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8 Things You Should Do After 8 P.M.

Here are some great tips on how to unplug and recharge. These suggestions are from a column written by Elle Kaplan in Thrive Global of LinkedIn:  “8 Things You Should Do After 8 P.M. If You Want to Be Happy and Successful — Wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow.”   Elle Kaplan tells you hows you how to set yourself up to have a more productive day.   Strolls by the moonlight Adopt a routine of nighttime walks to decompress.   Unplug. Literally. Unplug everything besides your alarm clock, and watch the tension recede. Unplugging is also…

The Canada-U.S. Trade Talks Saga (Part Three)

The Niagara Independent, July 20, 2018 – This is the third of a three column series on the Canada-U.S. trade talks, reviewing our National Leaders’ political gamesmanship and assessing what it means for the outcome of the trade talks – and for the 2019 federal election. To recap the last six weeks: on June 1st, the U.S. imposed hefty levies on Canadian steel and aluminum imports, in response to China, South Korea and Vietnam dumping these products into our country. On July 1st, Canada retaliated by placing tariffs worth a total of $16.6 billion on U.S. goods from ketchup and candles to…

Obituary for Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: – Knowing when to come in out of the rain; – Why the early bird gets the worm; – Life isn’t always fair; – And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies…

PM fine tunes his Cabinet with an “Election Shuffle”

The Niagara Independent, July 20, 2018 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet this week, bringing five new ministers to the table and creating a new portfolio for border security, an issue that has become a political vulnerability for the government over the past months. Political analysts view this shuffle as a political move in advance of the 2019 election. There are additional ministers from Ontario and Quebec, where the Liberals need to maintain and, if possible, grow their seat count. David Moscrop, a political scientist at Simon Fraser University explains “The shuffle gives Trudeau an opportunity to put his…

Harold S. Geneen sharing good business sense

Here are a dozen quotes on a decent approach to the world of business from the legendary, American corporate leader Harold S. Geneen. The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it’s egotism. You can’t run a business or anything else on a theory. In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality. Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. Leadership cannot really be taught, it can only be learned. Better a good decision quickly than the best…

Henry Ford on work and life

Here are wonderfully insightful quotes on work and life from American business tycoon Henry Ford. You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities. I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t…