IT Recruitment: How To Find The Best Admins, Engineers, & Developers Using Indeed

IT recruitment can feel like a hunt for the holy grail. You need someone with a very specific set of skills and certifications, yet you can’t always pay as much as the tech giants scooping them up. We’re here to tell you it doesn’t need to be. When you adopt a structured IT recruiting process…

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The Globe And Mail Is Ending Its Maritimes Edition But Don’t Say Print Is Dead

The Globe and Mail office in Toronto is shown on July 9, 2014.

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail is putting a stop to its daily print edition across Atlantic Canada later this year.

Publisher Phillip Crawley said the national newspaper plans to halt production for the East Coast on Nov. 30.

Costs of printing and distribution in the region are “unaffordable” because more readers are going online for news, he said. The money saved will be redirected to its journalism efforts.

It’s not the first time the Globe has pulled back in the Maritimes. The company stopped distribution of the newspaper in Newfoundland five years ago.

“We’ve watched the number of copies being printed declining,” Crawley said in an interview.

Publisher and CEO of the Globe and Mail Phillip Crawley welcomes attendees to the 2016 National Newspaper Awards in Toronto, Friday, May 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan

“It reaches a point where effectively we’re subsidizing the print delivery by a million dollars a year. My priority is to invest in high-quality journalism.”

As part of the decision, the Globe is bringing on journalist Jessica Leeder in Atlantic Canada next month. The company also recently hired a reporter in California to cover primarily U.S. politics from a West Coast perspective.

While the changes won’t lead to layoffs at the Globe, Crawley noted the company’s newspapers are printed through an agreement with publisher Transcontinental.

This is not in any way saying print is dying, we believe print’s got a lot of value for us for years to come.Phillip Crawley

He also rebuffed suggestions that ending the Atlantic print edition is a sign the Globe doesn’t see a future for physical newspapers.

“This is not in any way saying print is dying, we believe print’s got a lot of value for us for years to come,” he added.

“There’s print advertising, there’s print subscriptions. It’s still a big chunk of our revenue base.”

Other papers have made similar changes

The latest move comes as Canada’s large media outlets respond to changing reader habits, which have moved away from newsprint.

In July, the National Post permanently scrapped its Monday print edition.

At the Toronto Star, a high-profile launch of the Star Touch tablet app, which it hoped would attract younger audiences, fizzled less than two years after its launch. The Star plans to unveil a new app instead.

The Globe is making its own digital changes this year. Crawley said the company will debut new apps in the fall it hopes will improve the digital user experience.

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A subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star’s owner Torstar hold investments in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.

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CityCentre’s Straits Restaurant to close, while The Escape Game opens

Visitors of CityCentre will have to say goodbye to the Straits Restaurant but can welcome The Escape Game.

The Singapore and pan-Asian restaurant’s last service day will be Aug. 29, manager Inri Diaz said. He doesn’t know why the location, which opened in 2010 at 800 Sorella Court, is closing.

“Sales are about the same as last year, so (the closing) came as a surprise, but what can you do,” Diaz said.

It’s the third Straights restaurant to close, the Houston Press reported. The other Straights…

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Venture capital investing is on the decline — Houston saw one of the biggest drops

Venture capital spending continues to lag behind the record activity of recent years, but startups needn’t worry; industry analysts say there are billions in dealmaking still to be done.

VC firms invested roughly $38 billion in startups and other early-stage companies during the first two quarters this year, down 10 percent from the $42 billion recorded during the same span in 2016 and off about $2 billion from 2015, according to data collected by Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association.…

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Look At The Numbers: There’s No Justifying A Tax Hike On Employers

Dear Mr. Morneau,

I’m curious to know why you believe it’s in Canada’s best interest to discourage business and encourage socialism.

It is my opinion that your discussion paper proposing changes to the taxation of small businesses completely misrepresents the facts, and it’s hard for me to imagine what your objective is. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have spent their entire working lives building this country, and yet under the banner of “fair” you set out to destroy their businesses, and ultimately, their retirement plans. In many cases you’re not simply changing the rules; you’re changing the entire game.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau Meets With Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa And Toronto Mayor John Tory

In your discussion paper you talk about what the government stands to gain from eliminating income splitting and increasing the tax rate on passive income within corporations, but nowhere do you quantify the cost. Have you and Mr. Trudeau thought about what the cost of your proposals will be?

We’ve heard from business owners all across Canada and regardless of the business, they all agree that higher taxes means higher costs. Higher costs that will ultimately be borne by consumers — it’s just that simple!

In the discussion paper, you use an example of neighbours who each earn $220,000 per year. Have you looked at the statistics? According to Statistics Canada less than 2.35 per cent of Canadians make $220,000 or more per year.

What you have failed to do is describe the difference between an employee and someone who’s taken a chance and gone into business for themselves.

You are trying to convince the Canadian public that all business people are rich and that they use all these tax loopholes to reduce or avoid. What you have failed to do is describe the difference between an employee and someone who’s taken a chance and gone into business for themselves.

In the discussion paper, on page 13 you introduce us to Jonah and Susan. Jonah has a private corporation and Susan is an employee. You state that Susan’s household pays $35,000 more income tax than Jonah’s, and that just isn’t fair.

doctor reading the x-ray in the office

I’ve taken the liberty to outline the differences between being a self-employed private business owner and employee. Let’s look at the job description for a private business owner:

  • Variable income not guaranteed
  • No job security or workplace accommodation
  • Must personally guarantee company/business debt
  • No Employment Insurance (EI) coverage
  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP) coverage at twice the legislated employee cost
  • Hours extremely variable (can vary from 0 to 90 hours per week). Must be willing to work additional 20 hours or more a week without notice. No overtime pay.
  • No paid holidays
  • No paid parental/maternity leave
  • No paid bereavement leave
  • No extended health, dental or insurance benefits
  • No employer matching retirement program
  • Statutory holidays will not be covered
  • Should you require additional employees for completing your work, you shall be personally liable for:
    • guaranteeing they have a steady and reliable minimum income
    • covering 58 per cent of their EI cost
    • covering 50 per cent of their CPP cost
    • meeting all statutory labour requirements for work hours, overtime hours and pay, holiday leave and pay, statutory holidays and parental/maternity leave.
    • accommodating them for any limitation preventing them from completing the work they are providing you
    • damages should you no longer require their assistance

Woman using laptop in home office

Now let’s talk about Susan the employee. Let’s say she’s one of your deputy ministers. A federal deputy minister makes about $220,000 per year. What else would they be entitled to? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it looks something like this:

  • Employer’s pension contribution up to $25,000
  • Employee benefits $6,000
  • Employer CPP contributions $2,569
  • Employer EI contributions $1,170
  • Up to eight weeks of vacation (worth) $33,846
  • 10 statutory holidays (worth) $8,461
  • Up to 15 sick days per year (worth) $12,692

All of these entitlements add up to $89,738.

Did I miss anything? I’m not sure if I should add anything for employer paid parties, food and drinks.

Whether it’s a physician or a plumber, it makes no difference. All businesses take risks.

It looks to me like the extra $35,000 that Susan is paying in income tax might not represent the full picture. When including the almost $90,000 in benefits that she is entitled to that a business owner is not, she is in a much better position than the example you used to justify your changes and might actually be better off than Jonah.

You can’t and shouldn’t be allowed to compare an employee with an employer. What makes Canada great is having individuals who are willing to put their financial lives on the line to start businesses and employ those who chose not to take the chance. Whether it’s a physician or a plumber, it makes no difference. All businesses take risks. What you’re proposing strikes directly at the heart of small business. If Canadians really understood what the facts were I don’t think they’d be inclined to support your proposal.

I ask, on behalf of all Canadians, kindly leave the current integrated tax system alone and honour the system that was put in place by your party 45 years ago.

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​Sempra Energy exec on Oncor bid: ‘Fourth time’s a charm’

Sempra Energy executives had been watching past attempts to buy the Dallas electricity giant Oncor before casting a $9.45 billion bid Aug. 21 in their chance to outmaneuver famed investor Warren Buffett.

Sempra began the talks nearly one month ago, around the time the energy arm of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had announced an agreement to buy Oncor for $9 billion. The company’s executives have made the same regulatory assurances to the Texas Public Utility Commission, which had struck down…

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​Cyclone Anaya’s bought by Houston-based restaurant group

Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen has a new owner.

Houston-based Heritage Restaurant Group, part of the Dhanani Group, has acquired the Tex-Mex eatery, according to a press release. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Named after the world champion wrestler Cyclone Anaya, the restaurant has been serving Houston for almost 50 years. It has six locations in Houston and one in Fairfax, Virginia. A Dallas location closed in January 2015, according to CultureMap.

Ricardo Valencia, owner of Cyclone…

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Canadians May Be Spending Too Much Of Their Income On Housing

A sign advertises a house for sale on a residential street in midtown Toronto on July 12, 2017.

A new map shows how buying a house in Canada’s largest cities is still inaccessible to those with average incomes.

Using the RBC Affordability Index, RateHub looked at home ownership costs in every major city by reviewing percentages of the national average household income before taxes. The costs include mortgage payments, utilities, and property taxes.

Canada’s Mortgage and Housing Commission suggests housing shouldn’t constitute more than 30 per cent of a person’s monthly income. But in some of Canada’s largest cities, home ownership costs can easily exceed that mark.

RateHub

It’s no surprise Vancouver topped the charts at 79.7 per cent, based on home prices from the first quarter of 2017. However, this represents a decrease from 92 per cent in the third quarter of 2016, when home ownership costs accounted for a whopping 92 per cent of income.

In Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, home ownership costs represent 72 per cent of a person’s household income, still well above the national average of 45.9 per cent.

Montreal came in at 43 per cent, with Calgary, Ottawa, and Quebec City not far behind (39.6, 34.8, and 34.2 per cent, respectively). By contrast, Saint John sits at 26 per cent, which is lower than the recommended threshold.

Prices cooling in Vancouver

RateHub co-founder James Laird suggested there are other factors at play in Toronto and Vancouver’s markets.

“People buying in these geographies cannot be only relying on their income to pay for these homes,” he said in a release.

“Many of them are relying on existing wealth that was not earned in the most recent tax year.”

RateHub says Vancouver’s prices have come down in the wake of B.C.’s foreign buyer tax introduced last year.

But as for Toronto, it’s unclear so far what effect the provincial measures introduced in April to improve housing affordability in Ontario will have.

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