Teamsters Target Amazon

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Description: The Teamsters union is targeting Amazon’s operations in Canada, with an eye towards unionizing its nine Canadian locations. The Teamsters have already signed-up 40% of the workers at Amazon’s Edmonton facility, thereby reaching the threshold to conduct a facility-wide unionization vote. While the union promises higher wages and better benefits, Amazon counters that unionization… Read more »

Microsoft Backs Pay for News

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Description: In a recent blog post, Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, brought some good news to the traditional news media. Smith’s frank statement – “But one thing is clear – the internet and social media have not been kind to the free press” – seems an apt summary for how the internet has strangled revenue… Read more »

Mortgage Below 1%

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Description: This may never have been seen in Canada before: a mortgage rate below 1%. CanWise Financial’s President, James Laird, stated that the 0.99% figure HSBC placed on offer is “definitely eye catching.” And that may just be the point. Samantha Brookes, the CEO of Mortgages of Canada observed that “banks are being aggressive in trying… Read more »

Second Cup Acquires Bridgehead

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Description: Popular Ottawa-area coffee chain Bridgehead has been purchased by Second Cup for close to $10 million. Bridgehead has a history of supporting fair trade in the coffee business. The intent is that Bridgehead will be able to keep its own identity under the new ownership, allowing the brand to expand outside of the Ottawa… Read more »

Tough times, no savings

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Description: Over one third of Canadians have no retirement savings. And over one half of our citizens are living paycheque to paycheque. These are the rather dismal findings of a recent poll. As well, one third cannot pay off their credit cards each month, an indicator of financial pressures on Canadian households. Date:  September 30,… Read more »

New Jobs in Canada

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Description: You may have noticed this – 81,000 new jobs were created in in August in Canada. A high number of the jobs were in the service sector and were secured by young Canadians. The unemployment rate of 5.7% is close to its lowest level in 40 years. Date:  September 6, 2019 Source: Link:… Read more »

Fading middle class dream

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Description:  A new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concludes the middle class is shrinking. Even worse for Canada, our middle class seems to be faring a bit worse than those in other nations studied. As noted by OECD’s chief of staff, Gabriela Ramos, “The middle class is at the core… Read more »

So much for cheap cellular

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Description:   A few months ago, Canadian regulators issued a decision Canadian consumers were tantalized by: cheaper cellphone rates. But the industry watchers appear to be underwhelmed by the results. One of the experts called the new plans being offered “pretty much a joke.” Canadians remain behind other nations in terms of the amount of data… Read more »

Tim’s magnate dies

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Description:   Ron Joyce, the first franchisee of Tim Horton’s, and the man who helped grow the chain into a fast-food empire, has died. Joyce, a native of Tatamagouche, N.S., eventually sold Tim Horton’s to Wendy’s in the 1990s. He became well-known as a generous benefactor of various institutions. In a highly notable case, in memory… Read more »

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Arrested

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Description: Some shocking news emerged this week as we found out that Canada had arrested Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States. As the Canadian court held a bail hearing on Friday, it seems that the CFO faces possible fraud charges regarding Huawei’s use of a subsidiary to sell product… Read more »