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Thoughtful giving: 6 generous gift ideas that aren’t things

If you’ve ever visited a mall in the days leading up to December 25th, you know how intense the holiday shopping season can be.  One third of all Canadians say the holiday season is more stressful now than it was five years ago—the main reasons being overcrowded stores, pricier gifts, and the ...

Tech Talk for Tuesday November 26th 2019

Pre-opening Comments for Tuesday November 26th U.S. equity index futures were higher this morning. S&P 500 futures were up 2 points in pre-opening trade. Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS $75.80) is expected to open higher after reporting higher than consensus fiscal fourth quarter earnings. Best Buy advan ...

Will the CBSA confiscate my NEXUS Card if they smell cannabis in my car?

The answer is “possibly”.  It is possible that the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) will confiscate your NEXUS membership if the Primary CBSA Officer or a Secondary CBSA Officer smells cannabis in your vehicle.  Even though cannabis can be sold legally in Canada and in many U.S. sta ...

Debt consolidation: What you need to know

Historically low interest rates have motivated Canadian consumers to take on additional debt in recent years. Bloomberg Businessweek reported in March 2019 that Canadians are “Feeling the Debt Burn,” as the ratio of household debt to gross domestic product was at a staggering 100.2%, well above ...

Tech Talk for Friday October 11th 2019

Pre-opening Comments for Friday October 11th U.S. equity index futures were higher this morning. S&P 500 futures were up 29 points in pre-opening trade. Futures advanced on news that U.S./China trade negotiations are continuing. Apple is expected to lead the advance in U.S. equity markets at the op ...

“Should I sue for wrongful dismissal?”

Q. When is a wrongful dismissal suit justified and worth the time and money required to get legal representation? I was an assembly line manager in a clothing factory and believe I was fired by my employer for personality issues—mainly for disagreeing with him regarding how assembly line workers ...

Life Beside the China Tariffs

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in September 2019 As we continue to be engulfed by the ever changing landscape of the China 301 tariffs, a bit of fresh air – meaning other topics – were actually discussed as a recent trade event. The Foreign Trade Association hosted a program in ...

China Blinks First, U.S. Equities Rally

Market Recap for Thursday, August 29, 2019 Well, thank you China. On Thursday morning, China pledged a calmer approach to the trade war and indicated they would not retaliate for the latest tariffs imposed by the U.S. At least not now. Temporarily, that appeased traders who used the opportunity to ...

STOCKS CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AS SUPPORT LEVELS HOLD -- THE DOW SURVIVES TEST OF 200-DAY AVERAGE -- AS DO SEVERAL SECTOR SPDRS -- TRANSPORTATION REBOUND HELPS LIFT XLI -- SMALL CAP REBOUND IS ALSO HELPING SUPPORT RALLY -- CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY SPDR HITS

THE DOW HOLDS ITS RED LINE...A lot of underlying support levels have held this week, and stocks are now approaching overhead resistance. Tuesday's message showed the Dow Industrials testing its 200-day moving average for the third time since the start of August. Sometimes the third time is a charm. ...

​Retail Sales Healthy in Second Quarter Despite Flat June

Ottawa, August 23rd, 2019—The Conference Board of Canada’s Senior Economist Christopher Heschl offers the following insights on today's release of data on retail trade: “Today’s Statistics Canada release showed retail sales remained nearly unchanged in June. This is following a decline of ...