Most Canadian organizations hit by cyber-attacks in past year

Cybersecurity awareness training is effective but only 22% conduct training at least monthly

Most Canadian organizations hit by cyber-attacks in past yearA new survey finds that 71 per cent of Canadian organizations reported experiencing at least one cyber-attack last year that impacted them in some way, including time and resources, out-of-pocket expenses and paying ransom. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s  2019 Cybersecurity Survey Report also found that 96 per cent of respondents said that cybersecurity awareness…

Concern over nearby cannabis stores fading: survey

But more than half of both homeowners (64%) and renters (53%) agree that smoking cannabis inside would devalue a home

Concern over nearby cannabis stores fading: surveyA new survey suggests Canadians are warming up to cannabis dispensaries near their homes. Online real estate company Zoocasa found that 43 per cent of respondents to their survey agreed they would be comfortable with such a business operating in proximity to their home compared with 31 per cent last year. “However, those who don’t…

Vehicle sales appear to have finally reached bottom

But year-to-date sales are still down 3.8 per cent through the first nine months of this year

Vehicle sales appear to have finally reached bottomAfter a definitive downward trend through the first half of 2019, vehicle sales appear to have reached a bottom in Canada, turning modestly higher in the third quarter, according to a report released on Wednesday by TD Economics.  But the bank, in its Canadian Auto Outlook update, said year-to-date sales are still down 3.8 per…

Making IT easy and approachable for users

Shawn Freeman talks about how slowing economies are a catalyst for innovation and how TWT Group can help

Making IT easy and approachable for usersShawn Freeman is founder and CEO of TWT Group Inc.  What is TWT and what do you do? Freeman: TWT Group is one of the fastest growing managed IT service companies in Calgary. We work with small to medium-sized businesses of all types, focusing our efforts on strategic planning of their business technology needs. We…

Edmonton, Calgary housing starts jump in September

Edmonton, Calgary housing starts jump in SeptemberSome impressive numbers were released on Tuesday indicating that September was a good month for homebuilders in the Calgary and Edmonton regions. According to statistics from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., the Edmonton census metropolitan area saw single-detached housing starts of 403 for the month, up nine per cent year over year. The ‘all other’…

Creating a culinary mix of local and worldly

Executive chef Eraj Jayawickreme talks about how the Hawthorn Dining Room and Bar distinguishes itself in the Calgary market

Creating a culinary mix of local and worldlyEraj Jayawickreme is the Fairmont Palliser’s executive chef and food and beverage manager. His responsibility includes the Hawthorn Dining Room and Bar. What makes the Hawthorn unique in the Calgary marketplace? Jayawickreme: Hawthorn is special as we highlight the amazing producers, artisans and farmers in this province. It is our core philosophy to ensure that…

Canadian economy to continue to struggle

But no recession in sight despite global uncertainty, according to the Conference Board of Canada

Canadian economy to continue to struggleOngoing trade tensions and uncertainty in the global economy are impacting Canadian business investment and household purchasing power, but a recession is not on the horizon in Canada, according to a report released on Monday by the Conference Board of Canada.  The board’s The Canadian Outlook is forecasting real gross domestic product to expand by…

Learning to do the impossible

Jamie DeNovo says it’s one thing to make a transformational decision; it’s another to keep the momentum going to actualize it

Learning to do the impossibleJamie DeNovo is an author, speaker and coach in Calgary.  Tell me a little about yourself and what you do? DeNovo: I’ve always been passionate about catalyzing positive change and I bring that perspective into everything I do. My professional area of expertise focuses on helping people learn techniques to reset and remap their brain.…

Calgary suburban office space vacancy drops

CBRE report says flight to quality trend driven by access to amenities, transit, parking availability, location and inviting spaces

Calgary suburban office space vacancy dropsCalgary's suburban office market experienced significant positive absorption in the third quarter. The 229,745 square feet absorbed lowered the overall vacancy rate, says a new report by commercial real estate firm CBRE. The vacancy rate decreased to 20.6 from 21.5 per cent. “Flight-to-quality continues to be a dominant theme in the Calgary office leasing market,…

Husky Energy selling its Prince George Refinery for $215 million

Plant processes light oil into low-sulphur gasoline and ultra-low sulphur diesel, along with other products

Husky Energy selling its Prince George Refinery for $215 millionHusky Energy is selling its Prince George Refinery to Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure for $215 million in cash, plus a closing adjustment for inventory and a contingent payment of up to $60 million over two years. The company said in a news release on Friday that the transaction is expected to close in the fourth…