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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Stiffer penalties for driving while drug impaired take effect October 2

As of Sunday, October 2, new penalties will be imposed on drug-impaired drivers in Ontario. These are the new penalties for driving under the influence of drugs: A $180 penalty An immediate licence suspension of three days for the first occurrence, seven days for the second occurrence and thirty days for the third and subsequent occurrences upon failure of a roadside sobriety test A possible ninety-day licence suspension and a seven-day vehicle impoundment following further testing by a drug recognition expert at a police station Mandatory education or treatment programs, and installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, for drivers with two or more licence suspensions involving alcohol or drugs ... Read More »

Internet service providers largely “meet or exceed” advertised speeds in Canada: CRTC

Canadians, it turns out, are getting pretty much what they pay for from their Internet providers. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has released results of a first-ever national broadband study it commissioned last spring. The results confirm that Internet service providers (ISPs) “largely meet or exceed” their advertised download and upload speeds. The study included all the major service providers in Canada, except Sasktel. Participating ISPs were Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, Rogers, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Northwestel, Shaw, TELUS and Vidéotron. More than 3,000 volunteer households were supplied with measurement devices known as Whiteboxes, which collected broadband performance data over a period of one month, twenty-four hours a day, ... Read More »

More evidence that CEOs aren’t using social media effectively

A new study found that only about one-half of Canada’s top 100 CEOs are using social media, while almost half (47 per cent) have no presence whatsoever, a “shocking” statistic, according to the group that conducted the study. It is not quite as shocking, however, as the recent finding in the US that more than 60 per cent of Fortune 500 CEOs have zero social media presence. These busy executives apparently find social media a “distraction” or even an outright liability. The absence of all of these powerful business leaders from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the rest may be seen as evidence that CEOs are afraid of social media, but ... Read More »

Seniors intend to spend, not bequeath their wealth to the children

For as long as humans have owned property and created families, there has been a strong understanding between parents and children that the property would be passed along from generation to generation. Now there is research from several different sources that indicates that today’s younger adults and their parents may not necessarily be on the same page when it comes to the big I: Inheritance. While 75 per cent of British adults aged twenty to thirty-five “expect” to receive an average nest egg of about $133,000 when their parents die, the parents have different ideas. More than one-third of parents (37 per cent) indicated that they intended to spend all ... Read More »

Preliminary report released on new home warranties in Ontario, final expected this fall

Last November, the Ontario government initiated an independent review of the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and the Tarion Warranty Corporation that administers it. The Act was passed in 1976 to protect new home buyers, and the not-for-profit Tarion corporation was created and given the responsibility of administering warranties and of regulating builders and vendors of new homes in Ontario. The review of the Act was undertaken by a special advisor appointed for the purpose, with the aim of identifying opportunities to improve consumer protection, given that so much has changed in the home building industry over the past forty years. One of the biggest of these changes is ... Read More »

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