Don’t sell ATB Financial, use it to save Alberta’s finances

Let’s modernize our public accounts, and use our financial strength and institutions to advance the public interest and eliminate the debt

Don’t sell ATB Financial, use it to save Alberta’s financesWould a cash-strapped government of Alberta sell its own bank? According to reports, Scotiabank has made an offer to purchase ATB Financial. And, given the perilous fiscal conditions in the province, it's possible the government will sell. That would be huge mistake. By doing so, any government would have to betray rural Alberta and then…

Romance is in the (alpine) air in Zurich

Behind its business persona is a romantic setting complete with snow-capped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and dreamy architecture

Romance is in the (alpine) air in ZurichDon't be discouraged by Zurich's identity as the financial capital of Switzerland. Behind the business persona of the city is a romantic setting complete with snow-capped mountains, pristine alpine lakes and dreamy architecture. Zurich is nestled within the Alps on the banks of Lake Zurich. This strategic location provides a beautiful backdrop for the city,…

Three golden rules for business consultants

How to build and maintain relationships critical to being an effective consultant

Three golden rules for business consultantsI have a routine I try to follow each morning. I take a shower, do 20 minutes of yoga stretching, pour myself a cup of coffee, and sit down to read something that centres and inspires me. A little Seneca, thoughts from a Buddhist teacher, a chapter of Eckert Tolle. This morning, I opened Oriah’s…

Why you are more successful in face-to-face meetings

Want to be more persuasive, effective and memorable?

Why you are more successful in face-to-face meetingsResearch by imago and Loughborough University School of Business and Economics examined the favoured forms of communication for learning new skills, retaining important information and enhancing business success. A total of 779 respondents made up of conference and meeting organizers, conference and meeting attendees, undergraduate and post-graduate students, academics and lecturers participated in the interviews.…

A ray of hope after a brutal week

A multicultural student haka in New Zealand radiates something positive in a world that seems all too sick

A ray of hope after a brutal weekWhen you write a weekly column in the relatively unrelated realms of culture and politics, you rely on independent stimuli for the idea that eventually becomes the piece. Frankly, the idea that becomes the column doesn’t often strike until just after the previous week’s work appears online each Sunday morning. Then, as if ordained by…

Guidelines for a driver suffering ADHD

Following these simple guidelines and your doctor’s treatment advice should help you to be safe on the roads

Guidelines for a driver suffering ADHDPretty much everyone remembers learning how to drive. What exhilarating freedom there is to get behind the wheel and be the one to decide on the destination and to no longer need parents as chauffeurs! Yes, learning to drive is a memorable time. Of course, with freedom comes responsibility and driving can be dangerous as…

Spectator sports generate $3.7 billion in revenue in Canada

Sports, event promoters, artists and related industries revenue rose by 8% to $9.7 billion in 2017

Spectator sports generate $3.7 billion in revenue in CanadaSpectator sports are a huge money generator and data released on Friday by Statistics Canada indicates just how big of an industry it is in the country. The federal agency said total operating revenue for the spectator sports, event promoters, artists and related industries group rose by eight per cent to $9.7 billion in 2017,…

Retail sales off to a weaker start in Alberta in 2019

StatsCan said sales were down in four of 11 subsectors, representing 52 per cent of retail trade

Retail sales off to a weaker start in Alberta in 2019Retail sales in Alberta fell in January to $6.7 billion, reported Statistics Canada on Friday. The federal agency said sales in the province were one per cent lower than the previous month and down 0.6 per cent from a year ago. The trend was also evident nationally as retail sales decreased for the third consecutive…

Alberta inflation rate outpaces national average

Across Canada, consumers paid less for energy but more for fresh vegetables and fruit

Alberta inflation rate outpaces national averageThe annual inflation rate in Alberta rose higher in February than the national average, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Friday that the Consumer Price Index in the province was up 1.1 per cent from January and by 1.6 per cent year over year. In Canada, inflation rose by 0.7 per cent…

Don’t let the Senate kill the food labelling bill

Let’s make industry’s job of marketing to kids easier by not letting them do it in the first place

Don’t let the Senate kill the food labelling billI was as happy as anyone with the release of the revised Canada’s Food Guide last month. There wasn’t much to complain about and, in fact, much to praise. This is as true for what was in the guide – sensible guidance around cooking more and consuming less processed food – as well as what…
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