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Meet Wheel-Trans Operators Brian and Keith

Like many workers serving the public during the COVID-19 crisis, public transit workers have worked hard under difficult circumstance to ensure busses and trains continue to be available.
July 6, 2020
By Scott Boyd

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve become accustomed to the heroics of so many frontline workers going above and beyond the call of duty. The determination of healthcare workers who have been fighting this battle for over 3 months now is well known, but the contributions of other workers in many other … read more

Older workers and the gig economy

The “gig economy” is growing in popularity as a way for older workers to earn extra income during retirement.
June 29, 2020
By Barry Choi

Have you heard of the gig economy? If not, it’s just a fancy term to describe people who work part-time jobs or freelance full-time. This isn’t new as part-time jobs have existed practically forever. Still, it’s gained a lot of traction as of late since technology has made the gig economy accessible to anyone. According … read more

Tips for safe online shopping

Are you taking chances with your personal data? Read these tips to help you protect your private information when shopping online.
June 18, 2020
By Scott Boyd

  Has the closure of retail stores during the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to do more of your shopping online? If so, you’re not alone. Since the beginning of the crisis there has been a significant increase in online shopping. In a recent press release Canada Post warned of further delivery delays because the corporation … read more

7 germ-killing tips for your kitchen

There are many places for germs to lurk in your kitchen. Here are 7 tips to help you keep your family safe.
June 9, 2020
By Scott Boyd

  As governments begin to ease restrictions and allow more businesses to open their doors to the public, the need for physical distancing and proper sanitization procedures remains critical to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Retail stores will be required to limit the number of people that can be in the store … read more

Walk your way to better health

Walking is an ideal way to add low-impact exercise to your daily routine.
June 2, 2020
By Scott Boyd

  Recent updates from health officials indicate that physical distancing has played a major role in helping to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Canada. While the latest statistics are certainly much better than the worst-case scenarios we were initially warned about, there are still many families that have been impacted by this … read more

What to do with your tax refund

Here are just a few options you might consider using for your income tax refund.
May 25, 2020
By Barry Choi

  Traditionally, the tax filing deadline for individuals is April 30, but due to global events, the Canadian government has postponed that date to June 1 this year to give you some more breathing room. This was a welcome change for many people, but the extension doesn’t apply to self-employed individuals as this deadline remains … read more

How I deal with a fluctuating income

Freelance and contract workers often struggle with incomes that vary from month to month. Learn tips for coping with a fluctuating income.
May 12, 2020
By Barry Choi

As a self-employed individual, I’m very aware that my income can fluctuate quite a bit. There has been more than one incident where I’ve made record income one month which was then followed by a significant drop the next month. For some people, this rapid change of income can lead to sleepless nights, but I’ve … read more

Use your food scraps to help your garden grow

Read these tips to see how you can grow fresh vegetables and save money using food scraps from your kitchen.
May 5, 2020
By Scott Boyd

  It may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but you can regrow several vegetables from ordinary kitchen scraps. The cuttings from vegetables including onions, celery, and ginger root to name just a few, can all be used to grow new plants. Little effort is required to generate new plants and most … read more

Scammers employ new tactics to steal your identity

Here’s how to avoid falling victim to fraudsters attempting to steal your sensitive financial information.
April 30, 2020
By Barry Choi

  Fraudsters are incredibly smart these days. They continuously come up with different schemes targeting people via online sites, email, text messages and phone calls. It doesn’t matter how old you are, your gender, or where you live, fraudsters are trying their hardest to get your information and cash. Fraudsters also don’t take time off … read more

Tips for staying healthy and positive while in isolation

Tips for staying connected with friends and family and staying healthy and positive during these challenging times.
April 27, 2020
By Scott Boyd

  As the full scope of the COVID-19 pandemic becomes clearer, it’s also clear that Canadians will be required to maintain the current physical distancing protocols for some time yet. For those already struggling with job losses or who have been personally impacted by this health crisis, you have our deepest sympathy. We know that … read more