Albertans should just say no to Just Transition

Albertans should just say no to Just TransitionThe salary value of the jobs under threat is worth about $219 billion annually When the federal government writes down its plans for Alberta, we should take a close look. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Just Transition plan could have a deep impact on Alberta’s energy, farming, construction and trucking. Details are murky, but based on…

Trudeau’s ‘Just Transition’ to ‘disrupt’ over 2.7 million jobs

Trudeau’s ‘Just Transition’ to ‘disrupt’ over 2.7 million jobsThe building trades, transportation, agriculture, energy, and manufacturing will all be affected A newly public federal document reveals that more than 2.7 million jobs across Canada can expect a “significant disruption” as a result of Ottawa’s Just Transition plan to reduce emissions.  Ironically, it comes at the same time as new analysis showing that world…

What is your job search end goal?

It shouldn't only be about making money

What is your job search end goal?All jobs are a means to an end, which is why all jobs have one thing in common – they come with a paycheque. Suppose I’m hungry and want a cheeseburger and onion rings. To achieve my goal, I drive to Harvey’s and order their Angus burger with cheese and bacon and a side order…

Job searches are full of uncontrollable factors

Identify what you have control over and that “Yes” you’re after isn’t far off

Job searches are full of uncontrollable factors“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Serenity Prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr. The following scenario is probably familiar to you. Several years ago, I interviewed for what I believed was my dream job, overseeing a…

Are you a reactive or proactive job seeker?

Do you believe in yourself? Then adopt a proactive mindset

Are you a reactive or proactive job seeker?Job seekers fall into two categories: Reactive Proactive Reactive: Gets rejected and gives up on the company. Proactive: Gets rejected, thanks the person who rejected them and continues to build a relationship with the company. Reactive job seekers look for a job passively, applying only to jobs they believe they have a chance of getting.…

Is Canada’s Employment Insurance system recession proof?

No. The need to broaden access and expand government contributions is urgent

Is Canada’s Employment Insurance system recession proof?The risk of recession is now in clear sight. But as the Bank of Canada pursues a course of aggressive interest rate hikes designed to wrestle inflation to the ground, the potential cost is hundreds of thousands of jobs. The August labour force survey is already revealing a worrying increase in the unemployment rate. At…

Trudeau’s luxury tax will harm blue-collar workers

Canadian workers will pay the price of this silly political posturing

Trudeau’s luxury tax will harm blue-collar workersHundreds of people who pull wrenches for a living have a unique point of view on Ottawa’s new luxury tax. Most of us might not be too bothered by a tax on super cars and private jets, and even the rich might not lose much sleep over paying a bit more for a yacht or…

How anyone can get a job in tech

It only takes resiliency, persistence, focus, empathy and curiosity

How anyone can get a job in techAccording to a Computing Technology Industry Association analysis, nearly 240,000 new tech jobs were created in the U.S. in July of this year alone. Information technology (IT) has added 143,700 jobs so far in 2022, an increase of 55 per cent year-over-year. The CompTIA now estimates the tech jobs unemployment rate at just 1.7 per…

How artificial intelligence will change our world

The core technologies involved in AI are moving at breakneck speed

How artificial intelligence will change our worldWhen we think about the next two decades, two existential questions dominate the conversation among futurists and foresight researchers. The first is whether we can prevent the potentially devastating impacts of climate change. The second is what the relationship between technology, humans, and money might look like after 20 years of advancements in artificial intelligence…

Hunker down Canadians. Economic storm clouds on Canada’s horizon

Supply chain problems, aging demographics and the push for net zero will drive up government spending

Hunker down Canadians. Economic storm clouds on Canada’s horizonThe era of low interest rates and inflation has ended, and now is the time for governments to show restraint. But recent precedent suggests that’s unlikely. Canadian year-over-year inflation hit 7.7 per cent in May, the highest in nearly 40 years, and I predict it will go still higher. Ten years ago, Parliamentary Budget Officer…
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