Profanity can make product reviews more persuasive

Product website gatekeepers might be better off allowing some profanity on their platforms

Profanity can make product reviews more persuasiveProfanity in online reviews can pack a powerful punch, says a University of Alberta business researcher. According to Katherine Lafreniere, an expletive or two in a review can enhance an evaluation of a service or product, especially when qualifying descriptions of a given attribute. That means a dishwasher described as “damn quiet,” for example, is…

How great is Canada?

Canadians are like children born with silver spoons in their mouths. We are doing nothing to develop our inheritance

How great is Canada?First, the good news. I am a Canadian, and I think Canada is the best country in the world. My bias may be showing in calling Canada the best, but there is a lot of evidence to indicate that Canada is excellent. Money alone does not ensure a good life. Health, longevity and education also…

Trudeau shouldn’t be raising payroll taxes

The total payroll tax bill for each middle-class worker increased by $818 this year alone

Trudeau shouldn’t be raising payroll taxesPolitical pundits are twisting themselves into pretzels arguing mandatory Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance payments are not a tax. They’re missing the point: the government is taking too much money from Canadians. If you make $65,000 this year, then the federal government is taking nearly $4,500 directly from your pay through CPP and EI…

Beware the psychological risks for kids in youth sports

Here are a few psychological risks parents should look for

Beware the psychological risks for kids in youth sportsWhen people ask me what I think about youth sports today, I often say there’s “too much adult in youth sports.” When adults are heavily involved in youth sports, ego-and-greed-based decisions and activities are sure to be part of the environment. Win-at-all-costs (WAAC) and profit-at-all-costs (PAAC) mentalities and policies are increasingly part of the youth…

Quality control for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata not what it should be

One owner experienced a sudden catastrophic engine failure at 119,091 km

Quality control for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata not what it should beBy 2012 the Hyundai Sonata was in its sixth generation and benefited from a restyling job and drivetrain changes from the year before. Equipment level was still pretty high, with features like air conditioning, power windows, and heated seats becoming standard. Available extras included a leather interior, a Navi system, and satellite radio. You had…

Indigenous ownership in Canadian oil and gas takes huge step

But Trudeau government's emissions cap threatens future prosperity

Indigenous ownership in Canadian oil and gas takes huge stepA massive milestone has been reached in the growing trend of Indigenous people taking ownership of Canadian oil and gas projects. Twenty-three First Nations and Métis communities in northern Alberta are investing $1.1 billion to become part owners of seven Enbridge oil sands pipelines. It’s described as the largest energy-related Indigenous partnership transaction in North…

If your company doesn’t have goals, you have a problem

Employees with concrete goals improve their performance by 18 per cent in output

If your company doesn’t have goals, you have a problemFor many years my company floated along without concrete goals, and then one day I came across a sign that said, “Double your Sales.” I posted it above the door in the office that was used by all the staff. I did not actually think much about it, but every day I would see the…

You may not be as valuable to your employer as you think

Prove your worth before asking for the salary you feel you deserve

You may not be as valuable to your employer as you thinkWhen considering the value of an item from a holistic perspective and through the philosophical lenses of existentialism, you realize an item has no value until someone is willing to pay for it, whether it’s a Porsche 911 GT3, a 26th-floor condo in Vancouver, a cup of Starbucks coffee or pair of Levi’s jeans. Have…

Trudeau can’t stop himself from embarrassing us

He dishonoured the Queen and her family during her funeral. Did he know he’d be filmed in this Canada’s Got No Talent debacle?

Trudeau can’t stop himself from embarrassing usThe latest theatre of the absurd from Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has received mixed reviews. For reasons best known to himself and his circle of advisors, Trudeau thought it might be a swell idea on the eve of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral to go to the lobby bar in his swank five-star London hotel for…

Indigenous peoples faced with a choice of development or poverty

The right choice is staring us in the face

Indigenous peoples faced with a choice of development or povertyIf First Nations are to have a chance at seeing real self-determination, equity deals in natural resource development must be part of the conversation. Having ownership of the projects taking place on our land not only gives us own-source revenue but also gives us the ability to have a seat at the table and be…
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