Why an SNC-Lavalin failure would be good for Canada

Canada shouldn't tolerate bullies. And we need to stand firm in the face of business practices we find unacceptable

Why an SNC-Lavalin failure would be good for CanadaWhen I was in secondary school, there was a bully who had to have his way. He figured because he was bigger and stronger than most other kids his age, he should be able to do whatever he wanted. He coerced other kids to do his dirty work and sometimes even his homework. He intimidated…

EI beneficiaries rise across Alberta

Third consecutive monthly increase in the province coincided with ongoing weakness in the oil industry: StatsCan

EI beneficiaries rise across AlbertaThe number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits increased in January across Alberta, including the Calgary and Edmonton regions, according to Statistics Canada. “This was the third consecutive monthly increase in the province and coincided with ongoing weakness in the oil industry. This increase was also spread across most occupational groups, notably natural and…

Finding the middle ground between Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau

It is possible to mediate between identity politics and old school democracy

Finding the middle ground between Wilson-Raybould and TrudeauFor the past few weeks, the Canadian public – and increasingly the world – have witnessed the quintessential Canadian scandal. So far, no one has proven any law has been broken, no one has been physically injured, and the core issue is whether 9,000 (or 3,500 or 6,000 or any) jobs are at risk because…

Automation could play to women’s employment strengths

Evidence suggests that generalist, digital and social skills – the skills that women already use – will be in high demand

Automation could play to women’s employment strengthsAutomation is upending established ways of working, and research by RBC Economics suggests that about half of all jobs in Canada will change significantly in the years ahead – particularly for women. A new report by RBC, Advantage women: how an automated future could play to women’s strengths, says technological disruption will naturally impact both men and…

Alberta-based tech startup Circuit Stream on aggressive expansion path

Helping professionals and businesses develop virtual reality and augmented reality applications

Alberta-based tech startup Circuit Stream on aggressive expansion pathTechnology startup Circuit Stream, which offers virtual and augmented reality education and training services, has experienced tremendous growth since its inception and is on a hiring spree for its next phase of expansion. The company, based in Calgary and which began in 2016, has trained more than 20,000 students globally through workshops, one-on-one mentorship and small…

Alberta carbon tax could send industry, jobs to competing jurisdictions

Alberta carbon tax could send industry, jobs to competing jurisdictionsA new report released Wednesday by the Fraser Institute says Alberta’s carbon tax is unlikely to meaningfully reduce global carbon emissions but could send industry and jobs to competing jurisdictions. “Even if you agree that pricing carbon is the most effective way to reduce emissions, Alberta’s carbon tax is flawed and will likely fail to…

Albertans enjoy highest median after-tax incomes

Across Canada, income rose by 3.3% in 2017. But it fell slightly in Alberta: StatsCan

Albertans enjoy highest median after-tax incomesThe median after-tax income of Alberta families and unattached individuals was the highest in Canada in 2017 despite a slight drop from 2016, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Tuesday that the median after-tax income in the province was $70,300 in 2017, dropping from $71,300 in 2016. That was significantly higher than…

Unfilled jobs in Alberta surpass 37,000

Businesses with fewer than 20 employees generally reported the highest vacancy rates: CFIB

Unfilled jobs in Alberta surpass 37,000The national job vacancy rate eased slightly to 3.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018, down 0.1 per cent since the previous quarter, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business Help Wanted report. It was the first decline since the second quarter of 2016. The CFIB, in releasing its report on Monday,…

The biggest mistake most small business owners make

We need to develop systems of hiring and monitoring our employees to ensure we have the right people

The biggest mistake most small business owners makeBob was frustrated, stressed and upset. One of his key employees, Keith, had just left to start his own business and had taken another staff member with him. I wasn’t surprised. I’d been working with Bob for several months and had met Keith several times. My impression wasn’t favourable and I had discussed this with…

Are you taking enough pride in your work?

Understand what motivates you, do something you're good at and commit to doing your very best

Are you taking enough pride in your work?I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon is a brilliant article by Austin Murphy in the December 2018 issue of The Atlantic. Murphy articulates his career journey as a result of being in an industry disrupted by technology. What really resonated for me about his story was his transformation…
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