Square for Small Businesses Takes on eCommerce Giants

Square for Small Businesses Takes on eCommerce GiantsSince 2010, Square Inc’s matchbox-sized card readers have steadily supplanted credit card machines in coffee shops and corner stores across the United States. Now, the company, one of Silicon Valley’s most highly valued private firms, is diving into a market as expansive the internet itself. Square launched a shopping website this week called Square Market to serve as an online storefront and payment processor for small businesses, a move that…

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Why are so many of Canada Young People out of work?

Why are so many of Canada Young People out of work?Some may call them whiny and self-important, but when it comes to jobs, Generation Y’s sense of entitlement is partly the result of being pointed down career paths that have led them back to the same opportunities they had when they were teenagers. “I don’t expect vacations, shopping or extravagance in my life,” said Angie Robbins, a 27-year-old who has a bachelor’s degree in nursing. “I want to work, [but]…

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The Economic Cost of Surgery Wait Times

The Economic Cost of Surgery Wait TimesWhile most Canadians would agree on the human cost of waiting for surgery and other medical treatments in Canada, few realize that there is also an economic cost in addition to the frustration, pain and stress for individuals and their families. According to a Fraser Institute study published last year, the surgical wait times in the country cost Canadian patients a combined $1.08 billion in lost time and productivity in…

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The Realities of Home Ownership

The Realities of Home OwnershipSometimes folks say they want something, but then do things that totally work against them achieving their goal. Home ownership is a perfect example. I get letters every week from people who say they want to own their own homes. They can even paint a pretty clear picture of what that home will be like, where it will be and what it will feel like to live there. What some…

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Keep the Taxman out of Your Investments

Keep the Taxman out of Your InvestmentsIf you are a novice investor in Canada, our tax system can make it very difficult to get the most after-tax growth out of your savings. This is because all of our income is taxed at different rates and, due to our progressive tax system, the more you make, the more they take. When saving to increase your financial security down the road, you need to have a very good…

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