Our neighbourhoods strongly influence our health

The way our cities and towns have been built plays a large role in many of the health conditions that Canadians develop

Our neighbourhoods strongly influence our healthBy Kevin Lam McMaster University and Jean Wang Ottawa University Since John Snow mapped out the large cholera outbreak in 1854 to where people lived in London, it’s been known that where we live, work and play strongly influences people’s health. The way our cities and towns have been built plays a large role in many of the…

Canada’s trade deficit narrows with rise in energy exports

Canada's trade deficit narrows with rise in energy exports

Canada’s trade deficit narrows with rise in energy exportsCanada’s merchandise trade deficit with the world narrowed slightly in from $1.2 billion in September to $1.1 billion in October, says Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Thursday that exports rose 0.8 per cent in October while imports increased 0.5 per cent, mainly on higher imports of energy products. “Exports of energy products (+3.4 per…

Five principles for a better sales force

How to create a training program that builds relationships and increases sales

Five principles for a better sales forceThere is a lot of on-the-job training required when it comes to creating an effective sales team. A massive amount of information, after all, is needed to learn the job if it is to be done well. But in addition to book knowledge, sales skills require a lot of practice if your team hopes to…

Canadian economy grows at 1.3% annual rate in Q3

Third quarter growth was led by higher business investment and increased household spending, boosting final domestic demand

Canadian economy grows at 1.3% annual rate in Q3Real gross domestic product (GDP) in Canada grew 0.3 per cent in the third quarter of this year, following a 0.9 per cent increase in the second quarter, according to Statistics Canada.  The federal agency reported Friday that, expressed at an annualized rate, GDP advanced 1.3 per cent in Q3. GDP in the United States…

Digital shift not offsetting newspapers’ print decline

Digital advertising sales reached $295.6 million in 2018, a 20.8 per cent increase from 2016, yet print ad sales declined by a much larger amount

Digital shift not offsetting newspapers’ print declineGrowth in digital ads for newspapers has not been fast enough to offset the decline in print advertising, according to data released Friday by Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported that digital advertising sales reached $295.6 million in 2018, a 20.8 per cent increase from 2016. Print advertising sales totalled $1.2 billion, down from $1.6…

Social media emerging as top online shopping tool

Canadian social media users spend an average of $924 per year buying clothes, electronics and toys on social platforms

Social media emerging as top online shopping toolSocial media has become the new shopping mall in Canada as consumers turn to online shopping. Nearly half (47 per cent) of Canadian social media users are shopping on social, according to a report released Thursday by PayPal Canada. The Social Commerce Trend Study also found that almost 40 per cent plan to shop on…

Social media levels playing field for small business

Only half of small businesses in Canada survive their first five years. Digital tools are critical to their success

Social media levels playing field for small businessSocial media levels the playing field for Canadian small businesses and unlocks economic growth, says new research revealed Tuesday by Facebook Canada. The report, Empowered In The Digital Age: Leveling the Playing Field For Canadian Small Business, said only half of small businesses in Canada survive their first five years and accessible digital tools are…

Reading the signs your child might be stressed out

And how to help them overcome it

Reading the signs your child might be stressed outSomething quite remarkable is happening across Canada today: suddenly everyone is talking about self-regulation. They’re not always sure they know what it means, let alone what to do about it, but there is a widespread awareness that self-regulation is one of those scientific breakthroughs that heralds a turning point in how we see and help…

More Canadians shopping online for holiday gifts

Time saving, better selection, and the ability to shop in peace without interaction with others were identified as the top three reasons

More Canadians shopping online for holiday giftsForty per cent of Canadians say they are more likely to shop online for holiday gifts this year compared to last year, according to a survey released Monday by FedEx Express Canada. The 2019 FedEx Holiday Shopping Survey found that time saving (62 per cent), better stock and selection (59 per cent), and the ability…

Two in five Canadians expect lifelong debt

'There is a financial wellness crisis, and it's affecting Canadians of all demographics' -- Manulife

Two in five Canadians expect lifelong debtHousehold debt is growing so large, it may be cracking Canada's financial foundation.  A Manulife Financial Corporation survey found that two-in-five Canadians do not expect to escape debt in their lifetime and the spending-to-income ratio is trending negatively in Canada. The Manulife Bank Debt Survey found: 94 per cent of Canadians say the average household…
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