Alberta small business confidence the lowest in Canada

CFIB report says hiring plans have been scaled back and 22% of owners view their businesses as being in bad health

Alberta small business confidence the lowest in CanadaAlberta’s economy may be on the road to recovery but there are still indications that the province isn’t out of the woods just yet following the 2015-2016 recession. At least that’s what Alberta’s entrepreneurs will tell you. And that’s evident in the latest Business Barometer report released on Thursday by the Canadian Federation of Independent…

New immigrants becoming key entrepreneurs in Canada

The higher self-employment rate among immigrants is due in part to their inability to find a good job: StatsCan

New immigrants becoming key entrepreneurs in CanadaA report by Statistics Canada says recent research suggests that during new immigrants’ first few years of adjustment in Canada, their business ownership rates are below those of Canadian-born entrepreneurs, but after four to 10 years in Canada, the situation has reversed. The report, released on Thursday, said that in 2010, about 5.8 per cent…

Get smart: we need a 21st-century electrical grid system

Smart grids liberate customers from an outdated business model and allow free enterprise to provide options and services

Get smart: we need a 21st-century electrical grid systemIt’s time for our electrical grid system to get smart. More precisely, it’s time for a smart grid. Our electrical system consists of power-producing plants (coal, natural gas, oil, solar, wind, nuclear and hydro) and consumers of electricity (houses, schools, commercial buildings and industrial plants). The producing plants generate electricity based upon anticipated demand, always…

Canadian economy grew in the second quarter

Second-quarter growth was mainly driven by a 2.9% increase in export volumes: StatsCan

Canadian economy grew in the second quarterCanadian real gross domestic product (GDP) growth accelerated to 0.7 per cent in the second quarter, following a 0.4 per cent gain in the first quarter, reported Statistics Canada on Thursday. “Growth was mainly driven by a 2.9 per cent increase in export volumes — the largest gain since the second quarter of 2014. Exports…

How to address social inequality without an inheritance tax

Ideas about taxing, restricting or abolishing your inheritance have been floated by western social thinkers for centuries

How to address social inequality without an inheritance taxShould Canadians be taxed on inheritance? The question is increasingly being asked, but the answer is not straight-forward. This discussion is inherently linked to maintaining inequality from one generation to another – and basically to a skewing of the playing field of life from the start. Such debates aren’t new. In fact, they centre on…

Alberta weekly earnings fall, but still higher than a year ago

StatsCan reported today that weekly earnings in June stood at $1,142.75, down 0.2% from the previous month

Alberta weekly earnings fall, but still higher than a year agoAlberta continues to lead all province in average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees. Statistics Canada reported on Thursday that weekly earnings of $1,142.75 in the province in June were down 0.2 per cent from the previous month but they remained 0.7 per cent higher than a year ago. The federal agency also reported that…

Creating harmonious spaces with soul in the home

Ana Cummings of ANA Interiors strives to combine a sense of purpose, style, beauty, art and culture in her work for homeowners

Creating harmonious spaces with soul in the homeAna Cummings is owner and principal designer of ANA Interiors. Calgary's Business: Tell me about ANA Interiors. How and when did it start? What do you do? Cummings: ANA Interiors is a multiple national-award-winning full-service design and decorating firm, which was incorporated in 2016. I had practised professionally for 10 years prior to that under…

Canada needs to become more densely populated

We need a larger internal market that would create economies of scale and further economic productivity growth

Canada needs to become more densely populatedFormer prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King once quipped, “If some countries have too much history, we have too much geography.” This has always been evidenced in Canada’s low national population density, estimated at about four people per square kilometre. Nevertheless, we’re still a highly urbanized country with more than 80 per cent of our…

How to confront sex abuse in the Catholic church

If we’re to rid the world of this horrendous theft of innocence, we need to approach it the same way we approached the Holocaust

How to confront sex abuse in the Catholic churchIn the song Sympathy for the Devil, the Rolling Stones repeat several times, “Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name. But what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game.” In essence, the Stones are talking about the nature of evil and our relation to it. We see it but we often don’t…

How to change your emotional response on command

Your brain needs direction; it wants you to lead. You choose where you want to focus your efforts and energy

How to change your emotional response on commandAre you fed up? Perhaps with politics, taxes, grumpy people or the smoke in the air. Usually these feelings pass. But when you get stuck in a swirl of negative emotion, the problems of the world seem to pile on and leave you feeling spent. Perhaps this is what causes normally rational individuals to become…