Is This Time to Tame the Deficit ?

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Description: Running federal deficits in good times may hurt Canadians in the long run according to HEC Montreal’s Centre for Productivity and Prosperity. Our Canadian government ran deficits from 2015 through 2018, and this may have lead to economic growth. Now, with no recession in sight, the latest financial update from the government indicated that… Read more »

Pressure on Wages

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Description: Statistics Canada tells us that in Toronto and other cities in southern Ontario, wages for men have either been flat – no increases – or on the way down for the 15 year period between 2000 and 2015. In contrast, wages for males elsewhere in Canada went up by 13% over the same period…. Read more »

Direction Change at BlackRock

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Description: BlackRock, the largest manager of financial assets in the world, is making an about face on climate change. In a letter to CEOs, BlackRock signaled that the economy is “on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance” due to the threat of climate change. BlackRock is looking at dispensing with coal-related investments and… Read more »

Layoffs at Loblaws

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Description: In last week’s blog, you may have read the piece describing research by the Canadian government, noting that AI may not be targeting as many jobs as feared. Don’t tell the workers at the Loblaws grocery chain warehouses: they may not believe you. Automation and consolidation of facilities will put about 800 workers on… Read more »

$ 3 Million Ransom

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Description: The hackers are keeping busy. Travelex, a company dealing in foreign exchange transactions, has been hit by a virus. Reports say the hackers are holding Travelex to a $3 million ransom under the threat of releasing personal data. In the interim, the company’s outlets at various airports will use manual processes to exchange currency…. Read more »

CRA Gets a “D”

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Description: The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) doesn’t think the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is doing a very good job responding to inquiries from its members. The federation has given the CRA a “D” grade, observing the tax agency takes too long to respond, and, when it does, businesses often get incomplete information. The… Read more »

AI: Not as Bad as Feared?

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Description: The robots may still be coming – coming for your job that is – they just aren’t coming as fast as expected, at least according to research carried out this past year by the federal government. Nonetheless, expectations are that 11% of jobs could be replaced by some form of artificial intelligence (AI) in… Read more »

Western’s Benefactor Dies

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Description: Richard Ivey, a well-known Canadian philanthropist, has died. Students may recognize the Ivey name for the Ivey Business School at Western University. The Ivey Foundation has donated over $100 million to various causes since it was founded by Richard Ivey’s father – also named Richard Ivey – in 1947. Date:  December 31, 2019 Source: … Read more »

Check the Cheque Stub

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Description: Things are changing in personal taxation for Canadians in 2020 and these changes will show up in various deductions on your paycheque stub. Finance Minister Bill Morneau had told Canadians to expect significant tax cuts to help the middle class. But financial planner Janet Gray says she would not count on people noticing any… Read more »

Things Looking Up at Lululemon

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Description: Things are looking up at popular Canadian “athleisure” vendor Lululemon. The Vancouver based retailer recorded net income of over $125 million in the third quarter, up about $30 million from the same period last year. The company is expanding its repertoire of products, moving into the self-care line of shampoo and body lotions. In… Read more »