People with disabilities could boost economy by $50 billion: report

People with disabilities could boost economy by $50 billion: reportCanadians with disabilities are already a large part of the working age population and will increase in importance as the population ages, says a new report by TD Economics. Yet labour market outcomes for these individuals continues to lag. Even moderate success in narrowing gaps between people with disabilities (PWD) and the general population could…

Canadian household credit accelerates

HELOCs often used for home improvement and renovation spending has been on a steep climb for 18 years: Scotiabank report

Canadian household credit acceleratesTotal chartered bank household credit growth in Canada accelerated in August, supported by an expansion in residential mortgage credit and non-mortgage credit that was the fastest in about two years, says a new report by Scotiabank. But the report also said that growth in home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) has slowed since its peak…

Creating a clear and enduring brand

Abagail Vanmerlin of Brand Theory talks about why encapsulating the culture, values and long-range vision of a company is so important

Creating a clear and enduring brandAbagail Vanmerlin is owner at Brand Theory Inc. What is Brand Theory and what does it do? Vanmerlin: We are a full-service creative agency specializing in the strategic branding of mid-to-large business-to-business organizations. By full service, I mean that we offer a suite of brand deliverables which can be anything from interactive and responsive website…

Freelance makeup artist turns each job into the next one

Makeup artist Karen Malcolm-Pye talks about the work she has done for famous people and why she never rests on her laurels

Freelance makeup artist turns each job into the next oneKaren Malcolm-Pye is a makeup artist in Calgary. What is your career and what do you do? Malcolm-Pye: I’m a freelance makeup artist – a dream job for me really! I do makeup for television, advertising, broadcasting, commercials, weddings, celebrities and anyone else who wants to look and feel a little extra beautiful – and…

An Eggsceptional Crustless Quiche for any time of the day

An Eggsceptional Crustless Quiche for any time of the dayOne of my favourite egg dishes is my crustless Kale, Mushroom & Onion Quiche,which I make in my French ceramic bakeware pie dish by Emile Henri. This dish is easy-to-make and suitable for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner or anytime you prefer to go meatless.  What you’ll need: • 4 eggs • ¾-1 cup cheese…

Millennials like me will be on the hook for election promises

Big promises by big governments cost a lot. Just like interest payments go up on an unpaid credit card, interest payments on our national debt are also going up

Millennials like me will be on the hook for election promisesAs a 22 year old, I’ve not been very actively politically – until now. The federal election has definitely made me more engaged. Once I join the workforce, over time, I’ll likely be investing over half of my income not into a home or family needs, but into governments through taxes. That realization has motivated…

Why 5G points to a bright future in Canada

Marc Bellini of Nokia talks about the next generation of wireless, its application diversity and the new possibilities it holds for Canadians and their businesses

Why 5G points to a bright future in CanadaMarc Bellini is CTO of the Canada Market team for Nokia. Where is the Canadian wireless infrastructure capacity at and what are the consequences of that? Bellini: Nokia Canada is a global leader in wireless infrastructure, and it’s set up to retain that position as the country transitions to 5G. Yet it’s not only the…

Finding common ground on pipeline expansion

No issue in Canada has been framed as more black and white than pipeline development

Finding common ground on pipeline expansionIt’s often said that you can have it all, but not all at once. The key to finding work/life balance is to measure success not by the day or week, but over the longer term. So it is with our choices for Canada. We are often told that we have to choose between being socially…

Time to stop oversimplifying politics

To move our country forward we must begin to approach issues with a collaborative spirit and a yes/and approach

Time to stop oversimplifying politicsOne of the problems with present-day politics is the assertion that there is an obvious, clear-cut solution to the various political issues. Too often, the issues are oversimplified, and the options are presented as binary. Social and economic progress rooted in good public policy requires an honest look at the complexity of many policy conversations.…

Gender wage gap narrowing in Canada

Gender wage gap narrowing in CanadaThe gender wage gap in Canada has narrowed in recent years but it continues to be significant, according to a report released on Monday by Statistics Canada. In 2018, female employees aged 25 to 54 earned $4.13 (or 13.3 per cent) less per hour, on average, than their male counterparts. In other words, these women…
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