First-time buyers need help from family, friends to purchase homes

BMO report says over 10% of first-time buyers are looking for a financial gift of $100,000 or more

First-time buyers need help from family, friends to purchase homesA report released on Tuesday by BMO says first-time homebuyers across the country increasingly look for help from friends and family when purchasing a home due to household debt and higher interest rates. The report, conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights, found: Over one-quarter of Canadians are looking for a financial gift between $5,000 and $50,000.…

If P.E.I. goes Green, Trudeau could be singing the blues

Canadians are gradually accepting Green politicians as worthy of support. That will drain yet more support from the federal Liberals

If P.E.I. goes Green, Trudeau could be singing the bluesVoters in Prince Edward Island choose a new government today. They could end up making history in provincial politics and lead to a potential realignment on the federal scene. P.E.I. has only had Liberal and Conservative governments since it joined Confederation in 1873. Liberal Premier Wade MacLauchlan was consistently ahead in popular support from 2015,…

Why asking for a raise triggers intense anxiety

Many career-builders turn squeamish when it comes to asking for a raise through fear of rejection and how to broach the subject diplomatically

Why asking for a raise triggers intense anxietyMany career-builders turn squeamish when it comes to asking for a raise. The reasons include fear of rejection and discomfort about broaching the subject diplomatically. Often, it's hard pinpointing the exact reason. Maybe it has something to do with negative attitudes toward money often being passed from one generation to another. As children, parents and…

Wrestling with your “Dark Side” and winning

Having shortcomings is not the problem – as humans we all have them. The problem is not knowing what they are

Wrestling with your “Dark Side” and winningThere is no question that we need to align people with jobs and situations that play to their strengths. There is nothing more powerful than leveraging what people do well: it builds engagement, accelerates projects and initiatives, and significantly increases the likelihood of personal and organizational success. Besides, who wants to spend their life working at…

How to play corporate politics and win

If you expect to get ahead, you must understand and respect the power of organizational politics

How to play corporate politics and winIf you expect to get ahead, you must understand and respect the power of organizational politics. There is no escaping it. Fiercely competitive industries are rife with politics. Refusing to play organizational politics can be career suicide. Politics – the business of high-stake schmoozing and winning people over – aren't for everyone. But the measure…

Using genes to attack disease with precision

Pharmacogenomics, a mixture of the pharmaceutical and genetic sciences, holds vast potential for health care

Using genes to attack disease with precisionPharmacogenomics is a long word that describes an area of health research with vast potential for future medicine. Now part of most new clinical trials, it's a mixture of the pharmaceutical and genetic sciences. It involves the study of how a person’s genes affect the way the body responds to drugs. The hope is that we…

Lack of vaping product marketing regulations endangers kids

Vaping comes with serious health risks, just like other tobacco products, but the Ontario government doesn't seem to care

Lack of vaping product marketing regulations endangers kidsAs a clinician and researcher in the field of tobacco control, what I see happening with vaping marketing and promotion is déjà vu of the very worst kind. It’s pervasive and insidious. And in Ontario, we’re failing our youth by permitting it. Over the last 30 years, we have fought many policy battles with the…

Localized and personalized: how to keep culture relevant

The world of arts and culture offers lots of examples of gross expense and imported notions of what’s important. But there are alternatives

Localized and personalized: how to keep culture relevantHow are the National Post and the Globe and Mail doing in your neighbourhood? In Powell River, the big Toronto newspapers are on their last boomer gasp at the newsstands. In their place, piles of the weekly Powell River Peak and monthly Powell River Living fly off the counters and adjacent distribution boxes. The local…

Canadian governments addicted to personal income tax

We need a retooled and simplified tax system that’s suited to a 21st-century economy being reshaped by technology

Canadian governments addicted to personal income taxThe latest federal budget, delivered in March, contains a wealth of information on the activities of the government, as well as the money it raises for its endlessly expanding array of expenditure, regulatory and income support programs. This year, the federal government expects to spend $356 billion in total. Roughly $330 billion is allocated to…

Quebec needs Alberta as much as Alberta needs Quebec

Premier-elect Jason Kenney’s outstretched hand should not be ignored by Quebec

Quebec needs Alberta as much as Alberta needs QuebecIn a speech following his election victory this week, Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney extended a hand to Quebec, urging the province not to hinder the development of Alberta’s energy sector. We Quebecers should listen to him. Alberta needs Quebec in the same way that Quebec needs Alberta. Alberta is looking for outlets for its hydrocarbons.…
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