Learning to adapt to the growing gig economy

The labour market is changing. creating opportunity and putting pressure on business and government to adapt

Learning to adapt to the growing gig economyThe rise of the gig or sharing economy is one of the most visible trends shaping the contemporary labour market. Most gig jobs fall into the category of contingent work. Such work can be contrasted with a traditional job, in which a person has a durable and structured employment relationship with a specific employer. Today,…

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUV

Plenty of cargo capacity, good jump for a four-cylinder engine, sleek styling and a comfortable, quiet ride add up to a solid vehicle

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUVThe CX-9 is the biggest model Mazda makes and arguably the most interesting. Not because it’s extraordinarily fast or has bling styling, or even because it pampers its occupants more than anyone else. On the face of it, the CX-9 is yet another mid-size SUV, duking it out in one of the most competitive markets…

Are your new leaders headed in the right direction?

Launching a leadership career should not resemble a game of pin the tail on the donkey. But too often we fail to provide the support to gain needed skills

Are your new leaders headed in the right direction?I was blindfolded and had been spinning for what seemed like minutes (it was only a few seconds), before being pushed toward the donkey. I was dizzy and had no idea where I was. I wanted to cheat so I could have a chance at winning but the blindfold was too tight. In the end,…

Energy sector drives up returns on Canadian pension plans and equities

But a new RBC Investor and Treasury Services report cautions that trade friction could impact the market

Energy sector drives up returns on Canadian pension plans and equitiesCanadian defined benefit pension plans were up 2.2 per cent in the second quarter and Canadian equities rose to 6.8 per cent. The latter reversed the first quarter loss of 3.9 per cent. A recent report from RBC Investor and Treasury Services All Plan Universe says the rebounding energy sector played a role. In a…

Stripping religion from the public square in the name of diversity

Canada's universities once proudly proclaimed links to faith. But their mottos and intentions have been dangerously watered down

Stripping religion from the public square in the name of diversityWhen I was a younger man, back when Lester Pearson was prime minister and Pluto was still a planet, I attended the University of Saskatchewan. It had a very simple coat of arms: three wheat sheaves and an open book whose pages displayed the motto “Deo et Patriae” – “For God and Country.” Years later,…

Swoop announces service to American destinations

Schedule includes flights out of Edmonton and should create 90 jobs in the region, according to the company

Swoop announces service to American destinationsThis fall, travellers can fly south for as low as $99 one way. WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop announced its entrance into the American market on Thursday with the release of its 2018-2019 winter schedule. The schedule includes flights from Edmonton to Las Vegas and Mesa; Hamilton to Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay;…

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?

Nursing home care aides are burning out but measures can be taken to improve their work conditions. And that will result in better care for their patients

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?By Carole A. Estabrooks and Stephanie A. Chamberlain Contributors Many of us have moms and dads or older friends and relatives in nursing home facilities. We care very much about their well-being and the supports they receive. But who’s caring for the care aides who do the bulk of the front-line work in nursing homes?…

Service providers not feeling the energy sector rebound

Oil and gas extraction’s surge to $125 billion in May marked an increase of 32 per cent from May 2016

Service providers not feeling the energy sector reboundSupport services are not experiencing the same rebound as the energy sector itself, suggests a new study by ATB Financial. Oil and gas extraction surged to $125 billion in May, but energy service providers have not seen a comparable increase. “That has left thousands of service companies – many of them located here in Alberta…

Premiers the barrier to free trade within Canada

Our premiers regularly meet to discuss liberalizing trade. Year after year, decade after decade, nothing concrete is ever accomplished

Premiers the barrier to free trade within CanadaBy Marco Navarro-Genie and Alex Whalen Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Opinions vary as to whether the meeting of Canada's premiers in mid-July in St. Andrews, N.B., was a success. The expectations for those hoping for freer trade within Canada were high. But if the expectations were high, they were largely created by some of…

ReSourceYYC a one-stop resource shop for entrepreneurs

Ron Bettin talks about creating a coworking talent hub by offering a wide range of critical and innovative services

ReSourceYYC a one-stop resource shop for entrepreneursRon Bettin is co-founder of ReSourceYYC. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what ReSourceYYC is, its purpose and its history? Bettin: ReSourceYYC is a unique and innovative coworking space for entrepreneurial professionals. We have created an environment that combines an inspirational workspace with access to world-class software and collaboration with industry peers and experts. We support our…