Lending Money to Friends

Lending Money to FriendsI’ve read that one should avoid loaning money to friends (and relatives) and do so only if it is money or relationship they can afford to lose. I’ve not loaned money to anyone yet, but I’ve been the beneficiary a couple of times during my school days. Recently, while hanging out with friends, I heard something related to the above and thought I’d share the story. Since our school days,…

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Provinces win control of in-vitro fertilization in Supreme Court challenge

Provinces win control of in-vitro fertilization in Supreme Court challengeA divided Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the right of the provinces to regulate in-vitro fertilization. But the court said the federal government is within its rights in banning cloning and human hybrids. The court issued a divided advisory opinion Wednesday that grappled with the “weighty moral concerns” of assisted reproduction. It upheld, in part, a 2008 Quebec Court of Appeal decision that declared Ottawa overstepped itself in asserting…

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WikiLeaks: Prentice was ready to curb oilsands

WikiLeaks: Prentice was ready to curb oilsandsFormer environment minister Jim Prentice told U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson that he was prepared to step in and impose tougher regulations on the oilsands if the industry damaged Canada’s green reputation, according to a cable released by WikiLeaks. “[Prentice] noted that if industry did not take voluntary measures and if the provincial government did not set more stringent regulations, he would step in and press federal environmental legislation,” according to…

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The Stages of Financial Security to Ensure Your Financial Independence

The Stages of Financial Security to Ensure Your Financial IndependenceWe all want financial security, but, wow, it sure does seem like a long way off to most of us, doesn’t it? It’s hard to stay focused on such a distant goal, so I like to create mental milestones to reach, which are easier to get to and give some sense of satisfaction along the road to financial security.  It’s just breaking the larger goal up into more manageable chunks….

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How to Solve a Debt Problem

How to Solve a Debt ProblemThere’s little debate that the financial problems we face, both collectively in terms of the economy, and individually in terms of our personal finances, are rooted in debt. We have major balance sheet issues at the public, private and sovereign level. The markets have rebounded significantly, but the real economy has demonstrated a much more muted recovery, and unemployment is still unacceptably high…

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Closing/ Home Costs to Think About Before You Buy your Home

Closing/ Home Costs to Think About Before You Buy your HomeThere are lots of costs to think about when you buy your home (not just the down payment you have to worry about and the actual home, but lots of other things that can add up). Here are some of these costs (HINT: They include lots of taxes.  Awesome…): Home Inspection This can range anywhere from $400 to $1000 for a thorough home inspection   …

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Gun tracing regulations delayed third time

Gun tracing regulations delayed third timeThe Harper government has once again delayed implementation of regulations that police say they need to quickly trace guns used in crimes. The government quietly posted a notice last Tuesday — one day before the firearms marking regulations were to have come into force — disclosing that implementation has been postponed until Dec. 1, 2012. This is the third time the Harper government has delayed the regulations, which were created…

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