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On December 22, 2017 President Trump signed into law, the biggest US tax law change in over 30 years. This 6 part series has been highlighting the top twelve things that Canadians need to know about US tax reform.
What is it about unfairness? Whether it's not being invited to a friend's wedding or getting penalized for bad luck or an honest mistake, unfairness often makes us so upset that we can't think straight. And it's not just a personal issue -- it's also bad for business, says Marco Alverà. He explains how his company works to create a culture of fairness -- and how tapping into our innate sense of what's right and wrong makes for happier employees and better results.
If Brett Wilson were still taking business pitches on Dragons' Den, he would never partner with Canada's trade negotiators. During a recent television interview, he openly wondered whether the negotiators were "delusional, naïve or stupid."
Canada has become a less appealing place to do business. So as we approach budget season, governments across the country must start paying attention to competitiveness. Higher taxes, new regulations, and uncertainty over access to foreign markets have reduced Canada's attractiveness to entrepreneurs and businesses. Indeed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a recent speech at Davos said his government would not respond to Canada's sudden lack of business tax competitiveness due to U.S. President Donald Trump's tax cuts.
Studies consistently indicate that a significant portion of privacy breaches and other cybersecurity incidents are caused or facilitated by a current or former insider (e.g. an employee or contract worker) of the affected organization or its business partners. An organization’s insiders present significant risk because they have authorized access to the organization’s information technology systems, special knowledge of the organization’s valuable data and security practices and a greater window of opportunity for misconduct. Insiders can cause or facilitate a cybersecurity incident or privacy breach inadvertently – due to carelessness or manipulation by other persons – or deliberately for various motives.
Homes are germy places. Microbes come from a variety of sources such as ventilation systems, plants, the outdoor environment and our own microbial cloud. Usually, they pose no threat to our health and you need not worry.
The provincial government will invest up to $713 million toward a unique agreement between the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to further discovery and innovation and position Canada as a world leader in agri-food.
Waterloo - Equitable Life had an outstanding year in 2017, surpassing previous records on almost all financial fronts. Most notably, the Company realized record earnings of $106 million, an increase of 33% over last year's net income of $80 million, resulting in a return on policyholders' equity of 16.8%. These excellent results were driven by business growth, investment gains and positive claims experience.
On February 15, 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., also known as the Redwater Appeal. The case involves the bankruptcy trustee of an oil company, Redwater Energy Corp. that disclaimed Redwater’s old, non-producing and orphan wells as a way to increase the returns to creditors by avoiding liability for the costs of abandonment. Abandonment involves properly sealing the wells and remediating the land where they are situated.
Arvato, a leading international customer service provider, announced it has opened a location in Waterloo, Canada. The 500-seat site will strengthen Arvato’s operations and create a hub to support new business in the region. The new facility is located in the Waterloo Innovation Park, formerly used by Blackberry, Dejero and Aeryan Labs Inc.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau will deliver the Liberal government’s 2018 federal budget on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Although the government usually remains tight-lipped about the contents of the budget until it’s released, there are indications about some of the measures that could be included.
Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies are accelerating the creation of intelligent enterprises and enabling companies to integrate themselves into people's lives, according to Accenture Technology Vision 2018, the annual technology report that predicts key technology trends likely to disrupt business over the next three years. However, capitalizing on growth opportunities while also having a positive impact on society requires a new era of leadership that prioritizes trust and greater responsibility.
Got ink? Whether you have a ring tattoo, full sleeve or nothing at all, it may be an indication of how you think about the future, according to two Wilfrid Laurier University professors. Economics professor Bradley Ruffle (right) and psychology professor Anne Wilson (left) conducted a study that concludes people with tattoos, particularly ones that can’t easily be covered up, are more impulsive and short-sighted than people without.
Ontario has appointed the Honourable David Collenette (right) to lead Ontario’s High-Speed Rail (HSR) Planning Advisory Board—continuing progress to bring high-speed rail service to the province and cut travel times between Toronto and Windsor.
Guelph - After careful consideration of the recently released KPMG Business Case, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce is urging Council to take action on the Baker Street Development Project. As a crucial economic project for the community, the Chamber of Commerce fully supports the recommendation to make a capital budget commitment at tonight’s special meeting where this will be discussed.
Waterloo – OpenText nnounced that it has acquired Hightail, Inc. (“Hightail”), formerly known as YouSendIt, a leading cloud service for file sharing and creative collaboration with approximately 5.5 million customers globally spanning enterprise accounts, paid subscribers, and individual consumers.
Guelph – Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis (GWWIC) was excited to receive a big cheque from JL’s Home Hardware Building Centre. The donation of $7,190.00 was presented to Sly Castaldi, Executive Director – GWWIC. The cheque presentation took place at JL’s Home Hardware flagship location, 575 Wellington Street West.
Kitchener – Members of the media are invited to attend an event about a prevention initiative that has dramatically reduced the use of substances among youth. On February 15, Dr. Alfgeir Kristjansson, a key architect of Iceland’s success, will present highlights of the approach.
Don't miss this amazing seminar where Robin will focus on "Workplace Management". She will provide points on how to identify mental health issues in the workplace, tools to deal with these issues and ways to introduce best practices to avoid any negative consequences.
Learn how cardiac services will be expanded at St. Mary’s and beyond; Get an update on advanced heart rhythm services coming next year•; Hear how St. Mary’s is among top Canadian cardiac centres for patient outcomes.
Waterloo Region - The first Alternative Conference for Emerging Arts & Culture Professionals (#AltCon2018) will be held at THEMUSEUM February 25-27, 2018. It was created by 10 emerging professionals from across Canada and aims to provide stimulating thought leadership, personal growth opportunities and the chance to network with industry leaders.
Nominations are now been accepted to recognize an individual, youth, neighbour, organization, program partner or group in one of the 11 separate award categories. As part of National Volunteer Week, The Volunteer Action Centre honours contributions of extraordinary individuals, organizations, and businesses who are making a difference in Waterloo Region. An online nomination form is available on www.volunteerkw.ca
This year's networking breakfast session will be partnered with the witty and engaging musings of local treasure, David Chilton - former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and Bestselling Author of The Wealthy Barber.
MAD (Museum After Dark) is for those looking for something a little different; something that kicks off as night falls and has the exclusivity of an after-hours soiree. Step out of your comfort zone for a truly INTEResting experience this New Year. THEMUSEUM’S multi-model art exhibition INTERACTION features drop-in programming geared toward the Region’s young professionals. And by young professionals, we mean those who are 19+ as INTERmix will have you slinging drinks faster than Tom Cruise in Cocktail.