page contents
Sunday , 26 March 2017

Monthly Archives: July 2014

Lack of communication threatens IT security: report

It’s ironic that one of the biggest weaknesses threatening the security of the Internet, the world’s greatest communications system, is lack of communication. A new report on the state of the world’s IT security says that a lack of communication between IT security professionals and company executives is helping cybercriminals attack organizations around the world. While it may be natural for workers in any given field to believe that their bosses don’t give them the resources they need to do their jobs properly, there is widespread concern, the report says, that security systems aren’t keeping up with the criminals. The Ponemon Institute security survey highlights that “a lack of communication, education ... Read More »

July home sales continue to surge in Toronto

The surge in Toronto home sales continues. After the best May sales ever and the best June in the past four years, July is on track to be another record month. The Toronto Real Estate Board released its mid-month report today, showing a jump of 11.6 per cent over the same period last year. In the first fourteen days of July, 3,891 home sales were recorded through TREB’s MLS system. TREB president Paul Etherington noted that new listings were also up compared to last year, by 9.7 per cent. If the growth in new listings begins to outpace sales growth, there could be an improvement in the overall supply of ... Read More »

Canadians haven’t been spending, interest rates stay put again

Sports are good for the economy. Canadians are spending on home renovations and vacations, but not so much on flowers and groceries. It seems we would rather fix up the place and go away somewhere nice than shop for most things these days, according to the latest report on consumer spending from Moneris, the payment processing company. Even in ordinary times, Canadians like to hang out at sports bars and watch the game. When the big international sporting events like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup come along, we really hit the bars and restaurants. The Moneri Spending Report says that spending by Canadians in restaurants increased 12.4 per ... Read More »

Much ado about meeting: condo board found narrow and rigid

What a lot of fuss over a meeting! And what a lot of trouble a condo board brought on itself because of an overly narrow and rigid interpretation of the rules. What should have been a perfectly routine bit of condo business between owners and their board ended up instead in the courts. What were they thinking? The Toronto board in question had informed the condo owners in the building that they planned to replace floor tiles in front of the building’s elevators. The cost was estimated at $72,000. The board advised the owners that, according to the Condominium Act, they had the right to request a special meeting to ... Read More »

World church body joins movement to divest of fossil fuels

Churches and other groups have used their collective clout in the past to help effect social change through “stigmatization.” This is the process of showing strong public disapproval, even shaming, of a person or group or government, such as the South African government of the apartheid era. A sustained campaign of stigmatization can bring about far-reaching changes in social attitudes, as has happened with the tobacco industry and smoking. The power of stigmatization is being marshaled now to draw attention to climate change and the part that fossil fuels play in it. The World Council of Churches announced a few days ago that it was divesting of any stock holdings ... Read More »

Scroll To Top