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Graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honors BA English Specialization and has completed several publishing courses at Ryerson University. She is a proofreader, editor, and content writer based in London, Ontario.
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This article was previously posted to Proptalk but contains information that bears repeating. A study conducted a while ago, found that there were approximately 1,000 fintechs (financial technology businesses that provide financial services by making use of software and modern technology) across Canada offering products or services related to crowdfunding, insurance, wealth management, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, capital markets, lending, payments and even core banking. Most of these were start-ups created after 2012 with less than...

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In Canada, debit and credit card usage made up 57% of the country’s total of 21.1 billion transactions in 2018. Credit and debit more than doubled the number of cash purchases. These days we can tap our card to pay for purchases and even pay in-app for goods and services. In fact, Canadians are among the biggest per capita users of debit cards in the world. But does that put us at a higher risk...

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As online-based transactions become more prevalent, cybercriminals are finding new and creative ways to steal your money. So, what can you do to make sure you don’t fall prey to these malicious attacks? Here are the most common types of real estate fraud schemes and some ways that you can safeguard yourself. Wire fraud One of the most common types of real estate fraud is wire fraud. Fraudsters send you an email or text that...

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Technology is evolving faster than it ever has before. Some say we are in the middle of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Organizations that don’t keep up with technology are at risk of becoming obsolete. Here are a few of the latest tech trends that will impact how you do business. 1.      5G data networks 5G mobile data networks are the next generation of superfast internet. 5G launched in 2019 but it’s this year that we...

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Whether you submit your own tax returns using software on your computer, have an accountant or use a walk-in tax service, there are many things you need to know about tax season 2019. Here are some of the new changes as well as some tips for what you can do to help make this year’s tax return happen without a hitch. Understand the deadline April 30 is the date for most Canadians to file their...

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Your team is your most important asset. Without them, your organization could not function. When you leverage each individual’s ability and inspire them to put forth a team effort, your team can be your company’s biggest resource. Learn how to inspire your people as a team to achieve goals with these top five tips. 1.    Set specific and measurable goals Your employees need to know what they’re working towards or else they won’t have the level...

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As a small business owner, you have to find ways to keep your budget trim while at the same time investing in the priorities that will yield the best return on investment. Here are a few areas you should focus on to stay competitive in 2020 and beyond. Selectively invest in tech It’s easy to forgo spending on tech when cash is tight. Yet, spending on tech that will automate or eliminate manual or redundant...

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All the leading paint brands release their colour of the year. Sometimes bold and daring other times soft and understated, the colour of the year is always fresh. Here are all the colours of the year according to Behr, Dulux and Benjamin Moore. We will outline how you can incorporate these stunning new hues into your home or office this year. Behr’s colour of the year: Back to Nature (S340-4) The environment and sustainability have...

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BusinessGoing Global

Mary ChapmanDecember 31, 20198 min

Buying a beach house somewhere to escape winter in Canada is an appealing thought. The fact that our dollar can go a long way in many parts of the world and the idea of purchasing real estate outside of Canada is even more enticing. Whether you are a retiree looking for a way to enjoy the golden years or a young professional who can’t make your budget stretch enough to buy a Canadian home, a...

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The Vancouver Convention Centre’s green roof is the largest in Canada. It is home to 25 different species of plants, all indigenous to the West Coast, for a total of 400,000 plants. With the gravel, topsoil, and plants this roof weighs more than 11 million pounds. Pretty impressive, right? But even if you are a small business owner with a small shop, an eco-roof is a smart investment. Not only does it benefit our planet,...