Alberta manufacturing sales dip in August

Across Canada, manufacturing sales rose by 0.8% to $57.6 billion in August, following two months of declines

Alberta manufacturing sales dip in AugustManufacturing sales in Alberta dipped in August, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Thursday that sales in the province fell by 0.1 per cent to $6.3 billion. On an annual basis, they were down 4.3 per cent. Across Canada, manufacturing sales rose by 0.8 per cent to $57.6 billion in August, following…

How entrepreneurs can go from invisible to invincible

Francesca Moi of Empowering Events talks about building your following and being active and consistent on social media

How entrepreneurs can go from invisible to invincible Francesca Moi is CEO/director of Empowering Events. You describe yourself as the Meetup Queen. What does that mean and what do you do? Moi: Five years ago I wanted to grow my life-coaching business and I couldn’t find a way to get clients until I started a Meetup group and a Facebook group. Within three…

Study urges policy focus on economic growth

Increased economic growth means improved living standards for Canadians, says Fraser Institute author

Study urges policy focus on economic growthAn annual economic growth rate of three per cent would spur about $45,000 in greater per-person Canadian income after 20 years, according to a study released on Thursday by the public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute. The Cost of Slow Economic Growth said that from 2011 to 2018, Canada’s real gross domestic product (GDP –…

Real Estate Council of Alberta “dysfunction” coming to an end?

'For too long, serious concerns and complaints from industry and from council officials themselves have been ignored. That stops now"

Real Estate Council of Alberta “dysfunction” coming to an end?The Alberta government announced Wednesday The Real Estate Amendment Act 2019 which it says will bring an end to “ongoing dysfunction” with the Real Estate Council of Alberta by reforming governance of Alberta’s real estate regulator. The Ministry said the amendments address serious address serious concerns raised by real estate professionals, buyers, sellers and regulatory…

Bad bosses drive employees away: survey

Robert Half survey says employee appreciation is a powerful motivator

Bad bosses drive employees away: surveyTwo in five workers in Canada have quit their jobs due to a bad boss, according to a new survey. The research was released on Wednesday by global staffing firm Robert Half. “Managers set the tone for the office and have a considerable amount of influence over the daily experiences and satisfaction of their employees…

Most Canadian organizations hit by cyber-attacks in past year

Cybersecurity awareness training is effective but only 22% conduct training at least monthly

Most Canadian organizations hit by cyber-attacks in past yearA new survey finds that 71 per cent of Canadian organizations reported experiencing at least one cyber-attack last year that impacted them in some way, including time and resources, out-of-pocket expenses and paying ransom. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s  2019 Cybersecurity Survey Report also found that 96 per cent of respondents said that cybersecurity awareness…

Concern over nearby cannabis stores fading: survey

But more than half of both homeowners (64%) and renters (53%) agree that smoking cannabis inside would devalue a home

Concern over nearby cannabis stores fading: surveyA new survey suggests Canadians are warming up to cannabis dispensaries near their homes. Online real estate company Zoocasa found that 43 per cent of respondents to their survey agreed they would be comfortable with such a business operating in proximity to their home compared with 31 per cent last year. “However, those who don’t…

Vehicle sales appear to have finally reached bottom

But year-to-date sales are still down 3.8 per cent through the first nine months of this year

Vehicle sales appear to have finally reached bottomAfter a definitive downward trend through the first half of 2019, vehicle sales appear to have reached a bottom in Canada, turning modestly higher in the third quarter, according to a report released on Wednesday by TD Economics.  But the bank, in its Canadian Auto Outlook update, said year-to-date sales are still down 3.8 per…

Canadian economy to continue to struggle

But no recession in sight despite global uncertainty, according to the Conference Board of Canada

Canadian economy to continue to struggleOngoing trade tensions and uncertainty in the global economy are impacting Canadian business investment and household purchasing power, but a recession is not on the horizon in Canada, according to a report released on Monday by the Conference Board of Canada.  The board’s The Canadian Outlook is forecasting real gross domestic product to expand by…

Canadian merchandise trade deficit narrows

Canada's exports rose 1.8% in August, mainly due to an increase in exports of energy products and aircraft

Canadian merchandise trade deficit narrowsCanada’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed from $1.4 billion in July to $955 million in August, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency said on Friday that Canada's exports rose 1.8 per cent in August, mainly due to an increase in exports of energy products and aircraft. Imports were up 1.0 per cent, mostly on higher…

Alberta boosts crude oil production

Pipelines delivered 8.9 million cubic metres of crude oil to Canadian refineries and upgraders in July, up 15%

Alberta boosts crude oil productionStatistics Canada says the production of crude oil and equivalent products rose in July to the highest level so far this year. In a report released on Friday, the federal agency said production was up 2.2 per cent to 23.2 million cubic metres (145.8 million barrels).  “The increase was attributable primarily to synthetic crude oil…

Opening doors for women to succeed in business

Milena Radakovic talks about WEDO, and why it’s important to build an ecosystem for women to access information, capital and a network of other women entrepreneurs

Opening doors for women to succeed in businessCalgary business leader and established entrepreneur Milena Radakovic, president and owner of Nexus Exhibits Ltd., has been appointed Canadian Ambassador of  Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO), the world’s largest grassroots movement dedicated to celebrating, supporting and empowering women worldwide. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is celebrated at the United Nations and in 144 countries and 65 universities…

Unearthing the roots of gender inequality in the workplace

Tanya van Biesen of Catalyst talks about how gender diverse teams drive better business results and how we can bring about workplace equality

Unearthing the roots of gender inequality in the workplaceTanya van Biesen is executive director, Canada, of Catalyst. What is Catalyst Canada and what does it do? Tanya: Catalyst is the leading non-profit focused on building workplaces that work for women through inclusion. Since 2000, Catalyst has worked in Canada to address the unique experiences of Canadian working women, through research, education and engagement.…

Fashion retailer Forever 21 closing its Canadian stores

The chain has 44 stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia and employs approximately 2,000 people

Fashion retailer Forever 21 closing its Canadian storesFashion retailer Forever 21 says it plans to close its 44 stores in Canada. The company announced in a news release that Forever 21 Canada filed for and was granted protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) in Toronto. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. was appointed as monitor in…
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