June 2017

Jun 30 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: Fintech news! RBC investing major cash in an in-house innovation lab The asset management division of RBC is launching a new innovation hub dedicated ... Read More more...

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Jun 30 2017
We all have a special weekend ahead. I am celebrating my beloved country Canada's 150th birthday, and you, my American friends, are celebrating your independence. We take a day off, we rest, we regroup, we reflect, we spend time with family and friends, and hey, it's SUMMER! I sent my boys off on the bus this week to summer camp. And judging by this picture, I think someone is happy. And lucky. more...

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Jun 30 2017
As a homeowner, you have a lot of responsibilities, especially when it comes to your finances. One of the most important is to save up a healthy emergency fund in order to afford the extra and ... Read More more...

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Jun 29 2017
By Philippa Sklaar You know how you thought that when you met the man of your dreams he would change? And he did. For the worst. But you still held onto him because you believed that having anybody was better than having nobody. It was the power of your love that would realize his potential - if only he would just listen! I, like you, a victim of abuse, believed that all I was worth was a man who beat me, punched me and cheated on me. I shrunk each time I heard, “First time a victim, second time a volunteer,” “If you go back you deserve what you get” and “Why don’t you just leave?” more...

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Jun 29 2017
Canadians have a love affair with debt. In the first quarter of this year, Statistics Canada noted that households had more than $2 trillion in debt and the debt-to-income ratio was 166.9%—near an all-time high. While ... Read More more...

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Jun 28 2017
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Jun 28 2017

For our mentoring program meeting this week, we held it outdoors.  Now I must confess that I was a little nervous, given how temperamental the weather has been of late.  Warm one minute, cold the next.  Sunny in the morning, wet all afternoon. 



So I came armed with a raincoat, a jacket, a shawl, an umbrella and even a towel!


At some point in the meeting, I had all three pieces of clothing on, and minutes later they were off as the sun broke through the dark clouds.  Laurie Hunt, who is leading the mentoring program,  kept us moving, we started in a circle with yoga stretches, broke into pairs and then walked around the property.  As soon as we moved, the sun would shine.


Apart from lunch under the tent, most of the meeting was spent outdoors. The ironic thing was no sooner had we packed up to go home, than the heavens opened. We all joked that perhaps because we were meeting on church property, the meeting was blessed.


However, Laurie said something that started me thinking.  She was comparing our challenges with the weather with the obstacles we can face in our businesses.


For example, I am sure most of us can admit to times when the business seemed to be under a cloud.  Nothing seemed to go well and it became quite stormy.  Now Laurie’s suggestion that day was that we were to keep moving, no matter what. 


And in a way, that’s true for our business too.  We have to walk through the storm to get to the rainbow, maybe not the pot of gold, but at least to the other side.  Because if we stay still, not only do we get very wet, but in our drenched state, it can be hard to find a solution, or to find shelter, and much easier to just give up.  We’re stuck.


By moving we are less likely to get pulled under and may on our travels, like we did, find moments of sun and we would change our direction to embrace it.  Staying with   this weather analogy, most of us came prepared for all eventualities.  When you are planning your business, you need to do the same. It’s important to have a plan B or C, for that matter, in your back pocket.  That way you bounce back quicker and  be nimble in navigating the inclement conditions.



So the moral of this story is come prepared, keep moving and be ready to take cover.  

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Jun 28 2017
Happy 150th Birthday Canada! Below you can learn how to sign “Happy Canada Day” in ASL. We hope everyone has a fantastic weekend celebrating! more...

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Jun 28 2017
The final instalment in a three-part series looking at the different financial challenges between those living in expensive Canadian cities and those outside of them. The series also explores generational differences within these cities from a ... Read More more...

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Jun 27 2017

  Entrepreneurship is a freakin roller coaster with all the ups and downs. Chances are, if you’re reading this….you’ve already figured this out. Along my own journey I’ve come across some major, key AH-HA moments that have changed my game. Sometimes it's simply understanding a critical concept. I’m about to share with you the one [...]

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Jun 27 2017

  BE THE BOSS OF YOUR VISUAL BRAND Visual branding has never been as important in your business as it is today. I mean it's what's on the inside that counts, but we just liiiiiike to look at beautiful things as humans ok? And here's the thing, you don't need permission to have a shiny [...]

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Jun 27 2017

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this weekend! Canada Days, a citywide celebration, presents free festivities at four locations across Toronto including a four-day festival at Nathan Phillips Square from June 30 to July 3, and one-day events at Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West and Scarborough Civic Centre on July 1. Here are a few standout […]

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Jun 27 2017
You’ve decided to invest your money in GICs, but you need to make a decision: How long should you keep your GIC for? Unlike with many other investments, this is a decision you need to make ... Read More more...

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Jun 26 2017

Workplace health is all about prevention. When one person gets sick, it can have a domino effect.  Soon everyone has ‘that cold so and so gave me’.  So, prevention is now more important than ever because this is the first generation that will not live longer than its parents. With an aging population and an … Continue reading Workplace Health- Keeping a workplace healthy is all about prevention

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Jun 26 2017
Air Miles has increased the daily cap for in-store Cash Miles redemptions to $100—up from $50. The cap for in-store redemptions at Shell will be $60 per transaction. However, you still won’t be able to redeem your ... Read More more...

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Jun 26 2017
BMO Bank of Montreal has long been considered one of the top banks in Canada and is often one of the first choices for homebuyers looking to secure a mortgage. But what’s it like actually obtaining ... Read More more...

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Jun 25 2017
“This dress made me feel like the Belle of the Ball! It was elegant and comfortable and I received compliments all night long.”  We can’t get over how chic and elegant Ashley looked at the Mad Hot Ballet wearing our Azul With Gold Peonies Off-Shoulder High-Low Gown by Justina McCaffrey. We love how she played up the gold peonies in the dress by wearing a gold and nude shoe and tied the […] more...

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Jun 25 2017
We’re all used to reading customer reviews for the restaurants we visit, smartphones we purchase, or the hotels we stay in. We rely on the opinions of people we know, and also on those of strangers who ... Read More more...

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Jun 24 2017

It had been over ten years since I visited La Belle Province and I took the opportunity to go on a short work/vacation weekend to reacquaint myself with the City of Montreal. Kathryn Johnson, who owns Boutique Nanuk, approached me to represent my jewellery line in her beautiful gallery located right in the heart of […]

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Jun 23 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: Warren Buffett to The Rescue (?) You know his name. After months of questions surrounding the survival of the embattled lender Home Capital, famed ... Read More more...

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Jun 23 2017
Baby boomers have been among Canada’s most efficient savers. They’ve taken solid advantage of RRSPs and corporate pension plans that require contributions from monthly paycheques. In some ways, it seems counterintuitive to look at savings opportunities ... Read More more...

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Jun 22 2017
It is with deepest regrets that we announce the passing of Greg O’Keefe, founder of O’Keefe Agencies Ltd. As many of you know, in the past few years Greg has been battling cancer and despite his best efforts to combat … Continue reading more...

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Jun 22 2017
We know how frustrating it can be to try to find a dress for a fancy night out. Especially when the only stores close to you offer a limited selection of dresses to choose from at a reasonable price. But don’t worry, this dress story has a happy ending! Home Decor & DIY Blogger, Ariel of PMQ for Two turned to RfR for the perfect frock to wear to a ball and […] more...

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Jun 22 2017
Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire $400 million of Home Capital stock and provide a new $2 billion line of credit. “Home Capital’s strong assets, its ability to originate and underwrite well-performing mortgages, and its leading ... Read More more...

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Jun 22 2017
There is something energizing and exciting when you bring a group of people together who are not only on the same wave length, but get what you want to achieve in your business and are keen to help you get there.


That’s how I felt after our team meeting this week.  Lots of great ideas – not all will happen at once – but everyone seemed invested in what we wanted to do.


After a group discussion about what direction we were heading in and our goals for the upcoming year, I’d split everyone into small groups, drawing on their expertise and areas of interest, and each group was tasked with some questions to answer that would give us some direction moving forward.


Then we gathered together as the large group again to hear what the others had to say and toss in our own ideas as well.  Having run Company of Women for fourteen years now, there were times, to be honest, when I had to bite my tongue as a suggestion came up that we had already done, or were already doing.


But nothing kills brainstorming quicker than someone saying “we’ve done that and it didn’t work.”  Well maybe not then, but it might now.  I also find there are new approaches out there, and perhaps we (read I) need to get with the program and go with the times.


But to be honest that is easier said than done, but I am getting there. I am a work in progress.


The thing is if you want to move your business forward and take it to the next level, you have to:


  • ·      Build a team, a tribe who will get behind you.
  • ·      Listen.
  • ·      Give opportunities for others to grow personally and professionally.
  • ·      Draw on the expertise of others, especially in areas where you do not excel.
  • ·      Realize that you can’t (and shouldn’t) do everything, nor do you have the knowledge and skill set to do so.
  • ·      Understand that letting go is not easy, and sometimes it seems like a necessary evil.



So I am getting there, comfortable in the knowledge that at the end of the day, it is still my business, still my decision.  But I need to take heed to the input of others, otherwise why bother asking for their opinions or input in the first place.



As someone said at the meeting, we are birds of a feather, and we’re creating a caring nest for us all.  Just watch us soar and take off in the year ahead.

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Jun 22 2017

Despite bad puns (what a cluster duck!), ruffled feathers and quizzical comments, the touring Giant Rubber Duck will be visiting Toronto to celebrate Canada’s country’s 150th birthday this year at HTO Park. The six-storey-tall, 13,600-kilogram yellow Instagrammable duck is being brought to Toronto by the Redpath Waterfront Festival. Whether you’re for or against this massive floating bath […]

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Jun 22 2017
Shopping for a chequing account may seem like a chore when there are so many options to choose from. If you’re looking at either CIBC or Tangerine, here’s an overview of the chequing accounts each bank ... Read More more...

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Jun 21 2017
I thought you would want to read Annals of Culture: The Invention of Sex, by Stephen Greenblatt. St. Augustine’s carnal knowledge. http://nyer.cm/zGYK4De Download The New Yorker Today app: http://nyer.cm/ba5wYPW     more...

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Jun 21 2017
I thought you would want to read Annals of Culture: The Invention of Sex, by Stephen Greenblatt. St. Augustine’s carnal knowledge. http://nyer.cm/zGYK4De Download The New Yorker Today app: http://nyer.cm/ba5wYPW     more...

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Jun 21 2017
Diagnosing and Treating This Tree Pest Recently we’ve received a lot of questions regarding aphids, and because we want your fruit trees to be as healthy as possible, we did a little research on this particular tree pest. Aphids are these tiny, pear-shaped guys that come in a variety of colours, most commonly green, red, […] more...

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Jun 21 2017
Diagnosing and Treating This Tree Pest Recently we’ve received a lot of questions regarding aphids, and because we want your fruit trees to be as healthy as possible, we did a little research on this particular tree pest. Aphids are these tiny, pear-shaped guys that come in a variety of colours, most commonly green, red, […] more...

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Jun 21 2017
Happy First Day of Summer! For many parents, these summer months are a time to loosen the screen-time reigns and let kids play Pokemon Go, Temple Run and Minecraft as long as they want. Others worry about the impact of too many hours spent on social media, games and videos, often at the cost of more nostalgic summer past times, real or imagined. (Did we all actually climb trees, build forts and pick blueberries?). But how to manage screen time when you might not even be home to do it? And even if you are a stay-at-home parent, do you have the energy to fight the battle every hour of the day? It’s a challenge for many families, and one that’s generating a host of responses: One Washington D.C. area principal recently offered to pay incoming 8thand 9th graders $100 each if they went screen-free every Tuesday of summer vacation. Another mom recently locked her children’s devices into an offsite storage unit in her quest to experience some digital downtime. more...

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Jun 21 2017
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market continues to slow down in May, a decline that hasn’t happened in many years, despite the flood of new listings, a Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) report reveals. The ... Read More more...

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Jun 21 2017
Happy 150th birthday, Canada — you don’t look a day over 149. To mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation, RateHub staffers spent months collecting 150 facts on all things finance — historic milestones, highs and lows, ... Read More more...

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Jun 21 2017
Second in a three-part series looking at the different financial challenges between those living in expensive Canadian cities and those outside of them. The series also explores generational differences within these cities from a personal finance ... Read More more...

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Jun 20 2017
Last Wednesday, June 14, was the first day of our Fruit Tree Care Workshops, led by fruit tree care educator Susan Poizner of Orchard People. Susan’s first of four workshops on tree care was called “Growing Healthy Organic Fruit Trees: Secrets to Success”. Susan walked us through 10 secrets to successfully planting, maintaining, and growing […] more...

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Jun 20 2017
Last Wednesday, June 14, was the first day of our Fruit Tree Care Workshops, led by fruit tree care educator Susan Poizner of Orchard People. Susan’s first of four workshops on tree care was called “Growing Healthy Organic Fruit Trees: Secrets to Success”. Susan walked us through 10 secrets to successfully planting, maintaining, and growing […] more...

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Jun 20 2017

People often get asked me how to get work. In fact, I get asked this regularly. And people hope I will give them the secret. For me, there never has been a magic bullet. If I do get a gig which seems like a ‘big deal” I know it is temporary. Most of my work is not linear Read the full article...

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Jun 20 2017
“Why God? Why are you doing this to us?” If you’re in your 30s, you’re old enough to remember Joey asking that question in Friends episode called The One Where They All Turn Thirty. It also ... Read More more...

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Jun 19 2017
I’m a sport dietitian and cycling Olympian with the Canadian Sport Centre in Calgary, where I consult several national teams. I was also the Performance Dietitian for the Canadian Olympic Committee and Team Canada at the London Summer Olympic Games. I was their main support during the games when it came to food selection and dietary needs. more...

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Jun 19 2017
As one of the Big Five banks in Canada, Scotiabank is the first place many Canadian homebuyers turn when it comes to getting a mortgage. Whether it’s because they’ve done their banking with this institution for ... Read More more...

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Jun 18 2017
Is your home really protected from water damage? If your dishwasher goes wonky and floods your kitchen, or if you forget to turn the faucet off and your bathroom becomes a lake, you’re probably okay. But ... Read More more...

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Jun 16 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: Home Capital Settles, Shares Surge Home Capital this week reached agreements in its case with the Ontario Securities Commission. Home Capital and three former ... Read More more...

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Jun 16 2017
Summer is the perfect time to take a break, lay out in the sunshine and get into a great book. photo credit: yourcoffeebreak.co.uk/ photo credit: yourcoffeebreak.co.uk/ On this week's Global TV segment, I shared eight great summer reads. In the fall, I had included something for every woman: fiction, non-fiction, laugh-out-loud funny, witty, heartwarming, and a heart-pounding thriller. For the summer though, I like to keep it a little lighter. We don't have to be serious ALL THE TIME. ;) Sometimes it's okay for Calgon to take us away. more...

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Jun 16 2017
Believe it or not, it actually takes certain skills to be a good friend. By “good friends” I mean people who are supportive, empathetic and may even help you reflect on your life. For example I have clients who tell … Continue reading more...

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