The Upstart Engines

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Description: There’s probably not much chance that any of the search engines like Neeva, DuckDuckGo, or will supplant Google as the world’s number one search engine anytime soon. Google owns over 90% of the market, with Microsoft’s Bing the next largest at roughly 2.5%. Yet, by offering more privacy, fewer ads, and better results,… Read more »

Starbucks Employees Unionize

Posted by & filed under Canadian Economy, Student life.

Description: Starbucks employees in Buffalo have voted to become the first unionized Starbuck’s location in the United States. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, views this as symbolic of recent labour force trends, where employees are somewhat emboldened, reconsidering their options in the face of the Covid-19 economic and social trends. Starbucks has been… Read more »

Inflation! Inflation!

Posted by & filed under Canadian Economy, Student life.

Description: Friday the United States released its latest inflation data, showing that prices had climbed 6.8 percent over November 2020 This places inflation at rates not seen in about 40 years. Canadian results are expected to be somewhat similar. Canadians carrying debt need to take a look at their finances in the face of what… Read more »

Threats to Independence

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Description: Well, they’ve gone and done it again. That’s three times in a row now that the Province of New Brunswick has gone ahead and appointed its Comptroller as its Auditor General, without the benefit of any cooling-off period. It seems very difficult to understand how this key financial officer in government – in this… Read more »

Sweet News

Posted by & filed under Accounting Principles, Student life.

Description: I suppose you could call it sweet news: the recent announcement that the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) will provide the supply chain with 22.7 million kilograms of its well-known product from its strategic reserve. Quebec dominates the world market for maple syrup, controlling over 70% of global production. QMSP’s reserve is a key part of its supply… Read more »

Paying Big Dividends

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Description: Two big Canadian banks, TD and CIBC, have upped their dividends by 10% after announcing their latest quarterly results. The banking sector has done quite well during the pandemic, and the market had anticipated some range of dividend increase. Until recently, the regulator had been restricting dividend payments by the banks during Covid-19 in… Read more »

Gray Wolf to the Rescue

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Description: When the City of Fredericton’s Instagram account was hacked recently, City officials knew where to turn. Enter Gray Wolf Analytics, a local cybersecurity company that had already been in talks with city hall regarding a pilot project. Gray Wolf used its cryptocurrency expertise to upend an attempted ransom demand and to provide valuable intelligence… Read more »

Big Deficit: But Lower Than 2020’s

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Description: The federal Department of Finance has reported the deficit for the first six months of this fiscal year is approximately $69 billion. Though this number is certainly high by normal standards, it is down from over $198 billion in the same six months a year ago. Big reductions in the Covid-19 relief payments such… Read more »

Watching Those Trades

Posted by & filed under Personal Tax, Student life.

Description: A Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) allows Canadians to save using a wide variety of investment vehicles. Young investors are finding out, however, that using their TFSAs for frequent trades may draw unwanted attention from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). RBC Direct Investing has advised its users “that TFSAs are registered accounts intended for… Read more »

Golfing with the Vendors?

Posted by & filed under Accounting Careers, Fraud.

Description: If you’re working for the City of Hamilton, watch out if you are getting too chummy with city suppliers out on the golf course. City Auditor Charles Brown’s latest fraud and waste report noted that two city employees were hanging out on the golf course during working hours with a vendor who was pursuing… Read more »