Planting the seeds for broader understanding of food’s origins

In the retail food business, customers have plenty of questions about how their food is produced. The answers often surprise them

Planting the seeds for broader understanding of food’s originsBy Jackie Fraser Small business owner “Are there any BMOs in this?” my dear customer asks. It takes me a moment to realize she's not asking about the bank. Sigh. Where do I start with this one? My husband and I own a fresh food retail store and catering company in Fergus, Ont. He’s the chef…

A caregiver’s perspective: Do you see what I see?

No professional care provider can see what we see – what was, what is and what can be for our family members and friends

A caregiver’s perspective: Do you see what I see?The term visionary is rarely used to describe natural caregivers. Yet vision is indispensable when we take care. No professional care provider, no matter how trained or prepared, can see what we see – what was, what is and what can be for our family members and friends. Visionaries make the truth visible. Caregiving requires…

Veteran East Coast writer joins team of Troy Media columnists

Alec Bruce will offer insights on East Coast issues in a weekly column that will be distributed across Canada through Troy Media’s network

Veteran East Coast writer joins team of Troy Media columnistsAlec Bruce is an award-winning East Coast journalist whose writing has appeared in major publications across the country and beyond. Today, he joins Troy Media’s stable of columnists. Bruce, who lives in Halifax, will offer insights into the business, politics and social issues of East Coasters in a weekly column that will be distributed across…

Inappropriate employee expense claims on the rise in Canada

Some of the more egregious infractions included cat food, a helicopter ride, a lawn mower – and a live octopus: Robert Half report

Inappropriate employee expense claims on the rise in CanadaCompanies see many unusual expense requests from their employees but according to a recent survey, the majority of executives say requests that push the envelope have increased in recent years. The Robert Half Management Resources survey, which was released on Thursday, found that 58 per cent of chief financial officers in Canada reported an increase…

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few years

Global sales of cannabis grew by 20% in 2018 and are expected to grow by 36% this year: report

Canadian cannabis sales forecast to soar in next few yearsAn international report says spending on adult-use cannabis in Canada is forecast to grow from $113 million in the partial year of 2018 to almost $4.8 billion by 2024. Cannabis became legalized nationwide on Oct. 17, 2018. The seventh edition in the series State of Legal Cannabis Markets reports was released Thursday by Arcview Market…

Why brand awareness is a key part of complex marketing

Lisa Shepherd of The Mezzanine Group talks about the shifting awareness of the need for broader marketing tactics

Why brand awareness is a key part of complex marketingLisa Shepherd is founder of The Mezzanine Group. How are mid-market companies changing their view on the role of marketing and its impact on business? Shepherd: Companies are changing their views on exclusively focusing on lead generation as the sole outcome for all marketing activities. Historically, companies primarily saw the marketing function as distributing promotional…

Big tax revenue from legalized cannabis sales

Federal and provincial government take lower than expected because of bumpy rollout, but significant growth expected in sales and taxes

Big tax revenue from legalized cannabis salesHere’s clear evidence that cannabis is big business. In the first five and a half months following the legalization of cannabis, Canadian governments earned $186 million from excise taxes and general taxes on goods and services directly related to the sale of cannabis, reported Statistics Canada on Wednesday. The federal agency said excise taxes are…

Greenhouse gas emissions on the decline in Canada’s electricity sector

Electricity sector is playing in reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Canada’s electricity sector have declined by 34 per cent since 2005 and further reductions are expected, says the Conference Board of Canada in a new report released on Tuesday. “Canada-wide, the electricity sector is undergoing fundamental transformation. In each province, electricity generators are playing a leadership role in the move…

Canadian business owners feel depressed at least once a week: study

500 entrepreneurs surveyed

Canadian business owners feel depressed at least once a week: studyBeing a business owner isn’t easy at the best of times but it’s especially difficult these days. That’s evident in a new study released on Tuesday by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), supported by BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada). The study, Going it Alone: The mental health and well-being of Canada’s entrepreneurs, found that…

Volunteering is good for your career

Employers like to hire candidates who have volunteering experience

Volunteering is good for your careerEmployers like to hire candidates who have volunteering experience. In fact, many companies encourage their employees to volunteer a few hours a week; others run their own volunteer programs. But the importance of volunteering for a worthwhile cause transcends a paycheck and career advancement. The true payoff is the heartfelt satisfaction that comes from improving…