N.S. Opens hearing on proposal to burn wood for power generation

N.S. Opens hearing on proposal to burn wood for power generationNova Scotia’s regulatory agency begins hearings today on a proposal to build a biomass-fuelled power generation facility that would help move the province closer to its renewable energy targets. Nova Scotia Power, a subsidiary of Emera Inc. (TSX: EMA.TO), and Newpage Port Hawkesbury Corp. want to burn 650,000 tonnes of wood a year to fire a steam generator. They say it will produce about three per cent of the province’s…

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Dividend Investing at its Best

Dividend Investing at its BestWith all the negative attention the stock market has received over the past 24 months its easy for investors to get itchy waiting for turbulence and fear to take hold once again. For the majority of 2010 all I’ve done is dividend investing at its best: dollar cost average (DCA) into my existing portfolio of high quality dividend stocks with cash, my line of credit and proceeds from the sale of…

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Gun Control in Canada

Gun Control in CanadaWith all the menace and crime in the United States due to their laxed gun controls here is your chance to get a better understanding of our policies and how they differ.

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Canada’s Obsession with Pot

Canada's Obsession with PotBased on the amount of feedback I decided to post this older video from Global on the matter of “pot”.  I didn’t realize it was so widespread in this country and its worth a discussion on whether it should be officially legalized for personal enjoyment.

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Recession-battered Canadians Grow Conservative

Recession-battered Canadians Grow ConservativeRecession-battered Canadians are growing more conservative with their money and turning away from high risk investments to the safety of savings accounts — a trend that banks are cashing in on, industry insiders say. Canadians this year have opened about 20 per cent more chequing and savings accounts than last — a giant leap from the average three to five per cent annual increase, said financial services consultant David McVay….

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Relief by Indexing

Relief by IndexingMy transition from being an active stock-picker to investing in low-cost index ETFs is mostly complete, and I’d have to say that it has been a relief. While I enjoy thinking about investing topics, having to track a basket of stocks can be a chore when I’d rather be doing something else. I used to own between 10 and 20 individual stocks at any one time, and it takes time…

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Economics Of Lithium And Vanadium In Electric Vehicles

Economics Of Lithium And Vanadium In Electric VehiclesAs some of the excitement around rare earth elements seems to have abated since the heady highs of fall 2009, we decided to re-visit this very small but intriguing sector of the market with an expert in Clean Technology/Alternative Energy, Dr. Jon Hykawy of Byron Capital Markets. It appears as if the Obama Administration’s grant of US$2.4BB for battery makers, automakers and their suppliers seems to have jump-started a move…

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TSX drops on global growth concerns

TSX drops on global growth concernsToronto’s main stock index dropped on Monday to its lowest in nearly five months as energy, materials and financial issues receded on concerns about global economic growth. The broad-based decline came on thin trading on a day when U.S. markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday. Among the biggest decliners, Suncor Energy lost 0.9 percent to C$30.84, Royal Bank of Canada fell 0.9 percent to C$50.45 and Teck Resources…

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HST kicks in Canada Day – drives up prices

HST kicks in Canada Day - drives up pricesOntarians expecting some immediate price hikes on Canada Day when the new harmonized sales tax comes into effect scrambled to make their last-minute purchases Wednesday hoping to save on the cost of gasoline at the pumps. With only half a tank of gas, Toronto film technician Dean Ford made sure to fill up before the HST set in Thursday and adds another eight per cent to the cost of a…

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Maxed Out!

Maxed Out!The disturbing, but very important, full documentary about the credit problem (and addiction) people have when using credit cards.  And the immoral, but very much legal, habits by the credit card issuers to lure people in to use and become addicted to credit beyond their means.  A must-see to become aware of this growing epidemic and hopefully take back control of your life.

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