Barrie investment advisor wins Canadian Business Excellence Award


Investment adviser Keith Richards has received a 2017 Canadian Business Excellence Award for private business.




Richards owns ValueTrend Wealth Management – WorldSource Securities Inc. and won the award by clearly demonstrating a strategic approach and marking results in satisfying customers, engaging employees and being innovative.


His company was one of 19 recognized by the annual awards.


Richards’ office is on Worsley Street and he is a regular guest on Business News Network, a contributor to the Toronto Star and is the author of two books.


The annual business awards program recognizes achievements from private businesses in Canada, with a luncheon Nov. 1 in Toronto to present the awards.

Canada's Shopify posts smaller-than-expected third-quarter loss

(Reuters) – Canadian e-commerce software maker Shopify Inc SHOP.TO reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Wednesday as more merchants used its software platform to set up and manage online stores.

Merchants use Shopify’s software platform to design, set up and manage their stores across sales channels including the web, mobile devices, social media and brick-and-mortar outlets.

The company’s clients include Procter & Gamble Co, Tesla Motors Inc and the New York Stock Exchange.

Revenue from Shopify’s merchant solution business more than doubled to $49.7 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30.

Shopify gets a bulk of its merchant solutions revenue from fees that it charges its clients, or merchants, when their customer orders are processed through Shopify’s payment system.

Revenue in the company’s subscription business, which makes money from the fees Shopify’s clients pay to use its platform, rose 68.6 percent to $49.8 million.

The company raised its full-year revenue forecast, for …

Canada's Shopify posts smaller-than-expected Q3 loss

(Fixes Reuters Instrument Code in paragraph 1)Nov 2 Canadian e-commerce software maker Shopify
Inc reported a smaller-than-expected
quarterly loss on Wednesday as more merchants used its software
platform to set up and manage online stores.Merchants use Shopify’s software platform to design, set up
and manage their stores across sales channels including the web,
mobile devices, social media and brick-and-mortar outlets.The company’s clients include Procter & Gamble Co,
Tesla Motors Inc and the New York Stock Exchange.Revenue from Shopify’s merchant solution business more than
doubled to $49.7 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30.

Shopify gets a bulk of its merchant solutions revenue from
fees that it charges its clients, or merchants, when their
customer orders are processed through Shopify’s payment system.Revenue in the company’s subscription business, which makes
money from the fees Shopify’s clients pay to use its platform,
rose 68.6 percent to $49.8 million.The company raised its full-year …

Recognizing Champions of Innovation, Collaboration and Digital Transformation Across Canada's Public Sector

Recognizing Champions of Innovation, Collaboration and Digital Transformation Across Canada’s Public Sector

OTTAWA, Ontario, Nov. 2, 2016 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) —

GTEC Announces 12 Medallists and Two Leadership Award Recipients During the Annual Distinction Awards Ceremony and Gala
GTEC, Canada’s internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada’s public sector, announced 12 recipients of the coveted Distinction Award Medal and two Leadership Awards during its annual awards ceremony and gala on the eve of November 1, 2016. In the presence of nearly 500 distinguished guests, GTEC recognized these champions of innovation, collaboration and digital transformation across all levels of government. These accomplished leaders are taking action on key opportunities and challenges facing the public sector, from the refugee crisis to the sustainable health care, economic reform, security and climate change.
The 2016 Distinction Award Medallists were recognized for leading strategic initiatives that address critical opportunities and challenges …

5 reasons to flee the U.S. for Canada (that have nothing to do with a Trump win)


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As Republican nominee Donald Trump climbs in the polls in the final days of the U.S. presidential election campaign, pledging to “Make America Great Again,” there’s a slew of public figures who have made quite a different pledge. Actors Bryan Cranston, Neve Campbell, Lena Dunham and even comedian Chelsea Handler have threatened to cross the border if Trump becomes U.S. President when Americans go to the polls on Nov. 8. They’re not the first people to threaten to move north of the border. Tens of thousands of Americans are right behind them. Earlier this year just after Trump’s success on Super Tuesday, searches for the phrase “Move to Canada” spiked on Google












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and were higher than any time in Google history. Regardless of what you think of the chances that the billionaire real-estate mogul and reality-television star or the former Secretary of State …

New Canadian Bank to Amplify Infrastructure Impact With Private Capital

OTTAWA—The Liberal government is betting the farm on infrastructure investments, so amplifying every dollar spent raises the chance of returning the economy to faster growth.
To that end, the government announced the creation of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) in its Fall Economic Statement on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
It is a bold move from the federal government, though the devil’s in the details. The biggest change will be to have the private sector, along with foreign investment, playing the leading role.
The change could also mean less authority for municipalities and provinces, while Canadians get used to paying more tolls and other charges.
The government committed to investing at least $35 billion over 11 years, but the main thrust of the CIB is to attract private sector capital.
“We want to ensure that for every federal dollar, we find a way to crowd in pension funds and institutional investors for four …

Canadian governor-general confirms commitment to two-state solution


Canadian Governor-General David Johnston, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday with his wife, Sharon, told President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday that he would like to “reaffirm Canada’s commitment to work with Israelis, Palestinians and other partners to uphold the prospects of a two-state solution and achieve a just and lasting peace.”Johnston is primarily in Israel to receive an honorary doctorate from the Technion for his contributions to the Canada- Israel innovation relationship.
This is his fourth visit to Israel but his first in his current role.He is also the first Canadian governor-general to come to Israel, and planted an olive tree as a symbol of peace in the Grove of Nations.Prior to his arrival in Israel, Johnston spent several days in Jordan, and is also expected to tour the West Bank.Rivlin emphasized the significance of Johnston’s visit, seeing it as part of the growing …

Shocked grandmother, students 'in a panic': The rough side of our piracy notice system

A shocked grandmother is accused of illegally downloading a video game. She’s warned if she doesn’t pay a settlement fee, she could face fines of up to $5,000.

Panicked foreign university students receive similar settlement demands over alleged piracy. It sparks fears they could be deported.

These are only the latest examples of the confusion and concern ignited by Canada’s new copyright infringement notice system.
Some anti-piracy firms routinely send out letters demanding hundreds of dollars from Canadians for alleged illegal downloads. And if they don’t pay up, recipients are told they could face legal action and big fines.

The problem is, people may be falsely accused and no one is under obligation to pay a settlement — not even a penny. 

The government says it’s aware of the problem. And yet, the emails keep coming. 

Critics say it’s time for Ottawa to take a serious look at its piracy notice system …

Join the #YourNatlSec twitter chat and tell Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale Canadians want privacy reforms

If you’re one of the millions of Canadians who oppose Bill C-51, you probably have a lot to say to decision-makers about your reasons why.
And this Thursday, November 3 at 8:00 pm EST/5:00 pm PST, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will be on Twitter holding an “online discussion focusing on national security accountability” using the hashtag #YourNatlSec. It’s a huge chance for us to join our voices together and flood the conversation with pro-privacy messages — will you join us?
Whether it’s digital surveillance, censorship, the right to encrypt devices and communications, or government spying, it’s so important that we take this chance to tell Goodale what we want to change.
We need to show the government just how many people oppose this bill. And we need to make sure that they hear us when we say that C-51 must be fully repealed.
They’re sure to be hearing from a large …

TaterGrams Canada Lets You Mail A Personalized Potato Anywhere In The Country

Move over, greeting cards. It’s 2016 and the new way to show someone you care is by sending them a message on a… potato?Yup, you read that correctly. Wayne Rempel, from Lacombe, Alta., wants to send your loved ones a Canadian-grown potato, complete with a handwritten message.And for every order he receives before Christmas, he’ll donate one dollar to the sender’s local food bank. Inspired by similar startups in the U.S., Rempel decided a week ago that he would start sending “TaterGrams.” For $9.99 you get a potato with a message written on it. For an extra cost, you can customize the spud with an assortment of add-ons. A TaterGram is a present your friend or foe won’t soon forget. (Photo: Wayne Rempel)“It’s been a tough year (in Canada.) I want to help support our farmers and I want to help our struggling food banks,” …