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Monthly Archives: April 2014

The right way to do laundry

The right way to do laundry

These days, nobody wants to spend half their day doing housework. When it comes to laundry, who has time to hand wash delicate clothing, worry about too much detergent, or remember to leave that sweater out of the dryer so it doesn’t shrink? Laundry is something that should be simple and easy. Here are a… Continue Reading

London housing fears sound all too familiar

London housing fears sound all too familiar

It’s fascinating to see that Toronto is not the only city where concerns about housing bubbles and over-valuation are almost daily topics of media discussion and analysis. In London, an interesting twist on the story of rapidly rising real estate costs comes from the property appraisal business. According to some, the housing market in England’s… Continue Reading

Toronto rated #1 world city for real estate investors

Toronto rated #1 world city for real estate investors

Toronto has been rated the best city in the world for long-term investment in real estate based on its resilience and ability to adapt to threat.  Vancouver and Calgary are right behind in second and third place. These cities and their real estate are particularly attractive to investors with long investment horizons, like pension funds.… Continue Reading

Where your CPP contributions end up

Where your CPP contributions end up

Every working Canadian is familiar with the Canada Pension Plan. Since 1965, every worker has contributed to it, the amount each year showing in the little box marked CPP Contributions on the T4 form at tax time. It’s one of the two pillars, the other being Old Age Security, of this country’s public retirement system.… Continue Reading

Have you reached Mortgage Freedom Day?

Have you reached Mortgage Freedom Day?

Everybody has heard of “tax freedom day,” that date on the calendar when we’re supposed to stop working for the government, i.e., paying taxes, and start working for ourselves. It usually comes a couple of days later each year: 2013, June 10; 2012, June 8. (The Fraser Institute, which makes the official calculation, hasn’t released… Continue Reading

Brands that connect with consumers emotionally do better

Brands that connect with consumers emotionally do better

Canadians apparently love home-grown brands. Our favourite “quick service” (formerly known as “fast food”) brand is, what else? Tim Hortons! We love the NHL, Shoppers Drug Mart, Canadian Tire, Canada Post (?), The Globe and Mail and WestJet. Each of these very well known brands has been named Brand of the Year in its respective… Continue Reading

Government reveals strategy for improving broadband access in Canada

Government reveals strategy for improving broadband access in Canada

The federal government tabled its Digital Privacy Act yesterday, part of its Digital Canada 150 strategy. The strategy promises that over 98 per cent of Canadians will have access to high-speed Internet at 5 megabits per second by the year 2017, the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of confederation. That expansion of broadband access would mean that 280,000… Continue Reading

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