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Canada’s Best Cities For Jobs And Affordable Homes

Canada’s Best Cities For Jobs And Affordable Homes

It’s one of the conundrums of life in Canada today: There are plenty of places where you can buy an affordable home, just not ones with many jobs. And in the big cities where the jobs are, housing just keeps getting more expensive. But there is a middle-ground, at least for now — places that […]

Canada’s Best Cities For Jobs And Affordable Homes

Canada’s Best Cities For Jobs And Affordable Homes

It’s one of the conundrums of life in Canada today: There are plenty of places where you can buy an affordable home, just not ones with many jobs. And in the big cities where the jobs are, housing just keeps getting more expensive. But there is a middle-ground, at least for now — places that […]

Another ‘Revenue Neutral’ Carbon Tax That’s Anything But

Another ‘Revenue Neutral’ Carbon Tax That’s Anything But

This piece was co-authored by CTF Alberta Director Paige MacPherson Did you really believe them when they said it would be revenue neutral? Last week, the Trudeau government announced a ‘technical paper‘ on its proposed federal carbon tax which suggests it will mimic Alberta’s carbon tax plan, quashing the optimism of those who believed the […]

Use Setbacks And Losses As A Fuel To Achieve Your Success

For new entrepreneurs and business owners it’s hard to know when to pull the trigger to hire someone when you want to step back from working in your business and instead start working on it to grow it. No one starts a business to be a slave to it and the only way to remove […]

We Need To Act On Income Volatility Now

We Need To Act On Income Volatility Now

Canada’s elected leaders have taken to referring to modest and middle-income households as “struggling Canadians,” but they are often short on details when it comes to who is struggling and why. Community organizations have been aware for some time of profound changes in the financial lives of Canadians — more people cobbling together an income […]

Kitchener, Ont. Is Home To Canada’s Fastest-Rising Rent Prices

Kitchener, Ont. Is Home To Canada’s Fastest-Rising Rent Prices

While Vancouver and Toronto make headlines with $1,700-a-month “micro-suites” and tales of landlords doubling rent, another city is seeing rents rise even faster. Rent in Kitchener, Ont. is the fastest-rising in Canada, according to a new report from PadMapper. Aerial view of downtown Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. (Photo: Skyf via Getty Images) The average one bedroom in […]

We Can’t Predict Canada’s Next Recession, But We Can Prepare For It

We Can’t Predict Canada’s Next Recession, But We Can Prepare For It

A couple of years after the financial crisis, I asked one of our executives how Canada had managed to sidestep the deep pain felt in the U.S. “I’m not sure we did,” he pushed back. “Maybe it just hasn’t happened yet.” (Photo: Nicolas McComber via Getty Images) Fast forward to 2017 and here we are, […]

Bank Of Canada Holds 0.5% Interest Rate As Uncertainty Trumps ‘Very Strong Growth’

Bank Of Canada Holds 0.5% Interest Rate As Uncertainty Trumps ‘Very Strong Growth’

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is sticking with its trendsetting interest rate of 0.5 per cent, saying uncertainties continue to overshadow the economy’s stronger-than-expected start to the year. In explaining its decision Wednesday to hold the rate, the central bank once again highlighted weak wage growth and the softening rate for underlying inflation as […]

Ontario Liberals’ Hydro Rate Cut Will Cost $21B In Long Run: Watchdog

Ontario Liberals’ Hydro Rate Cut Will Cost $21B In Long Run: Watchdog

TORONTO — Ontario’s budget watchdog says the Liberal government will spend $45 billion over the life of its hydro plan to save people $24 billion on their electricity bills. A report from the financial accountability officer says this means there will be a net cost of $21 billion to Ontarians over the approximately 30 years […]

Home Capital Draws $250 Million From Emergency Fund To Repay Deposit Notes

TORONTO — Home Capital Group says it has drawn down a further $250 million this week from its emergency line of credit to repay deposit notes due Wednesday. That leaves the Toronto-based mortgage company (TSX:HCG) with $350 million left from a $2 billion line of credit provided by the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan late […]

Canadian Homeowners Would Be Screwed By 1% Interest Rate Hike: Poll

Canadian Homeowners Would Be Screwed By 1% Interest Rate Hike: Poll

TORONTO — Nearly three quarters of Canadian homeowners say they would have difficulty paying their mortgage if their payments were to increase by more than 10 per cent, says a new survey by Manulife Bank. Thirty-eight per cent of those polled say their mortgage bills could rise between one to five per cent before they […]

Lisa Seymour-Peters Charged With Threatening Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

Lisa Seymour-Peters Charged With Threatening Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Police have charged a woman in southern Alberta with making online threats against the prime minister’s wife and the Canadian government. RCMP Cpl. Hal Turnbull said investigators were able to trace the social media account and link it to an address in Lethbridge. “The threats were allegedly made against the Canadian government […]

5 Ways To Beef Up Your Computer Security In The Wake Of WannaCry

5 Ways To Beef Up Your Computer Security In The Wake Of WannaCry

Like many technology consulting firms, our customers had many questions after the WannaCry ransomware attack. For this article, I consulted Josh Newman, a senior associate at Manawa, because of his extensive experience advising, diagnosing and resolving customer issues in data security, malware and viruses. What is WannaCry/WannaCrypt? The WannaCry ransomware attack started on May 12, […]

Convenience Stores Can Finally Have Some Tax Convenience

Convenience Stores Can Finally Have Some Tax Convenience

Canadians have always loved convenience. A network of 26,000 convenience stores across the country, open at convenient hours, offering thousands of products in virtually every neighbourhood in the country, is proof of that. Neighbourhood convenience retailers are happy to be there to deliver the products that Canadians want, when and how they want them. That […]

Chrystia Freeland Tells Mexico Canada Committed To Three-Way NAFTA Renegotiation

Chrystia Freeland Tells Mexico Canada Committed To Three-Way NAFTA Renegotiation

OTTAWA — The federal government is using a deep mine of digital data to map out what it says are the economic benefits to the United States of its unfettered trade with Canada, says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Freeland told an audience in Mexico City on Tuesday that the government’s trove of data drills […]

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