Trudeau faces backlash after tribute to Fidel Castro

The prime minister is facing criticism for his statement expressing “deep sorrow” about the death of the controversial former Cuban president Fidel Castro.
Justin Trudeau posted a written statement early Saturday after the late-night announcement that Castro had died at the age of 90.
Trudeau remembered the late president as a “legendary revolutionary and orator,” and said he was a good friend of his father’s.

But others in Canada were less generous in their description of the controversial leader.
Opposition leader Rona Ambrose said in a written statement that under Castro’s rule, thousands of people were impoverished, imprisoned and executed.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Cuba who continue to endure his long and oppressive regime, even after his death,” she wrote.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair shared a similar message on Twitter. 

Upon the passing of Fidel Castro let us think of the lives impacted by his actions …
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‘Marcos was a model of the politician as thief’

The title of this piece comes from an article by the British investigative journalist, writer and documentary maker Nicholas Davies, titled “The $10-bn question: what happened to the Marcos millions?” It was published in the Guardian on May 7, 2016, two days before the national elections in which Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. emerged a close runner-up to Vice President Leni G. Robredo.
With people still raging and protesting nationwide against the recent stealthy burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani of the “remains” of Ferdinand Marcos Sr., the facts carefully laid out by Davies deserve to be reviewed. He mainly gathered the data from the archives of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), which since 1986 has been mandated to track down and recover the wealth stolen by Marcos and his cronies.
The $10-billion estimate of the loot accumulated by Marcos while in public office, Davies points out, came from the Philippine …
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Canada and Castro's Cuba: It's complicated

Has Canada been a “friend” to Cuba?
While Ottawa’s position towards Fidel Castro’s Cuba was far more progressive than our southern neighbour’s, the story is more complicated than liberals are likely to suggest in their commentary over Castro’s passing.
Canada did not play a central role in U.S. efforts to squash the social reforms and independence of the island nation. Rather than participate in hundreds of CIA assassination attempts on Castro’s life, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau declared “Viva Castro” during an official trip to Cuba in 1976. But there’s a little-known unsavory side to Canadian relations with Cuba.
“Business is business” seems to have been Canada’s slogan for relations with Cuba from the U.S. occupation in 1898 through the dictator Batista to Castro’s revolution in 1959. In 1900 the Canadian Journal of Commerce noted that “Canadian capital and clearer northern brains” were turning Cuba into a “modern hive …

The top 5 reasons every business needs a professional bookkeeper

PatnCat Co. in Stoney Creek, Ontario, is a certified professional bookkeeping business that specializes in helping small businesses with their taxes and administrative needs. Owner Catharine Eldridge has helped entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, real estate, retail, health care and finance.

In order to be successful, she believes small business owners must focus on three things: production, marketing their services and keeping accurate financial records. Unfortunately most entrepreneurs are too busy juggling day-to-day tasks; they struggle to find the time to keep their books in order.

Here are the top five reasons why hiring the services of a certified professional bookkeeper (CPB) makes good sense for your business:

1. The creation of accurate financial records: Up-to-date, accurate financial records are an essential component of any business’s success. Business owners have to have a clear sense of their accounts and expenditures. Armed with full-picture knowledge, you can …

Shoppers keep dollars local at Container Park for Small Business Saturday

Ricardo Torres-Cortez Children and adults paint at the Downtown Container Park on Nov. 26, 2016, as part of the Small Business Saturday national event, which aims to infuse shopping dollars into the local economy. By Ricardo Torres-Cortez (contact) Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 | 6:03 p.m. With discounts and games for the kids, merchants at the Downtown Container Park welcomed holiday shoppers to commemorate Small Business Saturday, a national event that aims to infuse dollars into the local economy. Dozens of singles, couples and families trickled into the outdoor mall on Fremont Street near Las Vegas Boulevard. Children took photos with Santa, ran in the jungle gym and painted. Foot traffic at Kappa Toys was tight as customers flowed in to look at and buy items that appeal to children, but also their older counterparts, said store owner and toy curator Lizzy Newsome. “Our real goal is to make everyone feel like a kid again,” she …

Area Business Associations Say Future Energy Jobs Bill Will Support Growth in Small Businesses

On Small Business Saturday — as shoppers focus their dollars on area
businesses that are the economic life blood of neighborhoods — local
business associations and chambers of commerce are supporting the
benefits the Future Energy Jobs bill will bring to their small business

Area associations, including the Chatham Business Association, the
Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce &
Tourism Bureau, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Retail
Merchants Association, Illinois Municipal League, Quad Cities Chamber of
Commerce and Rockford Chamber of Commerce, say the benefits proposed by
Exelon Generation and ComEd will strengthen the economy, save and create
good-paying jobs, retain Illinois’ historically low energy rates and
ensure the state maintains its competitive economic advantage.

The legislation is the product of collaboration among diverse
stakeholders, including environmental groups, renewable energy
developers, faith-based organizations, consumer advocates, labor,
business groups, …

The week in commentary: How much for dinner with the prime minister?: Opinion

It’s that time of year again: the weather sucks, and we have to substitute sunshine for vitamins and cold medicine. Maybe that’s why our prime minister’s great complexion seems to be fading and he’s showing a few wrinkles around the eyes. But we can’t blame Trudeau for failing to keep up appearances — after all, those $1,500 cash-for-access dinners must be stressful and dry.

But even your popularity with the kids is exhibiting signs of aging, Mr. Trudeau, especially with your recent attempt to take part in the outdated “dabbing” meme.  

“Not only are you not actually hitting the dab correctly, but this perhaps the first time I’ve seen you pose for a social media photo op while maintaining the confidence of a hover-handing 15-year-old. The look on your face almost reads, ‘Maybe I actually shouldn’t be doing this,” says Jake Kivanç in Vice, the certified voice of young people everywhere.

First, …

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency : Victoria-by-the-Sea to Entice Visitors to Extend Their Stay

The rural community of Victoria is steeped in rich history and alive with an array of unique tourism experiences. The community council and volunteers have developed strategic plans to build on the area’s current strengths, with improvements to further promote the area and strengthen its appeal to visitors and residents alike.The Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today joined community council members, business owners and residents to announce funding support.Through its Innovative Communities Fund, ACOA will support the Community of Victoria with a $647,307 contribution for the municipality’s plan to carry-out protective upgrades to the 90 metre-long seawall, create a pedestrian pathway to connect the popular waterfront with green-space and business areas, develop recreational greenspace with visitor parking, and upgrade and expand the historic …

/R E P E A T — Media advisory – On November 26th, Shop The Neighbourhood challenges Canadians to…

– Photo and interview opportunity –
MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – Shop The
Neighbourhood, a local shopping awareness campaign from Yellow Pages (TSX: Y), encourages Canadians to adopt sustainable
shopping habits by supporting small businesses in their communities. This year, to celebrate its fourth edition, Shop The
Neighbourhood – now a year-round campaign – continues to put an emphasis on the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday
and is asking Canadians to take part in the Shop The Neighbourhood Challenge by making a local purchase during one of the
busiest shopping weekends of the year.
Approximately 12,500 businesses and one million Canadians participated in last year’s Shop The Neighbourhood event
resulting in $155 million invested back into the Canadian economy.
WHAT: Yellow Pages employees, along with participating local business associations, will be mobilizing in select
neighbourhoods across Canada to raise awareness for the importance of local businesses and the
positive impacts of shopping …

Building pipelines will pay off, says former Bank of Canada governor

At a business conference in the winter wonderland of Lake Louise, Alta., on Friday, attendees and speakers alike voiced the reasons why Canada needs more oil pipelines.
The crowd was made up of oilpatch leaders and supporters such as TransCanada CEO Russ Girling and former federal cabinet minister John Baird.
On stage were the likes of interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose and former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge. Even if they didn’t use their time at the podium to talk pipelines, it’s on their mind. In particular, they spout the benefits new pipelines would provide for the economy and various levels of government.
“I’m not sure Canadians really understand the financial benefits,” said Dodge in an interview.  

‘It’s absolutely unconscionable that we don’t take the actions we need to move it so that Canadians receive the full value for the product.’
– David Dodge, former Bank of Canada …