May 2017

May 31 2017
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or working on a side hustle, putting yourself out there can be a bit intimidating. You want your voice to be heard, and your work to be read, but you might fear that others won’t take you seriously, that you won’t make any money, or even in some cases, that you might achieve success before you’re ready for it. To help your business and blog to grow and thrive, people need to know who you are, and the odds are unlikely that someone will randomly come across your website or Twitter feed, and then request a media interview or consultation. To become the industry influencer that you know you are, you’re going to have to go to them. And guess what? It’s not as hard as you think. more...

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May 31 2017
Canadians are well acquainted with the concept of IOU. According to TransUnion, Canadians owed $94.2 billion in credit card debt in the fourth quarter of 2016, with an average balance of $4,094 per borrower. Consumer debt is insidious. The typical ... Read More more...

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May 30 2017
We all know we need to do more to make mother earth happy, from using a non-throw away water bottle to recycling what we can. However, what can we do in order to save the planet through our wardrobes? Youinc talks about four ways you can save the environment right now and renting a dress through RFR is one of the top tips listed. Not only can you rent a dress for […] more...

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May 30 2017
What better way to spend to spend a Friday night than get together with your girlfriends, get dolled up and grab some great eats? Many local businesses came together to raise money for Ottawa’s Harmony House– a local charity aimed at getting women and children on their feet after suffering Domestic Abuse. From a local boutique hotel to foodie bloggers and more came together to make the night a success […] more...

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May 30 2017
With Canada’s 150’th birthday coming up, lots of different cities are coming up with creative ways to celebrate. Ottawa has taken a parking lot and transformed it into an inspirational village to showcase different businesses in the local area. Ottawa Citizen tells readers what they can expect to see at the Village and includes a photo of our Red and Black Plaid Dress by Canadian designer, Copious. If you’re in the Ottawa […] more...

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May 30 2017
Whether you have quite a bit of money saved up, are just starting to save, or are somewhere in between, optimizing the way you save can be the key to accelerating the success of your financial ... Read More more...

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May 29 2017

If you’ve been following along with what I’ve been up to for a while, you’ve probably heard me talk about Warkworth. It is a little place that’s about half-way between Peterborough and Campbellford. Cutest little Artist Town I know. I found out about it through my friends Paulus Tjiang and his wife Monica Johnston. They […]

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May 29 2017

The audience weighs in:  The Suddenly played at the Second City John Candy Theatre this past weekend. We had great audiences and raised over $1000.00 for Kensington Hospice. Directed by Linda Kash. And music by JD Nicholsen. Next Stop Peterborough June 3, 2017.  12 TICKETS LEFT . “Your show is a masterpiece. The writing, performance, music – funny, Read the full article...

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May 29 2017
hank you to my PR friend G.G. Benitez for sharing this gem last night. A perfect #MotivationMonday. I believe that when you do your best, and give it your best, day in and day out, over time, good things show up at your door. And therefore, that means that I won't always plan. No plan? Yah, sometimes, (and more often lately), no plan. And that has a kind of calming, soothing feeling. It's like the art of hustling and surrendering. Working and then waiting. more...

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May 29 2017
In a recent survey, Point2 Homes asked 29,000 people from nine countries about the sizes of their actual and ideal homes. The survey revealed that Canadians have the third-largest homes. Compared to the other surveyed countries, ... Read More more...

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May 28 2017
Many of the great wine regions of the world on designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I put together a list of them here. more...

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May 27 2017
Have you ever seen a prettier wedding guest look?! RfR Customer, Aneta looked sensational in this navy sequin number. Here’s what she had to say about her experience: “I absolutely loved the dress! It was a big hit! I wanted a wedding guest outfit that was glamourous and elegant and just overall pretty and I feel like I got all of that in this dress :)” – Aneta Thinking of […] more...

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May 26 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: Canadians are hoarding loyalty points Canadians might be savvy points collectors, but they aren’t cashing in their hard-earned rewards! According to a recent study ... Read More more...

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May 26 2017
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May 26 2017
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May 26 2017
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May 26 2017
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May 26 2017
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May 26 2017
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May 26 2017
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May 26 2017
Sponsored by: Should you continue renting the place you live in or is it time to become a homeowner? Buying a home is a big step and there are some things you should think about before ... Read More more...

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May 26 2017
TFSAs are a great savings vehicle, but a couple of quirks make it possible to accidentally over-contribute—a mistake that incurs tax penalties. At the start of every tax year, your TFSA contribution room is reset; and ... Read More more...

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May 26 2017
Hello! Reporting live from C2! An incredible conference in my hometown of Montreal. I am about to hear Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple speak. I'm excited. Seeing that summer is around the corner, and knowing that my goal as a certified life coach (and now yoga teacher in training) is to always get you as close to your personal best as possible, today I wanted to share 10 Superfoods of 2017 that you should be incorporating into your diet. Many of these superfoods have helped keep me in good health. Today, we're getting off the fence, off the junk, and caring for ourselves. Consider this your whack over the head with the frying pan (pardon the irony). It’s May. May is about rebirth, rejuvenation, and regrowth. So, if you’ve been a bad girl, give yourself permission to own that… and then let it go. I'm doing that too. more...

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May 26 2017
Stars: They’re just like us. In a blowout feature published earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter details Johnny Depp’s reported $2-million-a-month spending habit, and the legal battle playing out between Depp and his business managers over ... Read More more...

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May 25 2017
The stars are not the only thing shining in Cannes Cannes is upon us! Hollywood’s biggest stars have gathered in the South of France wearing their fanciest frocks for the week-long film festival. Here’s a look at just a few of our favourite dress trends from the red carpet. White Hot: Celebs like Lily Collins, Kendall Jenner, and Rihanna proved that a white frock is both elegant and versatile. Model, Adriana […] more...

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May 25 2017
I was meeting a friend for coffee this week and somehow we got onto the topic of women on boards, women on panels, and women in IT.


It sparked a discussion about how we should start a game, like where’s Waldo? But instead it would be where’s Wilma?  

Because more and more, despite the moves forward that we have made, there are still too few women on boards, in leadership positions and when groups have experts to speak on business topics, for example, few women can be found.


Now at Company of Women it is the reverse.  I only choose women speakers and experts, because I firmly believe we have comparable skills, and I want to role model women in roles of responsibility and sharing their expertise.


So Brenda and I are launching a #wherearethewomen? campaign.  Join us.  Every time you see something -  a poster or announcement - that showcases men but no women – fire off a post with this hashtag.


It’s a small way we can make our point and get the message out that we’re watching, we’re taking notice and we want our voices heard.




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May 25 2017
I was meeting a friend for coffee this week and somehow we got onto the topic of women on boards, women on panels, and women in IT.


It sparked a discussion about how we should start a game, like where’s Waldo? But instead it would be where’s Wilma?  

Because more and more, despite the moves forward that we have made, there are still too few women on boards, in leadership positions and when groups have experts to speak on business topics, for example, few women can be found.


Now at Company of Women it is the reverse.  I only choose women speakers and experts, because I firmly believe we have comparable skills, and I want to role model women in roles of responsibility and sharing their expertise.


So Brenda and I are launching a #wherearethewomen? campaign.  Join us.  Every time you see something -  a poster or announcement - that showcases men but no women – fire off a post with this hashtag.


It’s a small way we can make our point and get the message out that we’re watching, we’re taking notice and we want our voices heard.




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May 25 2017
In today’s video I’m answering two viewer questions. One, what’s the difference between bye and by. The second question was what’s the difference between apple and candy. If you have any questions for me please feel free to email me or post it in the comment section. Check out other view question and answer videos(...) more...

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May 25 2017
I still remember my first chequing account. I wasn’t even 10 years old, and my father took me to the local bank to deposit the money my grandparents had given me for my birthday. I wanted ... Read More more...

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May 24 2017
Title:  Undercover Girl: The Lesbian Informant Who Helped the FBI Bring Down the Communist Party

Author:  Lisa E. Davis

Publisher: Publisher: Imagine (May 9, 2017)

How acquired:  Edelweiss


What it’s About:  At the height of the Red Scare, Angela Calomiris was a paid FBI informant inside the American Communist Party. As a Greenwich Village photographer, Calomiris spied on the New York Photo League, pioneers in documentary photography. While local Party officials may have had their suspicions about her sexuality, her apparent dedication to the cause won them over.  When Calomiris testified for the prosecution at the 1949 Smith Act trial of the Party's National Board, her identity as an informant (but not as a lesbian) was revealed. Her testimony sent eleven party leaders to prison and decimated the ranks of the Communist Party in the US.


My thoughts:  When I saw this book on Edelweiss, I immediately clicked the request button. It sounded like something that was right up my alley. A little known story about an undercover informant for the FBI during the height of the Communist witch-hunt, who was also a lesbian? I couldn’t wait to read it. I’ve written about Elizabeth Bentley, who spied for the Communists, and then turned informant and this period of history has always fascinated me. My enthusiasm lasted all of five minutes.  It’s clear that the author did a great deal of research, she had access to all of Angela’s papers that she saved and donated to the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, read Angela’s own autobiography, as well as the newspaper reports and Angela’s FBI File. Unfortunately, Angela never really comes alive on the page.  It reads more like a text book or a thesis paper. There is very little information about Angela’s early life, other than the fact that she lived in a series of foster homes as a child.  I haven’t read Red Masquerade: Undercover for the FBI, but it has to be more interesting than Undercover Girl, even if it’s filled with half-truths.  


Angela was never a true traveler, she didn’t join the Communist Party, and then become disillusioned, as so many others did when the truth about Stalin came out. No, Angela was recruited by the FBI specifically to target the American Communist Party. They felt that she had an in because she was a photographer, and could easily infiltrate the New York Photo League, a group of amateur photographic enthusiasts, which included a number of communists among its members.  Angela was well paid for her work ($225 a month), she made sure of that. Angela claimed that she wanted to be some sort of hero, but what she really wanted was fame and glory. She volunteered for the jobs that nobody wanted, jobs that would get her the list of party members, that she could then pass on to the FBI.


Angela comes across as ruthless, ambitious, manipulative, a fame-seeker and greedy. She seems not have cared a jot about the people whose lives she ruined, as long as her name was in the papers. Her testimony led to the destruction of the New York Photo League. She was also reckless, the FBI repeatedly asked her not to give interviews before the trials were over, because it could have tainted the case and ruined chances for convictions, but Angela didn’t seem to care.  She had sworn under oath that she had not been paid by the FBI as a confidential informant. If the truth had come out, she could have been arrested for perjury, not to mention that it would have put the trial in jeopardy. The book also spends a lot of time dealing with the other informants and what their testimony was. While this was interesting from a historical perspective, it took the focus off Angela for long stretches of the book.  She also spends a lot of time speculating on the sexuality of J. Edgar Hoover, Mary Margaret McBride, and Eleanor Roosevelt, whether or not they were closeted homosexuals.


Davis briefly discusses how Angela had no qualms about informing on Communist party members who were also homosexual, for example an old girlfriend of actress Judy Holliday who was also a policewoman. That’s fascinating, in the sense, that Angela seemed to have no loyalties to anyone, not even the FBI! I wish there had been a bit more about the lesbian and gay subculture of the Village during the forties and the fifties.  Angela was hiding two secrets, that she was an informant for the FBI and also that she as a lesbian.  The author describes Calomiris as becoming a media darling from her actions, calling her "America's Sweetheart." It's a fascinating reflection on an era where America's sweetheart could be a lesbian with strong Greek features, who had to work hard to try to appear more feminine.  Angela didn’t seem concerned at all that she might be outed as a lesbian! Especially since she was having a relationship at the time with the sister-in-law of her FBI handler.  You have to admit Angela had chutzpah.


Of course, the biggest question is why the FBI, who surely knew or suspected that Angela was a lesbian, would recruit her as a confidential informant? Especially given the prevailing attitudes towards homosexuality at the time? Gay people were not only targets for violence and arrest; they were also considered more vulnerable to blackmail than a citizen of allegedly upstanding moral fiber. Well at the time, the threat of communism was more important than Angela’s sexual orientation.  Even though the Soviet Union ended up being our ally during the WWII, the FBI had been watching the Communists since the 1930’s.  It’s hard to believe that at one point, Communism is seen as a bigger threat than the Nazi’s! The FBI were willing to use any means necessary to root out communism in the United States. While the FBI was willing to overlook her sexual orientation, as long as she got the job done, the Communist Party was not so lenient. She was nearly expelled from the party (which would have jeopardized her role as an informant). Angela had do some fancy dancing to reassure the party leadership that she was as straight arrow as it were.


Unfortunately for Angela, she didn’t exactly ingratiate herself with the FBI.  She kept demanding that they find her a job, but not just any job, it had to be one that Angela felt was worthy of her talents. Working for Life or Look magazine as a staff photographer.  No starting at the bottom for Angela. While other FBI informants had movies made of their stories, no one would touch Angela’s with a ten-foot pole.  There would be no movie deal, or TV show detailing her exploits.  Instead, Angela faded into obscurity.  She took her savings, moved to Provincetown and bought a great deal of property.  She eventually moved to Mexico where she passed away in 1993.



In the end, while this book is an interesting snapshot of a tumultuous time, it ultimately fails as a biography of a controversial woman.  

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May 24 2017
The Bank of Canada announced this morning it’s keeping its target overnight lending rate at 0.5%. Canada’s central bank hasn’t moved its trendsetting rate since July 2015, but despite growing economic optimism (oil prices have rebounded, ... Read More more...

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May 24 2017

Another great weekend, packed full of fun activities for the entire family.

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May 24 2017
When used properly, credit cards can be a good money management tool. However, if you’re not careful with your spending, you can rack up consumer debt and stress yourself out.  It’s not hard to see why people ... Read More more...

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May 23 2017
Part Three – Modernizing the Federation – March 3, 2017 Equalization and Other Fiscal Transfers As both a beneficiary of, and in recent years a contributor to, the equalization program, Newfoundland and Labrador has an interest in ensuring more coherence, … Continue reading more...

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May 23 2017
    It’s no secret that the internet is a crowded room these days, no matter what niche you’re in there are hundreds of people offering the same services as you, coaches teaching the same topics as you and bloggers creating the same content as you... so how the HECK do you get known, get [...] more...

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May 23 2017

Doors Open Toronto gives visitors the chance to explore some of Toronto's most unique, fascinating and beautiful buildings.

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May 23 2017
Baby boomers tend to complain about millennials for everything from being obsessed with food to their dislike of competition. One area where the younger generation has the ‘socks and sandals’ crowd beat, however, is when it ... Read More more...

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May 23 2017
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May 23 2017
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May 23 2017
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May 23 2017
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May 23 2017
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May 23 2017
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May 23 2017
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May 23 2017
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