Finance and Business
Op-ed - Canada’s skills gap: Getting beyond the rhetoric
Beyond the rhetoric: Getting to real solutions for Canada’s skills challenges
Just because Canada may need more plumbers or welders doesn’t mean it needs fewer university grads.
By Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
It has been encouraging to see leaders in government, industry and education gather at two recent skills summits, in Toronto and Charlottetown, to try to reimagine the future of skills development in Canada and set us on a better path to prosperity.
Short trips to the U.S. - Don’t forget to pack travel insurance
“Crossing the border without travel medical insurance can be a costly oversight for travellers who need emergency medical assistance.”
Most people think about getting travel insurance for a vacation to Europe or the Caribbean. But even though approximately 32 million Canadians drove to the United States for the day in 2013, when it comes to weekend trips to the US, many people don’t even consider insurance.
Call for nominees: 2014 BDC Entrepreneurial Resiliency Award
June 2, 2014 – The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is seeking nominations for the BDC Entrepreneurial Resiliency Award.
“Resiliency is an essential skill for entrepreneurs. With this new award, we are aiming to recognize that failing is part of the entrepreneurial process”
BDC is looking for applicants to share their inspirational story about how they overcame challenges to their business and bounced back stronger.
To qualify for the award:
Advancing Women: Life Skills for Leadership – Women in Ag Conference
Who: Iris Meck Communications Inc. hosts the first Advancing Women, Life Skills for Leadership – Women in Ag Conference being held April 28 and 29, 2014 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino, Calgary Alberta.
It’s time for Canadian women to refresh their leadership skills and realize that more women can lead at the very highest level in agriculture.
What: This conference is being attended by 350 women involved in all areas of the agriculture industry, from 6 provinces and 5 states, representing 146 organizations. They will gather to hear 12 expert speakers sharing their story of how they achieved their success and what tools they found beneficial to get them to where they are today.
Qui a étouffé l’étude de Postes Canada sur les services bancaires?
Grâce à son vaste réseau de bureaux de poste publics partout au pays, le service postal public s’avère le meilleur moyen de fournir des services financiers aux personnes qui en ont le plus besoin.
Lettre à la rédaction – Le 21 mars 2014
Who Killed Canada Post’s Banking Study?
Opinion Editorial, March 21, 2014
With its immense network stretching across the country – even in the tiniest, most remote communities - a public post office is the perfect way to deliver financial services to those who need them the most.
Canada Post and the Conservatives want to take away door-to-door delivery and hit small businesses, charities and individuals with steep postage hikes. This will hurt people, destroy public postal service and pave the way for privatization. What other options do we have to address declines in traditional mail?
Top 5 ways to prepare for retirement
“Planning early is the best way for Canadians to ensure they have a fulfilling and active retirement, while also being able to maintain their standard of living.”
It’s never too early to start planning for your retirement. However, many Canadians nearing retirement don’t yet have a plan in place and are worried about their financial future. In fact, 48 per cent of pre-retirees are concerned they will not have enough savings in retirement.
Debunking the myths around Annuities
Annuities are a stable and important part of retirement planning with many benefits attached to them, such as a guaranteed payout and no annual fees.
“It’s important for Canadians to understand annuities and how they can fit into a retirement plan.”
“Annuities have played an integral role in retirement planning for years, yet Canadians often have many misconceptions about the value that annuities can provide,” explains Parul Vora, Head of Wealth Products, RBC Insurance. “It’s important for Canadians to understand annuities and how they can fit into a retirement plan.”
Boston Pizza Strengthens Its Local Facebook Approach with Reshift Media’s Social Brand Amplifier
“The Social Brand Amplifier allows companies to cascade posts, creative and promotions from a national level to maintain brand consistency, while still allowing for strong local involvement.”
(TORONTO) March 12, 2014 – Boston Pizza, Canada's largest casual-dining restaurant, has implemented Reshift Media’s Social Brand Amplifier to power their network of Facebook pages to help increase their local reach and relevance.
Get the best refund this tax season
Anxiety is a feeling even the most prepared Canadian can experience when it’s time to complete their tax return. In spite of the concern that comes with our taxes, doesn’t if feel good when you press the button to NETFILE or print your return – especially when a refund is the reward?
Optimizing your tax return means that the calculation performed on the tax information you enter minimizes the amount of tax that you and your family members pay. Simply put, superior optimization means more money in your pocket.
Now that tax season is upon us, it's time to ensure that you will feel this state of euphoria painlessly – and choosing the right tax software can help on your journey.