Shannon M. Nelson
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Shannon Nelson is a mature yet puerile Canadian broadcaster who splits her time between Canada and the US.

Shannon has hosted hundreds of in depth, on camera interviews with politicians, musicians, and athletes for the Biography Channel, and she was also the host of The Shannon Nelson Show on talk station CFUN 1410 radio for five years. Before that she was co-host of CBC Television’s national daytime interview program, In The Company of Women with Charmaine Crooks and Maria La Rose, and while her kids were growing up she wrote a funny and popular weekly column on family life for the North Shore News.

Shannon Nelson is currently a contributing editor at, a Canadian financial news and opinion site.

Entries by Shannon M. Nelson

How to Get a Big Bang for Your Charitable Buck

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 8:50 AM

I'm all lit up right now, and I just have to share.

No, it's not about Christmas cocktails (I wish), or standing too close to the outlet that houses the electrical cord on my twinkly little Christmas tree. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I played...

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Why I Don't Want to Become an American Citizen

(16) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:59 PM

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. "I can't wait to throw a party for you when you become an American," gushed one California friend on the golf course the other...

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Are You An Aspiring Santa? Think About Santa School

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:47 AM

As I was perusing my Facebook feed the other day, I came across a post from my accountant, Brad. It read as follows: "Santa Heaven: working at Grouse Mtn, my own elf workshop, 2 real reindeer (Dancer and Vixen), skating rink outside my door, horse drawn sleigh, making kids happy....I'm...

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Your Office Chair Might Be Killing You

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Three years ago 48-year-old stock broker John Nelson had had enough. It was 2:30 p.m. on a Friday, and his back, long a source of pain during his workdays and weekly rounds of golf was killing him.

Nelson, a 24-year Vancouver Investment Advisor with Scotia McLeod and the father of...

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How Turnips Reminded Me of Remembrance Day and a Family Hero

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Boy, did I catch hell at the supermarket the other day.

I was standing in line at the check out counter minding my own business, when an elderly lady dropped a turnip on the floor beside me. Naturally I bent over and picked it up for her. As I rolled...

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7 Reasons Why Working for Free Is Great for Your Career

(33) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 7:24 AM

Recent comments by Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz have stirred up a debate that has been percolating for years, but is especially loud during lean economic times. Addressing the issue of high rates of unemployed young people in Canada, Poloz commented that he thinks they should consider working for...

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Equity Crowdfunding Is Changing Venture Capitalism in Canada

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 6:20 PM

If you're considering embarking on the painstakingly tedious process of raising seed capital for your company, you should know that a dismal 98 per cent of business plans pitched to venture capitalists or accredited angel investors are rejected. And in the off chance that your idea is endorsed, the combined...

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Why It's Important to Ego Surf the Web

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 7:44 AM

When I was a talk radio host years ago my producer Robin thought it would be fun to do a spot about ego surfing, or the practice of Googling ourselves. In preparation for what we assumed was going to be a light-hearted look at a mild vanity indulgence, I was...

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Sorry Ello, My Heart Belongs to Facebook

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 12:53 PM

I joined it, I tried it, and I just don't get what all the fuss is about.

Here's how it started: I was noodling around on Facebook early last week, when something unusual jumped off the page at me. It was an update on my newsfeed by my oldest...

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Do You Remember BRE-X, the Biggest Mining Fraud Ever?

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 6:05 PM

If you were around in the mid 1990's, it's likely the name BRE-X conjures up some frightening memories. It's a true rags to riches story that involves murder, international intrigue, arson, and exotic adventure. It's also a story about a fantastic investment fraud that left once rapt investors, both big...

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The Advantages of Being Employed By Your Adult Children

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 2:46 PM

There's a well known cycle of family business: the first generation makes it, the second generation spends it, and the third generation blows it. Naturally there are exceptions, but 70 per cent of family businesses never even make it to the second generation, let alone the third. And I've got...

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Dick Cheney Could Be My New BFF

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 12:17 PM

Okay, I know I'm a little late out of the gate for this revelation about the 46th vice president of the United States of America, but Dick Cheney's new book In My Time is still fresh off the presses, and I feel compelled to write about him. Now lest you...

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How to Survive Thanksgiving Dinner

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 11:31 AM

As Thanksgiving weekend is upon us, I would like to share a few tips with you regarding how to have a successful turkey dinner for the holiday.

Anyone who has done it knows that cooking a turkey for a diverse extended family is not entirely without its problems. But there...

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A Baby Boomer's Tale of Online Dating

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 9:37 AM

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that online dating has totally taken off in the last 10 years. I read recently that one in five are currently in a relationship with someone they met online, and 17 per cent of couples that got married in the...

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The Heartbreak of Separation

(37) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 3:04 PM

I had a nice family once... a good husband, healthy, happy children, a home, dogs, and a cat.

I had everything, or so I thought. And then one day I discovered that I really didn't have everything. That what I thought was a safe, secure home was no longer. The...

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