Daniel Tencer

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Where The World's Best-Paid Teachers Can Be Found

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 1:00 PM

With all the acrimony between teachers and provincial governments lately, particularly in Ontario, it may be worth taking a moment to take stock of the big picture, and compare teachers in Canada to others around the world.

On one measure — pay — Canadian teachers are doing very...

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Corporate Tax Cuts May Be ‘One Of The Great Policy Blunders Of The Past Generation': Study

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2015 | 9:30 PM

They should have worked. Maybe they could have worked. But they didn’t.

Corporate tax cuts were supposed to spur economic growth and job creation, but a new study looking at more than 90 years of data argues those cuts have done nothing to help growth — in fact, it shows...

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Syrian Refugees Will Boost Economy In Canada's Have-Not Regions, Experts Say

(69) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 5:13 PM

The recent news that settling 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada will cost $1.2 billion over the next six years has some questioning whether the government’s humanitarian mission is worth the price.

But many experts say cost is just one side of the equation. On the other side are...

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These Are The Best Industries For Wage Gains In Canada

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 1:17 PM

Sluggish job market or not, wage growth in Canada is picking up, new data from StatsCan shows.

Wages in Canada jumped by 1.6 per cent in just one month, from August to September, StatsCan’s latest survey of payroll employment, earnings and hours shows.

That works out to an...

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Canadian Mortgage Rates On The Rise, Threatening Housing Market: Experts

(33) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 4:50 PM

In the long-running debate over whether or not Canada has a housing bubble, there was one thing almost all experts agreed on: Low interest rates are one of the major things — if not the major thing — holding up Canada's high house prices.

Well, that pillar now appears to...

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These Canadian Businesses Are Going Above And Beyond To Help Refugees

(27) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 1:02 PM

As Canada grapples with the challenge of bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees, some businesses and entrepreneurs are putting time and money into helping out.

Their efforts may not be as extravagant as Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris’ campaign to buy a Greek island to house refugees, or as generous...

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David Suzuki's Comparison Of Oilsands To Slavery Raises Eyebrows

(111) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:09 PM

David Suzuki has long been a thorn in the side of Canada’s controversial oilsands industry, but the environmental activist’s comments on a radio show Monday will likely get him named the industry’s new enemy number one.

In a phone interview on SiriusXM’s “Everything Is Political With Evan Solomon,”...

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Soaring House Prices Are Widening Inequality, So Raise Property Taxes, Stiglitz Tells Canada

(72) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 1:09 PM

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is urging Canada to levy a “very progressive tax” on property in order to combat growing inequality caused by soaring house prices.

“If you have a $50-million apartment, the property tax on it should be very large,” Stiglitz, a Columbia University professor and former chief...

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Canada Faces Butter Shortage In Time For Holidays, Thanks To Shift From Margarine: Group

(45) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 8:41 AM

A Maritime dairy group is warning Canadians they could face a butter shortage just in time for the holidays.

Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia says ramped-up production nationwide may not be enough to prevent a shortage in the coming months, which it says is due to a shift...

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Téo Electric Taxi Service To Launch In Montreal, And Some Cars Will Be Teslas

(4) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 4:33 PM

As if Uber wasn’t enough for the taxi industry to contend with, here’s another trend that could set the whole taxi world upside down: Electric cabs.

Climate-conscious consumers in Montreal will soon have that option with the arrival of Téo, a taxi service that will operate an electric car fleet.

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Julia Child's French Villa On Sale For The Price Of A Toronto House

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 2:22 PM

Has the high cost of housing in Toronto or Vancouver got you down? Try moving to the south of France and living the wine-sipping good life in Provence, a la Julia Child. It might not actually cost you any more.

The famed chef’s former vacation home in Provence is for...

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World's Best Economies For Youth: Toronto Ranks First, Despite Some Serious Problems

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 9:17 AM

Despite high levels of youth joblessness and a relatively pessimistic mood among young workers, Toronto has the best economy for young people among 35 major world cities, a new survey says.

Toronto beat second-place New York and third-place Chicago as the city that best enables young people to thrive economically,...

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Tim Hortons Abruptly Shuts Multiple U.S. Locations, Taking Customers, Staff By Surprise

(102) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Managers and employees at Tim Hortons locations in New York and Maine say they were let go with virtually no notice this week, amid a round of store closures in the U.S. northeast.

At least one customer said he was mid-meal when Tim Hortons turned off the lights around him.

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Canadians Spending Least On Gas In Years .. But Our Economy May Be Shrinking Again

(29) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 1:17 PM

  • Canadians’ spending on gas lowest since 2009
  • Retail sales post unexpected drop
  • Economy may have stalled or shrunk in September

The collapse in oil prices has put big question marks over Canada’s economy, but at least it’s been easy on households’ transportation costs.

The share of retail spending...

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Rogers' Fido Internet To Offer Less-Pricey Service Aimed At Millennials

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 9:09 AM

Fido isn’t just for cellphones anymore.

The flanker wireless brand owned by Rogers Communications has jumped into the internet service business, offering customers a 30-Mbps internet plan at a lower price than its own Rogers-branded service.

Fido Internet is being sold as the same sort of "no...

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Canada's House Prices Are Making Children 'A Financial Luxury': Survey

(5) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:58 PM

Double-digit house price gains may be great for boomers whose retirement looms, but for younger generations, they are becoming an impediment to starting a family.

Some 56 per cent of respondents in a new survey from RateSupermarket said their ability to start or expand their family has been...

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Best Countries To Do Business: Canada Has Fallen Far On World Bank's Ranking

(15) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 11:20 AM

For the 10th year in a row, Singapore has been named the best country in which to do business by the World Bank.

The bank’s latest Doing Business report places the Asian city-state ahead of New Zealand (2nd) and Denmark (3rd). Singapore has in essence become an economic...

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Tim Hortons Locations Ditch Porcelain Mugs In Favour Of Disposable Cups: Report

(8) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 2:48 PM

Tim Hortons has received some negative publicity of late over reports it sends recyclable materials straight to landfills. And now comes word the chain is removing china mugs from some of its locations, in favour of disposable cups.

The Globe and Mail reports the chain has removed china...

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Why Sony's PlayStation 4 Is Being Linked To The Paris Attacks

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 11:53 AM

Three days before the Paris attacks, Belgium’s Interior Minister, Jan Jambon, warned the world that terrorists have a potentially dangerous new tool: Sony’s PlayStation 4 game console.

“The most difficult communication between these terrorists is via PlayStation 4,” Jambon said at an event hosted by Politico.

“It’s very,...

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Canada's Job Market Is Shaky, But These Industries Are Hiring

(15) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 8:32 AM

Oil price crash or not, there are parts of Canada's economy that are humming along nicely. A lower loonie is boosting some exporters and cheaper gas prices are putting money in consumers’ pockets.

But finding work in Canada's shaky and unpredictable job market will depend at...

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