Proposed Tax Changes Remain an Ongoing Battle

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is being widely criticized for not meeting with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Why he chooses not to accept direct input from CFIB which represent 110,000 small- and medium-sized business is puzzling, especially in light of the ongoing issues tied to his government's proposed tax changes. This time last …

Are Mental Health Issues Best Managed by Putting People Off the Job?

Recently I was involved in a lively discussion about the provincial government’s new plans to change how first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are managed under Workers’ Compensation (WCB). Everyone in the room had a working knowledge of the current system and it was clear there are still many unanswered questions about how …

Small Businesses Face Construction Destruction

Small business is offering some constructive advice to municipalities. A new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on municipalities to compensate businesses beaten up by infrastructure projects and major projects. The new national report had its genesis in complaints from businesses in downtown Halifax decimated by adjacent infrastructure upgrades and …