of oil without considering the ethics underlying our oil supply. Regardless of branding, ethical sourcing has to be part of the discussion. As a pragmatic environmentalist seeking only to ensure a healthy economy on a healthy planet, I would be remiss if I ignored the topic for such an inane reason.
Martha Turner

The Sharing Economy Is Transforming How We Learn

Martha Turner | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
As young people enter an increasingly over-credentialed job market, new forms of qualifications and ways of acquiring them are beginning to gain traction in an increasingly competitive environment. This not only helps candidates better market themselves, but also helps meet the emerging skills required in a vastly changing career landscape.
Evan Thompson

Riding The Business Rollercoaster While Staying Grounded

Evan Thompson | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
When you climb into a rollercoaster car, you relinquish full control. The safety apparatus comes down across your torso and you begin your ascent up an endless incline. Then come the ups and downs that seem to go on forever as you hang on tight. When you are in business, you can't always control the peaks and valleys.
Jerry Dias

CanCon Is Still Relevant In The Digital Age

Jerry Dias | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
The digital revolution has brought many wonderful things. Canadians can plug into international events from the comfort of their own home or office, or from just about anywhere thanks to mobile devices. And the world, we hope, can do the same to find out about the great north -- Canada. The challenge, it seems, is in making sure there's Canadian content for the world to find and enjoy. Finding ways to balance the digital era with supporting local programming is key if Canada is going to continue to foster local democracy in communities.
Wade Stayzer

The Top 10 Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Finances

Wade Stayzer | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
Cleaning out the cupboards, taking stock of items that need to be retired or repaired, and outright purging in some cases, is often what is done as the weather changes. And while it's common to want to get your house in order, it's not so common to do the same with your finances.
Jeff Cates

Filing Your Taxes Last-Minute Is Simpler Than You Think

Jeff Cates | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
The tax deadline falls on May 2 this year, which means Canadians have an extra weekend to file their taxes. The CRA will soon be hit by a wave of last-minute tax returns, as countless Canadians wait until the last minute.
Mary Donohue

3 Things You Need To Know About Generation Z

Mary Donohue | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
If you are hiring summer students, have teenagers slouching around the house, or you are a forward-thinking CEO, you are spending some time thinking about Gen Z. The follow-on generation to the Millennials is something of an unknown to most. The biggest question: how they are going to perform in the workforce?
YPNextHome

How To Disaster-Proof Your Rental Against Kids, Pets And More

YPNextHome | April 27, 2016 | Canada Living
Sometimes preventing damage is easy, but there are a few circumstances that have less obvious preventative measures. Here's how to avoid a few overlooked problems that could cause harm to your rental unit.
Christine Shisler

Advice To Help Newcomers Successfully Manage And Grow Their Business

Christine Shisler | April 28, 2016 | Canada Business
Getting a business off the ground takes many long hours and hard work -- but as any entrepreneur knows, it doesn't end there. Small business owners assume many roles -- from manager of sales and marketing to finance, HR and more. The challenge can be finding time to manage these day-to-day operations and grow the business.
Karen Selick

I Am Fed Up With Air Canada's Ridiculous Fees

Karen Selick | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
In the fall of 2015, I planned to travel from Toronto to Vancouver and back. I booked my outbound flight with WestJet, and the return flight with Air Canada, because the timing of those flights was most convenient for me. Then an unforeseen problem arose, and I had to cancel my trip. Each airline told me I could cancel my flight, pay a penalty (I thought it was $100 in each case), then apply the credit balance to another flight, so long as I used my credit within a year. Each airline, that is, except Air Canada.
Vahagn Aydinyan

CASL Compliance Is Not The End Of Marketing

Vahagn Aydinyan | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) was created to protect Canadians from spam. It is the legislation which regulates commercial email, designed to keep unwanted and unrequested electronic messages out of user's accounts. CASL directly affects how businesses market to consumers.
Stephen Murdoch

Nothing Has Changed: Public Relations Is Still About Building Relationships

Stephen Murdoch | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
Strong relationships have always been at the heart of good public relations. Today, with newsrooms shrinking, relationships are of the utmost importance in telling your story.
Aaron Binder

Virtual Reality Is The Next Great Cultural Disruption

Aaron Binder | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
Virtual reality has been around for decades in various iterations but this is the first time it feels real enough to make a grown woman grimace with a memory long lost but alive again. Cardboard is so easy to figure out that its uses extend far past the daily pastiche of just hopping to Ecuador for an afternoon or cruising down to Bonnaroo in a convertible.
YWCA Toronto

Does Your Local Bar Have A Tinder Policy?

YWCA Toronto | April 28, 2016 | Canada Impact
This bar encourages women to alert bar staff if their dates make them feel unsafe or if they receive unwanted attention from other customers. The sign posted in the women's washroom reads: "Your safety and happiness is our highest priority." Not surprisingly, support for this policy has reverberated across the Atlantic.
Cheryl Muir

3 Signs You're Giving Away Too Much Free Information

Cheryl Muir | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
Of course you're p*ssed -- people are taking advantage of you and not compensating you fairly (or at all). It's frustrating to put your heart and soul into your business only to have nothing to show for it financially.
Ryan Benn

The 5 Not-So-Secret Strategies For Long Term Employee Retention

Ryan Benn | April 26, 2016 | Canada Business
For businesses to thrive in today's economy, finding and retaining the best talent is critically important. This is particularly true for small businesses competing on a global scale. Frequent employee turnover has a dire effect on a company's morale, finances (often measured at 6-9 months salary) and most importantly, it slows the company down. But is long-term employment even viable in this job market?
Joshua Ostroff

It's Time To Rip The Band-Aid Off Canada's Daycare Crisis

Joshua Ostroff | April 27, 2016 | Canada Parents
Extending maternity/parental leave to 18 months doesn't actually solve the problem. It's a ninja turtle Band-Aid that looks cool and will make us feel better until it's peeled off and we are faced with the same bloody daycare crisis. In 2008 UNICEF declared Canada tied for the worst child care out of the world's 25 richest countries. Since then costs have only gone up and access has only gone down. There are available spaces for only one out of every five Canadian kids. It's clearly high time for Canada to build on Quebec's lead and develop a universal child care program that extends across the country just like universal health care, social security and education already do.
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