Yanick Labrie

Quebec's Over-Regulated Maple Syrup Industry Is Losing Ground

Yanick Labrie | May 25, 2015 | Canada Business
The plight of Quebec's maple syrup industry has caught the eye of Pierre Paradis, the province's agriculture minister. While the province's share of global maple syrup production was 78 per cent ten years ago, it has fallen to 69 per cent today. We remain the global leader, but that's still quite a drop in market share.
Aaron Binder

Ontario Has a Cross-Border Alcohol Problem

Aaron Binder | May 25, 2015 | Canada Business
Consumers in border cities are able to take advantage of considerable price differences, albeit at risk of being caught by a border agent and forced to pay duty tax. The rest of the province should only be so lucky to experience an American liquor store with selection of depth and width far above and beyond what the LCBO offers.
Richard Leblanc

The Executive Pay Model Is Broken. Here Are Three Ways to Fix it

Richard Leblanc | May 25, 2015 | Canada Business
Regulators have a poor track record of getting executive pay right. Indeed, some say U.S. Congress has been the single greatest driver of increasing CEO pay. According to a survey by Mercer, a majority of UK board members believe the executive pay model is broken. Here are three ways to fix it.
David Lester

Take Advantage of the "Big Rocks" That Can Make You Rich

David Lester | May 25, 2015 | Canada Business
It's the good "Big Rocks" that can actually make you wealthy (or poor) so let's concentrate on the big rocks! Large items that can make you poor are things like expensive dinners, cars, boats and big ticket clothing. And then things like business equity, investments, and property are the big items that make you rich.
Hon. Navdeep Bains

Let's Reinvest in the Middle Class

Hon. Navdeep Bains | May 22, 2015 | Canada Business
Putting more money in the pockets of middle class Canadians is the key to driving a more sustainable and successful economy. Not only is it a good idea but it's also fair and the right thing to do. What could be more Canadian than that?
The Reply

Millennials: Stop What You're Doing and Start Saving for Retirement

The Reply | May 22, 2015 | Canada Living
When it comes to planning for retirement, you should be focusing on one crucial piece of advice: the earlier you start saving, the better. "The longer you save for retirement, the more money you build," says financial security advisor Kirk Bowden in an interview. "Even if it's something small."
Andrew Robinson

Who Benefits and Who Loses Out at Ontario Universities Today?

Andrew Robinson | May 22, 2015 | Canada Business
Individual universities are pursuing policies of climbing in international ranking of universities. This means emphasis on research, publication of research findings, and not on the outcome of teaching. They are not serving the province, the people of Ontario, their students, or many of their employees well at this point.
Karis Macdougall

Digital Video: Five Pop Culture Mantras for Brands and Performers

Karis Macdougall | May 21, 2015 | Canada Business
Why does certain YouTube content have the ability to bring so many people to the party? I asked myself this question when I came across a Rosetta Stone commercial I acted in two years ago. We (the actors) thought the videos were simply being used on the company's website. I was wrong.
Tom Turpin

Innovation Is the Key to Attracting Young Workers

Tom Turpin | May 21, 2015 | Canada Business
The key to closing Canada's skills gap in the future lies in young people and according to a recent Randstad study, it seems that young Canadians are getting the message. There is a wealth of opportunity for career building within the various skilled trade sectors across the country, and people are taking notice.
Capt. Trevor Greene

Billionaires Fund Ambitious Quests for 100 Per Cent Renewable Power

Capt. Trevor Greene | May 21, 2015 | Canada Business
Hawaii set an ambitious goal in May this year; to be the first state to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2045. The conversion will be phased in; 30 per cent renewable by the end of 2020, 70 per cent by the end of 2040 to 100 per cent by the end of 2045. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison will play a pivotal role in Hawaii's quest for 100 per cent renewables.
Murtaza Haider

How Media Gets Data Wrong

Murtaza Haider | May 20, 2015 | Canada Business
The recent rise of data journalism has witnessed the emergence of data visualization where the editors increasingly reinforce narrative with creative infographics. While major news outlets such as The Economist, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal retained experts in data science and visualization, most newspapers have entrusted the task to the graphics departments that rely on tools that are not specifically designed for data visualization. At times, the outcome is math and logic-defying graphics that present a false picture
Shekhar Parmar

Improve Your Workplace for Employees With Mental Health Issues

Shekhar Parmar | May 19, 2015 | Canada Business
As a business owner, my employees' health and well-being is important to me. I know that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Here are a few suggestions on what we all can do to make our workplaces better for those who are living with mental health issues and in turn increase productivity.
Kathy Buckworth

How to Be an Effective Mentor

Kathy Buckworth | May 19, 2015 | Canada Business
The biggest hurdle for most people seems to be how to get a formal mentor and how to become one. I spoke on this subject at a conference for women entrepreneurs and at the end of the session I had exactly one woman approach me.
Kris Constable

Have You Made an Informed Decision to Use Facebook?

Kris Constable | May 19, 2015 | Canada Business
Privacy commissioners regulate laws, they don't go on privacy witch hunts to make companies' lives difficult. There are lots of economic opportunities to do bad things, but society is at a shift where many people want to see the respectful thing done, and Facebook is not choosing the respectful thing here.
David Lester

Ten Tips on How to Become Filthy Rich

David Lester | May 17, 2015 | Canada Business
Think about how you feel about money vs. how wealthy people feel and if your belief system is serving you. If you currently have a positive belief system on money, ah-mazing. Keep it up! If you have a negative association with money, wouldn't it serve you better if your habits were one of a money maverick?
Dennis Howlett

Canada Needs to Act on Its Promise to Tackle Tax Havens

Dennis Howlett | May 16, 2015 | Canada Business
Canada and its global partners can't keep relying on whistleblowers, snitch lines and investigative journalists to assure the integrity of our tax system. So far, there is little evidence to show that the government has the political will to end this. It is estimated that Canada loses at least $7.8 billion each year from tax haven schemes. The practice hurts both federal and provincial economies. It also undermines public confidence in our tax system. The world of tax havens is a murky one inhabited by the very wily and the cynical.
Peter Hall

The Contrasting Impacts of Plummeting Oil Prices

Peter Hall | May 15, 2015 | Canada Business
Canada's energy sector service and equipment exporters are in for tough times, and cash flows for oil and gas exporters will tighten significantly. This is already beginning to spill red ink on Canada's trade and fiscal statistics. However, Canada's non-energy sector exporters should see a substantial boost.
Ralph Goodale

93 Per Cent of Canadians Get Nothing from Doubling TFSA Limits

Ralph Goodale | May 15, 2015 | Canada Business
For those who readily have an extra $4500 available every year, after they've paid their taxes, this increase would be an attractive future tax break. But is a higher limit fair to taxpayers across the board? The answer to that question depends on how many taxpayers at various wealth levels will be able to benefit from the higher contributions.
Rhonda Scharf

GM Repeatedly Missed Opportunty in Ignition Switch Crisis

Rhonda Scharf | May 14, 2015 | Canada Business
By not answering the door to opportunity, General Motors has managed to completely destroy their public image and counteract any growth they may have experienced over the past few years, all because they thought that a 57-cent part wasn't worth a recall.
Dan S. Barnabic

Why You Should be Bracing for a Dual Market Crash

Dan S. Barnabic | May 14, 2015 | Canada Business
According to many North American economic analyses, we're not headed toward a bubble -- we're in one. But how is this bubble different from past bubbles and what will happen when it ultimately bursts?
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