Trudeau’s Vision of Canada as a ‘Just Society’

Trudeau's Vision of Canada as a 'Just Society'A short time clip from the 1968 Liberal Party of Canada leadership convention where the brilliant former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau brings up the laying foundation for his vision of a perfect Canada. I felt this was a necessary share for those feeling gloom with all this financial crisis, and wars, and protests.

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Canadians Await Word of Loved Ones in Egypt

Canadians Await Word of Loved Ones in EgyptCanadians with loved ones in Egypt were glued to computer screens and waiting by the phone Friday as they hoped to hear from family and friends in the North African country being swept with violent protests demanding an end to an autocratic era. Candace Furneaux was just one of many Canadians desperate to hear from family in Egypt. Her 26-year-old daughter was backpacking through the country when riots engulfed the…

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Should You Take Money Out of RRSPs to Pay Off Debt?

Should You Take Money Out of RRSPs to Pay Off Debt?I’ve had a lot of inquiries about this lately, so I thought I would address it today. I’ve written about RRSP Basics and RRSPs vs. Paying Down Debt, but these articles dealt mainly with general issues and new contribution money. I haven’t directly addressed the question of whether or not you should actually withdraw money from existing Resgistered Retirement Savings Plans in order to pay down credit card or mortgage…

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Canadian Youth Woefully Inactive

Canadian Youth Woefully InactiveThe vast majority of Canadians aren’t moving enough to reap fitness benefits, and sedentary living is especially a problem among young people, Statistics Canada reports. Studies released Wednesday compared the physical activity levels of Canadian adults to those who are sedentary, and found only 15 per cent moved enough to get substantial health benefits. Research involving six- to 19-year-olds found only seven per cent were active enough to make health…

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Spend Prepaid Visa Cards Quickly to Avoid Fees

Spend Prepaid Visa Cards Quickly to Avoid FeesSam Bornstein paid a penalty for his delay in using a Christmas gift he’d received in December 2009. His $50 prepaid MyTreat Visa card was refused as payment for a $48.08 purchase at a Boxing Day sale last weekend. What happened? The card’s $2 monthly maintenance fee, which kicked in after 12 months, reduced its value to $48. So he was short by 8 cents. “I was not advised of…

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30 Financial Moves Before 30 – Ideas Worth Trying

30 Financial Moves Before 30 - Ideas Worth TryingI started reading the Art of Non-Conformity the other day and the idea of the life list/bucket list got me thinking again. I started thinking about my bucket list for what I want to accomplish before I turn 30 (in 7 years). Then I started to get more specific. I started thinking about what I want to accomplish financially before 30. Then I realized that my mind was all over…

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Will Canada’s housing bubble burst?

Will Canada's housing bubble burst?Home ownership is at the centre of many Canadians’ financial retirement plans. That’s especially true for baby boomers who are sitting snugly atop a nice wave of real estate inflation. In fact, the average price of a detached home in Canada has doubled since 2000, and in September was sitting at $331,000. Of course that number pales when compared to Vancouver, where the average price for the same period was…

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Jobs Recovery Hides Underlying Weakness

Jobs Recovery Hides Underlying WeaknessCanada’s economy has done a good job of recouping all the jobs lost during the recession — just not as good as the numbers suggest, a new TD Bank report concludes. The analysis, which comes a day before Friday’s data for December closes the books on 2010, notes that given the modest expectations, it was a strong year for job growth in Canada. Dating back to July 2009, when the…

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