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Streetwise newsletter: The week’s best reads: Natale, oil patch, Barrick

In nod to non-core assets, Joe Natale turns up heat on Rogers reinventionRogers Communications Inc. chief executive Joe Natale has just been on the job for six months. He is forgiven for ducking tough questions on his plans for what some view as the telecom firm's non-core resources: the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leaf Sports amp; Entertainment and a stake in fellow cable operator Cogeco Inc.. Unusual buyers cleaning up in oil patch prices There is a new breed of buyer Read more [...]

Catch up on the latest federal government Taxation changes

It has been a week of near-daily policy statements on small-business taxes. Here's a summary with the newest: The national government will move forward on an election pledge to reduce the from 10.5percent by 2019 Strategies to prevent allowing income splitting for family members not active in a company will proceed; Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the proposal will be "simplified" The authorities won't move forward with proposed measures to restrict access to the Lifetime Capital Gains Read more [...]

Streetwise newsletter: Natale hints at Rogers future; Odd buyers cleaning up in oil patch Bargains

Rogers Communications Inc. chief executive Joe Natale has just been on the job for six months. He is forgiven for ducking tough questions on his plans for what some view as the telecom firm's non-core resources: the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leaf Sports amp; Entertainment and a stake in fellow cable operator Cogeco Inc.. But Mr. Natale is not ducking. (Andrew Willis, readers) There is a new breed of buyer in the oil patch. Or rather, several nontraditional ones and they are having a heyday Read more [...]

Announced changes to passive investments Rare on detail

is an Spouse and taxation pioneer, private client services. On Oct. 18, two months after introducing the government's first tax-reform proposals, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced updates to the suggestions on passive investments which were designed to raise the tax rates on the perceived misuse of private companies amassing funds and making passive investments. One thing was missing from Wednesday's announcement -- tangible specifics.The minister indicated that the government Read more [...]

Streetwise newsletter: Faber stands by racist remarks; Scotiabank Seems to Market gold unit in wake of scandal

Prominent business newsletter author Marc Faber stood by racist remarks he made this week that caused his dismissal from many corporate boards, justifying them on freedom-of-speech motives. (Niall McGee) Bank of Nova Scotia has set its gold company up for sale in the wake of a gigantic money laundering scandal centred on a U.S. refinery that involved smuggled gold from South America, the Financial Times reported. A wave of anti-globalization that contributes to widespread protectionism and increased Read more [...]

Revised passive-income rules discourage small-business Development, critics say

Ottawa's updated proposal for taxing passive investments made through private businesses is far better than before but still does not go far enough, say some small-business owners and business experts.They argue that the proposal to more heavily tax passive income over $50,000 each year is only going to benefit small-business owners in the short term and is a disincentive for them to develop into larger businesses, at least in Canada."It is nice that they have a little bit of relief, but it probably Read more [...]

Facebook Live can help your Company cut through the noise

Is a tech specialist who advises small businesses on all things electronic. She's also the founder of , a technician training firm for companies and individuals across Canada. With 23 million Canadians using Facebook every month, it seems sensible for manufacturers to leverage the platform to connect with their viewers. However, with so many people sharing articles there daily, it can be tricky to stand out. 1 feature some tiny companies are turning to is Facebook Live.The attribute allows Read more [...]

Lexpert roundup: Energy East’s Passing, Bombardier stock soars, Aphria Stocks fall

Lexpert Roundup on the Company of LawLexpert identifies and reports on emerging business issues and practice areas in the company of law. Whether , in our Or at the e-newsletter, we chronicle lawsuits and deals of interest, and cover issues of broad concern to the legal profession and those who buy legal services. We hope you enjoy this sampling of our most recent content. In the DealsWire: Energy East's passing | Bombardier stock soars | Aphria stocks fall The Read more [...]

Tax cut receives a lukewarm welcome from small-business owners

Patrick Kerrigan certainly is not going to whine about Ottawa's strategy to lower his corporate taxation, but he says the struggle to protect his little family business from other, possibly punitive tax changes is far from over.The president of Alpha Poly Corp., a manufacturer of flexible packaging based in Brampton, Ont., sees the decrease in the national small-business tax rate to 9 percent from 10.5 percent declared this week as the fulfilment of an election campaign promise. Read more [...]

Facebook Live can help your Company cut through the noise

Is a tech specialist who advises small businesses on all things electronic. She's also the founder of , a technician training firm for companies and individuals across Canada. With 23 million Canadians using Facebook every month, it seems sensible for manufacturers to leverage the platform to connect with their viewers. However, with so many people sharing articles there daily, it can be tricky to stand out. 1 feature some tiny companies are turning to is Facebook Live.The attribute allows Read more [...]