In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us again

Western values for westerners has a nice ring to it. Let the rest of the world make their own value choices. It sure beats neo-colonial wars in distant lands

In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us againIn five short months, Donald Trump has turned the world upside down. So what kind of new world order can we expect? Trump has attacked NATO (questioning its very existence), shredded trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate change…

The financial road less travelled still offers a trustworthy route

Control your own financial destiny by doing your homework, finding boutique advisers and using your TFSA to its maximum potential

The financial road less travelled still offers a trustworthy routeMost people spend more time mowing their lawn than they do managing their money. That may sound harsh, but the majority of people have ceded their investment decisions to the army of financial advisers employed by big banks. Employees in Canada's big banks “are pressured to up-sell, trick and lie to customers to meet unrealistic sales targets…

Systems are the key to your business success

Ensuring consistency in the delivery of services and products will reduce the stress on your employers, employees, management team and customers

Systems are the key to your business successI had just spent more than $40,000 on my master's degree and in the months before I graduated, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with that investment! Investing in yourself in terms of education is different than any other investment you make because it’s really the first step in a process to take…

Your financial adviser’s interests may not align with yours

Do your homework. Look with a critical eye at your service providers. After all, it is your money

Your financial adviser’s interests may not align with yoursThe tax free savings account market continues to be a great unknown for many Canadians and the big banks apparently aren’t helping. Recently, I asked readers if they were among the six million Canadians with the savings accounts known as TFSAs, and if they truly understood the value those accounts represented – and the flexibility they offered investors. “The pitiful…

Tax free savings accounts: controlling your financial destiny

Too few Canadians know they can use TFSA funds to invest in ventures that could bring big gains (and cost nothing in tax)

Tax free savings accounts: controlling your financial destinyAre you are one of the six million Canadians who have opened a tax free savings account (TFSA)? Have you ever wondered about the real purpose of these accounts? You’re not alone. Millions of Canadians are unaware of the potential windfall that former finance minister Jim Flaherty handed them in 2009 when he introduced TFSAs. TSFAs were…

Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights

The plight of the North American woman is that she can be all she wants to be, just don’t bring motherhood into the picture

Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights“I haven’t been discriminated against because I’m a woman,” said Véronique Bergeron. “I’ve been discriminated against because I’m a mother.” Bergeron – a technical writer, holder of two law degrees, creator of a home business and mother of nine children – brought that message to an International Women’s Day event in the Ottawa offices of think-tank Cardus.…

Ten questions to ask to get ready for the emerging future

The planet has never lived through the scale of disruption, reinvention and creation that the decade ahead is likely to bring

Ten questions to ask to get ready for the emerging futureWhile history may have seen periods of more intense and far-reaching change, the majority of the planet have not lived through the scale of disruption, reinvention and creation that the decade ahead is likely to bring. So here are 10 questions which I think we should all be asking ourselves as we seek to map…

Get ready for the Star Trek economy

Today's children could live to 120 and work to 100. What's all the fuss?

Get ready for the Star Trek economyWhen I told a conference recently that today’s children may need to work until the age of 100, the Times called it “the stuff of nightmares”. The Washington Post told parents expecting a better life for their little ones to “think again”. This generation may need to prepare themselves to work in 40 or more…

Why feet don’t lie in communications

Feet close together, you're timid or hesitant; feet wide apart, you look more solid and sure of yourself

Why feet don’t lie in communicationsTwo of your colleagues are talking in the hallway. You'd like to join the conversation, but you don't know if you'll be seen as a rude interruption or a welcome addition. Want to find out? Just watch their feet. When you approach the twosome, you will be acknowledged in one of two ways. If the…

Shopping for European health care is not the cure

Selecting features from European systems and pasting them into Canadian medicare will not magically give us a “European” model

Shopping for European health care is not the cureBy Colleen M. Flood and Bryan Thomas The University of Ottawa A legal challenge to Canada's medicare system has given new focus to the much-needed debate about how health service is provided in this country. The Supreme Court of British Columbia is hearing the long-anticipated challenge to the publicly-funded Canadian health system. The plaintiffs – led by…