Canada’s tax rates significantly higher than U.S.: Fraser Institute

Report says taxes discourage people from engaging in productive economic activity, hindering economic growth

Canada’s tax rates significantly higher than U.S.: Fraser InstituteA new report by Canadian public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute says Canadian workers across the income spectrum pay significantly higher personal income taxes than their American counterparts. “Income taxes are a major attractant — or deterrent —for entrepreneurs, businesses and workers looking to start a business, expand operations or relocate, and at virtually every…

How Canada’s North can fulfill its great mining potential

Governments must address infrastructure deficiencies, protected area and land claim issues, and regulatory duplication

How Canada’s North can fulfill its great mining potentialBy Ashley Stedman and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Mining investors are eyeing all three territories in Canada’s North, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual survey of mining companies. For the first time in more than five years, all three territories are among the top 15 most attractive regions for mining investment worldwide. But territorial…

Canadian crude oil production on the rise

Exports on the rise to U.S. and elsewhere: StatsCan

Canadian crude oil production on the riseCanadian production of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 264.6 million cubic metres in 2018, up 8.5 per cent from the previous year, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Monday that non-upgraded production of crude bitumen (+12.7 per cent) was the main contributor to the overall rise. Since January 2016, the average…

Taking the Alberta look around the globe

Kelly Streit talks about why Mode Models International has caught the attention of the fashion world

Taking the Alberta look around the globeKelly Streit is founder, president and CEO of Mode Models International. Tell me about the history of Mode Models and why you founded it? Streit: I have always loved fashion; even in high school. I would scour the magazines and had a huge wall of tearsheets in my room of images that I loved and…

Think leadership is logical? Think again

Think again. No one makes decisions based on pure logic

Think leadership is logical? Think againI once asked the CEO of a technology company how his employees were dealing with a proposed change. “We’ve presented all the facts,” he replied. “But it would be much easier if people weren’t so emotional!” In the business world, we are taught to approach organizational challenges objectively and logically. We quantify everything we can…

Calgary-based Curvy Collective wins ATB crowdfunding competition

The competition raised close to $230,000, an average of over $12,000 for each of the 19 pitches

Calgary-based Curvy Collective wins ATB crowdfunding competitionCalgary entrepreneur Aymie Rondeau has captured ATB Financial’s Build Her Business crowdfunding competition, raising just over $9,000 to create an online shopping platform that offers inclusive designer fashion for plus-sized women not available in Canada. “We believe that plus-sized women deserve safe, non-judgmental spaces to shop in, and the same quality of service and design,…

The cost of a smile – and the big payoff for your business

People are more likely to buy from those who are smiling. And happy staff solve problems easier than sombre workers

The cost of a smile – and the big payoff for your businessI was in a business recently where I couldn’t buy a smile. You know the type. You walk in and the clerk or receptionist seems to be having a bad day. Maybe you crack a joke or offer a compliment, but there’s no change in the demeanour. You feel awkward, like you’re an imposition to…

Global technology leader Cisco investing $15 million in Western Canada

Funding and testing innovations in areas such as the oil and gas sector, health-care digitization and environmental protection

Global technology leader Cisco investing $15 million in Western CanadaGlobal technology leader Cisco is investing $15 million to enhance its Western Canadian presence. “Getting the most out of the digital world of tomorrow means investing and preparing for it today,” said Rola Dagher, president of Cisco Canada, in making the announcement on Wednesday in Calgary. “The commitments announced today build on our strong track…

What to do when you have a values clash with your boss

First, you need to pause and acknowledge that people hold different values and it doesn’t necessarily make them bad people

What to do when you have a values clash with your bossSo many leadership lessons lurk in the events that have plagued the Canadian political landscape over the past few weeks that it’s hard to know where to start. Leadership lessons that emerge from crises are easy pickings; they’re so obvious and it’s so easy to be self-righteous. A much tougher question is: What on earth…

CFIB calls for Alberta policies to support entrepreneurs

Tax retooling, red tape elimination, WCB refund, labour law changes, minimum wage freeze among the proposals

CFIB calls for Alberta policies to support entrepreneursThe Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its Small Business Platform for the next Alberta government as a provincial election looms this spring. The organization is calling on all political parties to commit to implementing better policies to support entrepreneurs. “Too many entrepreneurs in Alberta are struggling to survive in a very difficult economy.…