The 2016 election cycle was not the wildest in American history

many young voters, the Nov. 8 elections signaled the end of
what’s been called the most controversial presidential race in the country’s

safe to say the Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton campaign cycle will stick in everyone’s
minds for a long time. The question has to be asked: Has the
2016 election really been crazier than all 57 election cycles before it?

As it turns out, this election has been just another in to a long line of wild campaigns for the White House.

1860: Lincoln v. DouglasTrump’s racist rhetoric has hung over this campaign since the beginning — so much so that some are calling this the most racially-divisive election since Abraham Lincoln became president after the election of 1860. After a number of controversies under Democratic incumbent James Buchanan, the United States’ fledgling political parties began to fracture, the election cycle saw four candidates facing off: …
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Vermonters united in wanting an end to political polarization

An Election Day sign outside polls in Burlington promotes unity against a backdrop of placards for competing candidates and causes. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDiggerVoters who are asked to identify the state and nation’s most pressing problems usually bombard exit interviewers with pleas to fix everything from the economy to education to the environment. But Vermonters surveyed this Election Day voiced unusual agreement on what newly victorious leaders should do first.“I hope whoever wins,” Lisa Whitney said, “can help unify us.”The 46-year-old Brattleboro nonprofit administrator summed up the sentiment of voters in seven Vermont cities and towns who expressed relief that the long, contentious campaign season was ending — and concern the aftershocks were just beginning.“I feel there’s more healing that needs to happen,” said Whitney’s partner, Renee Woliver.But the challenge of achieving harmony was demonstrated by Woliver’s 10-year-old daughter, who tagged …
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From election-winning machine to plummeting membership: Quebec Liberals face growing …

After holding power for 11 of the last 13 years, there are growing signs of decay in the party of Premier Philippe Couillard.Left to right: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault and Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee stand during a Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday in Quebec City. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard speaks during a Parti Liberal du Quebec (PLQ) general counsel meeting in Laval, Que., Sunday, Nov. 13.Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee questions the government over the police spying on journalists, during question period at the provincial legislature, in Quebec City on Wednesday, Nov. 2.MONTREAL – Quebec’s provincial Liberal Party has a reputation as a disciplined election-winning machine. Existential angst is supposed to be a Parti Québécois thing.But after holding power for 11 of the last 13 years, there are growing signs of decay in the party of Premier Philippe Couillard.An internal report leaked last week …
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Canadian job technology lags behind global peers

The future is here. Virtual reality and the Internet of Things are changing the way we play and live. When it comes to adopting new technologies and trends at home, I am always open to experimentation. Personally, I cannot wait until my fridge re-orders milk when I am getting low.However, if you live in Canada, it’s not unusual to hear that when starting a new job, you are given only an aging desktop computer. If you are fortunate, it’s a basic laptop with a VPN key.

That’s why our expectation of how quickly our workplaces adapt differs from our need for the latest gadgets at home. According to a new survey by research firm PSB for Dell and Intel, more than four in 10 Canadian employees think their workplace is not “smart” enough and more than one-third say the technology they use at home is more cutting-edge. …

Small businesses could be unintended casualties of infrastructure push

Mike Campbell says the construction of Halifax’s Nova Centre has destroyed his business.The $500-million project being built in downtown Halifax will include a convention centre, a hotel and office space. But as construction drags on – the Nova Centre’s developers announced this spring it won’t be completed until March, 2017, roughly 14 months past its original target date – small businesses near the facility like Mr. Campbell’s The Carleton Music Bar and Grill are hurting. “Time is running out for a lot of us, especially me,” he says.

As cities across Canada replace old infrastructure or build new office buildings, public transit, and bridges, small businesses can become collateral damage to progress, losing customers and significant revenue as these multi-year projects go on around them.Mr. Campbell estimates business at The Carleton has declined about 30 per cent every year since the Nova Centre construction began in 2013. He says he’ …

Food behind Jabalee family’s business success

Richard Jabalee, a pioneer businessman in North Sydney, went from pedlar to entrepreneur, becoming a business magnate.

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Jabalee did so well selling beef from Western Canada, and in such great amounts that Norman Maclean, President of Canada Packers in Toronto at that time, came to North Sydney to meet him.

Now, let’s back up. Richard Jabalee came from the city of Zahle in Lebanon in the early 1900s, probably 1910; Lebanon was part of Syria then until 1949-1950, as Richard’s son, Harold and his wife, Edna, explain. Richard and his wife, Edna Kasouf Jabalee, had four children, Joe, George, Harold and Rose Marie.

He could hardly speak English but began as a pedlar, peddling anything and everything from  door to door, from pencils to groceries.

Later, he worked at a quarry in Georges River. Then work took him to the Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Company, the …

Karl Kaiser and the birth of the modern Canadian wine industry

In Europe, grape growing has been going for on hundreds, if not thousands of years. The growers of today benefit from the wealth of knowledge passed down from generation to generation. 
In newer regions, growers start from scratch; I consider anyone establishing a winery in a region under 50 years old as a pioneer.
But what about being the absolute first? 
Austrian-born Karl Kaiser, along with partner Donald Ziraldo, have achieved many firsts. Inniskillin, the winery they started, was the first since the 1920s to receive a winery licence in Ontario. Despite most people telling them they were crazy, they were the first to successfully grow and make wine out of European vinifera vines like Chardonnay, Gamay and Riesling. 
It was Kaiser who shaped the method of icewine making, and in 1991, received international accolades for his 1989 icewine that put Niagara on the world map. 
And along with Ziraldo, Kaiser spearheaded the …

Canadian jobs are at risk?

Lorne Gunter, Edmonton Sun
Nov 13, 2016, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

Donald Trumps election to the presidency is really bad news for the federal Liberals. It is equally bad news for their provincial counterparts in Ontario and for the NDP wrecking-ball of a government in Alberta.

Trump is not bad news because his victory has caused progressives hair to spontaneously combust (although thats been fun to watch). And his rattling of politically correct elites in the U.S. threatens to generate a spillover rattle in Canada.

But thats not why he is trouble for them.

Trump is a danger to our federal and provincial governments because two of his policies with the greatest chance of being implemented quickly are corporate tax reduction and a no carbon tax.

In a world in which capital, plants and jobs move quickly and (comparatively) easily, if Canada and its most industrial provinces have uncompetitive corporate tax …

Sydney Airport's five best international business class lounges

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by David Flynn | November 14, 2016
Business class travellers and high-ranking frequent flyers enjoy access to some great lounges at Sydney Airport’s international terminal. Here are T1’s top five business class lounges.
1. Etihad Airways Premium LoungeAs a single lounge shared by first class and business class passengers, the Etihad Airways Premium lounge edges out the rest of the pack.Winning touches include a full a la carte menu at the in-lounge restaurant where seasonal dishes include mussel chowder, truffle parmesan souffle, braised beef cheeks, grilled ocean trout and duck leg tagine. If you’re rather a light bite, the self-serve buffet area boasts a range of lighter snacks, salads and Tapas-style mezze …

Barrie mortgage company one of Canada’s leaders

The Dominion Lending Centres Yellow Brick Mortgage Group has been named one of the country’s top mortgage teams.

The Barrie company made this year’s Canadian Mortgage Professional Top Brokerages list, which recognizes 50 teams that are considered industry leaders.

“These mortgage brokers are going above and beyond to guide their clients through tricky economic times and ever-changing mortgage regulations. And it’s hard to go at it alone,” CMP journalist Kimberly Banks said. “These brokerages have various ways in supporting their agents and keeping up with standards meant to exceed client expectations, which led to their success as a team and landed them right on this list.”

Dominion Lending Centres Yellow Brick Mortgage Group is at 62 Commerce Park Dr. Call  705-797-8811, or visit