Latest Issue: July 20, 2021

Dealing With Negative Comments

Some tips to handle online and in-person frustrations

Have you noticed that people on social media seem to be ramping up the mean comments more frequently? According to research by Kantar, there has been a 63 per cent increase in social media engagement during COVID-19. The government-forced lockdowns and restrictions have impacted people in many ways, and some are taking that frustration out on social media, complaining about pretty much anything. Read the latest issue.

RCDHU Could Go Door-To-Door To Target Unvaccinated Homes

Cushman says 20-45 years olds are not invincible and will give COVID to their kids

Renfrew County’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Cushman, is considering sending public health workers door-to-door to unvaccinated homes as part of a “hard slog” to encourage vaccination. Read the latest issue.

Sale Of Small Business To Family Rules: 2022

The Canadian Press is reporting that a parliamentary committee will hold a summer meeting this week about when Ottawa plans to change tax rules on the sale of small businesses between family members. Read the latest issue.

Capital Gains Tax On Primary Residence?

Fort Erie circulating resolution to remove it as a consideration

In a March 24, 2021, RBC Economics Robert Hogue, suggested that the federal government might wish to remove the capital gains exemption on primary residences of Canadians as a way to address the housing market issue in Canada. Read the latest issue.

Alcohol, Cannabis Consumption On The Rise

Pandemic stress, boredom and loneliness are key impacts for increase

A January 2021 survey by Statistics Canada focussing on alcohol and cannabis use in the pandemic has found an increase in consumption. Read the latest issue.

Marketing | Jennifer Layman

By The People, For The People: Being honest about how you convey your message

There had been a lot of media attention surrounding the decline in people getting vaccinated for COVID-19. Much of the blame from government officials – in Canada and in the U.S. – has been levelled towards social media companies for allowing “misinformation” to be spread. Many in government think media businesses (which also include radio and newspapers) should take on the responsibility of vetting information and only allowing the pro-government messaging to be communicated. To some extent, they have been successful in that request, but it is not a long-term solution. If the government wants to achieve its goal, they need to be accountable for how they communicate. Read the latest issue.


Book Club | Jon Gordon

The Energy Bus: 10 rules to fuel your life, work and team with positive energy

It’s Monday morning and George walks out of the front door to his car and a flat tire. This is the least of his problems. His home life is in shambles and his team at work is in disarray. With a big product launch coming in two weeks, he has to find a way to get it together or risk losing his marriage and job. Forced to take the bus to work, George meets a unique bus driver and an interesting cast of characters who, over the course of two weeks, share the ten rules for the ride of his life. In the process, they help him turn around his work and life, saving his job and marriage from destruction. Read the latest issue.

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