Take Cash – Please

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Description: Business are asking consumers to pay with plastic to reduce contact in face of the COVID-19 virus. The Bank of Canada, however, is urging retailers to continue accepting cash, despite this current climate of social distancing. The Bank does not want to see those who rely on cash unable to transact business for necessary… Read more »

Airline Industry Woes

Posted by & filed under Accounting Principles, Canadian Economy.

Description: Perhaps no industry has been hit harder by the Corona virus than travel and tourism. Flight attendants at Westjet are anticipating layoffs of up to 50% in the face of COVID-19. Things are moving very quickly in this crisis, as earlier in the week the layoff numbers being tossed around were in the order… Read more »

RUTR is Changing

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Description: Many Canadians love to play that annual Tim Horton’s contest, Roll up the Rim, with its wide assortment of prizes. But this year you’ll only be able to roll up a real cup rim for the first two weeks of the contest. For the remainder of the time, you’ll be expected to bring a… Read more »

Maybe They Didn’t Get the Memo

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Description: In December the federal government brought in new regulations requiring the airlines to pay up to $1,000 in compensation to travelers hit by they canceled flights, other than for safety reasons of course. But customers are complaining that they haven’t been getting the refunds when they request them, and, further, they also haven’t been… Read more »

The Middle Class

Posted by & filed under Accounting Principles, Canadian Government.

Description: Did you hear the the Canadian government has given $50 million to MasterCard, a company that made $16 billion last year? The government response seems to be that this $50 million will create jobs and help the middle class. Of course, this new government has appointed a cabinet post for a minister of the… Read more »

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 »

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 »

No Dividend This Quarter

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Description: Other companies may be handing out their quarterly dividends, but not Westjet; at least not this quarter. Though the board had declared a dividend of 14 cents a share at an October meeting, the company is now bypassing the cash payment that was scheduled for December 31. Westjet has been purchased by Onex, and… Read more »

Beware Zombie Debt

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Description: If you slip up, you could become a victim of zombie debt. What? Some debt is subject to a statute of limitations, meaning you can’t be taken to court to force payment after a certain period of time has passed. But if you acknowledge this debt after this period has passed, perhaps by responding… Read more »

Hidden in Tax Expenditures

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Description: If a government plans to spend money through grants or other expenditures, it is normally clearly disclosed as part of the budget process. But there is another class of “hidden” expenditures known as tax expenditures, a combination of various measures that don’t show up in the financial statements. This week the New Brunswick government… Read more »