Environics Analytics Releases WealthScapes 2015
By News on the Net Tuesday, August 25, 2015
New Data Aides Financial Planning, Fundraising, Marketing and Merchandising
Toronto, – Environics Analytics (EA), the marketing services and data analytics company, today announced the release of WealthScapes 2015, the most comprehensive database available on the assets, liabilities and wealth of Canadians. The latest edition has been expanded this year to include 178 key financial and investment statistics, including new categories of data such as employer pension plans, tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) and registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) contributions.
Greg Dewar will win the Nobel Prize in Economics
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Monday, August 24, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug. 21, 2015
Finance Minister Greg Dewar will win the Nobel Prize in Economics – if his financial plan for the province works. Of course, it hasn’t been working so far and if that continues, Manitobans will be weighed down with new borrowing that’s soaring into the billions. Please place your bets.
Canada ranks sixth on human freedom index, far ahead of United States in 20th
By Fraser Institute Tuesday, August 18, 2015
TORONTO—Canada ranks sixth overall for its level of human freedom while the United States ranks 20th in the Human Freedom Index, released today by the Fraser Institute and a network of international public-policy think-tanks.
How Small Businesses Can Get a Better Deal Out Of FTAs
By C.D. Howe Institute Thursday, August 6, 2015
Toronto, – The high costs of complying with Rules of Origin (ROO) requirements mean that small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) often find it cheaper and more efficient to pay customs duties instead of producing the paperwork that would allow them access to preferential, often zero tariffs under trade agreements, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute.
Corporate Welfare for Toyota A Cruel Joke on Taxpayers
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Friday, July 31, 2015
OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reacted to the federal-provincial announcement to provide Toyota Canada with $100 million in taxpayer dollars calling it a “cruel joke on taxpayers.”
People living in countries with high levels of economic freedom are happier and have greater life s
By Fraser Institute Tuesday, July 28, 2015
TORONTO—Countries with higher levels of economic freedom have happier populations, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
Dodd-Frank’s maze of rules and regulators needs a fast makeover to stimulate the economy
By Guest Column Thursday, July 23, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Five years after the enactment of Dodd-Frank, it’s past time for a change in the debate over financial regulatory reform.
Forcing Canadians to contribute more to CPP or Ontario pension plan will reduce voluntary private sa
By Fraser Institute Tuesday, July 21, 2015
TORONTO—When Canadians were forced to contribute more to the Canada Pension Plan in the 1990s and early 2000s, they ended up saving less voluntarily, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
iDashboards Forms Reseller Partnership With Phoenix Systems, A Canadian-based Software Company
By News on the Net Thursday, July 16, 2015
TROY, Mich., – iDashboards, a pioneer in business intelligence dashboard development, has formed a value-added reseller (VAR) partnership with Phoenix Systems, a privately-held Canadian-based software and hardware service provider and reseller with offices located throughout North America. iDashboards CEO Shadan Malik made the announcement.
Ontario’s Credit Rating Downgrade Means Premier Wynne Must Take Action Now
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Tuesday, July 7, 2015
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) called for immediate action from the Wynne government following Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgrading of Ontario’s long-term rating from AA- to A+. This is the second time S&P has downgraded Ontario’s credit rating since 2009.
Winnipeg debt soars while provincial safety net sags
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Monday, June 29, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 25, 2015
Warning lights are starting to flash regarding Winnipeg’s finances. As with a warning light on the dash of a car, it’s not an emergency yet. But it’s time to take a close look and start working on some fixes.
The Tale of two restaurants
By Bruce Wiseman Friday, June 12, 2015
Mo’s closed their doors last month.
I feel responsible.
Five Reasons Government Debts Aren’t Like Mortgages
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Wednesday, May 27, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Sun on May 27, 2015
Every time the Manitoba government borrows money there is an inevitable comparison to home mortgages, but an inch below the spin is the glaring reality that government debt is nothing like a mortgage. Here are five reasons why.
Randi Cogan-Shinder, Toronto’s Hottest Perfume Entrepreneur Triumphs Despite Poor Ontario Busi
By Mitch Wolfe Thursday, May 21, 2015
In Liberal Premier’s Wynne’s Ontario, small Ontario companies are being whacked with skyrocketing utility costs, higher taxes, user fees, increased labor costs, rising insurance premiums, ballooning transit costs and soul-destroying regulatory red tape.
A little more interest could cost Manitoba a lot
By Canadian Taxpayers Federation Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This column originally ran in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2015
There’s an old joke about power and money. A question is posed to a group prime ministers: if they’re reincarnated what would they like to be in their next life? After mere moments of discussion, they all agree. They would like to be reincarnated as bond fund managers. The reason: because bond fund managers are the ones with real power.