Staying Off the Naughty (Spending) List:  Ways to Manage Your Finances and Avoid Post-Holiday Blues 

The holidays are filled with temptation to overspend. Here’s my advice on how to manage your holiday spending.
By Eric Tyson

The holidays are upon us, bringing all those personal and family images and sensations we cherish. But for many of us, there are a few not-so-joyous holiday sights (overflowing boxes and bags from our purchases) and sounds (email notifications of our latest orders and purchases online and the ca-ching! of retail cash registers marking our escalating debt). These negatives can easily outweigh all that we love about the holiday season.

Overall, the 2008 financial crisis and recession brought about a renewed dedication to saving. It’s very important that you not let your holiday spending zap all of the saving progress you made during the year.

Whether it’s a dedication to the gift-giving tradition, a sense of obligation, or a feeling that the holidays entitle us to have a little more fun than usual, too many of us seem to turn a blind eye to the budget-busting reality of all that spending over just a couple of months. Don’t let excessive holiday spending cause unnecessary financial stress for you and your loved ones. Continue reading “Staying Off the Naughty (Spending) List:  Ways to Manage Your Finances and Avoid Post-Holiday Blues “

City of Toronto receives Greater Toronto’s Top Employers award for the fourth year in a row

Mediacorp Canada Inc. is Canada’s largest specialty publisher of quality employment periodicals. They manage the well-known Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and the Eluta.ca job search engine, now used by over 5.4 million Canadians annually.

Showcasing the Automotive ‘JEWELS’ with Cobble Beach at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow

Art & the Automobile celebrates the industry’s iconic mascots and brands

The 2018 Canadian International AutoShow is pleased to announce the return of one of its most popular features, Art & the Automobile with Cobble Beach – but with a difference.

The display is entitled ‘Jewels’ – an appropriate name given the value and content of the exhibition.  The collection of assembled vehicles and mascots for the 2018 Exhibit will have a total insured value in excess of $20 million dollars.  While 17 classic cars will again be on display at the 2018 AutoShow, being held Feb. 16-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, all have been selected because of their distinctive mascots (hood ornaments) and badges which, in most cases, are works of art in themselves.

For example, a 1925 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost has a hood ornament called The Spirit of Ecstasy (a.k.a. The Flying Lady) that was designed by acclaimed British sculptor Charles Sykes. A 1929 Packard features an ornament called The Goddess of Speed.

When it comes to badging, a 1952 Alfa Romeo and a second 1952 car, a Jaguar, are examples of automobiles featuring the distinctive badges of those famous marques.

“This is the fourth year that the Art & the Automobile exhibit has appeared at the AutoShow,” said General Manager Jason Campbell, “and this years’ display will take the feature back to its artistic roots.  It’s always on the top of our consumers’ lists of favourite Show features, and this year will be no exception.” Continue reading “Showcasing the Automotive ‘JEWELS’ with Cobble Beach at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow”

Marriott International Announces Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Canada

Members of Marriott Rewards and SPG Can Get Exclusive VIP Access to Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Event
Marriott International, the country’s leading lodging company, is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), making Marriott International the preferred hotel company for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 100 million+  global members of Marriott’s three loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG), including the more than 3.7 million members in Canada, will be big winners with the partnership. Members will be able to redeem points on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments for once-in-a-lifetime hockey themed experiences with players and legends of the game.

“The cross country popularity of hockey makes the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment an ideal partner to provide members of Marriott Rewards and SPG with once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott International Canada. “We know that Canadians – more so than ever – travel for experiences and our partnership with the Toronto Maple Leafs unlocks the potential for memorable travel.” Continue reading “Marriott International Announces Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Canada”

The Riu La Mola recognized as Top Producer of the year in Formentera by Expedia Inc.

The Riu La Mola hotel has been chosen by Expedia Inc. as the Top Producer 2017 in Formentera, Balearic Islands, for its outstanding performance and amount of rooms generated on Expedia.com for 2017. Considered as one of the largest and most important travel companies in the world, Expedia Inc. awarded this resort located on Migjorn Beach during the last Expedia Partner Appreciation Event that took place in the Pueblo Español in Palma de Majorca. Nacho Alonso, Expedia Senior Market Manager in the Balearic Islands, was in charge of giving the prize to RIU Hotels & Resorts, represented by Sandra Rodón, Director of Global Distribution of this hotel chain.

Overlooking Migjorn Beach, the Hotel Riu La Mola offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful vacation at one of Formentera’s best hotels. The resort has 345 rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air conditioning, a minibar and a balcony or terrace, as well as many other amenities. At this hotel on Migjorn Beach in Formentera, the guests can relax with the magnificent treatments offered by Renova Spa, workout at the hotel’s gym, or play sports such as tennis, volley ball or rent bikes.

The Hotel Riu La Mola’s facilities include a children’s pool, two pools for adults and a private beach access so all guests can head easily to the beach for a swim in the crystalline waters surrounding the hotel. On the other hand, the hotel offers exquisite food which stands out for its variety and the quality of its ingredients.The hotel’s restaurant has incredible buffets, show cooking areas and the best barbecue thanks to the restaurant located in the garden area. In addition, the Hotel Riu La Mola’s 3 bars offer the best beverages and appetizers all day long. Continue reading “The Riu La Mola recognized as Top Producer of the year in Formentera by Expedia Inc.”

Mississauga Introduces Hotel Tax to Promote Local Tourism

On Wednesday, November 1 at General Committee, Mississauga City Council approved in principle the introduction of a four per cent hotel tax effective July 1, 2018. The new tax is a result of Bill 127 which the Government of Ontario passed earlier this year. The Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures) 2017 allows municipalities to charge a transient accommodations tax also called a hotel tax.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie said “This new revenue tool is an opportunity for the City of Mississauga to generate important funds that will be reinvested in an accountable, transparent and dedicated way toward undertaking important city-building initiatives to grow and diversify our local economy, strengthen our tourism industry and showcase our many celebrated attractions, festivals, heritage, culture and businesses.”

The four per cent hotel tax rate is consistent with the rate being considered by the City of Toronto. With Mississauga and Toronto being near to each other, applying a similar rate in Mississauga would ensure local hotels continue to be competitive.

The City estimates that the tax will generate approximately $9.8 million annually, 50 per cent of which will be shared with Tourism Toronto to promote tourism in Mississauga. The City and Tourism Toronto will use hotel tax revenues for tourism-related activities such as implementing recommendations from the Tourism Master Plan, developing and maintaining tourism-related infrastructure, improving programs and services and for Economic Development initiatives. Continue reading “Mississauga Introduces Hotel Tax to Promote Local Tourism”

Financial and Digital Literacy Coming To Career Studies

 Ontario Enhancing Grade 10 Course to Equip Students for Careers

Ontario is enhancing the Grade 10 career studies course, bringing in mandatory learning on financial and digital literacy, as well as expanding hands-on learning opportunities that will better prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing economy.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, was at Parkdale Collegiate Institute in Toronto and  has announced that starting in September 2018, Grade 10 students will be required to complete a revamped course to provide them with the knowledge and tools employers are looking for.

The new course will include mandatory learning on financial literacy, such as budgeting and financial management. Students taking the career studies course will also explore:

  • Career pathway planning
  • Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship
  • Digital literacy

Ontario is also making new investments in hands-on learning. Every school board across the province will hire a new and dedicated coordinator, whose key role will be to expand learning opportunities with community partners, for all grades, courses and programs – from kindergarten to adult learners.

Preparing Ontario students for the jobs of today and tomorrow is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Continue reading “Financial and Digital Literacy Coming To Career Studies”

RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico

Palma de Majorca, Spain on October 10th, 2017

  • The hotel chain has signed an agreement with UNICEF for this organisation to manage these resources, which will be dedicated to the “Back to School” programme
  • RIU’s donation will serve to set up and equip temporary classrooms so that children will not have to interrupt their education while their schools are being rebuilt or repaired

RIU Hotels & Resorts has donated $400,000 to UNICEF to address the most urgent needs in the area of education and protection following the earthquakes that occurred on 7 and 19 September in Mexico. This aid will used to build temporary classrooms, as well as for purchasing the furniture and equipment needed by students and teachers. According to UNICEF calculations, RIU’s donation could contribute to building and setting up nearly 100 classrooms, which would enable hundreds of children to immediately resume their education while waiting for schools to be repaired or rebuilt. Continue reading “RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico”

Alibaba hosts Gateway’17 highlighting China

The event, hosted by Alibaba, brought together Canadian small businesses to learn how to better access the growing Chinese market

Canada and China enjoy strong and deep people-to-people and business-to-business ties, and there is tremendous opportunity for further growth. This was the message delivered by the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, during her introduction of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, at Gateway ’17.

Gateway ’17, a business fair hosted by Alibaba, brought together Canadian small businesses to encourage them to expand into the Chinese market, particularly using the Alibaba platform. Alibaba is the largest online retailer in the world.

During her remarks, Minister Chagger spoke about the Government of Canada’s commitment to building stronger ties with China, especially through increased tourism during the Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018 and for years to come.

The Minister also commended Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, for organizing the She-ERA Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in Hangzhou, China, this past July. Minister Chagger represented the Government at the conference, and in her keynote address, she emphasized Canada’s continued commitment to promoting equality through empowering women entrepreneurs. The conference, which also featured a video from Prime Minister Trudeau, was an impressive discussion about the valuable contribution women are making to business and the work that still remains to achieve full equality.

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Yorkdale Shopping Centre to hold a hiring event!

Mayor John Tory to participate in launch of employment event Wednesday to fill 300+ positions at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Mayor John Tory will be at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre on Wednesday, September 27 to help launch an employment event to fill more than 300 retail positions ahead of the holiday season. This will be the largest Yorkdale hiring event to date, with more than 35 participating retailers.

The employment event is part of an ongoing partnership between Yorkdale and the City of Toronto that has helped fill more than 1,500 retail positions since it launched in 2012. Through this partnership, the City’s Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS) and its Employment Ontario partner agencies identify and match qualified candidates to available opportunities. The candidates are coached and provided with resumé and interview support prior to the recruitment event.

Mayor Tory, Yorkdale Senior Property Manager Ryan DaSilva and Oxford Properties Executive Vice President Michael Turner will greet participants and launch the fair and the City of Toronto’s Workplace Development Month as part of the City’s commitment to connecting employers and job seekers across Toronto. Oxford Properties manages Yorkdale.

Retailers are looking to fill part-time and full-time permanent and seasonal positions. Interested job-seekers can visit http://www.yorkdale.com/jobs for more information about employment opportunities.

To register for the morning portion of the event, prospective candidates should phone 416-392-6949. The event is only open to the general public after 1 p.m. Candidates should arrive professionally dressed and have a hard copy of their resumé.
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